About Your Art Escape Experience
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Short description of Art Escape Retreat
Nestled on 10 beautifully wooded acres surrounded by stunning national forest, Art Escape encourages you to have the authentic Montana experience you’re looking for.
If you want to play in our fully-functional ceramic arts studio, Steve is available to teach you how to throw on the wheel or hand-build something wonderful.
Or, if you’re already an accomplished potter, feel free to make yourself at home and create whatever you want!
Your room includes a kitchenette and bathroom shared with our second Art Escape room guests.
And of course, your stay includes our fabulous hot organic breakfast to get you ready for the day!
Getting to Art Escape
To get to Art Escape, you’ll be driving through miles of gorgeous forest land. We’re 10 miles from downtown Whitefish and about 25 miles from Glacier National Airport. Getting here is easy. GPS knows how much you want to escape and will bring you right to our doorway.
Even in the winter, with snow, it’s an easy drive on well-plowed roads (as long as you have four-wheel drive). We do suggest, however, that you pay attention, watching for local deer, turkeys, our crazy neighbor doodle, little boys and our friend, Megan, in her big UPS truck!
The Food Situation…Organic Food and Cooking Meals
Your stay includes breakfast! We strive to create an environment that supports well-being and that’s why we’re proud to offer you our famous organic hot cereal mix, athough Steve often has two or three options for you to choose from when you wake up!
The cereal mix is 100% ORGANIC, high fiber and gluten-free, made with:
Oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins and fix’ns … Ceylon cinnamon (the healthy kind), maple syrup and butter! Yum.
Your organic homemade cereal, or egg dish, will be waiting for you when you wake up in the studio refrigerator in single-serving containers. You can warm it up using the stovetop or the microwave (though it’s a lot healthier heated up on the stove).
Doctor the cereal or eggs dish with whatever you want in the kitchenette. (Kitchenette is actually part of the ceramic art studio.)
You’re on your own for other meals but the kitchen is fully equipped so you can bring whatever food you want to prepare, including meats. (Note: our only request is to refrain from cooking fish in the small studio kitchen because the owner is very sensitive to the smell.)
A little about the house
Art Escape is located inside what was originally a large barn so it has some cool lines and features. It’s well-insulated in all seasons.
There is plenty of parking. Also, if you have any physical limitations at all, the studio, sleeping rooms, shared bath and kitchen area are all on the main floor level so there are no stairs required to access them.
The Art Escape Ceramic Studio
We have several areas set aside to play with clay. The garage studio is where you’ll probably be most comfortable. It’s equipped with everything you’ll need to be creative.
If you want a lesson, let us know. If you want to be left alone, no problem at all. We totally get it. We’re here to make sure you get the art vacation you’re looking for.
If you call and book with us directly, everything will be included in your stay except for firing and glazing fees. And remember, your stay does include our yummy organic hot cereal in the morning.
If you’re booking through AirBnB, these are the charges for the studio that are in addition to the basic room fee:
- Studio fee: $25/day or $125/week
- Material fee: $25 includes a 25-pound bag of clay, tools, gadgets, and equipment, bisque firing (if you’re here long enough) and lots of good company. Additional clay is available for purchase.
If you aren’t here to fire your finished piece, we can do it for you and mail your piece to you. Or you can paint one of our pieces. We will fire it and mail it to you. Prices vary.
The studio is open from 7 am to 9 pm.
Other amenities for your vacation enjoyment:
- Unlimited Hot Water! We have a new on-demand system that means you will NEVER run out of hot water. Not only that but the shower is large and there are two showerheads, so shower with a friend!
- We’ve done our best to equip it with just about everything you’ll need to cook a real meal so that you can just stay here and relax rather than going out. We provide the basic herbs you may want: salt, pepper, garlic (hello) and whatever else previous guests have donated.
- There’s coffee and tea, both regular and decaf of both plus creamers and sugars (no fake ones though…yuk) for your enjoyment as well.
Note about the internet:
Both Art Escape Guest Rooms are hard-wired with ethernet cables for a couple of reasons:
- Living in WIFI isn’t healthy so we do our best to have it turned off
- Internet access in these parts is delivered via DSL, not cable. Hard-wiring the rooms gives you much faster access.
- We do still have the capacity to turn on WIFI for limited periods of time in a pinch.
Booking your Art Escape experience:
Art Escape currently has two nice rooms that sleep two guests per room per night. Each of our two sleeping rooms is fully furnished and very comfortable. Check out our rooms here.
Rooms are currently reserved via our AirBnB listing so all you have to do is click on the links on the Rooms page and check your desired dates and then reserve them via AirBnB.
Planning Your Experience:
Art Escape is geared for a few types of people:
- Experienced potter who simply wants to be creative in a comfortable, playful, relaxing environment outside his/her normal studio. Sometimes it takes getting away from it all to discover something new and different inside of you.
- Beginner who wants a few initial lessons in order to explore an artistic curiousity that has been begging to be let out. We can give you a few basic lessons on both throwing on the wheel as well as beginning hand building.
- Artists with some experience and talent but lacks a studio to improve their skills and talents who wants to immerse themselves in clay for a week (or three)!