October 2010 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 October 2010


  • Lodged in Time

    A glamorous and romantic one-time resort becomes an inspiring farmhouse cottage.

  • Waterfalls

    A powerful rush of falling water can entice, inspire, and frighten. That’s why we love them.

  • Let Mischief Reign

    Wild scavenger hunts, a pet crocodile, even rocket launches—all part of the raucous tradition at the Gardner cottage in Minaki.

  • Out of the Frying Pan

    Who doesn’t love a good fry-up? A trusty skillet is all you need to cook a fast and hearty meal, and use up what’s left at closing time.

  • Farewell, Dear Plumbing

    Sadly, it’s time to drain the pipes. Learn how to do it right in this exclusive adaptation of the updated Country & Cottage Water Systems.


  • Waterfront

    The tastes of cottage country; A neat goose flying trick; Where to hide the cottage key; iLove iPad; Last trolley to the lake; We are outhouse renovators, hear us roar; A bevy of good reads; The outboard whisperer; Reporter; Secret garden

  • Puttering

    Pressure washers; Dual-flush toilet kits; Replace a threshold; A multi-use chopper; Fireplace inserts; Hidden path lights; mowercycle; Shims and an improvised reciprocating saw

  • Cottage Q&A

    A gathering of loons; iron-rich toilet ring; tax-deductible interest; how to clean cedar; mopping up trailer condensation

  • Solutions

    We love our woodstoves, but now some places are banning them. Here’s why.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Sound and fury: The majestic elk—loud, proud, and very stinky—is on the rise.

  • Weekender

    Ladies who lounge: Connections grow stronger at the lake.

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