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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. 208, No. 5, May

American Beauty
Best of the West Spots and all, the Appaloosa is the quintessential Western horse * You've got to love that paint job. The Appaloosa horse is known for many things-speed, endurance, versatility-- but above all, for its alluring spotted coat. No other...
American Beauty: Spots and All, the Appaloosa Is the Quintessential Western Horse. (Best of the West)
* You've got to love that paint job. The Appaloosa horse is known for many things--speed, endurance, versatility--but above all, for its alluring spotted coat. No other breed of horse can claim such fantastic markings--nor such a deep connection to...
Big Birthday for a Big Tree
Western Wanderings * ARNOLD, CALIFORNIA-When you reach the famous tree, you see a vast stump, planed smooth. "Here's where they had the dance floor," Bruce Thomsen says. This is the Discovery Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in California's Sierra...
Big Birthday for a Big Tree. (Western Wanderings)
* ARNOLD, CALIFORNIA--When you reach the famous tree, you see a vast stump, planed smooth. "Here's where they had the dance floor," Bruce Thomsen says. This is the Discovery Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in California's Sierra Nevada....
Capital Jazz: Almost 150 Bands Fill Sacramento This Month
Under a white tent, a half-dozen musicians joke and sip glasses of beer as they fiddle with their instruments. It's a hot day in Sacramento, but the performers are about to serve up something hotter. The bandleader waves his hand, and the piano,...
Cherry Entry in Colorado Springs
garden guide * After building a studio in a centuryold carriage house in the historic district of Colorado Springs, landscape architect Fawn Hayes Bell created an inviting entry garden. Shown here in late May, this bed is as saturated with color as the...
Chiile That's over the Top
Share New Mexico's love affair with the great Frito pie Elmer Doolin of San Antonio, Texas, made a successful bid for culinary immortality when he founded the Frito Company in 1932, originally manufacturing his crunchy corn chips in the family kitchen....
Chile That's over the Top: Share New Mexico's Love Affair with the Great Frito Pie
Elmer Doolin of San Antonio, Texas, made a successful bid for culinary immortality when he founded the Frito Company in 1932, originally manufacturing his crunchy corn chips in the family kitchen. But mom did him one better. Sometime during the...
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!
Cinco de Mayo mixed grill Cheese Quesadillas and Radishes Mexican Mixed Grill Fresh Salsa (Chop Sauce) Roasted-Poblano Cream Pot Beans Warm Corn Tortillas Cinnamon-Scented Rice Milk (Horchata) and Beer Three-Milk Cake (Pastel Tres Leches) * In our enthusiasm...
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta! Celebrate Mexico-Past and Present-With a Delicious Mixed Grill and All the Fixings. (Food - Entertaining)
In our enthusiasm for all things Mexican, we've made Cinco de Mayo an exuberant north-of-the-border holiday, with parades, festivals, and food. Often mislabeled Mexican Independence Day, May 5 is in fact the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, the...
Dig in! from Pismo Beach to Eureka, Clammers Will Find a Bounty of Bivalves
Consider the clam, that delectable creature that buries itself in our beaches, leaving only a hint of its existence: a siphon hole in the sand. Although most people head for the nearest seafood restaurant when the craving for clam chowder strikes,...
Garden Makeovers
Turning a tired landscape into a dream garden takes savvy use of space and great details. These three gardens accomplished both. Imagine lounging next to your own sparkling pond filled with multicolored koi. Or gathering with friends in your private...
Garden Makeovers: Turning a Tired Landscape into a Dream Garden Takes Savvy Use of Space and Great Details. These Three Gardens Accomplished Both
Or gathering with friends in your private courtyard on a balmy summer eve with the heady scent of exotic flowers perfuming the air. Or throwing open the living room doors to hear the soothing sound of trickling water. Such are the dreams of those...
Growing to Love Iris
garden * outdoor living Choose your favorite colors and styles to plant this summer or fall * This is the season when the tall bearded iris reveals why it has won the hearts of so many admirers across the West. These nearly foolproof plants mix well...
