Summer 2014 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 2014


  • The Other Fifth Avenue

    In Newfoundland, they’re cabins, and that’s not the only difference. There are thirsty ghosts, Jiggs’ dinners, and spectacular seaside day trips.

  • The Weekend Guest Survival Guide

    Don’t despair. You can make it to Monday with a smile. We’ve got the best shortcuts, advice, and ideas right here.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence Dinner

    Meet the host with a bed in every cranny, killer ice cream, and guests galore.

  • The Six-Pack Workout

    Too far from the gym and too close to the snacks? Keep fit on the dock with a couple of, yes, tallboys.

  • Deck Beautiful

    Start with blue-sky thinking. Then design an outdoor living space that’s a savvy mix of form and function.


  • Waterfront

    Everyone loves corn; choose the best cobs; a lazy day with a surprise ending; beer glass study; boating tech; Lyme disease update; reporter; the return of Finkleman; Monopoly, cottage-style

  • Cottage Feast

    Tapas: They come from Spain to add life to your party; roadside berries and what they’re good for; we like wine in boxes; soft-serve desserts without an ice cream maker; sausages are sizzling!

  • Cottage Workshop

    DIY cottage signs and sign template kits; three ways to revive tired, faded plastic (and one thing that doesn’t work); boat garden; wood finishing cloths; handy tips for using a handsaw

  • Cottage Q&A

    Principal residence and co-ownership; roof pitch for an addition; restoring vintage linens; cats at the cottage; who chewed the cap on my gas can?

  • In Like Zim

    When you’re on the highway and you gotta go, what do you do? Zim has a few ideas (and complaints).

  • Cabin Pressure

    The Scots lads turn disaster into delight, and redo their basement porch into an airy place to kick back. Plus, four musts for every cottage screened porch.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Ichneumon wasps are terrifying—for their unlucky insect hosts

  • Weekender

    Weather happens. Boy, does it ever!

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