Summer 2011 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 Summer 2011


  • A Note, a Riff, an Aria

    Music and cottaging go together, whatever the genre, especially for these tuneful celebs.

  • Salad Days of Summer

    When the weather gets steamy, freshen up your lunch, dinner, or picnic with a cool, crisp salad.

  • Entertaining Special

  • You’re Invited

    Guests and hosts can relax at the lake with these essential tips from our etiquette expert. Let’s all get along, people.

  • I Don’t Do Simple

    Or does she? This seasoned host makes weekend entertaining look easy. Find out how (and what she serves).

  • The Showman & the Chef

    A restaurant owner and a professional chef share their trade secrets for big crowds and big meals at the cottage.

  • Hot Stove League

    Outdoor pizza ovens are in! Whether you build one or buy one, here’s what you need to know to get cooking


  • Waterfront

    A new water sport: What’s SUP?; News on water levels; Summer fiction reads; The return of Ann Vanderhoof; Products to start fires and to put them out; One cottager’s trash…; Reporter; Rest stops vs. the cottage

  • Puttering

    Use screws better; Send us your storage secrets and ideas; Repair a single-glazed window; Electrician’s tips; A new, updated handsaw; Wheelbarrow-chair combo; a pontoon-boat docking system

  • Cottage Q&A

    Blueberry decline; speeding boats; loon markings; outhouse product to break down waste; inspections in unincorporated townships

  • Cottage Coup

    Brides’ day revisited: What happens when 25 cottage brides come together on a small, vacant island? One wild party.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Puff daddy: Puffballs pack a powder punch, spreading spores far and wide

  • Weekender

    Sunny, chance of a shower: Now that’s a summer downpour we can get behind!

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