DIRECTIONS AND CHECK-IN & OUT PROCEDURES

FOR SUGARMAN CABIN

SO, YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY. NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FIND THE CABIN. FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AND THAT WON'T BE A PROBLEM. I STRONGLY SUGGEST MAKING A COPY OF THIS AND TAKING IT ALONG. IT COULDN'T HURT.

FROM BALTIMORE:

GO ON BALTIMORE BELTWAY (695) TO ROUTE 70 EXIT.

FROM THE 695 ENTRANCE ONTO ROUTE 70 WEST GO 37.8 MILES TOWARDS FREDERICK TO "EXIT 53 - ROUTE 15 NORTH". NOTE: JUST BEFORE EXIT 53 YOU WILL PASS THE MARKET STREET EXIT. AS SOON AS YOU SEE THE MARKET STREET, GET IN THE RIGHT LANE AS ROUTE 15 NORTH EXIT WILL COME UP FAST. YOU ARE NOW IN FREDERICK ON ROUTE 15 HEADED NORTH.

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FROM WASHINGTON:

GO ON WASHINGTON BELTWAY (495) TO ROUTE 270.

GO WEST TOWARDS FREDERICK UNTIL YOU GET TO ROUTE 15 NORTH. YOU ARE NOW IN FREDERICK ON ROUTE 15 HEADED NORTH.

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 COMMON DIRECTIONS FROM FREDERICK (FROM THE SOUTH):

GO ABOUT 11.5 MILES NORTH ON ROUTE 15 WHERE YOU WILL MAKE A LEFT ONTO AUBURN ROAD. AS YOU APPROACH AUBURN (WHICH IS ONLY ON THE LEFT SIDE), YOU WILL SEE BECKLEY'S CAMPERS SALES, A CITGO GAS STATION AND A 7-11 ON YOUR RIGHT. THIS IS WHERE YOU TURN LEFT. AFTER YOU GET ON AUBURN ROAD, MAKE SURE TO FORK TO THE RIGHT SO THAT YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY PASS A FLEA MARKET ON YOUR LEFT AND YOU ARE RUNNING PARALLEL TO ROUTE 15 WHICH WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT.

FROM THE POINT WHERE YOU TURNED, GO 1.8 MILES ON AUBURN ROAD. YOU WILL HAVE PASSED SPRINGFIELD MANOR WINERY AND A FARM ON THE LEFT WITH THE NAME SPRINGFIELD DAIRY FARM ON THE BARN. GO PAST THE FARM TO THE NEXT REAL PAVED ROAD WHERE YOU WILL SEE A SIGN WHICH READS "SHUFF'S MEAT MARKET" (IF YOU GET LOST, EVERYONE KNOWS SHUFF'S MEATS). [[[PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T TURN IN THE THE GRAVEL DRIVEWAY JUST PAST SPRINGFIELD MANOR WINERY. A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO END UP GOING UP MY NEIGHBOR'S LONG GRAVEL DRIVEWAY POSSIBLY BECAUSE OF CONFUSING THE WINERY WITH THE FARM OR BECAUSE GPS ERROR SENDS THEM THERE.]]] THIS IS BAUGHER ROAD WHERE YOU WANT TO TURN (NOTE: THERE IS ANOTHER BAUGHER ROAD ENTRANCE THAT YOU WILL HAVE PASSED; ALSO NOTE: IF YOU COME BACK TO ROUTE 15 AGAIN, YOU HAVE OVERSHOT BY ABOUT 200 YARDS).

GO LEFT FOLLOWING BAUGHER ROAD 0.9 MILES TO OUR DRIVEWAY. DURING THIS LAST MILE, YOU MAY WONDER WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH OR ON SOMEONE'S PRIVATE DRIVEWAY AS THE ROAD IS A LITTLE NARROW. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. RIGHT AFTER YOU PASS THE LAST HOUSE, GO A FEW HUNDRED FEET UNTIL YOU DRIVE THROUGH A TINY STREAM (GO VERY SLOWLY!) AND PASS A TRIANGULAR SIGN THAT SAYS "MARYLAND STATE PARK BOUNDARY". OUR DRIVEWAY IS ON THE LEFT JUST PAST THIS SIGN WITH A CHAIN WRAPPED AROUND TREES AND A SIGN THAT SAYS "AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY" EITHER BLOCKING THE DRIVE OR LAYING ON THE GROUND. THERE IS NO WAY TO OVERSHOOT DRIVEWAY BY MORE THAN ABOUT 80 FEET AS THERE IS A WOOD BARRIER GATE AND A TURNAROUND.

