Post # 1
Where we live there are lots of great “vacation” areas nearby. Many lakes for fishing, many areas with vineyards, ski-ing nearby etc.
I’ve always loved the idea of owning a small cabin on the lake one day. I can just see taking our family there for the weekend in the summer to go swimming, fall for the beautiful colors, winter for tobogganing, skiing etc. Or for a week those years we can’t afford a family vacation.
Just a small place that feels like a small getaway.
Do any of you have something like that or want to in the future?
Obviously not anytime soon for us since I was literally just freaking out about budget last week and we bought a new house recently. But maybe a few years down the line we can look for a small fixer upper cabin!
Post # 3
We don’t, but my MOH’s parents have one in the mountains and love it (it’s gorgeous!) And my Dad & Step-Mom have property on a lake here in GA and property in Montana they plan on building on.
I don’t really see us ever having one because we like travel to new places. We’re not really a “go to the same place a lot” type of couple/family (meaning my mom’s side, not my dad’s obviously). It’s just a preference though, I can DEFINITELY see why people have them. We’d just rather use the money to go somewhere new.
Post # 4
My parents have a cottage in Muskoka. It’s four hours away, which is a bit long, but it’s still really beautiful.
Post # 5
I dont think I’d really want to own (upkeep) another place . I’m also not the type of persno that would drive 2-3 hours to said alternate place every weekend or every other weekend to enjoy it. The drive just sort of kills it for me. I could see myself maybe buying timeshare, but thats about it.
Post # 6
We don’t, but my future in-laws have a condo in Nags Head which is about a 3 hours drive. We go down there a pretty decent amount. At least one full week each summer, fiance goes down in the winter with friends to fish, and we usually go over New Years also. If finances don’t work out for a honeymoon, we’re actually just going to go there for a week on a budget rather thn do nothing.
Post # 7
I’m still a waiting bee, but my SO and his parents bought a place under two hours away and we all love it! They got a great deal, but had to put a lot of work into it. Since they split the place, they share in upkeep, etc. It is so fun to feel like every weekend we are there is a vacation. I totally recommend it! I say start looking casually now, so you know what a good deal looks like when you are ready to buy.
Post # 8
Sign me up! I hope to buy some land and build our own cabin from the trees on the property. I’ve done it before! Since we moved we are still finding our foothold here… But hopefully in a few years.
Post # 9
My parents have a cottage about an hour and a half away. It’s been in our family since 1954. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We go up about twice a month and spend the weekend during the summer. We love enjoying the water and relaxing!
Post # 10
Oh, we are totally not the type to go back to the same place every year for vacation. We want to take our kids every where and not just within the US either. And we are the same way. We’re hoping to take our kids back to Cinque Terre, Italy for our 5 year wedding anniversary. Somewhere in there China with my family so they can see where I was born and where their ancestors on my side are from. And definitely Germany and Ireland for my husband’s heritage. I would aboslutely love to one day rent a winnebago and drive cross country with our kids over a summer.
But there is just something about having a cabin, sort of like a second home. Where you can go and feel like you are at home. Could be a fun place for birthday parties, anniversary celebrations. Invite friends to come out for a weekend cookout. Take the family up there, etc.
I think the appeal came from when my husband and I rented a cabin in the woods for the first time 2 winters ago and brought our pup wiht us. It’s also the cottage we got engaged at! We’ve been back once more since and hope to go back again. There’s just something nice about having a place to go to when you want to “get away” but can’t afford a “real” vacation.
Totally unrelated to “family vacations”. I know people who take their kids to FL every single year to the same exact place. And that is their only vacation every year. That’s not what I meant.
I’ve been hesitant about starting looking now in case I see a place I really like!!! But if @edub: insist that it’s a good idea for “comparison” I will! Hehehe
Post # 11
DH’s family has a cabin on island that is about a 15 minute ferry ride from our house.
It is right on the water and is SUCH an amazing location for boating, watersports, and fishing. It is really cool because when the tide goes out, it makes for great walks and exploring because there are tide pools right in the front yard!
Post # 12
My parents own a beach home about an hour away from us so I’ll mooch off theirs until they sell it 🙂
Post # 13
Darling Husband really wants to buy a place in Arizona, but I’m not sure we’d be willing to travel there enough to make it worth while.
I would LOVE a cabin eventually, maybe an hour or two away. I’m working towards a career where I would have 4 days on/4 days off, so that would make a short drive worthwhile for sure!
Post # 14
My Mother-In-Law has a lakehouse on a beautiful lake in New Husband, about 2 hours from Boston. We spend most of our summer vacations and many weekends there. I doubt we will ever get our own place. It’s amazing!
Post # 15
We’re way to poor to have a vacation home, but my inlaws have a sick lake house about 45 mins away. LOVE boating and lounging there in the summer!
Post # 16
You guys with ILs who have a cabin/cottage/beach home are SO lucky!!! A free weekend getaway! hehe 😉