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The 2020 vacation season is finally getting started!
AND WE OFFER A $100 rent rebate to Maine residents who book a June vist to any cottge listed by ACR. (if you have already completed a 14-day self-quarantine at home in Maine you are exempt from the Governor’s order and can book a visit of any length — because of previous cncellations, the calendar for almost every cottage is wide open in June.
For our visitors “from Away”, The Governor of the State of Maine has ordered that all visitors to Maine from other states must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in June -Aug, — the quarantine order is very conrovesial and is under intensive review by state and local officials and we expect that a reasonable compromise between economic and public safety concerns will be reached and the quarantine order will be substantially moderated, or lifted by the 1st of July. The Park and most of the island businesses will be back in operation by then.
As the current craziness subsides,the forests, mountains, lakes, and seashore of Acadia are remarkably healing. Explore our listings for a few minutes while you are here, bookmark the website, and contact us if you have questions. After the stresss we have all ndured you may wish to consider a vacation from your self-quarantine and get out into nature in the privacy of a vacation cottage in July, August or especially in the fall (Sept-Oct is a great time to be here in Acadia) — Of course, if someone in your party has tested positive for the virus — then they and all close contacts should stay in quarantine at home until testing clear and healthy again and they can enjoy dreaming about a vacation to Acadia in 2021 — we’ll be her and waiting for ou and we can book most propreties now for next season). To protect owners, cleaning staff, guests, and local residents we ask new guests to certify that they and all members of the guest party are currently asymptomatic and have not tested positive for COVID-19, before coming to Maine
To address the possible risk of pre-booking, we have temporarily “relaxed” our usually-strict “no-refunds-unless-rebooked” Cancellation Policy to accommodate virus-related cancellations as follows: For COVID-19-related cancellations and with owners’ permission, (a few are not on board with this policy; we’ll let you know before booking if that is the case in the cottage you ask about) if Lessees cancel a booking at least 30 days before check-in date a full refund of funds paid and received will be provided, if cancelled between 30 and 14 days before check-in date, a refund of 50% of payments received will be provided in each case with a $50 cancellation fee, Last-minute (14 days up to arrival date) cancellation requests will not be refunded but may be permitted to move to later dates in the same property on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the owner of the property. Please contact ACR with questions. Note that if rental agreements are already completed under the usual strict cancellation policy some property owners will not permit us to offer refunds under any circumstances unless dates are re-booked as noted in the Rental Agreement. We suggest you consider “cancel-for-any-reason” Travel Insurance,
To minimize financial losses to owners, guests and ACR we encourage guests who are seeking cancellations due to the pandemic to consider a change of dates to later in the 2020 season or perhaps to the 2021 season; most owners will agree to date changes and prepayments are transferrable. We will announce here whatever info we can about the current local situation — All local businesses andare subject to the Governor’s 4 stages of re-opening commencing on a month-by-month basis. Hers’s a FAQ link about the Maine rules We all plan be open for your visits to this beautiful island in July, August, September, and October — with common-sense restrictions on gatherings and the operations of local businesses and Acadia National Park. Public safety retrictions (such as mandatory masks in public and distance-spacing) may be in place as well. and wide-spread science-based testing is under consideration)
In addition to asking that no inquiries be sent or bookings requested by symtomatic or COVID-19-tested-positive parties, we will also, of course, be requiring thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all properties according with the CDC guidelines. Our interest is in protecting and preventing health and financial harm to our clients, property owners support staff and all who participate in in a thriving vacation rental business here in Bar Harbor, on Mt Desert Island and in Acadia National Park.
Thanks for your cooperation in dealing with this unprecedented situation. We truly are “all in this together”.