Happy 4th of July 2020

We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July weekend. The parade will be at 4pm followed by a presentation by Susan Collins at the new Veterans Memorial at the Town Hall. Then the raising of the flags.

At dusk, watch the best fireworks in Maine.

Remember to protect our community and wear a mask with social distancing also.

And as always, we will have our annual 4th of July potluck picnic after the parade.

Celebrate our independence with pride.

New fire pit for Indio

Indio has the best natural firepit of all of our camps.  It sits against a huge monster rock that has been there forever.  Periodically, we have rebuilt it (rocks seem to have a mind of their own) but it was due.

This year, Bill, who is a mason stone wall builder by trade, stayed in that cabin last weekend. He started out on Friday,  complaining about one of the many rocks that grow in our driveway or yard. (I think rocks pop up faster then dandelions sometimes.)  Anyhow, he (with our permission of course) decided to dig up this one rock in particular that he said was in his way.  What was seen on top was about 6 inches in diameter.  Once he finally got it up and out, it was about 2 foot by 3 foot rectangle. According to Bill, perfect for building something with.

As the weekend went by, Mr. ants in his pants could not sit still. He looked at the rock he found and the firepit and decided it would be a perfect flat rock to surround the pit.  SO he began.

Thanks Bill. You did a great job. Happy Fathers Day and Happy anniversary.

Work around Cozy Cove Cabins

Steve and I have both been keeping busy the past month or so.  There always seem to be something to fix around here.

March and April, we completed a few indoor projects. I scraped a couple cabins but I could not repaint until it warmed up at the end of May.   This even delayed any gardening needed.  What is with Mother Nature this year?

By the end of May, Steve also was able to  tackle the roof on INDIO, Cabin #2.      It took him about a day to remove the 2 layers of shingles, all the nails, then clean up and lay the tar paper.  Then he would have to wait for the weather to clear or the wind to stop so he could put up a few panels of the metal roof.

I am in awe watching him.  What an amazing man.

 

 

This is one side done.

Today he is finishing removal of the last 3rd section.

As for me, besides my regular work, gardening and painting needed, I have been creative making whimsical characters to put around camp. Hopefully they will make you smile, well, except for the angry deer.  He is there to remind folks to slow down and to pick up their doggy poo.  LOL    Who will find the eagle first?

So that has been our May and June so far.   See you all soon.

 

4th of July 2020 in Jackman

Even with all of the pandemic issues and guidelines issued, the Town of Jackman has announced that they will offer fireworks at the Town field this year.

Along with that, there will be a parade also starting at 4pm on the 4th.  If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, locals or visitors alike, contact the JMRRCOC, www.jackmanmaine.org, for more information.  Their email is jackmanchamber@gmail.com.

Of course,social distancing and/or wearing a facial covering is recommended per Maine CDC guidelines.  Or plan to view the parade or the fireworks from your car.

For those of you staying with us that weekend, we will have our Annual Potluck Picnic after the parade. If you want to participate, bring a dish to share. We will provide hotdogs, condiments, utensils and desert.  You may also want to bring your beach chair so that we can maintain distance with everyone.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July Celebration

Cabins to re open May 18th

Again, we hope you are all well and staying safe during this time.

Just an update: On March 25th, our governor here in Maine issued mandates regarding this state. At that time, we were told we could not offer our cabins until June 1st, and only to residents of Maine, unless visitors could isolate for 2 weeks in Maine.

With ice out on Big Wood on May 1st, we had to turn away quite a few people who simply wanted to fish at the best time of the year. PLUS cancel those who had already made reservations.  We understand it but it did not make it any easier to do.  As in our last post regarding this pandemic, I stated my views on this saying that if people would just do the basics, maintain safe distances and wear a face covering in public, we could all stay healthy and get back to work.

While recording positive cases of Covid 19, the Maine CDC found that many rural counties have not been impacted by the virus as much as others.  Governor Mills issued a statement today to reopen some businesses in rural counties, Somerset, our county is included in this.