FOLLOW THE DRIVEWAY ABOUT 400 FEET TO THE CABIN. YOU'VE MADE IT. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

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IF YOU'RE COMING FROM THE NORTH (GETTYSBURG, EMMITSBURG):

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GET TO THE TOWN OF THURMONT, MARYLAND.

THIS ASSUMES YOU ARE ABOVE (NORTH OF) THURMONT. GET ON ROUTE 15 AND GO SOUTH. THERE ARE A FEW THURMONT EXITS. THE LAST THURMONT EXIT SAYS RT 806 AND IT'S WHERE ONE WOULD GET OFF TO GO TO MOUNTAINGATE RESTAURANT. DO NOT GET OFF !! STAY ON ROUTE 15 SOUTH AND WHEN YOU GO OVER RT 806, SET YOUR ODOMETER TO 0. WHEN YOU'VE GONE 3.0 MILES, MAKE A RIGHT ONTO AUBURN ROAD. GO 0.2 MILES WHERE YOU WILL SEE A SIGN WHICH READS "SHUFF'S MEAT MARKET" (IF YOU GET LOST, EVERYONE KNOWS SHUFF'S MEATS). THIS IS BAUGHER ROAD WHERE YOU WANT TO TURN RIGHT.

GO LEFT FOLLOWING BAUGHER ROAD 0.9 MILES TO OUR DRIVEWAY. DURING THIS LAST MILE, YOU MAY WONDER WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH OR ON SOMEONE'S PRIVATE DRIVEWAY AS THE ROAD IS A LITTLE NARROW. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. RIGHT AFTER YOU PASS THE LAST HOUSE, GO A FEW HUNDRED FEET UNTIL YOU DRIVE THROUGH A TINY STREAM (GO VERY SLOWLY!) AND PASS A TRIANGULAR SIGN THAT SAYS "MARYLAND STATE PARK BOUNDARY". OUR DRIVEWAY IS ON THE LEFT JUST PAST THIS SIGN WITH A CHAIN WRAPPED AROUND TREES AND A SIGN THAT SAYS "AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY" EITHER BLOCKING THE DRIVE OR LAYING ON THE GROUND. THERE IS NO WAY TO OVERSHOOT DRIVEWAY BY MORE THAN ABOUT 80 FEET AS THERE IS A WOOD BARRIER GATE AND A TURNAROUND.

FOLLOW THE DRIVEWAY ABOUT 400 FEET TO THE CABIN. YOU'VE MADE IT. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

THE ADDRESS IS 12021 BAUGHER ROAD, THURMONT, MD. 21788. MY ADVICE IS TO USE MY DIRECTIONS AS GPS's AND SITES LIKE MAPQUEST OR GOOGLE MAP WILL GET YOU CLOSE, BUT NOT TO THE CABIN DOOR.

GPS COORDINATES: WHEN I TRAVEL, I LIKE TO USE THE STARS AND THE SUN FOR GUIDANCE BUT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) THAT LIKE TECHNOLOGICAL TOYS. FOR THAT REASON, THE COORDINATES, ACCORDING TO GARMIN GPS UNIT USING ENROUTE 2.0 SOFTWARE, PLUG IN POSITION N 39.34.100 AND WEST 77.26.425. I'M TOLD THIS SHOULD PUT YOU WITHIN 19' +/- OF THE CABIN FRONT DOOR.

 

 

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Things to Do

CHECK-IN PROCEDURE

When you arrive at the chain, use the padlock key (the small key) to unlock padlock. Move chain to right side of driveway. Put padlock with your car keys, so you don't forget to lock up when you leave.

If you arrive at night, lights should come on automatically as you approach. Use the house key (the larger key) to unlock the side door (the door closest to the driveway). When entering, don't touch top right or bottom left switches as they are the switches for the automatic lights mentioned above.

HEAT IF WINTER. AS WE ALL ARE AWARE, ENERGY COSTS ARE ABSURD. I AM TRYING MY BEST TO KEEP THE COSTS TO MY GUESTS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE BY COUNTING ON THEM USING ENERGY PRUDENTLY AND CONSERVATIVELY. HOW DO I DEFINE PRUDENT? BE COMFORTABLE. DON'T TURN ON THE HEAT AND THEN OPEN THE WINDOWS. SPECIFICALLY WHAT AM I SUGGESTING? WHEN YOU ARRIVE, PUT THE THERMOSTAT ON 65 AND THEN GET A ROARING FIRE GOING WITH THE FIREPLACE FAN ON (SWITCH ON RIGHT OF FIREPLACE). DEPENDING ON OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE, THIS CAN HEAT THE WHOLE CABIN. LET ME REITERATE, I WANT MY GUESTS TO BE COMFORTABLE AND ENJOY THEIR TIME AT THE CABIN.

