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Living the Cabin Life

Now that you've found and built your perfect cabin, it's time to reap the benefits of cabin life. Enjoy outdoor recreation like hiking and boating, learn about the nature that resides around your property, and prepare for hosting large families and guests so you're stress-free.

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Fire Restrictions: What Does a Fire Ban Mean?
Fire Restrictions: What Does a Fire Ban Mean?
The United States Forest Service uses its fire restriction and fire ban system to stop dangerous activities when the risk of starting a fire is high.
How One Minnesota Mother Embodies Healthy Living and Sustainability
How One Minnesota Mother Embodies Healthy Living + Sustainability
The Minnesota mother lives in an A-frame in the woods with her chalk-artist husband, two dogs, two cats, ducks and chickens.
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The Right Place to Put a Bird Feeder
The perfect place to put a bird feeder isn't as easy to figure out as you might think.
The Best Weekend Backpack to Take to the Cabin
The Best Weekend Backpack to Take to the Cabin
Finding a backpack that conveniently carries all your things—while still looking fashionable—for that quick weekend getaway at ...
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The 8 Best Board Games to Play at the Cabin
While you’re at the cabin, there’s a good chance you want to spend most of your time outside. Nature rules at the cabin, but th...
How to Keep Your Animals Safe During the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Dog Safe During the Summer Heat
One of the most important things pet owners can do during the summer is make sure their dogs stay safe during the hottest months.
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How to Teach a Dog to Swim
Teaching a dog to swim can seem daunting, but we've got tips from an expert to make it a little bit easier!
Our Favorite Fire-Making Tools
Our Favorite Fire-Making Tools
Not everyone can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together. Here are some of the best tools to help ignite the spark.
How To Start a Fire Without Matches
How To Start a Fire Without Matches
Even the most experienced outdoors enthusiasts may find themselves stranded from time to time with no means to start a fire. Th...
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The Best Life Jackets for Dogs
We've rounded up the best life jackets to keep your dog safe on the water this summer.
Tomatillo Guacamole
Tomatillo Guacamole
This recipe is a unique twist on a classic. The flavor of the tomatillos in the guacamole will turn your boring dip into a bril...
DIY Deck Planters
DIY Deck Planters
These inexpensive planters are easy to customize and will give your deck a personalized touch.
Chopped Slaw
Chopped Slaw
This chopped slaw is eat to make and even easier to eat. Use it as a topping on a sandwich or as a simple side dish for your su...
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cider Sauce
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cider Sauce
Unless you’re from Texas, pork rules when it comes to barbecue. And there’s no better sandwich than this pulled pork masterpiece.
Chipotle-Honey Sweet Potatoes
Chipotle-Honey Sweet Potatoes
This side dish is a unique way to liven up any main course. Simple to make, it is sure to become your new favorite recipe.
Rubbed and Glazed BBQ Ribs
Rubbed and Glazed BBQ Ribs
This recipe is designed for those of us who want good barbecue ribs every time—but don’t want to spend our entire day at the gr...
Barbecue Basics: How to BBQ
Barbecue Basics: How to BBQ
Become a grill master with these basic barbecue tips. When it comes to proper barbecuing technique, patience is definitely a vi...
Classic Potato Salad
Classic Potato Salad
This classic potato salad recipe is the perfect summertime side dish. And did we mention it's delicious, too?
Root Beer Barbecue Chicken
Root Beer Barbecue Chicken
We're not kidding when we say this barbecue chicken is the best we've ever had. After one bite, you won’t want it any other way.
Check Out This Amazing Deck Makeover
Check Out This Amazing Deck Makeover
A bare and boring deck didn’t entice anyone to head outside to relax — but a dramatic makeover turned it into the perfect outdo...