Growing to Love Iris: Choose Your Favorite Colors and Styles to Plant This Summer or Fall. (Garden: Outdoor Living)
* This is the season when the tall bearded iris reveals why it has won the hearts of so many admirers across the West. These nearly foolproof plants mix well with other perennials, grow in every Western climate, and multiply in the garden without becoming...
Heavenly "Hellstrips"
Turn barren spaces into lush oases that need little care or water Ironically, it is often the most visible part of your property that seems to offer the least hope for a successful garden planting. It might be an inhospitable area along the fence or...
Heavenly "Hellstrips": Turn Barren Spaces into Lush Oases That Need Little Care or Water
Ironically, it is often the most visible part of your property that seems to offer the least hope for a successful garden planting. It might be an inhospitable area along the fence or by the driveway. Typically, it's the forsaken parkway strip--that...
Impatiens on High
Two fresh ways to use these handsome heat lovers Impatiens are among the most versatile of summer plants, taking to life in hanging baskets, containers, and lightly shaded beds with equal aplomb. Their colorful flowers, in shades of lavender, pink, orange,...
Ingenuity & Freedom
home * design HOW THE WEST IS LIVING Designed for accessibility, this home has great ideas for everyone * "We wanted something accessible that didn't look it," says Elizabeth Waddell, as she prepares lunch for her 3-year-old daughter, Amrita. Elizabeth,...
Ingenuity & Freedom: Designed for Accessibility, This Home Has Great Ideas for Everyone. (How the West Is Living)
"We wanted something accessible that didn't look it," says Elizabeth Twaddell, as she prepares lunch for her 3-year-old daughter, Amrita. Elizabeth, who uses a wheelchair, is sitting at her favorite midday location: a table-height island that divides...
In Northern California, Eight More Don't-Miss State Parks. (Best State Parks)
NEAR SAN FRANCISCO ANGEL ISLAND STATE PARK Fishing Guided tours/living history This verdant island in the middle of San Francisco Bay has been a Civil War camp, an immigrant quarantine station, a World War II base, and a Nike missile site....
Kitchen Cabinet: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens
Grilled-Salmon Salad Kathy Mickey, Reno Kathy Mickey gets many compliments on this salad's great flavor. You can make the tomato vinaigrette up to 3 hours ahead; cover and chill. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 30 minutes, plus at least 30 minutes to chill MAKES:...
Letters from Our Readers. (Open House)
Energy-saving lamp Thank you for your feature on the new Berkeley Lamp ("Double-duty Table Lamp," January; page 78), which combines the light output of both a 300-watt halogen torchere and a 150-watt incandescent desk lamp while using up to 70 percent...
Loving Lava Hot Springs
In this small Idaho town, take a hot or a cool plunge "Aah," my father says, settling in for a soak. "This is better than a martini." We've come to Lava Hot Springs, in Idaho's southeast corner, to experience what the town advertises as world-famous...
Macho Mediterraneans
These ground covers and compact perennials stand up to intermountain winter cold and summer drought We don't usually think of plants from the Mediterranean region as being particularly cold-hardy. But look at the topography of Southern Europe and North...
Morning Glory
Pancakes from breakfast spots around the West bring a weekend ritual closer to home * Pancakes inspire a special kind of ardor, as do the places we go to eat them. Weekend mornings are for sticking close to home: We tend not to stray farther than our...
New Mexico's Hi-Lo Country
Where U.S. 64 meets U.S. 87, ponder volcanic cones, dinosaur fossils, and a touch of elegance A "wondrous land of extremes, from the depths of the canyons to the tops of the mesas and volcanoes." That's how author Max Evans describes the stretch of U.S....
New Mexico's Secret Valley
Close to Santa Fe, La Cienega is home to artists, farms, and wetlands Formerly a day's journey by oxcart from Santa Fe but now minutes by car, historic La Cienega is an oasis tucked into the dry hills. Touched early by spring, it is now lush with marshlands...
No Ordinary Hat
Practice safe sun-and appreciate amazing artistry-with a custom-made panama When I was 16, I bought a suede hat. I knew even then that I was a hat person. Over the years I've worn British driving caps, berets, and straw hats. But the first time I saw...
