I am in my favorite place this week...Chautauqua Institute, NY. By a rough estimate, this is about my 37th trip here. When I say it's my favorite place, I'm not exaggerating. I would rather be here than just about anywhere else.
My family started coming here when I was 10 months old, and although there were some summers where I only came for a day or so...I don't think I've ever gone a whole year without a visit.
Chautauqua Institute history is wonderful, and you can read all about the Institute here. But what I want to share is the house that we are staying in this year. We "checked in" to the house on Saturday...which meant going to another house's porch where people were drinking wine at 3:00 pm (my kind of people), and those people telling us to go on over...that was the end of "check-in". I was very excited to see the house. I had found it on-line. In order to understand my excitement/apprehension, you need to understand that we often stayed in places growing up that required you to open the oven door in order to pull out the sofa bed that my sister and I would share. And we didn't care...we loved it here that much.
The house was built in 1905. Not much has changed since then...
And here's my favorite. The family room, off the kitchen. Please note the TV and the microwave...and the children...
We are spending the week in a house that time forgot...in Chautauqua, the place that time forgot. Do you ever wish you could go back in time? We did it! We found a Rubicks cube and UpWords in the game closet. The TV has 10 channels. And I am loving it.
The children, on the other hand, took a few days to adjust. But are now happy and content and are spending their days doing the following:
3. riding bikes
5. playing in park across the street
It wonderful. We are loving it. It's restful and rejuvenating. But 5 year oldSam frequently asks me, "Why did you order such an old house, Mommy?"
More Chautauqua pics to follow this week.