Here’s a prescription for your cabin fever: architect Dale Mulfinger’s new book, Back to the Cabin.
Mulfinger, who has designed cabins across North America, takes readers on a tour of 37 getaways, both old and new. Among them is the cabin in northern Minnesota that he and his wife share with another couple.
These are not grand vacation homes, but rather simple getaways that fit Mulfinger’s rule that a cabin be modest, include shared social spaces and have an open, relaxed atmosphere. They’re places where the occupants can recreate, dream, create, commune or just exist without the pressures of everyday life.
There’s a cabin made from an old barn, a cabin with an observation tower, a factory-built modular cabin and a cabin made from shipping containers. There are cabins on lakes, in the mountains and even one in a suburban backyard.
All will have you longing to walk in the woods or curl up by a crackling fire.
Back to the Cabin is published by the Taunton Press and sells for $34.95 in hardcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge