Rise ... Create ... Rejuvinate
in the Connecticut River Valley



Residencies & Retreats 

Days of Artful Nourishment 

Chef Prepared Meals

Full 24/7 Access to the Studio

On site private or semi-private rooms

Full access to the grounds

Full access to kayaks, Bikes and paddleboards

Time to relax and be inspired

Unlimited laughter and friendship with kindred spirits!

Teaching artists from across the country who will share & inspire

Inspiring & Fun Excursions

*Yoga and/or Hooping in the Gardens

*Paddleboard Yoga

*Sunset Paddleboard

* Based on weather and availability

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"The feel of the rooms, the friendliness of the town, the inviting sites nearby, and the great food, - this very special place is one of New England's best kept secrets!"

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 Our Story 

I've always loved art

I've always liked to create

I've always liked the hosptality industry

I've always loved the water

I've always liked to transform spaces

I've always loved gardens and gardening

I am a die-hard New Englander

So we bought a beautiful historic property in the center

of a very historic town, Glastonbury with direct river access...

Spent years rennovating...

Transformed this tired property into a showpiece of

Art, design and gardens...

Made a home and business reflecting my design style...

Have been operating as a small country inn, event venue & retreat for the past 12 years....

And now I am combining my love of art & hospitality

into a magical retreat location for all things creative!


Patricia B... artist for my brand, Design Poetry, Resident Artist and "Chief Experience Officer" (CEO)

of the Connecticut River Valley Inn

For a truly quintessental New England experience.

My Art Website: 
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The Venue:
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My Instagram:
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 The Details* 

Let your adventure begin!!

Due to the small, intimate setting of this retreat, spaces are limited.


don’t miss this amazing experience!

Your Retreat Includes:

5 days and 4 nights all inclusive, with freshly made healthy breakfast, a light salad lunch and chef prepared dinner using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Dietary restrictions can be considered as long as we know upon registration. Any off site meals are excluded.

3 1/2  Days of Creativity in our Artist studio with a special guest artist teacher (I have searched for and invited very talented artist/teachers who are skilled at their craft) to guide you through your new experience!! Check our schedule HERE

Local Transportation from the airport to Glastonbury – at a time to be specified though most likely late afternoon 

A wine menu from our local Crystal Ridge Winery 

We will have an  open-kitchen with snacks, juice, water, tea and coffee during workshop hours.

Use of all facilities, including bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards.

Free wireless internet connection throughout.

Guest room ammenities include Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hair dryers, in room coffeemaker, mini fridge, t.v., internet, lap desks, yoga mats

Optional: One fun trip into a local Connecticut town. You are responsible for your own meal during this outing. All other meals are included

Your retreat DOES NOT include:

Fares to and from Glastonbury, Ct
Taxis or car hire

Personal insurance
Any meals or dinners you purchase from local restaurants

Any other off-site excursions that you may take.

Materials List: Workshops require either a materials list or the instructor will provide/prepay for  the supplies. Whether you purchase your own supplies or pay the instructor a materials fee, it is noted on each Workshop page. if there is a fee you pay it at check in.

*The organizers reserve the right to change the program details.


 Getting  Here 


It's very easy to get here... book your flight to Bradley International Airport.

You can then catch a cab or Uber and be here in 20 minutes.

We will also have a pick-up time at the airport.

You can also come by Amtrak into Hartford 


We have on site accommodations for you which are included in your retreat fee.

Your Creativity Retreat will be small and intimate and immersive... so reserve early so you don't miss out!

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"Just want to say what a fantastic stay I had at this most perfect property, Pat and Wayne are terrific hosts and made me feel at home. The communication was great from the minute I booked to leaving. This historic property is a cool cool place that you have to visit, my room was luxurious and way more than I expected. If I could give it 6 stars I would. Looking forward to coming back!"

- Ian -

 "The Connecticut River Valley Inn and the Atists Rising Creativity Retreat certainly exceeded expectations. The property is wonderfully landscaped with fabulous gardens all designed by the owner, Pat.. The room was comfortable, very good bed, roomy and had a balcony looking over the gardens, including a knot hedge that can only be appreciated from above. Pat had good dinner recommendations and, in the morning, directed us to a nice gravel walk along the river. When we said we were going to check out historic Wethersfield, she told us about the oldest car ferry in the US (3 car, $5!) which runs from S. Glastonbury across the CT River - a four minute trip not to be missed! We were also delighted to see Pat’s digital design studio and learn about her art, much of which decorates the inn. Really a unique and lovely spot that we enjoyed very much."

- Beth -


"I felt like I was on a little vacation staying at the CRVI!  The Autumn Room was my respite for my stay. Pat and her two adorable pups greeted me at the door and she showed me my room and showed me how to work everything. The room is just so cozy. There's a huge comfortable bed, a gas fireplace, a tv with a firestick so you can watch pretty much anything, and a beautifully appointed bathroom. There's a pretty cool little balcony that I didn't get to use since it was cold and getting dark. The room had anything you could want...hairdryer, a mini fridge, plenty of charging stations, I was so tired and had to be up early so I just relaxed in my room all evening and was asleep by nine. I was pretty much in heaven though!  I will definitely be back!"

- Sally -

"This is our second time staying at this gorgeous inn and retreat. Every room is beautiful and decorated in a different theme personally by Pat, an accomplished artist. We stayed in the Winter Solstice room this time and loved it. The room is artistically decorated with a beautiful brick fireplace. The bathroom is spacious and contemporary with a relaxing body spray shower. Check out the quiet air conditioners in these rooms hidden with beautiful artwork designed by Pat to match the theme of the room - I have never seen this before. So clever. There is also a balcony overlooking the gardens where we enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. Pat and Wayne were  great communicators  and very accommodating. I highly recommend this place!!!"

- Francine -

"Simply incredible. Pat's attention to detail is what really sets CTRVI apart from any other place I have ever stayed at. All 5 of the rooms are spectacular and unique. Beds are comfortable, rooms are clean and spacious. It even smells wonderful. Breakfast was AMAZING. The Inn holds a magical, special place in my heart after the wonderful weekend we spent here.!!!"

- Jennifer -