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Whether you’re a seasoned pro of woodsy retreats or a newbie, you’re sure to up your cottage game with these tips for unwinding in comfort and style.

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Cottage etiquette: How to be a great (and laid-back) guest or host

Here’s how to avoid being an ungrateful guest or an overbearing owner

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Your A to Zen guide for blissful cottage living this summer

We canvassed a slew of Canadian nature buffs for the rules and tools of relaxing cottage life

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Whose neck of the woods is better?

From the Kootenays to the Eastern Townships, here’s our guide to the most popular cottage destinations, and some lesser-known alternatives

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The top simple summer recipes and ideas for every meal

When it’s too hot to cook, these menu ideas won’t leave you in a sweat

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Eight white wines perfect for enjoying in the great outdoors

These whites can make you feel like you’ve got one foot on a patio even if you’re stuck indoors

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Big, bold red wines for the BBQ

These are dry reds but they deliver concentrated, jammy fruit that complements the smoky char

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The best Canadian suspense books to read at the cottage

Here are eight great crime fiction books for dockside reading

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Aquazurra’s Edgardo Osorio shares his tips for summer dockside style

Top shoe designer shares what you’ll find on his boat this summer

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Need some cottage inspiration? Check out John de Jong’s rustic family boathouse

For a designer of glitzy jewels, working in a rustic cottage may seem odd, but deJong takes inspiration from the surrounding nature

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Striking Nova Scotia cottage exemplifies simple style

Halifax architect Brian MacKay-Lyons creates a cottage that is inspired by schooners, sheds and farmhouses

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Designer’s shed offers a taste of her stylish cottage concept

For those looking to enjoy a pristine natural setting, but not suffer the “old mouldy cottages” that come part and parcel, “this little shed is an avant-goût,” Lysanne Pepin says – a taste of what’s to come

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In pictures: A peek inside three of Canada’s most innovative cottages

These high-design havens are ingeniously wedded to their surroundings, offering seamless transitions between indoors and out

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