How the Travis Mills Foundation Started
The Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat is located on the former Elizabeth Arden Estate in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. Arden, the cosmetics maven, first used the property in Rome, Maine, as her summer home, then transformed it into a spa for the nation’s elite, including Mamie Eisenhower, Judy Garland and Ava Gardner. In 2015, U.S. Army (Ret.) Travis Mills and his wife, Kelsey, purchased the property in February and in June, held a groundbreaking for the Retreat that would enable Travis’s vision: to establish a place for recalibrated veterans and their families to connect, relax and have fun.
The 11,000-square-foot main building features eight bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a commercial kitchen, library, recreation, theater, and spa rooms. Construction on a new Health and Wellness Center in 2022 has connected the historic building to the new addition. The 10,000-square-foot-building will feature an indoor pool, gym, small fitness room, massage room and commercial grade laundry and storage space. All grounds are handicap accessible.
The Retreat grounds are also home to our Warrior PATHH (Progressive & Alternative Training for Helping Heroes) clubhouse, labyrinth, offices, merchandise store, and multiple workshops.
Outdoor amenities include a playground, high ropes course, handicap accessible dock and kayak launch, archery range, labyrinth, basketball/tennis court, front and rear patios with fire pits and gardens.
Since 2017, the Travis Mills Foundation has hosted a total of 109 weeks of programming, served 785 veterans, 882 families, 2,568 people (including 882 children) from 44 states (plus Washington, D.C., and Canada).