Forest TLC: How to Manage Private Woods

Help is available for managing your private woods

Why You Should Install a Security System at the Cabin

Why install a security system at the cabin? Because you'll want to protect your place while you're away.

The Best 20 Cabin Renovation + Remodel Tips

Follow these 20 cabin renovation and remodel tips and you can be enjoying your new-and-improved cabin before the first snowfall of the year.

Tips to Consider: Building A Cabin Yourself

Tips and advice to consider before you take the plunge on building a cabin yourself

Staying Safe on the Water

Pulling towables behind your boat or PWC.
By John Tiger

Having guests at your lakeside retreat is a lot of fun. Water sports are a natural part of that fun, and given most folks’ appetite for excitement, it’s likely your weekends will include all the fun things to do on the water behind your boat – waterskiing, […]

Portable Solar Generators

This web-exclusive article provides bonus info on portable solar generators for the magazine story “The Unplugged Cabin: Off-Grid in the Catskills”.
By Fran Sigurdsson

Solar generators are a great option for the off-grid cabin. Unlike gas or propane models, solar generators draw power from the sun, not fuel. They are completely silent and emit no exhaust or […]

Berenstain Boating: Staying Safe on the Water

What not to do when you’re out on the boat and a lesson staying safe on the water.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing

As a kid, I loved reading the “Berenstain Bears” books, and as a parent, I read them to my sons. I’ve gotten the biggest kick out of the fact that Papa Bear, in the process of […]

What You Need to Know About Life Jackets

Who will be using it and how determines which style of life jacket is the right choice.
By John Neporadny Jr.

You’re a strong swimmer and you have life jackets stowed on board, so why should you have to wear one? The life jacket gets in your way when you’re trying to cast your rod or paddle […]

Saw Safety Tips

Far too often, people underestimate the risks they face when working outdoors, says Gent Simmons, product manager of handheld tools for Husqvarna. “It’s important for cabin owners to have proper equipment on hand and to be familiar with safe operating procedures whenever you’re preparing to use a chain saw. Whether it’s cleaning up after a […]

11 Ways to Prevent a Break-in

It’s a great feeling to pull into your cabin’s lane or driveway, knowing that your sanctuary awaits. But if you’ve ever arrived to find that your cabin has been burglarized, then you’re familiar with just how quickly that great feeling turns to fear, anger and frustration. According to crime prevention authorities, most cabin and cottage […]