I Heart My Lake Escape

Summer’s almost here, so we thought we’d take a break from our I Heart My City series and focus on the concept of getting away from it all. Taking a dive off the dock, toasting marshmallows around a camp fire at dusk, spooling out fishing line and pitching back to cast off, watching fire flies light up the night’s sky.

This is why we work so hard all year — for the chance to relax, to recharge, and to reconnect with the people we love.

National Geographic Traveler‘s new issue is on the shelves, with a full feature on the best lake retreats around. “We are a different breed, those of us who choose fresh water,” writes Joyce Maynard in the article’s introduction. “Where ocean vistas speak of drama and turbulence, a lake — unless the Jet Skiers have got to it — is a tranquil place.”

What’s your favorite lake escape? Tell us in the comments section below for a chance to appear in the next issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

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