Wyoming Yarn Retreat
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454 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501

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Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Thursday 10- 5 pm
Friday 10 - 6 pm
Saturday 10 - 5 
Sunday 12- 4 pm
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Longmont Yarn Shoppe is Going on a Wild West Retreat

April 25 - 28, 2024

Escape to Buffalo, Wyoming for the perfect get-away! Unwind and experience history at The Historic Occidental Hotel - a former hot spot of celebrities such as Teddy Roosevelt, Butch Cassidy and Calamity Jane. Enjoy crafting in various locations like the Lobby (pictured below), Library or Tea Room while soaking up local vibes & culture on Main Street. Visit Mountain Meadow Wool with us where you'll have a chance to tour the facility & hand-dye two skeins of your own design which you can take home & remember this special trip by! Relax with a glass of wine or cup tea; enjoy good company over some knitting/crocheting... don't miss out on this adventure packed weekend away!

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Hotel Details

UPDATE - the Occidental Hotel is FULLY BOOKED with our retreat. There are other options for lodging that you can tap into and still enjoy the entire retreat experience including doing handwork in the hotel lobby, as well as all the included events and activities for the retreat. 

Register for the retreat under "Bunking with a Friend" option and then reach out to

Blue Gables Motel and Coffee Shop OR contact Trudy at Big Horn Motel to secure lodging just a few blocks from the Occidental. Mention the retreat for special pricing for your lodging, 

Big Horn Motel is 0.2 miles from the Occidental, a 5 minute walk or a 2 minute drive.

Blue Gables is 0.6 miles from the Occidental. This is a 12 minute walk & 2 minute drive to the Occidental. Blue Gables  and is managed by the owners of the Occidental. Contact the Occidental to book Blue Gables.

What's the Plan


Check-in time is 3pm.

4pm – 5:30pm  Cocktails & Appetizers at the welcome gathering in the lobby

Evening – on your own or with your newly found friends. We suggest dinner in the Saloon! Stay for the Bluegrass Jam that begins at 7 pm and get to know the locals!


Tour of Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill with dyeing class & shopping at their store.

In the afternoon we'll have a private tour of the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum. 

Dinner on your own. Consider meeting up at the Saloon to listen to local band Wyoming Wind at 8 pm.


We'll head south of town 15 minutes to visit the historic TA Ranch for a History Tour & Wagon Ride on the Ranch. Then we'll head into the main dining area for Brunch/Lunch followed by a Basque Dance performance.

We'll head back to the hotel so you can spend the afternoon shopping downtown, doing handwork in the lobby, or taking a nap! 

Dinner on your own. Consider meeting up at the Saloon again to listen to local band Wyoming Wind at 8 pm.


Brunch at the Occidental followed by Ranch Tour at the Camino Ranch.  Then it's good bye for now as we all departure back to home. 

Retreat Cost

$399.00 per person if you bunk with a friend or friends and $429.00 if you book a private room at the Occidental Hotel

Click on the REGISTER NOW/Lobby image link at the top of the page to secure your retreat spot. 

Contact the Hotel to reserve your room. Retreat cost and lodging is separate and via separate reservation. 

The retreat cost includes:

  • A Goodie Bag!
  • Breakfast Friday at the Busy Bee Cafe & and a brunch on Saturday (TA Ranch)  & Sunday (Virginian Room at the Occidental Hotel)
  • Sack lunch at Mountain Meadow Wool on Friday
  • Cocktails & Appetizers on Thursday night
  • Tour and Hand-dyeing class at Mountain Meadow Wool: each person will leave with 2 skeins of Wyoming wool that they have dyed.
  • Tour of the Jim Gatchell Historic Museum
  • History Tour, wagon ride & Basque performance at the TA Ranch

Participants are responsible for their own meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and lunch on Saturday. There is a complimentary coffee room available throughout the day at the hotel. The Busy Bee Cafe, located in the hotel, has beverages and snacks available for purchase. 

Transportation and lodging is on your own. We have blocked out the entire hotel for the retreat. Call to reserve your room - 307-684-0451.

Carpooling is encouraged. Upon registration with your permission we will link you to a Google doc to coordinate car pooling.

Those of you traveling from out of state, fly in to the airport at Sheridan, Wyoming.

Retreat Cancellation Policy
Prior to March 15 = 75% Refund (25% non-refundable)
Between March 15 and 31st = 50% Refund
After March 31st = No Refund

Hear From Previous Attendees

"The retreat was great! I met a group of wonderful people. I enjoyed learning about the wool industry in the Buffalo area and Karen's talk about the mill and how her simple idea that began at a kitchen table became a successful business was inspiring! The hotel was excellent! It represented the area/history well I loved the unique areas in the hotel. The staff were great!"
- Claudia B.

"The retreat was awesome! The Occidental Hotel was perfect- it was part of the history of the area which was integral to everything we did. Lobby was a great venue for meeting and knitting. Food was great and dinners on our own was a good idea. It gave me a bit of down time to absorb & process the day. Everyone was over the top friendly and passionate about what they were sharing were it the hotel staff, the Basque dancers, dyers or historians."
- Mary Sue R.

"Well planned retreat! Wonderful attention to detail was appreciated. The mill and yarn dyeing experience was excellent & the town was full of fun features and facts! Thank you for a great weekend!"
- Beth R.