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Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 206, No. 3, March

A Landscape Burglars Hate
Strategies, plants, and devices that enhance security A man strolls down your front walkway in broad daylight and knocks on the door. Although your neighbors notice him, they aren't suspicious. When nobody answers, he walks around to the side gate...
American Galapagos
Once nearly inaccessible, amazing Midway Atoll now shares its splendors It was a balmy winter day when I landed on Midway Atoll. The first thing that struck me was the presence of thousands of pairs of plump, sleekly feathered birds, some black,...
Before & After
The changing Western home Tract house transformation * Kirk and Suzanne Hoffman had all the right ingredients for a beautiful home: open spaces, large windows, and some good pieces of furniture. Yet the living and dining areas of their 1960s...
Best of Balboa Park
In San Diego, nice changes hide behind those venerable facades The comforting thing about San Diego's Balboa Park is that it doesn't seem to change much. But poke around a bit on your next visit and you'll see that a lot has been going on. Here...
Big Bang
- METEOR CRATER, ARIZONA-Head east from Flagstaff, and Arizona gets wide and flat. But in 40 miles, you can turn off the interstate and drive south and there it is: Meteor Crater, one of the biggest holes in the ground you will ever see. If you are the...
Bridge to the Past
A historic downtown and new recreation make fast-growing Folsom worth a detour Maintaining a bridge to the past is often difficult for a town undergoing the type of rapid growth that is happening in Folsom. But unlike many communities, this California...
Cabbage with Relish
* When I was Sunset's bureau chief in Los Angeles, a number of El Salvadoran restaurants near the office were our favorite lunch spots because pupusas (a tacolike packet of filled and grilled masa dough) outshone the local sandwiches. At each table...
Country Charmers
Rambling over the ground or spilling from containers, nasturtiums are carefree creepers with a range of flower colors * To many gardeners, "neon" and "nasturtium" go together. That's because varieties with bright orange flowers glowing among green...
Designing with Rhodies
Beautiful ways to use them in your garden When Sir Joseph Hooker was collecting rhododendron seed in the Himalayas 150 years ago, he remarked that above 12,000 feet in Darjeeling, about three-quarters of all plants were rhododendrons. If Hooker...
Flowering Branches Say Spring
* There's nothing like large vases filled with blooming branches to announce the arrival of spring. Just trim the branches from deciduous flowering trees or shrubs, arrange them in a vase, and watch the delicate buds unfurl. Pruning at this time of...
From a Traveler's Notebook
Ireland's green beauty may leave a more lasting impression than its cuisine on some. But frequent visitors Charlotte and Stanley Fisher (Stanley was once a local lad) have high praise for the meals they enjoyed in the south coast city of Kinsale, County...
Happy Trails
One man's dream has become the magnificent Arizona Trail Dale Shewalter liked to walk. AA lot. In 1982, the Flagstaff fifth-grade teacher spent six weeks walking 450 miles of the Mogollon Rim, an east-west escarpment that bisects much of Arizona. Not...
Hip, Haute Potrero Hill
Heady times come to this San Francisco neighborhood "San Francisco's old industrial neighborhood is popping," says brewer James Renfrew. He's right. The dotcoms and multimedia companies that so mightily boosted its fortunes over the last two years...
In Pursuit of the Perfect Pantry
Tips for creating a food-storage area that fits your requirements The pantry is staging a comeback. As more people buy in bulk from discount stores and use a wider array of cooking appliances, they need more kitchen storage space. "Pantries are...
Lazing along the Lower Colorado
Broad, beautiful, and balmy in spring, this stretch of river draws paddlers and hikers to its shores We ease our canoe out of the marina and glide into the main channel of the Colorado River near Needles, California. A muskrat surfaces then dives...
Mickey Goes to Hollywood
The Golden State's greatest theme park just got even greater It's 1975. A young man fresh out of college (that would be me) buys a Kelty backpack and a Eurail pass and flits around Europe for six months. He hangs out at cafes. striking up conversations...
Napa's Little Savanna
Wild animals roam the plains at Safari West, in the heart of the Wine Country It's not every day that I wake up to the calls of hadada ibis, or to the sight of a giraffe peering at me through the trees. But that was how I started my day at Safari...
Open House
Letters from our readers Celebrating cioppino in Colorado When my father returned from Seattle with seven Dungeness crabs in tow, we celebrated with your Quick Crab Cioppino (January, page 75). My father, mother, brother, and I were all licking our fingers...
Open House: Letters from Our Readers
Celebrating cioppino in Colorado When my father returned from Seattle with seven Dungeness crabs in tow, we celebrated with your Quick Crab Cioppino (January page 75). My father, mother, brother, and I were all licking our fingers with delight....
Oregon's Other Wines
Make a wine-tasting detour to Washington County Did you know that Oregon makes excellent Washington wines? That's right. In Oregon's Washington County, out to the west of Portland among the high-tech companies of Silicon Forest, new wineries are...
Paint Laboratory
Every room in the Davises' Los Angeles home glows with new hues and subtle textures * For Southern California designer-builder Jim Davis, home is where the experiments are. His field of research is paint color. The walls, floors, cabinets, and wood...
Renaissance Vegetable
* If you've read Food Guide over the years, you've met my Italian mother-in-law, who lived on an artichoke ranch and cooked from the garden. Her culinary heritage was grounded in Tuscany. So was her garden, where cardoons (in Italian, cardoni; in French,...
River Revival
The Central Valley's San Joaquin River is being restored a stretch at a time--for wildlife and for recreation Part the reeds edging a dirt trail a few miles below Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River near Fresno, and you'll catch sight of a rock-rimmed...
