Published on May 18th, 2016 | by Kamla Wray

Cottage Opening Tips and CAA Member Savings.

The much-anticipated arrival of patio, bbq and non-hockey season is upon us, and nothing says “hello summer” like opening the cottage. Granted it can be stressful just thinking about what to expect the first visit of the season, let’s be optimistic and assume you were spared any damage from the winter elements and visits from wildlife or furry critters.

Get Organized

Before you load up the SUV, it doesn’t hurt to be organized. This includes stocking up on cleaning supplies, batteries, food items and other necessities. It’s also a good idea to have a list of phone numbers for people you may need to call once you’re up there. (Think contractors, home improvement suppliers, septic tank professionals, etc.)

Cottage on the water

Be sure to call to arrange reconnecting hydro and phone services ahead of time. After all, do you really want to spend your first weekend at the cottage on hold? Be sure to confirm insurance documents for the cottage, boat, trailer and other equipment are valid and up-to-date; unsure of what you should be insuring or looking to insure the rental cottage or watercraft? CAA’s cottage insurance provides coverage against theft, vandalism and even damage caused by bears.

Finally, don’t forget the keys to the cottage! But if you do (and it has happened to folks I know), it’s always a safe idea to call it a day and get a good night’s sleep at a hotel and try again the next day. Members are privy to discounts at numerous hotels including Best Western, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott Hotels.

Shop En Route and Save!

With gas prices slowly creeping higher, you might as well purchase fuel where you can also earn valuable rewards. Members who connect their Petro-Canada Points card with their CAA Membership can earn 20% more Petro-Points. If you haven’t already done so, click here to connect your cards. Petro-Points can be converted into CAA Dollars® which in turn can be redeemed for Cineplex® movie tickets, travel merchandise or used towards Membership renewal.

Now you know where to fuel up, be sure to download the CAA mobile app to find gas prices en route to the cottage. You can search by city or point of interest. Pretty handy if you’re on the go!

Modern & retro cabin interior

Thinking of ways to beautify the cottage? Who can resist the pop of colours 2016 has brought? Free-spirited, earthy greens and baby blues instantly update any cottage dwelling. Members save 20% on all regular-priced merchandise at Decorium. After all, you can never have too many throws or pillows for those impromptu get-togethers or cozy evenings by the lake.

Finally, it doesn’t matter how many meals you make for the ride to the cottage, chances are there’s always someone in the car who wants to pull over and grab something not wrapped in tin foil or stored in plastic containers. And who can blame them? Members can save when dining at East Side Mario’s, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Milestones, Montana’s and Swiss Chalet. Think of it as stretching your legs and getting some fresh air!

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