The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa 239 Central Avenue Hot SpringsAR71901 Phone: 1-800-643-1502 http://www.arlingtonhotel.com/
Our 2020 retreat will again be held at the historic Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs.
Our retreat fee does not include the hotel. Please call the Arlington and book the room of your choice. They are holding singles, doubles, and suites for us. Be sure to say you are with Southern Belle so you will get our special group rate.
Registration and Payment
Full Registration of $495 Includes goody bag, reception, 3 days of classes, all meals, quilt shop, quilt show, and Show and Tell. Deposit of $200 to hold your space. Remainder due February 15. Guest Package of $200 includes all meals, reception, quilt show, and Show and Tell.
If our registration becomes full, please consider adding your name to our waiting list. We find every year that some people need to cancel and others move up. There is no need to pay a deposit until your spot is confirmed.
Cancellation If you cancel at any time before February 15, you will receive a refund, minus the PayPal fees involved. Due to our financial obligations, no refunds will be offered after February 15, and we will no longer transfer a registration to another session.
Below is the payment link and registration form. After making your deposit, please return to this page to fill out the registration form to give us your information, emergency contact, and dietary restrictions.
If you have problems paying from a mobile device, try a computer, if possible.
Southern Belle Week 1 March 26-29, 2020 Full
Southern Belle Week 2 April 2-5, 2020
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Our Southern Belle Newsletter
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Welcome to our Southern Belle Retreat!
2020 will be our 9th year! Each year we have added more students, expanded our schedule, made new friends, and learned so much about quilting and using Creative Studio at it's very best. We love our Belles and our retreats have become very much a reunion from year to year.
Our Schedule We begin with Registration and a Meet and Greet on Thursday afternoon. Classes are scheduled all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday until noon. Our schedule is always a mix of software classes, design inspiration, and how-to, special projects, quilt challenge, show and tell, and fun.
Joan and I don't write our specific lesson plans until just a few months out since we want the information to be the most current we can offer. Be sure to check later to see what's new.
Belle Pins and Charms
Our Belle pins have been a favorite item and we are offering them again this year, along with a two-sided charm that can be added to a Pandora bracelet, necklace, or any other way you might want to show you are a Belle.
Pins and charms must be ordered and paid for in advance and will be ready to pick up at our registration table when you check in.
Our last date to have them made is February 15. Please be sure your order is received before that date.
Food Our meals will all be served in a private dining room at the hotel, but it wouldn’t be fair to keep you locked up when there are also many cute little places to pick up a bite to eat, a sweet, or maybe listen to a band playing. We plan to give you a little free time on Thursday evening to explore this historic area.
Spas and Specials Many of our Belles come in a day early to enjoy the surrounding area. Check the web pages below to find information on scheduling a hot bath or massage while you are in Hot Springs. Plus, the Arlington hotel is offering a 10% spa discount to our Belles!
The Fordyce Bath House gives free tours of the building and explains a lot of the history of the area. I’ve done this two or three times and highly recommend it. Ask ahead for their schedule, if you are interested.
What to Bring with You Dress at Southern Belle is casual. Layers are always recommended since classrooms can be cold at times, but the weather in the spring is usually beautiful.
Our hotel is located at the end of historic Bath House Row, so bring good walking shoes and plan on exploring the shops, food, fountains, etc. up and down the street.
We don’t use laptops in class, but you’ll want one to do some SAM practice after hours in your room or in our hospitality room, where you can share ideas with others. Photos are always welcome, so plan on using a camera or cell phone to take memories back home with you.
Designer Policy We welcome designers to join us at Southern Belle as students. Designers will be introduced during our reception and may put a quarter page B&W advertisement/discount coupon in our handout booklet at no charge.
Designers wishing to stay for both weeks to meet and socialize with all of our Belle students may join us by paying only a guest fee for the additional week. This will allow access to our reception, show and tell, quilt shop, quilt show, hospitality room, and our Saturday evening program, but not to the classroom sessions a second time. Student week and Guest week can be scheduled in either order, depending on availability and which group you prefer.
Every year we have a complaint or two about distractions or interruptions during class time. In order to provide for a better learning environment for everyone during class, we ask that you keep your personal conversations to a minimum so that students sitting near you can hear the presentations. Everyone wants to see and hear what is being offered and we want your attention, too.
We understand that no one travels these days without a cell phone to keep in touch with family. And, we do encourage you to bring your laptops for use after class to practice new techniques or to study pattern choices and share ideas with others.
But, please, no use of cell phones or laptops during class time. If there is a need for an emergency phone conversation, please take it out to the hallway. And due to safety concerns with laptop cords, we ask you to schedule your laptop time after class.
Also, because some of our students have problems/allergies with fragrances, we ask that you be thoughtful about this as you get ready for the day.