Cottaging is something I’ve grown up with. I’ve been fortunate to have a family cottage my entire life.

We would spend weeks, weekends, basically any free time we had between time at our cottage or out on our boat. It was an amazing childhood.

Now that I’m a mom and have kids of my own this tradition is something that I want to pass on and share with them. I plan to spend many days up at my family cottage, land locked with nature, swimming and other cottage activities.

My husband, on the other hand, grew up camping. I’m not a fan of sleeping on the ground in a tent with wild animals all around me. I’ll admit it, I’m a wimp.

When my in-laws suggested a family summer vacation I was beyond excited when they said we would be renting a cottage.

We searched for days online to find the perfect cottage (for 11 of us plus two dogs) in a perfect location: kid friendly, dog friendly with plenty to do.

We found the place. Booked it. For months now we’ve been counting down to our week away. Chaotic, of course, but that’s half the fun!

The weather leading up to our vacay has been gorgeous. Warm, sunny, the occasional rainy day but overall it’s been great weather.

Now as we travel en route to our highly anticipated cottage holiday the forecast is…Anything but ideal. Rain is forecast for everyday that we’ll be there. Figures!

Oh well, what can you do? I always say a rainy day at the cottage is better than a rainy day at home.

Here’s hoping that the forecast isn’t entirely correct and that the kids (and adults) don’t get cabin fever.

Stay tuned for my follow up blog revealing exactly how the cottage week turned out.

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