Take the hassle out of opening the cottage

(NC)—Pack the car – check. Sit in traffic – check. Arrive at the cottage or cabin after 8–months of winter weather – yes please!

It's May and our first long weekend of the season is just around the corner. For those lucky enough, three days at the cottage is in sight and it can't come soon enough.

Though getting there is not always half the fun, prepping for the annual cottage or cabin opening requires a bit of planning and know how. From turning on the water to inspecting possible winter damage, before we can sit leisurely on the dock with a cold one or break out the guitar for a campfire sing–a–long it's important to take a few hours to set up the cottage for the summer.

The summer experience experts at Rickard's offer the following cottage opening guide to help you get the most out of your first weekend:

Pre–Planning

• Let your security company know you are back

• Plan the menu: think grilling options, fire pit fare and easy slow cooker recipes

• Fill up the water bottles

• Renew / recertify / get your boating licence

• Get the coolers and icepacks out of storage

• Pack the bedroom linens and bathroom towels

• Re–stock the kitchen staples and supplies

• Don't forget extra fuses and batteries for flashlights

• Inspect the emergency and first aid kits

Upon Arrival

• Check for any signs of damage with a quick walk around

• Check fuses

• Plug in the refrigerator

• Check water tanks, turn on water and sump pump

• Check for pests

And don't forget to enlist those family and friends who are regular summer–time cottage visitors to help with the opening. A crew makes work fast and fun. Pick up a variety of flavourful brews so there's something for everyone like the Red, White and Dark beers featured in the Rickard's Taster Pack. And of course don't forget a delicious feast straight off the grill to keep them coming back year after year.

For great grilling ideas visit www.rickards.ca

Carol Ireland

Carol Ireland

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CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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