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Hey, I'm Joyce!
Lyme, Connecticut, United States · Member since February 2011

Smith Heights Cottages have been in my husband's family for almost five generations. The management of the cottages just passed on to us in 2010. I manage the cottages on a full-time basis but my husband, Duane, maintains full-time employment elsewhere. He is a bit envious..... We love all things antique and these cottages allow us to mix our passion with our work.

When we are at the Cape, we enjoy doing the same things that our renters enjoy. We rise early and go for a walk on the beach with our Maltese dog, Lulu. She's not much for the water though and avoids it at all costs. Oftentimes we arrive at the beach in time to see the sunrise. There are but a few people on the beach at this time, save for a handful of surfers..... it's very quiet and peaceful.

We love touring all of the historic properties nearby and are members of the French Cable Museum in Orleans, Friends of the National Seashore, Nauset Light Preservation Society and the wonderful lighthouse and rescue center in Provincetown. We are never at a loss for things to do.

My absolute favorite thing to do though is to grab whatever book I'm into at the time (right now I'm reading a book written by an Airbnb tenant that I had earlier this year)and sit on the porch. It is the most peaceful thing there is and no matter what is troubling me it all seems to recede to the back of my mind. I put my feet up on the porch rail, sit in a high back rocker and pass many hours away taking an occasional break to watch a pretty sailboat, kayakers paddle by or a great blue heron fly awkwardly overhead. It truly is a piece of heaven. I breath deeper here.

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