A summer vacation at the Romney’s $8 million haven at Lake Winnipesaukee is more of a display of exorbitant wealth than it is a good ol’ fashioned family vacation. The only recognizable item we saw was a cooler. With the astronomical cost of boat owning and summer-home upkeep, a vacation with the Romney’s makes John Kerry’s windsurfing adventure look like chopped liver. The mandatory chores should represent middle class values, but the perennial use of a “chore wheel” likens everyday clean-up to a kitschy TV game. Inside the $630,000 boat house are some high-octane toys with unattainable price tags for most Americans. The volleyball and tennis courts are more panache than they are practical. And the horse stable, with guest apartments above it, probably costs more than the average middle class home.
Here’s a look at the cost of a vacation with the Romney’s: