Home Sweet Home

For this couple, cabin living is a full-time pursuit.
Story & photos by Julie Doyle

While my cabin is in Tennessee, my cabin dream began in west central Michigan where I grew up. Over time, my family and I visited many friends in our area who lived in their cabins full time.

There were all types of cabins: […]

Reclaimed Cabin in the Adirondacks

A reclaimed cabin is a dream retreat built with lumber from an old blacksmith shop.
Story & photos by Ricky Zwirz

Born and raised in New York City, I had always dreamed of one day owning a cabin on a nice private piece of land.

About eight years ago, I found the perfect parcel in upstate New York. […]

Enjoying Lake Life in South Dakota

A couple finds the perfect cabin after a lifetime of fun on the water.
Story & photos by Carol Loeschke

As a child, I grew up near Lake Kampeska at Watertown, S.D. My husband of 36 years, Ron, grew up near Big Stone Lake, located by Milbank, S.D. My mom always loved the water, so she and […]

Mt. Hood Obsession

A lifelong case of cabin fever is cured in the form of a cozy family retreat near Mt. Hood.
Story & photos by Connie Anderson

I was born with “cabin fever” but not in the way the phrase comes to most people’s minds. I knew I was different by the time I was about 6 or 7 […]

A Wisconsin Scouting Cabin

A four-generation Scouting family loves their Northwoods getaway.
Story and photos by Joelle & Bill Snyder

We have a lake home on Sand Lake in southern Sawyer County, Wis., that we enjoy visiting all times of the year. Our primary home is in Waukee, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. In the summer, we go to our […]

When the Cabin Creates An Unspoken Bond

The cabin is a place to make memories.
Story & photos by Sylvia Kindt

My mother-in-law Betty used to say, “The cabin is the glue that keeps family together.”

So it wasn’t any surprise when in 2008, at age 85, she bought Uncle Art’s cabin after nearly 50 years of it being “out of the family.”

This was her […]

A Log Cabin Dream in the Poconos

A log cabin dream comes true in the Poconos.
Story & Photos by Joe Caruso

For 40 years, my wife Suzanne’s family vacationed on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountain region of northeast Pennsylvania. Her parents rented the same cabin on the lake for two weeks every summer. After Suzanne and I married, we continued the tradition […]

Old Moss Back – Cabin on the Lake

A daughter’s tribute to her father.
Story & photos by Nina White-Brown

When I was young, my family spent a week or two every summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. No phone, no TV, just the five of us in a small cabin enjoying or enduring each other’s company and creating memories.

Most of these memories revolved around […]

Home Sweet Cottage

It’s all about reconnecting with family.
Story & Photos by Kim Rickey

Finally, after 25 years, our dream of owning a cottage on a lake came true! On May 29, 2015, we bought our cottage on Manistee Lake, near Kalkaska, Mich.

My husband had been vacationing in this area since he was a child, and he first brought […]

Peter’s Place: a Seaside Cottage for Family

This seaside cottage is a gift.
Story & photos by Heidi Long

Lying in the cottage, before I even open my eyes, I smell salt air and damp cedar.

Muffled boat engines grumble as lobstermen pull their pots. There’s no switch to flip for light. I dress in the dark and step outside, careful not to slam the […]