On Golden Pond

by Chris on June 29, 2009

We just returned from a long weekend up north.  One of my friends just told me that out-of-staters don’t know what “up north” means.  Basically, when you go to any northern part in the state of Michigan, it’s called “up north”.  Maybe I’m not sure what she means by that…

Anyway, we stayed at my friend’s cottage.  When we got there, I knew immediately it wasn’t your “average” cottage.


Our friends also have Maximus’ sister.  So…we shared the cottage with two bullmastiffs.


The view from the cottage.  You see that little fake owl on the dock?  It took Maximus three days to get within a couple of feet of it.  Good guard dog, eh?


There’s “our” cottage in the middle.



The inside is just about as good as the outside.  This is the view when you walk in the front door.  We sat out there to have our morning coffee and talk about our solutions to life’s problems.  It’s quite easy to do that when you’ve got that view.


The beat up living room that my friend is ashamed of.  Believe me…we weren’t in this room much.


I don’t think I got a good picture of it, but they just re-surfaced the island with large beadboard paneling.  It’s gorgeous!


They like to entertain lots of family and friends up there, so they have tons of seating and easy access hangings.  I love the laid back nature of the place while still looking put together.


The colors are so complementary, huh?  Nice chandelier.


This was the room we stayed in.  At their cottage.  The guest bedroom.  It’s more put together than mine is!


My favorite room of the house.  The bathroom.  They have another one downstairs for the kids, but this is the adult one.


I could NOT stop staring at the hooks in here!  It’s all paneled beadboard behind it with 8-inch baseboards everywhere.  Sooo nice.


The owner’s dad did all the custom woodwork in the house.  He’s also the one who built our mudroom lockers.


Yes.  It’s a sink.  But a reeeeally pretty one!  I stared at it every time I brushed my teeth.

IMG_5771 Don’t let the house tour mislead you.  We did enjoy the water.  I had to use my daughter as a ploy to get us to go slower.  My first time out, I barrel rolled twice.  And had my suit bottoms wrapped around my ankles once.  Thank the lord for deep water.

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And last but not least, Maximus surprised us all and proved that he can swim.  Who knew? 




Courtney June 29, 2009 at 3:20 am

Great pictures. Looks like lots of fun!

writing4612 June 29, 2009 at 3:31 am

Love the pics! How nice of your friend to let you stay there.

Tales From My Empty Nest June 29, 2009 at 3:59 am

What a beautiful place to stay and such a fun trip you had!! Enjoyed the pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

Becky June 29, 2009 at 4:12 am

That looks like so much fun. I wish I had a friend with "cabin up north."

printersdevil June 29, 2009 at 4:15 am

What a great trip! I loved all the photos of the gorgeous cottage.

Nancy June 29, 2009 at 4:19 am

glad you had fun! thankful you're home safe and sound :)

Farmgirl Paints June 29, 2009 at 4:25 am

What a great retreat. Looks like you all had a lot of fun and a really nice place to stay. BTW they do that in Minnesota too. Everything is UP NORTH. Unfortunately we've never been…it's on the to-do list.

Paige June 29, 2009 at 4:34 am

Looks like you had a great time! Love the cottage and the colors she used.

~Mommy+Me~ June 29, 2009 at 4:45 am

Wow, what a great place! Looks so nice. How fun! Sounds like you had a good time! I need a friend with a place like that!! ;) LOL

Nicole @ BugaBoos June 29, 2009 at 4:50 am

Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful place! I love that kitchen and the beadboard!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

Beautiful location! We stayed at a Maine cottage one year (for a week) on a lake and it was gorgeous. It was also a great family vacation and very relaxing. Looks like you had fun!

Kasey Hunt June 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

I love that sink. beautiful cottage. I'm from McBain, Mi. Have you heard of it? It's close to Cadillac, an hour from Traverse City. I love Michigan. I'm glad you had a great time.

