That simple statement which we first printed on bumper stickers sixteen years ago in the early days of Cabin Life/Cabin Living magazine says it all. To this day, the bumper sticker has been wildly successful. Of course it has, because it perfectly sums up the passion America has for the cabin retreat lifestyle. For those times when you can’t be at the cabin, you can get your ‘gct-away-from-it-all” fix with this blog. If you don’t own a cabin yet, but you’re dreaming of buying or building someday, this blog’s stories are an inspiring, resounding statement that achieving the dream is possible!
For many today, getting away from it all by escaping to a cabin is part of the great American dream. Cabin living is, indeed, foundational to the American way of life in terms of history, architecture and family culture. Starting in the eighteenth century, when Scandinavian and Scotch-Irish settlers built homes in America, a simple log cabin was often the structure of choice, The story on page 231, “Rebuilding a Pioneer Cabin, actually centers on such a cabin. A strong case can be made that the cabin is America’s vernacular architecture. And the simple log cabin is the stuff of American legend and lore, the most iconic story being that of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born in a log cabin on his father’s Kentucky farm. When you imagine a young Abe Lincoln, your mind picture is probably of him next to a wood pile, axe in hand, in front of the family cabin.
At some point in American history, the notion of a “cabin evolved into something other dian a rustic home, as the idea of a getaway retreat was born. Wealthy city dwellers wanted a place in the country diey could escape to, leaving the summer heat of the city behind. Some of the most notable and architecturally significant retreats were the early-nineteenth-century Great Camps in the Adirondacks, owned by families with names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller.
Log Home Interior Decorating Photo Gallery
Eventually, the dream of a getaway retreat became accessible to the masses. Even my grandfather Art, the son of Danish immigrants who grew up during the Great Depression and achieved only an eighth-grade education, was able to buy a small lake cottage in northern Minnesota in the late 1950s. As the getaway dream flourished for families across America, people called their places by different names, and this is still arrue today. Depending on a person’s background and where in the country their retreat is located, they might call their place a cabin, cottage, camp, country house or lake home. At Cabin Life/Cabin Living magazine, we have used all those words, but w’e prefer the collective term “cabin.”
So what is a cabin? What people call their places varies, the style of construction and decor can be vastly different, and the sizes of the structures can deviate dramatically, but there are strong underlying themes. The cabin is a retreat for connecting with family, friends, and nature. It’s even a place for reconnecting with the best part of ourselves that we may have lost touch with during the stress and grind of daily life back home. Hie cabin is a place to decompress; as you arrive and drive down the gravel driveway on a Friday night, you can feel your shoulders relax and your heart rate blissfully slow down.
This blog consists of thirty stories of people who achieved their cabin living dream. (No, my Grandpa Art’s cottage didn’t make the cut.) These arc Cabin Four feature stories from the pages of Cabin Life/Cabin Living magazine. The heart and soul of the magazine, the Cabin Four features are photo-driven, inspirational cabin owner success stories. The thirty stories in this blog were chosen by our editors because they’re the best, most inclusive and representative stories with stunning photography. You’ll visit cabins across the United States, from Maine to Wisconsin to California and beyond.
The blog is organized into sections that showcase new and aspirational cabins; how to get the most out of small cabins; renovated, made-over, and rebuilt cabins; retreats with fabulous outdoor living spaces; and finally cabins with a strong sense of history and family that have been passed down through the generations.