Late summer 2014 marked our sixth visit to Mettawee. Our first trip (Spring 2011) was perfect, and yet somehow this vacation home keeps getting better. The season we haven’t experienced is winter, though it’s fun imagining returning from the slopes to a relaxing dip in the heated pool and to the cozy comfort of the family room’s wood-burning stove. We have still to explore all the extraordinary spots that are close enough for day trips. (If the weather is right, toss bathing suits into the car: you might happen upon an inviting swimming hole. Or just head directly to Grout Pond for hiking and swimming.) Winding roads through venerable forests suddenly open onto amazing vistas, then creep back into the woods and twist along streams. Pierce’s country grocery store in Shrewsbury has become our go-to for local fare, as well as a farm that is just down the road from Mettawee. With each visit, we enjoy discovering the changes to this vacation home. Whether it is a smart-looking sink in the half bath, a new sofa in the family room, a large wall-mounted flat screen (w/disc player) in the master suite, or new pool toys, Charles, the owner, is ever-mindful of keeping Mettawee contemporary and comfortable. We look forward to our next visit.