Two weekends ago we took the kids to Shell Knob, Mo to a log cabin on Table Rock Lake for an overnight getaway. We originally wanted somewhere near water in the woods that wasn't too far away so we found Shell Knob and googled cabins. Green Cocoon came up and the screened in porch with a double bed sealed the deal. I'd always wanted to sleep outside on a porch.
We left town around noon and Brett surprised me with an alternate route that took us through Billings, one of the towns we saw on our way to pick up his Vespa, that has more flea markets on it's main street than it seems to know what to do with. He entertained Sebastian whenever Sebastian would find a truck to play with while Ruby and I walked the aisles of several shops. (If anyone is looking for a vintage metal doll house there are about three of them in Billings.)
We made it to the cabin around check in time and immediately got changed and walked down the hill to the lake where S and Brett took a little swim. Ruby and I watched from the dock and waved at people on boats. There was a huge rope swing hanging from the bridge that two boys were swinging from. It was overcast and warm and just about perfect.
Then it was dinner and a trip to the grocery store to get everything for S'mores. We introduced Sebastian to them but he was more interested in letting the marshmallows burn than eating them. The rain cooled things off and we slept like a babies on the screened in porch. It was perfect.
If you're in the area and looking for a summer getaway I'd suggest looking into this little place. It's run by a couple that live close by, was quite clean, and really charming. It's stocked with books, games, and magazines for an unplugged weekend and has a dock for lake access just down the hill. There were beautiful quilts in the linen closet that we piled on the beds and a big, open kitchen stocked with everything you need to cook all your meals. Just add food. The boys loved exploring and I'd go back any day just to sleep on the back porch again.
It feels like one of those places you want to go back to every year as your kids grow up. Did you have one of those places? Have you been back since then?