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Luxury, craftsman, lakefront timberframe log home with PIZZA OVEN, open concept

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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Norway Lake, open concept living, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, close to ski & golf, casino

Private year round home. Book a week for 2017 before January and save $200. If you love nature and enjoy outdoor activities while appreciating simple décor and uncluttered living-You’ll love this home. It’s not rustic and filled with collectible cabin treasures. This home is a craftsman, timber frame log home, contemporary in style and simple in design.

You won’t suffer-Yes we’re in the woods, but only a few minutes’ walk from the town center. It’s luxury living in the heart of Maine’s lake region with all the comforts of home. Close enough to the ocean and Portland, but far enough to be alone and at peace with nature. No city noises; no ringing phones-- unless it’s yours. You can open up the walls of French doors and feel like you’re living outside, but without the bugs. You can turn on the radio, TV with cable, or access the WIFI to check your emails, but still hear the peepers and the loons. You can cook everything in the wood fired pizza oven, or over the fire pit, or use the convection/microwave, or regular oven.

Norway hosts many local fairs and events: Christmas parade, fishing derbies, Art festival on Main Street-July 9, 2016 & Triathlon, snow festival in February, etc. We’re in Oxford County , come for the fair September 14-17, 2016 or the casino. We’re not far from the Fryeburg Fair, October 2nd-9th, 2016, a great time of year for fall foliage. Auburn Hot Air Balloon Festival August 19-21, 2016

This location has down to earth living with friendly people who smile when you say hello.

3 Bedrooms upstairs with queen beds, 1 first floor master bedroom with queen, 2 full bath, upper laundry, sleeps 8-10, sleep sofa with queen, two fireplaces, wireless internet & cable TV, ping-pong, darts, outdoor fire pit, beautiful gardens, dock with seating area. We’re on the quiet side of the lake, great for floating, canoeing, sailing, fishing and privacy. Crystal clear water but only about 5 ft deep at end of the dock. Bring your own motor boat. The public beach is located near Lake Store and boat launch, 2 miles away. We do not have a beach. White’s Marina directly across the lake offers boat rentals & supplies gas. This home is a wonderful place for an adult retreat, a vacation spot for those who enjoy different activities, a perfect home for family gatherings, or great central location for area activities.

Here are our favorite things about Maine: The sunset from the dock and going across the lake to Boomers for lunch via boat, float, skis, ice skates, or snowmobile. Sitting under the porch during a rain storm or feeding the tamed chipmunks. We are at one with nature, but so close to civilization; we see otters, deer, lunar moths and the green frogs that stick to our windows, but could shop at major grocery stores right down the street.

We listen to the loons and the peepers on a warm summer night but could go to the casino, county fair, or drive-in movie instead. We enjoy clam bakes and Lobster meals over the bon-fire, followed with marshmallow roasting and baked apples. We love the view of the hemlocks covered in snow and a visit to the Poland House to enjoy holiday shopping and wonder at Steve’s talent for decorating, or walking downtown early morning to pick up the paper and a coffee. The indoor yard-sale, Pa’s Trading Post, antiquing, auctions, walking to the farmers market on Thursday afternoon, or to listen to a local artist at the pub.

Stepfalls is one of our favorite hikes because you climb up the waterfall. It’s only about 35 minutes from the house. You could even bring along your gold pan, or stop to mine for tourmaline on the way home. The kids love to spend the day water tubing followed by a pizza party where everyone makes their own favorite pizza. There’s plenty to do at night: watch a movie, play board games, sing to karaoke -4 microphones, darts, snowmobiling, sledding or heading up town to local shops that offer knitting, beading and local musicians. (varies daily)

We’re close to several golf courses: Norway, Poland Springs & Sunday River and have direct access to the snowmobile, ATV and cross country ski trails. There’s great skiing and snow tubing, at many local resorts.

We try to visit Portland at least once a month. The community is very supportive of the arts. Portland hosts open Gallery night the first Friday of every month; all the galleries are open until midnight. Try a boat cruise or deep-sea fishing; take the Down-easter Train to Old Orchard Beach for the day, one of the few remaining amusement parks on the ocean. You could take the train to Boston and enjoy the historic city without needing a cab once you get there and for less than you’d pay for gas and tolls if you where driving.

We try to buy local because we know what we’re getting. Each farm is different, some have petting zoos, corn mazes, pick your own veggies and fruit, pumpkin patches, maple sugar huts and many have fresh lobster, seafood, natural meats, eggs and milk.

We build huge memories here with friends and family. That’s why we love it. We think you’ll love it, too!

