Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lakeside retreat, part 1

Sunset on the first night
I'm hoping to share a few posts concerning our recent getaway to Umbagog Lake, way up north.  The lake is actually partly in New Hampshire and partly in Maine.  We had not ever stayed here before and were so glad that we were able to book a stay at Paradise Point Cottages.  (If you click on the link, you will hear the unmistakable, unforgettable sound of loons.)

We headed north on Thursday around noon, making a few stops along the way, including lunch at a favorite north country restaurant.  We enjoyed fabulous meat loaf melts and shared a piece of coconut cream pie.

We checked in just about 4 pm.  Our cottage, named Paradise (they all have rather fanciful names) was small and simple but very nice.  It is all pine paneled and very attractive and "woodsy" on the inside. Each cottage also has a picnic table and fire pit.  Our cottage was literally a stone's throw from the water.

The names of the cottages are stenciled on the screen doors.  You can get a glimpse of the kitchen area beyond.
The first thing Mr. T wanted to do once we got all of our gear into the cabin was to take his kayak out.  The weather was perfect, warm and sunny even at 4 pm.  He had a wonderful time and got some great pictures.  I worked on a cross-stitch project and soaked up some sun while resting my injured leg.

Our little cottage as seen from the water
An island in the lake
We had brought leftover pizza and roasted vegetables with us, so supper was quick and easy.   While relaxing after supper, we marveled that only four hours had passed since our arrival.  We understood and appreciated that God was expanding our time to make it seem much longer than it really was.  The entire time was like that.  How thankful we are for this brief getaway!


  1. Looks like a great place to getaway. Glad y'all got to enjoy some time.

    1. It was SO nice, Sandy. A new place for us (we usually go to a different lake), but it was perfect for our needs. So thankful.

  2. What a beautiful place to rest and restore.....
    God knew you needed this...

    1. Amen, Linda. God certainly did know that we needed this, and provided the perfect place. There was very little noise other than the occasional boat motor. And such a beautiful, wild place. We loved it!

  3. Oh, I had to click on the link to hear the loons... what a lovely absolutely incredible sound to listen to! Do you know, we don't have them here! I have never heard them around here. And your pictures of the cottage and lake is just wonderful! Never heard of Lake Umbagog either, but I'm always up for new adventures and am happy to "tag along" with you for your lovely relaxing adventure! Hope your leg gets to feeling better!! Hugs to you today :)

    1. Marilyn, isn't the sound of loons simply amazing. Once heard, it is never forgotten. You can go here: http://loon.org/ to learn more about loons. They are beautiful birds who change their appearance completely in the winter, when they live on the open ocean. (A fact I never learned until last summer!)

      We had driven by part of Umbagog Lake once, but had never spent any time there. There's a state park right next to the place where we stayed, and plenty to do and see in the area, so we will definitely return. Thanks for tagging along with us!


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