When Bob and Betty Adam bought their ranch house on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay 24 years ago, it was basically a shack. “When I came along, the brothers who inherited it weren’t using it much,” Bob Adam says. “The good Lord wanted me to have it, so I got a very good price.”
Over the years, a marine artist can form a strong feeling for the region in which he or she works, be it Chesapeake Bay, the Maine coast or the Caribbean. For Rick Brawner, there’s no better place to paint than Door County in Wisconsin. “What could match spending an early morning in a cozy harbor like Sturgeon Bay, surrounded by tugboats just waiting to be painted on canvas, while listening to the gulls call and smelling the fresh breeze off Lake Michigan?” the Green Bay native asks.
Suzanne Paul moved into her Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1977, and she has strived to maintain the house the way it was built 20 years earlier. She kept the open floor plan, exposed beams, natural wood and brickwork, and added stained-glass windows to brighten the great room.
Cruising France by canal boat reveals aspects of the French countryside that are unavailable to most tourists. Buy a fresh baguette in the morning so you can make delicious sandwiches for lunch, quietly motor through acres of rolling vineyards, stop in small towns without hordes of sightseers and relax at an outdoor café for an exquisite dinner accompanied by local wine. What’s not to like?
Smith Creek and Green Creek merge in front of Marilyn Arnone’s home to flow past Oriental — North Carolina’s self-proclaimed “Sailing Capital” — into the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. “While looking for a retirement home, we fell in love with this beautiful view across the water,” says Arnone.
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