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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. 218, No. 5, May

A Day on the Lake: With New Wineries, Restaurants, and Places to Stay, Clear Lake Looks Better Than Ever
BY THE TIME WE ARRIVE at Ceago Del Lago Winery, on the northwest shore of Clear Lake, we've seen far more birds than people. Western grebes, thousands of them, bob peacefully until our boat gets directly in front of them. Then they dive upside down...
A Family Garden
A big, yard, not a bigger house, inspired a Santa Monica couple's thoughtful landscape makeoverMORE GARDEN THAN HOUSE is a rare phenomenon in our age of McMansions. Grace Phillips and Tom Lloyd knew that all too well. They'd been looking for property...
A Family Garden: A Big Yard, Not a Bigger House, Inspired a Santa Monica Couple's Thoughtful Landscape Makeover
MORE GARDEN THAN HOUSE is a rare phenomenon in our age of McMansions. Grace Phillips and Tom Lloyd knew that all too well. They'd been looking for property in the Santa Monica area for a long time before they finally found one they could picture as...
Cheese from the Farm
Watch two of the West's best artisanal producers turn milk into pure dairy heavenTHERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME to eat Western cheese. Dozens of fine artisanal producers have popped up here in the past several years, and if you walk into your neighborhood...
Cheese from the Farm: Watch Two of the West's Best Artisanal Producers Turn Milk into Pure Dairy Heaven
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME to eat Western cheese. Dozens of fine artisanal producers have popped up here in the past several years, and if you walk into your neighborhood cheese shop (or even a well-stocked grocery store), you're likely to...
Cinco De Mayo Party
A popular Oakland restaurant creates our festive menu, featuring two types of tacos, beet and citrus salad, and creamy tres leches cakeAT DOÑA TOMÁS RESTAURANT in Oakland, guests have reserved well ahead for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration of food...
Cinco De Mayo Party: A Popular Oakland Restaurant Creates Our Festive Menu, Featuring Two Types of Tacos, Beet and Citrus Salad, and Creamy Tres Leches Cake
AT DONA TOMAS RESTAURANT in Oakland, guests have reserved well ahead for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration of food and drink backed by live mariachi music. It's the only day of the year when the restaurant serves from late morning through dinner,...
Easy-Care Begonias
Shade dwellers by nature, these perennials look like color-rich, sun-loving annualsFANCY FOLIAGE is the smart way to brighten up a shaded patio or a garden corner-leaves last while flowers don't. And among plants with showy foliage, the fancy-leaf or...
Easy-Care Begonias: Shade Dwellers by Nature, These Perennials Look like Color-Rich, Sun-Loving Annuals
FANCY FOLIAGE is the smart way to brighten up a shaded patio or a garden corner--leaves last while flowers don't. And among plants with showy foliage, the fancy-leaf or rex begonias have no rival. Their leaves are large and richly patterned with blotches,...
Embrace the Outdoors
An unsightly patio on a challenging slope becomes a haven for alfresco entertainingON WARM SUMMER EVENINGS, as the sounds of outdoor concerts drift up from the Hollywood Bowl, Stephen Matt sits on his deck and savors his slice of paradise. The setting...
Embrace the Outdoors: An Unsightly Patio on a Challenging Slope Becomes a Haven for Alfresco Entertaining
ON WARM SUMMER EVENINGS, as the sounds of outdoor concerts drift up from the Hollywood Bowl, Stephen Matt sits on his deck and savors his slice of paradise. The setting includes some of the best elements Los Angeles has to offer: a perch high up in...
Field of Dreams
Fragrant, romantic, and easy to grow, Lavender can also inspire passionate devotion. How one Denver woman left big-city life behind to run a lavender farm in Oregon's Willamette ValleySEVEN YEARS AGO, Trina Riemersma was a city girl living in Denver...
Field of Dreams: Fragrant, Romantic, and Easy to Grow, Lavender Can Also Inspire Passionate Devotion. How One Denver Woman Left Big-City Life Behind to Run a Lavender Farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley
SEVEN YEARS AGO, Trina Riemersma was a city girl living in Denver with a job, two dogs, and a dream. "I'd read Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence," she explains. "And moving to a farmhouse, preferably in France, sounded so romantic." Inspired...
Garden-Fresh Melons
Plant heirloom varieties now to harvest in midsummerSWEET, SUCCULENT MELONS are an irresistible summer treat. Plucked fresh from the vine at the peak of ripeness, melons have a flavor that is tough to beat; even a single slice is the perfect dessert...
