When an email popped up in my inbox with the title “The Lake House Loves Misadventures in Mommyhood!” I was intrigued; I had never heard of The Lakehouse before. It didn’t look flashy or kid-focused. It didn’t boast The Bubble Man on Fridays or Kids Eat Free from 6-9PM on Saturdays. No, this was seemingly different. If you’ve been with me a long time you’ll know that I am allergic to basic. This was right up my alley. I agreed to come right away but our first attempt was shot down due to a Bomb-Cyclone-Hurricane that resulted in The-Quinns-Had-No-Power-For-3-Days-And-Almost-Got-A-Divorce (kiddddding) episode. So instead we waited to head up to the Berkshires in the heart of Massachusetts at the start of Spring Break. I wasn’t sure what to expect so the trunk was full of puzzles and games, iPads, and comfort items for the kids. What do kids do in the Berkshires?
Driving into the town of Lanesboro, we felt like we were on a movie set back in 1978 . It’s quaint and dusty, charming and old. As soon as you pull into the local diner, convenience store, or ice cream shop the friendly people ask where you are from – they know you aren’t a local. We drove past the Berkshire Lakehouse Guest Cottages three times before cursing our GPS and each other. The sound of stones under our tires let us know we were off the main road and pulling into what looked like a well manicured backyard. We stretched our legs and saw a gentleman on a small John Deer tractor coming toward us. It was Cory, the Guesthouse caretaker. “We came all the way from Boston!” “Look I lost my front tooth!” “Why are you driving on that, can I drive on that?” “I’m 4 and a half!” The kids took to Cory right away and off we went on a casual tour of a pristine lesser-known vacation spot that ended up being one of our very favorites.
The Guest Cottages standout like a Britto painting against the blackness of the lake and the ashy tone of the town behind it. When we walked into our own cottage my husband asked “Are we the first people to stay here?” The answer was no…but that is how pristine these homes are. There are 7 total to choose from – and you better believe we’ll be coming back for The Lake House Lodge with a bigger group of people.
Our Dock Masters cottage felt like home, only cleaner. They had a crib set up for us and two large rooms plus a fully functioning kitchen meant we could settle right in.
Does it look like we own the place? We felt like we owned the place. We ALWAYS go out to eat when we are on vacation. We actually love to do it, typically. But the view here was just too beautiful to miss…
While my husband was out getting dinner the kids and I played along the shoreline and found some fun rocks and surprising “treasures…” (Thanks Cory!)
We were even the first “boaters” of the season…
The kids had fun playing with the oversized lawn games in the tent that was set up for a wedding the next weekend. (Psst: in the Winter that area becomes a skating rink!)
We ended up falling in love not only with the Lakehouse but the towns around it, too. Across the street is the cutest little ice cream shop you ever did meet with an overwhelming amount of yummy ice cream flavors (Banana Bread, Strawberry Daiquiri or Christmas Cheer, anyone?) I enjoyed 5 different conversations with the locals at Bob’s Country Kitchen over breakfast, had a delicious lunch at Eat On North complete with a game room for the kids,
did a wine-tasting with Balderdash Cellars (the woman who invited me has been following MIM for 6 years!)
and even milked a cow and got in the pen with some lovely baby animals at the Hancock Shaker Village (a must-see.)
This is not your typical vacation. This is an experience. It’s one that you should be sure to have with your family. And when you do, go ahead and leave those puzzles, games, iPads, and comfort items at home. You won’t need them.
Hey Lakehouse Guest Cottages in the Berkshires – Misadventures in Mommyhood loves you right back.
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