Why not try googling quilt retreats in the area you are looking to visit. Most sites would have a comment or review section to see what other people thought. If you are just looking at getting together with friends for sewing and fun, maybe you could just rent a cabin for a few days. Make sure they have tables available in the unit. Let us know what you come up with.
I do not have any specific location suggestions. But what about checking with church camps or other camp organizations - Boy Scouts, YMCA etc. that might have a camp available for a weekend or longer. Usually these can be rented for a small fee. You probably would have to furnish your own food although some may have food services that can be rented too. They also usually have large meeting rooms that can be set up for sewing etc. Just a thought, Ann P.S. Of course the best retreat is Ricky's but that is not in the east and unfortunately a larger cost. Great value though.
I don't belong to a quilt guild. About the closest thing I have to a guild is this website. But I do have several friends scattered here and there who quilt, or at least humor my interests. We're all busy and most of us don't have much in the way of funds, but I was thinking that if we had a year to save up, perhaps we could find a quilt retreat somewhere we could afford to get away for a few days next June. I'm thinking somewhere in Appalachia or maybe New England as both would be different for we Florida flatlanders. Anyone have any recommendations?