About Us

Learn More About Woodland Ridge Retreat

Finding Creativity in Menomonie

The facility first opened in 1998, as a stand-alone luxury hotel addition to the Creamery Restaurant and Inn in Downsville. In 2013, Chris and Mark Daly purchased the property with hopes to provide a creative workspace for artists. Since the beginning, Woodland Ridge Retreat has served as a center for fiber art workshops–as well as creative retreats for sewers, knitters, needlepoint artists, scrapbookers, and more.

    More than a Creative Space

    With luxury amenities, Woodland Ridge Retreat provides a place for creative people to come together, disconnect from our busy world, and devote time to their craft. Lifelong friendships are made at our workshops and retreats, along with some breathtaking pieces of art.

    Meet Owner and Director

    Chris Daly

    Sewing was always a major part of Chris’ life. At an early age, she first connected with quilting through exploring the fabrics on her great grandmother’s scrap quilt. Chris spent many hours listening to stories about the generations of fiber artists in her family. After learning to sew as a young woman from her mother, Chris went on to work in the construction industry. However, when the opportunity came, she wanted to provide a place for creative people like herself to come together. With support from her husband Mark and son Matt, she set out to make her dream a reality.

    Our Mission at Woodland Ridge Retreat

    At Woodland Ridge, we bring fiber art to the next generation. By providing workshops from world-renowned artists, Woodland Ridge Retreat serves thousands of aspiring makers throughout the country. More importantly, this facility is a haven for people to escape the rush of everyday life. This unique space fosters creativity and companionship. During your time at Woodland Ridge, you’ll hone your craft and advance to the next stage in your development as an artist. Regardless of your skill level, everyone is welcome to explore their passions and find a dedicated space to learn.