WELCOME TO CASA PANAMA!
Welcome to Casa Panama, I hope you enjoy the stay in my home! The rooms are decorated and influenced by all of the experiences and adventures we have shared as a family making this house an integral part of our history. The art and many of the accessories in the house have been collected from all over the world. I hope you appreciate and respect everything as if it was your own and you will come back again and again!
Please park on the right side at the back of the driveway leaving the area closest to the house open and clear to exit. If you park at an angle 3-4 cars fit comfortably and can each exit safely. There are two Prius’ there that are company cars. If you need more space you ask that they be removed.
Be cautious of the moisture barrier bump at the entrance to the driveway. It gets higher on the upper side of the driveway and can cause low riding vehicles to scrape unless you stay to the inside. Always enter the driveway uphill and exit by backing down and then driving up the hill. Make two lefts to get back down to Hwy 1.
Keys are to the front and downstairs door. Make sure to check that the downstairs door is left unlocked when you’re in the back yard because if it is in lock mode the wind can blow it shut and lock you out. Also, remember to lock that door when exiting the premises. To close that door securely it sometimes needs to be pulled up by the handle as you close it.
The passageway door to the lower unit near the kitchen can open if it's not secured all the way. If you have a small child we recommend locking it to prevent an accidental fall. The passage lock can be opened on both sides.
The front door must be locked with a key. As you close the door turn the key and lock the deadbolt to align the latch properly. We recommend you relock the lockbox key in the box when you arrive and that you use the key provided left in the kitchen. That way if you are locked out for some reason you are able to reenter.
To use the wireless system look for NETGEAR 48. The internet password is exoticwindow352. Please be aware that we are on a satellite system, which makes downloading music or videos not possible because it takes up precious bandwidth. Please also do not leave computers on when not in use for that same reason. The internet is wireless with the modem in the caretaker unit. If it needs resetting please call the number provided
The phone number at Casa Panama and (or) Casatina is (707) 865-1123. There is a message machine for missed calls. If you hear a beep-beep sound when you call out it is because someone has left a message while you were on the phone. You can check for messages on the internal system by calling 824-4200, password 3333#. Cell service is very poor at the house but improves as you go towards town if you are on Verizon. Since the cell service is so poor for Cingular/AT&T users we recommend you forward your cell calls to the Casa Panama phone number (707) 865-1123.
This is a non-smoking residence. Please keep any smoking restricted to the outside areas.
The entry-level floor is equipped with a propane fireplace and two electric heaters upstairs. The fireplace heater is operated by a hand-held remote control. To turn on the fireplace, press the MODE button in the center of the control one time. Pressing the MODE the second time will activate an automatic thermostat controlled by the handset. To raise or lower the temperature, use the UP or DOWN arrows on the handset. To turn off the fireplace press MODE one more time. Please DO NOT turn off the automatic fan in the fireplace!
You will find the auxiliary electric space heaters in the end bedroom closets. Please un-plug them when not in use. NEVER leave any clothing or towels on them when in use. Please be conscious of the fact that propane and electric heating is very costly so it is important to keep the doors and windows closed when the units are in use and to turn them off at night or when you leave.
The propane fireplace/heater for the Casatina living room is operated by a rocker switch. It is located on the top right rear of the stove. The neutral position is OFF. Pushing the switch either direction is ON. NOTE: this unit is not thermostatically controlled and must be turned off by hand. Please watch the positioning of the DRAPES behind the heater keeping them from touching the heater or getting to close.
You will find the auxiliary electric space heaters in the utility closet. Please, un-plug it when not in use. NEVER leave any clothing or towels on it when in use. Please be conscious of the fact that propane and electric heating is very costly so it is important to keep the doors and windows closed when the units are in use and to turn them off at night or when you leave.
Please do not move the table. The marble slabs are very heavy and are carefully positioned on the table bases. You will find tablecloths for the dining room and round tables in the drawer under the armoire. Please wash with like colors any linen used.
We have attempted to equip the kitchen with all the utensils and appliances you might need. We are sensitive to space constraints and have marked where things go for your convenience.
Please wash knives and wine glasses by hand and practice water conservation as much as possible. Jenner is on a limited private water supply.
There is no garbage disposal because each property in Jenner maintains its own septic system.
The dishwasher controls are on the top of the door and visible when the door is opened. Dishwasher soap is under the sink. The dishwasher is not connected to a garbage disposal and you must be careful to rinse all food from the dishes for best results.
The stove top burners are propane and are ignited by automatic lighters. Depress the knob and turn all the way on to the igniter to light. The exhaust vent for the cooktop is the grate between the burners and is operated by the toggle switch on the right top front of the stove.
The oven is electric and is operated by selecting the mode you desire by pushing the appropriate button (broil/bake). Then enter the temperature desired; for example; press bake, then 3-5-0. The temp is then set at 350 degrees.
The microwave is in the armoire nearest the kitchen.
The manuals for all the appliances are in the drawer under the coffee machines for any unexplained questions.
We have attempted to equip the kitchenette with all the utensils and appliances you might need. We needed to be sensitive to space constraints. The oven is a convection microwave and is operated by selecting the mode you desire.
LINENS FOR SLEEPER
The sheets will be on the sleeper but the blankets and pillows for the sleeper are located in the carved wooden chest. When making the sleeper back up please remove the blankets and tuck in the sheets to keep them from tearing in the hinges.
As Jenner is on a limited private water supply please practice water conservation as much as possible. Since we are on SEPTIC please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products. There is no garbage disposal for the same reason. There is a drain pan next to the trash under the sink for doing dishes.
