We anxiously await the May long weekend with trepidation and excitement.  While the grass in the city has been green for a while, and golfers are already on the course (gasp), this is the traditional weekend for opening the cottage.

Preparations should be exciting not daunting- so we prepared a list to help with your packing and planning:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid kit
  • Chargers
  • Matches
  • Hats
  • Paper towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaners
  • Pantry items, such as coffee, spices, non-perishables, baggies, tin foil & condiments
  • Water
  • Clothing for a wide range of weather- winter through summer.
  • Propane for the BBQ?

 

Upon Arrival:

To begin, it’s important to set your priorities for your arrival and for the weekend to ensure a smooth flow for your precious & limited cottage time.  Upon arrival, do you need to turn on the heat, get the water running, plug in the refrigerator, make the beds, charge your phone? Next take a quick look around the property for any trees or limbs that have come down, ice or snow damage or any maintenance item that will require immediate attention.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind this May Long Weekend, is that amid the cleaning, clearing, installing and unpacking, take time to enjoy, relax and take in the wonder we call Muskoka.  After all, we come to the cottage to relax and escape so make sure you take time to do so.

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