Monday, November 3, 2008

A Favorite Spot on Squam

By Sue Smith Palmer

My favorite spot on Squam Lake was discovered over thirty years ago and is the glorious porch of the Bettencourt family's summer home on Mooney Point. As teens we delighted in afternoons of puzzles, board games, home cooked meals with fresh produce, and Mrs. B's desserts. It seemed those big beautiful forest green rocking chairs synchronized as the family shared the details of the day. The other sounds heard were those of the loons and owls and the gentle repetition of water hitting the rocky pine sheltered shoreline. This was an era when senses were full of the natural sounds and smells of the lake devoid of electronic stimulants like play stations, televisions, cds, dvds, and ipods.

I feel a responsibility to help keep the life here on Squam Lake simple, quiet and carefree. In restoring the Black Horse Motor Court to some of it's original beauty, we have resisted the requests to install internet access, dish washers, and whirlpool tubs, in hopes that families will come to experience the simple pleasures of family chat, laughter, and the warmth and glow of an outside fire by the lakefront.{mosimage}

One of our favorite guests, Donna Bunnell, describe what Squam Lake means to her in these words "The lure of Squam is waking up to the cry of a loon, the pull and fight of a three pound bass, and the perfect placement of mountains and islands and the lake's simple way of making you realize with every breath of fresh air, that..'life is good'..."

Sue Smith Palmer and her mom are the owners of the Cottage Place on Squam Lake. You can visit them virtually at

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