Sunset

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. 211, No. 1, July

A Splash of Color
Paint can wake up a quiet garden cornerColor is a powerful design tool, most often introduced into a garden with flowers or accessories such as tiles and fabrics. But paint-applied to walls, paving, arbors, or even pots-can achieve remarkable results...
A Splash of Color: Paint Can Wake Up a Quiet Garden Corner
Color is a powerful design tool, most often introduced into a garden with flowers or accessories such as tiles and fabrics. But paint--applied to walls, paving, arbors, or even pots--can achieve remarkable results of its own. Used carefully, colored...
A Taste of Mendocino
We gathered visionaries from around the region for a delicious organic meal you can re-create at home[black square] Photographs by James Carrier [black square] Food styling by Karen ShintoLet's toast to a beautiful day and life," says Matthew Frcy, raising...
A Taste of Mendocino: We Gathered Visionaries from around the Region for a Delicious Organic Meal You Can Re-Create at Home
Let s toast to a beautiful day and life," says Matthew Frey, raising his glass. One of 12 brothers and sisters who own Frey Vineyards in Mendocino County, Frey is speaking to fellow food and wine innovators who've gathered to taste the fruits of their...
Barbecue, Chilean Style
Slow-cooked on your backyard grill, beef brisket makes an easy entreePhotographs by James Carrier [black square] Food styling by Susan DevatyI went to Chile to taste wines, and fell in love with the gracious tradition of dining in the vineyards. We set...
Barbecue, Chilean Style: Slow-Cooked on Your Backyard Grill, Beef Brisket Makes an Easy Entree. (Food: Summer Entertaining)
I went to Chile to taste wines, and fell in love with the gracious tradition of dining in the vineyards. We set out one sunny morning on horseback through the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Just as the heat of the day peaked, we came...
Bargain Vancouver
Plan a memorable low-budget weekend in British Columbia's scenic cityInstead of a yellow brick road, winding blue waterways lead to the lush mountains and sparkling towers in the modern-day Emerald City of Vancouver, B.C. While it may not be in the Land...
Bargain Vancouver: Plan a Memorable Low-Budget Weekend in British Columbia's Scenic City. (Travel: Value Vacation)
Instead of a yellow brick road, winding blue waterways lead to the lush mountains and sparkling towers in the modem-day Emerald City of Vancouver, B.C. While it may not be in the Land of Oz, on a recent trip I took with my husband, Jim, the place did...
Cinderella Makeover
How a barren backyard in Oregon became a dreamy spacePhotographs by Janet LoughreyNot too long ago, this backyard in Beaverton, Oregon, looked so bleak that the homeowners admit they used to leave the curtains down all the time "because it was so gross...
Cinderella Makeover: How a Barren Backyard in Oregon Became a Dreamy Space. (Garden & Outdoor Living)
Not too long ago, this backyard in Beaverton, Oregon, looked so bleak that the homeowners admit they used to leave the curtains down all the time "because it was so gross Out there." Then one day, Oprah Winfrey announced that she was searching for...
Delta Docks & Sierra Gold. (Special Advertising Feature)
Drive past some wonderful natural sights and see a wide variety of California's attractions--from wineries in Murphys to hot springs near Markleeville, with Gold Rush towns everywhere. * Driving distance: 265mi/432km * Suggested time: several...
Down the Bay, Up the Coast. (Special Advertising Feature)
This scenic drive along San Francisco Bay and the San Mateo coast offers urban discoveries, natural wonders, historical treasures and some of the state's coolest roller coasters. * Driving distance: 189mi/309km * Suggested time: several days...
Dreaming about Decks
A good deck transports you to another world, or at the very least extends your living space outdoors. It allows you to project yourself into a landscape without destroying it-for example, by doing away with the need for fill around trees, which a terrace...
Dreaming about Decks: What's New in Design and Materials
A good deck transports you to another world, or at the very least extends your living space outdoors. It allows you to project yourself into a landscape without destroying it--for example, by doing away with the need for fill around trees, which a...
Exotic Nights: This Garden Sets the Stage for Parties with Lighting and Artful Details
At dusk, Richard Holden and Sandra Moll switch on the lights in their San Jose backyard, instantly transforming the tranquil garden into paradise. Chinese lanterns stuffed with sparkling white lights dangle from arbors. A large dining patio radiates...