Garden-Fresh Melons: Plant Heirloom Varieties Now to Harvest in Midsummer
SWEET, SUCCULENT MELONS are an irresistible summer treat. Plucked fresh from the vine at the peak of ripeness, melons have a flavor that is tough to beat; even a single slice is the perfect dessert at a picnic or backyard barbecue. But which varieties...
Giada De Laurentiis
LOS ANGELESThe queen of Italian cuisine talks about food shopping, and easy weeknight cookingHer new book It's called Everyday Pasta, and it's a book I always wanted to write. Before World War II, my family had a pasta factory in Naples, Italy. My grandfather,...
Giada De Laurentiis: The Queen of Italian Cuisine Talks about Pasta, Food Shopping, and Easy Weeknight Cooking
Her new book It's called Everyday Pasta, and it's a book I always wanted to write. Before World War II, my family had a pasta factory in Naples, Italy. My grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, sold pasta. Even after he went to work as an actor and then...
High and Dry
Go for a ride in the shadow of Pikes Peak, near Colorado SpringsLATE SPRING CAN BE sketchy for Colorado fitniks looking for snowless, high-country, single-track rides (or hikes). If the law of averages prevails, though, the trail around Rampart Reservoir...
How to Grill Salmon Fillets
One foolproof method, three tasty variationsTHE TRICKIEST PART about grilling salmon is preventing it from sticking, especially if you happen to like crispy, delicious skin that stays on the fillet instead of gluing itself to the grill. But you can make...
How to Grill Salmon Fillets: One Foolproof Method, Three Tasty Variations
THE TRICKIEST PART about grilling salmon is preventing it from sticking, especially if you happen to like crispy, delicious skin that stays on the fillet instead of gluing itself to the grill. But you can make perfect grilled salmon if you keep a few...
Island of Discovery
Hauntingly beautiful and untouched, British Columbia's northern Vancouver Island feels like the edge of the worldON VANCOUVER ISLAND, the road dribbles to an end in a gravelly dirt parking lot 350 miles northwest of the prim and dainty city of Victoria,...
Island of Discovery: Hauntingly Beautiful and Untouched, British Columbia's Northern Vancouver Island Feels like the Edge of the World
ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, the road dribbles to an end in a gravelly dirt parking lot 350 miles northwest of the prim and dainty city of Victoria, the island destination most visitors know. A trail disappears into the rain-forest gloom, where a sign helpfully...
It's Party Time
The entertaining season is in full swing: Try these wine-serving tips and you've sure to get the fun flowingMOTHER'S DAY, graduations, showers, and at [east for some of us, the first weather warm enough to eat outsidethis time of year's rife with excuses...
It's Party Time: The Entertaining Season Is in Full Swing: Try These Wine-Serving Tips and You're Sure to Get the Fun Flowing
MOTHER'S DAY, graduations, showers, and at least for some of us, the first weather warm enough to eat outside--this time of year's rife with excuses to throw dinner parties. Used right, wine can help make them stellar events. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Kitchen Update
A small addition makes an old house fit a young family's lifestyleADD A LITTLE, GAIN A LOT. That's the lesson Monica and David Stephenson learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their Seattle home. Somewhere along the...
Kitchen Update: A Small Addition Makes an Old House Fit a Young Family's Lifestyle
ADD A LITTLE, GAIN A LOT. That's the lesson Monica and David Stephenson learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their Seattle home. Somewhere along the line, the kitchen had been poorly remodeled and "had no relationship...
Maya Lin's Artful Journey
Along 470 miles of the Columbia River basin, the creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is now finishing an astonishing new work. From eastern Washington to the Pacific Ocean, the Confluence Project pays tribute to the human spiritSACAJAWEA STATE PARK,...
Maya Lin's Artful Journey: Along 470 Miles of the Columbia River Basin, the Creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Is Now Finishing an Astonishing New Work. from Eastern Washington to the Pacific Ocean, the Confluence Project Pays Tribute to the Human Spirit
SACAJAWEA STATE PARK, PASCO, WASHINGTON. The low sun casts diamonds on the Snake River. A breeze ruffles the Columbia River. The two great waterways converge here, at a point of land dense with gray willows and sycamores. A few yards away, drummers...
May Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenThis month's picks1. Mango-cucumber salad2. Risi e bisi3. Lavender scones4. Lemon pudding cakeMango-cucumber saladRoxanne Chan, Albany, CAThis salad has afresh crunch and spicy kick. Try it on its own...
