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. 208, No. 1, January

A Bird in the Hand. (Northern California Travel Guide)
... is an everyday occurrence at Point Reyes Palomarin Field Station * "Pretty amazing, isn't it?" The bird-bander holds the Anna's hummingbird up for me to see. Yes, it is. The tiny bird's fuchsia iridescence glints on its head and neck; its...
All the West's Stage
And all the kids are players at these theaters Take a roomful of children, 5 to 17 years old. Add a play adapted especially for their age range. And then let the work begin: teaching them lines, songs, stage movement, and how to build sets and use props....
Beautiful Bathroom Storage
Fresh ways to unclutter this often crowded space * Bathroom design is undergoing a small revolution as Westerners look for ways to make this cramped room more beautiful and efficient. "A lot of attention is being paid to making the bathroom a relaxing...
Beautiful Bathroom Storage: Fresh Ways to Unclutter This Often Crowded Space
* Bathroom design is undergoing a small revolution as Westerners look for ways to make this cramped room more beautiful and efficient. "A lot of attention is being paid to making the bathroom a relaxing environment," says Kyle C. Gaffney of SkB Architects...
Before & After: Small Change, Big Improvement
The assets of this kitchen--including well-made cabinets, vintage tile countertops, and a generous layout--were hidden by layers of aged grout, worn paint, scuffed linoleum, and cutesy detailing. According to interior designer Jeffrey Marks, "The kitchen...
Beyond the Strip
Simple pleasures-the desert outdoors, soothing spas-on the fringe of Las Vegas There's no denying that Vegas's nonstop collection of renowned restaurants, phantasmic architecture, people-watching, and entertainment is a one-of-a-kind spectacle that has...
Beyond the Strip: Simple Pleasures-The Desert Outdoors, Soothing Spas-On the Fringe of Las Vegas
There's no denying that Vegas's nonstop collection of renowned restaurants, phantasmic architecture, people-watching, and entertainment is a one-of-a-kind spectacle that has something for just about everyone. But there comes a point in every visit...
Bringing Back the Bay: Efforts to Clean Up Protect and Restore San Francisco Bay Are Creating an Inviting Refuge for Wildlife-And People. (Making a Better West)
* The salty sparkling centerpiece of the San Francisco Bay Area is such an essential element of the region that most of us who live here take it completely for granted. Of course, we shouldn't. From San Jose to Suisun City, San Francisco Bay has...
Close-In Counters: Take a Front-Row Seat at These San Francisco Restaurants
Dining at a restaurant counter is not for the timid. Let others huddle around the table, safe in the companionable crowd. At a counter you'll find independent folks who enjoy being close to slinging hash, feeling the heat of the grill, and watching...
Cozy Classics
food - entertaining Comfort foods from around the worldlightened, updated, and designed for weeknight dinners What makes a dish a classic? Longevity in a certain cuisine is one mark. France's coq au vin, for instance, qualifies-it has the power to evoke...
Customized Glass Coasters
Back-painted in color, they're easy and fun By painting the backs of glass squares ordered from a window glass supplier, you can create distinctive coasters-for yourself or for gifts. Practical as protectors under wineglasses, they can also be set side...
Customized Glass Coasters: Back-Painted in Color, They're Easy and Fun. (Craft Project)
By painting the backs of glass squares ordered from a window glass supplier, you can create distinctive coasters--for yourself or for gifts. Practical as protectors under wineglasses, they can also be set side by side to create a trivet for a vase...
Divine Escapes
Three walkable towns welcome you into California's rich mission past Amission town presents a classic image of early California: a graceful, centuries-old adobe or stone church fronted by a town plaza, perhaps with several stately pepper or olive trees....
Divine Escapes: Three Walkable Towns Welcome You into California's Rich Mission Past
Amission town presents a classic image of early California: a graceful, centuries-old adobe or stone church fronted by a town plaza, perhaps with several stately pepper or olive trees. A few such villages have managed to preserve the spirit of the...
Easy Entertaining with Appetizers
Get a step ahead with these stylish, crowd-pleasing nibbles One of the friendliest ways to throw a party is to stick with appetizers. Set plates of them around the room, and it will be natural for your guests to circulate and strike up conversations....
Head-Start Gardening
Having a colorful garden in all seasons takes planning. Now is the time to start In January, color catalogs flood your mailbox, their glossy photographs of frothy pink-flowering trees, plump lilac and peony blooms, and dewy roses tempting you to buy,...
Head-Start Gardening: Having a Colorful Garden in All Seasons Takes Planning. Now Is the Time to Start
In January color catalogs flood your mailbox, their glossy photographs of frothy pink-flowering trees, plump lilac and peony blooms, and dewy roses tempting you to buy, buy, buy. But hold on. Instead of ordering one of this or that--whatever captures...
Kitchen Cabinet
Readers' recipes tested in Sunset's kitchens Dolmas Salad Sandra Frankmann, Pueblo West, CO After making dolmas-stuffed grape leaves-Sandra Frankmann didn't want to discard the grape leaf pieces left over. So she combined them with other dolma ingredients...
Luminous Walls
Let a sconce light your way Brightening many a wall these days are sconces and other lighting fixtures that provide versatile illumination and more than a little decorative flair. Wall-mounted fixtures often supply ambient light, bouncing their beams...
Luminous Walls: Let a Sconce Light Your Way
Brightening many a wall these days are sconces and other lighting fixtures that provide versatile illumination and more than a little decorative flair. Wall-mounted fixtures often supply ambient light, bouncing their beams off walls and ceilings or...
Memorable Wines on a Meat-Loaf Budget
Memorable wines on a meat-loaf budget This time of year, I'm always a little bothered by that old chestnut "Life's too short to drink bad wine." It's clear that whoever coined the phrase probably hadn't just made a serious dent in the family finances...
