Lake Erie Cabin Living: A Cabin Kid Remembers The Magic Of A Simpler Life

Dirt path entrance to a Lake Erie Beach

If you find yourself searching for a Lake Erie cabin rental, you may be my kindred spirit. We’re probably around the same age and spent our summer days exploring outside. Many adults who grew up near Erie, PA have fond memories of the beach and long to share those same experiences with loved ones. Today you can enjoy the best parts of cabin living — without roughing it — in a fully modern vacation home.

My fondest childhood memories come from summer cabin and outdoor living along Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie beaches in North East, PA and at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. Perhaps that’s why I dream of re-creating many of the simple cabin routines I enjoyed as a child. What I didn’t know back then was the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being near water and in nature. That didn’t matter. The rustic, simpler way of living was magical to me.

The Art of Cabin Living

It took me many years to perfect the art of cabin living. But I had time. I had all the natural resources and none of the distractions like video games, cell phones, DVD players, or dozens of TV channels. We didn’t have to spend money to have fun back in the 1970s — we made it. We used what was around, plus a little ingenuity, and lots of trial and error. I also enjoyed many years of scouts and camping to round out my outdoor skills.

I remember thinking it was really cool to wash my hands using water from a gallon jug that hung from a tree. The water stopper was a stick that had to be pulled out of the jug to start the flow of water and then put back in the jug to stop it. A bar of soap hung right next to the water jug, suspended in the foot of a nylon hose.

We walked the beach combing for treasures. Beach glass and beach china were my favorites. The thrill of the find and the wonder of where the piece originated still intrigue me. Certain beach glass colors are common in Erie — brown, green and white — but still a thrill to find. Other colors are more rare and even more exciting to find.  Lake Erie has buried many ships and I often wonder if the china pieces were from a historical shipwreck.

Evenings were spent at the beach. The typical evening routine was swimming, building a campfire with the driftwood gathered from the shore, finding and carving the perfect roasting stick, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, skipping stones, all while watching the beautiful Lake Erie sunsets. After the sunset, we warmed up around the camp fire, talked, and listened to many family stories.

Blending Comfort With Cabin Living

While I still enjoy many of routines of cabin living, there are some I don’t miss. For example, as an adult I don’t sleep well without air conditioning. I don’t sleep well on the ground in a sleeping bag. And, I do enjoy the easier living afforded by modern appliances like an ice maker, dishwasher, washer and dryer which all free up more time to enjoy my summers outdoors. The rental cottages I offer today in North East, PA are upgraded to blend the benefits of modern day living with beach life, sunsets, camp fires, and nature that I’ve always enjoyed.

Cabin Rentals In Erie, PA

Today, you can find many types lodging accommodations from simple camping to the “glamping” — more glamorous cabin rentals or vacation rentals around Erie, PA. Whatever your style, come back and relive your childhood memories at the beach. If you are looking for upscale cottages that are well-stocked so that you don’t have to pack much, my cottages offer the comforts of home — air conditioning, dishwasher, washer, dryer, gas grill, bedding, towels, pots, pans, dishes, toilet paper, dish detergent and much more — in a setting that allows you to enjoy Lake Erie and camp fires and sunsets. If you are looking for something more rustic, try for more options.

Read about more fun family activities in Lake Erie Wine Country.  What are your fondest memories of growing up around Lake Erie? Please leave a comment.