Tales from the Cabin

Writers who love the cabin lifestyle share their personal stories about the places that help them get away from it all.

CBN-WE0214_2

What ignited your passion for cabin or cottage living?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 20, 2014
CBN-WE0214_2

Hunting night crawlers with Grandma

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 1, 2014
CBN-WE0214_2

Sometimes, interacting with fellow cabiners is like “déjà vu all over again”

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 4, 2014
CBN-WE0214_2

Your Cabin Life editors want to hear from you!

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: January 1, 2014
CBN-WE1213_1

What's your favorite activity at your cottage, cabin, lakehome or camp?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 7, 2013
gone fishing sign
A poem about a chance encounter during a Christmas Eve fishing outing
By Larry Whiteley
Published: October 4, 2013
plastic pumpkin lake Halloween pontoon
Spreading Halloween cheer with plastic pumpkins
Published: July 26, 2013
Mark Johnson

Lesson learned: Never underestimate the creativity of a cabin owner

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 11, 2013
Mark Johnson

Do you have a bucket list? If so, how many of your goals are centered on cabin living?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 21, 2013
Mark Johnson

With children and grandchildren at our side, we can rediscover the pure joy and wonder of cabin living

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 22, 2013
Mark Johnson

When it comes to recycling, the ultimate is repurposing an entire cabin

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 22, 2013
Tammy Trayer off-grid homestead cabin
Living simply on a wilderness homestead

Story by Tammy Trayer
Cabin location: Northern Idaho
Published: February 1, 2013
A-Cabin1
Artifacts lend authenticity to this Wisconsin cabin
By Emily Hare
Published: January 18, 2013
Mark Johnson

The passion for cabins, cottage, lakehomes & camps stretches far and wide

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: January 18, 2013
Trayers03
A family travels across the country to become self-sufficient on a northern Idaho homestead
By Tammy Trayer
Published: December 14, 2012
CBN-NT0213_potato salad
A recipe that will keep your cabin neighbors coming back for more!
Published: December 14, 2012
Mark Johnson

In the February 2013 issue of Cabin Life, you’ll find a lot of great surprises

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: December 14, 2012
Mark Johnson

The holidays are the time to connect with those we love, and what better place than at the cabin?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 5, 2012
santa house1
One man’s passion brings Christmas cheer to believers everywhere
By Emily Hare
Published: October 5, 2012
Mark Johnson

The cabin life is filled with passion

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 27, 2012
KPC-JohnsonM111_01

Whether it’s the Nifty Nook or Sally’s Place, the cabin is a place to connect

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 4, 2012
Is it possible to go overboard?
By Emily Hare
Published: June 1, 2012
Sucker Lake Adirondack cabin
Blending past and present in a small lake cabin

Story & photos by Lisa Hogan
Cabin location: Oswegatchie, N.Y.
Published: June 1, 2012
laptop_15586579
How do you like your cabin living?
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 4, 2012
Grandpa and his Fishing Buddies-FFF-Norske2
Compiled by Emily Hare
Published: April 27, 2012
CBN-B0512_014
It's time to celebrate some our favorite summer cabin traditions
Published: April 20, 2012
More reader-submitted photos of sunrises and sunsets
By Emily Hare
Published: March 23, 2012
VIEW FROM HERE 02-12 image1
When nature calls late at night, beware the broken lamp switch
By Paul Sullivan
Published: February 29, 2012
Subscriber Only Access
CBN-MC0212_1a
For a quiet retreat, I thank my father-in-law

Story & photos by Judy Larson
Cabin location: Little Lake, Mich.
Published: February 1, 2012
CBN-LO0212_01
Living the dream full time might not be so dreamy
By Steve Umland
Published: February 1, 2012
CBN-MC0212_2b
Cabin memories are made ... and relived

Story & photos by Mary Beth Lagerborg
Cabin location: Grand Lake, Colo.
Published: February 1, 2012
Published: January 20, 2012
Untitled-2002
A peaceful retreat enhances an artist's work

Story & photos by Anna Rose Bain
Cabin location: Hayward, Wis.
Published: January 20, 2012
Cabin001
A memory born of necessity
By Mike Wilkus
Published: December 16, 2011
CBN-MYCABIN_04014
A cabin helps raise a boy

Story and photos by Jonathan Erickson, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Lake Five, Mich.
Published: October 7, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
CBN-MYCABIN_01016
How I learned to love our camp year-round

Story and photos by Kathy Slovic, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Corinth, N.Y.
Published: October 7, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
CBN-LIGHTS_01030
Combining two loves: the cabin & the grandkids
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: October 7, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
CBN-VIEW_01017
What do you get the friend who has everything?
By Paul Sullivan
Published: October 7, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
IMAGE15002

Story and photos by Annis Pratt, Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Birmingham, Mich.
Published: September 9, 2011
Cedar Trees002

Story and photo by Stephanie Sauve, owner and Cabin Life reader
Cabin location: Avon, N.Y.
Published: September 9, 2011
dirtyfacemountain_12930979
Adventures in the cabin rental world
By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 9, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
laptop_15586579
Is working from your getaway right for you?
By Jeff Wozer
Published: September 9, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
websparkler_1688236

Fireworks on and off the water

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 6, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webDSC01825


For this couple, weekends at their Arkansas retreat are for swimming, cycling and running


By Deb Spencer
Published: June 6, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webHeitger-Cabin-Sign

Keepin’ it Comfy

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 28, 2011
web71077389

Mrs. Murray's Typewriter
By Paul Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webCover_Trees

Reflections, Moments & Memories

By Joe Brandmeier
Published: April 28, 2011
webDSC00707


Green Dream on the Lake


Owners: Jeff & Deb Spencer

Location: Beaver Lake, Ozark Mountains, Ark.

