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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. 3, March

Bacchus Basics
In California's Wine Country, learn how to smell, taste, and blend your own wine Cantaloupe, chocolate, blackberries, green pepper-what do I smell? At 8 A.M., when I'm more used to sniffing Starbucks than Cabernet Sauvignon, I'm a little slow at picking...
Bacchus Basics: In California's Wine Country, Learn How to Smell, Taste, and Blend Your Own Wine
Cantaloupe, chocolate, black-berries, green pepper--what do I smell? At 8 A.M., when I'm more used to sniffing Starbucks than Cabernet Sauvignon, I'm a little slow at picking up the finer points of a wine's bouquet. But I quickly get into the swing...
Brunch Season
A make-ahead menu that's perfect for a leisurely spring morning * Spring's burgeoning warm weather brings opportunities for entertaining outdoors early in the day: It's the perfect time of year to have friends over for brunch. This menu takes advantage...
Dahlias for Every Garden
garden * outdoor living * Who can resist a pretty face like 'Sweet Lorraine' or the intiguing form of 'Anna Marie'? For that matter, who won't be seduced by any of the hundreds of magnificent dahlia blossoms that splash across the pages of catalogs and...
Dahlias for Every Garden. (Garden * Outdoor Living)
* Who can resist a pretty face like Sweet Lorraine' or the intriguing form of 'Anna Marie'? For that matter, who won't be seduced by any of the hundreds of magnificent dahlia blossoms that splash across the pages of catalogs and captivate us at garden...
Daphnes Perfume the Garden
This month, daphnes start to perfume Western gardens. Here we describe four kinds prized for their fragrant flowers. In mild-winter areas, shop nurseries for these shrubs now. In cold-winter areas, order daphnes for spring planting; two excellent mail-order...
Denver, Colorado
The great South Platte Stroll alongside Denver's South Platte River and you'll see cyclists and joggers dotting the paths. Emerald-- headed mallards bob alongside kayakers in the river's riffles of whitewater. Under the surface, catfish linger in deep...
Digging Butte: This Montana Mine Town Has a Lode of Antiques Shops. (Mountain Travel Guide)
* Butte, Montana, wears its past proudly. It boomed in the 1900s as a copper-mining town, and the streets are still lined with many stately Victorian homes that sprang up then. Its more than 4,000 historic buildings form the nation's second largest...
Etching Glass: Turn Everyday Glassware into Art with a Simple Technique
* There is something magical about etching glass--the process turns plain glass pieces into decorative objects in minutes. The secret is etching cream. You simply apply it to the glass, and the surface turns into a translucent white. The results are...
Hollywood in Baja
Fox Studio's new tour offers a friendly, authentic, behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking Before boarding the great ship, a guide hands you a paper ticket with a name on it and asks you to pretend this is who you are. You may be Rosa Abbott, an Irish...
Hollywood in Baja: Fox Studio's New Tour Otters a Friendly, Authentic, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Moviemaking
Before boarding the great ship, a guide hands you a paper ticket with a name on it and asks you to pretend this is who you are. You may be Rosa Abbott, an Irish girl bunking in the crowded third-class steerage, or Miss Emily Evans, privileged to have...
Home-Grown Herbs
These nine culinary herbs are indispensable for gardener-cooks. Here's how to grow and cook with them * Fresh herbs are simply the best flavorings for many foods and drinks. But there's nothing simple about the complex array of tastes they impart to...
Kauai's Hidden Delights
Guided hiking and kayak tours give you access to the island's private treasures * "Hey, Mom, where's Indiana Jones?" The question is coming from somewhere deep within a nylon poncho billowing out of a kayak that is nosing its way up a stream on Kauai's...
Kauai's Hidden Delights: Guided Hiking and Kayak Tours Give You Access to the Island's Private Treasures
"Hey, Mom, where's Indiana Jones?" The question is coming from somewhere deep within a nylon poncho billowing out of a kayak that is nosing its way up a stream on Kauai's north shore. My nine-year-old, Sam, is somewhere in that poncho, paddling...
Laundry Room Lowdown
How to improve the function and look of this utilitarian space There's no way around it: Doing laundry isn't fun. But, although you can't eliminate the burden of washing clothes, you can lessen it by making the laundry area more efficient and attractive....
Lightening Up
New doors, window seats, and subtle earth tones update this 1965 ranch house This makeover in Carmel Valley, California, combines the patina of history with the panache of contemporary interior design. The house's original owners, an engineer and his...
Little House, Big Ideas
HOW THE WEST IS LIVING An uncluttered look and wide-open outdoor access make a 1,375-squarefoot home live large Perched comfortably on one of the many concrete steps that cascade from the living room to the front patio, Cheryl Erramouspe soaks in the...
Little House, Big Ideas: An Uncluttered Look and Wide-Open Outdoor Access Make a 1,375-Squarefoot Home Live Large. (How the West Is Living)
* Perched comfortably on one of the many concrete steps that cascade from the living room to the front patio, Cheryl Erramouspe soaks in the sunlight and fresh air. Her four-year-old, Justyn, who has discovered that a bamboo stalk from the garden makes...
