Snow shoe and X country ski trails?

Yes indeed.   Unity College:Sky Lodge has opened their cross country ski and snow shoe trails to the general public.  What a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy this area without the sounds of a motor.

There is no fee to use the trails, though donations to support of trail maintenance and grooming are welcome. There is a donation box at the trailhead.

Details for Trail Access:
Trails are “Use is at your own risk.” Parking is available by the main lodge. From the parking lot at the main lodge, walk to the far end of the open field where you will find the trailhead marked with a sign. Follow the blue blazes to complete the full loop. Their Blue Trail (a 1.5-mile loop) is currently open for snowshoeing as of November 28, 2018.  They will start grooming for cross-country skiing as well on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

What a wonderful contribution to our community.  As with all winter activities in the region, please respect the landowners who offer this experience.

 

 

Still snowing

It is simply beautiful out there and I had to share this with you.   I took this photo about 10AM, and it is still snowing.   I estimate that the total amount at that time was about 9 inches but we have started to get a little wind. Some snow blew off the deck and maybe some snow added to it.  They say our totals should be over a foot after all said and done.

Hopefully, trails will open early this year.

Winter rates

 

As you know, we have already had a very cold and snowy November which has begun eating up the oil consumption.  Also consider that our oil prices, electric rates as well as water and sewer rates have all gone up this year for our area.  I am sure many people feel these increases also, not just in Jackman, but why did they all increase the same year?

Many hotels, cabins, and resorts all seem to raise their rates during the winter, on weekends, and even for Holidays.   I never understood why they would do this on Holidays or weekends….well, I understand why but we have just disagreed with this so we never chose to do this.  Instead of raising all of our rates, this is what we chose to do this year. We also considered cabin rates in other larger towns with trails.  In general, our area is so much less.

With that all being said, we increased our base rate for the cabins for the months of January, February and March.  We did not change the additional person rate of $35 so as before, the more you have in a cabin, the less per person.  So for 4 people in a 2 bedroom, it is still only $40/night.   If you made your reservation for this winter before today, we will honor the original base rate.

To offset this increase and to encourage weekday rentals, we are offering a Winter mid week special: stay any 3 nights Sunday-Thursday and we will take $10 off/ night.   This would be only $37.50/person for 4 people in a 2 bedroom cabin.  Mid week riding is generally better and less crowded so come on up and take advantage of this discount.

Thanks for staying with us and keep doing the snow dance.

Upcoming Snowmobile season

Yes we did get snow last week and more expected Tuesday and Wednesday. We are already getting the call asking if the trails are open.

In Maine, the trails are not to open until December 15th.   There is a good article by Joe Higgins, who is the supervisor off road RV Programs, which I will post the link to it below.  But basically, this date is because landowners have asked for this.  Plus there is still hunting muzzle loader hunting for a couple more weeks.

Our club posted that riding un-plowed roads right now is your only option.  Please remember not to ride on plantations or where marked “no Snowmobiles” and respect our landowners.

I believe most trails are signed and work completed so that if this snow continues, our trails will open mid December but we will have to wait and see what the club and trail master decides.  We will update you as soon as we know more.

Here is the link to the article.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/21e1bc7?fbclid=IwAR3AplhdSEmi3g1Qg6_f0rxd3kImUXINMYo5AwPR8vKRvdbR4AcKzkpUvqI#.W_yJkCxvhLp.facebook

Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe this weather?  Here it is, November 22nd, and we have snow (about a foot over the past few days) as well as a frozen Lake.  It is not safe to walk on yet but we are all so surprised.

We have so much to be thankful for this year including you, our guests who come back year after year.  Thank you

We hope you all enjoy your family and friends and give thanks.

 

First snow 2018-2019 season

This seems way too early for this much snow but here it is.  We measured about 7 inches and it is still snowing.The forecast though for tonight and tomorrow is high winds, blowing snow, and temperatures below 20.

It won’t be long before the snowmobiles are running and the ice fisherman are fishing.  Are you ready?

The lake rose last week so it is well beyond our shoreline. This morning, we could not even see anything from the webcam with the snowfall and fog coming off the lake. You can almost see the island now.

Of course, the first thing Maggie did was bury her nose in the snow, but in the air, I think looking for the grass? Or maybe just to play.  But how cute is this?

End of October note:

As you can tell from my post title, I do not know what to call this!  It is October 21st, and I just wanted to post a not about the month.

We started out pretty warm this month, making peak foliage come a bit late, which in turn, did not help our bird hunters.  Then we had a freeze and things started to rapidly change.

We have had mega rains and wind changing peak into past peak in about a weeks time, barely able to enjoy the colors this year.  We went for reds, oranges and yellow to mustard and brown.

As for our bird hunters!  Once it got cold and the leaves fell, they, well those who were here this past week, said this has been the best bird season for them!

We have had temps in the low 30s this weekend and chill factor of about 28.  Even some snow flurries.

What an odd autumn.  Well, it has been an odd year for weather in general.

Hopefully, we will have a snowy winter.  Get those sleds ready!

Turtle update

Remember the post in June about the Mamma Turtles making their nest?   We have had it taped off all this time, hoping they did not get trampled by our guests.

And as of today, we see no evidence that the baby turtles hatched yet:  Not shells or tiny prints or disturbed gravel.  Gestation is supposed to be 69-90 days and we are beyond that.  We;ll keep an eye out for a few more weeks.   Seems like last time we saw babies it was in November so maybe it takes our turtles longer.

Favorite Fall photo

As I look to the right of our cabins in the Fall, I wait to see the peak colors, blue skies and crystal still waters just to capture this image.

Finally got it this morning.

On the right of the image is the old Moose Point Tavern. On the left side of the image is the beginning of the outlet to the Moose River.

We hit peak this weekend I think and already, many of the orange maple trees have dropped their leaves so it won’t be long now to see browns and then white.

Winter is on its way!

Peak foliage 2018

I chose to update this post as I believe now, October 5th, we are at Peak color.   The drive up 201 has to be incredible right now. Here are a couple photos of our cabins and one of the mountains across the lake from us.

September 29th

It has been a slow start to the colors of Fall this year.  Of course driving up US route 201, I believe the changes started a bit sooner since it is a higher elevation.

Then earlier this week, we had a couple hard frosts and then rain and wallah! It started changing seemingly overnight.

Our favorite red maple in front of Zakopane is almost full bloom as are the oranges and yellows that I can see along the shoreline.

I estimate peak foliage to be by the end of next week.

If you are looking for some awesome photos as the colors change, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cozycovecabins