In late July we were so thrilled to getaway to Basin Harbor for a few days together as a family. After being there countless times to photograph weddings and portraits it was really special to see it from a different side….as a guest! We had our own cabin with a lovely little deck and a view of the lake. The dogs came with us so we borrowed crates from friends (which Norah then loved playing in!) and they also had a blast – we were very close to dog beach! Overall it was just a really special few days – Norah went to daycare one day so Jeff and I had the day to ourselves and kayaked on the lake and swam. Norah got up early many mornings so we were often at the sandy beach before anyone else or playing on the many swingsets by ourselves. The weather was great and it was really awesome to have to drive only 20 minutes to get there. We felt completely separate and relaxed but didn’t spend hours in the car. I think very few places have all the services that Basin Harbor offers and are also on a large body of water that allow for a number of activities that can’t happen in a pool. There are a few dining options on-site and we frequented the Red Mill – the servers knew that with a 1 1/2 year old things need to happen quickly and Norah loved nipping outside to play on the playground and watching the planes come in. If you’re thinking of a family vacation spot look no further – not only is Basin Harbor an awesome wedding venue but a great family vacation spot. A sidenote is that I can understand why so many extended families go there – there are so many different activities and accommodation options that everyone can be together but also have the freedom to do their own thing. We will be back!!!