Go upstairs and turn heat from 40 to 65. Note: As thermostat is in upper bedroom, if you set the heat on 70, it will get too hot downstairs.

If you'd like, start fire in fireplace (should be wood on front porch). Turn on fan switch to right of fireplace box. This fireplace will essentially heat the cabin. If possible, before you leave, reload porch wood for next user as it would be a bummer for next person to come after snowstorm and have no wood to burn.

WATER

Go to basement laundry area and face light blue water tank. To left of tank is small electric box. Open and flip breaker on (UP). Next there is small gray pressure switch in front of blue tank with small metal lever on left. This metal lever must be lifted (twisted) SLIGHTLY. If you're doing it right, you should feel water surging. If you lift it to high, it will stop surging. If you don't feel surge, release and try again with a lighter touch. After pressure goes to 22, you can release and it will build up to 50. Next, to right of the tank is a larger gray box with an on off switch on the front. Flip this switch to ON, which will give you hot water. Note: Hot water heater is set up to cut itself off every night at midnight. 80 gallons will remain hot for days this way. If a lot of people plan to take showers following day, go down in morning and turn ON again.

IF WINTER, TAKE A LOOK AT GAUGE ON OIL TANK (IN DOOR BOTTOM OF STEPS) AND IF LESS THAN 1/2 OF A TANK OF OIL, LET ME KNOW BY PHONE OR EMAIL.

           

CHECK- OUT PROCEDURE

IF WINTER, TURN HEAT BACK TO 40........ . IF SUMMER TURN AIR CONDITIONING UP TO 85.

GO TO LAUNDRY AREA . AND STAND IN FRONT OF LIGHT BLUE WATER TANK. OPEN BOX ON LEFT AND FLIP SWITCH OFF (DOWN). THIS CUTS OFF WATER. No need to do anything with pressure switch or hot water heater.

MAKE SURE ALL LIGHTS AND ELECTRIC ROOM HEATERS ARE OFF. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK HEATERS IN MASTER BEDROOM, BUNK ROOM AND BASEMENT. WITH ENERGY COSTS WHAT THEY ARE TODAY, IF THESE HEATERS ARE LEFT ON IT COULD VERY EASILY WASTE $100.00. I MENTION IT SO STRONGLY BECAUSE MORE THAN ONE GUEST HAS FORGOTTEN TO DO THIS.

MAKE SURE THE OVEN IS TURNED OFF. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY PEOPLE FORGET TO DO THIS.

TAKE A LOOK AT GAUGE ON OIL TANK AND LET ME KNOW HOW MUCH IS LEFT IN THE TANK. THIS WILL HELP ME MAKE SURE MY NEXT GUEST HAS SUFFICIENT HEATING OIL.

MAKE SURE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS ARE LOCKED.

THERE'S NOTHING NICER THAN A BEAUTIFUL FIRE WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPLY A LARGE AMOUNTS OF FIREWOOD FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. DRY FIREWOOD ON THE PORCH CAN BE A WONDERFUL THING. THEREFORE, IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY, IT'S GREATLY APPRECIATED IF YOU LOAD THE PORCH WITH WOOD BEFORE YOU LEAVE.

PUT CHAIN BACK ON TREE WITH LOCK.

            Conserve energy. Clean up and take trash with you when you leave. My neighbor at Shuff's Meat Market has asked that you not leave the trash in his dumpster. Hang bath mats on side of tubs (to allow bottoms to dry). If you use something up, please replace. We hope you enjoy the Cabin and come back again real soon.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

Q&A

Although things are not real complicated at the Cabin, sometimes questions arise. The purpose of this section is to make answers to possible questions immediately available. For the most part, you can read them while at the Cabin if you need them.

Q: I've found the small little lever on the pressure switch and I'm having a hard time getting the water on.
A: You're not the first to mention this. You need to use a soft touch when you twist the lever as you're probably twisting it too far. Just turn it real slow and when it starts surging don't twist it anymore. Once it reaches 22 psi, you can let it go and you're good for the duration.

Q: I've got the pressure up to 50 psi on the gauge but still no water or just a dribble.
A: This has only happened one time. The last person out turned off the main valve, which is also right near the blue tank. All valves (other than the one that looks like a faucet) should be opened which is done by turning valve cover counter clockwise.

Q: You have a garbage disposal and you're on a septic system?
A. Yep, but if it's a choice between putting solids in the trash or in the disposal, please use the trash as it's really not good for a septic system.

