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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. 220, No. 5, May

5 Easy Makeovers: I Found It on Craigslist!
FRESH TAKE: DRESSERGo dark and dramaticTo bring this dresser into the modern era, we first removed and set aside the drawers and wheeled feet. Next we removed and discarded the top trim piece and the drawer pulls. We smoothed out the bottom trim's frillier...
Alaska Therapy
Need a recharge? Try having a pod of whales almost knock you out of your kayak BY KATIE TAMONYTHE INVITATION CAME at the perfect time, in the middle of a depressing winter. "Would you like to join us for an eight-day kayaking cruise this summer, in Prince...
Alaska Therapy; Need a Recharge? Try Having a Pod of Whales Almost Knock You out of Your Kayak
THE INVITATION CAME at the perfect time, in the middle of a depressing winter. "Would you like to join us for an eight-day kayaking cruise this summer, in Prince William Sound?" The email was from Kenny Blum, an outfitter I knew. He had no idea my...
Build Your Dream Backyard; How One Couple Picked Up Their Power Tools and Created a Magical Outdoor Dining Room
BLAME IT ON THE BARBECUE--a supersize stainless steel number that caught Jordan Rubin's eye. It needed a place to park outside the Seattle home Jordan shares with his wife, Leanne. The only question was where; the Rubins' sole outdoor space was a lifeless...
Eco on a Dime
10 low-cost, no-fuss ideas to go green-every dayBEING GREEN doesn't have to mean investing in solar panels or a new hybrid. "It's just about taking that little extra step/' explains Eszter Rabin, the founder of EmmaRose Papery, an eco-friendly stationery...
Eco on a Dime: 10 Low-Cost, No-Fuss Ideas to Go Green-Every Day
BEING GREEN doesn't have to mean investing in solar panels or a new hybrid. "It's just about taking that little extra step," explains Eszter Rabin, the founder of EmmaRose Papery, an eco-friendly stationery line in San Francisco. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
From the Editor
IT'S EASY TO GET INTO A VACATION RUT when you're busy. You visit a place one summer, discover you and your family love it, and want to repeat that surefire pleasure next year. No hassle, less investigative work--it's more relaxing for you. Trouble...
Great Catch
Farmed trout from Idaho tastes delicious, is responsibly raised, and is easy to find. Toss it on the grill for a quick dinnerGrilled trout fillets with crunchy pine-nut lemon toppingFirm, meaty rainbow trout is one of our most sustainably raised fish,...
Great Catch; Farmed Trout from Idaho Tastes Delicious, Is Responsibly Raised, and Is Easy to Find. Toss It on the Grill for a Quick Dinner
Grilled trout fillets with crunchy pine-nut lemon topping Firm, meaty rainbow trout is one of our most sustainably raised fish, and most of it is grown on clean "farms" in Idaho. Because it's dense, with a fair amount of oil in the flesh, it's less...
I Found It on Craigslist!5 Easy Makeovers
FRESH TAKE: DRESSER Go dark and dramatic To bring this dresser into the modern era, we first removed and set aside the drawers and wheeled feet. Next we removed and discarded the top trim piece and the drawer pulls. We smoothed out the bottom...
Intimate Retreat; How to Make Every Detail Count in a Tiny Urban Backyard
PRIVACY ON A SMALL CITY LOT is an all-too-elusive concept. But in a neighborhood of compact lots, this San Jose backyard--which sits right up against two-story houses--includes a pergola-sheltered hot tub for long, slow soaks behind a curtain of vines....
Into the Wild (in Style)
PROBLEM: LOVE THE OUTDOORS, HATE CAMPINGSOLUTION: SWAP YOUR SLEEPING BAG FOR A FEATHER BEDGREENOUGH, MT.THE RESORT AT PAWS UPWake up to: About 120 miles of hiking trails. But as Lewis and Clark did in this area before, you can spend the day blazing your...
Jeff Bridges
SANTA BARBARAThe actor and Renaissance man talks photography, smart gardening, and making his own wine INTERVIEW BY KATIE TAMONYFAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN SANTA BARBARA I like Mexican food; La Super-Rica Taqueria is, of course, good. And the Wine Cask,...
Jeff Bridges; the Actor and Renaissance Man Talks Photography, Smart Gardening, and Making His Own Wine
FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN SANTA BARBARA I like Mexican food; La Super-Rica Taqueria is, of course, good. And the Wine Cask, right across from the Lobero Theatre, the oldest continuously operating theater in California. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HIS...
Leanne's Scrapbook
Diary of a DIY dream garden, with a few detours along the way1 THE DRIVEWAY GOES Jordan begins to demolish the paving. "After a few stabs of the pick into asphalt, he demolished a disc in his back instead/' Leanne says. "What followed was a trip to the...
Let the Sun Shine In
Lighten up a woodland landscape with bright foliage and flowersIN SPRING, woodland gardens like this one are irresistible. Epimediums and forget-me-nots crowd the forest floor; daffodils form yellow clumps where sunshine reaches them; and chalky white...
May Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchen-and then given a twistCreamy basil zucchini soupDaniela F. Thompson, Lafayette, CAThompson's mother was once a teacher in a German village. Her students' parents would faring her pounds of zucchini,...
One Patio 3 Looks
Quick fixes; Three designers give a bare garden corner the Cinderella treatment PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS J. STORY1 Tropical glamThe patioAn imposing redwood fence was the dominant feature of an otherwise nondescript space.Create island magic"I love tropical...
One Patio 3 Looks; Quick Fixes: Three Designers Give a Bare Garden Corner the Cinderella Treatment
Create island magic "I love tropical places," says landscape designer Davis Dalbok, who cultivates his own jungle-inspired gardens in Fairfax, California, and on Hawaii's Big Island. A globe-trotter, Dalbok finds products and inspiration for his...
Party in a Chart: Cinco De Mayo
Following are sources for some products in this issue. Care has been taken to verify information, but info can't be guaranteed. Items not included may have sources named elsewhere in the issue, have come from personal collections, or have been discontinued....
Remodel in Real Life
What happens when a noted design authority takes on her first familyhome renovation? As Allison Arieff discover a bit of mayhem can be much more rewarding than architectural perfectionTHIS ISN'T REALLY A CONFESSION, although it may sound like one. For...
Remodel in Real Life; What Happens When a Noted Design Authority Takes on Her First Family-Home Renovation? as Allison Arieff Discovers, a Bit of Mayhem Can Be Much More Rewarding Than Architectural Perfection
THIS ISN'T REALLY A CONFESSION, although it may sound like one. For seven years, I was the editor of a modern architecture magazine. I spent hours either visiting breathtaking homes or poring over photographs of them. I was a vicarious renovator, one...
Smart Vacations
Come home from your next trip not just relaxed but smarterOAXACA, MEXICOMIX UP MOLES SOUTH OF THE BORDER2 Learn to tell your chiles from your chapulines (toasted grasshoppers) at Seasons of My Heart, a cooking school in the Oaxacan countryside of southern...
Smart Vacations; Come Home from Your Next Trip Not Just Relaxed but Smarter
In Sedona, the path to enlightenment involves hiking boots and yoga mats. Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking offers four-day retreats where you'll take guided hikes through red rock wilderness to vortex sites, places where the Earth's energy is supposedly...
Southern California the Easy Way
PROBLEM: GAS IS PRICEY AND DRIVING IS A HASSLE IN THE SUMMERSOLUTION: DISCOVER THE AMERICAN RIVIERA BY TRAIN3 stops, 1 train, all aboardThere's no way I'm reading now that the train has reached the ocean.I look out from the Pacific Surfliner at Pacific...
Southern California; the Easy Way
PROBLEM: GAS IS PRICEY AND DRIVING IS A HASSLE IN THE SUMMER SOLUTION: DISCOVER THE AMERICAN RIVIERA BY TRAIN 3 stops, 1 train, all aboard There's no way I'm reading now that the train has reached the ocean. I look out from the Pacific...
Springville
Immerse yourself in color, both natural and manmade, in a blooming Utah townTREES ARE in no short supply in Springville, Utah, said to be home to more than 100 species of them. But green isn't the only color you'll see in this pretty little town an hour...
Star a Cellar: Get a Little Organized, and You'll Always Have Just the Right Bottle on Hand
YOU'RE NO wine collector, you say? What about that half-case of Zin you carted home after a weekend in Sonoma? Or your recent stock-up sweep down the wine aisle at Trader Joe's? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most wine drinkers have more bottles tucked...
Start a Cellar
Get a little organized, and you'll always have just the right bottle on handYOU'RE NO wine collector, you say? What about that half-case of Zin you carted home after a weekend in Sonoma? Or your recent stock-up sweep down the wine aisle at Trader Joe's?Most...
The Accidental Honeymoon
Kauai has the magic power to turn any couple into newlyweds. Jane Smiley writes about how the island changed her lifeAFTERWARD, WE CALLED IT our "honeymoon." That would make our "wedding" the Rolling Stones concert we went to the night before. It did...
The Accidental Honeymoon; Kauai Has the Magic Power to Turn Any Couple into Newlyweds. Jane Smiley Writes about How the Island Changed Her Life
AFTERWARD, WE CALLED IT our "honeymoon." That would make our "wedding" the Rolling Stones concert we went to the night before. It did have all the earmarks of a honeymoon, though--it was in Kauai in the spring, the beaches were perfect, every bush...
Tiburon; Hike a Hidden Trail to Amazing Bay Views in Marin County's Little Piece of Paradise
IN THE RECENT children's book Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, a swaybacked horse named Blackie travels around the West before ending up in Marin County's Tiburon, a town so picturesque Blackie thinks, "I simply can't wait just to stand in one spot...
Tortilla Tower
Put a fun spin on the old enchilada by going vertical, and you'll draw wows from around the tableStacked chicken enchiladasThough the sauce, for this handsome dish tastes complex, it's made with canned chile sauce doctored up with sweet spices, raisins,...
