Cold Comfort


A family-friendly South Portland bungalow

What’s more invigorating than a shvitz in a backyard sauna? How about sweating it out between an icy dip in Casco Bay and a roll in the snow? “Oh, it’s sensational!” insists Genell Huston, who, with her husband, Saer, regularly drives a half-mile from her South Portland home to Willard Beach for what sauna devotees call a “cold plunge.” The pair bought and renovated their 1920s bungalow seven years ago, and Saer assembled the electric-powered, cedar-barrel sauna from a kit in 2017. Like the rest of the house, it’s a blend of rusticity and fun that makes the whole family happy.

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