Yes, as the title says and unbelieveable as it may be, at the age of 26 I had never been to a cottage before. I remember being in school and people going to the cottage for the weekend and asking me where my cottage was and replying, “Cottage? Oh, I’ve never been to one.” This statement was always met with a look of shock and pity. What can I say? My parents preferred airplanes and hotels to cottages. We were never an “outdoorsy” family.