Social Butterfly at the Cabin

My son loves connecting with our cabin neighbors.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

Every year, I enjoy watching the beautiful array of colorful butterflies that flutter around the cabin property. Last summer, however, a new kind of butterfly flit about our cove – a social one named Trevyn.

Though my high-energy kindergartener was often gregarious back home, there was something […]

A Cozy Northwoods Retreat in Minnesota

Off the grid in a cozy Northwoods Retreat near the Minnesota wilderness.
By Fran Sigurdsson

Jacen James has vacationed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota since he was a small boy. His parents owned a cabin on White Iron Lake near Ely, and the family would make the 10-hour drive from their home […]

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 […]

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 […]