It's not any weirder than a yoga retreat, but a knitting retreat is something it never occurred to me existed. But Vogue Knitting is launching a series of "destination weekend experiences" across the country. Their first stop: Maupin, Oregon's ethically committed Imperial Stock Ranch, whose yarn division, Imperial Yarn, boasts Anna Cohen as its creative director. From May 18-21, participants will be treated to classes with knitwear designer and author Nicky Epstein, a "a five-course meal with regional wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Mark Hosack of Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe," plus other Eastern Oregon-style tourist activities like sheep wrangling and "cowboy entertainment." Just imagine all the City Slickers-style hijinks that have the potential to ensue ("Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep them dogies rollin', man my ass is swollen...") I have a line out to find out how much the package costs, but it sounds like a fine way to get some fresh air. Plus: sheep wrangling seems like something you should probably know.

Anna Cohen for Imperial Yarn
  • Anna Cohen
  • Anna Cohen for Imperial Yarn

UPDATE! More info on rates and what's included:

The event is extremely limited (23 to 35 attendees depending on single and double occupancy). Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. At this time there are still a few spots left.
The price includes:
Transportation from downtown Portland to and from the Lodge
3 nights lodging
All meals with wine (at dinners).
8 hours of instruction with Nicky Epstein, Nicky will be with us all weekend for all the festivities. (Yarn will be provided)
A tour of the Imperial Stock Ranch
Entertainment on Saturday night.
5 course gourmet dinner and wine pairing.

There a few non river views starting at $1230 for a double and $1430 for a single.
Double occupancy non river view: $1500 per person
Double occupancy river view: $1600 per person
Single occupancy non river view: $1800
Single occupancy river view: $1950

For pricing information please contact Doreen Connors, Director of Advertising Sales at 212.­937.2554 or vkdestinations@sohopublishing.com.