Family Vacations

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite family vacation?

Mine was at Pine Island at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, where my family would stay in a rickety old cottage for a week or two. It was back-to-the-basics kind of living, small and simple, but I have such fond memories of those vacations. I can still get a whiff of a certain tree and I am transported back to the lake as a ten-year-old with perpetually skinned knees. 

My very favorite memory was a rainy night when my entire family was in the living room at the cottage, reading or playing a game of checkers or stroking the dog. I’ll never forget the buttery glow of the lights and the sound of the rain on the roof. It was that rare for my entire family to be together, relaxed. No place to go, no phone ringing, no pressures.

The blog tour for Amish Values is in full swing, and I read this post about another family’s recent vacation:

My favorite Amish proverb in the book was “A happy memory never wears out.” I was particularly impacted by this chapter about family vacations in the book because it was so personally meaningful to our family. Since we are now a one income family, we didn’t have the money to spend on a fancy vacation so instead we spent two weeks in an amazing cabin in the mountains of Virginia. My husband and I drank our coffee together on the front porch overlooking the Shenandoah River every morning while the kids were still asleep, we hiked as a family through the mountains, swam in the river, fished (but didn’t catch anything big enough to eat) and roasted marshmallows together at night. Though we didn’t eat out at fancy restaurants, go to all of the pricey tourist spots or buy a lot of expensive souvenirs it was our most amazing vacation ever. My three little ones still talk about our fun adventures and commented on how wonderful it was that I wasn’t connected to the internet or my cell phone (am I really that bad?). It made me realize that it is the time we spend together as a family enjoying the beauty of nature created by God that creates memories that will last us forever.

Thanks, Simply Stacie, for letting me share your memory!

What about you? What was your favorite family vacation? I have a hunch it wasn’t an expensive, once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. I’d love to hear your memory!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Amish Stories says:

    I hope Irene didnt effect you or your readers much. Over in the Lancaster area we pretty much only recieved just heavy rains and some flooding. Richard from Amish Stories.

  2. Ruth says:

    My favorite vacation was my first visit to the ocean. It was also my honeymoon (insert heart). We try to return as a family, each summer, as finances allow. Each time I view its vastness, I feel so tiny. I can sit for hours, losing all track of time, just watching the ebb and flow of the waves. It is my favorite place on earth!

    Suzanne, the winner of the book you provided to giveaway as part of my review is on its way to Germany! How exciting! ~ Ruth

  3. Amish Stories says:

    I myself still have very fond memories of me and my family going to Lancaster Pennsylvania in the later part of the 1960s from the Bronx. Its a feeling that I've never been able to get out of my system really, so after all these years of thinking and coming close to actually moving to the Lancaster area that reality finally happened late last year. This area is not perfect because that place does not exist except in ones own imagination, but i still have to pinch myself sometimes as i drive by a corn field or pass a horse and buggy because this is not a vacation anymore, its home. Richard from Amish Stories

  4. Amish Stories says:

    Id like to invite everyone to my blog Amish Stories today to read a post from old order Mennonite Jean of New York state. Jean has taken-in a foster child named Michael whose parents are no longer able to take care of him. He's English and Jeans family is old order Mennonite (horse and buggy) but that makes no difference in the love that this young man is receiving from this family. Thank you folks and i hope to see some of you drop by the blog. Richard