May in the West
Landscape study Budding and experienced artists from all over the West make the pilgrimage to Abiquiu, New Mexico--Georgia O'Keeffe country--to set up their easels among the famed red rocks of Ghost Ranch, the site of O'Keeffe's summer home and...
Perfect Veggies: In San Diego's North County, the Produce Growers Are the Superstars-But the Chefs Are Rising Fast
A LINE OF NAMETAGS on the wall behind the Chino family's rustic farmstand gives a handful of chefs permission to pick up their ready-bagged orders of veggies. Other chefs slip behind the counter; they've earned the next-best right, to pick out their...
Pondless Waterfall
Create an easy-care feature with the look of a mountain streamTHE BEAUTY of this bucolic waterfall belies its practical considerations. Homeowners Dana Upshaw and Dave Preston wanted a water feature that would block noise from three adjacent yards on...
Reader Letters
Wine region to watchThe article 'The Next Wine Country" (March, page 114) was wonderful. Thanks! Paso Robles and the surrounding natural landscape have changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and visionary winemakers like Justin Baldwin have driven...
Resources
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Rooms at the Inn
Winslow, ArizonaTINA MION AND ALLAN AFFELDT still remember when their first guest arrived. They had spent a year living in the abandoned 80,000-square-foot La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona, trying to fix it up. Now it was showtime."We panicked," Mion...
Rose Border: Mix Shrub and Climbing Types with Perennials for Abundant Bloom over a Long Season
WHEN KIDS OUTGROW their need for backyard play spaces, the family garden often changes. That was the case for Steve and Sue Loy of Menlo Park. As soon as their children got older, they found that they no longer needed a recreation-oriented space dominated...
Sea Ranch Style
A couple with creativity in their bones builds the house of their dreams in an innovative coastal communitySTAND IN FRONT of the weathered gray wood and glass house that Maynard Hale Lyndon and Lu Wendell Lyndon built on the northern coast of California,...
Sea Ranch Style: A Couple with Creativity in Their Bones Builds the House of Their Dreams in an Innovative Coastal Community
STAND IN FRONT of the weathered gray wood and glass house that Maynard Hale Lyndon and Lu Wendell Lyndon built on the northern coast of California, and it's immediately clear what inspires them: the landscape. Every direction yields a spectacular view...
Seattle's New Waterfront
World-class art meets the great outdoors at the Olympic Sculpture ParkIT'S HARD TO OVERSTATE the effect Alexander Calder's Eagle has had since landing in Seattle.The Eagle, asg-foot-tall, bright red steel stabile, is one of 21 monumental sculptures gracing...
Seattle's New Waterfront: World-Class Art Meets the Great Outdoors at the Olympic Sculpture Park
IT'S HARD TO OVERSTATE the effect Alexander Calder's Eagle has had since landing in Seattle. The Eagle, a 39-foot-tall, bright red steel stabile, is one of 21 monumental sculptures gracing the city's sparkling new Olympic Sculpture Park, which officially...
Seeking Summer
Surf, sunbathe, and stargaze in Idaho's balmy Bruneau sand dunesMY FAMILY LOVES everything about winter-except the way it overstays its welcome at our mountain home, an hour north of Boise. Months that others associate with soft petals and sunshine,...
Stylish Veggie Garden
Raised beds add beauty and structure to a compact plot of ediblesTHE SECRET to a successful kitchen garden-called a potager in France-is geometry. A convenient location helps too; to be useful, a potager needs to be near the kitchen, so fresh herbs for...
Stylish Veggie Garden: Raised Beds Add Beauty and Structure to a Compact Plot of Edibles
THE SECRET to a successful kitchen garden--called a potager in France--is geometry. A convenient location helps too; to be useful; a potager needs to be near the kitchen, so fresh herbs for seasoning, leafy greens for salads, or ripe berries for dessert...
Sunol: Take a Hike, Ride a Train, and Sip Some Wine in the Southern East Bay
A QUIET GREEN OASIS edged by more green, and more quiet, Sunol Regional Wilderness is perfect for a spring leg-stretcher to reacquaint yourself with the tonic of nature. The Canyon View Trail cuts through the 6,858-acre park, passing oak-studded meadows...
Super Rice Bowl
Green vegetables, savory pork, spicy ginger, and a cheery topping of egg make a quick, flavorful dinnerPork and asparagus rice bowlCooking the pork and asparagus separately creates layers of flavor and makes this dish more elegant than most meals in...
The Art of Display
Celebrate family photos, treasured keepsakes, and everyday objects in a simple yet striking wayYOU COULD ALMOST mistake Francesca Harris's home for an art gallery. Black-and-white picture frames adorn almost every wall; little vignettes of heirlooms...
