Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find the answer to your question on this page, just ask Carianne!

Where is Maple Memories?

Maple Memories is located in McPherson, Kansas, 55 miles north of Wichita, and 30 miles south of Salina. Our convenient location is only 1 block away from the downtown shopping district! Map it


Do you allow guests other than scrapbookers and quilters?

Yes! Although the house has been designed for scrapbookers and quilters, any group is welcome to enjoy the spacious creativity rooms; stamping, beading, knitting, embroidery, sewing, etc. Our creativity rooms are set up in a way that they would also accommodate "mixed" groups of crafters (i.e. scrapbookers and quilters together). It would also be ideal for a Christian Women's Retreat, hosting your own Craft Weekend, or a Pinterest Party.


How much space is there for each person to work?

Each person has their own 5' table, along with an ergonomic mesh back chair and individual Ott table light. There are also electrical outlets available at each table.


What tools are available to use at Maple Memories?

There are many items including three Cricut machines and multiple cartridges, a computer (with scrapbooking fonts), printer, scissors, Quickutz and Sizzix die cuts, stamps, big boards, etc. WE DO HAVE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS! For a detailed list of tools and other supplies available to you, see our list of Furnished Supplies. We can also have basic scrapbooking supplies (adhesives, paper, embellishments, etc) available to your group during your stay. This will be offered to you when you make your reservation, but must be arranged in advance of your stay.


What are the sleeping accommodations?

There are 5 bedrooms with 12 beds total. All bedrooms are located on the second level of the house. All bedrooms have twin beds (no bunk beds). The green bedroom sleeps 2, the blue bedroom sleeps 4, the purple bedroom sleeps 3, the yellow bedroom sleeps 2, and the orange bedroom sleeps 1 (perfect perk for being the coordinator!). In addition, there are three bathrooms with three showers located throughout the house.


I'd like to visit Maple Memories, but I only know a few people that scrapbook. What are my options?

We would first suggest that you ask friends, co-workers, have friends ask their friends, or talk to your local scrapbooking or quilting store and ask if they would be willing to have a sign-up or post your contact might be surprised at how quickly you can come up with 12!! You may also want to find others to join you using our Message Board. Sometimes individuals have rented our facility and create their own "Hosted Weekends" where they are the "hostess" and provide meals and other activities or prizes. These will be advertised on the message board when they are looking for others to join them. We often post information on our facebook page when someone is looking for a group or others to join theirs.


What should I bring with me?

Craft supplies for your activities and toiletries. Bedding and towels are provided. Each bed is made up with fresh, clean cotton sheets, blanket, comforter and a pillow. You are also provided with an extra blanket, bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth for use during your stay. If you want to bring your laptop, wireless internet is also available.


Is food provided?

No, food is not provided. Your group is welcome to bring meals for your stay. The full-service kitchen will have everything you need to prepare your meals. One option is to go potluck style, or have the coordinator assign people specific items to bring (For example, one person would bring fresh fruit, another muffins, another dessert, another a casserole for dinner, etc). Another option is to visit many of the great restaurants located in McPherson. We hope to work out a catering option as well, but at this time we have not ironed out all of those details.


See our list of Kitchen Supplies for a more detailed list of what is provided.


If you're stumped on what kind of food to bring, browse through our recipe list for proven, retreat-friendly meals. If you've stayed at Maple Memories, feel free to email the recipes you used and we would be happy to post them! 


What else is there to do in McPherson?

McPherson offers many options if you want a break from your craft. Maple Memories is only a block away from the historical downtown shopping district, including popular destinations such as Stitches Quilt ShopThe WellThe Cake LadyThe Cook's Nook, and Brooklyn & Co. Additionally, you can relax at Creative Hairlines Spa, visit the McPherson Museum, enjoy a walk around scenic Lakeside Park, or enjoy a production at the amazing McPherson Opera House. We also have a local massage therapist, that is willing to come directly to Maple Memories to provide massage therapy services in our relaxation room.


When is check-in/check-out for multiple day stays?

Check-in and check-out times will be specified on your contract. Modifications to your check-in and check-out times may be made if requested ahead of time.


Do we have to clean when we leave?

Maple Memories has its own housekeeper. We do ask that upon check-out you strip the linens off your bed, gather the garbage into one spot and run the dishwasher (the group before you will have done the same).


How do I make a reservation?

First, check the Availability Calendar or call 620-245-4804 to check on availability. When you are ready to place your reservation, please contact Carianne, via email, phone, or our site reservation form. Once availability is confirmed, we will mail a Contract for Rental form for you to sign and return with your deposit. Upon final payment, you will receive an additional packet that includes everything you need to plan your stay at Maple Memories.


What is the payment/cancellation policy?

A $250 deposit is required 7 days after you receive the Contract for Rental. The remaining balance of the payment is due 30 days before you arrive at Maple Memories. If this reservation is canceled the entire deposit will be returned in full up to 90 days before your scheduled arrival date and your reservation will be opened up to other renters. If cancellation occurs between 30-90 days before your scheduled arrival, you will forfeit your deposit. All notice of cancellations must be made to Carianne by email to If cancellation occurs less than 30 days before scheduled arrival date, you will be charged the entire amount of the reservation.


How about smoking and pets?

Smoking is not allowed inside Maple Memories. You may smoke outside of the house. We do not allow pets of any kind on the property for the benefit of the house and your fellow guests.


Where do we park?

There are a limited number of parking spaces available at the rear of the house. To minimize the number of cars parked at Maple Memories, please carpool when possible. You may also use the two garage spaces available. Do not block the alley with any parked vehicles.