It's been about two years since I last paid a visit to the beautiful Wasaga Beach waters in Ontario! My dad took some vacation time last week and me and him went up for two nights to enjoy the breezy days, the quiet lake, and enjoyed some quality father-daughter time together (Alright, let's be a bit more real here - I mostly laid on the lawn chair and finished a book while he took it easy with some cooking shows indoors ;) It was a win-win situation!)
Once again, we stayed up at my "Uncle" Bob's place (not really my uncle, a family friend who might as well be my uncle). He owns three cottages on a private beach (sadly, they're all up for sale now!) and my dad and I stayed in the far right cottage.
This one always reminded me of a cute little cabin in the woods. Inside was very cozy and warm, with lots of carpeting and big backyard windows letting in the evening sunsets.
The first thing I did when we got there was grab myself a beer, pulled out a big squashy cushion, and sat on the deck. For the next few hours, I soaked in the sun, listened to the beach waves, and absorbed myself in some bad gossip magazines (Can you say "bliss" to the max??)
Mornings were spent the same way: with a cup of coffee and listening to the beach waves.
Later on, my dad and I went down the street to visit Bob's new cottage. After his father died a couple of years ago, Bob's father left him with a beautiful cottage to enjoy with his family. It only made sense that he should sell the remaining three cottages he owned. I nearly died when I saw the place though - it was hardly a "cottage" but more like a dream home down by the beach! It's no wonder the mayor of Wasaga used to own the place, right down to everything inside, that he just left to Bob.
I truly felt like I had just walked into one of those mcmansions in the O.C! One of the coolest features of the place was in the basement, just beyond this little gate.
One space was an awesome game room!
Another, was an indoor movie theatre. I kid you not!
At night, Bob dimmed the lights like you were in actual movie theatre and we watched Taken. The sound quality was amazing and the chairs were the comfiest of recliners. All he needs is one of those old fashioned popcorn machines to seal the deal!
Why not scope out his collection of old cars too? One of them is the very car he took down to Florida when he used to own a place down there.
Back at our little cabin-of-a-cottage, I spent an afternoon reminiscing one of Bob's cottages going up for sale. This was considered "his" cottage, and my memory of the place was lots of parties at night with the grown-ups while I was just a kid. There was always laughter, loud music playing, and everyone took a seat in his hot-tub outside. It's definitely bitter-sweet that he's selling the place!
I found one of my old birthday cards that I made for Bob years ago! I love that this is still hanging up; you can see it's been faded from years of sunshine. Even back then, I always loved to make homemade cards for people.
Another one of my favourite things about this cottage was the photo collage on the bulletin board.
There's an old photo of me (being held in the middle) and my cousin Lindsay, along with one of Bob's daughters.
For as long as I can remember, being up at Bob's cottage also meant you got the best views of the sunsets. To this day, I never get tired of watching them! There's something so zen-like about them.
Until next time! :)