The words “summer” and “cottage” just seem to go together, conjuring visions of quaint hideaways filled with laid-back living spaces and plenty of porches for enjoying balmy summer nights. To celebrate the start of the season, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite cottage home tours in three very different locales—from the woods of Maine to the prairies of Montana to the beaches of northern Florida. In all three homes, practicality and whimsy combine to create a one-of-a-kind getaway. Let them inspire you as you dream about your own breezy retreat.
A Rustic Cottage in Maine: Bernhard & Priestley Architecture renovates a 1960s box house into a rustic Shingle-style cottage.
Rocky Mountain Retreat: Architects William Curtis and Russell Windham revive a Montana ranch.
Traditional Beach House: For Alex and Jeanne Krumdieck, the charms of a new old town inspire a new old house.