Summer 2015 Issue


Cottage Life West will help you enjoy life at the cabin even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life & Cabin show
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside Summer 2015


  • From Rats to Riches

    This thrifty upcycler turned her rodent-infested Prairie cabin into a decor darling.

  • Best Summer Ever!

    Give your kids the cottage vacation that you once had. Plus fun activities and games, basic cottaging skills, and answers to nature’s big mysteries.

  • Western Thrones

    A celebration of classic outhouses, from flat-lands to mountaintops.

  • Curse of the Blue-Green Lake Monster

    Cyanobacteria is stinking up lakes across the West. What can we do?


  • TrueWest

    Get to know Slocan Lake, B.C.; crafts for kids; watermelon facts; reporter; a cottage with an enchanted forest; Potty Poetry Contest winner; which chips make the best fire starter; spiders on drugs.

  • Cottage Workshop

    Build a portable wine table; evict animals from under your cottage; kits for carburetor repair; accessibility upgrades for seniors; roof insulation invention; Euro-hinge maintenance tips.

  • Cottage Feast

    No-plates, no-cutlery feast; uses for a turkey deep fryer; feed a crowd with a porterhouse; steak sauce roundup; sirloin in San Miguel marinade; taste test for lemonade; wasabi packs a punch.

  • Editor's Note

    Close encounters: funny stories of face-to-furry-face run-ins with wildlife.

  • Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Wasp fear; pros and cons of metal roofs; storing wine.

  • In Like Zim

    No one says cottage rituals have to make sense, right?

  • Cabin Pressure

    A better bunkie, perfect for guests.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Meet the wild American badger, an underground sensation.

  • Weekender

    Photos from our readers.

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