June/July 2020 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.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life shows
  • 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 June/July 2020


  • Welcome to the Wunderkammer

    Prepare to be amazed. This former hunt lodge is filled with a ton of intriguing curiosities—and has a few crazy stories too.

  • Better Together

    Looking for inspiration? We’ve rounded up 10 tales of teamwork that improved life at the lake. You may just find your next community project.

  • Paints: A Primer

    If you’re planning a paint job this summer, knowing how paints have changed and how they work will help you to get a better, longer-lasting cover-up.

  • Veggies Grill Guide

    Keep everyone happy with these 6 delicious recipes for food lovers of every stripe. Plus: we answer your vegiquette FAQ.


  • Waterfront

    The super-simple CL guide to health and wellness; the vodka soda awards; Reporter; ode to the lowly fly swatter; bug-busting tips; rules for building bunkies; readers speak out on COVID-19; what’s your cottage star sign?

  • Workshop

    Inside the dream workshop of a top cottage putterer; soldering watertight connections; an alternative to barnboard; how to fix a leaky hose; building wraparound deck steps; a DIY canoe and kayak launch; is it level or is it plumb?

  • Cottage Q&A

    What to do if your dog is eating wild mushrooms; our yews are dying; how to store lithium-ion batteries; a mystery dead bug; is it safe to jump off a cliff?

  • Cottage Watch

    Life at the lake is not as quiet as you remember it: lawn mowers, outboards, fireworks. How is all this noise affecting us and the wildlife we love?

  • Zim Weighs In

    It’s great to be handy at the cottage, where there’s always something to repair or improve. But Zim has some advice for you if you aren’t really the fix-it type.

  • Style Ideas

    From Latvia, with love: a cherished family cottage gets a smart upgrade with a mixture of old country and fresh pops of contemporary colour.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The spruce budworm is a tiny bug, but it has a huge impact on our fir trees—and the shape of our forests.

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