Fall Cottage Closing

Well, as much as I truly hate to say it, Fall is in the air, in fact, Fall has arrived, and with it, the cooler temperatures that remind us cottagers that after Fall comes Winter and that means, depending on where your cottage is, it will soon be time to shut the water off and drain the cottage plumbing system to protect it from freezing.

Of course that’s really not all that needs to be done either. Remember, you are closing the cottage, and chances are, you won’t be back for a little while, or perhaps for a long while depending on your circumstances, distance to the camp etc.

So there are things you need to do to close the cottage and get it ready to make it through another long winter without you.

Now…. don’t panic, it isn’t winter yet, in fact, you have lots of time, unless your cottage is quite far north, and temperatures are already dropping below freezing at night.

Otherwise, you still have some time left, several more weekends to enjoy running water at the cottage, while you also enjoy those crisp, cool autumn days admiring the brightly colored autumn leaves on the hardwood trees.

But it is time to start thinking about it, particularly if you have stuff you bring home from the camp for the winter, like outboard motors, chainsaws and other tools and equipment. Don’t forget canned goods and other foodstuffs that will spoil if you forget them over the winter.

I have a couple of previous posts related to closing up the cottage, and now might be a good time to direct you towards them, the first is Shutting Off The Water and the second one is a checklist of things to do when you are Closing The Cottage

I hope you find them useful, and I would love to hear your comments and any tips or tricks you have for closing your camp up for winter.

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6 thoughts on “Fall Cottage Closing”

  1. Hey guy, thanks for droppin' by my blog. Ohhhh, how I hate to see the summer pulling away. The last two years we have had a day that was in the 80's that dropped like a rock in just a matter of hours to low 30's and below. That's Ozark weather. This farm chick can be seen that day in shorts winterizing the pool, covering deck furniture, mulching plants……etc. I put it off because I always think we're going to have another beautiful warm day!

    If ya go into the archives I have boat, fishin', skunks, cattle, stories a guy might enjoy. Live proves never dull on the Ponderosa!

    Have a great day and in the words of Granny Clampett, " ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!"

  2. It's a lot easier for us,… no water to shut off, no electricity to shut off,…. basically it's just strip the beds, take the perishable food and the ice chests and lock the door. Still a sad time, though.

  3. When I was a youngster my parents had a summer cottage and every fall we went through the same routine. It was always a sad time as it really marked the end of another season, but it always gave us something to look forward to.
    Sunny :)

  4. I’ve been looking up cottage closings to make sure it ALL gets done. Thanks for the info!
    Question… Do you (or your readers) turn off the heat? We have electric heat and we have previously left it on at 5 degrees. Good idea? or needless expense? (We drain all water).

  5. Hi Christine, I can’t speak for others buy personally we don’t leave any heat on after the water is drained etc. There is a school of thought that says you need to leave some heat on if you have a basement/foundation under your place. Our cottage is on posts, so no heat is left on during the winter.