Looking for Home
From the Editor Last winter, I went to Tucson for a little break from the gray weather and cold in Northern California. Being in the desert was a new experience for me, a native Westerner who had never seen birds nesting in a saguaro nor tasted a prickly...
Looking for Home. (from the Editor)
Last winter, I went to Tucson for a little break from the gray weather and cold in Northern California. Being in the desert was a new experience for me, a native Westerner who had never seen birds nesting in a saguaro nor tasted a prickly pear margarita....
Lovely Lewisias
Montana's state flower and its cousins are among the West's favorite natives In August 1805, one of the Lewis and Clark expedition's hunters surprised a band of Native Americans along the Missouri River. The startled group ran away, leaving behind a...
Lovely Lewisias: Montana's State Flower and Its Cousins Are among the West's Favorite Natives
In August 1805, one of the Lewis and Clark expedition's hunters surprised a band of Native Americans along the Missouri River. The startled group ran away, leaving behind a few roots they were about to eat. So the hunter took the roots back to Meriwether...
Mountain Garden Guide: Pretty Steep Little Garden in Denver
* For years, Mary Samora couldn't figure out what to do with the very steep lot behind her cottage in Denver. From the back door, there was only 20 feet of level ground before the slope dropped abruptly toward an alley at the rear of the property....
Ogden, Utah
BEST ACCESS TO THE OUTDOORS The freedom to roam When it comes to easy access to the great outdoors, Ogden, Utah, had considerable help from nature. The city backs up against the Wasatch Range, whose peaks rise to 9,000 feet and whose face is carved by...
Open House
Letters from our readers San Francisco Bay: Cleaner and more accessible Thank you for illuminating some of the many treasures in and around the West Coast's largest estuary, San Francisco Bay ("Bringing Back the Bay," January, page 12, Northern California...
Oregon's Sea of Sand
Explore 45 miles of shifting dunes, forests, and wetlands-all teeming with wildlife Some days the sand is light and dry as sugar, falling away underfoot. After a rain it's like soft-serve ice cream, yielding gently. Then there are winter days when the...
Oregon's Sea of Sand: Explore 45 Miles of Shifting Dunes, Forests, and Wetlands-All Teeming with Wildlife
Some days the sand is light and dry as sugar, falling away underfoot. After a rain it's like soft-serve ice cream, yielding gently. Then there are winter days when the east wind blows, scouring the sky of clouds and freezing the dunes hard as marble....
Paint a Pot
project Terra-cotta dresses up Ordinary terra-cotta pots turn fashionable when you add vivid colors and labels. Use them for growing young herbs or annual bedding plants; they can go indoors or out, as long as there's no danger of freezing. TIME: About...
Paint a Pot: Terra-Cotta Dresses Up. (Project)
Ordinary terra-cotta pots turn fashionable when you add vivid colors and labels. Use them for growing young herbs or annual bedding plants; they can go in-doors or out, as long as there's no danger of freezing. TIME: About 1 hour, plus drying time...
Pasadena California
What makes a great place to call home? Good architecture, vibrant downtowns, handsome trees-and, most of all, a caring community Real and honest: Bungalow Heaven Perhaps the most inviting thing about the Pasadena, California, neighborhood known as Bungalow...
Playful and Practical
home guide A cramped basement becomes a bright playroom/guest room After the arrival of their first child, the owners of this home found they needed a guest room and playroom, so they converted a 485-square-- foot basement apartment into a multifunctional...
Playful and Practical: A Cramped Basement Becomes a Bright Playroom/guest Room. (Home Guide)
After the arrival of their first child, the owners of this home found they needed a guest room and playroom, so they converted a 485-squarefoot basement apartment into a multifunctional space. The remodel combines practicality with a sense of fun...
Quick Recovery
Before & After New upholstery, a few pillows, and well-chosen color make redecorating simple * One of the most effective ways to create a fresh look for your interior is to give your old furniture a face-lift with new pillows or upholstery. That...
Quick Recovery: New Upholstery, a Few Pillows, and Well-Chosen Color Make Redecorating Simple. (before & After)
* One of the most effective ways to create a fresh look for your interior is to give your old furniture a face-lift with new pillows or upholstery. That was the case with Kimberly Tucci's sofa and chairs. The frames were still sturdy, with years left...
Santa Fe, New Mexico
BEST MODERN PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE Think of Santa Fe, and your mind's eye renders the image in sepia. By both tradition and design review in the historic districts, adobe and faux-adobe walls all wear the color of bare earth. There's something to be said...
Small-Lot Orchard
Espaliered apple and Asian pear trees produce plenty of fruit Here's a riddle: How do you fit an entire orchard of 24 fruit trees into a small San Francisco garden? For landscape designer Stephen Suzman, the answer is simple: Espalier the trees on an...
