Cheating on your house with your vacation house
If you have a vacation home, how do you balance time between the two? Do you summer as a verb?
With summer coming to a close, I am already trying to plan next year. We are seriously considering spending the entire summer at our beachhouse next year, but to do so would require advance planning for kids activities, my consulting work schedule, etc etc., so I'd certainly want to decide by the new year.
We had a lakehouse for years but I was never tempted to stay there all summer (less to do). Also, it was a 2hr drive vs 3.5 hrs, and it was a place we used all year (for skiing). Though we do plan to go to the beachhouse for Thxgiving, NewYears, a few long weekends, it's really most attractive in summer.
I kind of hate leaving our CT house all summer, but, hey, it's really 10 weeks we are talking; I still have 42 weeks to enjoy our CT house.
Our kids friends are not neighborhood friends, and most of them go to camp or summer homes or travel, so it isn't like we are pulling them away from friends (and honestly I value our family time more anyway). They all are required to play sports at their schools, but it does not include a summer commitment. Some of the activities and interests they have here in CT I could probably set up in Maine, too.
Thoughts? Experiences? Commiseration over the end of summer?