One of the worst parts of the pandemic-induced lockdown is not being able to travel. Of course, there isn’t a hard-and-fast no-travel rule here, but we are encouraged to stay close to home. And besides, travel just doesn’t feel safe right now. But I am desperate to get away. That’s why I was thinking about spending time somewhere quiet and charming and beautiful, where I could also keep apart from other people. And I remembered this cottage I rented for eight days in 2016, on a lake in the Adirondacks. I had to be up there to drop my son at a music program at Colgate University. Instead of driving 10 hours home and then driving back at the end, I spent part of the time holding my own solo writing retreat in this adorable cottage.