Oh yes, I’m on the hunt. A full on obsessive, all consuming, dreamer kind of a hunt. I’m a Mama on the lookout for a summer cottage rental! What? Too soon?
As a kid I was lucky enough to spend every weekend swimming in a crystal clear lake, driving a boat, fishing and playing in the woods. My sister and I played for hours on end. Remember playing? These are some of my most treasured childhood memories and I want nothing more then to be able to offer that kind of joy, peace and innocent fun for my girls. Our major problem, Hubby’s business is very seasonal. Summer is his busiest time of year so not only am I on “the hunt”, I have to find the perfect place, a kind of escape that once I show him the pictures, the location, and the numbers, he just won’t be able to say no!
Last year, to celebrate my Dad’s 70th Birthday, we went ALL out, and stayed here.
Yeah, we can’t be doing that again! The location and cottage were perfect, but it is way to spendy for our family of four!
So where does the hunt begin? My criteria. The cottage needs to be ON a clean lake. By itself. In the woods and “up north”. Up north for me is Minden, Halliburton, Muskoka, thata way!
I’m also looking for pretty…well because that’s how I roll. (travel snob)
Hot tub? Ohhh That would be fun. (not needed, but fun right?)
Paddle boats, canoes and the like would be a bonus, and a place near by to rent a real boat we can ski and tube behind would cinch the deal.
A week away with no internet, no social pressure for the kids, no work for the Hubby or myself, perfection. So here is my question. How on earth do you put a price on the perfect summer getaway? What kind of budget do you set aside for family vacations? I know what a good deal is to go south, but to rent a cottage in the woods and make memories like this:
How does one put an arbitrary figure on that?
If anyone has a little cabin in the woods (where there are no serial killers of course) that they want to rent me for a week, feel free to send me a message. It may only be December, but I am on the hunt!