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. 207, No. 1, July

3-Day Weekend
Sun Valley summer Want gorgeous scenery, great shopping--and sushi too? Head to Idaho * "The thing that most people don't understand about Ketchum and Sun Valley--the thing that makes this town so attractive--is that it really is someplace in...
A Boulder Fourth of July
* "Ready, set, go, ducks!" yells John Harding. With his yellow slicker and duck bill, he looks like a grown-up version of one of the toy ducks clutched in the hands of the 50 or so children clustered around him. Harding is the "Big Duck" in charge...
All-American Barbecue
A neighborhood comes together for the Fourth of July It's the kind of spread that conquers restraint: big, juicy burgers with your favorite fixings, fresh corn on the cob, smoky baked beans. Kids clamber to see the edible American flag (with stripes...
A Saint in Arizona
* ST. MICHAEL'S, ARIZONA--America's newest saint arrived here in April 1900, after a five-hour trip by buckboard from Gallup, New Mexico. The saint did not, apparently, record her impressions of the journey, but one companion, Sister Agatha, did: "We...
Balmy Nights with the Bard
Brush up your Shakespeare at festivals from Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz I'm on sensory overload. The sun is just dipping below the Sierra peaks, suffusing Lake Tahoe with silvery light. With a glass of wine in my hand and a picnic spread at my feet,...
Billy the Kid Country
* A hundred and twenty years after he was shot one dark July night by Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid still makes headlines in New Mexico. In February 2001, a New Mexico state representative requested that the governor issue a posthumous pardon for...
Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado/Utah
Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado/Utah Spread across and mesa-and-canyon country, in southwestern Colorado and just across the Utah border, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains more than 20,000 known archaeological sites. It is the...
Cool Fun in the Summertime
Find an antidote to July's heat at these Bay Area swim spots On those still, hot afternoons when summer is at its fiercest, everything shimmers in the heat, including your brain. There's no point in trying to do anything else: You need to take a...
Denver Flavors
Road food redux During the long, see-America-- first car trips of my youth, when truck stop cafes provided the best-and often the only-- fare for travelers, I first encountered the Denver omelet, an egg mixture with bell peppers, onions, and ham. On...
Enchanted Gardens
An inspired marriage of plants, furnishings, and accessories makes these gardens magical What makes a garden enchanting? Quite simply beautiful details. Take the pair of crisp white wicker chairs nestled (at left) in a curve of flowers. With their...
Evolution of an Interior
Enhancing a room in easy, price-conscious stages For most homeowners, interior decoration evolves as time and budget allow. But while the results may be beautiful, the process can be a little haphazard. We asked San Francisco interior designer Randall...
Falling Waters
These three fountains start with great pots Pleasure isn't complicated. Omar Khayyam celebrated that fact in The Rubaiyat in his famous lines: "A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou / Beside me singing in the Wilderness." Softly burbling fountains,...
Fountains of Youth
Indulge in nostalgia--and a cool treat--at a San Francisco ice cream shop * Cappuccino in a cardboard cup may be the current trendy treat, but at these three classic soda fountains in San Francisco, indulgence hearkens back to slower, sweeter times....
Great Bike Rider around Northern California -- It's Summer at Its Best
On a beautiful day, bike riding is summer's greatest pastime. Whether you prefer arduous, uphill courses or a breezy ride along the bay, there are plenty of places to make tracks in Northern California. And, there is no better way to get there than...
Great Gardens with Potted Plants
It's easy to have a garden almost anywhere * Potted plants are magicians: They can turn hardscape into landscape. Take a look at the spaces--entries, a courtyard, a deck--on these pages. There's hardly an inch of bare ground in any of them. All...
Handing the Reins to a New Editor
* After a century of publishing stories about the new and old West, it's little wonder that Sunset has traditions and stories of its own. Like giving cowboy boots to a new editor. Why boots? Well, being editor is no ordinary occupation. It doesn't...
Handing the Reins to a New Editor
* After a century of publishing stories about the new and old West, it's little wonder that Sunset has traditions and stories of its own. Like giving cowboy boots to a new editor. Why boots? Well, being editor is no ordinary occupation. It doesn't come...
Here's to Helena
Montana's historic capital city is getting a makeover It began life in 1864, when four disheartened prospectors found gold nuggets "that made the pan ring" in Prickly Pear Creek. The prospectors dubbed the area Last Chance Gulch. By the 1880s, a fullfledged...
King Soapy
Little did he know that in four days he would be lying dead in the Gold Rush town he had ruled. * July 4, 1898, was a day of triumph for Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith. Spurring his horse down the main street of Skagway, Alaska, as grand marshal of...
Kitchen Cabinet
Readers' recipes tested in Sunset's kitchens Grilled Salmon with Blackberry-Cabernet Coulis Krista Painter and Amy French, Seattle Classmates in culinary school, Krista Painter and Amy French are also friends who cook together for fun. At Pike Place...
Kitchen Window Wonders
Above the sink, drama and a sense of spaciousness Look twice at your kitchen window: Is it working as hard as it should to bring in the maximum amount of natural light while connecting the cook with the outside world? Does it function as a focal...
Lakeside Legends
* In the 1880s, a Sacramento newsman compared Lake Tahoe's sapphire depths to bluing solution, so astonishing was the color. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) said Lake Tahoe's air was pure enough for angels. Clear sky and water still startle the senses...
