Need some quality time
away from your regular routine
to get your book started or finished?
Then save the dates and register now for
WSN’s 2017 Writers Retreat!
Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, Oct 1, 2017
at the Historic Boulder Dam Hotel
in charming downtown Boulder City, NV
This 4-day/3-night private getaway includes:
- free in-room wi-fi Internet access -
- a hot, made-to-order breakfast daily -
- evening meetings with other working writers to discuss challenges or read your work so that you stay inspired and never feel stuck -
- free admittance to the historic Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum -
- an orientation tour of the unique shops, antique stores and various restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel -
- a free shuttle service to and from McCarren Airport in Las Vegas if you’re coming in from out of town and don’t want to bother with renting a car -
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
$325 until June 1, 2017 for WSN Members
$375 until June 1, 2017 for non-members
After June 1, 2017
$350 for WSN Members
$400 for non-members
A Brief History of the Boulder Dam Hotel
If the walls of the Boulder Dam Hotel could talk they would tell a story of Jim Webb, who in 1932 had a vision of what Boulder City needed: a grand hotel with unprecedented private baths, air conditioning, and a wood paneled lobby that would welcome world dignitaries visiting the Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam). Webb’s vision became a reality, and during the 1930s the Boulder Dam Hotel became a huge draw for people visiting Boulder Dam. The hotel also quickly became popular with movie stars who needed to establish Nevada residency so they could obtain a “quickie” divorce.
Some of the famous guests during 1934 included A.P. Gianni, founder of Bank of America; Bette Davis, who stayed at the hotel while on vacation following the filming of “Of Human Bondage;” and the cast and crew of RKO films, who stayed while they produced “Silver Streak.” Famous 1935 guests included honeymooners Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.; Will Rogers, who was performing on stage at the Boulder Theatre; the Maharajah and Maharani of Indore, India; and Cardinal Pascelli, who later became Pope Pius XII. The remainder of the 1930s welcomed the Duchess of Westminster; George Pepperdine, founder of Pepperdine University; Henry Fonda; Boris Karloff; Senator Robert Taft; Shirley Temple; and Howard Hughes, who recuperated at the hotel after wrecking his airplane on Lake Mead.
With the onset of World War II, the dam was closed to visitors and the hotel suffered from a lack of occupancy. The hotel struggled to recover and, as a result, the hotel has had many owners over the past seven decades. In 1993, the Friends of the Hotel began extensive renovations. Then in 2005, the hotel was acquired by the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association to restore its central place in the cultural life of Boulder City. Today, the hotel is ranked the #1 accommodation in Boulder City (has been for seven years) and hosts many cultural and educational events each year.
In addition to staying in a charming historical landmark, each attendee of the Writers Retreat will receive complimentary admission into the Hoover Dam Museum too.
Located on the first floor of the hotel, the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam and Boulder City.
For anyone working on a period piece, or even a story set in the present day or on some future world, taking a free glimpse into the past is sure to inspire your work so that you get the most out of your writing retreat!
Standard Queen Room:
Each air-conditioned, full bath room includes:
One Queen Bed with pillow-top mattress
Complimentary high speed wireless internet access
Hot, cooked-to-order breakfast each day
Free admission to the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum
A free Orientation Tour to Boulder City
Evening meetings with fellow writers
A free shuttle service to and from Las Vegas’ McCarren airport
Max Occupancy: 2
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