Every year since my boyfriend, Liam, was little, his family gets together at their lake house on Lake Chautauqua in New York. I didn’t start going along on this trip till last summer but his family has always welcomed me with open arms. Lake Chautauqua is only about two hours away from Cleveland, and neighbors Jamestown, the first settlement in the United States. It’s a very small town, but it has a lot to offer. The lake house I stay at with Liam and his family is situated only feet away from the lake itself, and offers some pretty amazing opportunities for sunset watching from the porch of the house. On nicer days, the lake is definitely the place to be, for boating and even for swimming. In my opinion, the perfect way to end a hot summer day on the lake is to go for ice cream, our favorite place there is called Boxcar Barney’s.
On rainy days the lake is still beautiful, and the sunshine peeks out at least once. Playing board games and even a good ole’ game of euchre is an easy way to pass time while the somber weather passes, and of course, we hope for sunshine. This past week while we were there, it rained almost every single day, but it was still such an enjoyable time. Regardless of the weather, there’s always an opportunity to enjoy the lake.
Reading is also a great way to pass time while the weather isn’t so great. This past week, I read the “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and as an avid lover of the show, I can say that I am equally impressed with the book. I’d have my morning cup of coffee and sit on the porch overlooking the lake with Liam, while he read his book and I took some time away from my phone to enjoy the little things. Speaking of being unplugged, my goal for this vacation was to spend very little time on my phone, only really using it during the nighttime to catch up on social media. During the average week, when I’m not on vacation, I average about 7-8 hours on my phone, which I think is absolutely ridiculous. However, when I was at the lake, I cut-down my phone time to about an hour and a half. And, ever since I’ve been home, my screen time is significantly less. It’s amazing what a little vacation can do for the mind and soul.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something very special about Lake Chautauqua. I don’t know if it’s the scenic views, beautiful weather, or friendly people, but what I do know is that it is a place I will cherish for the rest of my life.