Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rental (Part 2)

When we chose last week’s summer rentals for Farmhouse Friday, we found so many charming houses that we decided to make May summer rental month. Check out our favorites below, and then book your own summer vacation!

Upstate New York: Glenburnie, NY

This cottage near Lake George in Upstate New York is 105 years old and the oldest in the community. Enjoy the fireplace from the living room or out on the sprawling porch in some cozy Adirondack chairs. Take a swim in the lake or bring your boat to cruise around. While I’ve typically spent time on the west side of the lake, the east side is known to be quiet and isolated.

6 BR/3 Bath


New England: Grand Isle, Vermont

This beautiful 1920’s farmhouse in Grand Isle, Vermont offers beachfront access to Lake Champlain and stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. You could enjoy many lazy afternoons in the spacious sun room or grab a kayak and head out on the lake. Afterwards, you can easily enjoy dinner or a show in nearby Burlington.

5 BR/3 Bath



Farmhouse Friday: Near the Berkshires

Our friends Adam and Chrissy rented an amazing house in Great Barrington, and they invited us to visit last weekend. We relaxed in front of the fire, ate delicious meals, and explored town. Saturday afternoon cocktail hour was enjoyed around a long farm table at the Bell & Anchor. On Sunday, we stopped by the amazing Great Barrington Antiques Center, where I found two new mashers for my collection, and the Hillsdale General Store, which offers new and vintage housewares.

Cathy’s Hudson Valley pick: Hillsdale, NY

Hillsdale is just over the Massachusetts state line from Great Barrington and has a lovely downtown. In addition to the Hillsdale General Store, there was an ice cream shop and a country restaurant.

I love that most of the interior of this house is white washed, giving it an airy feel, and much of the bead board remains. The huge upstairs bedroom looks perfect for big groups, and the master bedroom has a wood burning stove!

See Erika’s pick in Great Barrington after the jump…

Farmhouse Friday: Brick Beauties

There’s something special about brick houses as they grow old with age, with a patina that can’t be faked. So today, instead of sprawling country and clapboard farmhouses, we’re dreaming of in-town brick beauties.

Hudson Valley: Catskill, NY

This brick octagon house is one of a handful scattered across America, and I remember admiring a similar house in Westfield, NY near where I grew up. The unique shape makes for a dramatic spiral center staircase and floor plan.  I love the porch that wraps around the front three sides and the black shutters on all of the windows.

Click for our favorite brick town house in Maine

Farmhouse Friday: Outside of DC

We’re taking our first business trip to Potomac, Maryland to visit our friend Katie this weekend! This “business trip” really just an excuse to go junking in Frederick, cook comfort food, stir up some delicious cocktails, and tablescape the weekend away. We couldn’t help but choose our favorite homes in the region for this Farmhouse Friday.

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Let’s start with some city living, in Alexandria, Virginia. This charming row house looks modest from the street, but is quite spacious inside. The house is on the Early Building Survey from the Historic Alexandria Foundation. I love the built-ins in the bedroom, the very well done renovation in the galley style kitchen, and the stunning brick-walled backyard.

See our brick farmhouse in the country…

Junkspiration: Fireplace Tools

I just love the look of rustic, old fireplace tools. They seem to harken back to a time when every room had its own fireplace  and homes had a cozy kind of glow. These sets I found during a lunchtime escape to a little consignment gallery around the corner from my office in Cambridge. A few similar and unique sets can be found here, here, and here. How often do you build fires?


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Junkspiration: Cambridge Flea Tools