Saturday, May 31

Top 5 People You Should Always Invite to the Cottage

Location: Trenanthia Cottage located in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada (90 min north of Toronto)
When you plan a group trip to the cottage, you need to choose your guests wisely. Screen them. Hand out surveys. Hold auditions. However you do it, make sure you have a mixed bag of top quality cottage guest material.

Here’s a guide to help you select the 5 people you definitely want to invite to the cottage:

Monica Gellar from the tv sitcom Friends wearing a yellow sweater

The ‘Monica Geller’

If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “You’re so Monica” to a friend, it was likely in reference to their obsessive cleanliness and compulsive need to have everything in order at all times.

While it might get scary at times, don’t let this pearl of a companion go to waste. He or she will come in handy at the cottage, like a magical little sprite that comes out after everyone goes to sleep and tidies up the place before they wake up.

The best part is that it’s in their nature to be that way, so you don’t have to feel bad about waking up to clean dishes.

The Drink Refresher

playing the guitar on the deck at the cottage with a nice cold glass of beer
You’re sitting around the fire with a beer in hand enjoying the toasty warm glow and watching two geese fight each other in the lake. Life is good.

You look down and suddenly the near empty brew you were sipping on is completely full and cold. What kind of ninja swapped your drink so fast!? Oh no one, just the awesome friend you invited who is known far and wide for their hospitable personality.

Any friend who enjoys topping up wine glasses, fetching cold beers, and making sure the fridge and cooler are well stocked is a friend looking out for your best interests.

The Adventurer

friends jumping into the lake from a rock (circa 1904)
Ultimate Frisbee? Canoeing? Streaking through the woods? This person is up for anything, and your cottage vacation definitely needs that kind of friend on board.

It’s easy to get lazy and just lounge around unless you have someone who can motivate everybody into getting their butts in gear. They always have ideas! A game plan! Chronic insomnia!

The fun happens when the wheels are turning, so definitely invite that wacky free spirit and let them lead the way.

The Comedian

Not necessarily a real professional comedian - I mean you could hire one just for the week but that might be weird.

I'm talkin' about a genuinely funny person who cracks jokes at all the right times, adds comic relief to sticky situations, and tells amazing stories. Injecting humour into the group dynamic guarantees a lively trip without any dull moments.

The funny friend is usually the one who helps create those ‘you had to be there’ memories, like that time when Tammy told everyone the giant rock was an angry bear in speedos - never mind, you had to be there . . .

The Chef

the chef at the lakeside barbecue surrounded by hungry friends & family
Somewhere between the Monica Gellar and the Adventurer is a friend who has mad kitchen skills. They can prepare a super organized grocery list, create a wickedly delicious meal plan and fire up the BBQ to make a mean gourmet steak.

With the Chef around, you’re not going to be eating plain old peanut butter sandwiches. Just be wary of any dish with the words 'road' and 'kill' in the name.  Bon Appetit