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The little things



A few mornings ago I woke up to one of my favorite summer sites. The local campground brings their gaggle of summer children to kayak on the lake on many warm summer mornings. The brightly colored kayaks and giggling that most certainly follows always brightens my day.

Garden tour — Ocean City, New Jersey



Last week while vacationing at the beach we stopped by one of my favorite spots in this ocean side town.  Situated along Ocean City, New Jersey’s 2.5 mile boardwalk located between 22nd and 19th streets lies the most beautiful stretch of landscaped homes, each one more stunning than the next. I could have stood and looked at these for hours if it hadn’t been already in the mid 90’s at 10:00 am.

It seems that every year we go there are more homes on this stretch of boardwalk with amazing ocean views  and perfectly manicured yards straight out of a magazine. If you ever have the opportunity to find yourself here one summer day stop by and see for yourself these stunning oceanfront homes. I know I’ll be checking them out again next year.

Ocean City, New Jersey



This past week Bryan, Nikolas and I went on my family’s traditional beach vacation to Ocean City, New Jersey, along with my parents, 2 sisters and their husbands. It’s an annual trip that my parents have been enjoying since before we were born!

We are always quite busy doing nothing – between lots of time spent at the beach, visiting the boardwalk and playing board games (the game of choice this year was Clue). Every time we go I am reminded of all the wonderful childhood memories of days spent in Ocean City.

View of the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey

Ferris wheel on the boardwalk

Boardwalk rides at night

First time in the ocean

Building sandcastles on the beach

Baby feet covered in sand

Bryan and Nikolas  flying a kite

Nikolas and I on the beach

Moon rising over the water on our last evening

A 3 hour tour (part 3)



It’s time again for another installment of our 3 hour tour series.  Where we take you  house crashing to some of our favorite homes on our lake, as seen only by boat. We love exploring and looking at all the gorgeous waterfront homes, camera in hand to capture all the delightfully delicious details.

I’m taking you back to a home we first featured on the last edition of the 3 hour tour series.  Because, well, I’m in love with this house, the colors, the location, the yard, just about everything. What’s not to love?

If I were going to build a house I think I would build this one.

I’m a sucker for those round turret rooms and large expanses of  lawn. I imagine being a kid a doing to “tootsie roll” down the grassy grassy hill.

The best part is it’s location. It’s on the most amazing water cul-de-sac. Nestled right into a cove that protects it from the harsh boat wakes of the main lake, right next to a home that has an equally extraordinary green grassy greatness. The two together are breathtaking.

The neighbor is an older brick style home. I’m really fond of areas where homes have organically grown together over time instead of being choreographed sometimes not so successfully by a team of developers. Especially on such a wonderfully organic setting on the lake. It lends itself to an overall feel of a home grown community.

Even the two lower buildings near the water are inviting. The right structure is the boathouse which let me tell you is an awesome luxury. Boathouses are basically a garage built over the water for your boat, now that would come in handy. The structure on the right I imagine is a wonderful guest house, many of the homes on the lake either feature and in-law suite or sometimes guest quarters. I wouldn’t mind being a guest there!

So what do you all think of the 2 fabulous homes? Are they not dream places?

Well thanks for joining us for another episode of our 3 hour tour. If you want to see more be sure to check out the 3 hour tour (part 1) and the 3 hour tour (part 2).

Daydream Travelin’: La Samanna, St. Martin



I had so much fun last week Daydream Travelin’ that I thought I would make it a weekly occurrence. Every Thursday here on Our Lake Life we’re going to tour some some beautiful and interesting places, at least the ones that strike my fancy anyway. Since we’re just dreaming here I’m going to throw caution to the wind and look for the most beautiful resorts regardless of practicality. What is a good daydream if you can’t be impractical, right? Right!

So without further ado, this week we’re off to St. Martin to the La Samanna Luxury Resort and Spa. A five star island retreat with it’s own beach, now that’s what I’m talking aboout!. Situated on a 55 acre piece of beachfront property on the tiny 37 square mile island of St. Martin, La Samanna is bursting with elegant Mediterranean architecture. When staying take your pick of 83 guestrooms, suites and villas, everyone offering an ocean view.

When it’s time to get out and about La Samanna also offers a Fitness pavilion, Pilates studio, Tennis Courts, Yoga, Freshwater swimming pools. Snorkeling, Scuba, water-skiing, kayak, Wave Runner equipment and instruction, Deep sea fishing and Sailboat rentals can all be arranged for an added fee.

With all that you might just need a getaway to recover from your getaway.

Psst: You can read all about La Samanna here including rates and all that practical stuff I won’t spoil my daydream by mentioning here.
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