Tortilla Tower; Put a Fun Spin on the Old Enchilada by Going Vertical, and You'll Draw Wows from around the Table
Stacked chicken enchiladas Though the sauce for this handsome dish tastes complex, it's made with canned chile sauce doctored up with sweet spices, raisins, pine nuts, and smoky chipotle chiles. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PREP AND COOK TIME About...
Transform with Color: Indoor-Outdoor Tips from Two Experts Who Really Know Their Paint
LISTEN TO Janie Lowe and Virginia Young as they passionately debate hue, value, and tone, and it's clear that they were destined to start a paint business. Yolo Colorhouse, their three-year-old, fast-growing, environmentally responsible nontoxic paint...
Travel Finds of the Moment
We share our two favorite hot spots this month: one in the city for the perfect thin-crust pizza, one off the beaten path for picnics and peak viewsBEST URBAN FINDDogpatchRising along a once-abandoned industrial stretch of San Francisco is the city's...
Travel Finds of the Moment: We Share Our Two Favorite Hot Spots This Month: One in the City for the Perfect Thin-Crust Pizza, One off the Beaten Path for Picnics and Peak Views
Rising along a once-abandoned industrial stretch of San Francisco is the city's newest--and most improbable--restaurant row. Until recently, the Dogpatch neighborhood, just south of AT&T Park, was best known as the location of Hells Angels headquarters....
Turn over a New Leaf
It's easy to fall into a rut with salads. Here are four fun takes on some old standards that will liven up lunch and dinnerIf you like the classic dinner salad, try:Sunflower sprouts saladOur version of the standard green salad is an airy stack of tender...
Viva Santa Fe
PROBLEM: WITH A FALLING DOLLAR, IT'S EXPENSIVE TO TRAVEL ABROAD SOLUTION: TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S. VIBE: KUNSTHALLE IN BERLIN Cruise the minimalistic Site Santa Fe, a former beer warehouse loosely modeled after a German...
What to Do in Northern California
May Walk among the wildflowers Bouverie Preserve, a 500-acre parcel that runs along Stuart Creek to the ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains, is one of the best spots around to see wildflowers. Every spring, the hills explode with more than 300 species...
What to Do in Northern California
May Shopping Buy an orchid There's nothing like a white phalaenopsis or a chocolate-scented oncidium for adding elegance and a hint of the tropics to a lightly shaded patio table in summer. For choices, visit the Carmel Orchid Society's MayFaire...
What to Do in the Rockies: May
JACKSON HOLENibble aold-medal chocolateThere are a few Olympic medatists walking the streets here, but only one leaves a trail of sweet treats. Oscar Ortega won his 2004 gold medal as Mexican pastry team captain at the IKA Culinary Olympics. Never one...
What to Do in the Rockies: May
PlantingBee allergies Gardeners are generally encouraged to attract bees and wasps to their plantscapes to pollinate all kinds of flowers, including those on some fruits and vegetables. But anyone with severe allergies may want to discourage the insects...
You Asked Us
We answer your queries for seasonal ideas, problem-solvers, and more"Strawberries are in season now. What can I do besides make shortcake?"Sweet and luscious, a really good strawberry has few rivals in the fruit kingdom. Here are four super-quick and...
You Asked Us ... We Answer Your Queries for Seasonal Ideas, Problem-Solvers, and More
"Strawberries are in season now. What can I do besides make shortcake?" Sweet and luscious, a really good strawberry has few rivals in the fruit kingdom. Here are four super-quick and delicious ways to serve them. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SALSA...
Your Perfect Tomato
Homegrown tomatoes are infinitely more flavorful than anything you can buy. You've peppered us with questions-here's how to get your most luscious crop ever BY JIM McCAUSLANDHow can I grow the sweetest, most flavorful tomatoes?A tomato's sugar content...
Your Perfect Tomato; Homegrown Tomatoes Are Infinitely More Flavorful Than Anything You Can Buy. You've Peppered Us with Questions-Here's How to Get Your Most Luscious Crop Ever
How can I grow the sweetest, most flavorful tomatoes? A tomato's sugar content is largely a matter of its genetic makeup. Some varieties, like the cherry types, are extremely sweet- Others, including black varieties such as 'black Krim', 'Cherokee...
Your Travel Hotline
Want to reinvent your summer vacation? Let Sunset show you howBargain beach vacationQ: We've both fallen in love with Hawaii. We've been twice in the last year and discovered a deep need for the sandy, sunny saltiness of Waikiki. Trouble is, we can't...
Your Travel Hotline: Want to Reinvent Your Summer Vacation? Let Sunset Show You How
Bargain beach vacation Q: We've both fallen in love with Hawaii. We've been twice in the last year and discovered a deep need for the sandy, sunny saltiness of Waikiki. Trouble is, we can't keep going to Oahu twice a year. We need a sunny beach...
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