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Off-Grid Cabin in Alaska

A Milwaukee couple loves their year-round retreat in The Last Frontier.
By Fran Sigurdsson

It takes grit to live off-grid in winter. And that’s just in the lower 48. But what if your retreat is in Talkeetna, Alaska – gateway to Denali National Park? Here, just south of Denali, the highest peak in North America at 20,310 […]

This Cabin is a Gathering Place

An Ohio couple builds a getaway for family in the form of a cabin.
Story by Janice Brewster
Photos by Joseph Hilliard

Some people journey for thousands of miles hoping to find peace and serenity. For Sheila and Mike Hicks, the perfect escape is just a short drive away. Three hours south of their home in Cleveland, the […]

City Dwellers Feel the Pull of Cabin Life

Cabin life: they call it “bathing” in the great outdoors…
Story by Stacey Freed
Photos by Roger Wade
Styling by Debra Grahl

Only graduate school could make Melanie Hibbert and her husband Dave Hibler – who met in rural Alaska and got engaged in Iceland – land in Manhattan. She finished her doctorate and now works for Columbia University […]

A Log Cabin Gets an Invisible Addition

Transforming a log cabin into a home for the golden years.
Story by Nancy E. Oates | Photos by Roger Wade | Styling by Debra Grahl

In 2014, as Gary and Suzan Slayden looked toward retirement, they sold their suburban house in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where they’d lived since 1988, and purchased a lot in a golf-course community in town. […]

Bonus Photos – A Grounded Cabin in New Hampshire

Getting the most from an off-grid retreat.

Photos courtesy Mike Andrews

These are bonus web-exclusive images for an “Unplugged Cabin” story in the October 2016 issue of Cabin Living magazine.

* Slide #8: This is a diagram of the cabin’s radiant-heat system. (Courtesy Vladimir Hromis, owner of V.H. Energy, vh-energy.com)

A Historic Cabin with a Past

Mixing a historic cabin’s past with its present.
By Kevin Horrocks

A cabin property may consist of a rustic cabin, a quaint cottage, a contemporary retreat or a sprawling camp; it may be surrounded by a lawn or a meadow, trees or cactus; and it may have a lake, mountain or forest view.

More importantly, a cabin’s heart […]

Off the Grid in Lewis County, N.Y.

Off the grid but with all the comforts of home.
By Fran Sugurdsson

Just because a cabin is unplugged, doesn’t mean it can’t have all the comforts of home. Take Mike and Sylvia Mabunay’s hideaway in Lewis County, N.Y. With hot and cold running water, a propane furnace, and enough power to run a hair dryer, “You […]

A Historic Log Cabin in Wisconsin

A historic log home on Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula is steeped in Americana, with connections to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and businessman Oscar Mayer.
Story by Kristin Sutter
Photos by Sanderson Photography, Inc.

Cruising along a treelined highway just outside one of the cozy villages that draws thousands of tourists to Wisconsin’s Door County every year, it’d be […]

A Rustic Style Cabin in Oregon

One couple works hard to realize their rustic dream.
Story & photos by Connie Anderson

My husband, Scott, and I are native-born Oregonians. Both originally from Portland, we lived in the city most of our lives, but I always dreamed of moving out of the city and into the woods.

I wanted to live in a rustic home […]

Having It All in a Small Cabin

The creative renovation of this all-season retreat is an example of stretching and reconfiguring space for maximum efficiency.
Story by Mindy Pantiel
Photos by Heidi A. Long

Built: Circa 1960s / Renovated: 2005 / Location: Whitefish, Montana
Square feet: 1,100 / Bedrooms: 2 / Baths: 2
After several summers vacationing on Lake Tahoe, Kirstin and Mark, a California couple with two young children, decided they […]