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. 209, No. 2, August

A Beach of One's Own: At These Bay Area Beaches, You'll Have the Ocean to Yourself
On summer weekends it seems we're all looking for the same escape: the beach. When you get to the surf only to find more crowds, parking hassles, and someone blasting '80s rock on a too-loud boom box, you realize this is no way to relax. What you...
A Hawk in the Hand
It's one thing to admire hawks soaring overhead. It's quite another to hold one in your hand. The red-tailed hawk in mine watched me with yellow eyes. For such a large bird-with a wingspan of 4 feet-it seemed incredibly light. Minutes before, researchers...
A Little Water Music
How to add the magic of failing water to your garden Perhaps it's the music of burbling water that is so enchanting about backyeard waterfalls, or the tiny rainbows that form in the mist above them, or the ribbons of blear water, sparkling in sunlight,...
A Little Water Music: How to Add the Magic of Falling Water to Your Garden
Perhaps it's the music of burbling water that is so enchanting about backyard waterfalls, or the tiny rainbows that form in the mist above them, or the ribbons of clear water, sparkling in sunlight, that cascade off rocks. But one thing is certain:...
At Home with Nature
HOW THE WEST IS LIVING An active family builds an indoor-outdoor playground in Oregon Drawn to their roots in the Pacific Northwest, Gretchen and Geoff Wagner decided to settle down with their three children near Portland after living in the San Francisco...
At Home with Nature: An Active Family Builds an Indoor-Outdoor Playground in Oregon. (How the West Is Living)
* Drawn to their roots in the Pacific Northwest, Gretchen and Geoff Wagner decided to settle down with their three children near Portland after living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Wagners asked Berkeley designer David Stark Wilson--with whom...
A Village Unto Itself: In the Heart of San Francisco, Cole Valley Has Its Own Small-Town Vibe. (Travel: Northern California Day Trip)
Residents call it "the village" because, though Cole Valley is close to San Francisco's geographic heart, it can be its own world. Its short business district has one auto shop, one hardware store, an art gallery, an antiques store, and plenty of...
Beating the Odds in Las Vegas
With a little planning, you can live large on a small bankroll in Sin City ome people don't believe in luck. They say we create, through effort or karma, our own futures. So the source of the good fortune bestowed upon my husband and me on a recent weekend...
Beating the Odds in Las Vegas: With a Little Planning, You Can Live Large on a Small Bankroll in Sin City. (Travel: Value Vacation)
Some people don't believe in luck. They say we create, through effort or karma, our own futures. So the source of the good fortune bestowed upon my husband and me on a recent weekend trip to Las Vegas is debatable, but wherever it came from, we sure...
Best of Show
Best of the West Reports from the field: people, places, and at ideas KEEYLA MEADOWS RETHINKS THE GARDEN. When Keeyla Meadows designs display gardens at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, enchanted visitors hover around them like kids at a carousel....
Build a Trellis Table
HOME - PROJECT It's a do-it-all outdoor living center Most picnic tables offer little more than a nondescript surface for serving outdoor meals. This 8-foot-long table tries harder: It combines a table, seating, and a trellis in a single structure. It...
Build a Trellis Table: It's a Do-It-All Outdoor Living Center. (Home: Project)
Most picnic tables offer little more than a nondescript surface for serving outdoor meals. This 8-foot-long table tries harder: It combines a table, seating, and a trellis in a single structure. It uses four tall posts to form the rectangular core....
California's Forgotten Waterway: Humboldt Bay Is a Natural Waterfront Playground. (Travel: Recreation)
* My mother grew up in Seattle, and I was raised on her tales of a childhood spent beachcombing, digging clams, and roasting oysters on bonfires on the shores of Puget Sound. That could explain why I like Humboldt Bay so much. Geographically, it sits...
Chicken Piri-Piri
FOOD Put a popular Portuguese dish on the grill for a simple meal Erica is the source of the heat, but it was the Portuguese spirit of adventure that brought us chicken piri-piri, a spicy grilled dish common in southern Portugal and in Portuguese-style...