Say Cheese
Tasting and touring at Northern California's artisan cheese factories Cindy Callahan never set out to be a cheese maker. In the 1980s her family bought a home in the Sonoma County countryside, and, she says, they "got a few sheep to mow the pasture...
Showtime Snacks
The Low-Fat Cook Healthy choices for the active lifestyle * What makes a good movie better? For some it's a really big theater screen, digital sound, and hot buttered popcorn-or other nutritionally challenged junk food. For me it's renting a film, getting...
Slough and Easy along the Cosumnes
Bayous in the Central Valley? A leafy tangle along a stretch of the Cosumnes River, halfway between Sacramento and Stockton, has all the signs of a mangrove swamp south of the Mason-Dixon line. This watery world is part of the Cosumnes River Preserve,...
Snowy Solitude
Escape to Nevada's Spooner Lake Compared with its famous neighbor, Lake Tahoe, Nevada's Spooner Lake is easy to overlook. Set in the mountains above Tahoe's eastern shore, Spooner is only 2 miles around--a modest gem. But take a pair of snowshoes...
Spicy Secrets
Masala magic in good taste * As Indian restaurants have multiplied in the West, the flavors they present are becoming an everyday passion. The pressure's on to find ways to create popular dishes quickly and easily at home. For the purist, it's a challenge-there's...
Strawberries to Treasure
Tiny alpine strawberries are flavorful and easy to grow Among the choicest delicacies offered by my summer garden are the jewel-like fruits of alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca `Semperflorens'), also known by their romantic French name, fraises des...
Summer Veggies in Pots
Tips from Sunset's test garden help you grow your favorite crops in containers If you have a sunny space for a pot on your patio or deck, you have enough room to grow summer vegetables. The trick to success with warm-season vegetables in containers...
Sweet Heat
Mustard adds a hint of intrigue to familiar desserts The chefs' competition at the annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival produces some ingenious dishes. As a past judge, I've tasted mustard in almost every possible application. In my book one of the most...
Sweet Solitude at Nevada's Spooner Lake
Compared with its famous neighbor, Lake Tahoe, Nevada's Spooner Lake is easy to overlook. Set in the mountains above Tahoe's eastern shore, Spooner is only 2 miles around-a modest gem. But take a pair of snowshoes or nordic skis, and Spooner becomes...
The Gardener Cook
Strawberries to treasure Tiny alpine strawberries are flavorful and easy to grow * Among the choicest delicacies offered by my summer garden are the jewel-like fruits of alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'), also known by their...
The Great Tomato Taste-Off
We prowl the West's tomato festivals to discover the most flavorful varieties you can grow There are hundreds of great tomatoes to choose from, so how can a thoughtful gardener possibly narrow the field to a promising half dozen or so? For answers,...
The Hushed Hills of Southwest New Mexico
Follow U.S. 180 from Silver City to Glenwood and Mogollon, and the world will seem far away Dark clouds swallow pincushion hills as a light rain blankets a lovely, lonely stretch of U.S. 180. On damp breezes float the whispers of ghosts-tenacious conquistadors...
The Low-Fat Cook
Healthy choices for the active lifestyle Showtime snacks * What makes a good movie better? For some it's a really big theater screen, digital sound, and hot buttered popcorn--or other nutritionally challenged junk food. For me it's renting a...
The Man Who Loves Trees
Dick Rifkind is Idaho's champion (and a supplier) of oaks, maples, and more After Dick Rifkind finished talking about trees in a packed lecture hall at North Idaho College, an amazed student posed just one question: "Are you on pills?" Drugged, no. Animated,...
The West's Best Waterfalls
From Yellowstone to Hawaii, these cascades put on a show you'll remember the rest of your life WATERFALLS HAVE A WAY OF STUNNING people into grandiloquence "What bewildering admiration filled my soul as I gazed down upon this horribly beautiful cataract!"...
The Wine Guide
Wine bests * In keeping with this issue's Best of the West theme, here we bring you some vinous superlatives. After all, wine is one of the best things about the West. Best winemaker Steve Edmunds. Once a Berkeley hippie-intellectual, a postman,...
Tract House Transformation
The changing Western home * Kirk and Suzanne Hoffman had all the right ingredients for a beautiful home: open spaces, large windows, and some good pieces of furniture. Yet the living and dining areas of their 1960s suburban ranch house, though adjacent,...
Vacations That Matter
Do good, have fun, and save a few bucks on one of these great volunteer vacations Richard Thompson did not visit Yosemite National Park last summer to relax. No way. This 71-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma, man had work to do. While most septuagenarians...
Western Wanderings
Big bang * METEOR CRATER, ARIZONA--Head east from Flagstaff, and Arizona gets wide and flat. But in 40 miles, you can turn off the interstate and drive south and there it is: Meteor Crater, one of the biggest holes in the ground you will ever see....
What to Do in Your Garden in March
NURSERY SHOPPING * CITRUS. Zones 8-9, 14-17: Choose young trees in 5-gallon cans--they'll establish faster than larger ones. Look for the new dwarf citrus on Flying Dragon (Hiryu) rootstock. Try 'Dwarf Lisbon' lemon, 'Dwarf Melogold' grape-fruit-pummelo...
Wine Bests
* In keeping with this issue's Best of the West theme, here we bring you some vinous superlatives. After all, wine is one of the best things about the West. Best winemaker Steve Edmunds. Once a Berkeley hippie-intellectual, a postman, and a poet-musician,...
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