What a crazy 2020 we have had. May 2021 be better: all of us healthy and safe.
What a crazy 2020 we have had. May 2021 be better: all of us healthy and safe.
The temperatures in Jackman did a major plunge this week. Yesterday in the teens and this morning we woke to a minus 4 with a feels like temp of minus 23.
At 7am our webcam uploaded this image of our frozen lake.
Sadly, at 8am there were no new uploads. We are not sure what is the problem yet. It has tolerated the freezing temperatures and below zero wind chill in the past so again, not sure where the problem lies. Stay tuned!
For now, we may just show the same image every day until we either fix the problem or get a new cam. Not very exciting out there right now anyhow. No ice fisherman yet and no snowmobiles yet. I will take a couple still images though because the sun shining on the ice and snow is quite pretty.
What a crazy crazy year we have had in our country. We hope you are all doing well, being safe, and recovering from it all. There is hope in the future.
As most guests who have stayed with us in the past know, we send out Holiday wishes every year to our regulars who come back every year, our new guests, and we even go back to those who have stayed at least once in the past 3 years with us. This summer we even had a few guests return after not staying here since our early years (2004 and 2007). Welcome back!
If you did not get a card from us this year, it has either been awhile since we have seen you or you have moved. SO to one and all, Steve, Maggie, and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous, healthy New Year!
It seems every state in the country have seen more and more positive tests. In some areas, it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of this pandemic. Smaller and rural communities keep to themselves for the most part so the spread is minimal. But it is happening out there.
SO in the upcoming months., if you plan to visit our small community, this is what the current Maine guidelines from our Governor say:
Maine has three options for visitors to or from other states: 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test (further defined below); 2) maintaining compliance with a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine; 3) being exempted from the testing or quarantine requirement if you are a resident of the following states: New Hampshire, Vermont. Face coverings are REQUIRED by all in any indoor setting. Thee seems to be multiple options to get tested prior to leaving your state or on arrival. This is what is posted on The Maine Tourism site :
” We urge visitors to “Know Before You Go.” That means getting tested for COVID-19 and receiving results in your home state before traveling to Maine. If you cannot or choose not to get tested in your own state, you can get tested upon arrival. Maine now has Swab and Send PCR test sites available without physician referral in over 30 locations statewide, including the Portland Jetport—where HR Rapid Testing is available for only $25. Be sure to make an appointment in advance so you can travel with confidence.” More details of Maine guidelines can be found here: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/frequently-asked-questions.pdf
As with this summer guests, people traveled to stay here and in sporting camps all over Maine. They respected the communities, wore face coverings, brought their own supplies as much as possible. They went fishing, ATVing, boating, and hiking with those in their group. On one weekend this summer, I had 4 or 5 different groups down near the water and all kept their distance, played in the water, but separate from others and yet talked, shared experiences and concerns even, but simply, they wanted to just enjoy the outdoors.
Winter ice fishing and snowmobilers can do the same thing.
So to make it easiest for those out of state visitors to Maine, get a test, be sure and enjoy the outdoors.
Here is another informative link: www.visitmaine.com/travel-with-care
In case you, our guests were not aware, we do have Cozy Cove Cabins hoodies for you to wear.
We have a basic Maroon one that simply has Cozy Cove Cabins on the front.
We have sizes small-3XL
New this year is a really pretty charcoal gray color with our name in the front left as well as our logo design on the back. Currently we only have a limited amount available of sizes M-2X. We wanted to see if there was an interest first.
We can do the logo in full color or plain darker color also so we are hoping we can get some fun things made for next summer. Any ideas what you might like?
In each cabin, we offer our guests an information book. In here we include information about your cabin, our policies, why we put signs up around the camp (for those who need reminders of when to put out trash, why not to use our guest towels to clean your atvs, what the smell of maple bacon does to a cabin (LOL), and how to get the best wifi signal). Included are ideas of what to do here at camp or around Jackman; trails, local eateries, and tidbits like where to spot moose.
We also have a section called “Our Journal” that we update every year in May on our anniversary here at Cozy Cove Cabins. Basically, in Our Journal, we share what we have done over the past year, both with the cabins or anything fun we did. Plus we try to include any updates around town.
The reason I mention this here in our blog is because one of our guests today commented to me on how much she enjoyed reading it, learning of all we have done over the past 17 years, and finding things to do with her and her family. This yearly project to update It is a bit of a chore, although fun too as we review our accomplishments. Plus, we hope to offer information our guests may need and want to enjoy their time in Jackman.
SO to hear that it helped them and was enjoyed by a guest, is all the reward I need.
Thank you Stephanie.
And remember, we as well as others who stay in your cabin, enjoy reading what you did when you were here. Drop a few lines in the journal and best of all, read what others wrote.
We hope everyone is having a good summer.
As our guests know, we always send out confirmation emails after a reservation is made. This summer especially, we are finding that many of our emails are going to the recipients spam box. I am not sure why though. Maybe it is has something to do with Covid and extra precautions? Or maybe it is because I have links included in the email to help our guests understand Maine guidelines.
Whatever the reason, if you have or make a reservation with us and do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, check your spam box. If it is not there, give us a call. Please note that correspondences that originate from me come from email@example.com.
To offer a bit of comfort to you all to enjoy sitting out on your deck, we have always provided deck chairs for you. They are not fancy or top of the line metal chairs but they should last longer than a season. As the years have gone by, it seems even the better ones do not last.
Perhaps part of the reason is they simply do not make good quality chairs anymore. Also,we see our guests weighing over the limit of 250# sitting in them, people leaning back on 2 legs of the chair, or taking them out onto the lawn or by the firepit. We find them burnt or cracked much too often..
We bought a white set (20) 2 years ago and we only have 8 left. Last summer (end of season) we bought 30 chairs that seemed to be a sturdier and already lost 6 of them this summer have cracked.
We decided that after these are gone, we cannot keep buying them. Our guests will either have to bring their own deck/lawn chairs or make due with what is left.
In the meantime, we hope our guests use their own beach chairs down by the water and maybe what we have will last another season. We do have a few extra fold up chairs that others have left here in our Boat Shack.
I wish we could buy sturdy metal chairs but not only are they heavy to put away at the end of season but storage is a bit limited for them. We apologize if this inconveniences anyone.
Here we are, mid July and this Pandemic is still around. We do hope that all of you out thee are staying safe and still able to enjoy the summer.
We are lucky in Maine that there has not been many horrific outbreaks. Could it be that people are maintaining distances or wearing face coverings in Maine, or is it simply because our clean air and ability to get out in it is helping? Who knows.
We do know that Maine people this summer are truly discovering Maine! Specifically, our area and maybe even other towns that they have never been to before. At least this is what are guests are saying.
Many of our guests so far have said they have never been to Jackman. They wanted a place to visit where they could get out and explore the outdoors and feel like they can still maintain distance from others.
That is what the Jackman region can offer. Wide open space. You do not need to have an ATV, a boat, or even a fishing pole to be outdoors. But if you do, we have lakes and streams to fish and trails to ride. Or, you can stay at camp and play ball with the kids, swim in the lake, make a campfire at night and roast marshmallows. Or put on some sunscreen and just enjoy being outdoors and the serenity many find here.
We had a group here this week that brought their ATVs, grills, pop up tent and corn hole game. They rode hard all day then spent the evenings talking, laughing, cooking out and watching a sunset by the campfire. What a great way to end a perfect day with friends.
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.