0.34km from Saint John Art ClubMy partner Gerard Collins and I operate Go and Write!, a writing retreat and travel company. We have hosted retreats in Ireland, Scotland, and Italy, but also much closer to home, in Saint Andrews and Saint John here in New Brunswick, as well as in Lunenburg in Nova Scotia. In January 2020, we hosted a writing retreat at Chipman Hill Suite's 71 Sydney Street location in Saint John, New Brunswick. We booked the entire building, a gorgeous Victorian Mansion built in 1891, and it was a perfect venue for our purposes. We hosted several other writers for the retreat, and each of their rooms was self-contained, with their own ensuite bathrooms and kitchenettes. This allowed participants to remain ensconced in their rooms to stay focused on their writing if they were on a roll, and was economical for those who wanted to cook their own meals as well. That being said, when you're in Saint John, it's REALLY hard not to take advantage of the exceptional pubs and restaurants. We worked with Sarah LeBlanc to pull this retreat together, and she was accommodating and thoughtful - Sarah not only understands the particular needs of writers, she anticipates them. The bedrooms are all beautiful and unique, each with their own historic personality, and the common areas are spacious and well-furnished. There are a couple of pianos (properly tuned!), and the dining area was perfect for the group writing workshops we held during our four night stay. There's also a fabulous solarium/rotunda where Gerard held one-on-one meetings with each writer to talk about their projects - it was a comfortable and inspiring spot for these individual chats. Chipman Hill Suites has several great properties besides 71 Sydney Street, and it's my top recommendation to come-from-aways. It's our favourite place stay each time we come to Saint John.