Mountana Thrills
day trip West Yellowstone offers winter fun and some wild encounters Long known as a snowmobiling mecca, West Yellowstone, Montana, is also a nordic nirvana. Located at Yellowstone National Park's west entrance, the town boasts bountiful snow and finely...
Open House
Cooking with Sunset in Connecticut Your November issue, with the special entertaining section, is outstanding. The recipes fit my cooking mantra: It's got to be simple but elegant. Incidentally, I am a New Englander. When I go west, it means I cross...
Open House: Letters from Our Readers
Cooking with Sunset in Connecticut Your November issue, with the special entertaining section, is outstanding. The recipes fit my cooking mantra: It's got to be simple but elegant. Incidentally, I am a New Englander. When I go west, it means...
Rooms in Bloom
I got to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs A full-fledged greenhouse room or just a few pots on a windowsill can bring the outdoors in Nineteenth-century naturalist Burroughs's secret for finding tranquility...
Rooms in Bloom: A Full-Fledged Greenhouse Room or Just a Few Pots on a Windowsill Can Bring the Outdoors In
Nineteenth-century naturalist Burroughs's secret for finding tranquility in a stressful world is familiar to anyone who loves gardens--places where flowers bloom, water trickles softly in a fountain, and the scent of jasmine or roses wafts in the air....
Seed Pioneers
garden * outdoor living It's a brave new world of flower and vegetable varieties, thanks to these seed specialists * Twenty years ago, most gardeners didn't know the difference between an 'Anaheim' and a habanero pepper. An haricot vert? To the uninformed,...
Seed Pioneers: It's a Brave New World of Flower and Vegetable Varieties, Thanks to These Seed Specialists. (Garden - Outdoor Living)
* Twenty years ago, most gardeners didn't know the difference between an 'Anaheim' and a habanero pepper. An haricot vert? To the uninformed, it sounded more like a foreign hairstyle than a green bean. And mesclun? These colorful mixes of baby lettuces...
Skiing for Beginners
Smooth the bumps of learning to ski at Buttermilk with programs, quality rental gear, and ample terrain. After a summer of long talks, dancing, hikes, and dinners, the young couple's growing compatibility was threatened-by winter. She'd grown up in the...
Slate-A Stone for All Surfaces
* Slate is the Robert Redford of the stone world: Its rugged good looks and versatility allow it to play a wide range of roles; its mood can be rustic and casual or sleek and contemporary. This metamorphic rock works equally well for floors, hearths...
Slate a Stone for All Surfaces. (Home - Interior Design)
* Slate is the Robert Redford of the stone world: Its rugged good looks and versatility allow it to play a wide range of roles; its mood can be rustic and casual or sleek and contemporary. This metamorphic rock works equally well for floors, hearths...
Small Change, Big Improvement
The changing Western home The assets of this kitchen-including well-made cabinets, vintage tile countertops, and a generous layout-were hidden by layers of aged grout, worn paint, scuffed linoleum, and cutesy detailing. According to interior designer...
Tahoe Snow Play: Head to Six State Parks for Winter Scenery and Stay for the Snow Fun
With more than 25 ski areas dotting the peaks around Lake Tahoe, the region is rightly touted as a mecca for downhill skiing and snowboarding. But while the ski slopes and lodges teem with winter traffic, Tahoe's state parks--wildly popular in summer--are...
The Wine Guide: Memorable Wines on a Meat-Loaf Budget
* This time of year, I'm always a little bothered by that old chestnut "Life's too short to drink bad wine." It's clear that whoever coined the phrase probably hadn't just made a serious dent in the family finances thanks to holiday gift giving and...
Time Travel in Montclair: Explore an Extinct Volcano, Sip an Old-Fashioned Malt. (Day Trip)
The East Bay may seem an unlikely place to find ancient volcanic remains. But believe it or not, one of the highest peaks in the Berkeley-Oakland Hills, Round Top, was formed from the remnants of a 10-million-year-old volcano, the largest of four that...
Two Side of Scottsdale
Go gallery-hopping and galloping through the hills-- all in one weekend * I'm sitting on a bench that curves along the interior of Arizona artist James Turrell's Knight Rise, an outdoor installation at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It's...
What to Do in Your Garden in January. (Northern California - Checklist)
PLANTING * ANTIQUE APPLES. Zones 7-9, 14-17: Following are a few favorite apple varieties of Carolyn Harrison, owner of Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery; all offer great flavor (use them for cider, cooking, or eating out of hand): 'Ashmead's Kernel'...
Whip Up a Dessert
Back in June 1956, the closest you could come in this country to France's creme fraiche was a firm, whipped mixture of cream cheese and sweet cream that we introduced as the filling for an incredibly popular recipe called French Cherry Pie. Recently,...
Wood on Water
New techniques make the humble kayak a work of art Consider the sea kayak: the purest form of watercraft, so efficient, so organically sculpted that a human seafarer becomes an honorary sea mammal. And now consider the wood kayak: this shapeliest of...
Wood on Water: New Techniques Make the Humble Kayak a Work of Art. (Best of the West)
* Consider the sea kayak: the purest form of watercraft, so efficient, so organically sculpted that a human seafarer becomes an honorary sea mammal. And now consider the wood kayak: this shapeliest of boats in the most expressive of materials. What...
Yellow Roses That Resist Black Spot
In the late 1800s, a French horticulturist named Joseph Pernet-Ducher developed the first yellow in the hybrid perpetual class. The rose world swooned with delight, and other growers introduced Pernet-Ducher's hybrid into their own breeding lines....
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