By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley
I spent the holiday week up in Olcott, New York, a small waterfront village on the shores of Lake Ontario. My family is from this area, where apple and cherry trees grow against the backdrop of the bright blue water, the view so big it could pass for an ocean.
This little fishing town thrives in the summer, when midday temps hover around 70 degrees and brisk nights call for campfires and sweatshirts. The best part? This teeny little Great Lakes town is Cottage Central.
I took a stroll down a quiet lane just a stone’s throw from the town’s marina. There, I found everything we love about cottages on full display: mad color, teeny footprints, dynamite roof lines, rambling garden fences, blooming gardens… Here are a few snapshots of these dreamy cottages.
I loved how these homeowners opted for white lanterns at this gate—a friendly welcome to their red cottage by the lake.
This fence led to a tucked-in cottage not very visible from the street. I like the look of an unpainted wooden fence: no frills, just flowers.
American flags were flying up and down the street. I swooned over this little red shed with its stars and stripes hanging proudly along the side.
The gardens were to die for. Bright lime manicured lawns and climbing roses flanked house after house, and spilled down to the bluff overlooking the lake.
The best part of these cottages is, of course…
… This view. Sitting in one these chairs (that match the cherries in the orchards across the street), I’m pretty sure I could get this world figured out. Small problems, big ones… how could any of them survive this place?
All photos: Ellen McGauley