Discover Your Artistic Side at Southgate Villa Retreat

Discover Your Artistic Side at Southgate Villa Retreat

Meet the artsy owner of the fun craft retreat in Plainwell, MI


Hello artists of Plainwell, MI & Barry County! My name is Margie, and I’m the owner of Southgate Villa Retreat. If you had asked me 14 years ago if I thought I was creative or artistic, the answer would have been “absolutely not.” I work for a large corporation as a financial analyst, so I thought that there was no way I could have a creative side. But somewhere along the way, things changed.

In 2003, just before my son was born, a good friend of mine gave me a scrapbook as a baby shower gift. She was an avid scrapbooker who desperately wanted to teach me how to put photos into a scrapbook instead of throwing them into a shoebox. I was very skeptical that I could do anything other than glue a picture onto a page. But you know what? I surprised myself! Not only did I enjoy being creative, after a couple of years, I was actually pretty good!

I love the social aspect of scrapbooking: getting together with friends for a day or a weekend, being creative together, learning from each other, talking and laughing. I have met so many people and made many new friends while crafting. This creative outlet has been a true blessing.

A few years ago, I started thinking about how much fun it would be to own a scrapbooking retreat. But, of course, it was just a dream—until I stumbled upon the perfect place in Plainwell, MI. With the support, help and love of my family and friends, I’m making my dream a reality.

We’re all artists in our own unique way

Whether you’re an avid crafter or a novice, I invite you to get together with friends for a weekend of fun-filled crafting. Because whatever craft you enjoy, doing it with your friends is more fun! Our retreat includes:

  • A craft room equipped with six-foot tables, adjustable chairs and OttLite lamps
  • A variety of crafting tools and materials to use at your convenience
  • Comfortable overnight accommodations for up to six guests

Call 269-680-9009 to book your stay at Southgate Villa Retreat in Plainwell, MI of Barry County.