Arrival and Departure: Check-in time is 3pm-6pm, unless special arrangements have been made.
Settling Accounts: When you first arrive, please visit the office and be prepared to pay any remaining balance. We accept checks, cash and Visa/Mastercard.
Food: When meals are available, everyone eats together – staff, guests and faculty. The Homestead and Fiber Arts building have small refrigerators and microwaves for any extra food/snacks you may want to bring. The Centrum also has a community refrigerator you can use for personal food items.
Food Allergies: Please let us know when you register if you have any food allergies or severe intolerances. Our cook is conscientious about accommodating dietary needs, however, if your diet is highly restricted we ask that you bring along extra food to supplement the meals we prepare.
Accommodations: Most shared rooms have twin beds, closet, dresser and in-room sinks. Shared bathrooms are on each floor. Sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided.
Helpful to Bring: Soap/Shampoo, Flashlight, Bathrobe
Fun to Bring: Do you play a musical instrument? If so, bring it along. No worries, we provide the piano!
Weather and Clothing: Dress at the Guild is casual. If you are taking an art class, you will want to pack some old clothing or a smock that may become messy or stained. The important thing to remember about weather at the Guild is that the temperature and weather can change quite drastically in one day.
Summer – Temperatures in the summer may range from the 40s/50s in the evening and early morning to 100*F in the afternoon. While it is often sunny all day long, nights are almost always cool, so a light jacket or sweater is good to have. Mosquito season is generally during June and early July (the rest of the time they are not as bad since the climate tends to be dry).
Fall & Spring – Temperatures during these seasons typically range between the 40s and 70s (*F).
Winter – Winter temperatures usually range between the teens and 30s, but temperatures can drop below zero (*F). In an average year, the campus has a covering of 3-4 feet of snow. Bring boots (all pathways and parking lots are snow-covered) and warm clothing.
Recreation: The Guild is located in the Plain Valley and is nestled in the eastern slopes of the Cascade mountain range. Lake Wenatchee State Park is close by for swimming in the summer and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in winter. Our 14 acres of property border the Wenatchee River. Before planning a hike, either alone or with others, please check in for information on good places to go.
Smoking/Fire Danger: Smoking, incense and lighted flames of any kind are NOT permitted in any of the Guild buildings. You may smoke outside the entrance of most buildings where you find a “butts” can. This is a wildfire danger zone, especially during our dry summers!
Pets: We have no provision for housing pets.
Children: Children are welcome at the Guild under adult supervision.
Computers – There is a guest computer (Mac) as well as WiFi service available in the Centrum.
Stamps – If available, you can purchase stamps from the office and use the mailbox at the Guild. The Guild store also has an assortment of cards created by Guild artists. The nearest post office is in Leavenworth, a 20-30 minute drive from the Guild, depending on conditions. UPS does provide pickup service if needed.
Shopping and Personal Finances: There is a delightful footbridge behind the Library that leads to town. Just Plain Grocery and Plain Hardware & Gifts are within walking distance, less than a mile from the Guild. There you may buy snacks, toiletries, etc. If you have transportation, you’ll be able to shop in Leavenworth or Wenatchee. The banks in Leavenworth are Cashmere Valley Bank, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Just Plain Grocery has an ATM machine.