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11th Annual Apples May Mother’s Day Weekend Retreat!
May 6th-10th

$340 per person for 2 nights
$450 per person for 3 nights
$560 per person for 4 nights
(based on double, triple, or quad occupancy)

This is not a retreat for just scrapbookers… all crafters all welcome.  If you scrapbook, quilt, paint, do mixed media, make jewelry or do ANYTHING crafty, then come along and join the fun!  Or come and do nothing…the choice is yours.

Are you ready to have some fun!?  Then plan your getaway weekend now and have time to make payments for this weekend event!  This retreat will be held at Apples Bed & Breakfast in Big Bear Lake, located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California.

Choose 2 nights for $325 or add a third or fourth night for only $100 per night more.  Choose to stay any two or three consecutive nights.  Better yet, stay all four nights… it is all about YOU after all!  Prices based on double, triple or quad occupancy.

What’s included… Breakfast each morning, appetizers at 4:00 pm each afternoon, and amazing desserts each evening at 7:00 pm, a refrigerator stocked with soda (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Diet 7UP), coffees, teas, a snack bar in the Main house, tons of great chick flicks to watch, and fun giveaways!

On Saturday, all attendees will be provided with breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and dessert!  It’s a lot of food, but oh so delicious!

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday you’re on your own for lunch and dinner, but there are many great places to eat in the Big Bear area… or bring a crockpot and make a meal to share like so many of us have been doing!  Either way, you can have the chance to get out and stretch your legs, find some great places to eat… and maybe do a little shopping or stay in your comfy clothes and hunker down for the weekend! 

Choose your dates from
3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 6th
3:00 pm, Sunday, May 10th
Stay 2 nights for $340
Stay 3 nights for $450
Stay 4 nights for $560
(must be consecutive nights)

Prices are based on double, triple or quad occupancy.
If you are a single traveler and need a roommate, I can try to pair you up with another single traveler.
If you are a single traveler who prefers to have your own room, there is a $270 additional single supplement fee in keeping with the Apples B&B policies.  I don’t like it either, but Apples has their policies.

Check-in time begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday and we have the crop rooms until 2:00 pm on Sunday.  If you are arriving on Thursday or Friday, you may arrive as early as you wish.  If you come up early on Thursday or Friday morning before 9:00 am and would like to join us for breakfast, Apples charges $15 for the extra breakfast… just be sure to let me know that’s what you’re planning so I can let them know.  Otherwise, there will be no breakfast available for you, as they only make enough of everything for the attendees present who stayed the night before.

Crop Room Info:  There are TWO crop rooms available for our use the entire weekend…24-hour availability!  Each crop room has:
-NEW:  Each table now has an OTT lamp and cup holder attached
-Mounted TV’s with DVD, VHS players & a 5-CD player
-Mini kitchen (full-size fridge) with ice and a fridge full of sodas (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Diet 7UP)
-A big coffee maker, cocoa and a variety of hot teas
-Full-size sink
-Peanut M&M’s, Reese’s peanut butter cups & popcorn
-Executive task chairs
-Fireplace or pot-bellied heat stove to provide the heat (if needed)
-Individual baskets for organizing at your table/individual trash cans

PLUS… The main house has a large central room and is only steps away to borrow movies, curl up in the great room, start off your evening with appetizers, or enjoy one of Apple’s after dinner specialty desserts.  Enjoy a walk on the property, lounge on the patio, head 2 miles up the boulevard to Big Bear’s Village area for shopping or get some work done on all those great Scrapbooking or craft projects you’ve been hoping to work on!

FOOD… Each evening of your stay there will be early appetizers at 4:00 pm and homemade desserts served at 7:00 pm.  Each morning a gourmet breakfast is served at 9:00 am.  SATURDAY will include breakfast, lunch, AND dinner for everyone (whether you are checking in or out that day)!  Throughout your stay snacks, sweets & beverages are available at all times!  Apples will adjust meals to be gluten-free or vegetarian.  If you have more complicated issues with your dietary needs, they will no longer be doing special meals so you might want to be like me and bring your own food.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS… The rooms at Apples are all so cute!  There are a total of 14 rooms available to us this weekend.  Some rooms have 2 twin beds, some have a King, some have a King and a twin.  Some are upstairs, some are downstairs.  There are two rooms that can accommodate groups of three.  I do my best to accommodate everyone’s needs, but some of you may have to share a bed with your friend.  Downstairs rooms are reserved first for those attendees with mobility or medical issues.  All room requests will be assigned as deposits are received… first come, first served.

DISTANCE… It takes about 2-1/2 hours to get to Apples from here in Huntington Beach.  I highly recommend skipping Highway 330 entirely and taking Highway 38.  It takes about 10-15 minutes longer, but the road is so much easier (not so curvy or life-threatening)!   Just enter your destination as Starbucks on Lugonia in Redland into your GPS.  This will take you to the base of the mountain and on to Highway 38 (Lugonia is also Highway 38).  When you reach the Starbucks, you can stop for a beverage and potty stop, then you can reset your GPS to Apples and avoid Highway 330 and it’s death-defying curves entirely! 


If you would like to void paying 4% in credit card fees, payments should be made via Cash, check, money order or VENMO only.  This will put even more of your payment into great giveaways and make-and-takes, and it will help me budget the fun for your weekend better.  Spaces are first-come/first-served and receipt of your deposit guarantees your space.

If you will be paying with a credit card, please add $4 for every $100 (4%) charged to your payment to cover the credit card fees.

I also accept payments via Venmo.  My user name is @Melissa-Papke so send your payments through the app if you’d like…it’s super easy!

You may pay all at once or you may pay in installments.  Non-refundable deposits are as follows:

Deposit due at sign up of $125
Please pay monthly or all at once
Final Payments are due no later than April 1st

If you need accommodations for payments, please let me know as I am willing to work with you so you can stretch your payments according to your abilities.

**ALL deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Cancellation Policy… Initial deposits are non-refundable.  If you cancel before April 1st, any payments made over and above your non-refundable deposit will be refunded to you.  Once I have made the final payment to Apples on April 1st, there are no refunds possible for cancellations.  This policy is in accordance with the Apples Cancellation Policy.

Finishing up… OK, everyone, that’s just about everything.  If you have questions, any questions at all, please let me know.  You can reach me anytime via email… I check it regularly and I’ll answer you immediately!  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Discount… If you refer new friends who have never attended one of my retreats in the past and they sign up, you will receive a $25 discount for each room booked!

Space is limited…..so register EARLY.

Please send your deposits via the VENMO app or to my house address…remember rooms are assigned as deposits are received.  If you need my address, please email me at melissapapke@gmail.com and I will respond with my mailing address for the deposits.  Thanks!