Summer 2018 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 2018


  • Bound by Books

    A unique cottage book club meets every year—rain or shine—to share in the love of a good story.

  • Stop! Hammock Time

    A celebration of summer reading: why we read; all-star book suggestions; and what’s on your cottage bookshelf?

  • In It for the Long Crawl

    A quick dip just won’t cut it for these swimmers. Meet the cottagers who go the extra mile—or 30!

  • Have Road, Will Gravel

    Potholes, washboarding, beaver dams…a cottage road needs constant upkeep. How to keep yours in shape and smooth out your ride.


  • TrueWest

    Horseback riding, amazing views, and more in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.; Wild summer weather; Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with trivia time; You’ve seen the movie. Now read the book; Reporter

  • Workshop

    Build a marshmallow catapult; What your boat engine oil is telling you; Smart dock accessories; a clever fix for a broken cooler hinge; Get ahead of problems with exterior maintenance cleaning and caulking

  • Feast

    Dockside treats to feed unexpected guests; Easy baguette crostini; pink tequila lemonade; bacon-wrapped peaches; Sweet mustard pecans; smoky roasted chickpeas; basil gremolata and bacon dips

  • Cottage Q&A

    Wet crawl space; full outhouse hole; pink pork; loud pipes; spider ID.

  • Westerlies

    With guests, you get…laundry.

  • Cabin Plans

    Two unusually shaped cabins.

  • Style Ideas

    He built his own cabin—on his parents’ back 40.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Big hoary bats dip and dive at night.

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