11 Reasons Why Lake House Vacations are Better than Beach House Vacations
August 16, 2017
If you’re like most Americans, you’re constantly dreaming of your next long-awaited getaway. Where will you go? What will you do? A trip to the beach seems to be the current standard but we have a different idea. Put down the pail and shovel, stay away from the hordes of tourists already searching for seashells and space on the sand, and try something a little outside the box.
We firmly believe that lake house vacations are better than beach house vacations in almost every conceivable way. Skeptical? We’ve put together 11 reasons to show you just why a lakeside holiday should be the next item on your family’s to-do list.
- More Bang for Your Buck
Oceanfront property doesn’t come cheap. Renting a place by the seashore can come with a hefty price tag, especially if you want to be close enough to walk out your backdoor and immediately stick your toes in the sand. Lakefront properties, on the other hand, are often a great deal, especially during peak times (hello, summer!) when crowds are rushing to snag rooms in popular spots like Myrtle Beach and the Hamptons. What other people don’t know could save you tons of dough.
- It’s Quiet!
Those beach crowds we were just talking about? Yeah, they’re noisy. Within oceanfront property at a premium, resorts cram their buildings into tight quarters and it’s hard to see the waves through the sprawling mass of bathing suit-clad bodies and striped umbrellas. Want to get up close and personal with complete strangers? Share your blanket with a couple hundred other beachgoers. Craving tranquility and wide open spaces? Head to Western Massachusetts and rent a Berkshire cottage.
- Grass vs. Sand: A Battle for the Ages
Sand gets everywhere. It’s a sad but true fact of life. Spend the day at the beach and you’ll be finding tiny grains in your shoes, clothes, hair, suitcase, purse, and other unmentionable locations for weeks to come. The kids get dirty, the chairs and towels are all but crusted, and let’s not even talk about the interior of your car.
Our Berkshire holiday rentals are nestled on Lake Pontoosuc – an area loaded with lush, beautiful, neatly cropped grass and bordered by crops of majestic Red Maple and Hemlock trees. You can set up camp underneath some overstretched branches and enjoy the shade or stretch out near the water with a soft pillow of grass underneath your blanket. Later, when you’re ready to retire for the evening, you can stroll back to your cottage without leaving a trail of sand in your wake.
- It’s the Best of Both Worlds
No matter what time of year you’re planning to vacation, being near the water is amazing. There’s something imminently soothing about listening to the waves lap at the shore and you can easily be hypnotized by the gentle ripples the wind makes on the water’s surface. In fall and winter it’s all about soaking in the visual sights; in spring and summer, you can beat the heat with a quick dip or two. But what about non water-based activities? At the beach, you’re left with boardwalk attractions and, if you’re lucky, some really tasty salt water taffy stands. When you’re staying at a lake house in Lanesborough, the lake is just the beginning. There’s hiking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, farmer’s markets, beer and wine tasting, plays, concerts, museums, antiquing, and so much more.
5. The Food is Phenomenal
Beach food isn’t exactly something to write home about. Drippy popsicles, melted ice cream, soggy sandwiches, lukewarm sodas, and sticky sweets. The sand flies are nipping and you’re trying to keep the sand out of your pasta salad but unless you suddenly morph into an octopus you just don’t have enough arms to corral the kids, unwrap the crackers and cheese, and keep the towels from blowing a mile down the shore.
Rent yourself a Berkshire lake house and you have the perfect grassy setting for a dynamo picnic. Even better, there are plenty of markets nearby that stock artisanal eats and local goodies. Stock up on organic fruit and prepared foods at Berkshire Organics, grab fish or meat for the grill at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, or nibble on cheese and wine from Kelly’s Package Store while you dangle your toes in the water.
If going out to eat sounds appealing, a lake house vacation has plenty to offer there, too. Have you ever noticed that beachside restaurants seem to have one of three themes? Tacos, diner grub, and “All-American” classics with a side of deep-fried seafood are apparently the law if you’re within several miles of a large body of saltwater. There’s a time and place for coconut shrimp and cheeseburger but in the Berkshires variety is king.
A few of our area favorites:
- Old Forge Restaurant: Old-school classics like a well-stocked salad bar and a Grilled Garlic Rosemary Steak exist side-by-side with delicious fusion dishes like Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas and the shrimp-stuffed Neptune Bread Bowl.
