Our Retreat

The Travis Mills Foundation chose Maine for many reasons. There is an abundance of lakes, wildlife, and fresh air which provide peace and tranquility for veteran families that attend the retreat. Making it a perfect environment for families to reconnect. 

The Mills family has close ties to the state of Maine -- Kelsey is a Maine native. With Maine placed as the third highest per capita veteran population in the United States, they knew Maine was the right fit for the retreat.

Post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation in Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s outdoors.

 
 

 

Our Programs

  • Yoga

  • Archery

  • Kayaking

  • Canoeing

  • Boating

  • Fly Fishing

  • Bass Fishing

  • Guided Fishing Trips

  • Pottery

  • Painting

  • Culinary Arts (Cooking Courses, Baking)

  • Guest Chefs

  • Martial Arts (Self Defense)

  • Challenge Ropes Course

  • Cycling

  • Horseback Riding

  • Shooting Sports

  • Hiking

  • Golfing

  • Massage therapy

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Our History

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1929:

  • 1929- The former estate of Elizabeth Arden is built.

2006:

  • January 2006- Travis joins the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army.

2008:

  • June 21- Travis and Kelsey get married.

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2012:

  • April 10- Travis is injured

  • April 17- Travis goes to Walter Reed

  • June- Travis walks for the first time

  • September- Travis walks a 5K in New York City in honor of 9/11

2013:

  • Spring- Travis goes downhill mountain biking in Crested Butte, CO.

  • August- Travis & Kelsey hold first proof of concept in Maine.

  • September- Travis and Kelsey start the Travis Mills Foundation.

  • November 27- After 19 months in the hospital, Travis and his family leave Walter Reed.

2014:

  • July- Travis and Kelsey hold the second proof of concept in Maine.

2015:

  • February 27- Travis Mills Foundation purchases the former Elizabeth Arden Estate.

  • June 9- Travis Mills Foundation Veteran Family Retreat Groundbreaking.

2016:

  • Renovations continue on the Travis Mills Foundation Veteran Family Retreat.

2017:

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  • June 25- Grand Opening of the Travis Mills Foundation Veteran Family Retreat.

  • July 2 - August 29- Inaugural Summer Family Sessions

  • October 22 - November 10- Extended Inaugural Family Sessions

  • December 13 -17 - Foundation hosts Veteran Families from Houston & Florida impacted by Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma.

2018:

  • The Travis Mills Foundation hosts 16 weeks of programming.

2019:

  • The Travis Mills Foundation hosts 20 weeks of programming.

2020:

  • The Travis Mills Foundation hosts 24 weeks of programming.


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Visit Us

We invite you to visit our community open house events. Open houses are free to the public. We will post on our website, and facebook pages about upcoming events.

Open houses include tours with our volunteers, meet and greet with Travis, and information about volunteer opportunities. 

While veteran families are in attendance, our facility is closed to the public. 

If you would like to speak with someone, our office is located at 747 Western Avenue, Manchester, ME. 04351


Office hours of operation:

Monday- Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

 
 
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