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Amazing Waterfront Towns to Visit This Summer


Lake life novice? Don’t be surprised to find yourself scanning real estate deals after visiting one of these iconic waterfront towns.

 

Lake Geneva, Southern Wisconsin

This spot’s only a secret to those outside of Chicago, but stay at Lake Geneva (90 minutes from O’Hare) and you’ll realize why Gilded Age barons built their summer homes here: It’s gorgeous. The best way to take in the view of its clear water is from the 26-mile lakeshore path.

Lake Lure, Central North Carolina

Pretty enough to serve as a backdrop for movies like Last of the Mohicans, this man-made lake is just a half-hour from Asheville (and its robust craft brew scene). Take in the surrounding Blue Ridge peaks from a kayak or paddleboard, and once you’re back on land, mountain bike in Buffalo Creek Park.

Grand Lake, Northern Colorado

This lake is flanked on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park and sits more than 8,000 feet above sea level. So, yeah, it can get cold. Work up a sweat paddling past some of its four and a half miles of shoreline. Too tired to hike afterward? See some of the Front Range’s best scenery on horseback.



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My Boyfriend Makes It Impossible for Me to Save Money


Dear E. Jean: I’ve got a money problem, and I’m really ticked right now. While I toil away at my just-out-of-college first job, my boyfriend, who has been working for four years, makes a lot more money than I do.

I’m trying to stick to a budget, but my boyfriend makes it hard. I’ve cut back on shopping (it nearly killed me), and now I’m cutting back on expensive restaurant meals. But every night he wants to go out for dinner!

Even though I say, “Tonight I’m making us a romantic dinner at home,” at the last minute he’ll grab me and say, “Hey, let’s go get dinner with Chad and Jason!” Only when I refuse to go does he offer to pay.

What do I do? I believe in equality of the sexes, but I also can’t keep this up much longer. Can people in different economic brackets ever make it work? —Poor Girl

Poor, my girl: Address him gently: “You sexy posh boy! I love running riot in restaurants with you, yes! But look, darling: This is what I earn every month after taxes.” Write it down. He’ll stare at the figure in concerned shock. Continue: “Here’s my rent.” Start jotting down the sums: “Car payment…cell phone…utilities…insurance …clothes…food. Now, if I spend $147 for peanut butter, oranges, jumbo M&Ms—this is how much I have left for restaurants.” Hold up the number. Smile. Then say: “Can we cut back to once a week?” Of course, you’ll end up going out three times a week, but he’ll step up and pay. Sometimes the cold, frozen facts bring the warmth of understanding.

This letter is from the Ask E. Jean Archive, 1993-2017. Send questions to E. Jean at E.Jean@AskEJean.com.



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