Foresthill Foray: Not Far from Sacramento in Placer County, Explore Giant Trees and Gold Rush History. (Travel: Northern California Day Trip)
If the heat of July leaves you hankering for cool air and conifers, hit the road and head for the Foresthill Divide, a 400-square-mile wooded ridge that separates the North Fork and Middle Fork American Rivers, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento....
For the More Timid, We Also Carry Pink Flamingos
We give you the gargoyle. He's mighty fierce looking for a guy who started out as a common downspout. The ancient Greeks adorned important buildings with gargoyles to throw water away from the foundations. In fact, the name comes from the Old French...
From Capital to Tahoe. (Special Advertising Feature)
Visitors will encounter numerous scenic and historical attractions on this trip, including majestic Lake Tahoe, historic Nevada City, and tasty Apple Hill. * Driving distance: 300mi/489km * Suggested time: several days SACRAMENTO. Explore...
Fun for the Family. (Special Advertising Feature)
In addition to renowned destinations for kids like Disneyland Park(r) and Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County offers all the cultural amenities a parent could want in a major urban center. * Driving distance: 62mi/102km * Suggested time: 2-4 days...
Hawaii: A Feast for the Senses. (Special Advertising Supplement)
Hawaii's delectable cuisine has taken the world by storm, impressing even the most discerning taste buds with unique flavors found on the islands and created by master chefs who concoct intoxicating dishes that capture the taste of Hawaii's multi-ethnic...
High on Mt. Evans
West of Denver, take a drive into an amazing, lofty worldPhotographs by Dan LeethThe road to the top can be a bumpy ride, especially when it's the highest paved road in North America. In 28 miles, the Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway climbs more than...
High Style, Low Price
A new homeowner upgrades her kitchen and bath on a budgetPhotographs by Thomas J. StoryElba Borgen's San Francisco home gives new meaning to the idea that "less is more." She used less money to create a stylish home that looks like it cost much more....
High Style, Low Price: A New Homeowner Upgrades Her Kitchen and Bath on a Budget. (Home)
Elba Borgen's San Francisco home gives new meaning to the idea that "less is more." She used less money to create a stylish home that looks like it cost much more. Her secret: know what you like, and don't be afraid to pair pricey and bargain items....
Horse Haven
Even in grainy color, he is every inch the celebrity-coddled, glistening, surrounded by his retinue."It was uncertain times," Tracy Livingston says. "People were looking for a hero." He is talking about the star of this particular home movie, Seabiscuit-one...
Horse Haven: Ridgewood Ranch Is a Key Part of the Seabiscuit Saga. (Western Wanderings)
Even in grainy color, he is every inch the celebrity--coddled, glistening, surrounded by his retinue. "It was uncertain times," Tracy Livingston says. "People were looking for a hero." He is talking about the star of this particular home movie,...
Into the Sunlight
Ways to open up and brighten a houseWhen biology professors Anne Calof and Arthur Lander sat down with architect Walter Metez to discuss the renovation of their f 940 cottage in Laguna Beach, California, they asked for better access to the outdoors....
Into the Sunlight: Ways to Open Up and Brighten a House. (Home: How the West Is Living)
When biology professors Anne Calof and Arthur Lander sat Walter Metez to discuss the renovadon of their 1940 cottage in Laguna Beach, California, they asked for better access to the outdoors. It was the garden that had attracted the couple to the house...
Japanese Grill Party
Entertain outdoors with an easy robata-yaki menu[black square] Photographs by James Carrier [black square] Food styling by Karen ShintoRobata-yaki, or Japanese barbecue, is perfect for warm-weather entertaining-it's simple, fresh, and meant to be shared...
Japanese Grill Party: Entertain Outdoors with an Easy Robata-Yaki Menu. (Food: Summer Entertaining)
Robata-yaki, or Japanese barbecue, is perfect for warm-weather entertaining-it's simple, fresh, and meant to be shared with friends along with sake and cold beer. "Robata-yaki originated in seaside villages in Japan, when fishermen would grill the...
Maverick Mountains: The Santa Cruz Mountains Have Tall Redwoods and Great Wine. What More Could You Want? (Travel & Recreation)
South of San Francisco, the Santa Cruz Mountains ruck and rimple from Woodside to Mt. Madonna, offering challenges every mile along the way. Here, roads wind perilously through steep canyons; earthquakes shake the hills; fog and heat and rain vie for...
Mixed Grill
Offer a pair of burgers for a laid-back summer party that fits every tastePhotographs by James CarrierBurgers are the perfect solution for casual entertaining: easy, quick to cook, and beloved by almost everyone. But now that more diners are steering...