- Zucchini’s: Family-owned and operated by the husband-and-wife duo of Lynne and Mickey Soldato, Zucchini’s takes Neapolitan-style pizza to the next level. The wood-fired dough takes on a crispy, smoky quality that is insanely scrumptious and the pasta and meat dishes are equally memorable.
- Flavours: A Malaysion and more joint that also offers gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Sabrina’s Homemade Dumplings are a must-try item and the Singapore Fried Bee Hoon is delightfully spiced. There is also a specialty drink menu that features exotic tastes like a Zen’s Green Tea Martini and a ginger-infused White Orchid.
- Otto’s Breakfast and Deli: Whether you come for breakfast (Reuben Omelet or Texas-Style French Toast, anyone?) or stop by for an overstuffed sandwich or juicy double cheeseburger at lunch, Otto is a great way to start your day.
- Krispy Cone Soft Serve Ice Cream: When locals feel the need for something sweet, they make a beeline to Krispy Cone. Ice cream flavors range from the traditional (mint chip, French vanilla, and strawberry) to creations like Christmas Cheer, Cantaloupe, Coco Puff, and Monkey Pudding that would make Willy Wonka proud.
6. The Great Outdoors are Truly, Well, Great
There are a few basic beach activities: sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and building sandcastles. You might be able to rig up some volleyball or throw a frisbee but hordes of fellow vacationers could easily throw a wrench in those works. Choose the lake and your options increase exponentially.
At The Lake House, we happily offer a wide range of watersports including kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing. You can bring your own jet ski and board on our private boat launch or, in colder months, head for the hills and some ice fishing, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
- Inspiration is Practically Guaranteed
What do Edith Wharton, W.E.B. Dubois, Agrippa Hull, Susan B. Anthony, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Elizabeth Banks have in common? All these historic figures, authors, actresses, and musicians were either born in or lived in the Berkshires and along the way they’ve churned out entertaining masterpieces that have been enjoyed by millions all over the world. Even Herman Melville, whose whale-chasing tome Moby-Dick is a literary classic, did his writing here in the Berkshires. There must really be something to all that fresh lake air, hmm?
- There is No Substitute for Crisp Mountain Air
Sure, there’s something special about the unmistakable scent of a salty ocean breeze, but nothing compares to the refreshingly clean aroma of mountain air. A hint of pine, an undertone of something warm and woodsy – it’s intoxicating in the very best way. And have we mentioned the views? Hike up Mt. Greylock and you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping vistas that are beyond Instagram-worthy.
9. Festival Season is the Best Season
There is a special kind of community spirit in the Berkshires and that’s often showcased at the many festivals and outdoor events that occur throughout the year. Local artisans set out their wares at the Berkshires Arts Festival, farm-to-table goodies are highlighted at the Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival, world-class movies are on display at the Berkshire International Film Festival, and the holidays are feted like never before at the Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees. You might find a clam bake or fish fry at the beach, but who wants hot seafood when you’ve already been baking in the sun as it is?
- It’s the Perfect Place for a Special Occasion
Opening up your wallet to throw a beach wedding can wipe out the entire down payment you were saving for your new house. While everyone is scrambling for rooms with a view, you’ll be trying to reserve a block for friends and family and feverishly coordinating meet-up points once you realize that your loved ones are going to be scattered across multiple properties.
Lake vacations are still kind of a hidden gem; those who know about spots like The Lake House love them but there’s still a real chance for you to book out the whole place just for you and yours. Imagine, your entire bridal party staying in beautiful adjacent cottages with options like showpiece fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens on top of it all. You can say “I do” with the lake and mountains as your backdrop and then spend an hour or two trekking to different spots for some picture-perfect photos. It’s all the magic of a beach wedding with more added bonuses than you can count.
The same idea goes for reunions, corporate retreats, and girls’ getaways: a lake vacation is like an all-in-one package that includes convenience, charm, and plenty of coveted amenities.
- The Entertainment is More Family-Friendly
Lake getaways were forever romanticized – and rightly so – by a sweet movie starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. The beach has Jaws. Enough said.
Beach house vacations are something that everyone should experience at least once. That way, they’ll understand how truly stellar a lake house vacation actually is. Interested in seeing the magic of the Berkshires first hand? We’d love to show you around! The Lake House is a resort-style retreat featuring boutique cottages with luxury amenities. It’s the ideal location for all kinds of adult camps and special events as well as a quiet respite for just you and your sweetheart. Sand most definitely not included.