A Camp for All Ages

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.

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