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. 206, No. 4, April

Almost-Civilized Bike Touring
On the road in California Wine Country: My legs burned. My breath came too quickly. My whole body wanted to stop. The only thing that kept me climbing Franz Valley Road toward Napa County was the promise of sampling some wine on the other side. And,...
Arizona's Amazing Granite Dells
North of Prescott, explore a landscape of stone The Granite Dells, a maze of tan, pink, and orange boulders, seem impenetrable-the sort of place where outlaws would hole up. Yet through this rugged landscape north of Prescott, Arizona, the trains of...
Artful Solutions
Four architectural elements make bold statements At first, they may seem like small things: A subtle entry arch, an unexpected line in a fireplace, a new use for an old door. But each of these interior details, gleaned from the 2000-2001 Sunset-ASID...
Art Lessons
Artist Maria del Carmen Calvo shares the secrets of her glorious garden Artists, you can't help but notice, have more interesting gardens than the rest of us. That's because they're so suffused with talent, everything they touch blossoms into self-expression....
Art of the Hula
To understand this classic Hawaiian dance, watch the feet and hands An old saying about hula claims "the hands tell the story." But graceful fingers tell only part of the tale, according to kumu hula (dance master) Manu Boyd. "The hands are important,...
Avocado Green
Once a favorite shade, always a prized cropavocado stars in satisfyingly simple dishes On the steep hills of Ladera Ranch in Ojai, California, avocado grower Roger Essick points out the pear-shaped fruit hidden under glossy, dark green leaves. They are...
A Wilderness in Colorado Springs
travel wide - day-hike * Today's Colorado Springs boasts a booming population of 340,000, excellent opportunities in high-tech, a thrive ing downtown, and-still-unspoiled mountain hiking within the city limits. North Cheyenne Canon Park is a prime example....
Beyond Whitewater Thrills
Down Idaho's Salmon River: Kate shouldn't have flipped her kayak. Grouse Creek was an easy class 2 riffle, but she was, perhaps, a little overconfident in her newly acquired kayaking skills: She hit a wave sideways, and ended up in the water. After several...
Chaco Canyon's Star Power
At the end of a lonely New Mexico road lie the ruins of a city aligned with the cosmos. Spring is the time to get out and explore Gray and heavy with rain, the high desert sky bears down on Chaco Canyon as we make our way up the Pueblo Alto Trail....
Colorado's Plainsong Country
Head north and east from Denver, and the prairie is wide, the history is proud, and the sky is magic If you think the Colorado prairie is flat, you just aren't paying enough attention. Motorists tend to fall into that trap; they're so impatient to reach...
Coquettish Ways with Eggs
No need to trifle with truffles In my 40-year-old copy of Larousse Gastronomique, by Prosper Montagne, there is no hint of culinary trendiness, just plenty of charming French food chauvinisms. The description of eggs en cocotte (cooked in individual...
Davis in Spring
This college town near Sacramento is at its two-wheeling best when the trees are blooming Maybe it's the fields stretching out flat and fertile in every direction, or the pink-tipped petals falling from the cherry trees. Maybe it's the thrill of...
Deep into New Mexico's Dunes
Spring is the best time to explore the trails of White Sands National Monument Hiking among the drifting dunes at White Sands National Monument, I'm reminded of Edward Abbey's observations on this surreal place. The recollection comes easy-the late nature...
Disappearing Acts
The many space-efficient disguises of the Murphy bed With a Murphy bed, which folds up into the wall, you can have your home office and sleep in it too. Born in the West--the Murphy Bed Company was founded in San Francisco in 1900--this invention...
Disappering Acts
The many space-efficient disguises of the Murphy bed With a Murphy bed, which folds up into the wall, you can have your home office and sleep in it too. Born in the West-the Murphy Bed Company was founded in San Francisco in 1900-this invention has become...
Do Good and Have Fun on a Dig
Under a hard blue sky, I bumped down a red-dirt Forest Service road in the high desert near Sedona, Arizona, managing to maneuver my way over rocks and ruts to the base of a sandstone butte. My immediate goal was to reach the Honanki cliff dwelling,...
Down Idaho's Salmon River: Beyond Whitewater Thrills
Kate shouldn't have flipped her kayak. Grouse Creek was an easy class 2 riffle, but she was, perhaps, a little overconfident in her newly acquired kayaking skills: She hit a wave sideways, and ended up in the water. After several days of rafting...
East Bay Wilderness
Nine parks offer Wildflowers, hiking trails, and solitude * Along McCorkle Trail in the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, south of Fremont, the buckeyes are just beginning to open their five-Leafed fists. The energizing scent of spring provides...
Flat-Out Flavor
a Pork tenderloin is a wonderful cut-- easy to find, quick to cook, lean, and boneless. Usually the tenderloin is treated like a little roast or cut into small chops. But it also makes a great steak if you pound it thin, a process that takes only a minute...