Leadville's Looking Up
The new Mineral Belt Trail celebrates a storied past Whenever Mike Conlin dismounts from his bicycle at the summit of the yearold Mineral Belt Trail, his spirit soars. A planning consultant by profession and a resident of Leadville by passion, he has...
More Legendary Outlaws
More legendary outlaws Below are four more notorious Western outlaws-and their preferred hangouts, Black Bart. The chivalrous Bart-born Charles E. Boles-- robbed stages in California in the 1870s and 1880s, sometimes leaving behind a bit of doggerel...
Near fFagstaff, an Uncivilized Retreat
Take a walk on the wild side at Arizona's Hart Prairie Preserve On a summer morning, we wander a narrow trail through the vast meadow of the Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve, near the base of the San Francisco Peaks outside Flagstaff, Arizona....
Never-Fall Souffles
Victor Scargle, chef at San Francisco's Grand Cafe, offers up these puffy, golden polenta souffles as a hearty first course. Paired with a salad, they make a handsome, satisfying entree for lunch or a simple supper. Although moist and light, the souffles...
Open House
Passionate about waterfalls I picked up your May issue on uncrowded national parks ("Untamed, Uncrowded, Unforgettable," page 102), but was sad to see no pictures of the wonderful waterfalls we have in North Cascades National Park. I have included one...
Open Wide
The ins and outs of patio doors * If you've dreamed of opening French doors--doors with glass panes throughout--to your patio or garden, you're in luck. There is more variety in them than ever before. But finding the right ones for your taste and...
Pick of the Crop
The berries are waiting for you this month around Watsonville This month, in the Pajaro Valley surrounding Watsonville, all kinds of berry plants are busily transforming sunshine into edible sweetness. And here's the absolute best way to appreciate...
Power Protection
The dicey availability of power in parts of the West this summer means it's more important than ever to protect your expensive computing and consumer electronics equipment from damage or loss of data due to power surges, spikes, and outages. Here's...
Preserved Forever
The West gains 118 stunning new national monuments It's still too soon to know how history will ultimately regard former President Bill Clinton, but those of us living in the West can begin exploring what may well be his most important legacy: the...
Repaving the Way
Whether you're dressing up an old driveway or starting fresh, there are striking colors, patterns, and textures to try The days of the bland, gray, poured-concrete driveway are numbered. Versatility and visual surprise are the new buzzwords: Concrete...
Rockin' out in Colorado
It's morning when we arrive at Roxborough State Park. I spot more than a dozen deer nibbling at the brush along the road into the park in the soft early light. From the George T. O'Malley Jr. Visitor Center, I follow a fox up the trail. Suddenly the...
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, California
The climb from the floor of the Coachella Valley up the mountain face to 10,805-foot Mt. San Jacinto is one of the great geologic rises in the world: In just 1 horizontal mile, it climbs 4,000 feet; in 7 miles, 10,000 feet. This Great Wall of Palm Springs,...
Stars, Stripes, and Baseballs
Celebrate the Fourth with our colorful floral centerpieces and star-spangled tablecloth * Get into the party spirit a day or so beforehand by making these Independence Day projects for your table. Francoise Kirkman designed the all-weather tablecloth...
Sun Valley Summer
3-Day Weekend Want gorgeous scenery, great shopping-and sushi too? Head to Idaho * "The thing that most people don't understand about Ketchum and Sun Valley-- the thing that makes this town so attractive-is that it really is someplace in the middle of...
The Flavor of Lime
This tart green citrus works magic, course after course A squeeze of lime juice is vital to many classic dishes. It's the kick in a margarita, the spark that ignites many curries, and the tart foil to sweetness in a host of desserts. Conveniently, for...
THE Outlaw WEST
From Lincoln County, New Mexico, to Skagway, Alaska, the West's good guys and bad guys still have the power to thrill HE DOESN'T LOOK like a legend, William H. Bonney. In the best-known photograph of him, he slouches with one lazy hand on his rifle,...
The Town Too Tough to Die
Tombstone, Arizona * Some say gunfire exploded across the O.K. Corral in a burning flash, and ended just as quickly. Then again, many folks in Tombstone say the dust never settled from the infamous 1881 shoot-out between the Earp brothers and the Clanton...
The West's Original Mobile Home
Historical, practical, and lightweight, the tepee is making a comeback * On a cool fall evening, my fiancee and I threw another log on a campfire, stared up at twinkling stars, and listened to the sound of a trickling stream a few feet away. All...
Tickled Pink
* If you and I were having dinner right now in some small cafe in Provence, you know what we'd probably be drinking? A chilled, crisp rose. For the French--as well as the Spanish, the Portuguese, and the Italians--summer is the season for snappy, fruity...
Trowel Savvy
A buyer's guide to the most-used garden tool The trowel is practically the only tool you need for gardening in containers and raised beds, and for transplanting annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Considering how indispensable it is, it makes sense...
Vase Decor
A designer's way with tabletop arrangements Since Kenneth Wingard quit his job as director of the accessories division at Pottery Barn five years ago to start his own home accessories company, he has created a dazzling array of award-winning products...
Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona
One of the many geologic wonders visible along Alt. U.S. 89 as it heads southwest from Page toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs are composed of a sandstone cap over multicolored, dissected layers of eroding shale. They are...
World Wraps
Meals in 30 minutes or less * At first glance, Vietnamese "sizzling" or "happy" pancakes look like giant omelets. In fact, they're crepes whose golden color comes from turmeric, not eggs. Filled with shrimp and bean sprouts, the crisp crepes are...
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