Chicken Piri-Piri: Put a Popular Portuguese Dish on the Grill for a Simple Meal. (Food)
Africa is the source of the heat, but it was the Portuguese spirit of adventure that brought us chicken piri-piri, a spicy grilled dish common in southern Portugal and in Portuguese-style restaurants in Africa (where piri-piri is a small hot chili)....
Colorado's Pearl
SHOPPING CELEBRATING 25 YEARS, BOULDER'S PEDESTRIAN MALL IS JUST HITTING ITS STRIDE. At 25, Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, continues to generate edgy energy, controversy, and cosmopolitan flair. Here are some of the places we always duck our...
Colorado's Pearl. (Shopping)
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS, BOULDER'S PEDESTRIAN MALL IS JUST HITTING ITS STRIDE. At 25, Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, continues to generate edgy energy, controversy, and cosmopolitan flair. Here are some of the places we always duck our heads...
Cool Comfort: Shake, Blend, and Pour Your Way to Soda-Fountain Contentment
The feeling that comes from sipping something cold, sweet, and thick enough to stand a straw in is one of summer's meltingly ephemeral pleasures, meant to be seized whenever inspiration strikes. These creamy frozen drinks--from a frothy raspberry soda...
Cool off on the Arkansas
Escape to Colorado's Royal Gorge country for summer action in the mountains and on the river * "Don't you dare pick up a hitchhiker," my passenger implored as we crested the final rise above the Arkansas River Valley. A reasonable request: We were, after...
Downieville's New Boom: Mountain Bikes and Hiking Boots Have Replaced Picks and Pans in This Gold Country Town. (Travel)
The story of Downieville, off State 49 in the foothills above Nevada City, is the quintessential tale of the Gold Country. When Major William Downie and his crew discovered gold here in 1849 at the Forks--where the Downie River joins the north branch...
Ernie's Place
* ALBUQUERQUE--The white bungalow sits along Girard Boulevard. A sign announces, surprisingly, that it is a public library. But the house still radiates a modest domesticity. "He only lived here five years," says librarian Harry Borum. "And he was gone...
Ernie's Place. (Western Wanderings)
ALBUQUERQUE--The white bungalow sits along Girard Boulevard. A sign announces, surprisingly, that it is a public library. But the house still radiates a modest domesticity. "He only lived here five years," says librarian Harry Borum. "And he was...
Fiesta Stacks: Put Savory Seafood Fillings between Tortillas for Layers of Fun. (Food)
Tortillas are folded and rolled around countless mixtures in Mexican entrees. But in Mexico City recently, I learned a simple lesson: You don't have to bend tortillas to create a festive dish. They make a big impression just stacked with seafood and...
Four Corners, Four Kinds of Outdoor Living
A Los Angeles garden offers places to be together and apart By Peter O. Whiteley * Photographs by John Granen When all you have is a broad expanse of lawn for your backyard, you start dreaming of possibilities. The owners of this garden saw themselves...
Four Corners, Four Kinds of Outdoor Living: A Los Angeles Garden Offers Places to Be Together and Apart
When all you have is a broad expanse of lawn for your backyard, you start dreaming of possibilities. The owners of this garden saw themselves entertaining, cooking, growing roses, relaxing in a spa, and simply stretching out in the sun. Their subsequent...
Garden Gems: Cape Bulbs Look Exotic but Grow like Natives in Our Climate
* If you live in California, you ought to read bulb catalogs in reverse. Why? Hidden in the back of the book under some grab-bag category like "exotics" are freesia, sparaxis, watsonia, babiana, and the rest of the Cape bulbs (named after a former...
Hawaii: Taste the Good Life with Healthy Choice[R]. (Special Advertising Supplement)
Taste the spirit of Aloha Set off for a vacation to Hawaii, a destination that lets you replenish your energy rather than absorb it. Frolicking on the beaches, being surrounded by wildlife and spectacular scenery, you'll experience the true meaning...
Hike and Dine above Salt Lake
Escape the city's summer sizzle with a high-canyon hike and dinner outdoors The Salt Lake City asphalt is as soft as marshmallows under my feet, and I haven't felt a natural breeze in weeks. The dog days of summer have definitely arrived. Instead of...
