Kill Kare Kamp Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the cottage called Kill Kare?
My grandfather named it Kill Kare because it is there that you go to "kill your cares". It has been our family's haven since 1917. Many a problem has been solved by just gazing into a summer sunset.
How many can comfortably sleep in Kill Kare?
Kill Kare can comfortably sleep ten. There are two queen-sized bedrooms, two single twin bedrooms and two double twin bedrooms. One full bath is on the first floor. One and one-half baths are on the second floor.
Is Kill Kare suitable for children? For the physically challenged?
Absolutely! Several generations of children have loved being at Kill Kare. And living on a lake is magical especially at night when there are more stars than you could possibly count. And what's not to love about being able to swim, canoe and kayak right off your front porch and to roast marshmallows every night? There is a table in the living room dedicated to kids's crafts, puzzles and games (many of which are supplied for their enjoyment). There are also children's books in the library. For the young campers in your family, there is a quality co-ed day camp at the end of our lake with opportunities for three age groups: Scamp Camp (4 1/2 - 6 years), Nichols Day Camp (6-12 years) and Adventure Camp (11-14 years). If interested, please have a look at their website: Nichols Day Camps. Details are in the Renter's Guide, an extensive directory that includes driving directions, guidelines about the cottage, some safety considerations and a wealth of suggestions for what to do and see as well as where to eat and shop in our area. An online guide will be sent to you once you have made your reservation and a hard copy will be available in Kill Kare when you arrive..
Guests who are physically disabled may find that the only challenge is the short hill down from the parking lot to the house. All the amenities you will need are found on the first floor - a bedroom with adjoining bath, the living and dining rooms, the kitchen and the laundry room. The lakefront porch is only one small step down from the living room.
May we bring our pet?
We understand that pets are a genuine part of the family so well-behaved cats and dogs are welcome at Kill Kare with prior notice and a refundable $250.00 pet deposit. We ask that they be treated for ticks and fleas prior to their arrival, be up to date on all shots and that you not allow them on the furniture.
Where is the nearest hospital, animal hospital and grocery store?
The nearest hospital and animal hospital are in Blue Hill which is only eight miles from Kill Kare. The closest grocery store (Eggemoggin Country Store) - for a short list - is about three miles from the house. Trade Winds Market, a full-service grocery store (which includes wine and liquor) is in Blue Hill.
Do you have recommendations for things to do and see, places to eat, shop and explore?
We have created an extensive online Renter's Guide with all kinds of information on the surrounding area: restaurants, bookstores, gift shops, antique shops, art galleries, recreational activities, craft colonies, famers' markets, etc. Once you have made your reservation, we will be happy to forward this to you so you can start planning your trip. There will also be a hard copy of this guide in the house when you arrive.
How close are you to the nearest airports?
Bangor International Airport and Bar Harbor Airport are both about an hour away. Portland International Airport is about 3 1/2 hours away.
Will we need a car?
Yes, you will need a car. Kill Kare is accessed by dirt and gravel road. And, in order to get to nearby Blue Hill, Ellsworth, Acadia, Castine, Deer Isle, Brooklin and Stonington, you will need wheels. If you arrive by plane, there are rental car agencies at each airport. Detailed driving directions are in the Renter's Guide.
How far are you from these towns?
Distance from Kill Kare:
Blue Hill 8 miles
Ellsworth 28 miles
Acadia 50 miles (allow for summer traffic - I can also share with you directions via a back road that may be faster with fewer cars)
Castine 20 miles
Deer Isle 15 miles
Brooklin 12 miles
Stonington 23 miles
How big is the lake? Is it suitable for swimming? Boating? Fishing?
Walker Pond (many bodies of water in Maine are referred to as "ponds" - no matter how big) is shaped like the boot of Italy - only in reverse. It is three miles long with a prevailing southwest wind and is only about 1/4 mile from the Penobscot Bay as the crow flies. It is about 1/2 mile wide at its widest point. Much more temperate than the salt waters off the coast, the fresh water of the lake is comfortably refreshing. You can swim directly off Kill Kare from our dock and float. The bottom is sandy (you may want to wear swim shoes) and there are no sudden drop offs, no tides or currents. The lake is spring-fed so it is clear and clean and a happy home for fish - bass and perch, mostly.
Fishing is certainly allowed. You will need to purchase a fishing license - details are in the Renter's Guide. We are also lucky to have loons and eagles on the lake. As for boating, Walker Pond is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing and small boats are easily launched right off our dock. (Please note that jet skis are prohibited on the lake.) Canoes and kayaks can be rented and arranged for prior to your visit by contacting The Activity Shop in nearby Blue Hill. They will deliver the boats with appropriate paddles and life vests and will also pick them up at the end of your visit. The Activity Shop also rents cribs, highchairs and other baby paraphernalia for the littlest members of your group.
Where can we go to get a good lobster?
Not far! Details and up-to-the-minute alternatives will be on the refrigerator when you arrive.
What is the weather like?
Traditionally, Down East Maine in the summer is an ideal place to be. The days are generally sunny with low humidity and the nights are cool and good for sleeping. Sometimes, we do get a system of weather that comes in from the Atlantic and sits around longer than is really necessary. There is still plenty to do and see when you encounter the occasional rainy day. Suggestions are in the Renter's Guide.
Do you provide linens? Are there laundry facilities?
All bed and bath linens are provided. A washer and dryer are located on the first floor adjacent to the kitchen.
Do you offer Internet service? Cable TV? Cell phone service? Stereo system?
We do have a TV and DVD. We have high-speed Internet access at Chinook, the garage apartment just up the hill from the cottage where I stay when the cottage is rented. Adirondack chairs and tables are set out for your convenience to check your email. If it's raining, you can sit in your car, or better yet, come upstairs and I'll give you a cup of tea.
We do not have cable TV. A survey of former guests nixed the idea - "play a game, read a book, you don't come to the beautiful coast of Maine to watch TV!" they said!
Cell phone service is spotty in the woods - although some guests have been able to make theirs work.
Bring your iPod or MP3 player and enjoy your favorite music on our stereo dock.
May we use the fireplace? Do you supply firewood?
The large, fieldstone fireplace is the focal point of the living room at Kill Kare so we hope that you will enjoy using it. There's nothing better than curling up in front of a warm fire with a good book. There are some posted safety considerations that we ask that you observe. We do supply "fat wood" to help get the fire going and we provide enough wood for your first fire. We can direct you to where you can buy good, seasoned hardwood for optimum fires.
Should we be concerned about wildlife?
Most of the wildlife that we see are deer, opossums, wild turkeys, porcupines, fox and skunk. We are in the woods so there is the possibility of a bear sighting, but in all my years at Kill Kare, I have never seen one there. There are no poisonous insects or snakes in Maine.
Are we required to clean the house prior to departure?
The cottage will be thoroughly cleaned after you leave by our wonderful cleaning crew. We do ask that you try to leave as close to 10 AM as possible (we'll provide suggestions for places to go for a good breakfast if you prefer not to eat in that morning) so that they will have enough time to prepare the house for the next renters. Please be mindful that this is our home. We would appreciate your treating it with the same care that you would treat your own.
Is there someone we can call if we have a problem?
We will make sure that you have all the contact numbers you'll need by each phone.