• Cottage or fly away vacation?

    Vicky Laflamme
    As my family considered whether or not to buy a cottage last summer, we had to look at the up-sides against the biggest down-side for me… the subsequent limited funds to travel abroad!  Of course there are many up-sides to owning a cottage, but to think that I may need to forfeit a “Fly Away” trip weighed heavily on my decision….was I really ready for this?

    I have had the travel bug for as long as I can remember.  I have clocked visits to 32 different countries and 200+ cities, highways, bi-ways, towns, villages and some just plain obscure places!  I love to travel to meet new people; to see the wonders of the world and of course to try the culinary specialties along the way.

    In the end, we opted to move forward with the cottage last summer.  It’s June already, and I am getting the itch to fly.  Aside from a business trip in May, I have yet to set foot on an airplane this year.  But at the same time, on Mondays I have sightlines set to the next Friday night drive to our little piece of the world.

    We opened the cottage for the season in March—not quite spring really, but we were anxious to see how the place survived the winter.  The cottage is located on Pike Bay, Ontario just off of Lake Huron. Where is that, you ask?  Latitude: 44° 52′ 51″ N Longitude: 81° 18′ 25.  A small town just east of Pike Bay called Lions Head is located at the 45th parallel – exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole!

    Pike Bay Sunset

    Pike Bay Sunset

    We wake up and look out to the Bay and can see the Heron perched on the rocks, goslings swimming by, and last fall we watched red squirrel gather nuts (lovingly left by me!) for the winter.  To top it off, we have come to see that Pike Bay has some of the most spectacular sunsets that we’ve ever seen—bar none!  On our last trip we even passed a bear on the highway.  Another perk to cottage ownership has meant that we are blessed to see more of our kids and to see more of our friends and family—who doesn’t want a weekend at the cottage?!

    Some of the best benefits, though, are that there are no lines, no security checks, no delays (except for the occasional Friday night traffic back-up getting out of town), no mechanicals to delay departure, and the food is always great!  As we enter into our first summer of owning our own cottage, I can’t help but think longingly for my Friday nights and getting to see the view of the Bay again.  I know that there will more “Fly Away” trips in the future—I still have the ‘bug’—but in the meantime, I relish the beauty of Canada’s north, and the tranquility of Pike Bay…until the next security check and line up at the next airport!

    Enjoy your summer—wherever it may take you!

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Lori says:

    Once you get the cottage bug….it’s hard to go anywhere else on weekends!!! Enjoy your piece of paradise. Lake Huron and area have some of the best sunsets in the world!

  2. Doreen says:

    You have a lovely place…and waterfront of course!
    So happy to have you in the area! And, aren’t we the lucky ones in this beautiful part of the world.

  3. Valerie says:

    I agree, it is a tough decision, however who says you can’t have both? You may not be travelling to the four corners of the earth each year, however you may take smaller trips to more popular destinations, such as Mexico or the Caribbean. They are considered “sun” destinations, however these islands also offer a wealth of history and culture.