Three generations coexist under one roof in this central Maine lakehouse.
By Meadow Rue Merrill Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink
On a lake in central Maine lies a summer camp so subtle, so subdued, the loam-dark clapboards and leaf-green roof blend into shadow, making the back porch beams hard to distinguish against the diamond-bright water.
The tree-lined shore is virtually undisturbed — the nearest amenities being a boathouse and a roadside garden stand advertising, “Pies! Pies! Pies!” As if there could be any doubt, a large wooden sign by the cottage door confirms, “Maine, the way life should be.” No wonder the owners often stay well into the fall.