Mt. Hood Obsession

A lifelong case of cabin fever is cured in the form of a cozy family retreat near Mt. Hood.
Story & photos by Connie Anderson

I was born with “cabin fever” but not in the way the phrase comes to most people’s minds. I knew I was different by the time I was about 6 or 7 […]

A Wisconsin Scouting Cabin

A four-generation Scouting family loves their Northwoods getaway.
Story and photos by Joelle & Bill Snyder

We have a lake home on Sand Lake in southern Sawyer County, Wis., that we enjoy visiting all times of the year. Our primary home is in Waukee, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. In the summer, we go to our […]

When the Cabin Creates An Unspoken Bond

The cabin is a place to make memories.
Story & photos by Sylvia Kindt

My mother-in-law Betty used to say, “The cabin is the glue that keeps family together.”

So it wasn’t any surprise when in 2008, at age 85, she bought Uncle Art’s cabin after nearly 50 years of it being “out of the family.”

This was her […]

A Log Cabin Dream in the Poconos

A log cabin dream comes true in the Poconos.
Story & Photos by Joe Caruso

For 40 years, my wife Suzanne’s family vacationed on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountain region of northeast Pennsylvania. Her parents rented the same cabin on the lake for two weeks every summer. After Suzanne and I married, we continued the tradition […]

Old Moss Back – Cabin on the Lake

A daughter’s tribute to her father.
Story & photos by Nina White-Brown

When I was young, my family spent a week or two every summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. No phone, no TV, just the five of us in a small cabin enjoying or enduring each other’s company and creating memories.

Most of these memories revolved around […]

Home Sweet Cottage

It’s all about reconnecting with family.
Story & Photos by Kim Rickey

Finally, after 25 years, our dream of owning a cottage on a lake came true! On May 29, 2015, we bought our cottage on Manistee Lake, near Kalkaska, Mich.

My husband had been vacationing in this area since he was a child, and he first brought […]

Peter’s Place: a Seaside Cottage for Family

This seaside cottage is a gift.
Story & photos by Heidi Long

Lying in the cottage, before I even open my eyes, I smell salt air and damp cedar.

Muffled boat engines grumble as lobstermen pull their pots. There’s no switch to flip for light. I dress in the dark and step outside, careful not to slam the […]

Family Cabin, Family Reunion

If you build a family cabin, they will come.
Story & photos by David Johnson

My wife, Sharon, and I own a cottage that’s huddled in the woods near Hancock, Wis. Our place is 1,300 square feet, with three bedrooms and three baths. We have a fair amount of space, but enough to host a big crowd?

It […]

Life Along the River in a New Cabin

Building a new cabin involved the whole neighborhood.
Story & photos by Clark Gochenour

My father retired on the Maquoketa River in Iowa, where we visited him yearly from our home in California.

One summer after returning home, we learned of a cabin for sale near my father’s place, an unusual occurrence. It seemed most cabins sold by […]

A Texas Log Cabin With History

This Texas log cabin was built with love and rustic, reclaimed materials.
Story & photos by Charles Meek

As my wife and I contemplated a log home for our Texas retirement abode, the first decision was whether to go with a full-round-log structure common in the Rocky Mountains, or a hewn-log structure more common in the Appalachian […]