RECYCLE & GARBAGE
We are certified GREEN and environmentally friendly. We recycle since our trash usage is monitored as part of the program. Please place recyclables such as newspaper, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, all glass, all cans, and cardboard in GREEN trashcans. All another general garbage place in RED cans. (For more information see recycling pages in manual) The inside trash cans are found next to the kitchen sinks upstairs and under the kitchen sink downstairs.
Please place-outgoing trash/ recycle in trash area at the rear right of the driveway. Put the garbage in the RED cans and RECYCLE in GREEN. Be sure keep bins locked to discourage raccoons from gaining access.
The garbage pick-up day is FRIDAY. Please take any garbage you have out to the cans before then. Trash goes out with LIDS on, FRIDAY morning before 10AM. The caretaker will put the trash out on the street and take the cans back in for you.
CAR CHARGING STATION
There is a 220 @ 20 AMP charging station at the back of the driveway towards the middle. Please be considerate and do not leave your car plugged in too long after charging is complete to allow others its use.
The upstairs stereo is in the armoire. To turn ON press ON/OFF Standby button. To access the IPAD doc gently pull down on the marked door on the left side of the unit. To close that door make sure you unlatch the lock on the door. For iPhone/Pads use the auxiliary cord in front of the unit. Use buttons on remote or on front of unit to select function. Please respect our music collection and replace each CD in its case after playing.
There are TVs in the upstairs bedrooms with directions on the back of the remotes. There is a larger TV downstairs on the Casatina level with instructions on the VCR/DVD.
To operate the TV’s please see the directions provided by Direct TV in each bedroom or reproduced in this book.
Towels for the hot tub are in the basket next to the door. Please do not use the bath towels for the hot tub. Please wash and dry any hot tub towels used.
To remove the cover, fold in half and slide down between the hot tub and the rear wall or lean it against the fence on the deck. ALWAYS replace the cover when not in use.
The hot tub is set at 102 degrees. To CHANGE the temperature, continue to press the temperature PLUS or MINUS button until you reach the desired heat.
Jets operate by PRESSING the JETS BUTTON. One time for LOW jet circulation, and AGAIN for high jet, and AGAIN for OFF. Control JET ZONE and AIR MIXTURE with SIDE MANUAL controls. Jets automatically cycle OFF every 15 minutes. Hot tub lights are turned ON/ OFF by pressing the LIGHTS button.
There are times when the hot tub goes into “Sleep Mode” and there is no heat.
It happens due to inactivity and that can sometimes be the case once you are here. If that happens push SETTINGS then TEMP, then back to SETTINGS, then TEMP until it reads ST. The ST is hard to read especially upside down and looks more like 5I-.
Please use caution when entering and exiting the tub. It is medically recommended to limit time in the tub and to not drink alcohol while in the tub. There are plastic glasses in the downstairs armoire for outside use.
There is a B-B-Q on the upper deck with tools in the bottom kitchen drawer and another BBQ on the rock patio with tools in the lower level armoire. Please clean BBQ grills after each use with the wire brush provided and cover BBQ’s with black plastic covers
The fire pit is on the rock patio with a wood supply next to it. Please conserve wood supply and do not over use. Additional wood can be purchased from the gas station in Jenner. You must observe local fire conditions prior to using the fire pit and please use moderation of the size of the fire in the pit. The closest water supply is the hose next to the corner of the house at the bottom of the wooden deck steps. Please recoil hose after use.
We have provided wicker sofas for your enjoyment. Please recover after using them each night before retiring. The damp air will get the upholstery wet and moldy otherwise.
10: PM OUTDOOR CURFEW
Please be aware that we do have neighbors even though you may not be directly aware of them. The sound really travels in this little waterfront hillside community. There is no amplified music allowed outside. Please quiet down no later than 10PM!
Dogs are permitted on the property with prior approval only. All dogs must be kept on a leash while in the yard and are not allowed on the furniture or left alone in the house without being crated etc. Please refer to the dog etiquette page in the manual
There is one cat that lives on the property. Arnold is very social. It is up to YOU, the guest, whether or not you wish to engage with him. Arnold has a preference for men with blue jeans. He does not like dogs of any kind. Please be sure Arnold is safe if you bring a dog.
Arnold was named after the governor as a way of remembering when we got him. We considered calling him the terminator because of his ability to catch more than we care to reveal. Arnold is well taken care of and living in the caretaker’s quarters. He wears a magnetic collar, which allows him access to his food.
BREAKER BOX & POWER OUTAGES
The breaker box is in the entry hallway under the smallest picture and also in the driveway at the meter. In case of a power outage, there are flashlights, lanterns and a hard line phone in the Emergency Kit downstairs by the dryer. There are also plenty of battery-powered candles throughout the house. If the caretaker is in residence they will be available to be of service.
In case of a fire, police or health emergency call 911. For all other problems don’t hesitate to call directly when I am in residence at (707) 865-1165 if you have questions or need anything at all! I and my staff are here to be at your service when needed. If I am not in residence please call and text my cell number, (707) 292-0611. You will find all other emergency numbers under Emergency Numbers in the home manual.
The number for the vet is 874-2417. If there were an emergency with the household pets and you could not reach us we authorize you to take the pet to the Occidental Veterinary Hospital at 3996 Bohemian Hwy. Take Hwy 116 towards Guerneville to Moscow Rd. and turn right. Take Moscow to the little town of Monte Rio and go right up Bohemian Hwy. The vet is on the right at the top of the hill just as you enter Occidental. The vet is familiar with Arnold's medical history and knows that I will take responsibility for payment of the bill on our return. Thank you, my cat is a family member!
Thank you for joining us at Casa Panama, Casatina. We hope you will come back again and again. We appreciate your comments and any suggestions for improvement.
Thanks for your coming and don’t hesitate to call if you need anything!