We just returned from another great week at Stone Lake. This is our third year in a row to rent this wonderful cottage. At one point, there were ten adults and five children in our group this year. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the beautiful renovations that were completed since last year. Ted and Brenda have added on two more bedrooms and three bathrooms. The additional space is amazing. So much room!! Thanks, Ted and Brenda!!
We ventured to South Bend and visited the grounds of the University of Notre Dame one day and then we all met for dinner at Carrabbas in South Bend. We always do one dinner away from the cottage and we chose to go to South Bend this year. It was a very good choice. On our last day we always order pizza and this year we ordered from Marcello's which is just a short walk away from the cottage. The pizza was one of the best we have ever eaten. I would highly recommend Marcello's.
Don, the caretaker, is very helpful. He was available when we needed him and he is becoming an old friend. It was nice to see him again this year. He takes a lot of pride in his job.
Some of the adults with their children took out the bikes that Ted and Brenda have supplied and had fun with them. We had several bonfires on the nice cozy deck. The bbq was in great working condition and we had lots of home cooked meals on it. The kitchen has everything you need to make a great dinner. It is great that the playground equipment is so close to the deck so that the children can play while the adults relax, while still being able to keep an eye on the children. The property has lots of walking areas and we were lucky to be able to pick some wild blackberries that we found growing....yummy!!
We rented the pontoon boat again and had loads of fun out on the lake. It was great swimming off of the pontoon. We also used the kayaks that are supplied. The lake is so quiet and lots of times it is crystal clear, almost like a sheet of glass. The sunsets were awesome from the deck of the cottage.
All in all, we had a wonderful, funfilled family time at Stone Lake and hope to return again.
Thanks again, Ted and Brenda, for opening up your wonderful Lake House for our family to enjoy this year.