Early Summer 2015 Issue


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

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  • 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 Early Summer 2015


  • Easy Peasy, Summer’s Breezy

    Dinner for 23? Not a problem. Trish Magwood knows how to feed a crowd.

  • The Original Love Boat

    Canadians have a history of doing it on the water (canoeing, that is).

  • Lucky Lakes

    We asked and you told us: your tales of exploits on the canoodling circuit.

  • Lake Effect

    How one painter looked out the window and found her muse.

  • Beauty Is a Beast

    The dragonfly is a badass predator. Take a look at its amazing feats of flight, stealth, and survival.

  • Where There’s Fire

    Firepits and firebowls look good and can go almost anywhere. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.


  • Waterfront

    The longest freshwater beach; a real cottage-country superhero; towable ice cream maker; giant rodent fossil; invasive species smackdown; protect your eyes; a prickly situation; out-there outhouse

  • Cottage Feast Grill Guide

    Pizza on the BBQ: blue cheese potato, chicken, prosciutto breakfast, and more; Hawaij spice rub; rosés for summer; smoky Miami ribs; how to grill shrimp; new ways with rhubarb

  • Cottage Workshop

    Deck cleaning options; unstable dock tips; prefab aluminum deck kit; birch log umbrella stand; installing cedar shingles; tool lending libraries; how to repair a broken fishing rod

  • Cottage Q&A

    Radio reception; aircraft cable vs. chain for docks; painting a metal fireplace; growing herbs; snakes in the basement

  • In Like Zim

    Fad diets? The next “it” product? Zim takes a look into the future.

  • Cabin Pressure

    The hottest trends of the summer in decor, woodstoves, appliances, and more, plus an art deco lamp project.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Meet the feared, but harmless, milk snake.

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