Several years ago I met Monica Baker by chance at a women’s networking event here in McKinney. That evening I learned Monica owns The Southern Chic Retreat, an 85 year old McKinney home, renovated into a rental property, and designed to offer a place for women to come together and reconnect.
The inspiration for The Southern Chic Retreat came to Monica on a girl’s weekend she shared with her mother, aunts and cousins. Bits of girlfriend charm can be found tucked in all corners of the Retreat. A karaoke machine is available in the living room, a wall dedicated to the women in Monica’s family and the Retreat story can be found just off the kitchen and depending on the season, an ice cream sundae/cocoa bar is always stocked with delicious treats.
Monica herself designed each room with a colorful, simple theme that boasts southern charm. Plush memory foam gel infused mattresses, soft linens and multiple beds per room cultivate an relaxed atmosphere full of promises of laughter and gabbing till midnight. An updated kitchen allows guests to grocery shop and prepare their own meals should they wish…but being only blocks from historic downtown McKinney makes cooking only an option, as the downtown McKinney restaurant scene is vast.
“There was a time when we would see each other often and could catch up. But as we got older, those times became farther and farther apart. I opened Southern Chic Retreat to give women a place to come together with their friends and family and reconnect.”
What makes this property different than any other rental house is it’s ability to cater to crafters and scrapbookers near and far! There are TWO enormous crafting rooms at the Retreat complete with individual tables, lamps, Cricut machines and mini kitchenettes stocked with drinks and snacks. The Southern Chic Retreat is a crafter’s paradise.
If you are a scrapbooker or crafter or even just a would-be McKinney visitor, you must plan a girls’ weekend at The Southern Chic Retreat sooner rather than later! You can find The Southern Chic Retreat by visiting their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.