Whether it’s grilling the perfect steak, viewing constellations in the night sky or finding the best fishing spots, these apps can help you make the most of cottage country.
Beef, pork, lamb, seafood, poultry and veggies – learn how to cook them all with this app, which also contains recipes for rubs, sauces and marinades. This app’s collection of more than 250 recipes and 100 tips will convert weekend barbecuers into grill masters. Videos from celebrity chef Jamie Purviance will guide you through grill and food prep, while the built-in timer and grill guide will ensure that your meats are done to perfection. Ingredients from recipes can also be added to a grocery list to ensure you are prepped upon arriving at the cottage.
$2.99 | iOS
If you’ve ever had trouble pinpointing the Big Dipper or Orion’s Belt, this app can help. Point your phone at the night sky to see an augmented reality view of stars, planets, satellites and constellations. There are more than 200,000 celestial bodies to explore in the app. Each can be explored further to see its name, composition and distance from earth – even how previous cultures have viewed or named it. After exploring the sky, point the phone at the ground, where it allows you to view stars in the opposite hemisphere.
Free | iOS
A bad day of fishing may be better than a good day of work, but anglers can improve their odds of landing The Big One with FishingScout. The app helps anglers prepare by showing them activity on nearby lakes and rivers, before they leave home. By knowing the types of fish in a particular body of water, anglers can make sure they’re prepared with the right bait and tackle. Make a big catch? Share photos in app to earn cred and show off your hard work.