Sunday, March 7th, 2021
By Janet Basilone, Secretary of the Fire Island Cabin Committee
Come visit one of the most beautiful locations on the East Coast this season. The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Fire Island Cabin is one of AMC’s 10 self-service Volunteer-led Camps and Cabins (VCCs). The cabin is located in the town of Atlantique, one of 17 residential communities that comprise this car-free, barrier island designated the Fire Island National Seashore. Perfectly situated on waterfront property on the Great South Bay, the cabin is a five-minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean.
After being required to close last season due to Covid-19, the cabin’s volunteer management committee has been brainstorming ideas for opening safely in 2021. We anticipate more flexibility in club-wide operations so long as state and local health guidelines continue to evolve in a positive direction.
Special Offer: Book an Early- or Late-season BYOP: Bring-your-own-pod & do your own thing
In the before (Covid) times, the cabin accommodated 20 guests and two volunteer managers in two 11-bunk dorms. Our tentative, pandemic-conscious plan is to offer block bookings to two pods with a maximum of five people each—one pod in each dorm. The midweek block would be four nights (Monday–Thursday) and the weekend block three nights (Friday–Sunday). We expect that managers will be accommodated in a glamping-style tent on an outdoor platform.
The pod would be booked and paid for by one individual responsible for forming a group of up to five who are Covid-comfortable with each other. Children over age 6 are welcome during midweeks. Shared indoor bathrooms and hot outdoor showers are right outside the dorms.
Each pod will bring their own food and prepare it. We will assign a kitchen slot to each group for each meal period, e.g., dinner 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. As always, guests are asked to clean the premises prior to departure. The cabin manager will supervise an extra cleaning session between guest bookings. No smoking, no pets.
There will not be scheduled activities as in normal seasons, but the usual assortment of canoes, kayaks, Sunfish for authorized sailors, beach umbrellas and chairs, and yoga mats and blocks will be available free of charge. There is a lovely gazebo that contains a library and board games. You can also walk or water taxi to points of interest such as the Sunken Forest and Fire Island Lighthouse.
Access to Atlantique is by ferry from Bay Shore, Long Island. You can take the Long Island Railroad to Bay Shore or drive to Bay Shore and park your car near the ferry terminal.
Our pod program is subject to change based on future Covid guidance from the AMC. We will be updating the Fire Island Cabin page on the AMC website later this month. If you would like more information about booking a five-person pod, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Reservations for the Fire Island Cabin are not yet open. There will be an update in the April Chapter email blast and on the AMC website in April.