Diverting Idle Hands (and Feet) (NYT)

YOUR SECOND HOME | THE LONG DRIVEBy Steve Bailey, New York Times, March 26, 2009

March 26 (New York Times) -- IT'S the weekend routine. Almost every Friday everyone piles into the car for the trip to the weekend house. You and your spouse or partner alternate between private thoughts, casual conversation and listening to a favorite song that has popped up on the radio. ... The drive is never going to be the best part of second-home ownership, but it doesn't have to be two lost hours going and two lost hours returning. And, for the back-seat crowd, it doesn't have to be endlessly boring. Read the complete article here.

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My wife and I used to make the trek from Boston to our cabin in northern Lamoille County for more than 10 years before we moved here. We usually left the South Shore late afternoon; or, worse, after work, on Fridays. After a year of that routine, arriving up here, many times after dark, to what became inevitable surprises (like no water, any season; or, a frozen chimney damper in the winter,) we changed our departure time to Saturday morning! We live here now, so those little things are no longer a problem for us. Whether or not you're thinking of renting your vacation home, we can suggest a number of options to make sure you won't have to deal with these kinds of problems when you're not here or when you arrive.

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