We have changed our weekly checkin/out to In Friday, at 4pm out Friday, at noon. This is to avoid Saturday traffic on route 95N and Sunday traffic on 95S. This has been a popular request.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Linda Corapi
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, some french
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October 25, 2016
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About Linda Corapi

I'm a Mother of two grown children, one an artist and another a biologist. I've owned my own business in landscape design for over 25 years and have been licences to sell Real Estate in Massachusetts since 1988. I work for RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services in Stoneham which is just north of Boston and one of the hottest markets in the country. We are seeing multiple offers in all price ranges. Lots of all cash buyers willing to wave inspection and pay thousands over asking price. I don't think the market will slow down, so I've decided to rent my home when I'm not there.

I'm also very active in the horticultural community and love Iris flowers. I share my passion for gardening with presentations to garden clubs and volunteering. I'm a member of many organizations including the Maine Iris society which holds their annual shows and meeting less than a half an hour away in Auburn, ME.

I have a busy schedule and no intention of retiring anytime soon. My heart is here in Maine, but my wallet is in MA. Eventually, I'd love to own one of those shops downtown and have a design studio/gift shop. Norway looks like the picture perfect ski town and eventually I'll be a part of it. I'm waiting until my student loans are paid off.

I have a few hobbies, sewing, beading and creating leaded glass art.

My family is spread throughout the country, Oregon, Colorado, North Dakota, Virginia, MA and Maine. We get together once or twice a year, for a celebration, or family reunion.

Linda Corapi purchased this house in 2003

Why Linda Corapi chose Maine

My family and I helped to build our dream home, with Joe Healey, a craftsman from Bridgton Maine, owner of Old Time Timber Framing. The kids and I lived in a tent during the summer with a solar shower and portable facilities. My sister's lake house is only 20 minutes away, so if we needed a break it was easy. My Brother's in-laws live in Fryeburg, so he's close, too. We all enjoy each others company and have similar interests so it just made sense to build a home here. Luckily I have a flexible schedule so I'm able to spend time here and in MA working remotely.

When I was moving from my primary home to Maine, I happened to find a box of old cookbooks from my Grandmother. I knew her as living in MA, she passed away when I was 16 and I was too young to ask her about her history. I was shocked to see a cookbook from Norway Congregational Church but even more so when I saw her name on the label. Looks like I've come back to my roots.

My Father loved to fish and when I was a child we rented cottages across the country. We never worried about seat belts and the station wagon had a folding seat way in the back. So we fit 6 kids, Mom, Dad, Nana, my aunt and the dog. Along the way we'd stop for lunch and if there was water Dad was fishing. I can vividly remember the raccoon raiding our campsite and Dad's evening catch from the bucket.

The first summer this house was built, my son and his school friend took the canoe out fishing. They were about 9. They were determined to try under the dock at the marina. Next thing I know I see them coming back in a hurry creating a wake behind the canoe. It wasn't speed that created the wake it was the big large mouth bass they couldn't take off the hook. I'd say maybe 6 lbs, (by their standards)nice and fat anyway. I learned to turn the barb down on the hook after that. It's too bad my Father wasn't around to see this home and that fish. He would be so proud.

What makes this house unique

I never expected to love the pizza oven as much as I do. I hardly ever use the regular oven. It's the center of every party. I treat myself to grilled fish, steak and small little baked dishes. My Son loves to cook ribs with his special barbecue sauce and my daughter has mastered my Brother's pizza dough recipe. I've made the entire Thanksgiving dinner in the one oven. Including the pies. It stays hot for hours. You can use all the leftover pizza toppings for quiche the next morning and usually it just takes a small fire to bring it back up to 375, if it's not hot enough. One year I hosted my nephews wedding party, we had about 50 people and served 22 pizzas and a few calzones.

The first winter we were here it snowed almost every day. (this year has been about the same) We love it. We live on a private road so I can cross- country ski on the trails in our neighborhood without worrying about snowmobiles being on the same route. The snowmobile trail goes down our road and across the street, or across the lake depending on the direction you're headed. You can access route 89 a major snowmobile route in the state. It's breathtaking to see the forest covered in snow, especially riding through a pine grove, or crossing a bridge in the swamp on a warm winter day, or the view from the hill on the golf course that overlooks the lake. Sometimes the snow is so deep it almost touches the porch roof.

During the summer when the kids were young all I did was tow them on the big water tube. Luckily we don't have a lot of boating traffic and there's enough room for everyone to have their own space.

As far as nature is concerned: the last couple of years we've seen eagles nesting and a family of otters moved in near the dock. The loons usually nest somewhere near our house, and the occasional Great Blue Herring will perch near the water. We have a range of woodpeckers, from Pileated to Flickers. Our feeders keep the finches, nuthatches and chickadees very happy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

For our annual family vacation, we stayed at a beautiful log house in Norway, Maine. Our immediate family consists of my husband and myself, three daughters, two spouses and three grandchildren. The house was located on a beautiful part of the lake while being located within very close walking distance of downtown Norway.

