Makers Weekend

A weekend retreat at Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome Makers!

I’ve put together a perfect weekend getaway for sewers, knitters and crafters. Enjoy farm-fresh meals, cozy beds and unlimited time in our refurbished dairy barn studio while you work on your projects. Arrive Friday and head home Sunday. In between you relax work and make new friends in our beautiful setting. It’s craft camp for grown-ups!

I’m Patty and I’ll be your host for Makers Weekend. My husband and I are innkeepers at Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast, located a few hours north of Minneapolis.

Northern Comfort is a five bedroom traditional Finnish bed and breakfast tucked into 17 acres of pines and fields. During the retreat, we’ll gather in our refurbished 1930’s barn that houses our antique shop and studio. The retreat includes open studio time, all meals, evening wine and cheese cocktail hours and a traditional Finnish sauna. 

Northern Comfort Maker’s weekends are unstructured, meaning we do not have a specific project or even specific approach for the weekend. Attendees who would like some help selecting projects for the weekend are encouraged to contact us for a planning session. Attendees who are interested in knitting or sewing may request basic instruction as part of the retreat experience.


Ideas for projects: Knitting, garment or quilt sewing, scrapbooking or even writing/reading projects. We’re providing the space for relaxation and creativity.


We’ll keep things fun and flexible, but here’s a general approach for the weekend.


Arrive anytime in the afternoon. There are no formal dinner plans, so you’re on your own, but you’re welcome to settle in and get recommendations for one of our great local restaurants! Head up to Ely and check out Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and then grab dinner at Insula Restaurant before settling in at the farm for the evening.

7:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese reception Kick off the weekend and get to know each other! Hosted in our farmhouse, on cool evenings we’ll have the fire going. Or if it’s still a warm day, we’ll gather in the gazebo. Either way… bring your yarn and needles if you have them!


9:00 a.m. Farm-fresh breakfast in the farmhouse
10:00 a.m. Open studio in the barn
12:30 p.m. Lunch in the farmhouse
2:00 p.m. Open studio in the barn
4:30 p.m. Wine and cheese in the gazebo (weather permitting, in the farmhouse if too chilly!)
6:00 p.m. Dinner in the farmhouse
7:30 p.m. ’till whenever Open studio in the barn
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. traditional wood burning Finnish Sauna


9:00 a.m. Farm-fresh breakfast in the farmhouse
10:00 a.m. Open studio in the barn
12:30 p.m. Lunch in the farmhouse
1:30 p.m. Retreat closes

What To Bring

Project work

  • Knitting needles
  • Knitting projects you want to work on
  • Fabric, thread and what’s needed for sewing projects
  • Sewing machine (if needed)
  • Sewing tools 
  • Not a knitter or sewist? Bring what you need to work on your project!

Personal items

  • Casual clothes
  • Beverages/Snacks – we have gourmet coffee, tea, popcorn and more in our tearoom… but if you would like anything special, bring it along! Cabinet and refrigerator space available.
  • Toiletries – basics are provided (soap/bodywash, etc.) 
  • Don’t worry about…. linens, towels, robes, slippers – we’ve got you covered there! 

What We’re Bringing To the Work Table

  • Two nights lodging in our historic bed and breakfast. Rates available for single or double occupancy.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday; and wine and cheese on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Traditional wood-fired Finnish sauna, cozy robes and bottled water on Saturday evening.
  • Open studio time in our refurbished 1930’s dairy barn.
  • Work tables and basic tools (check with us to make sure we have what you need on hand) in the studio.
  • One pre-planning session to make sure you’ve got a great plan for the weekend.
  • Complimentary one-on-one instruction in knitting and/or sewing.
  • Free WiFi, complimentary plush robes, gourmet coffee, tea and snacks in our front porch tearoom, 24 hours a day.

About the B&B

Guests will stay in one of our five guest rooms at Northern Comfort. Each room reflects special touches to ensure your stay is pleasant and cozy. All rooms contain queen size beds, plush robes, fluffy towels and free WiFi.

Rates are based on single occupancy. If you would like to travel with a friend, we have also set up double occupancy rates to cover two participants sharing one room during the retreat. All rooms have a queen bed and our full private bath suite can easily accommodate a rollaway bed.

If you would like to come early or stay late, we are offering additional nights at the B&B for all attendees at a special rate of $75 per night on a first-come-first serve basis.


Private Bath – The Northern Comfort Suit

This two room suite boasts a full bath (shower, sink, commode,) and sitting room with cozy velvet vintage armchairs. It is truly private haven to get away. There’s also plenty of room to share with your girlfriends to slumber party it up. Ask about our rollaway or other options!


Semi-Private Bath – Heritage Room

The Heritage room includes a semi-private bath that includes a sink and commode. This is one of our coziests rooms with a vintage wardrobe and tons of charm. 


Shared Bath – Northern Lights Room

The Northern Lights Room is our most classic, lovely room in the house. Enjoy vintage linens and needlepoint for a great night’s sleep. The Northern Lights Room shares facilities with our Northern Pines and Minnesota room. 


Shared Bath – Northern Pines Room

Looking for northwoods charm? Look no further. The Northern Pines room is packed full of rustic pine furniture, birch bark accessories and plenty of fun touches to top off your northern adventure! The Northern Pines Room shares facilities with our Northern Lights and Minnesota room. 


Shared Bath – Northern Minnesota Room

The Northern Minnesota Room is a true getaway room at Northern Comfort! Filled with traditional cabin touches like pine furnishings and birchbark accessories, the Minnesota room offers true solitude with windows on three sides. The Northern Minnesota Room shares facilities with our Northern Pines and Northern Lights room. 


The Barn | Antiques + Studio

Studio time will be in the newly refurbished 1930’s dairy barn, stocked with a cozy fireplace/stove, pine panelling and tons of antiques. The barn houses Northern Comfort’s antiques business and makes for a perfect studio space.


The Sauna

Love it steamy? On Saturday night we’ll fire up our traditional wood-burning sauna for a truly relaxing experience. Plan on bringing a bathing suit to get in on the sauna, but leave the slippers and robes to us. We’ve got you covered


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