A Grounded, Off-Grid Cabin

Getting the most from an off-grid retreat.
By Fran Sigurdsson

Rome. Maui. Buenos Aires.

Mike Andrews routinely touches down in glamorous destinations around the globe. But when this United Airlines pilot is not flying the friendly skies, his favorite stopover is his off-grid hideaway in Bradford, N.H.

Andrews grew up in Hampton, N.H., and fondly recalls boyhood summers on […]

Cabin Dreaming

To share your best ideas, all you need is a pen and a napkin.
By Dale Mulfinger

Fall is soon upon us, so many cabiners will contemplate closing the cabin for the season, draining the pipes, lifting out the dock and cleaning out the frig. But just because we are leaving the cabin physically doesn’t mean we […]

Checklist for Winterizing the Cabin

Use these checklists to prep your cabin for the winter ahead, especially if you don’t plan to visit frequently.

Outside Tasks
For the cabin

Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, pipes, windows and doors; then seal leaks with caulk or insulation to keep out cold air and pests.
Insulate pipes in crawl spaces by wrapping them […]

Small Cabin Heaters

I need some suggestions on a small cabin heater. We just purchased a 500-square-foot cabin on Devil’s Lake, Wis. Our cabin has a liquid-propane heater, an old 1960s’ model. When we had our inspection, I got a headache from the fumes it emitted! The previous owners said it was inspected recently, but I can’t bring […]

Heating and Cooling Your Cabin

Heating and cooling news for your seasonal home.
By Janice Brewster

With heating and cooling gobbling up almost half the energy used in a typical U.S. home, finding the most efficient system to keep your cabin comfortable is important. If you’re building or remodeling a vacation cabin or second home, giving some thought to efficient heating and […]

Tips for a More Energy-Efficient Cabin

You don’t have to be building from the ground up to make your retreat more energy efficient. Whether you’re remodeling an older cabin, replacing Grandpa’s old icebox, or just changing a light bulb, here are some tips to make your cabin a little more green – take a “leaf” from this green tree house.

From roots […]

Blitz Build for a Good Cause

Cabin neighbors band together for a modern-day barn raising.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

On the north side of Bluewater Lake in northern Minnesota there’s a cove that serves as a popular gathering spot for camp goers, cabin owners and lake lovers. A long stretch of natural sandy shoreline that gives way to crystal clear shallow waters where outdoor […]

The Efficient Cabin

11 tips for saving energy and money at your efficient cabin.
Story, photos & sketches by Dale Mulfinger

Gone is the day when cabins were principally for summer use and a modest wood stove cut the chill on a gray, damp evening. Today, our vacation time is rarely defined by summer alone as we can find snippets […]

5 Tips for Fruit Tree Success

How to ensure years of delicious produce from your very own fruit tree.
By Randall D. Schultz

If you spend enough time at your cabin to actually enjoy the harvest, there may be nothing quite as satisfying as plucking a fresh, ripe piece of fruit from your own backyard tree.

Fruiting trees, such as apple, pear, peach, citrus […]

TLC For the Personal Watercraft

Expert tips for proper care & maintenance for your cabin’s watercraft.
By Jeff Hemmel

That cabin PWC gets a lot of attention during the season, but most of that time is probably spent splashing across the waves, not on routine maintenance back at the dock.

But if you want that craft to keep dishing out the fun, you […]