My hubby and I recently retired, and the two of us legitimately wanted to purchase a beach condo or a lodge as a way to get out of mankind for awhile and rejuvenate. The two of us looked around at many unusual lodges and beach houses, however the two of us ended up going with a nice lodge on the lake. I am so thrilled with our decision. Since the two of us bought it, the two of us have stayed out there more than two times. It’s far enough away from the neighborhood that it’s completely private, yet it’s close enough to the that the two of us can drive to the grocery store or to a nice restaurant in a half hour. Something that the two of us weren’t prepared for is the price of heating the place. Of course, while the two of us were in the summer, no heat is needed, however in the fall and winter, it is honestly frosty where the two of us live, and heat is necessary. The two of us would enjoy to travel out to the lodge while the two of us were in the Winter time weeks, however the two of us simply don’t have the time. Just because the two of us aren’t there doesn’t mean that the two of us can keep the heat off though. If the two of us turn off the heat completely, the pipes will freeze and cause another whole problem that the two of us don’t want. My hubby has figured out the lowest temperature that the two of us can possibly keep it at without the pipes colds. Because of this, it hasn’t been outrageously expensive, however it’s still a bit more than the two of us were expecting. The two of us have considered winterizing it, however some of our kids want to spend their Christmas getaway out there. I suppose everything comes with its hidden cost, however I hope the two of us can figure out a way to save some money on our new lodge.