South Kent, Connecticut
Travel time: 1.5 hours.
Size: Sleeps 4.
Dates: July through August.
Price: $18,750 for July 15 to Labor Day.
Broker: Peter Klemm, Klemm Real Estate.
Lakeside camps used to rule this part of bucolic, woodsy Connecticut; this two-bedroom was part of one more than 30 years ago, but the owners refashioned it for the 21st century. (Knotted pine walls and a Shaker-style four-poster bed are complemented with stainless-steel kitchen appliances and décor hand-picked by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud.) The 85-acre, spring-fed lake, South Spectacle, is one of the cleanest in the state; only 30 homes surround it. The house comes with a canoe and access to private tennis courts; while tempting, try not to stay put the whole time. The restaurants in the area rival those in the city. Joel Viehland’s Community Table (223 Litchfield Tpk., Washington; 860-868-9354), whose locally sourced menu changes weekly, is a gastronaut destination, as is the longtime fixture West Street Grill (43 West St., Litchfield; 860-567-3885).