Q: Air conditioning doesn't seem to be working?
A: On the way to the basement, there is an emergency switch that cuts off the heating and air conditioning systems. It's purpose of the switch is if you ever feel something is very wrong with either heating or AC system,you should flip this switch to OFF and it will cut everything off. This switch is required by code for safety reason and it's location is where it should be. It is near the switch for the light to go down to the basement. Two times, people have turned it off by mistake while going down to the basement. If the AC isn't working, this is the first thing to check. It should be in the ON position.

 Q: Do you supply linens and towels?
A: Linens and towels are supplied but if you use them, you are responsible for washing and drying them before you leave. A special request has been made by my wife. She spent an hour organizing and sorting the sheets (queen sized in a bin marked queen sized, king sized in a bin marked king sized, etc.). PLEASE make sure the cleaned sheets make it back into the proper bin.
To save time, many people have elected to bring their own linens (or sleeping bags), pillows, and towels. That way, when it's time to go, they just toss their own stuff in the car and go. A BIG PROBLEM I'VE BEEN HAVING IS WHEN PACKING UP, GUESTS ARE MISTAKENLY LOADING UP SOME OF THE CABIN LINENS AND SLEEPING BAGS. I KNOW IT'S NOT INTENTIONAL. PLEASE, PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AND IF IT DOES, LET ME KNOW.

ALSO, IF YOU USE THE DRYER, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PULL OUT THE LINT FILTER AND PLACE THE LINT IN THE BAG HANGING OVER THE DRYER (IF I GET ENOUGH, I MAY MAKE IT INTO A SWEATER ;<) ). OTHERWISE THE DRYER CAN OVERHEAT AND CAUSE DAMAGE.

Q: What should I do with trash?
A: Just like with camping, what you bring in must be taken out. What we do is we'll go and fill our car with gas and drop a bag of trash in the station's can or just take it with us when we go home. When it's cool, we burn the paper which greatly reduces the amount of trash and also gives back some heat.

Q: The fireplace is smoking up the room. What's going on?

A: I personally always leave the fireplace flue opened and I'd prefer it be left that way. That being said, some people are in the habit of closing a flue after the fire is completely out. Always check to make sure the flue is opened. There is a lever up top inside the fireplace. It should be forward (closest to you). Also, when you put logs in the fireplace, make sure they are not right near the front of the box as this can allow some smoke to come out. Always push lots towards the back. Finally, sometimes it's very windy which can create a downdraft. If a little smoke is coming in, close the glass doors partially or completely.

TV System: There's a lot of things you can do with this, none of it that difficult. I won't insult anyone's intelligence by telling them for the TV to work, it must be turned on, for the VCR to work, it must be turned on, etc. Please make sure to turn all pieces off when you're done watching.

With the New Digital Broadcasting comes a New Set of Instructions.

Q: How can I watch TV?

A: It's gotten a little more complicated with the changeover from Analog, but if you follow my instructions, you should be OK.

Turn on TV by Magnavox TV Remote. To watch regular TV channels make sure TV is on Channel 3.
Turn on Magnavox Digital Converter by Other Magnavox Remote on converter (light on converter should be green).
To change channels, use the Other Magnavox Remote. Make sure to point it at the Magnavox Converter. Sound can be controled on Other Magnvox Remote Control or Magnavox Remote Control.

If you want to watch a DVD, using Magnavox Remote Control, put the channel on AV1.  Turn on DVD Player and hit Play.

If you want to watch a VCR tape (Yeah, we have them too), using the Magnavox Remote Control, put channel on AV2.  Turn on VCR and hit Play.

If you would, after watching DVD or VCR, put the TV channel back on Channel 3

Q: TV in Living Room Comes On but No Channels?
A: You didn't follow the directions above.

For TV in Master Bedroom

Turn on TV. TV must be on channel 3.
Turn on Converter Box. Use converter remote control to change channels. My wife suggests making sure Converter box is turned on first as if not TV will make a lot of noise. Sound is controlled by TV Remote control.

Computer System:

Computer in the Bunkroom: The idea behind the Cabin is to get away from the real world for a while. I have a computer in the bunkroom that can be used if necessary. As to internet, I've found that most people have smart phones that work better than the internet access available on this mountain in these woods. First, to turn on the computer system in the bunkroom, flip the switch on the surge protector on top of the desk shelf. If the last person had followed these directions, everything should come on. If not, you may have to turn on some individual component (monitor, computer box or speakers).

Computer in Family Game Room: This is a multimedia media computer from the early Windows era that is also a working TV. There are also plenty of computer games for your enjoyment.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP !!!

 

David Sugarman
120 Judges Lane
Towson, Maryland 21204-2045
phone 443-340-1274
e-mail:
DSugarman1@comcast.net

 

 

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