December 2004/January 2005

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. 
A Step Above the Ordinary
Rustic or modern, log or metal. Great ideas from five inspiring stairways.


  • How to make plain stairs rustic.
  • How to ensure your treads aren't treacherous.
  • How to make the best use of space.
pg. 28
When you covet that perfect something for your cabin, the pursuit can become an epic tale.
pg. 34
Special section
Ooh and aah, laugh out loud. Photo contest winners capture perfect moments at the cabin.
pg. 36
Financing a second home
There's more than one way to afford that getaway you've always wanted. Lenders are making it easier.
pg. 44
Holiday lights
Just in time for winter. Dress up cold nights with a display of warmth and cheer.
pg. 46
Grill master
Butcher's Secret: Discover some of the tastiest steaks around. But don't even think about over-cooking them.
pg. 54
Love thy neighbor?
Is there a certain somebody in your cabin community who you can't do without? Nominate that friend for Cabin Life Magazine's Good Neighbor Award.
pg. 60
Catalog Junkie: One person's junk mail is another's escapism.
pg. 22
Workshop Checklist: Do you have all these must-have tools for your cabin projects?
pg. 24
A Long Winter's Nap: Exploring one of nature's greatest mysteries reveals there's more than one way to hibernate.
pg. 26
Fit for the cabin
Rustic Table Lamps: Ten fantastic selections to light up your place.
pg. 48
Sink or Float? Quick quiz! Test your snowshoe IQ.
pg. 50
Season Opener: One snowmobiler's tale of the perfect day.
pg. 52
Raising the Ante: What if Celebrity Poker games were held at the cabin?
pg. 74
In Every Issue
From the deck
Being Neighborly: There are a lot of great people in cabin country.
pg. 6
General delivery
Letters from Cabin Life, Cabin Living readers.
pg. 10
Questions & answers
pg. 12
Clips & quips
Year-End Roundup: Delta, the green poodle, makes news again. More craziness with pontoons. Plus follow-ups to some of Cabin Life's other favorite stories from 2004.
pg. 14
Premiere properties/real estate directory
pg. 62
Vacation rentals directory
pg. 65
Marketplace/country store
pg. 66
pg. 72
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