Elk Meadows Retreat

Elk Meadows Retreat

Quilting - Stamping and Scrapbooking - Beading - Art - Crafts

Elk Meadows in Lakeside, Arizona provides a resort style get-away for groups of 6 - 8 retreaters.


Elk Meadows Retreat

Join like-minded people to create or just relax away stress in the Ponderosa Pines of Northeastern Arizona.

Relax and Re-energize

Elk Meadows Retreat

While enjoying comfortable accommodations and delicious meals meant to tempt the pallet, guests are afforded plenty of time and space to relax, rejuvenate, and work on individual or group projects.


Elk Meadows Retreat

Meet new friends or join old friends and share skills, stories, and inspiration. Classes are available upon request.


Elk Meadows Retreat is located on five acres in the heart of the White Mountains of Arizona. We provide workshop retreats that include gourmet meals and resort style accommodations, allowing quilters, crafters, scrap-bookers, and business or social retreaters to spend quality time together while pursuing their creative passions.

Located less than two miles from the center of town, guests are invited to take a break from projects to enjoy shopping at local antique stores, boutiques, and of course the Amazing Quilts store which offers an Elk Meadows discount.

Elk Meadows Retreat

Your Hosts

After retiring in 2006, Donna Deifenbaugh pursued her new found love of quilting. She currently works at the local quilt shop, Amazing Quilts, where she enjoys helping customers and teaching classes. After encouraging her longtime friend Frances Howe to open AZ Creative Connections, Donna and her daughter Brandie Schmelzla were presented with the opportunity to open a similar retreat.

Elk Meadows Retreat now works in cooperation with AZ Creative Connections to accommodate your needs and to provide you with a relaxing and memorable experience.

Come join us! Reserve a spot by calling (928) 368-5407, (928) 369-8280, or (928) 242-9050


Elk Meadows Retreat

Satisfy your creative side at Elk Meadows. Enjoy a well-lighted 700 sq. ft. activity room furnished with eight 6 ft. tables, 3 ironing stations, 2 cutting tables equipped with cutting mats, three design boards: 1 – 8’x29’, 1 – 8’x13’, 1 – 8’x8’, and comfortable chairs. Our spacious activity room comes equipped with a large counter top, microwave oven, coffee pot, water kettle, refrigerator, and wi-fi for your convenience.

Elk Meadows retreat offers the following accommodations for your use: A large living room; three bathrooms: two upstairs and one downstairs; and 4 large bedrooms: Two bedrooms downstairs furnished with twin beds, and two bedrooms upstairs, furnished with twin beds. All bedrooms are furnished with dressers and large closets, offering plenty of room for you to unpack and organize your belongings during your stay.Our outdoor patio provides you with plenty of space to soak up the beautiful weather and clean air of the White Mountains.

Elk Meadows Retreat
Elk Meadows Retreat

On the night of your arrival, we invite you to socialize with your fellow guests while feasting on delightful hors de oeuvres. We invite and encourage you to bring a beverage of your choice. Throughout the remainder of your stay, wake up to coffee, tea and a delicious eye opener snack. Mid-morning and early evening, we invite you to our table to enjoy gourmet-style brunches and delicious dinners, served in a relaxed family style atmosphere. A snack and beverage will also be provided mid-afternoon.

Contact Us

To assure your desired dates book your retreat now!

Call Donna Deifenbaugh (928) 368-5407 or (928) 242-9050, or Brandie Schmelzla (928) 369-8280


Elk Meadows Retreats services both Week and Weekend Retreats

$235 per person
3 night stay

$270 per person
4 night stay

$50/person to secure your reservation. Check-in: 2:00pm, Check-out: 12:00pm


Book Now

Currently reservations are only being taken over the phone. To lock in your desired dates, call now for reservations.

Call Donna Deifenbaugh at (928) 368-5407 or (928) 242-9050, or call Brandie Schmelzla at (928) 369-8280