9 Most Charming Summer Cottages
Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
This restored 1900s dock house is filled with Lowcountry charm, and it’s all in the details: original pine ceilings, a loft-bound ladder, and beachy blue trim. Where else would you want to spend summer?
This salty turquoise cottage on Maui’s North Shore used to be a sugar plantation worker’s house. After a retro-inspired makeover, the surfer’s paradise now boasts an ocean-side pavilion, a no-fuss outdoor shower, and a laidback family to enjoy it.
Newport Beach, California
Though unconventional, this Peninsula Point bungalow’s sleek, dark exterior complements the original Saltillo tile flooring and surfer-chic decor (peep the almond-shaped board by the door) for a cottage that hangs ten.
Tybee Island, Georgia
This quirky 1940s cottage, lovingly referred to as a “pied-à-mer,” is tiny in size but mighty in character: pops of bright color, salvaged boards, and fun patterns.
Les Cheneaux, Michigan
This rustic-chic cottage on the shores of Lake Huron, complete with private dock, vintage décor, and optimistic yellow doors, is a cozy weekend retreat we’d never want to leave.
Georgia On My Mind
Richmond Hill, Georgia
A sinking marshfront cottage, once owned by Henry Ford, was restored to its original (and cozy!) glory—complete with board-and-batten siding and a tiled roof—atop new brick piers.
A cramped, dingy Cape Cod cottage became a bright Scandinavian-inspired getaway after this family transformed it into the summer home of their dreams.
Amagansett, New York
This tiny, shingled abode needed some serious TLC. The catch? The floor plan couldn’t be changed. Cue getting creative—think open shelving, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of new windows—and repurposing a dull backyard shack into a stellar pool house (complete with adjacent patio and al fresco dining space).