Hot Cheese: Holloumi, a Firm Cheese from Cyprus, Makes a Great Quick Meal. (Food: Guide)
* A friend recently mentioned to me that she had been cooking halloumi; I thought either she had a cold or she had found some kind of unusual fish. It turned out neither was the case: Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus and is now becoming easier to find...
Islands of Delight
A visit to Washington's San Juan Islands just might change your life Normal, satisfied, well-balanced people visit the San Juan Isalnd all the time, but they don't usually decide to stay. If they do, it's probably a mistake, and they'll have to pay a...
Islands of Delight: A Visit to Washington's San Juan Islands Just Might Change Your Life
Normal satisfied well-balanced people visit the San Juan Islands all the time. But they don't usually decide to stay. If they do it's probably a mistake and they'll have to pay a pile of cash to ferry their worldly goods back to the mainland a few...
Open House: Letters from Our Readers
Best of the West section draws kudos, comments Kudos to you and Harriot Manley for the article "Standing by the Sea" (June, page 17). "Chilean seabass" is the figment of Madison Avenue's imagination. There is no such fish. What is marketed as Chilean...
Peas as Sweet as Sugar
Veteran pea growers can't resist nibbling peas right off the vine. That's because peas, like sweet corn, are at their sugary peak the moment you pick them. From that time on, the sugar starts converting to starch, and sweetness declines. Tall vining...
Peas as Sweet as Sugar. (Garden)
Veteran pea growers can't resist nibbling peas right off the vine. That's because peas, like sweet corn, are at their sugary peak the moment you pick them. From that time on, the sugar starts converting to starch, and sweetness declines. Tall vining...
Sea of Greens: Seafood Salads Make Refreshing Meals for Sizzling Summer Days
* On hot summer nights, salad seems just the right solution for supper, especially when it's made more substantial with a generous dose of seafood. Leafy greens, sweet ripe tomatoes, or crisp shredded cabbage are perfect counterpoints to cool, sweet...
Seeing Clearly
An open design and a fresh, cool palette brighten this home When Lauren White and Alex Gansa purchased their 1,750-square-foot home, they knew that they would need to expand it. After reviewing a number of different schemes, they settled on a two-story...
Seeing Clearly: An Open Design and a Fresh, Cool Palette Brighten This Home. (Home)
When Lauren White and Alex Gansa purchased their 1,750-square-foot home, they knew that they would need to expand it. After reviewing a number of different schemes, they settled on a two-story rear addition that celebrates light and openness. The ground...
Something to Read While You Wait for the Paint to Dry
So, you're talking to the guy next door and you ask him how his trip to Des Moines was. "About as exciting as watching paint dry," he replies. The proper response to that is something along the lines of "Wow! Who knew it would be so invigorating?"...
Spice Up Summer Meals: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens. (Food: Kitchen Cabinet)
Terry's Barbecued Ribs Theresa Liu, Alameda, CA Theresa Liu knows a barbecue party has been a success when she sees lots of bare rib bones on each guest's plate. Ask the butcher to cut the rack in half lengthwise for appetizer-size portions....
Summer Suites in Taos
Plants and furnishings define spaces for meditating, entertaining, and relaxing Born in England "with a trowel in my hand," as she puts it, Susan Blevins honed her horticultural skills in the Alban hills near Rome ofter moving to Italy in 1965. Then,...
Super Cool
Take the heat off with light, flavorful cold soups By Kate Washington Photograph by James Carrier * When the mercury rises, appetites fall. Suddenly, it seems far too warm to cook, eat, or do anything more strenuous than lounge in the shade sipping iced...
Super Cool: Take the Heat off with Light, Flavorful Cold Soups. (Food: Low-Fat)
When the mercury rises, appetites fall. Suddenly, it seems far too warm to cook, eat, or do anything more strenuous than lounge in the shade sipping iced tea. But you have to keep your strength up somehow, to combat that heat -- it's just that the...
Surviving the Centuries: Discover New Mexico's Spanish Colonial Art in Timeless High Road Villages, Historic, Churches, Galleries, and a Vibrant New Museum. (Travel)
At noon on a quiet Sunday in northern New Mexico, villagers gather at El Santuario de Chimayo to pray before a 19th-century gold-leaf altar imported from Mexico. When you first walk into the 180-year-old church and face the altar, there is a moment...
