My children are city kids through and through. In fact, one of the funniest things that I’ve ever heard Ryder say was when he asked my parents why they don’t call the maintenance man to come remove the Christmas tree from their house. Following a recent trip to our friend’s country house, I noticed how much the kids enjoyed the outdoors, so I thought it would be fun to escape to Vermont.
We paired our trip north with a weekend getaway to Boston, so in just under 2 hours, we arrived at the beautiful Lake Morey Resort, in Fairlee, Vermont. Staying on a lake during the summertime was a first for our family, as most of our vacations during these months typically involve the beach. The 600 acre mountain lake offered breathtaking views, with the tree reflections on the water. The serene setting instantly exudes peace and calm. It reminded me of my childhood when my family would take my siblings and I to a lake house we rented over many summer breaks.
After unpacking the car, we changed into our swimsuits, and headed to the lake. Lake Morey offers all guests access to their non motorized boats, paddle boards, and canoes, free of charge. Pontoon boating tours, water skiing, wake boarding, and tubing are also available for an additional fee. With so much to choose from, we didn’t know what to do first.
Ryder tried paddle boarding for the first time ever, and he paddled around the lake for well over an hour in his maiden voyage. Even Siella was brave enough to take a spin around the lake. Jason then took all three children out a row boat to the other side of the lake. While parts of the lake reach depths of 60ft, the shore line was pretty shallow, allowing Gemma to stand. They were totally in their element, loving every bit of the country air.
After an action packed day on the water, it was time to shower up, before dinner. Guests at Lake Morey Resort are offered the option to include a prepaid dinner package with their reservation. We ate in the main dining room with a beautiful view of the lake, and then walked over to a fire pit across the lobby, where the kids were invited to cook s’mores. As a result of many summer fires on the beach, s’mores have become one of their favorite activities!
We weren’t welcomed the next day with sunny skies, but the kids still had plenty to do. Lake Morey offers lots of indoor activities, including an indoor pool. After a few hours in the pool, we made our way to the kids club for story time and arts and crafts. That evening, we were scheduled for an outdoor movie, but the weather forced us to their indoor movie theater. With all the fun activities throughout the day, we hardly noticed the dreary weather.
Lake Morey offers an 18 hole golf course, complete with a fully stocked clubhouse and private instruction from PGA golf pros, and Lake Morey Resort has been home to the Vermont Open for more than 50 years. Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, and Basketball are some of the other sports available during our stay. The surrounding area is arguably some of the best walking, hiking, and biking in the Northeast, and their gardens are definitely a sight to see.
Our stay at Lake Morey was filled with memories, and a couple of family firsts. It will always be the place where Ryder and Siella learned to paddle board. My children really have such an appreciation for country life, because it’s something we don’t get to experience that often. I love how they are open to new adventures, new senarios, and have already to asked to return for the winter sports activities. Lake Morey was definitely a place dedicated to families.