The house is lovely and furnished with any conceivable appliance, linen, toiletry, as well as an over abundance of spices and staples. All we needed to complete our vacation was our bathing suits and meat and vegetables to prepare meals.

The lot gently slopes to the water where the whole family enjoyed the nice deck, deck chairs, kayak, canoe and 8-man float. We did not use the fishing gear because the children were too busy with water activities.

The large dining area is where we usually congregated to eat and play games. (There was every game you could possibly imagine.). We never once turned on the large flat-screen tv or used the gaming videos or movies. Everyone enjoyed the ping pong table and darts in the basement.

Through no fault of Linda's and not to take away from our total experience, we really needed one more bedroom and bathroom-although, it worked for us because there were at least three inflatable mattresses.

Our family all gave this years vacation experience a strong five-star rating.
Jul 2016
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based on 19 traveler reviews

Luxury, craftsman, lakefront timberframe log home with PIZZA OVEN, open concept
average rating of 4.894737 based on 22 reviews

Gorgeous property, fabulous owner

  • 5 of 5

we had a great trip - the house is beautiful, and Linda is by far the most helpful owner i've ever dealt with.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It is always a pleasure having guests that appreciate everything the area has to offer. It's going to take a couple of years to complete the screened tree house but we hope you'll come back for another visit. The kids will love it. Its nice to see the home used the way my children did when they were young. Thanks again for staying. Linda
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Fantastic house, pristine lake! Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week. The house is beautiful, and the pizza oven made dinner a fun, family activity. The lake is pristine and surprisingly quiet, we even had it to ourselves on several days. The town is quiet, yet there are several restaurants that allow parents to have a nice "adults-only" dinner, which we took advantage of one night. Overall, a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope you'll come back again soon. Linda
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Marina del Rey, CA

Quite a lake house.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful post-and-beam home located within walking distance of one of the most charming little towns in Maine: Norway.

The kitchen is extremely well-stocked, the bathrooms were thoughtfully supplied with every lotion and potion you could think of, the mattresses are comfortable, the flat-screen TV works (and gets all sorts of channels) and best of all, there's a pizza oven that makes pizza taste better than any you've bought at Dominos. The grounds are gorgeous, rustic and shady, and there's a short, pine-needled path to the lake. Linda was quick to get back to us when we had questions. Be aware that the house sits on a small cove on Norway Lake where the water is only 4-5 feet deep. And the bottom of the lake is mucky. If you want to swim in crystal clear water, you have to drive to the public beach about 1/2 away.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review of our home and for leaving our home so neat and clean. Having a boat is a definitely an advantage. The depth at the end of the dock is disclosed in the description, because we know it's not for everyone: It's great for fishing, canoeing, floating and kayaks because there's less boat traffic and their waves. We consider ourselves fortunate to have deep water access and a local marina rents boats and supplies gas. If you have a boat we have water skis and a two seat water tube that guests are welcome to use. We also have several floats. We created a small sandy beach for younger children, because it's not too deep, partially shaded and very few waves. You're right, Norway has a great public beach: It's very well maintained with picnic areas, public restrooms and near the Lake Store. We chose this location on the lake because of its proximity to town, year round access and the privacy. It's within walking distance to town, less than a minute drive to a paved road and just a few minutes to major stores. Of course my intent was to make your vacation as perfect and easy as possible. Hopefully, it is a home you'll reconsider visiting for all the other reasons you mentioned. Thanks again, Linda
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Beautiful Home on Nice Lake

  • 4 of 5

The home on the lake was very much as pictured. It was clean, quiet, well maintained. It was a short walk into town. Town is very cute. Coffee shop, brew pub, pizza place. Not far at all from other larger shopping areas with Hannafords/Walmart. The pizza oven was fun. The bedrooms are small, but comfortable. Two nice full bathrooms. Bonus sitting area with TV on second floor. Partially finished basement was nice with ping pong table and darts. We traveled with our children (15-23) and it was perfect. Our only disappointment was that the spot on the lake in front of the house was only about 4 feet deep - max. So if you want to do any swimming, you really need to rent a boat to get you to the main part of the lake - which is very deep and lovely with mountain views. We had one for most of the week and it worked out fine.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write an honest review. I appreciate it, as I'm sure others will as well. Norway has the feel of a quaint ski village. It's been turning over, but we now seem to have a wonderful selection of stores. The recent addition of the Brewery should help revitalize that section of downtown. My description does include the water depth at the end of the dock, so that travelers can plan ahead. This is wonderful for floating, fishing, kayaking and great for young kids to take the canoe out without the worry of too many motor boats, or large waves. We have a small sandy shore section for little ones and provide floats, but that's the best we can do. We do have deep water access and beautiful water quality. I realize, if you spend time treading water, it's not ideal. We find it refreshing to float and have multi-person floats for that reason. As a homeowner this location has too many advantages. We don't have the shore erosion, have a little more privacy, less boat traffic, year round access and an in-town location. For the vacationer all of the above and it takes less than a minute to drive to a paved road, not 20 minutes each way on a wash board camp road. Especially, when you just need a couple of items for dinner. I'm thankful that the local marinas, including the one across from us, rent boats and supply gas. You are the first renters I've had that didn't know the water depth at the dock. I'm glad it worked out for you. I apologize for any inconvenience.
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Chesapeake, Virginia

