Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the first ever Historical Romance Retreat (HRR) in Spokane, Washington. This was a chance for historical romance readers and authors to mix and mingle in a gorgeous historical setting. The event was held at the Davenport hotel, which was built in 1914 and has housed distinguished guests like Amelia Earhart. This is the lobby and restaurant area.
All the attendees were encouraged to dress up for the various events. Dressing up wasn’t mandatory and the half that didn’t dress up had just as much fun as the half that did.
The retreat started with a soiree where authors and readers mingled, then we adjourned to the historic Bing Crosby Theater where we watched an old Greer Garson movie while snacking on old time candy.
The next day we attended panels and workshops. I went to one on Feminism in Historical Romance led by Eva Leigh, Tessa Dare, and Eileen Dreyer. The chats were followed by high tea and my favorite event of the retreat, the gaming night. We learned games from the past and gambled with real coins from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Finally we made our way to an Absinthe party where we tried absinthe and other drinks from the past.
Saturday was a book signing and the Grand Ball. It was really quite the event. If you love historical romance, put this on your calendar for next year.
And check out the giveaway on my website. Win an Historical Romance Readers tote bag, a signed copy of Anna Campbell’s A Scoundrel by Moonlight, a ripped bodice sewing kit from Tessa Dare, a screen cleaner from Darcy Burke, a deck of cards from Rose Lerner, a luggage tag from Sabrina Jeffries, and a pen from Sabrina York.