On the weekend of November 8th about 22 members of WRS retreated to the past at the Tokeland Hotel on the Washington coast, Willapa Bay. The hotel was built in 1885 and still has a friendly and “homey” feeling. As the weather was wet and cold we enjoyed the blazing fire while working on our hand sewing, playing cards, solving a mystery, reading and just enjoying “company of clever, well-informed people.” Heather, Zac and Nic owners and manager of the hotel were very welcoming and went out of their way to make our weekend special. Heather Earnhardt, (the chef famous for her southern USA style cuisine at the Wandering Goose Restaurant in Seattle) now reigns over the kitchen at Tokeland and prepared some special “Regency era inspired” meals just for us as well as some of her signature dishes. We were very well fed! WRS President Ruth Haring taught us about the early history of Willapa Bay in a very informative presentation on Friday night. Bobbi Chase taught us the basic elements of French Hand Sewing so we can all sew the strongest seams possible with lace insertion everywhere (if we desire.) Many also learned how to write a Regency style letter with a quill. As always Regency era costumes were not required but were strongly encouraged. Many members wore Regency era garb from arrival to departure!
I have collected some photos from the weekend here on this linked page: https://waregency.org/tokeland-recap-2019/
Upon arriving home we received this lovely message from Nic, the hotel managerCynthia, Ruth and the Washington Regency Society, On behalf of Heather, Zac and the entire Tokeland Hotel staff I wanted to extend an enormous thank you to you all. Hosting the Washington Regency Society this weekend was such a tremendous treat. The frivolity, garments, attitude and aura of your group felt so comfortable in the hotel that it would be our absolute pleasure to have you back as often as you’ll come! Seeing how much fun you all were having–not to mention the countless inquiries by dining room guests–made me curious how you get involved with your group! How often do you meet? What other events do you hold? Where is the best place to find information? I can’t say enough how special it was to look out into the lobby of the hotel and be completely transported to another era. I thank you once again and hope you all had as much fun as we did this weekend! All the best, -Nic