Old-Fashioned Bouquets
Small and simple, they make great gifts The month of May brings many reasons to head for the garden and pick a bunch of blooms: a little bouquet for Mother's Day, a gift for a favorite teacher at the end of the school year, a thank you to the friend...
Old-Fashioned Bouquets: Small and Simple, They Make Great Gifts
The month of May brings many reasons to head for the garden and pick a bunch of blooms: a little bouquet for Mother's Day, a gift for a favorite teacher at the end of the school year, a thank you to the friend who's invited you to a May Day garden...
Open House
Enemy saving lamp Thank you for your feature on the new Berkeley Lamp ("Double-duty Table Lamp," January, page 78), which combines the light output of both a 300-watt halogen torchiere and a 150-watt incandescent desk lamp while using up to 70 percent...
Pretty and Productive
Before & After Paths, pots, and structures work wonders in this small vegetable garden * A few simple changes can make a huge difference in a garden's flow and appearance. Rita Sprinkel's vegetable garden in Newport Beach, California, is located...
Pretty and Productive: Paths, Pots, and Structures Work Wonders in This Small Vegetable Garden. (before & After)
* A few simple changes can make a huge difference in a garden's flow and appearance. Rita Sprinkel's vegetable garden in Newport Beach, California, is located in a sunny south-facing side yard. Backed by a tall hedge that blocked out the wind, this...
Room for Creativity
Three examples show how to find space for hobbies and crafts One of the most important spaces in a home is where you can pursue simple pleasures like arranging flowers, working with wood, or developing craft projects. Such an area need not be large-even...
Room for Creativity: Three Examples Show How to Find Space for Hobbies and Crafts
One of the most important spaces in a home is where you can pursue simple pleasures like arranging flowers, working with wood, or developing craft projects. Such an area need not be large--even a small closet will suffice if it's well designed. Here...
Salad Adventures: A Malaysian Dish Echoes an Old French Favorite. (Food Guide)
The siren song of travel for me is discovering new foods. However, the more I roam, the more I'm amazed by the similarity of specialties that have emerged with seeming spontaneity continents apart. Take salad nicoise, for instance, which hails from...
Sand Country
Colorado's Great Sand Dunes-now the star attraction of a national park in the making-are at their best right now * Massive mounds of shifting sands would seem unlikely in Colorado's vast San Luis Valley, given that it's 8,000 feet above sea level and...
Scenic Mother Lode: Strike It Rich on Three Gold Country Drives That Take You off the Beaten Path. (Travel - Recreation)
* Creeping along in commute traffic, the glare of brake lights hot red, you can easily succumb to daydreams. If you breathe enough truck exhaust, it isn't hard at all to imagine the simple pleasure of winding along an empty two-lane ribbon of asphalt:...
Secret Gardens in the Rockies
mountain travel guide In Denver, Salt Lake, and Boise: Gardens designed with kids in mind * Children love gardens, where things can grow higgledy-piggledy, just as they do. And now there are a few secret garden haunts designed just for them, tucked inside...
Seeking Shelter
This remodeled front yard adds privacy and an escape from the wind Chilly winds and swirling fog prevented Sonja and Fred Conta from enjoying their backyard in Tiburon, California. The couple's more sheltered front yard seemed the most logical place...
Shower Revolution
Can the stall shower overtake the spa-tub for elegance and space efficiency? Not long ago, homeowners planning a dream bathroom would put a spa-tub at the top of their list of musthaves. The stall shower usually languished behind its curtain. Now it's...
Shower Revolution: Can the Stall Shower Overtake the Spa-Tub for Elegance and Space Efficiency?
Not long ago, homeowners planning a dream bathroom would put a spa-tub at the top of their list of musthaves. The stall shower usually languished behind its curtain. Now it's stepping into the spotlight, thanks to the advent of new fixtures and technology...
Sterling Carson City
Hear the voices of history in Nevada's capital Silver is a precious metal because it lasts, holding its beauty over time through all kinds of geologic pressures. The buildings, achievements, and stories of Carson City, the Silver State's capital, have...
