Innkeepers never cease to amaze us with their creativity, appreciation, and support of the arts – in all its forms. Quilting is a pastime that’s never been out of style. Many of the designs it inspires are (quite simply) impressive works of art, and The Mercersburg Inn in Mercersburg, PA is one property that’s sewing plenty of opportunities for crafters to find some serious stitching success!
The Mercersburg Inn
With the inn’s Quilting Weekdays package, guests bring their enthusiasm and supplies to a one-of-kind quilt retreat where they can get to work in a well-lit room with plenty of space and the ideal instructor, Judy Barnard. Judy has been sewing since she was seven years old and quilting for over a decade. Her specialties range from t-shirt and memory quilts to traditional and curved piecing to machine appliqué.
The experience begins Monday with a 5PM social hour and show and tell. Guests meet Judy and Jim and Lisa McCoy, owners of the inn, and indulge in a glass of wine, beverages, and snacks. At 7PM, dinner takes place in Byron’s Dining Room where there is a full bar with a selection of wine, beer, and liquor. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the day starts with a delicious breakfast served at 8AM as the Great Room is prepped for the classes. From 9AM to 12PM, the work session gets underway. Lunch is served at 12:30PM, followed by another work session from 2PM-5PM. Dinner is served at 7PM. Optional “work alone time” is available until 11:30PM. Guests who decide to relax for the rest of the night may have fun in the game room with a pool table, air-hockey, and other games and puzzles. On Thursday, another delectable breakfast is served at 8AM, followed by a work session from 9AM-12PM. Lunch is again served at 12:30PM, followed by the final work session from 2PM-3:30PM. Beverages are served during all sessions.
Feedback from attendees has been resoundingly positive. “When any guest enters the lobby the reaction is usually ‘wow,’” says innkeeper Lisa McCoy. “For the quilter, the thrill is that we turn our Great Room into a quilting shop. All the furniture goes out, all the tables, chairs, and lighting go in.”
The package price is $480 per person and worth every penny! It includes accommodations for 3 nights single occupancy; 3 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; beverages, and gratuities (excluding taxes, wines, beer, and spirits). For a second quilter in the room with meals, the price is $375; for a non-quilter in the room with meals, the price is just $275. For this event only, all rooms will be sold at the same discounted price on first-come, first-pick basis. The inn provides the tables, ironing boards, and irons. Quilters bring their sewing machines and the rest of their tools. Judy will email a list of required materials. There must be at least one person per room participating in the quilting class retreats. Full regular room rates will apply if there is not at least one person per room participating in the quilting class. (Note: The class and dining package are not available unless there is one participant per room.) There are also several wonderful quilt shops in the area providing discounts.