There were a bunch of planned classes, a lot of impromptu mini-classes and one-on-one instruction, tons of gorgeous bags, and maybe a little too much attention paid to personal appearance but the result was pure eye candy. So much color and movement in one spot! There was squee-ing all over the place! It was also a young crowd, maybe a little surprising; I was definitely among the older attendees and I'm only Nearly Fifty! I'm used to being called "kid" at sew-ish gatherings so this was a real surprise. I bet there weren't a dozen actual Seniors in atttendance! The mix created a very vibrant crowd.
Lots of pics in the Sewing Summit Flickr group!
The hotel was much nicer than I had expected. It has a good-sized lobby with a two-sided gas fireplace. This focal point became the gathering spot for embroiderers and hand stitchers. I sewed with some online Big Names and it was almost universally positive. The hotel also has a half-indoor, half-outdoor pool and a hot tub. I did a lame American version of the Scandinavian custom and swam to the outdoor side, then ran in and sat in the hot tub for five minutes, then back to the pool, and another round. Wished there was snow on the roof to make it authentic.
The view from my balcony on a gray day: