We are excited to open the first quilting retreat house in Galveston especially designed to meet the needs of quilters and crafters. The house sits on Galveston Bay with the beach not far away. Enjoy sewing, quilting, crafting, relaxing, sunshine, seafood and amazing views of the bay!
We love it...no one wants to leave! What a wonderful week we had together at Pelican View. We always enjoy our time quilting but this retreat space was more conducive to really spending time together. ...We will be back again...and again. The view of the water and the well stocked and clean facilities make this retreat space a favorite.
Sue, the Pelican View quilt retreat was a wonderful experience. The cozy coastal cottage decor created the perfect place to craft in comfort and have many fun conversations. Everyone loved the beautiful mini-quilts on the walls. The space was just the right size to give everyone adequate workspace without making anyone feel left out of the group. The view was relaxing and everyone enjoyed watching the pelicans and dolphins go about their day. Early check-in and late check-out was appreciated as it allowed for a stress free transition from travel to quilting. It would be wonderful to have this option in the future. We look forward to booking our next retreat. The QB's
Susan, We could not have had a better time! Your home is beautiful, cozy and set up so great for quilters! The rooms are beautiful, the quilts so much fun to look over and the amenities incredible! We caught a glimpse of dolphins and enjoyed our sunset views. Looking forward to scheduling another date. PK,SM,SK,MH
Our first trip here and by far one of the best in the 10 years of going on quilt trips. What can you say about the view ... amazing! And the cottage feel is so relaxing to share with our favorite people. The amenities are perfect. Well stocked kitchen, lighting, sewing room setup and ever the luxury towels made this feel like a vacation. Thank you again Pelican View! Already scheduled for October and maybe sooner! PT, SS, VJ, CP
"Piecing in Paradise"
We loaded our machines and fabric stash
Got in our cars and made a mad dash.
We wanted adventures and something new
So we set our beacons on Pelican View.
A house of beauty on the bay
For five wonderful days this is where we get to stay.
We sewed and we laughed and enjoyed local cuisine.
We enjoyed all the beauty of the wonderful scene.
As we looked out the windows at the boats passing by
Or the pelicans who stood watch or flew by in the sky.
We will be back as our new tradition will begin
of our yearly visits again and again.
So this is not good bye. This is not "sew" long.
Because we know retreating here we can not go wrong.
We thank you for letting us stay in Pelican View
And we are counting the days to return and see you.
Composed by Dawn Jordan
The Sew Sisters of Austin had a fantastic weekend here. One of THE BEST quilt retreat places we have been to. The view, the rooms, the amenities, the seaside ambience, the hostess - were all remarkable. Thank you so much and we pray for your success with this endeavor. You are doing all the right things!! DA,JS,JS,TN,DS,GB
This place is AMAZING! We had such a great time! Thank you for everything - we thoroughly enjoyed our sew days! We will be back for sure! SS, LD,KT,JF
There are no words to adequately express my gratitude, joy and thanks to God for leading me to this place. For the "rest of my life," this will be my
"go to place" when I need a break from the "realities" of life! MW
This is a view of Pelican View Retreat House from the street. This is a dream that took many years to become a reality.
My husband (retired from law enforcement) and I (retired neuroscientist from UTMB), have wanted to open a retreat house for several years but life and COVID delayed our dream. Finally, with the purchase of this house in June 2021, our dream is coming true!
The retreat house sits on the edge of Galveston Bay. The house has space for 7 sewing tables, but can actually sleep 8 (6 twin beds and 2 queen beds)
The Retreat house contains 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. We have an elevator, a deck to relax on, a gas fire pit, picnic table, pier and outdoor grill
The retreat house currently accommodates 7 guests with Twin XL or Queen beds for each guest:
Night Heron room (main floor) - Twin XLs
Egret room - (2nd floor) Twin XLs
Pelican room - (2nd floor) Queen bed
Spoonbill room - (2nd floor) Queen bed
Linens and towels are provided.
The work room provides a gorgeous view of the bay! The work space has 6 sewing stations with 6' x 3' and 5" x 3" tables with ergonomic chairs that adjust 4 different ways. Every station has an Ott light with an adjustable fan. There are 6 portable design walls and a power strip for each table. High speed internet, big screen TV with roku are provided.
The 7th sewing space is a built-in desk with a granite top that measures 6' x 2' which is located contiguous with the sewing room.
The cutting station includes an adjustable table that can be raised or lowered to the perfect height for you. There is a large Olfa cutting mat (36” x 24”) and an Ott Lamp attached to the table.
