For close to 25 years, Beryl Carpenter has been hosting an annual quilting retreat at Camp Casey Conference Center. The group of 8-12 women occupies the Alumni House West for a long weekend in January to work on quilting projects and build upon their friendships.
“We like the Victorian architecture,” Carpenter said. “We mostly stay in the house, but sometimes we visit the lighthouse. We always go into town and visit some fabric stores. It’s a place where you can really relax and de-stress.”
Carpenter has a long history of visiting Camp Casey. She attended a kid’s camp the year the Camp opened and has since attended alumni and church events at the Conference Center. She credits the convenient location, not too far from Seattle, for making it a popular facility for retreats such as these.
The quilting group prepares their own meals in the 100 year-old Alumni House West, which features a country kitchen equipped with a 4-burner electric stove and oven, coffee maker, microwave, cooking wares and serve-ware for 21. The house is the west half of an officers’ housing duplex built in the 1900’s and provides a perfect space for retreats and reunions of up to 21 guests.
Sleeping arrangements are varied in the house’s six bedrooms (five upstairs and one down) with a mix of bunk beds, twin beds, double and queen beds. Three additional roll-away beds are also available.
The lower floor of the house features a living room, large dining room, butler’s pantry and kitchen. Outside, a mudroom and expansive wrap-around porch complete the homey feel of the space.
“It’s a very large group of rooms and has everything we need,” Carpenter said. “People are very helpful and accommodating, it’s just a really nice relaxing place to be.”