Lil' Woman June 29, 2009 at 11:44 am

Great pictures…looks like a fun time was had! :)

Mrs. E June 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful! My kind of vacation spot! I want to live there.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! June 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

What a fun and perfect place to visit for the summer. Up North. Works for me!

Question... June 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

What do your kids do all summer? Just curious, since you're a teacher. I work full-time so my kids are at camp.

mary'smom June 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Very nice cottage! Looks like you're having a lot of fun in the pictures with your daughter!

amberdawn June 29, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Love it! Looks like y'all had a great time! PS I love your blog, and have been totally stealing (borrowing) your craft making ideas! :)

Jo June 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Looks like you had a great time. Yes, for some odd reason we (those from Michigan) always refer to it is Up North rather than the actual town or city ~ don't know why sorry.

Were you in Lake City by any chance? Some of the houses you pictured look like those near my families "cottage". I wish I was able to come home this summer but our family schedule just isn't going to permit the opportunity.


Freckles Chick June 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

LOL @ the owl & Max!

I could just feel my stresses melting away in that lake house! Gorgeous.

I would sleep….and bathe….and carry on w/ life in that lovely bathroom sink if I could. =]

Danielle and Clint June 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Isn't that funny how Michigan feels like it's own country sometimes! lol. Where was the cottage located, if you don't mind me asking? It was soooo pretty!

Naturally Jules June 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

What great pictures, and looks like a great time! Brings back great memories – my grandparents had a cottage on Elk Lake near Travers City – oh how I loved that place! Anyways, thanks for sharing!

Denissa June 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

How beautiful!! Looks like you had a great time! LOL at the pics of Maximus and the bathing suit bottoms…have had the same thing happen! :)

Shannon June 29, 2009 at 6:38 pm

What a beautiful house! Looks like y'all had a great time!! Loved the pics.

Rita - Creatively Domestic June 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

What a great getaway spot! Here in Florida, everything in the rest of the country is "up north"….I guess it's all relative!

Anonymous June 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Looks like a fun time was had by all! Life is good in the summer! I am a teacher and my husband is too. We are both off during the summer and love it! We work sooooo many hours in the school year (lots of work comes home with us… along with coaching for him and many school activities for me). I'm from OHIO and we say "Up North" here too. Nancy from OHIO

dotti white June 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

That looks so relaxing and like so much fun for everyone! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Lori June 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Thank goodness your bottoms stayed on your ankles and did not land on shore! What a beautiful spot ~ does your friend need any new friends?? I love everything about the place ~ a great get-away for sure.

Kimba June 30, 2009 at 12:05 am

It looks like you had a great time!

And that's the best kind of uber-fab cottage to have…a friend's uber-fab cottage. All the fun…none of the expense.


Jessica June 30, 2009 at 1:37 am

That looks heavenly! What fun!

Finding Home June 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Can I just tell you that I love the movie "On Golden Pond"? That movie holds so many memories for me. Anytime I want to feel cozy and cottage like, I watch it.

I had to laugh about Maximus and the owl. What a funny dog. :)

Kaitlyn July 1, 2009 at 4:15 am

I LOVE Up North, and I can't wait to go in August!

Joanna July 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm

What a gorgeous cottage! Loved the pictures.

Online Printing Company July 4, 2009 at 12:12 am

God, I'm so jealous! I want a vacation too… T_T
Cool, the dog can swim!
And that is a verrrry preeeety sink.

Lara Harris July 15, 2009 at 12:10 am

SOOO jealous! We used to have a cottage at Houghton Lake growing up, what I would give to still have that place now!

Connie September 24, 2009 at 5:11 am

Love your great pictures. I especially like "On Golden "Pond." Reminds me of the movie with Henry Fonda.

Will you please tell me how you get your pictures that size ? I have iPhoto and always use the "large box" checked, and they still come out small. Is there some magical way to do it, or does mac not go there ?
You do wonders with a paint roller. I am in the process of doing my kitchen walls late at night. I can find my goofs the next morning.
No hurry…….. :-)

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