I've been really lucky to be able to spend some wonderful vacations in charming, rather rustic but lovely cottages in Maine, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and "up nort" in northern Wisconsin. So while my cabin knowledge is not vast, I do have some experience in summer cottage living.
Maine cabin near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
|Adirondack chairs--my absolute favorites!|
Country style, near Pigeon Forge, TN
They have been decorated with simple furniture, mostly "country" decor or "camp" style, with a lot of wood...
|Cabin in the Smokey Mountains near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (note the bear on the bed!)|
|I loved the quilts and the vintage game board on the wall!|
Our meals are simple on vacation, and match the informal dining spaces
Comfy seating so you can admire the view is a must!
New Hampshire cottage (you can see our porch dining area in the back)
|Sit and rock a spell on the front porch in Tennessee!|
And most of all, enjoy the lovely views from the porch!
|Welcome to the Breakers, Newport's finest of the summer cottages!|
|The BACK view of the house|
Poet Daniel Henry Deniehy certainly must have spent some time in summer cottages as well, in order to pen such a lovely poem as the one below.
Love in a Cottage
A cottage small be mine, with porch
Enwreathed with ivy green,
And brightsome flowers with dew-filled bells,
'Mid brown old wattles seen.
And one to wait at shut of eve,
With eyes as fountain clear,
And braided hair, and simple dress,
My homeward step to hear.
On summer eves to sing old songs,
And talk o'er early vows,
While stars look down like angels' eyes
Amid the leafy boughs.
When Spring flowers peep from flossy cells,
And bright-winged parrots call,
In forest paths be ours to rove
Till purple evenings fall.
The curtains closed, by taper clear
To read some page divine,
On winter nights, the hearth beside,
Her soft, warm hand in mine.
And so to glide through busy life,
Like some small brook alone,
That winds its way 'mid grassy knolls,
Its music all its own.