Lakes have always been the vacation staple: a place to hole up in a small house beside the water.
Mornings are spent reading summer's best seller with a warm coffee and afternoons call for lazy paddling excursions while the kids hold diving competitions off the dock. For whatever reason, whether for adventure or solace, lakes have a peculiar spell for vacationers—perhaps it's a reminder that 60 percent of our own bodies is just water.
Poets have come to the lakes to write their masterworks; painters have stood for hours, expertly capturing reflections stirred only by ripples. Maybe it's just that a waterside environment naturally that makes us better persons, like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average."
But it really doesn't matter: You don't need the perfect reason to go to a lake; you'll find the reason there.