Athena Holmquist

Meet the Owner Athena Holmquist

Formerly from the city, Athena Holmquist loves country living: the dynamic midwestern skies, natural landscapes, and comforting cricket sounds at night. Inspired by her creative young daughter, HGTV decor, and personal passion for crafts, Athena has created a lovely living space in what is formerly a Michigan corn field. 


The Country Charm Retreat house sits on six summer green acres that transforms itself with each beautiful midwestern season. Her flower beds bloom in the spring. Trees burst with dynamic color in the autumn. And a winter white pine wonderland awaits with slow-falling snowflakes and crisp air. She decorates the retreat house, swimming pool deck, and grounds to offer her guests a special place to gather, inspire, create, and relax. The boulder walls and walking paths are ideal for creative thinking and meditation. 


As owner of Athena's Quality Cleaning since 1992, she is dedicated to making Country Charm Retreats a place for people to feel welcome. She loves to bake, create finger foods, and set tables to entertain large groups. Personal projects include making ornaments, rock paintings, wreaths, wedding decorations, and scrapbooks. With a special place in her heart for children's arts and crafts, Athena seeks to bring people together for retreat weekends where not only vintage memories are gloriously captured in scrapbooks, but also new memories made.