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Abbeyfeale at St. George Plantation

Private pool at Abbeyfeale

View of Gulf from Abbeyfeale



Guests will be housed in Abbeyfeale, an attractively appointed beach view home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in the gated community of St. George Plantation. For those times when you need to stretch your muscles and let your mind float, hike along the white sandy beach, swim in Abbeyfeale's private pool (weather permitting), or pedal along miles of bike path. Bring your own bicycle, or rent one from an island rental shop. This residence is has an elevator for easier access. Smoking and pets are not permitted on the retreat property. Guests will share rooms and bathrooms, but will not share beds.

Visit to see all the amenities. By clicking on the link there for St. George Plantation map, you will see Abbeyfeale. To drive there, you will proceed through the plantation gate, drive along Leisure Lane until you get near the airport. Watch for Windy Pass on the left. Pass Windy Pass and go on to the NEXT left, which is Nick's Way. (You'll see a sign that says "Nick's Hole.") At the end of Nick's Way turn left and proceed to the cul de sac. A sign reading "Abbeyfeale" is on your left, and I'll have a writers' retreat sign out in front, as well.

Upon arrival, guests will be supplied with clean bath linens and a bed which has been made up. There is no maid service during our stay.



As noted on the registration and rates pages, all participants are asked to share the responsibility of providing meals. Each person is asked to handle (shopping, preparation, serving and clean-up) either one evening dinner, two noon lunches, or four breakfasts, and give the organizers some idea of what she will offer so we can be assured of a reasonable variety in the menu over the course of the five days of the retreat. Food need not be fancy, just reasonably nutritious and filling. It may be prepared prior to your arrival and transported, prepared on site, or purchased from a deli or other take-out facility. You make the decision of how to handle your meal(s). After we meet, each member of the group will also be asked to sign up to help out in the preparation, serving and clean-up of one other meal, so you will have a helper. We will have some staples on hand: juice, soda, coffee & tea (and fixin's), butter, salt and get the idea.

There is a small market on the island, and there are a couple of larger stores within a few miles on the mainland, but no huge supermarkets. This may influence your grocery shopping plans.

As participants "claim" meals and name their entrees, I will list them below to aid others in planning.

Meals will be served family style. We regret that we cannot cater to special diets. Hot and cold beverages will be available around the clock.


Nov. 4
Wednesday, Nov. 5, Apalachicola Writers' Workshop Day
Nov. 6, Retreat begins
Nov. 7
Nov. 8

Nov. 9

Nov. 10

Check out by 9 a.m.


(No meals served Tuesday, but retreat participants attending the Wednesday workshops in Apalachicola tomorrow may check in on Tuesday after 4 p.m. Expect organized chaos.)

Choice of cereals, eggs, English muffins, toast, quickbreads, fruits; coffee, tea, etc.

11 a.m.

Get-Acquainted Brunch
Egg & Cheese Puff
or French toast casserole;
Bacon, sausage;
Mixed fruit;
Juice, hot beverages

Choice of cereals, eggs, English muffins, toast, quickbreads, fruits; coffee, tea, etc.
Choice of cereals, eggs, English muffins, toast, quickbreads, fruits; coffee, tea, etc.
Choice of cereals, eggs, English muffins, toast, quickbreads, fruits; coffee, tea, etc.
Join us at a nearby restaurant for Dutch treat farewell breakfast






Plan on lunch at Trinity Church Parish Hall in Apalachicola, complimentary for those taking two or more workshops, for others, $10.

Soup and ...


Taco salad and ...







On your own for supper in Apalachicola

Chicken Marengo with rice, veggie & salad; Apple cake with cider sauce. beverages


Entree TBA, but I heard mention of her famous chocolate fudge cake...

Pork Loin Roast with roasted vegetables, bread and salad, fruit & yogurt parfait, beverages

Veggie Lasagna, salad, bread, dessert, beverages