TwinflowerInnThe Twinflower Inn hosts a variety of annual events including Book Lovers' Weekends, A Writers' Retreat, music and storytelling concerts. We are also eager to work with you to host your next family gathering, retreat, or mini-conference. Please contact us to book your next event at The Twinflower Inn!




Annual Writer's Retreat January 3 - 7, 2018

From First Draft to Published Book 


What? Me a published author? You might be daydreaming… This is your chance to make that dream come true! Whether you have already finished your manuscript or are just getting started on a hot new idea, your first book or your seventh, this weekend will be a restive and recharging retreat with a concrete goal of moving your ideas towards publication! Spend a rich weekend with a dozen other writers in a supportive and nurturing environment. The fourth annual Writer’s Retreat, sponsored by The Twinflower Inn, will provide a balance of instruction, coaching and lots of quiet time to write. If you wish to learn more about building a better story, restructuring your story with clearer language, and participating in constructive conversations, then make reservations right away as we tend to fill all of our slots early. Folks are encouraged to attend the entire five days, but if you want to come for just three or four days that is fine. Locals may wish to show up for the full day of workshops on Saturday or just one or two classes and that is also encouraged. E-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.




Book Lovers’ Weekend Retreats  

At The Twinflower Inn, Bishop Hill, IL

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Call to book the entire Inn for your bookclub!

Have you ever daydreamed about disappearing for a weekend with your favorite book,

with nothing to distract you from the luxury of reading?  

Join us for a pampered reading retreat! From Bill Gates to Oprah more and more folks are planning reading retreats, where you can pour over books you have always wanted to read.

Indulge yourself, or someone you love, with a winter’s weekend devoted to snuggling up with a book, (or two… or three) unplugged from the outside world. The Twinflower Inn is offering a special book lovers’ weekend retreat this winter.  Here are the details:

Friday: Arrive as early as noon and settle into one of our rooms.  Dinner is on your own. The Filling Station serves heart warming comfort food. 

7:00-8:00 pm Enjoy a literary inspired drink & snacks in the dining room.

Saturday,  7:00 am Coffee and tea available. 

9:00 Breakfast served in the dining room. Go ahead and wear your pajamas. In fact, you’re welcome to spend the whole weekend in pajamas if you wish.

12:00 Chicken Pot Pie & salad available for a light lunch in the dining room.   

   All other activities optional; these options for the day must be prescheduled and include: 

  • An in-room massage from Stephanie Taylor of Taylor Made Massage ($60)
  • A craft project at Hantverk Galleri ($30) 
  • An historic walking tour of Bishop Hill with author Brian “Fox” Ellis ($10)

5:00 pm Happy Hour in the Dining Room; Come talk about what you’re reading!   

6:00 Dinner at Twinflower Inn:  A scrumptious casserole with salad and pie.

7:30 Weather permitting, A Campfire in the backyard with  stories. 

Sunday 7:00 am Coffee and Tea available 

9:00 Breakfast   Checkout Time 5:00pm. Plan to stay Sunday night for just $50 extra. 

Cost Per Person for the weekend is $175 plus tax for single occupancy, $120 plus tax, per person, for double occupancy. So bring a friend to share the retreat! Call Kim at 309-696-0833 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make reservations!

Offered just four weekends this year:

Jan 12-14, Jan 26-28,  March 2-4, March 23-25  2018




A Maple Syrup Making Weekend

February 2-4, 2018

We have moved this event to the beginning of the season so you can home the next day and tap your own trees!

This is actually a three-tiered experience with the shared goal of teaching you everything you need to know to make your own maple syrup! You might choose to come for the entire weekend as a guest at The Twinflower Inn for the full immersion or you can sign up for the day long workshop on Saturday. All participants will go home with a small jar of syrup and have the option of buying a starter kit with the taps and filters they need to begin their family tradition of making syrup from sap!

The Full Immersion experience begins Friday evening at 7:00 with Maple Syrup cocktails we will experiment and experience a variety of maple flavored drinks and treats! And of course breakfast Saturday morning will include both traditional french toast and syrup and some new ways of using Maple Syrup in your breakfast!

Saturday's workshop includes a hands-on experience from selecting trees, tapping trees, collecting sap, boiling, filtering and bottling the syrup. Bring a lunch dish to pass and plan to spend the day sitting around the fire sharing stories of the history of maple syrup making!

We are also helping to host

Maple Syrup Breakfast for Supper 

@ the Colony School March 3, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

$10 Adults $5 kids 16 and under

It is a fund raiser for the Bishop Hill Arts Council 

Pancakes, fresh made syrup, maple sausage, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate,

storytelling and a demonstration of the syrup making process.


Click here to download the flier!




The Dreaming Tree Concert Series

We are also hosting two ongoing concert series.

The Dreaming Tree Concert series features regional and nationally touring bluegrass, folk and Americana roots music.  We also host a semi-regular storytelling concert series, often on a Friday evening mid-month, all summer long. Come back often to see upcoming programs!




A Celtic Winter Solstice

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December 19th at 7:00 pm we will host Prairie Folklore Theatre's "A Celtic Winter Solstice" With Barry Cloyd and Brian "Fox" Ellis as they share 1000 year old stories and songs that celebrate the Longest night! This is an annual event. This year it is at The Fox Pub and Cafe in Peoria, Illinois. 









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