Summer 2017 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 2017


  • Fun on the Water

    Up your splash game with trendy new gear, family activities, and expert tips for young and old.

  • That Familiar Pull

    On a lake straddling the 49th parallel, the cottagers get together on waterskis—and how!

  • Port Authority

    Your dock is where you park your boat, sip your coffee, and cannonball your heart out. How to choose the best type for your cottage.


  • Waterfront

    Mind the dinos at Northern Escapades mini-putt; Reporter; a fishy project; the strange true history of the lifejacket; summer allergy primer; new cloud terms; are you ready for the next flood?

  • Workshop

    Easy, genius cottage hacks; DIY ladder dock ramp; how to magnetize a screwdriver; marine wiring tip; where to find stuff to repurpose; a super lube; boat transom bar invention; outdoor secret storage project

  • Feast

    No-cook recipes; summer noodles; Japanese-style pickles; beet, parsley, and smoked trout salad; a cool way to chill beer; layered Mediterranean dip; cherry pops; tastes-like-summer slushies

  • Cottage Q&A

    Slimy rocks, first aid, fire insurance, wildlife and forest fires, human waste as compost?

  • The List

    How to be the best guest. Hint: skip the watermelon.

  • In Like Zim

    Town slogans and statues are lame. Let’s make them great again.

  • Cottage Haul

    Nostalgia lurks in your shed.

  • Style Ideas

    Salvaged decor tips from a reclaimed children’s camp.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Summer is here, and bunchberry is blooming all over.

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