Southern Chic Retreat provides girls weekend getaway in McKinney


The bed and breakfast concept takes on a girly, southern twist in historic McKinney at Southern Chic Retreat.

Owner Monica Baker said the retreat aims to give women a chance to choose how they want to spend a weekend getaway, whether it be crafting, shopping or curling up on the couch in pajamas watching chick flicks with their best friends.

“This is an upscale and chic venue for any girls get-away weekend,” Baker said.

Baker, who owns the retreat with her husband John, said it is a common venue for family reunions, bachelorette parties, work retreats, birthdays and church socials.

She said the idea behind Southern Chic Retreat, which opened in 2014, came from her desire to get connected with her own family.

“I was one of several women in the family,” Baker said. “There were six girl cousins, and we grew up like sisters and went to grandma’s on the weekends. We found that as we got older and over time, our family, work and schedules pulled us away.”

That is when Baker said she decided to put together a retreat for them for the weekend.

The home, which was built in the 1930s, is full of unique touches making every stay special. Complete with themed bedrooms, a cozy living room, a large dining area and a full kitchen, SCR is equipped to accommodate large groups ready to relax or craft.

In addition to the living areas, there are two spacious craft rooms prepared to handle nearly any type of do-it-yourself project.

A long weekend at SCR, which runs from Thursday-Sunday, is $169 per person if the room is fully occupied.

“The whole idea is for people to use Southern Chic Retreat to create, celebrate, relax and socialize,” Baker said. “This space allows for their ideas to come to life. They can craft to their heart’s desire or not. It’s up to them.”

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