On May 18th, we are permitted to rent out our cabins to Maine visitors.

“remote campsites as well as sporting camps, which provide access to wilderness activities such as canoeing, hiking, hunting or fishing, are also permitted to open with public health safeguards in these same counties only on Monday, May 18th to Maine residents or those who have completed the 14 day quarantine.”

We are hoping that if this goes well, with no increase in cases, she may allow non Maine residents also to stay at camps in Maine.

Do not be offended if we ask you if you live in Maine and if you have self quarantined.  We want to reopen and are going to trust that you can respect your own as well as others safety and health.

We will also ask that you bring food and other things you may need with you from home. Retail stores and eateries can be open (as part of this ruling) with restrictions.  These include social distancing and face coverings. We will have masks (made by one of our favorite guests) available if you do not have one.  We are suggesting though, that you bring masks or even simple bandanas to use during your stay.

There are so many things that you can enjoy in our region while staying at Cozy Cove Cabins so to ask that you maintain distance from others around camp and in town or put a bandana around your face when in closer contact to others is not too much to ask. Everyone needs to understand that although you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier.

As for changes here at camp?

Our Lobby:                                                                                                        Payment for your camp on arrival will need to be done by one person only entering our office. We will be glad and look forward to mingle and meet the rest of the family outside. The saddest part for me is, no hugging or handshakes when you arrive or leave.   If your borrow any games or books from our lobby, please return them to us so we can sanitize them before placing them back on the shelves. We may also remove the extra sweets we always have available for our guests. Dirty fingers and all?

Our Cabins:                                                                                                           We have always cleaned our cabins with sanitizers and bleach on surfaces we could and Lysol on all other surfaces including wiping TV remotes, doorknobs, etc.   Now we plan to also sanitize surfaces before we clean the cabins and then wait a bit for that to work.  This may take us a little more time to prepare for the next guest. SO if you are arriving the day some one vacated your cabin, we cannot promise the cabin will be ready for our normal 2pm check in. Please be patient with us. With that said also, on the day of your departure, please be sure to vacate by 10am.  Usually we welcome people to stay a bit longer when requested. This is still OK to do as long as we have access to the cabins.    Another thought regarding bedding: If you choose to bring your own blankets, sleeping bags, or pillows, that is fine. We only ask (as we do ALL THE TIME) is that you remove our bedding before laying or sleeping on the beds.

We have not decided what to do about boat rentals. I have been researching this and as of yet, not determined if and how long it takes for sunlight to destroy this virus on hard surfaces as well as our life jackets.  So it is possible we can still offer boats or kayaks as long as they are out in the sun before the next person chooses to use it. OR we may offer the rental (small charge) but on a daily rate use only. Please bring your own life jackets if you have them.  And feel free to call us prior to your stay for more up to date choices and information.

We assume there will be some guidance or guidelines issued by the state or CDC soon which we will follow.  But as of today, this is our basic plan.

We are still taking reservation from people in Maine or out of state.  If rulings in Maine do not change to include out of state reservations, we will let you know as soon as we know.

If you have a reservation with us and feel you need to cancel, please do so when you decide.  If you become ill or in contact with someone with a positive covid 19 and your physician recommends you isolate, please call us. We will not charge the deposit due for a cancellation for this reason even when made within 2 weeks of your reservation.

We hope to see you this summer, healthy and ready to enjoy what our regions has to offer.

 

Effects of Covid-19 in Jackman

First, let me say that we truly hope you are all doing well and that neither you or yours have become ill with the virus. If you have, again, hope you fought back and are now ok.

This is an awful thing happening to the world on so many levels.  But as there have been other catastrophes, epidemics, and life altering events in our histories, we will get through this one too.

Mid March or so, social distancing was ordered and of course, all of our restaurants, bars and many lodging place closed or began to limit activity. Around that time, the landowners in the region also closed snowmobile trails on their land. It could have been because the snow was getting soft and did not offer good riding anyhow, but it also was related to the virus.

