Log Cabin Dreaming: Bonus Info

Construction details from the log cabin owner.
Story & photos by Joe Caruso

The September 2016 issue of Cabin Living features a “My Cabin” story that I wrote about our dream cabin in the Poconos. Below is some additional information about the construction of our log cabin.
Log provider
My wife, Suzanne, and I selected Estemerwalt Log Homes as […]

What Lies Beneath

Sometimes little folks need help facing their cabin fears.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

Sitting on the dock, I enthusiastically encouraged my 4-year-old son: “Go ahead, jump in!”

With his eyebrows furrowed, he shook his head vehemently. “Noooo,” Trevyn said, slowly backing away from the edge of the dock.

“I don’t get it. You’ve been dying to come to the lake […]

Gold Medal Memories

One cabin goer discovers her personal best while swimming in the lake of her childhood.
Story & photos by Dana Meredith

I last dipped my toes in the crystal-clear water of Wisconsin’s Upper Eau Claire Lake 27 years ago. My aunt and uncle’s cottage is located on its shores. It had been a much-loved but infrequent vacation […]

Finding Comfort at the Cabin

The family retreat is where memories are made and kept.

I was heartbroken when my mom passed away last spring. As I worked to process my loss, my muddled mind swirled with questions. “How will I move forward? When will this pain subside?” And with cabin season approaching: “Can I handle being at the cabin without […]

Catching Falling Stars

I wish I may, I wish I might – create great cabin memories with my sons.

On our last night of the summer at our cabin on Grand Lake, Colo., I switched off the reading light at 11 p.m. Although we had a long, hot drive across Kansas the next day, I couldn’t sleep. There was […]

Jingle Bells, Grandma Rocks

There’s nothing like cabins and Christmas to awaken the inner child.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

One Christmas when I was a young girl, my dad’s parents drove up to the cabin to spend the holiday with my family. My brother Danny and I asked Grandma if she would sleep with us on the cabin’s lumpy, bumpy hideaway bed […]

The Longest Mile to the Remote, Rustic Cabin

Some cabins are worth a grueling hike in deep snow.
Story & Photos by John DiGirolamo

Well, I don’t actually own a cabin. But, I love the mountain cabin lifestyle. Occasionally, my family and I enjoy cabin living by spending a few days at one of the Summit Huts in Breckenridge, Colo. These rustic cabins are not […]

Back in Time – Christmas at the Cabin

“How would you like to spend Christmas at the cabin?”
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

I knew I was in trouble when I asked my son Kyler what he wanted for Christmas, and he replied, “A time machine.”

Gee whiz, when I was a kid, all I wanted was a winking Western Barbie.

“Where would you go in your time machine?” […]

Innocence Lost

By Sean Michael Bradley

I have always tried to keep my memories of our old family cabin special, filled with campfire stories and fishing trips or visits from bear cubs and nightly raccoons.

But if you were to talk to my family about the old cabin – the cabin we traveled to for 10 summers – only […]

Time for a Trim

About 30 feet beyond the front porch, which is our summer dining and living room, is a stand of cedars. The cedars offer erosion control for the bank and a privacy shield from traffic on the lake. But every decade or so, the cedars begin to block our view of the lake. And the dreaded […]