Flowers and Flour
Lilac gardens, a historic gristmill, and a winery are all within a stone's throw of Woodland, Washington Arose by any other name might smell as sweet, but nothing says springtime like the delicate fragrance of lilacs. If you, too, feel spring isn't complete...
Garden Magic in Baskets
Ground covers create living liners for baskets and hayracks * For years Sunset's garden staff lined hanging baskets with dry sphagnum moss. When coco-fiber inserts became available, we switched to those. Then last spring, Bud Stuckey, our test garden...
Garden Magic in Baskets
Ground covers create living liners for baskets and hayracks * For years Sunset's garden staff lined hanging baskets with dry sphagnum moss. When coco-fiber inserts became available, we switched to those. Then last spring, Bud Stuckey, our test garden...
Home of the Great Blue Heron
Visit the rookery and slough at Lake County's Rodman Ranch On the northern edge of Clear Lake, I'm having a hard time distinguishing the birds from the trees. I'm motoring upstream with three members of the Lake County Land Trust. As we pass...
Horsepacking for Greenhorns
As we ride to the horse camp, the toothy peaks of the volcanic Castles dominate the skyline. Along the trail, outfitter Tony Maldarella stops to point out the dark marks where lonely shepherds carved their names on aspen trees seven or more decades ago....
How to Win the War against Weeds
Attack both annuals and perennials as soon as you can If you were to compress all the advice written on weed control to a single maxim, it would be: Attack early in the game. Getting weeds out of the garden at the start of the season, when they're...
Idyllic Annadel
* With popular trails in some Bay Area parks looking more like busy sidewalks than quiet nature escapes, it's good to know there's still plenty of seclusion at Annadel State Park, in Sonoma County on the east side of Santa Rosa. At this 5,000-acre...
In Colorado's West Elk Wilderness: Horsepacking for Greenhorns
As we ride to the horse camp, the toothy peaks of the volcanic Castles dominate the skyline. Along the trail, outfitter Tony Maldarella stops to point out the dark marks where lonely shepherds carved their names on aspen trees seven or more decades...
Living with Wildfire
Last summer's fires were among the nation's worst. Experts believe more destructive fires are in our future. Now is the time to prepare for the coming fire season across the west * It often seemed the entire West was ablaze last summer. Fires...
Living with Wildfire in Your Community
Before, during, and after a wildfire, organization and involvement help * When Gary Marshall, fire marshal in Bend, Oregon, heard that Safeco Insurance wanted to buy the city some new fire equipment after it suffered its second major wildfire in six...
Living with Wildlife across the West
* It often seemed the entire West was ablaze last summer. Fires burned more than 5 million acres, racing through forests, across grasslands, and even into homes and communities on the wildland edge. In terms of acreage burned and money spent on firefighting,...
Lower the Heat on Fish
The Quick Cook Entrees in 30 minutes or less Delicate fish flourishes when treated gently. Chef Brian Streeter at Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley retains moisture in salmon by roasting it at a low temperature. Surprisingly, less heat doesn't mean significantly...
Making a Niche for Yourself
* Between the studs in most walls, there's typically a space 14 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches deep. With only a little work, this void can be turned into a shallow shelf for displaying small objects or favorite photographs. Here's a simple boxlike construction...
Making a Nich for Yourself
* Between the studs in most walls, there's typically a space 141/2 inches wide by 4 inches deep. With only a little work, this void can be turned into a shallow shelf for displaying small objects or favorite photographs. Here's a simple boxlike construction...
Nature's Own Flooring
Bamboo, cork, and linoleum are handsome, durable, and eco-friendly * Move over, wood and vinyl: Cork, linoleum, and bamboo are fast becoming the most stylish alternatives to traditional flooring materials--and they're practical and environmentally...
Near Sedona in Arizona: Do Good and Have Fun on a Dig
Under a hard blue sky, I bumped down a red-dirt Forest Service road in the high desert near Sedona, Arizona, managing to maneuver my way over rocks and ruts to the base of a sandstone butte. My immediate goal was to reach the Honanki cliff dwelling,...
New Takes on Tea
Sip in style at these unusual teahouses, from Berkeley to Mountain View "The Americans can send a man into space but they can't make a decent cup of tea," lamented Frank McCourt's Irish mother, Angela, in McCourt's memoir 'Tis. Maybe it's taken...
On the Road in California Wine Country: Almost-Civilized Bike Touring
My legs burned. My breath came too quickly My whole body wanted to stop. The only thing that kept me climbing Franz Valley Road toward Napa County was the promise of sampling some wine on the other side. And, perhaps, just a smidgen of pride. I...
Open House
Letters from our readers And thank you for subscribing My wife and I have been subscribing to Sunset for several years now We love it! Thank you for providing such a pleasant, informative, and helpful magazine. In our modern culture, where negative...