Hotels and cabins in the region, although were not restricted at that time, began refusing guests or limiting to essential workers only. I know we did also for the month except for a weekend mid march for 3 guys from Madison who wanted to ice fish. They were very considerate of the town, brought food and supplies from home, stayed on the ice all day and in the cabin at night, never venturing out to town at all.    After they left, we let the cabin sit quiet for a day before entering it with a can of Lysol.

Our Governor of Maine then issued a mandate to close everything until April 31  except essential businesses. This included lodging.   Luckily for us and others in the region, this is a normal downtime. Trails are closed, there is no open water fishing yet, and mountains are too wet for hiking or ATV trails to open.  But our bars and restaurants usually would stay open for locals or travelers passing through.

Bishops Store jumped in (in March) and chose to supply dinners for seniors and kids at a fair price, even delivering to those who could not leave their homes. They received over $4000.00 in cash donations from the community which allowed them to keep the prices low.  I think Ray said they had enough donations to keep the program going until the end of April.  They also offer take out and discourage people from roaming inside the store.

Our grocery store, hardware stores, town hall, doctors office, and post office are all open (limiting hours) and using precautions also. A couple other restaurants have offered take out on weekends. I think everyone that can have tried to offer support to each other as able.

SO what will happen in the future?

The Moose Lottery event at Sky Lodge planned for June is cancelled. They will do the drawings virtually.   They did promise though that Jackman will be the location of 2021 Moose Lottery Drawing.

As for other events and activities for the summe5r, this is all an unknown. We will have to see what our Governor chooses to mandate or if the town of Jackman chooses to issue any town wide mandates.

As for us, we are working on redoing the insides of a couple cabins, spending as little as possible just in case.   We have 3 big expenses coming up in the next 2 months and hope we can get them done. Not only financially but with the weather permitting.

We are still taking reservations for the upcoming months with the understanding on both sides that things may change. We have set up some basic standards that any guest who makes or has a reservation should keep in mind. First and foremost, if a guest becomes ill and their doctor recommends they isolate (within 2 weeks of a reservation) we expect that reservation to be cancelled. We are also asking future guests to be considerate of this small safe town. Bring you own food and supplies from home, bring a mask to wear (I may try to make some for you all to use if needed) if you have to go into any stores, and practice social distancing except with your immediate family in your cabin. This should probably be common practice throughout the summer and maybe into Fall, no matter where you are.

Personally, I think people can enjoy some summer vacations in these remote areas especially when keeping these things in mind. There are hiking trails, lakes and streams to fish, ATV trails to ride (when open), yard games or swimming in the lake, all activities as these do maintain physical distancing from others.

SO be safe, be kind, be healthy.  We hope to see you soon.

Sadly, there will be no hugs of welcome from me this year. For those of you who no me, no this will be a hard task.

 

Big Wood Ice Out Contest 2020

Today is April 9th and the above snapshot is from our webcam this morning. As you can see, there is still ice on the lake but our shoreline (yard) is thawed. We have very little snow on the ground today but by tomorrow morning there could be a foot or more of snow. Hopefully that will melt soon after.

This is just a reminder that the deadline to post your guess for our ice out contest is tomorrow. Come on, put in your guess. Have some fun!

March 5th, 2020

It is time for our annual Big Wood Ice out contest.  In 2019, it was on May 9th even though looking at the cam shot below on May 8th, it appeared to be gone.

SO this years history: We have not had tons of snow as we have had in past years so will the thaw produce less run off?  Will the warmer temperatures come sooner?  You never know.  Your guess will be as good as mine. Of course, my guess date remains to be on May 5th and in 2018, I won.  HAHA

So how this will work:
Choose your date and time that you think the ice will go out on Big Wood. Choosing a time is helpful if multiple people choose the same date.  The person closest to the time will win.

Add a comment to this post with your guess. We can only accept one entry per person/email.

The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2020.
The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2020.

The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 10th, 2020.  I think it will be the end of April this year so I moved up the deadline date.

