It’s not something you really ever think about, but who actually were the ;rst Americans to take a proper vacation… other than the ultra-rich Vanderbilts, et al. According to research by the Smithsonian Magazine, they suggest that the ;rst American vacationers were lured to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York by a Boston preacher, who in 1869, wrote a widely-read treatise on the spiritual
and health bene;ts of time spent lakeside in the forest. An unusually wet spring that year, however,
meant the mosquitoes and ;ies were abundant in both numbers and aggravation. City slickers who had
never slept in a starched, white tent under the stars were underwhelmed at the prospect of their vacation.
This is not so much a problem in 2018, when vacation possibilities are endless and luxurious. And with repeat
visits, vacation destinations become ever-more comfortable, familiar, homey, and sometimes even soul-transforming.
So much so that a vacation destination might just grab hold and say, “You know, this would be a wondrous
place to relocate or retire.”
Just ask the couples we spoke to about their transformation from vacationers to residents.
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Where You Vacation
BY WARREN GRANT