During the first week of our vacation, Rick and I headed up North to his Uncle's place on Georgian Bay. He built a beautiful holiday home right on the water in a little town near Collingwood – a major ski destination for those in Ontario. During the off-season, it's a gorgeous retreat away from the everyday. It's quiet and tucked back amongst towering trees and the backyard is essentially the view of the water pictured above. Depending on the time of day and the weather, sometimes the water would be right by the house, and others, back by the rocky edge before it gets too deep. I find it fascinating that the tides can change so quickly. It made for some great exploring. The weather was perfect, and on our last day, it was cool enough to light a fire indoors. The back of the house was designed with huge 2-story windows (which you see in photo 11) so you can see the water from nearly anywhere in the house. It was the perfect view to wake up to each morning! Just being near the water makes you feel a hundred times more relaxed. During the day we visited nearby towns, had breakfast at the bakery, and enjoyed some pretty amazing dinners. I can't wait to visit again when it's cold and snowy outside – I have some severe fireplace envy now. Would it be too much to knock down a wall in our house to build one?Sometimes I forget how beautiful Ontario can be. You get used to seeing blogger's photos from Paris or Rome, or pretty little towns in the States with deep rooted history, that it's hard to think of Ontario as beautiful. We're so used to it. We may not have the history, but we definitely have the land. Just 3 hours North, and we can vacation on the water and the mountains. A perfect little getaway.