Please Note: Only one discount permitted per stay at Cozy Cove Cabins and our same discount rules apply. (payment by check or cash, cabin minimum must be met)

Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.

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State of Maine Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine

As normal for this time of year, we have already closed all the camps by mid March, but a new order came out from our Governor yesterday defining Maine’s new lodging restrictions.

We will continue to take reservation for May (for ice out fishing) and beyond with the understanding that things may change with more restrictions for lodging being possible.  If you do plan to travel in Maine after this restriction, please continue to  be considerate of others, keep your physical distancing, shop at home and not in the small communities, and stay healthy.

We hope if people can restrain from traveling this month and even into May, we all will be able to look forward to a healthy summer season.

These new orders are effective from April 5th through April 31st.

I.ORDERS

  1. To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the public health and health delivery system are capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, any person, resident or non-resident, traveling into Maine must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or for the balance of 14 days dating from the day of arrival, except when engaging in essential services as defined in Executive Order 19FY 19/20.
  2. The Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority are hereby directed to post a summary of this Order at all major points of entry into Maine and on highway message boards. The Portland Jetport, the Bangor International Airport and all other Maine airports, all bus stations and passenger train stations are also directed to post the substance of this Order.
  3. Guidance for self-quarantine may be made available by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms ofCOVID-19, and are advised not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities and regions identified as COVID-19 “hot spots,” including, among others, the cities of Detroit, Chicago and New York City. In addition, residents of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should refrain from travel to Maine in strict compliance with USCDC travel guidance issued Saturday, March 28, 2020 and any subsequent travel guidance that may be issued during the pendency of this Order. 2

5. For the purpose of clarifying Essential Services as defined in 19FY 19/20, effective April5, 2020 at 12:00 noon, all lodging operations and accommodations shall close except to the extent of providing lodging for the purposes stated below. Lodging operations and accommodations are defined to include, but not limited to, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals, such as those made available through VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnb and other services, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities.

Lodging may be provided only for the following purposes:

a.Housing vulnerable populations, including children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State.

b.Providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure.

c.Use of lodging properties as self-quarantine or self-isolation facilities as arranged by the State.

d.Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of residents as otherwise approved by the State. On-line reservations shall be suspended, and lodging providers shall post a prominent notice on their web platforms to advise potential guests that reservations for lodging in Maine, as allowed above, shall be accepted by phone only. Lodging providers may permit existing guests to remain through the end of their scheduled stay but may not allow stay extensions or new reservations, except for the purposes set forth above.

6.All state agencies and departments, including the offices of elected officials in the Executive Branch, which register, regulate or license lodging facilities, shall provide an electronic advisory regarding the suspension of lodging operations, consistent with this Executive Order.  d to be a violation of any such license, permit or other authorization to which pertinent penalties may be assessed.

You can read the full document here : https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEHHS/bulletins/284e4e8

End of March 2020

A friend of ours who obviously has “the eye” for capturing beauty on film, sent this to me today. Normally, at this time of year, you would not see the rocks along our shore nor the brown areas on the yard. It is usually all still white.  This is prettier, I think, in some ways. Of course the skyline adds to the beauty also.

It has been an odd cold but less snow winter this year. Even still, I am ready for spring thaw to happen and start working the garden and the yard.

We hope everyone is able to get out around their own home and breath in some fresh air and sunshine. Be safe and be healthy.

 

Rate adjustment

As the cost of living goes up everywhere, believe it or not, it does so in Jackman also.  We have had very reasonable rates for many years (lower than even Rockwood & Greenville)  so it is time we make this adjustment.

In trying to make the adjustment in increments, we did a small increase this winter for all the cabins and the large cabin rates listed on the rates page of our website will go into affect in July 2020.

Keep in mind, we still offer Deer season specials as well as a weekly rate discount.   We plan to offer specials during the year also so keep an eye on the blog posts.

Of course, any reservation quote made prior to this notice will be honored.