Mixed Grill: Offer a Pair of Burgers for a Laid-Back Summer Party That Fits Every Taste. (Food: Summer Entertaining)
Burgers are the perfect solution for casual entertaining: easy, quick to cook, and beloved by almost everyone. But now that more diners are steering clear of red meat, you might not want to offer beef alone. This relaxed party menu gives you a delicious...
Northern California in July. (Tips & Trips)
* NOVATO Get thee to a fair Once upon a time there was a little Renaissance fair in a small grove of oak and bay trees near China Camp State Park. The fair proved so popular that it moved to grander groves in Blackpoint before being displaced by a...
On the Central Coast. (Special Advertising Feature)
Edge along the beautiful coastline from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Return via fertile Salinas Valley, the "Salad Bowl of the Nation." * Driving distance: 641mi/1,045km * Suggested time: several days MONTEREY. Follow the "Path of History" to...
Open House
LETTERS FROM OUR READERSMore camping tips from readers Re: "Sunset Goes Camping," May. We have an essential item to add to your "Don't leave home without 'em" list (page 124): flour tortillas. We serve every meal on tortillas, using them as plates. Then...
Open House. (Letters from Our Readers)
More camping tips from readers Re: "Sunset Goes Camping," May. We have an essential item to add to your "Don't leave home without 'em" list (page 124): flour tortillas. We serve every meal on tortillas, using them as plates. Then we eat them too--no...
Redwoods & Red Wines. (Special Advertising Feature)
The stretch of California between San Francisco and Crescent City encompasses some of the state's most spectacular scenery. Hug the coast on your drive north to experience sweeping ocean vistas and breathtaking redwood forests. On your way back, choose...
Safeway SELECT Great Escapes[TM] Florentine Tiramisu Treat
Servings PER CARTON: 4. IF NOBODY'S LOOKING: 1. This isn't so much a dessert, as it is an escape. A mad dash across oceans, across time, to a romantic piazza al fresco, overlooking a glorious fountain, under the same starry skies that once awed...
Sapphires and Sweets
Find small-town charm in Philipsburg, MontanaYou take Pintler Scenic Route south from Drummond as it follows Flint Creek past pastures of sleepy-eyed cattle. You enter a valley edged by the Flint Creek Range and Sapphire Mountains, and then, after a...
Scenic South Coast. (Special Advertising Feature)
The coastline from San Diego to the megalopolis of Los Angeles is Southern California at its sun-drenched, sandy-beach best. * Driving distance: 133mi/217km * Suggested time: 1-2 days SAN DIEGO. Take 1-5 north and exit at Ardath Rd. to reach...
Sequoia Splendor. (Special Advertising Feature)
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding areas. * Driving distance: 243mi/396km * Suggested time: 2--3 days FRESNO. Go south on Hwy. 99, past vineyards, fruit orchards, and trade centers...
Sharing the Dream
How two couples combined forces to afford a vacation homeMany young families dream of owning a vacation home, but few are able to make that a reality. But what if two families teamed up? That's the story here: By pooling their resources, two Portland...
Sharing the Dream: How Two Couples Combined Forces to Afford a Vacation Home. (Home)
Many young families dream of owning a vacation home, but few are able to make that a reality. But what if two families teamed up? That's the story here: By pooling their resources, two Portland couples built this 925-square-foot getaway in Washington's...
Small Town, Big Dreams
Springville, Utah, is Art CityCrossing the western plains in 1848, pioneer Philo Dibble had a dream: that wherever he settled, he'd create a haven for art. Dibble landed in Springville, Utah. And today, when you visit this appealing little town in the...
Southern California's Mountains & Deserts. (Special Advertising Feature)
This leisurely loop up to Idyllwild, down to Palm Springs, and through Anza-Borrego Desert SP offers visitors Southern California's most spectacular scenery. * Driving distance: 515mi/839km * Suggested time: 2 days LOS ANGELES. Visit the California...
South Shore's Fresh Look
Lake Tahoe's biggest town gets new lodging and parks-all to save the lakeWith cobalt blue waters ringed by granite peaks, Lake Tahoe has always ranked high on Westerners' must-do vacation lists. But over the past two decades, there's been a growing concern...