Published: April 1, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
WEB285735_9765
A beautiful garden and the battles with wildlife that come with it

By Jeff Wozer
Published: March 24, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
Delicious Southern staples made easy
By John Bäck
Published: March 24, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webdog_16735355

Man’s best friend plays matchmaker


By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 24, 2011
webtools_14109157

Organization envy rears its ugly head at the cabin

By Paul Sullivan
Published: February 17, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webCabinLife-Dad

Sometimes memories trump money

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: February 17, 2011
webDSCF1222

A Very Funny Video-worthy Moment


By Dan Armitage
Published: January 20, 2011
Subscriber Only Access
webhand
Carving out a space for what matters

By Paul Sullivan
Published: January 20, 2011
webJimImogeneCabinVowRenewal
A couple celebrates 60 years of wedded bliss by renewing their vows at the cabin

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: December 17, 2010
webmanateealone
A man meets some big-shouldered friends in the warm Florida waters

By Paul Sullivan
Published: December 17, 2010
Subscriber Only Access
webjukebox
A little magical intervention helps one man remember to live in the moment.

By Paul Sullivan
Published: November 8, 2010
webloghome_4026591
No good deed goes unpunished

By Paul Sullivan
Published: August 20, 2010
webdreamstime_9288812
The office that paddles together, stays together

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 18, 2010
lightsoutblowup
How do you rate your day at the cabin?

By Mike Wilkus
Published: May 14, 2010
RusticCamp
A man accustomed to room service heads into the wild    

By Paul Sullivan
Published: May 14, 2010
Christycabinwedding2
Trying to plan perfection
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 16, 2010
ManNaturMuskiepage18web

Four fisherman battle nature – and one massive muskie

By Paul Sullivan
Published: April 16, 2010
Light-Out-Deck-Time0410

A big, relaxing mistake

By Mike Lein
Published: March 26, 2010
laketaxingsituationpg16-0410new
Sometimes the Price is Right
By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 26, 2010
maple syrup harvest sap

Sometimes the price is right

By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 16, 2010
campbell_dbl_rainbow

A cabin lover learns to relax

By Kay H Campbell
Published: February 27, 2010
old-lure
By Paul Hassing
Published: January 27, 2010

It's good to get away

By Robyn Roehm Cannon
Published: November 1, 2009

Weaving one whopper of a tale

By Paul Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2009

A weekend, a summer, a life packed full of fun

By Andy Bennett
Published: September 1, 2009
perspectiveso-09

A cabin kid falls for a townie

By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 1, 2009

The boat ramp claims another victim

By Paul Sullivan
Published: July 1, 2009
Fresh-Morels-in-May

Let your compass — not your stomach — be your guide

By Paul Sullivan
Published: May 1, 2009
tacklebox

A guided tour through one man's life — via his lures

By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 1, 2009
podcabin

A back to the future getaway

By Robin Washington
Published: February 1, 2009
mobyhires

A pup's best friend? The family getaway.

By M Portugue
Published: September 1, 2008
skijeremydeb

You can lead a relative to water, but can you make them ski?

By Deb Mallin
Published: June 1, 2008
moose

Some of us are lucky; some are just lucky enough

By Paul Sullivan
Published: June 1, 2008
webDT-forest
Some of us have a special talent for doing absolutely nothing
By Paul Sullivan
Published: March 1, 2008
bigwebGinasCabin21

A mother’s legacy for her daughters

By Gina Chiodi Grensing
Published: March 1, 2008
webwoodsphoto

NOW makes memories to cherish LATER

By Scott Stowell
Published: December 1, 2007
webFireatSeagullCabin
Do wildfire sprinkler systems work? Wow; do they ever!

By Lars F
Published: September 1, 2007
websigns-FLAT

... and out there in elsewhere

By Paul Sullivan
Published: September 1, 2007
webmepps
Catch of the day is a big surprise

By Paul Sullivan
Published: July 1, 2007
webboatDSC04531


By Lars F
Published: July 1, 2007
webLO-child
It’s more than just getting there
By Enest Lorensson
Published: July 1, 2007
webLars-pheasant
[cabinitis: a widespread malady first noticed significantly in the 1950s,
increasing rapidly thereafter to today’s epidemic proportions]


This cabin owner’s obsessions run far afield
By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2007
webblueberries
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn grandma’s natural wisdom
By Jeff Forester
Published: June 1, 2007
web82ƒ
It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it
By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: June 1, 2007
webLOjimratterreewithwheel
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: May 1, 2007
webpontoonmania
By Sue Sondreal
Published: May 1, 2007
webice-cream-kayak
By I Scott MacKellar
Published: April 1, 2007
webMadelyn-1
When your getaway gets YOU
By Madelyn Sergel
Published: March 1, 2007
webcrocus

By Michele Price
Published: February 1, 2007
webkids-cabinitis
Are your family get-togethers like this one?
By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2006
webface-colored-FLAT
When a 16-year-old city girl gets stuck at the cabin
By Elizabeth Atkinson
Published: December 1, 2006
webcraneguy
“What do you do?”

