Winter Home Improvements for Lakeside Properties

From time to time, we all need a rest. After months of work, that’s really the best remedy for your tired mind and body – a nice, relaxing vacation. But for many, going to some kind of resort or large hotel can feel cold and not homely at all. In that case, what you should […]

Considering a Backyard Fire Pit? Here’s What You Should Know

No longer will a wood deck with a grill do for many lakefront homeowners wanting to enjoy their backyards. These days, accessorizing means amenities like ponds, flower beds, vegetable gardens, outdoor kitchens and, increasingly, fire pits that crackle and glow. Of course, a fire pit can be had without spending top dollar…By The Allstate Blog Team. […]

Important Tips on Financing a Lakefront Home

Building wealth is not an easy thing to do these days.  However, one way to really catapult your wealth into another level is by owning a lake home.  The difference between how much you owe on your home and your home’s value, also known as equity, is a very important piece of your personal wealth. by […]

9 Things You Should Consider Before Buying A Vacation Home

About one in eight home buyers is buying a second home, according to research from the National Association of Realtors. And Autumn is a time of year when buyers think about it. By Kate Ashford, Forbes.com. Consider: You’ve just had a great summer trip to a relaxing location, and you’re wondering whether you should get yourself […]

Why Being Near Water Really Does Make Us Happier

There are scientific reasons why we’re so drawn to lakes, rivers, and oceans. By Cassie Shortsleeve, CNTraveler.com. Every time my brother crosses the Sagamore Bridge from mainland Massachusetts to Cape Cod, we all know where he’s headed: a sandy spot off an ocean road on the Nantucket Sound, home to the little beach club my family […]

Tips for Beautiful Autumn Reflections

Autumn is a beautiful season that’s loved by photographers everywhere. Or at least by those who happen to live in areas of the world where the changing leaves create spectacular photo opportunities! By CHRISTINA HARMAN. If you happen to live in, or are traveling to one of those scenic areas, then chances are that you’ll want […]

Winter Storage Tips for Outboard Motors

What seems like a good idea could be the ruination of your trusty outboard motor—avoid these common winter storage miscues. By Charles Plueddeman – Boats.com. You’ve read the How to Winterize a Boat guide, learned how to change the lower unit oil, the fuel has been treated, and every grease zirk has been lubed. You’ve got your outboard-powered […]

Lakeside Pergola, Gazebo, or Pavilion?

Outdoor structures by the lake can provide shade, protection from the elements, and a place for outdoor entertainment. The question is, which one is the right for you? Let’s clear up the confusion surrounding these commonly mistaken architectural structures to make sure that you know the difference between a pergola, gazebo and pavilion for your […]

Closing Down Your Vacation Lake Home For The Winter

Owning a vacation lake home is, for most people, a dream come true. But now you have to sustain that dream, and that means protecting it even when you are not there. When vacation’s over, it’s time you close up for the season. So what should you do to ensure that when your family returns months, or […]

What is The Proper Boat Speed When Towing a Tube?

There’s no faster way to injure a friend or family member than to have a boat driver who has no experience behind the wheel when towing a tube. There are more injuries tubing than all other water sports combined. But it doesn’t have to be this way…check out these tips below to keep your family […]