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Your Guide to an Affordable Dream Retreat

If you think there's no way you could ever afford your dream log cabin, given the current economic climate, you're not alone. With investments tanking and savings dwindling, many people have given up on their long-held plans for a vacation or retirement home in the wake of global economic meltdown. There is some good news, however; with smart planning and the right advice, it's still possible to make your dream come true. You may have to downsize or let go of some of your more elaborate plans, but a cabin is all about simplicity, and if you plan with that in mind, you'll find you can likely still make it happen.

The April issue of Country's Best Cabins, which hit newsstands this week, is all about affordable dream retreats and finding ways to work creatively within your budget. Inside, you'll find:

- an overview of eight exciting cabin communities all over the U.S. and Canada

- insight into a collection of traditional Appalachian artists keeping their creative heritage alive in Tennessee

- a quick look at two readers' cabins in North Carolina and Maryland

- a how-to guide on adding built-in shelving to your cabin's dead spaces

- advice on how to create a landscape that virtually takes care of itself

- tips on how to effectively add antique furnishings and accents into your cabin's decor

- a cabin designer's advice on designing a space-saving bunk room

- three gorgeous cabin tours in Montana, Maryland and California (including this rustic 780-square-foot Western beauty)

- a guide to creating a guest-friendly home on a smaller footprint

- a bonus 24-page floor plans section with 10 of our favorite lodge-style cabins

- a gear guide with cool products for spring cleaning, gardens, outdoor recreation and wild birds (plus an outdoor adventure package giveaway)

- home security tips for protecting your cabin whether you're there or elsewhere

and more!

Order your copy today from the Log & Timber Home Bookstore, or subscribe so you'll never miss an issue.

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