The Art of Display: Celebrate Family Photos, Treasured Keepsakes, and Everyday Objects in a Simple Yet Striking Way
YOU COULD ALMOST mistake Francesca Harris's home for an art gallery. Black-and-white picture frames adorn almost every wall; little vignettes of heirlooms and mementos top most surfaces. Harris, a design-build contractor and home inspector in Corte...
The Secret Canyon
Travel to a place with soaring views and few people. You don't really know the Grand Canyon until you've explored its uncrowded, unforgettable North RimTHE LAST LEG TO THE NORTH RIM of the Grand Canyon is a 44-mile drive on Arizona's State 67 that passes...
The Secret Canyon: Travel to a Place with Soaring Views and Few People. You Don't Really Know the Grand Canyon until You've Explored Its Uncrowded, Unforgettable North Rim
THE LAST LEG TO THE NORTH RIM of the Grand Canyon is a 44-mile drive on Arizona's State 67 that passes through forests of ponderosa pine. It runs along rolling meadows that in spring fill with shallow lakes, where herds of mule deer dissolve into the...
This Month on Sunset.Com
Preview our outdoor-living home Picture yourself lounging on a large deck off a cozy tent cabin. Your best friends are gathered around the deck's cabana, bunkhouse, barbecue, dining table, and firepit. There's a central enclosed cookhouse and bathroom...
Top 10 Rafting Trips
Our favorite river adventures for foodies, photo geeks, and classical music fans1 COLORADO RIVER, AZSTRING QUARTET IN THE GRAND CANYON It may appear incongruent at first-a cellist carting her instrument up slick rock, a grand master violinist keeping...
Top 10 Rafting Trips: Our Favorite River Adventures for Foodies, Photo Geeks, and Classical Music Fans
1 COLORADO RIVER, AZ STRING QUARTET IN THE GRAND CANYON It may appear incongruent at first--a cellist carting her instrument up slick rock, a grand master violinist keeping time with his sandaled foot--but once the musicians plunge into Beethoven...
Urban Oasis
Turn an unused courtyard into a private retreat with multiple areas for outdoor living.IT'S A CLASSIC SCENARIO: A house gets remodeled, and suddenly the garden doesn't work anymore. That's what happened to this Denver property, located next to a busy...
Urban Oasis: Turn an Unused Courtyard into a Private Retreat with Multiple Areas for Outdoor Living
IT'S A CLASSIC SCENARIO: A house gets remodeled, and suddenly the garden doesn't work anymore. That's what happened to this Denver property, located next to a busy upscale shopping area. Before the remodel, a decaying wooden fence was all that separated...
Village Life
California's posh Pacific Palisades is a small town with some big attractionsALTHOUGH THEIR COMMUNITY sits snugly between Santa Monica and Malibu and is famous as a home to movie stars, what many residents in Pacific Palisades value most are its small-town...
Village Life: Posh Pacific Palisades Is a Small Town with Some Big Attractions
ALTHOUGH THEIR COMMUNITY sits snugly between Santa Monica and Malibu and is famous as a home to movie stars, what many residents in Pacific Palisades value most are its small-town ways. That said, the Palisades isn't likely to be confused with Gopher...
What to Do in Northern California May
CAMINO Visit an iris garden This is the only time of the year that the general public can visit High Sierra Iris and Wedding Gardens, and it's not to be missed. Located in a community of specialty growers outside Placerville, Nancy and Mike Visman's...
What to Do in the Rockies: May
BOULDERRACE RUBBER DUCKIES Celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer at the Boulder Creek Festival, which spans five blocks with live entertainment, art and food booths, and a fishing derby. The revelry culminates with the Great Rubber Duck Race-buy...
What to Do in Your Garden May
Planting Dahlias Set out dahlia plants this month for summer bloom. Flowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes; plants range in height from foot-tall dwarfs (perfect for containers) to 6-footers to plant at the back of a border. In cooler climates,...
What to Do in Your Garden: May
PlantingContainer veggies Most vegetables grow well in containers. Start with a lightweight fiberglass or plastic pot, which is less prone to drying, or try a self-watering container, which makes irrigation a breeze. Fill with a good-quality potting...
Winslow, Arizona Rooms at the Inn
TINA MION AND ALLAN AFFELDT still remember when their first guest arrived. They had spent a year living in the abandoned 80,000-square-foot La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona, trying to fix it up. Now it was showtime. "We panicked," Mion says....
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