We did an east coast family vacation this year.My oldest niece and her family are in Philly while she does a stint with the National Park service, at the Liberty Bell.

So we decided we still needed a family summer vacation. I happened upon a stone cottage, built in the 1800’s. Creekview Estate in Atglen Pa, near Lancacaster. It was 45 minutes from Philly…and 13.5 hours from Chicago.

At the end of our road trip, my cousin and I were the first to arrive.

Happy to call this charming place “home” for the week!
And this was our welcoming committee…

img_2756Alpaca’s, no extra charge.
It was a huge yard, with a creek running through it.  Just listen…

I found myself breathing deeply, taking in the birdsong and bubbling brook.
There was plenty for the kids to do.

To the left there is also a trampoline. But we picked one of the hottest weeks of the summer. So the kids would go out to play, for as long as they could stand it and run back in, drenched with sweat. Good times.
The house was unbelievable. From the outside…

To a big farm table to eat around.

A tiny porch just through the French doors by the dinning table was perfect for sipping a cup of morning coffee before the day turned beastly hot.

We napped…

Hammed for the camera…

(Ranger Carlson)

And used this room for both visiting and napping.

This room for movie watching ( and watching the DNC convention being held that week in Philly)

We rode the Strasburg steam train…

We ate goodies…

Celebrated kid birthdays..

Visited in groups large and small…

We watched sunsets…

And we missed my Mom and Dad.

Perhaps my favorite cozy thing was the candle lights, wired into every window lege and timer set to come on as dusk fell.

 

It was a vacation filled with memory making and many moments when all I could say was, ahhh…

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