You can tell a lot about a person by the way he vacations. Show me a weeklong trek through the Ecuadorean rain forest and I’ll show you someone who values adventure over thread counts; show me a 10-day-long sprawl on a beach and I’ll show you someone who has complicated feelings about the word “leathery.”

Over this past month, we have been learning that when Mitt Romney vacations, he likes to go with as many members of his family as possible to his property on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where he Jet Skis and eats ice cream and works on his laptop on his private beach.