Last Friday, my mom and I packed our bags and headed up to Northeast Pennsylvania for a weekend at my cousin’s lake house. My cousin–who is more like my aunt, I just love her–bought the 100-plus-year-old home last year and has been doing renovations ever since, and the results are seriously gorgeous. She’s managed to create a space that feels beautiful but lived-in, and one that still honors the history of the home. (A favorite detail: The growth chart carved into the jamb on the front door, with dates that began in 1927 and go into the ’30s. So neat!)
It was a seriously carefree weekend–we rotated between sitting on the front porch; eating and drinking all the things; swimming in the crystal-clear, super-cold lake; and sunning ourselves in the Adirondack chairs–and I actually managed to almost completely unplug, save for a few Instagram posts. And you know what? I felt so much better because of it. My eyes felt less strained, there was less static in my head, I could fully focus on spending time with my family (including my 90-year-old Aunt Jane, whose birthday we were celebrating) and I was definitely more present. Need to work on doing that at home, too.
Here are a few photos from the trip, if you’d like to see…
We loved walking around the lake and looking at all the beautiful homes (and seeing peonies growing in the wild!)…
…and speaking of walking, I drank the Kool-Aid with these babies and they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet.
My cousin’s house is perfection.
That lake was so cold that every cell in my body screamed when I jumped into the water…but it felt amazing.
Such a beautiful weekend…I basically relived every happy childhood summer memory. I hope you all have an equally glorious little getaway sometime in the next few months yourselves. xoxo