Whether their waters are glass-like or rippling towards the shore, lakes have a calming effect and make for an ideal vacation base. So launch your canoe or settle into an Adirondack chair and get ready to take in the glistening views. From rustic luxury in the woods of Maine to down-low waterside cabins in Washington, these 10 lakeside retreats are sure to mellow you out all summer long.
Great For: Island seclusion
What's Relaxing: The simple pleasures of a bygone era
Forget cars. Forget your worries. And forget the present. Staying true to its Victorian roots, Michigan's Mackinac Island in Lake Huron will surely transport you to a slower pace of life. While many inns and resorts capture the island's turn-of-the-century essence, two stand out for their tranquil lakeside settings away from the bustle of town. Hotel Iroquois, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, is best known for its views and waterfront dining. Individually decorated rooms come with kingor queen beds and cost $215 to $290 per night; discounts up to 50 percent are offered on certain dates. Built in 1904, the Tudor-style Inn at Stonecliffesits high on the island's west bluff and offers bed-and-breakfast-style rooms and more modern suites, in addition to classic lawn games like bocce and croquet for guests. Rate starts at $119 to $194, depending on the season, and discounts and packages are available.
Things to Do: Because no cars are allowed on the island, you have to get around by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage. No matter how you explore the island, head to the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, admiring blooming lilacs or lady slippers along the way, or shop for handmade fudge in town in between strolling through the many shops lining Main Street