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December 2014

December 2014 issue
Cabin Life brings you the joy of cabin, cottage and lakehome living with ideas, information, and inspiration for your special place. Gorgeous photos, beautiful cabins, renovation ideas, delicious recipes and fun weekend projects are only a few of the things you'll receive in every issue of Cabin Life magazine. 
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From the Editor
Mark R. Johnson Cabin Life editor
By Mark R. Johnson
Enter your pictures in our exciting, new monthly photo contest!
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Features
Holiday Hosting
Stress less and help your cabin guests feel welcome with these tips. (Plus, how not to host the holidays!) COVER STORY
pg. 10
Josie's Cabin
A family getaway in northern Michigan gets the blending of cabin and cottage right.
pg. 24
Light Up Your Holiday Outdoors
Try out one or all five of these ideas when entertaining at your cabin.
pg. 30
A Boyhood Dream Comes True
A Montana couple settles into their retirement cabin in the foothills of the Rockies.
pg. 34
Sailing On Ice
Glide across a frozen lake with old-fashioned wind power.
pg. 44
Group Ride!
Cabin snowmobile trips create special memories.
pg. 48
Exploring the Mountains in Our Backyard
A prominent log home and cabin photographer explains the draw of cabin living in the wild West.
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Expert tips for safely recreating in the mountains.
pg. 50
In Every Issue
From the Deck
  • Cabin décor: barn doors (PLUS, check out our Pinterest board for barn door inspiration!)
  • Bald Eagles
  • Cabin playlist: winter songs
  • Christmas tree habitat for fish
  • And more!
pg. 9
Q&A
Winter-friendly flooring.
pg. 18
Now & Then
Jingle bells, Grandma rocks.
pg. 20
Quick & Easy Gourmet
Recipes for your home away from home for the holidays.
pg. 54
Grill Master
Eight ways to please your cabin sweet tooth, plus a recipe for a Dutch oven chocolate raspberry torte and a s'mores cocktail.
pg. 56
Tooling Around
  • Prepping for winter
  • Protecting your septic field
  • Identifying chinks in the cabin insulation
  • Epoxy pour project
pg. 58
Wheelhouse cottage.
pg. 62
Cabin arrival.
pg. 66
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