South Shore's Fresh Look: Lake Tahoe's Biggest Town Gets New Lodging and Parks-All to Save the Lake. (Travel: Making a Better West)
With cobalt blue waters ringed by granite peaks, Lake Tahoe has always ranked high on Westerners' must-do vacation lists. But over the past two decades, there's been a growing concern about the health of North America's largest mountain lake. With...
Summer in the City: Bernal Heights Offers San Francisco Scenery, Sunshine, and Snacks. (Travel)
When I say I live in Bernal Heights, nobody seems to know where it is. But this southerly San Francisco neighborhood is easy to spot from the far reaches of the city. From almost anywhere on Van Ness Avenue and parallel streets, look south and you'll...
Summer Pie, Anytime
Like Christmas, apricot season comes but once a year-and it's over about as quickly as Christmas morning. But that season is intense. A corner of my father's almond orchard in California's Central Valley has always been reserved for fruit trees, so every...
Summer Pie, Anytime. (Food: Guide)
Like Christmas, apricot season comes but once a year--and it's over about as quickly as Christmas morning. But that season is intense. A corner of my father's almond orchard in California's Central Valley has always been reserved for fruit trees, so...
Sundae Best
Add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy dessertsPhotographs by James CarrierIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration. Sauces, fruit, nuts, liqueur,...
Sundae Best: Add Quick Toppings to Ice Cream for Deliciously Easy Desserts. (Food: Summer Entertaining)
Ice cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration. Sauces, fruit, nuts, liqueur, and whipped cream are simple ways to transform even plain vanilla into lavish sundaes....
Taking the High Road
A pair of Colorado backroad drives lead you through the best of the RockiesColorado's Rocky Mountains are amazingly accessible to Front Range residents-on clear days they almost look close enough to reach out and touch. Yet, as near as they are, how...
The Star Treatment. (Special Advertising Feature)
This drive will take you to some of L.A.'s hottest spots on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, as well as to scenic sights along Pacific Coast Highway and historic Route 66. * Driving distance: 182mi/297km * Suggested time: several days LOS...
The West's Best Rivers
California: Russian River [black right triangle]Lazy summer days are made to be spent on the gravel flats and sandy beaches along Northern California's Russian River. This stretch of slow-moving water meanders some 50 miles from the sunbaked vineyards...
The West's Best Rivers: Here Are Our Picks for Riding Rapids, Catching Trout, or Simply Lazing Away a Hot Summer Day
Spending a sunny afternoon on a Western river isn't just about relaxing. It's about the possibility of adventure-paddling a raft into a foaming rapid, catching hard-fighting trout in rushing riffles, jumping from a high rock into a deep green pool....
Three Valleys. (Special Advertising Feature)
Beginning in the Central Valley and climbing to Yosemite Valley, with an excursion into Owens Valley, this route is filled with natural wonders. * Driving distance: 850mi/1,386km FRESNO. Gateway city to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National...
Volcano Country Adventures. (Special Advertising Feature)
Explore a wealth of wonders in this "Old West" region. From Lassen Peak and Burney Falls to the William B. Ide Adobe, northeast California has much to offer. * Driving distance: 424mi/691km * Suggested time: several days RED BLUFF. Begin in...
What to Do in Your Garden in July. (Checklist: Northern California)
PLANTING * GOPHER RESISTANT PLANTS. If gophers are troublesome in your garden, try growing some of the following plants. Ruth Valiquette, who has grown all of them in her Manteca yard for years, finds these plants to be free of gopher damage. Trees:...
Where There's Smoke
From Chile to Japan, the grill is a cook's tool of choice worldwide (see pages 115 to 132). So it seems appropriate to ask: what makes a wine great with grilled foods across an international spectrum? Four factors in the wine are especially important:...
Where There's Smoke. (Wine Guide)
From Chile to Japan, the grill is a cook's tool of choice worldwide (see pages 115 to 132). So it seems appropriate to ask: what makes a wine great with grilled foods across an international spectrum? Four factors n the wine axe especially important:...
Zen Fence
It's easily built with bambooUsing bamboo poles, you can erect a 12-foot-long fence like this one, built by Bob Davenport and Joe House of Lotus Valley Nursery (530/622-2321) in California's Sierra foothills. Harvest culms (stems) from your garden (cut...
Zen Fence: It's Easily Built with Bamboo. (Garden: Project)
Using bamboo poles, you can erect a 12-foot-long fence like this one, built by Bob Davenport and Joe House of Lotus Valley Nursery (530/622-2321) in California's Sierra foothills. Harvest culms (stems) from your garden (cut ones that are at least three...
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