My husband LOVES camping. He grew up in a family that camped several times during the summer. They pitched the tent, toughed it out during rain storms and thrived on cooking over an open fire. I went camping a few times as kid. I didn’t have the fun memories that he had. I remember camping with my aunt one summer and it raining so hard that it actually rained in the tent. I think that basically ruined that type of adventure for me. When I met my husband back in high school, camping was an activity that everyone did their senior year. It was chance for freedom. I wanted to impress him so I went. Then we got engaged. Our wedding parties came up with the idea that we have a group camping weekend instead of bachelor and bachelorettes. It was a great time, but I still wasn’t sold on the idea of camping. Then we had kids. Camping became more about work and less about relaxation. Sleeping on the ground, surrounded by dirt and bugs, what was there to love?
I had always dreamed of a cottage! A home away from home, nestled in the beauty of nature, perched on a beautiful lake. Now that is what I call a vacation. Unfortunately, with the cost of living, the kids sports programs and DH working EVERY Saturday, it just didn’t seem feasible. Two mortgages, two properties to maintain and twice the work? Maybe camping was the only other option!
Then I read about Great Blue Resorts. It began in 2007 as a single Park Model Cottage resort with the mission to provide families with a fun, affordable and carefree cottage experience. The initial location began with 100 families enjoying days, weeks or summers at THEIR own cottage when it was convenient to them. Once people caught on to this idea, it has since grown to 8 resorts nestle in the most desirable locations of Southern Ontario. Over 1200 families enjoy the ‘cottage’ life three seasons long (spring, summer and fall)!
What I love about Great Blue Resorts is that it similar to a traditional cottage without the extra costs and work that go with them! You simply pack up Fido, the kids and your groceries for the weekend and the rest covered! Your annual resort management fee covers all the essentially costs associated with running a cottage (all utilities, land tax, garbage disposal, grounds maintenance, warranty claims assistance, on site management and reception), so your only responsibility when you get there is relaxation!
My kids are active kids! They are use to be stimulated 24/7. At Great Blue Resorts, Mom and Dad get a break in coming up with ideas as they have planned family entertainment, a Kidz Klub programs, and many amenities (i.e. pool, etc) to keep the kids busy and active all year long!
What are you waiting for?
Start enjoying 26 weeks of cottage life when you want it with
Great Blue Resort.
It is as easy as 1 – 2- 3:
- Simply select a location from their 8 prime spots ( Niagara to Pert and everywhere in between!)
- Choose the best layout Park Cottage layout for your family. All Park Model Cottages come fully furnished with appliances and choice of décor!
- Within 2-3 weeks, you can ‘move’ into your home away from home!