Swedish Sand
ADVENTURES IN COOKING Swedish sand pastries convey summer celebrations for me. My introduction to them came in the form of cookies made by a Swedish friend who wanted to mark a midsummer's day with her California neighbors. Years later, I was actually...
Swedish Sand. (Food: Adventures in Cooking)
Swedish sand pastries convey summer celebrations for me. My introduction to them came in the form of cookies made by a Swedish friend who wanted to mark a midsummer's day with her California neighbors. Years later, I was actually in the right place...
Sweet Relief
Vintage soda fountains put some fizz into the dog days of summer When the thermometer heads into the triple digits, some of the sweetest places to cool off are the old-- fashioned ice cream parlors that dot the Mountain West, many situated along well-traveled...
The Cooling-Off Issue
FROM THE EDITOR * August is when summer finally ripens to its full potential in the West. In the area south of San Francisco where I live, it's the time when the fog finally lifts, when I can be reasonably sure that a weekend will include dipping my...
The Cooling-Off Issue. (from the Editor)
* August is when summer finally ripens to its full potential in the West. In the area south of San Francisco where I live, it's the time when the fog finally lifts, when I can be reasonably sure that a weekend will include dipping my feet into a pool,...
The Lightest of Them All
Wine Guide If the wines you drink are mainly from the western United States, you're drinking some of the world's most powerfully alcoholic wines. These big-bodied wines-wonderful, to be sure-are the result of nature. Compared to the rest of the wine-producing...
The Lightest of Them All. (Wine Guide)
If the wines you drink are mainly from the western United States, you're drinking some of the world's most powerfully alcoholic wines. These big-bodied wines--wonderful, to be sure--are the result of nature. Compared to the rest of the wine-producing...
Tips & Trips
THE ROCKIES IN AUGUST * FORT COLLINS, CO Head for the hills Load the camera and pack the binoculars because you'll probably spot bighorn sleep and maybe even moose along this moderate 10-mile round-trip hike west of Fort Collins. Beginning in Poudre...
Trickle Fountain
Water drips down plant-topped columns into a dreamy pond By Jim McCausland A fountain doesn't have to be a splashy affair. In fact, artists George Little and David Lewis (206/842-8327 or www. littleandlewis.com) have perfected a trickle fountain that...
Trickle Fountain: Water Drips Down Plant-Topped Columns into a Dreamy Pond. (Garden)
A fountain doesn't have to be a splashy affair. In fact, artists George Little and David Lewis (206/842-8327 or www.litleandeandlewis.com) have perfected a trickle fountain that flows just a drop at a time. One of their creations is pictured at right...
Under Control: Automatic Watering Is Easy with an Inexpensive Battery-Operated Timer. (Garden)
In the dry-climate West, watering lawns and garden plants is often our biggest challenge during summer (it's vacation time, after all). To keep plants irrigated automatically, you could install a highly efficient, multivalve automatic irrigation system....
Welcome to Our Cabin
This inviting getaway was quickly built from a kit. It showcases new materials and techniques Inspired by the compact, one-room miners' cabins of the Gold Rush era, this 400-square-foot structure works for today by incorporating some of the latest resource-...
Welcome to Our Cabin: This Inviting Getaway Was Quickly Built from a Kit. It Showcases New Materials and Techniques
Inspired by the compact, one-room miners' cabins of the Gold Rush era, this 400-square-foot structure works for today by incorporating some of the latest resource and energy-efficient products. Architect David Wright designed the modular unit to be...
What to Do in Your Garden in August. (Checklist: Northern California)
PLANTING * LATE-SUMMER AND FALL COLOR. Many perennials reach their bloom peak in spring and summer, but there are plenty of flowers that will carry a border into late summer and fall. Choices include aster, cape fuchsia, chrysanthemum, coreopsis,...
Wild about Whitefish
Stroll a small alpine town and hike Big Mountain It's hard to believe that Whitefish, Montana, was once called a swampy marsh. Its main drag, Central Avenue, is lined with boutiques and galleries, and tony inns dot the town. Before the railroad arrived...
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