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SPA 2016

I still owe you stories about our adventures in New York City but let’s take care of SPA, first, mmmkay?

In case you didn’t realize it, SPA was originally started about 12 or 13 years ago by a small group of women looking for a respite from the winter doldrums. They chose a hotel in Portland, Maine and went for the weekend. They brought their knitting and their spinning and they hung out together, swimming in the pool and eating good food and enjoying each other’s company. Since that time SPA has moved to Freeport, expanded to 3 different hotels (each filled about to capacity from what I understand) and now includes vendors to supply us with yarn and fiber.

But the essence of SPA? That need to take a break from winter and hang out with like minded friends who enjoy fiber pursuits along with a good cocktail and delicious food? That hasn’t changed a bit. And that’s what I spent my weekend doing.


Sharon and Jo-Ann and Vivian (Jo-Ann’s sister-in-law) headed to Maine first thing Thursday morning. We had lunch at Gritty’s, per tradition. We broke with tradition for a visit to Halycon yarn but after that everything was pretty much second-verse-same-as-the-first.

carole sharon joann hilton bar for carole knits

The same good friends.


The same great restaurants.


The same awesome vendors.

gang at tuscan for carole knits

It’s no wonder I look forward to it all year.

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Looks like it was as good as a winter escape can be if it doesn’t involve warm sunny beaches.

  2. That sounds like so much fun. I need to go one of these years. Great photos as usual.

  3. What a wonderful weekend you’ve documented! I love the whole relaxed, hang out with friends, eat, knit, and drink premise of SPA. Some day …

  4. We just happened to stumble across that seafood place for lunch. I’m glad we did. I’m looking forward to next year!

  5. I had no idea it had gotten so large! How fun! And Free-fing-port!! Did you go to LLB? I miss New England!

  6. Thank you for underscoring the spirit and bones of the event, Carole. Thank. You for clinging to that, and for sharing wonderful images from the weekend. kiss. (Keeping it simple, sweeties)

  7. What a perfect way to beat the winter blahhhs! It just looks perfect in every way. (And how WAS Halcyon, by the way?)

  8. *green* (but just a little bit 😉 seriously it sounds like and looks like the very best kind of mid-winter getaway. did you come home with anything new?

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