Wonderful Vacation home

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home from the moment we arrived we felt right at home. Our group was made up of 6 of us ages 2 to 80 each of us had a great time. My husband and sons fished everyday and between the 3 of them they caught over 80 bass. We also took a day trip to Step Falls it was an easy to moderate hike but worth every step breathtaking views. One of our favorite things about the house was the beds and pillows we slept so comfy each and every night. We would highly recommend this home for your next vacation. The owner Linda was great to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. My family loves fishing and it's never disappointing. In February there is a fish tournament if you ever want to try your luck. Thanks again for staying. We hope to see you again. Linda
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Perfect summer getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific stay at this beautiful, spacious, lake house which included everything you could need or want. The pizza oven put it over the top!

The kids swam, fished, kayaked, & canoed in the lake. We drove to Freeport one day to golf and shop. Also went hiking on Mount Will, which is a 3+ mile hiking and nature trail about 45 minutes from Norway.

We had such a great time and will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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76 Pleasant Street
"Call or visit their website for the menu. Wonderful atmosphere, quiet small room settings. ..."
McLaughlin Garden
"On the lake with an outdoor patio. Pull up by boat, or snowmobile. Great hand-cut french fri..."
Maurice Restaurant Fancais
Step Falls Hiking Trail
"Our favorite spot. Gentle hike by land or up the waterfall."
Cyndi's Dockside Restaurant
"Casual dining on the lake. "
Fiber & Vine
"Great selection of yarn and wine. Open week nights, or anytime to sit and knit."
Dunkin' Donuts
"Somethings never change. Great coffee without the designer price tag."
Creaser Jewelers
Painted Mermaid Gallery & Studio
Maurice Restaurant Fancais
Cafe Nomad
Route 26 Antiques Books
"A coop. antique mall. "
Oxford Casino
Pa's Tradin Co
Poland Spring Preservation Society
Top Gun of Maine
Ruby Rose Frozen Custard
"The best Apple Crisp Sunday!"
White Mountain National Forest
Maine Wildlife Park
Gallery 302
"Wonderful Art Co-op."
Lively Accents
"Classes anytime, great selection of beaded jewelry"
Green Machine Bike Shop
"Bike Rentals, repairs and rides"
Woodman's Sporting Goods
"Hunting supplies, Fishing licenses"
Lake Store
"Bakery, general store, lottery, newspaper, misc."
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Norway Brewery
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
76 Pleasant Street, Boomers,
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Mt. Abrams, Shawnee Peak, Sunday River
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Pennassewassee Public Beach
Car: recommended

Centrally located between North Conway, NH and Portland Maine. Close to many ski areas including Sunday River. Many public golf courses including one in Norway & Poland Springs. Oxford County Fair grounds, Oxford Casino, Oxford Speedway. Things to do in the area: Approx. 45 minutes to Fryeburg Fairgrounds and Portland


Rates & Availability

Norway House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 17 2016 - Nov 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - May 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 24 2017 - Jun 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season 2017
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

No Pets Please. My family has allergies. No Events without permission/Fees apply. Smaller payments after the initial deposit can be arranged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Norway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully size washer and dryer
  • You should have everything you'll need: TP, face cloths, towels, soap, tooth paste, shampoo & conditioner, moisturizer, cleaning supplies, misc. first aid items.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Located on the first floor.
    guest bedroom - 1 queen , This is the only upper bedroom that has a ceiling.
    Upper Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Upper bedroom - 1 queen
    Living room sofa 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size
  • all queen size. Simple: Pillow top mattresses with dust covers, Cotton Sheets, Cotton Quilts, soft blankets, hypo-allergenic pillows, or down comforters if needed. Two of the bedrooms upstairs are open above the 10' wall to the timber frame and main room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
You can walk in and feel like you are home. You'll have basic coffee, tea some dry goods. There is usually something you can make with what's available, or a can of soup, until you have time to shop. There is a convenient store open 24hrs in the center of town if you need something late at night. The grocery store in less than 5 minutes away. You'll have all the pots and pans, the serving dishes, the wine screw, knives, napkins, glassware and other misc. cooking items. You'll have shampoo, soap, TP, paper towels, band-aides, tweezers, toothpaste, etc. Basic cleaning supplies. If you're thinking of coming to ski, fish, or hike just for the weekend -it's simple. Everything is there waiting for you. Great for last minute get-away with the girls, or couples weekend at the casino.

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