The ironing station includes a “big board” and a full size dry iron, a spray water bottle and a wool pressing mat (18” x 12”).
A Brother printer/copier/scanner is provided for your convenience. You can copy or Airprint anything you need from your phone or iPad.
We have an enclosed lift which can carry you, your luggage and sewing machine to the first floor of the house. A rolling cart is provided to help transfer projects and other items from your car, into the lift then into the house.
When you step inside the lift, you will be able to experience the "Elevator Art! It was a labor of love to decoupage a jelly roll of Kaffe Fassett fabrics onto one wall in the elevator shaft. Add in some large Kaffe flowers and surprise! No more boring elevator ride!
The kitchen contains new stainless steel appliances: refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher. There is service for 12, glassware, wine glasses, a microwave, a Keurig, crock pots, pots and pans, bakeware, blender, toaster, waffle maker. You can cook up a storm or take advantage of the many Galveston restaurants!
The dining table seats 7; there is a bench on one side, + 4 chairs all around.
We have added a sitting area so guests have another place to relax away from their sewing table. This room includes a couch, a love seat and 2 ottomans so you can put your feet up!
The rates are $80 per night per guest (includes state and local hotel tax and state sales tax). The max the retreat can accommodate for quilters is 7 guests, where each get their own table. We can accommodate 8 guests if a table is shared. There is a minimum of 4 guests for 3 nights. Check in time is 3PM, checkout time is 11AM. If you are traveling some distance and want to make the most of your time, an extra night with a 6PM check-in can be added to your 3 night stay. The charge is $40 per person for this night, added to the cost of your 3 night stay. Check with us if this works into your schedule. We do have a 3 night minimum, but you are encouraged to book for a 4, 5 or 6 night stay so you can enjoy the retreat house and the island to the fullest! Please leave your pets at home! All guests must be 18 years or older. This is a no-smoking establishment!
We require a $160 deposit which is fully refundable up to 60 days prior to your stay.
We will be in touch to confirm your reservation and your dates.
8002 Channelview Drive, Galveston, Texas 77554, United States
All potential clients must fill out and submit the Reservation form (found above). When we receive it, we will confirm through email that the dates are available. Once you receive conformation, a deposit must be submitted to hold your preferred dates. We will hold the dates for you for 1 week, during which time you must submit your deposit.
A deposit of $160 can be submitted using either Zelle (Pelicanviewgalveston@gmail.com) or by check made out to Pelican View and mailed to Susan Carlton, 8002 Channelview Dr, Galveston, TX 77554. Retreats cancelled due to COVID-19 quarantine can be rescheduled with no loss of deposit.
Upon arrival, guests may pay for their stay by check (written to Pelican View), or by using Zelle (Pelicanviewgalveston@gmail.com). Multiply the number of nights you are staying by $80. This amount includes state and local hotel taxes and county sales taxes.
The minimum is 4 guests, maximum is 7. There is a 3 night minimum. Check in time is 3PM and check out time is 11AM.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 409-789-3088 or email us: Pelicanviewgalveston@gmail.com
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You will see squadrons of pelicans in flight over the bay or resting on the piers and pylons, hence, our name! Many times we see dolphins surface near the piers. Gulls and terns are constantly in flight.
The Strand offers fun restaurants, boutiques and antiques galore. There are 6 quilts stores within 35 miles of Pelican View: Cactus Quilts, Teo's Treasures, Pinwheels and Posies, Sew Unique Quilting Fabrics (Pins and Needles), Park Avenue Yarns and Fabrics, Fabrics Etcetera. You can shop til you drop!
Galveston boasts of 33 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. Swimming is enjoyed 9-10 months out of the year!
The Seawall, on the Gulf side of the island, is 10 miles long and is home to many different amusements and restaurants. It's a great place for a walk, a bike ride or an evening out on the town.
If you are flying in and can't bring your sewing machine, arrangements can be made to rent a Bernina 440 quilters edition machine from the quilting retreat house. The cost is $100. Please call ahead to make arrangements.
During the pandemic, Pelican View is taking every precaution to keep the house clean and sanitized. Lysol laundry sanitizer is being added to all laundry rinse cycles to sanitize sheets and towels. Surfaces are cleaned with Clorox wipes.
We strive for customer satisfaction and excellence. We take pride in making sure that Pelican View is "shipshape" for your visit and your retreat is enjoyable and hassle free.