Pen on Paper
* SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA--The distinguished personages have gathered in this discreet, elegant building on West Anapamu Street. They press against each other incongruously, like costumed figures jostling for center stage in an elementary school...
Salt Lake City's Grand New Garden
mountain travel guide A spring destination to delight the senses * With their dancing waters and bursts of color, the 55-acre gardens of Thanksgiving Point, 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City, are the perfect antidote to a long, snowy winter. Opening...
Slightly Bigger and Even Better
High art in a homey setting at the Long Beach Museum of Art In an art world where monumental museums and megaexhibitions are counted on to generate a buzz, the recently reopened Long Beach Museum of Art proves that less is still sometimes more....
Slipcover Simplicity
Fashionable and easy to make, in two styles With these simple slipcovers, designed for ladder-back and other straight-back chairs, you can change your room's ambience in a matter of minutes. The simple lines, mattress ticking, and grommets of the...
Something to Celebrate in SoMa
Seven new restaurants near San Francisco's Pac Bell Park are hitting home runs The South of Market neighborhood is hot, and not just because of baseball. Long before Pacific Bell Park opened last year, high-tech SoMa--with restaurants like Boulevard,...
Spectacular Succulents
Robert Cohen has the magic touch with these obliging plants Maybe you think you know as much as you want to about succulents. I know I did. They're the sculptural little plants, usually shunted off to the side in nurseries, that you dash past without...
Spring Lamb Feast
A simple, fresh Easter menu from the vineyards of Portugal * On the steep hills of the port-producing Douro River Valley in northern Portugal, the seven siblings of the Viseu family tend the vineyards their great-grandfather bought in 1820. "The...
Step Back to Old Hawaii
Untouched by Maui tourism, Wailuku is rich in history scenery and friendly charm Just a few miles west of the Kahului Airport on the island of Maui lies the small town of Wailuku. It's the perfect place to pause for an afternoon or a day, to kick...
Summer Dazzlers
Five easy annuals for every garden If you only had time and space to grow five summer flowers, which ones would you choose? We asked ourselves that question last year. Flowers in dazzling colors topped our list-ones whose vivid hues would stop passersby...
Summer Dazzlers
Five easy annuals for every garden If you only had time and space to grow five summer flowers, which ones would you choose? We asked ourselves that question last year. Flowers in dazzling colors topped our list-ones whose vivid hues would stop passersby...
The Age of Port
Like programming a VCR, port seems simple enough-until you really get into it. In fact, port is one of the world's most intricate and painstakingly handcrafted beverages. But this shouldn't make any of us wary. Just the opposite-port deserves our attention...
The Glorious End of the Road
Discover the real Alaska at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Who in their right mind would look forward to driving over 60 miles of muddy washboarded, potholed, narrow gravel road? Well, me, for one. My fantasy of Alaska has always...
The Point of It All
Stroll San Diego's Point Loma for boats and books, tidepools and mai tais-and maybe the most beautiful sunsets in the world Everything pauses at sunset. The west slope of San Diego's Point Loma becomes a vast natural bleacher, its residents drifting...
The Wine Guide
The age of port * Like programming a VCR, port seems simple enough--until you really get into it. In fact, port is one of the world's most intricate and painstakingly handcrafted beverages. But this shouldn't make any of us wary. Just the opposite--port...
Treasures at the Library
Little-known Bay Area repositories hold surprises from dolls to drills If word got out about what's to be found at Bay Area libraries, there'd be a whole lot more shushing going on. Many Berkeley residents don't know, for example, that they can...
Trogon Time
In Arizona, a bird-watcher's spring fancy turns to a rare bird in a beautiful, remote canyon Few communities can survive on a one-bird economy. Yet the tiny hamlet of Portal, Arizona, has managed quite well. On the eastern slope of the Chiricahua Mountains,...
Ultimate Easy Craft Table
Sawhorses and vinyl covering convert an ordinary door. Although common usage would suggest otherwise, the kitchen table is not the best place for craft projects because cutting can damage its surface, measuring between salt and pepper shakers and...
Ultimate Easy Craft Table
Sawhorses and vinyl covering convert an ordinary door Although common usage would suggest otherwise, the kitchen table is not the best place for craft projects because cutting can damage its surface, measuring between salt and pepper shakers and the...
Utah's Grand New Garden
Near Salt Lake City, a destination to delight the senses With their dancing waters and bursts of color, the 55-acre gardens of Thanksgiving Point, 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City; are the perfect antidote to a long, snowy winter. Opening for...
What to Do in Your Garden in April
PLANTING * BEDDING PLANTS. Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas. Plant from sixpacks when you can; they're more economical and rapidly catch up to 4-inch plants. Cosmos...
Wonderful Wisterias
A shopper's guide to this clan of showy spring-flowering vines In the western China province of Hubei, the much-loved vine that westerners know simply by the scientific name Wisteria is called chiao teng (beautiful vine). In Japan, it's called Fuji....
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