After all, we live only about an hour away from some amazing beaches.
Occasionally, over the years, they've asked quite innocently, "why don't we have a beach house?"
The door of our refrigerator is a good place to look for answers (because we usually purchase a magnet from wherever we take a summer trip/vacation):
It reveals magnets from New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Baltimore, Atlanta, Lancaster, Toronto, Rochester, Rhode Island, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Yorktown, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Hover Dam, Glen Canyon, Zion National Park, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Lake Tahoe, Hilton Head, Belize, Niagara Falls, New Smyrna Beach, Anna Maria Island, Marco Island, and Ireland.
Having a beach house/condo is a wonderful thing, I'm sure.
Using the summer to travel to different parts of our country and the world has also been a wonderful thing.
It's our alternative to owning a summer beach house.