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Mini Golf…Lake Style



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I wanted to share a few photos of the new mini golf course I mentioned the other day that recently opened on our lake. For now we scoped it out floating by at a close distance as the sun was setting on Saturday. The opening of the mini golf course brings a little dose of family entertainment back to our lake, evidence of the once bustling family resort of years past.

I’m excited to try my hand at a round of mini golf sometime soon. Mini golf is quite the competitive tradition in our family. My sisters and I have more than a few memories of our parents taking for a round of mini golf during our annual family vacation. It always involved a health dose of friendly competition, hot pretzels and the inevitable “touchdown” style dancing when someone would get a hole in one.

When we go we plan to take Nikolas with us to carry on the tradition with the next generation, although he may be more interested in swinging the golf club over his head and throwing the ball rather than hitting it into the cup.  Should be an fun time 😉




Happy Monday, how was your weekend? Ours was too short as usual. But don’t the weekends always feel too short? Saturday was a bit cloudy and cool here. The rain loomed threatening to send everyone inside but in the end it was all bark and no bite. It’s stayed away and we managed to get some gardening and boating and even a few sunny skies.

While we were out on Saturday I took a few photos of one of my favorite sights on the lake. The LH Yacht Club still stand in salute of days gone by.

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The private yacht club built in 1910 is one of  the few remaining structures of a bygone era. Orchestras on Saturday night’s, vaudeville, movies, masquerade balls and boat races all were a mainstay of the Jazz age on the lake.

LH Yacht Club

To this day the yacht club hosts many events including the lake’s main summer attraction the 4th of July fireworks and many dances and boating activities for it’s members. Can you imagine being on the front lawn of this building among the painted ladies of the Jazz era, dancing and enjoying some summer summer? It must have been quite the scene.

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Well hello there.

How the heck are you?

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Would you like to take a ride along the shores of this little house by the lake? I have to say we have been enjoying the most beautiful late spring days around here. A few humid days but mostly warm sun days and cool evenings cool. When it rains it has had the courtesy of doing it’s business as the sun is going down to minimize the time spent indoors.

Who can complain with weather like that?

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The longer days mean everyone is able to spend more time out and about.  Our lake springs to life in the summer time. In the winter it is quite the peaceful spot but I have to say I much prefer the hustle and bustle of the summer months.

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We have quite a few activities you can try for the day in our little neck of the woods.  I often ending up wanting to go out and try a few wakeboarding lessons myself at the marina down the lake. We live in the prime wakeboarding, tubing and waterskiing cove of the lake. It’s a rare sunny day in the summer that exists without the hum of a boat engine or the squeals of laughter as people race across the water.

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Tired from the day of fun in the sun? Try our very own boat up market by the water. Sit down relax grab a bite to eat, grab a souvenir and enjoy the view. Most days I’m still can’t believe we live in a place where we can boat to places rather than drive.

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We have a number of fun places to eat and drink on the lake as well. No need for a car in this part of the world, a boat and flip-flops are all that’s required. This year I want to make a point of dining at the restaurants on the lake more. What do you think does dining on the lake sound like a fun evening to you?

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Our latest activity that’s recently opened here is a mini-golf course. I have a confession, I’m something of the mini-golf geek and I really want to go try it out.

So that’s about it from me for today anyone up for a round of mini-golf by the lake?

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On Friday afternoon we went for the first boat ride of the year…at the end of the day when the boat had been launched into the water Bryan grabbed Nikolas and I snagged the camera and we set off for an evening ride.

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This time I wanted to capture bits and pieces of the life we have the privilege of seeing everyday in our house by the lake. The pieces that are often rushed through as we race from one spot to the next, speeding along, wind in our face.

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It was a beautiful evening, the water was in all it’s sapphire blue glory.

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As the sun began to go down and lifeguard towers were unattended..

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…we floated home, looking forward to tomorrow and another day on the lake 🙂


Let me know if you enjoy seeing pieces of our lake?

For Sale: A Lake House



When I was a little one, when we would go out on a Sunday drive with my parents we would often go look at open houses and look at newly constructed homes as a way to pass the time. One of the best things about the internet is that we no longer have to wait for Sunday open houses or a weekend drive to virtually take a look inside homes that are for sale.

A listing that my sister showed me recently (it must run in the family) caught my eye. Last spring when I was writing our Lake Tours series I declared this home to be my very favorite on the lake.


Sleepless Hallow was purchased in 1924 during Lake Hopatcong’s golden era by Joe Cook who was at the time one of the lake’s most famous residents. Joe was a famed vaudeville and radio star and a household name in the  1920’s and the 1930’s.


Sleepless Hallow an Arts and Crafts style home recently came on the market for $3,500,000. With it’s breathtaking main lake views this stately stone and shingle home would make a luxury getaway for anyone looking to leaves their worries behind. Take a look!


The home boasts 7,500 square feet of living space, 5 fireplaces, coffered ceilings and quarter sawn oak paneling.

image The grand oak staircase and bookshelves on the landing leads you upstairs…


…to the grand rotunda.


A third floor in-law suite with a bedroom, bath and sitting area would certainly keep your guests cozy and comfortable.


Breathtaking views of the lake overlooking the lush property speak to old fashioned luxury on a breezy summer’s afternoon.


After your done awing at the views from one of the home’s many balconies you can sit by the water’s edge next to your very own boat house and take a dip in the refreshing waters.


For $3,500,000 million you can dip your toes into the lifestyle this grand home would inspire.

What would would be the first thing you’d do if you owned this home?

All images except the first one Trulia. Check out more of the listing here.

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