Small-Lot Orchard: Espaliered Apple and Asian Pear Trees Produce Plenty of Fruit
Here's a riddle: How do you fit an entire orchard of 24 fruit trees into a small San Francisco garden? For landscape designer Stephen Suzman, the answer is simple: Espalier the trees on an arched iron arbor, 6 feet wide by 56 feet long across the back...
South of Boise, Where Eagles Soar
day trip A spring outing on the spectacular Snake River Romance is in the air above Idaho's Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Near Kuna, 15 miles southwest of Boise, the preserve was set aside to protect eagles, falcons, and hawks....
South of Boise, Where Eagles Soar: A Spring Outing on the Spectacular Snake River. (Day Trip)
Romance is in the air above Idaho's Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Near Kuna, 15 miles southwest of Boise, the preserve was set aside to protect eagles, falcons, and hawks. For them, springtime means courtship and nesting. Take...
Stockton, California
BEST TREE CITY A high-tech urban forest "Every city in the San Joaquin Valley depends on trees," arborist Scott Essin told us. "Shade trees can take 20deg off the temperature on a hot summer day." Essin is right (at least if you compare the temperatures...
Tender Roast on a Beef Chuck Budget
food guide * There's not much challenge in roasting a choice cut of beef to perfection: Rare or well done, it's tender. But it's also pricey-too much so for most of us for everyday meals. An economical, workaday alternative, with excellent beef flavor,...
The Artistry of Mata Ortiz
In Southwestern galleries, discover exquisite pottery from a remote Mexican village The miracle of Mata Ortiz started with a laborer wandering through the Sierra Madre in northern Mexico, where he made a marvelous find. His discovery would forever transform...
The Artistry of Mata Ortiz: In Southwestern Galleries, Discover Exquisite Pottery from a Remote Mexican Village
The miracle of Mata Ortiz started with a laborer wandering through the Sierra Madre in northern Mexico, where he made a marvelous find. His discovery would forever transform a poor farming hamlet into a hub producing world-class pottery. As word spread...
The Flavors of Vietnam
food * entertaining You've tasted this intriguing cuisine in noodle houses and more formal Vietnamese eateries. Now, widely available ingredients and our simplified techniques make it easy to sample at home * Political upheaval, ironically, can leave...
The West's Best Places to Live: What Makes a Great Place to Call Home? Good Architecture, Vibrant Downtowns, Handsome Trees-And, Most of All, a Caring Community
* Pasadena * Walla Walla * Stockton * Denver * Santa Fe * Ogden BEST NEIGHBORHOOD Pasadena CALIFORNIA Real and honest: Bungalow Heaven Perhaps the most inviting thin about the Pasadena, California neighborhood known as...
Urban Renewal
Updating a garden takes vision and strategy Imagine you're in the midst of landscaping that was pretty groovy when it was first installed in the '70s. The focal point is a Jacuzzi large enough to hold at least 14 people; everything else is woodsy and...
Urban Renewal: Updating a Garden Takes Vision and Strategy
Imagine you're in the midst of landscaping that was pretty groovy when it was first installed in the '70s. The focal point is a Jacuzzi large enough to hold at least 14 people; everything else is woodsy and green. In the era when a hot dip after dinner...
Walla Walla, Washington
BEST MAIN STREET Coming together downtown Each Friday morning around 7, Jerry "Spud" Cundiff, a trim, white-haired gentleman who has spent his life in the family jewelry business, opens the sidewalk clock outside his store and cranks up its gearworks...
What to Do in Your Garden in March. (Mountain * Checklist)
PLANTING * BARE-ROOT ROSES. Remove packaging material and soak the rose in a bucket of water for as long as 24 hours. Dig a hole 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Plant the roots so the graft or bud union is 2 inches below the ground level. Mix a shovelful...
Where Superstitions Continue to Thrive
The Lost Dutchman Mine has never been found, but Arizona's Superstition Wilderness yields other riches * Some are crude, a few lines scrawled on crumpled paper. Others are elaborate, with detailed elevations of peaks and rock formations. Yet, the maps,...
Where Superstitions Continue to Thrive: The Lost Dutchman Mine Has Never Been Found, but Arizona's Superstition Wilderness Yields Other Riches. (Travel.Recreation)
Some are crude, a few lines scrawled on crumpled paper. Others are elaborate, with detailed elevations of peaks and rock formations. Yet, the maps, which hang at Goldfield Ghost Town's Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum, all have a commonality....
Wildlands in Woodblock
Best of the West Using Japanese techniques, Tom Killion portrays the California landscape * In a single, fluid movement, printmaker Tom Killion turns a cylinder that draws a sheet of handmade Japanese paper through his German proofing press. It's near...
Wildlands in Woodblock: Using Japanese Techniques, Tom Killion Portrays the California Landscape. (Best of the West)
* In a single, fluid movement, printmaker Tom Killion turns a cylinder that draws a sheet of handmade Japanese paper through his German proofing press. It's near the end of a complex series of steps to create an original woodblock print. Killion's...
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