May 2013

Cabin Life brings you the joy of cabin, cottage and lakehome living with ideas, information, and inspiration for your special place. Gorgeous photos, beautiful cabins, renovation ideas, delicious recipes and fun weekend projects are only a few of the things you'll receive in every issue of Cabin Life magazine. 
From the Editor
Mark Johnson
By Mark R. Johnson
With children and grandchildren at our side, we can rediscover the pure joy and wonder of cabin living.
pg. 6

5 Tips for successfully introducing your children to the wonderful pastime of digging in the dirt.

pg. 26
Hot Boats: Deck Boats

Combine a pontoon boat’s room and stability with the speed and maneuverability of a runabout, and you get the ideal family, all-sports boat.

pg. 28
A healthy shoreline can help improve your water quality while supporting your fine-finned friends.

pg. 31
A Midwest couple chooses vintage charm over extra square footage. COVER STORY
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bonus photo gallery of design and décor tips from this cabin.
pg. 34

No matter where your cottage is located, including elements of seafaring design can be fresh and fun.

pg. 43
Castaway Cabin

A family sets course for Orcas Island.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bonus photos of the Byers' life at their cabin.
pg. 46
In Every Issue
From the Deck
Alluring antlers, Belted Kingfisher, walleye fishing tips, history of outboard motors, resin fish replicas, fun spring festivals, cool stuff for fun on the water, and more!
pg. 8
Sand-point wells.
pg. 18
My Cabin

One family’s dream log cabin, and a year-round home on a lake.

pg. 20
Photo Album
Pontoon Mania!
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: More of our favorite pontoon photos from Cabin Life readers.
pg. 22
Now & Then
Must ... go ... boating.
pg. 24
Tooling Around
DIY weekend projects & tips:
pg. 52
Small northern escape.
pg. 56
Quick & Easy Gourmet

Recipes for Small Kitchens: Cabin fare inspired by the limitations of cooking aboard a boat.

pg. 58
Grill Master

10 Tips for grilling fish & seafood. Plus, recipes for Mediterranean Whitefish en Papillote and a pomegranate cocktail.

pg. 60
The old cabin.
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: More about this retreat located on a small rock island in Temagami, Ontario.
pg. 66
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