Winter 2020 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 Winter 2020


  • Small Town Winter

    What does cottage country look like when the cottagers have gone? A peek behind the snowy curtain.

  • Cottage Commute

    Driving to the cottage is a necessary evil. Our expert advice will help you enjoy it just as much as the rest of your weekend.

  • Winter At the Lake

    The air is crisp, the wind has a bite—why the seat of a canoe is the ideal place to watch winter arrive at the cottage.

  • Best Photos of 2020

    You submitted almost 10,000 shots to this year’s photo contest­—a new record! These are the winners (including the jaw-dropping grand prize).


  • Waterfront

    The CL calendar is back; ode to old wooden snowshoes; cricket is the best winter sport; a winter activity for every skill level; Reporter; a bibliophile’s paradise; use your slow cooker properly; make chicken taco chili; cookbook review

  • Workshop

    Pick the right sander; fix a sputtering gas engine; important outhouse upgrade; heater tune-up; prevent a dead car battery; books for young DIYers; shingle, shake, or shim; a project that puts the “fun” in fungi

  • Cottage Q&A

    How to get campfire smoke out of fabric; chewed trees culprit; how stone tiles fare in the cold; prevent bats from hanging over your door; pre-winter tree tips

  • Zim Weighs In

    Ever let a friend use your place and had it backfire? Zim feels your pain. Here’s the grown-up thing to do.

  • Cottage Coup

    Often in rough shape, full of kitsch (translation: junk), and without plumbing, owning a cabin isn’t always glamorous. And yet, a little shack in the woods still calls to us.

  • Style Ideas

    Cottage Life channel stars Colin and Justin are back with a new book featuring amazing retreats and design inspiration from all around the world.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Red-backed voles remain largely unseen in forests, but these tiny rodents are key players in the woodlands.

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