October 2012 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 October 2012


  • Design Unplugged

    What do you get when she’s a designer and he’s a designer and they buy an isolated strip of water-access shoreline? A sophisticated, off-grid retreat, of course. Click the title link for exclusive photos from the cottage and bunkie.

  • The Flight Brothers

    Traffic is a headache, right? Not for these guys. Their float planes—the latest in a long line of magnificent machines that opened up the North—get them to the lake lickety-split. Click the link for a video of a float plane journey over Georgian Bay.

  • Lofty Ambitions

    A cathedral ceiling will really elevate your cottage space, but beware the hazards of structural renovation and insulation. Before your raise the roof, read this.

  • Can Do Canning

    Ginger pears and apple butter. Yum. Even if you’ve never canned before, you can preserve the best of autumn’s abundance with these basic instructions and easy keeper recipes.


  • Waterfront

    The Shield tells stories; road cuts that rock; Reporter; log pepper mills; books for fall; Elvis is everywhere; Northern dialects; Great Lakes act; a super-helpful cottager; the world’s oldest beer

  • Puttering

    Sound protection for your ears, and common cottage noise levels; exterior caulking; two mouse blockers; how to winterize your ATV

  • Cottage Q&A

    Outdoor speakers; cedar rot resistance; tree webs; prepping septics and boats for winter

  • Cottage Coup

    I chose to walk to the cottage. What in the world was I thinking?

  • Cottage Watch

    Your bubbler could make you a criminal

  • In Like Zim

    Summer, you’re great. Now, get lost!

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Removable feast: Come October, red oaks and their acorns feed the entire forest

  • Weekender: Anniversary Essay

    The singer and environmentalist on the lake, real and imagined

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