10 great lakeside retreats
Whether their waters are glass-like or rippling towards the shore, lakes have a calming effect and make for an ideal vacation base. So launch your canoe or settle into an Adirondack chair and get ready to take in the glistening views. From rustic luxury in the woods of Maine to down-low waterside cabins in Washington, these 10 lakeside retreats are sure to mellow you out all summer long.
Great For: Island seclusion
What's Relaxing: The simple pleasures of a bygone era
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Things to Do: Because no cars are allowed on the island, you have to get around by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage. No matter how you explore the island, head to the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, admiring blooming lilacs or lady slippers along the way, or shop for handmade fudge in town in between strolling through the many shops lining Main Street.
Lochaerie Resort on Lake Quinault, Washington (Photo: Lochaerie Resort)
Lake Quinault, Washington
Great For: Cabin living
What's Relaxing: Solitude in the woods
Surrounded by the temperate Quinault Rain Forest, Lake Quinault straddles Olympic National Park to the north and Olympic National Forest to the south. With so much natural beauty, it's tempting to quit your day job, head in, and hide away for life. But even if you can only visit for a few days,