Friday, August 14, 2015

Do You Need A Getaway Weekend?

Wouldn't it be great to relax and hang out with women who "get it" about widowhood? Why not join me along with other widow friends who read this blog for a getaway weekend in December? I'd love for you to come! Our schedule is subject to change but it will be very casual and centered around fellowship, food, and fun!

hotel check in starts at 3 pm.
5:30 leave for the concert
7:00 The Living Christmas Tree Concert at Florence Baptist Temple (free)

free breakfast available at the hotel from 6-10 am.
10:00 Workshop and Q&A time with Ferree
12:00 lunch in the hospitality room (approx. $10).
Afternoon: free time, I recommend visiting the local antique malls
Evening: Christmas party at Ferree's house!

free breakfast available from the hotel from 6-10 am.
9:00 devotions and farewell with Ferree in the hospitality room. Receive your "Letter to Your Future" if you sent one.
10:00 catch a ride for morning worship at Florence Baptist Temple if you'd like.
12:00 noon: hotel check out
If you'd like to stay an extra day or more either before or after the event, simply add on the days when you make your room reservation


Date: December 4-6, 2015
Place: Hampton Inn, 3000 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina. Click here for the hotel website. For TripAdvisor reviews click here. The rooms are currently being renovated, and they'll be completed in October---so for us it will be like its brand new!
Rooms & Rates: Standard King-size bed or Standard 2 Queen-size beds, $99.00/night (Costs may be split among any who decide to room together, and you can find other's who want to share a room if you contact me).
How to reserve a room: Call Hampton Inn 843-629-9900 and mention the "Weekend With the Author/Ferree Hardy" so you get this lowest rate of $99/night. Room will be held with a valid credit card provided by you. Each guest is responsible for her own charges. You must call and reserve your room no later than November 20th. BUT call as soon as possible because the group size is limited! (Hotel rooms are eligible for cancellation until 6 pm the day of arrival).

Transportation: Florence is conveniently located at the eastern end of I-20 and halfway between New York and Miami on I-95. Mapquest the hotel if you're driving. If you prefer to come by Amtrak or airplane (destination Florence, SC) please let me know so I can pick you up at our Amtrak station or at Florence airport, the world's most adorable little airport.
You're responsible for your own lodging, transporation and meals other than breakfast; every thing else is free! Saturday lunch will be brought in and less than $10 and we'll collect payment at that time. 


  1. Ferree and I met through her blog several years ago and finally met face to face at a widows convention in Knoxville. Both of us were several years into our "widowhood" and I was looking for ways to share my experiences with other young widows. Ferree and I have since become friends and I was able to visit with her at her home in Florence. Ferree is a living testimony not only to surviving widowhood, but to becoming a beacon in the night to new and young widows.
    Also, if you plan on coming to the retreat, plan of staying for church on Sunday. Ferree's church has the BEST choir ever. I found myself wishing I lived closer to Florence, just to go to her church. Hope to meet some of you in December.

  2. Ferree is sweet and dear lady, I've had the chance to visit Ferree at her home and meet her beautiful fur babies that day. She is a gracious hostess. She is a beautiful strong Christian woman whom I think of as a good friend. I hope to get to see many of you dear ladies at the weekend getaway.

  3. I meant to add I know everyone will enjoy themselves and there will be a lot of laughter ;)

  4. Thank you my friends! I'm sure it might seem kind of strange to just go meet people that you've met through a blog, but about a dozen are signed up already, and as the last commenter stated, we really are going to enjoy ourselves and laugh a lot. Kleenex boxes will be out too, just in case, and everyone will understand. It'll be a beautiful and meaningful weekend in every way. If you can make it, you will make some lifelong friends. I hope you can come! :)


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