Frequently Asked Questions

When is the beadwork retreat?


July 22-26, 2020; the bonus workshop is July 22, 2020




What does the program include and cost?


The tuition includes:

  • 3 days of classes with top-notch teachers
  • Optional bonus workshop with Melanie Potter
  • Original bead designs by each teacher
  • Marketplace & Welcome Reception
  • Classes in the Marriott Event Center near Irish Hills
  • Exclusive Trunk Shows displayed by each teacher
  • Gourmet lunches
  • Round-trip transportation from the hotel to Event Center

Beads on the Vine tuition: $995.




What is the daily schedule?


Wednesday – Bonus workshop with Melanie Potter

Thursday – Marketplace during day & Welcome/Kick-off Reception in the evening

Friday – Sunday – Workshops & Lunch at the Marriott Event Center




I am coming from out of town, what are the accommodations?


We recommend that you make your reservations in San Luis Obispo at Quality Suites. There is a group room block in the name of Beads on the Vine for attendees. Each day a bus will transport all students to the Marriott Event Center in San Luis Obispo.

All rooms at Quality Suites are large suite size, making it comfortable to share a room with one or more roommate(s) if desired. This hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants and the center of downtown.

Click here to visit their website for more information.




Do you recommend we rent a car if we are traveling by airplane or train?


Quality Suites, our partner hotel, provides complimentary airport/train pickup and drop-off service so it is not necessary to rent a car. Cabs and Uber service are also available at the airport for a reasonable fare. Once at the hotel, downtown is within walking distance of the hotel. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

If you decided to rent a car, rental cars from car rental companies are available at the San Luis Obispo airport. In addition, the city’s free open trolley stops are also within walking distance from the hotel. The trolley travels a loop of the downtown area every 15 minutes daily during regular business hours.




In planning to pack, what is appropriate attire?


The central coast has micro climates, so temperatures vary in regions. We highly recommend dressing in layered clothing so as the temperatures change you can adjust your comfort. In addition, it is impossible to change interior temperatures to suit everyone’s preference, pack to enable your comfort by adding or subtracting your wardrobe pieces. We also recommend bringing a jacket.




Will there be electrical accessibility for our beading lights?


Yes, we will take care of setting up the work space for the students’ comfort and needs, including electrical access for lighting. We encourage all students to bring their beading lights.

If you need a loaner light while attending, please reserve one and we will bring one for you.




Will the featured teachers be selling other original designs/kits and supplies?


Yes. The Marketplace will be open on Thursday for a private Trunk Show, and kits and other supplies will also be available at the vineyard each day.




What beading projects are the instructors teaching?


Bead designs are unique to this event and can be viewed on our Workshop section.




What is the weather like in July in San Luis Obispo?


Warm during the day, chilly at night. We recommend you bring a jacket/sweater. You can obtain comprehensive weather information about San Luis Obispo at weather.com. Historically, the mean temperature in SLO in July has been 65-70 degrees.




Which city are the main classes located?


Beads on the Vine is back in San Luis Obispo for 2020 and is being held at the Marriott Courtyard at the base of Irish Hills. This move takes into consideration the enjoyment our student receive having lunches outdoors in a cooler climate, thus for 2020 we are moving the lunches back to an outdoor setting.




Which airlines serve the San Luis Obispo airport?


The following airlines serve San Luis Obispo:

  • American Airlines

  • United Airlines

  • Alaska Airlines





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