Sept/Oct 2023 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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  • 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 Sept/Oct 2023


  • In Search of Life Below

    Foraging for mushrooms is like uncovering thousands of secrets in the soil. Our field guide to the extraordinary world of fungi.

  • Sunny Side Up

    Got a dark cavern of a cottage? A skylight may be the solution.

  • Big Family Project

    These parents let their teens take the lead on a fishing camp reno. Here’s how they demoed and reno’d four cabins.

  • Right Here, Waiting

    The only thing that soothes the ache of closing up is the promise of spring.


  • Waterfront

    Highways vs. turtles; Reporter; road signs we’d like to see; waterfowl awards; community garden; fishing derby for kids; wild mushroom recipe; how a simple letter closed a cottage sale

  • Workshop

    Build this tabletop hockey game; how to sharpen blender blades; maintenance-free skylights; how much weight can your ceiling joists take?; A blanket for the septic; roof de-icing tech; fixes for problem pilot light

  • Cottage Q&A

    Can I drink my lake water?; trapdoor snails; what bit my raft?; how to clean stained boat seats; emptying a bird box

  • Zim Weighs In

    Borrowing the cottage from a friend? That can lead to an etiquette minefield—not to mention a whole mess of trouble

  • Style Ideas

    Far removed from a rickety, childhood treehouse, this family’s contemporary cabin is modern, stylish, and—perhaps most importantly—kind to the forest

  • Nature Scrapbook

    When October rolls around, the largetooth aspen and its golden-hued, jagged-edged leaves outshine the other trees in the woods

  • Cottage Glossary

    Do you know this charming name for the cutest little boat on the lake?

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