May 2012

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. 
It’s time to celebrate some of our favorite summer cabin traditions.
pg. 22
Canoe vs. Kayak: Which is Best for Your Family?
Got grandkids? Dogs? Gangly teenagers? Follow these expert recommendations to pick the right paddlesport craft for your crew.
pg. 24
It all starts in your kitchen sink, but it doesn’t end there.
pg. 26
Your Tired Outboard: Repair or Replace It?
How do you know when it’s time to replace your outboard with a newer model?
pg. 30
Find out how the wild predecessors of our most iconic cabin pets carry on their ancient traditions.
pg. 32
Three close encounters with wolves, including how Brian Collins captured his favorite photo of a wolf pup.
Follow these basic guidelines, and you’ll be lighting up the night like your Stone Age ancestors in no time.
pg. 35
Use these season-by-season tips to keep Asian lady beetles, spiders, centipedes, and their brethren in their natural (outdoor!) habitat.
pg. 38

A tree collector and his wife share a fanciful retreat fit for a hobbit.

pg. 40
Bonus photos for "A Simply Tree-mendous Cabin."
Builder's sketch for "A Simply Tree-mendous Cabin"
Reclaimed materials, optimized layout & storage, and beautiful design make for a tiny award-winning remodel that’s all about fun on the water. COVER STORY
pg. 46

Architects share the practical, effective ways these two home designs keep energy and environmental costs low.

pg. 54
In Every Issue
From the Deck

Fresh sheets for spring, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak’s rich songs, new kites for wind-powered fun, cool outdoor gear, the skipper test, memories of mom, kitsch, DIY fire starters, three seeds you never thought to try, and more!

pg. 8
Tips on venting the cabin attic, and the fragrant benefits of drying laundry alfresco.
pg. 17
My Cabin

A fairy-tale homecoming to the Ozarks for one family, and how another doesn’t mind the upkeep on their Michigan cottage.

pg. 18
Photo Album

Fire in the Sky: Gorgeous reader photos pay tribute to sunrise and sunset.

pg. 20
Photo Album: Browse more beautiful sunrises and sunsets submitted by Cabin Life readers.
The View from Here
Paul Sullivan: How much for the moose?
pg. 21
Dreams on Paper
Two award-winning designs: simply charming cottage style and an inspired Great Lodge look.
pg. 52
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Check out a concept for finishing the loft level of the Great Lodge floor plan in "Award-Winning Lodge Style."
Bonus "Cedar Wood" floor plan.
Good Morning! Three clever Bloody Mary recipes and coffee that’ll boost your eco karma.
pg. 57
Quick & Easy Gourmet
Mother’s Day brunch: oven-baked apple pancake; sinful scrambled eggs; bacon, egg & tomato baskets; and saucy fruit medley.
pg. 58
Fire pit paella.
pg. 60
Lights Out
Cabin garage sale.
pg. 66
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