Sterling Carson City: Hear the Voices of History in Nevada's Capital
Silver is a precious metal because it lasts, holding its beauty over time through all kinds of geologic pressures. The buildings, achievements, and stories of Carson City, the Silver State's capital, have the same enduring quality-and they add up to...
The Low-Fat Cook: Get Inspiration for Big Flavor with Little Fat from This Hawaiian Menu
Easy spa supper * A visit to a luxurious spa is like a sojourn in a cocoon: You emerge relaxed, refreshed, and a little hungry. After a green tea wrap, an aromatherapy massage, or a caviar facial, your putty-limp muscles can barely hold you up....
The Quick Cook: An Old Tradition Makes a Great New Weeknight Meal
* Old food traditions rarely bring to mind quick meals. Foreign-sounding dishes, especially look like hard work. Tagines, however, make a good case that things aren't always what they seem. An interestingly spiced North African stew--named for the...
The West's Best State Parks
28 parks that mix spectacular-scenery and intriguing history with great places for camping and hiking * Yellowstone. Yosemite. Grand Canyon. These are the crown jewels of America's national park system and justifiably renowned. But in the West, each...
The Wine Guide
Why can't I find that wine? SUNSET'S STEAL OF THE MONTH * Meridian Sauvignon Blanc 2000 (California), $8. Fresh, crisp, and melony. A great price for a very tasty wine that's a cinch to find. * We've all been there-standing in a shop holding a piece...
The Wine Guide: Why Can't I Find That Wine?
* We've all been there--standing in a shop holding a piece of paper on which we've scrawled the name of a wine we've read is fantastic. But no one in the shop has ever heard of the wine, or worse, the salesperson scoffs when we ask for it--no mere...
Under-Eaves Storage
This slender structure is an all-weather toolshed Attached to the outside of the house, this 15 1/2-inch deep structure opens to reveal a spacious (7 1/2 feet by 6 feet) storage area. The 72- by 80-inch opening accommodates two barn doors, which we built...
Under-Eaves Storage: This Slender Structure Is an All-Weather Toolshed. (Weekend Project)
Attached to the outside of the house, this 15 1/2-inch deep structure opens to reveal a spacious (7 1/2 feet by 6 feet) storage area. The 72- by 80-inch opening accommodates two barn doors, which we built from rough-sawn fence lumber, but you could...
Vallejo's Mare Island: Take a Peek Inside a Former Top-Secret Navy Shipyard. (Day Trip)
It took 13 years to build Drydock 1 on Mare Island, Vallejo's former Navy shipyard. Back in the 1870s, when the project began, the 480-foot-long pit was dug with shovels, picks, burros, and a whole lot of muscle. Now the former military site is...
Versatile Verbenas: These Sun Lovers Add Color to Beds and Containers from Spring through Fall
Some plants make handsome ground covers, Others provide nonstop bloom in beds and borders. And some are outstanding performers in containers. But very few plants perform all these tasks as well as some members of the genus Verbena. This large category...
Walking the West: Step by Step, Guided Walking Tours Give You a Vivid Taste of the Outdoors
There's no better way to get to know a place than by walking through it. On a stroll, you can stop to examine a particularly vibrant green fern, sniff a flower, or pinpoint the source of a birdcall. You can absorb a place with all your senses, and...
What to Do in Your Garden in May. (Northern California - Checklist)
SHOPPING * PLANTS FOR MOM. This Mother's Day, give a blooming gift that lives on for weeks or years. Every time she waters it, she'll think of you. Some lovely choices include azalea, calla, hydrangea, moth orchid, Oriental lily, rhododendron, and...
Worry-Free Summer Pots
Succulents and yuccas make ideal container plants Have you ever gone out of town for a fun summer weekend and then worried that your container plants would fry in the meantime? To avoid that scenario, we devised plantings that need little irrigation...
Worry-Free Summer Pots: Succulents and Yuccas Make Ideal Container Plants
Have you ever gone out of town for a fun summer weekend and then worried that your container plants would fry in the meantime? To avoid that scenario, we devised plantings that need little irrigation or any other care. In fact, the plantings shown...
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