Welcome to Cosmos!
We’ve compiled some updated information for your arrival
- Special information relating to COVID-19: As most of you are aware, Massachusetts has requested those traveling to Massachusetts from out of state quarantine for 14 days. In addition to this, all travelers are directed to wear face masks in public and practice strict social distancing. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizers are also recommended. Note: Commercial Street in Provincetown requires masks for pedestrians.
- We are giving guests the option to bring their own blankets and pillows which will serve to minimize virus concerns. We will be in contact prior to your stay to address your wishes.
- Bring plenty of food and supplies from your hometown. This will help lessen the burden on local businesses and reduce occasions of exposure.
- We will be sanitizing the cottage thoroughly between guests. All surfaces will be wiped down with approved solutions; the futon cover, shower curtain and mattress pads will be laundered and cushions will be disinfected.
- Check-in is after 2pm and check-out is no later than 10am. We are very firm about this, because of COVID-19 more time is required for cleaning and sanitizing. Before you leave, please leave the top of the bathroom window and one of the bayside windows open for cross ventilation. Take your items from the fridge and cabinets; empty the trash; check under the beds; rinse out the sink and give the cottage a once over with the broom. The cleaning staff will appreciate it! The key may be left on the mantle.
- If you choose to have a beach fire: it must be on the lower beach; you must have a permit and the wind must be blowing out to sea, not toward the cottages. Never leave it unattended and fully extinguish your fire and coals when finished.
- There is a vacuum, broom, mop, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, cleanser, paper towels, etc. to help with daily upkeep. Be careful to avoid sucking up any water with the Electrolux, it's a good machine and a beloved old friend. The broom, the old standby, might be the only thing you want to use.
- Xfinity/Comcast now offers access to some of the apps you might watch at home. Simply press and hold the blue microphone button on the remote and say something like “watch Netflix” or “watch Amazon Prime” and the TV will take you to the app. All you have to do is sign into your account. Remember to sign out before you leave the cottage at the end of your stay. Press “guide” or the Xfinity button to navigate to cable TV.
- If you lock yourselves out, something breaks etc., please use the contact information posted on the fridge and we will do our best to assist you.
- We are trying to preserve the dune between the cottages. Driftwood, sea grass, beach roses and other delicate plantings are being used to build up the sand to prevent erosion. Please avoid treading on the dune and burning the driftwood in your beach fires. We know it’s tempting but in the long run it’ll pay off.
- Our electric on-demand water heater keeps up nicely if we are mindful to watch the pressure in the shower and choose not to do dishes at the same time
- To avoid being locked out, which is very easy to do, make sure the door is truly unlocked by turning the knob before you close it.
- For the heating season, September 15-June 15, there is a baseboard heater in each bedroom; a wall heater in the living room and a ceiling heater in the bathroom. Please make sure everything is off when you decide to open the windows, also you can help us keep our rates down by setting the thermostats to 68° or lower. In case we have a cold snap in the summer, the living room wall heater and the bathroom ceiling heater are available to take the chill off.
- For cooking, a flame is required to light the four stovetop burners. You'll find a lighter on the window sill. Turn the knob and simultaneously ignite the gas. The oven has a pilot light and will ignite automatically. Call if you have questions or problems.
- Extra pillows and blankets are in the trunk for guests using the futon.
- Enjoy the charcoal grill, you'll find tongs, spatula, etc. under the little table by the fridge. Be careful not to cook too near the cottage because of its vinyl siding. Remember to strap the grill back to the railing so it doesn't blow away.
- To use the DVD player it needs to be plugged into the back of the TV via an HDMI cable that we've attached to the current HDMI cable. Simply swap them.
- The key for the dumpsters across the street is on the crab hook above the sink. Remember to replace the key after using it. We recycle so do your best to separate your trash according to the information posted on the fridge.
- Coffee filters are supplied for the coffee maker.
- When using the futon, pull it out from the wall far enough to avoid damaging the trim.
- We've provided a silicon spatula and some wooden utensils for the nonstick pans just like at home. The burners are very hot so be mindful as they will scorch the pans and then the smoke alarm gets involved and it turns into this big thing.
- Because of the pollen and fine dirt that blows around on the beach, we ask that cushions, blankets and pillows stay inside. Since sand isn't as clean as it appears, this also goes for cottage furniture.
- In case you're curious, the locked fireplace cabinet contains maintenance equipment and household odds and ends. Sorry, nothing exciting.
- Sometimes, during hard wind and rain, you might notice a leak coming from the middle bay facing window. So far we have been unable to find the point of entry, until we do, please use the mop to sop up any water that might accumulate. We apologize for this inconvenience.
- A cottage of this age, repaired and updated since 1931 is bound to be quirky with its own personality. We hope you can appreciate it and roll with the punches like we do.