F.A.Q.’s

Are Pets allowed?

Yes.  The place is pet friendly and dogs are permitted especially if they do their duty in the woods

Who to contact if cabin issues arise such as poor housekeeping upon arrival, unable to unlock doors, lack of propane, or other facility related matters?

As soon as possible, guests should contact: Tom Henderson at 925-1056 at the land trust office and by email at tom@gllt.org. The land trust will make every attempt to respond to your concerns in a prompt and thorough manner.
The land trust staff will be aware of when new guests are arriving and when they are departing. Efforts will be made to ensure personnel are available prior to your arrival to ensure you find the cabin neat, clean and ready for your enjoyment. Additionally, the land trust will make every attempt to have a person available to respond promptly, if the need arises.

Who to contact in case of emergency?

Guests should call 911 in the case of fire or medical emergency. Guests need to be aware that cell phone coverage may require someone leaving the property and travelling 1-2 miles to obtain cell coverage and have the ability to call 911 for help. Guests should plan accordingly and pack basic first aid supplies and be prepared in the event the need arises.

How far to the nearest grocery store, drug store, etc.?

Melby’s Store at the intersections of Route 35 and Five Kezars Road is approximately 3 miles away. Many groceries and personal care supplies can be found there and the Store hosts a popular diner. The nearest larger grocery and drug stores can be found approximately 20 miles away in the towns of Bridgton or Norway.

Is boating available?

The cabin rental includes use of the aluminum row boat and canoe. Paddles and life jackets provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own kayaks, inner tubes and inflatables, if they prefer.

How is the swimming?

Whitney Pond is a shallow, warm water pond. There is a swim dock. The pond is seven to nine feet deep off the end of the dock. The water is not crystal clear Maine lake water because of the slight discoloration (eg. coffee colored) from the natural tannins. But it is quite swimmable. Exuberant swimmers may stir up silts and fines from the bottom that can cause some temporary murkiness of the water. The pond is weedy. However there is weed free swimming for a good distance off the end of the dock and beyond.

Will I have cell phone coverage?

It is highly unlikely. Some carriers have spotty signal, but most do not. Some guests can access cell phone coverage along the access road a few hundred feet from the cabin. Guests should expect to have to travel 1-2 miles out to find cell coverage. Coverage is available at Melby’s store approximately 3 miles away.

Does the cabin have electricity?

No. All appliances, including lights operate on propane. There is a battery operated radio and minimal battery operated lights. Guest should leave at home electrical items such as hair dryers, electric pumps for inflatables, etc. as no electricity is available.

Is the cabin heated?

There cabin includes a small wood stove in the kitchen and a fireplace in the living room which can take the chill off in damp or cool weather. They are not sufficient to heat the cabin in the normal cold weather associated with the months of November through April.
There is an enclosed brick fireplace outdoors for grilling, smore’s or evening enjoyment.
In all cases, guests are asked to be extremely careful in their tending of open fires and not leave them unattended. Please avoid outdoor fires in windy conditions and keep fires small for enjoyment and not exceed the capacity of the brick enclosure to contain. Note: Due to the remoteness of the cabin and lack of cell phone coverage, emergency response could take an unfortunately long time.
Firewood is provided and guests are asked to use only what they need for enjoyment and warmth. Please use conservatively so wood can be made available to other guests.

Are towels provided?

There is a limited supply of dish towels and cleaning supplies. Guests are expected to bring their own bathing cloths and beach/bathing towels.

Is bedding provided?

No. Each of the double beds has a mattress, mattress cover and quilt. Guests are expected to bring their own sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases.

How many people can the cabin accommodate?

The cabin can sleep many and tenting opportunities are also available, provided guests bring the necessary items to accommodate more persons than the existing beds provide. There is a bedroom with double bed on the first floor. In the living area there are two bed-length window benches with cushions. A few more people can sleep on the floor if they bring padding. The loft is an open single20X30 room. In the loft there are two double beds and plenty of room for people to sleep on the floor, again if they bring padding. Guests are welcomed to bring tenting supplies and camp out in the yard or the wooded campsite behind the cabin.  A realistic maximum is 12 persons.

What are the kitchen facilities?

The cabin includes a full service kitchen including cook stove and refrigerator (operated by propane), a kitchen sink with grey water disposal system, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery, counters, breakfast bar and propane lighting. (Cleaning supplies are also provided to assist guests in leaving the cabin is as good or better shape than when they arrived.)

What are the bathroom facilities?

The cabin includes a detached outhouse, which is clean and comfortable. Guests are asked to only dispose human waste and toilet paper in the pit toilet. Pine shavings are provided and guests are asked to sprinkle some into the pit after each use to aid in composting. I separate disposal container is provided for personal toiletries.

Does the Whitney Pond Cabin have running water?

No. Guests need to bring their own drinking water. The kitchen sink operates as a grey water system. Wash water can be taken from the pond and heated for washing dishes and bathing. (Bottled water is available at Melby’s Store, approximately 3 miles away).

Do I have to be a member of the land trust to reserve the cabin?

No. The cabin is available to members, non-members and the general public. Reservations are open on February 1 of any given season. Reservations are open to members only for the first four weeks (eg Feb 1 through March 1). Non-members wishing to make a reservation during this time, will be given the opportunity to become a member and then proceed with making their reservation. After March 1, reservations are on a first come-first serve basis to the general public.