By Kristi Portugue
Published: December 1, 2006
webFrisbouy2

One woman’s harrowing tale

By Deb Mallin
Published: December 1, 2006
webfrozen-boat-013
Published: October 1, 2006
webhardware-1
Where everyone knows my name
By Andy Nygren
Published: October 1, 2006
webLO-Pontoon-2

Cabin commerce can be the best kind

By Jon Huth
Published: October 1, 2006
LO-Mallin

How a devoted mom got over her squeamishness and learned to love blue plastic deli containers

By Deb Mallin
Published: August 1, 2006
mousesign
By Lars F
Published: August 1, 2006
webccq-mountains
Published: June 1, 2006
webfamilyby-water

How I plan to keep the cabin in the family

By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2006
webCL_38
Why I Love It and Why I’m Bound for ESPN
By Amos
Published: June 1, 2006
Subscriber Only Access
webChristyDad
A run takes many surprising turns

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: June 1, 2006
webwatertest

What would it take to get some decent water?

By Lars F
Published: May 1, 2006
webgolf
Torn between two loves
By Dave Kelley
Published: May 1, 2006
webCABIN-ON-LAKE

[cabinitis: a widespread malady first noticed significantly in the 1950s, increasing rapidly thereafter to today’s epidemic proportions]

By Lars F
Published: April 1, 2006
webcp-misty-stream-background

One man’s quest to find his dream place in the mountains

By Elliott Brack
Published: April 1, 2006
webLO-IMG_0305
A fishing hole’s magic never goes away

By Jay Wrolstad
Published: April 1, 2006
webred-adirondack

It’s where I would rather be

By Lars F
Published: March 1, 2006
webredkayak

The answer is probably in your DNA

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 1, 2006
webLO-Loon
Lessons learned from a mighty bird

By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: March 1, 2006
webCAB-snowy-trees
Enjoying the cabin in cold weather? You bet!
By Lars F
Published: February 1, 2006
webLO-pic2
It was a chance to impress my potential in-laws. Would I blow it?

By Richard Coduri
Published: February 1, 2006
webaxe-chopping-wood
What’s keeping me from ditching the logs and switching to gas?

By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2005
webLO-Heitger-cabin-withpeople
Our hard-earned holiday trip was worth it
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: December 1, 2005
websatellite-dish-big

When technology calls, my family clamors

By Lars F
Published: October 1, 2005
webcup-coffee
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: October 1, 2005
webchainsaw-tree

Logging is not a learn-as-you-go skill

By Lars F
Published: August 1, 2005
web35a
The shark shower!
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: August 1, 2005
web82

A morning of mayhem

By Nancy Cain
Published: August 1, 2005
web16

Every weekend can be a mini-reunion

By Lars F
Published: June 1, 2005
web90

Money can’t buy memories like these

By Mike Lein
Published: June 1, 2005
webcanoe-lake

Should I serve?

By Lars F
Published: May 1, 2005
webLO-marriage

It was our long-overdue visit to the family cabin that miraculously turned our marriage around.
By Annie Scott
Published: May 1, 2005
web22

Work is never done (and neither is play) when there’s a puppy at the cabin

By Lars F
Published: April 1, 2005
webLO-dock_pontoon-APR-05
This is one of those moments when you should just tell the truth
By Sean Michael Bradley
Published: April 1, 2005
webLO-fisher-shoe

Little did I know when I built that deck that it would become the scene of a great mystery.

 
By Rodney P Stearns
Published: February 1, 2005
websns057
What happens when a hot tub is left defenseless in midwinter?

By Lars F
Published: February 1, 2005
CAB-catalogs
One person’s junk mail is another’s escapism

By Lars F
Published: December 1, 2004
Raise-the-Ante

What if Celebrity Poker games were held at the cabin?

By Dave Kelley
Published: December 1, 2004
web20
By Lars F
Published: October 1, 2004
webghost-stories
An introduction to the art of by-the-seat-of-your-pants storytelling
By Andrew Nygren
Published: September 1, 2001
Subscriber Only Access
SEARCH SITE
Subscriber Only Content
Subscriber Only Content
Look for this icon. This denotes premium subscriber content.  Learn more »
Become a Member
Register online for access to more valuable resource information.
Don't miss your connection to the reader forums, projects, photo galleries, and more.
Not a Member?
Subscriber and Member Login

Free Twice-Monthly E-Newsletter

Receive useful tips & inspiration from Cabin Life

Expand Ribbon
close logo