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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. 219, No. 1, July

3 Ways with Potato Salad
Best friend to burgers and hot dogs; indispensable at picnics and potlucks. Here's summer's favorite side dishClassic American potato saladWhen we think "potato salad," we think of this dish: chunks of tender potato and plenty of chopped hard-cooked...
3 Ways with Potato Salad: Best Friend to Burgers and Hot Dogs; Indispensable at Picnics and Potlucks. Here's Summer's Favorite Side Dish
Classic American potato salad When we think "potato salad," we think of this dish: chunks of tender potato and plenty of chopped hard-cooked eggs, lightly coated with a tangy mayonnaise dressing full of crunchy red onion, celery, and pickles. Serve...
Ancient Hot Spot: Find a Quiet Corner and Contemplate the Mysteries of Bandelier National Monument
FROM THE CLIFFS above Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument, you can look down on the curving walls and into the honeycomb-patterned remains of the village of Tyuonyi. Dating back 800 years, it's the largest of the ancient structures within...
Artist's Garden
Transform an unappealing corner of the yard into a focal pointACCENTED WITH COLORFUL perennials, this glowing ceramics studio draws the eyes of everyone who passes by. Yet it wasn't always the case. Bill and Candy House originally asked landscape designer...
Backyard Geometry
Lush plantings, clean lines, and built-in seating create an inviting outdoor roomA GARDEN shaped like a wedge of pie can be awkward. "It started wide and sloped away to a point/' landscape designer Judy Kameon says of Timm Fryman's backyard in the Hollywood...
Bathhouse Retreat
Tricks for turning a run-down shed into a soothing spaA "FUNKY OLD STORAGE BUILDING" JUSt a few steps away from her back door gave homeowner Kathryn Alien a creative solution to a pesky problem. "Our master bath had only a slender shower stall, and I...
Bathhouse Retreat: Tricks for Turning a Run-Down Shed into a Soothing Spa
A "FUNKY OLD STORAGE BUILDING" just a few steps away from her back door gave homeowner Kathryn Allen a creative solution to a pesky problem. "Our master bath had only a slender shower stall, and I was desperate for a bathtub," she explains. In a moment...
Blackfeet Country
Tipis, drums, and just-caught trout: Embrace Native American traditions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation near Montana's Glacier National ParkSOME NEW MOMS might think twice before packing up their 3-month-old son and checking into a tipi-one set on...
Cabin on the Range: Against a Dramatic Montana Landscape, a Tiny Backyard Studio Lives Large with Rustic Materials and Simple, Well-Crafted Design
SWEEPING GRASSLANDS, browned by the summer sun, lead to the foothills of the Absaroka Range in Montana's aptly named Paradise Valley. When photographer Audrey Hall--who specializes in shooting art, culture, and travel images--decided she needed wide-open...
Circular Patios
Five great examples from around the West, plus how to build your ownSuspended over a koi pond, a circular redwood deck in Gardnervitle, NV, is both a viewing platform and shade structure for fish. The nine piers of steel-reinforced concrete that support...
Circular Patios: Five Great Examples from around the West, Plus How to Build Your Own
THERE'S SOMETHING inherently comforting about a circle. Put yourself in the center of a circular patio, for instance, and its gentle curves seem to embrace you. A circle is the ideal form for a satellite deck or patio where you can relax over morning...
Cocktail Marinades
Who knew that classic drinks like mojitos, martinis, and margaritas could make such great flavorings for meat and seafood? Sure is one way to liven up dinnerMojitoIn each of 2 glasses (8 oz. each), add 20 fresh mint leaves and 2tsp. sugar. Pound with...
Cocktail Marinades: Who Knew That Classic Drinks like Mojitos, Martinis, and Margaritas Could Make Such Great Flavorings for Meat and Seafood? Sure Is One Way to Liven Up Dinner
Mojito marinade In a medium bowl, combine 20 chopped fresh mint leaves, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 thinly sliced shallot. Pound with a wooden spoon to coarsely crush. Whisk in 1/3 cup light rum, 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 tsp....
Cool and Crunchy
Update a potluck classic of crisp summer vegetables topped with creamy dressingIF YOU GREW UP WITH icebox salad, you probably remember it as a pan of crunchy vegetables covered with a thick layer of mayonnaise and dotted with crumbled bacon or grated...
Cool and Crunchy: Update a Potluck Classic of Crisp Summer Vegetables Topped with Creamy Dressing
IF YOU GREW UP WITH icebox salad, you probably remember it as a pan of crunchy vegetables covered with a thick layer of mayonnaise and dotted with crumbled bacon or grated cheese. Such heavy toppings have gone out of style, but we were drawn to this...
Cool Comfort: Dive into a Swimming Hole on the South Yuba River in Gold Country
I'M PADDLING ABOUT in the South Yuba when two fellow river devotees shoot past. Feet first, they slide between a pair of ancient granite boulders and land below me in a deep pool. The water continues rushing over the rock waterslide, slipping between...
Cool House, Warm Look
Add coziness and personality with a mix of classic and contemporary elements"LESS is MORE" is an often-repeated design motto. seeing the phrase boldly trumpeted across a home's entry, however, is something else entirely. A tribute to influential modernist...
Cool House, Warm Look: Add Coziness and Personality with a Mix of Classic and Contemporary Elements
"LESS IS MORE" is an often-repeated design motto. Seeing the phrase boldly trumpeted across a home's entry, however, is something else entirely. A tribute to influential modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who coined the phrase, the statement...
Eco-Savvy Garage
Creative building techniques and recycled materials give this structure a sustainable edgeA DESIRE to have minimal impact on the environment inspired the design of this handsome garage in western Washington. "We just couldn't see ourselves adding to...
Eco-Savvy Garage: Creative Building Techniques and Recycled Materials Give This Structure a Sustainable Edge
A DESIRE to have minimal impact on the environment inspired the design of this handsome garage in western Washington. "We just couldn't see ourselves adding to the impervious surface area of our community," says homeowner Susan Sproull, who wanted...
Endless Beach
Fall under the spell of the Gaviota Coast, where wilderness meets Southern California beach culture but nature still prevailsLATE AFTERNOON at Gaviota State Park, the gentle spell of waves and wind is briefly broken as Amtrak's Coast Starlight rumbles...
Endless Beach: Fall under the Spell of the Gaviota Coast, Where Wilderness Meets Southern California Beach Culture but Nature Still Prevails
LATE AFTERNOON at Gaviota State Park, the gentle spell of waves and wind is briefly broken as Amtrak's Coast Starlight rumbles across an old iron trestle. The train draws the attention of fishermen along the pier, who look up to watch its passage....
From the Editor
"I'd call this the perfect Western menu for an all-American holiday"THE BEST SUMMER FOOD is messy food-ribs in a sticky sauce, ice cream that melts faster than you can reach for a napkin, watermelon so juicy you have to lean over your plate to eat it....
Garden for All Ages: A Family Creates a Dream Landscape Full of Whimsical Details and Multigenerational Appeal in California's San Bernardino Mountains
IMAGINE THE LIFE you want when you grow up. That's the assignment Richard Krumwiede was given when he was in high school. Richard envisioned marriage, children, owning a successful business, and--because he grew up under the shadow of California's...
Golden, Colorado
Old West meets modern river action in a lively Front Range townGOLDEN SPARKLES with more than liquid amber: Beyond the Coors Brewing Company, the historic town harbors antiques stores, progressive restaurants, and the mountain-chilled waters of Clear...
How to Make a Fountain
Recirculating water spills over the edge of two nested potsTHE SOFT SPLASH of a fountain brings life and motion to the backyard. It attracts more birds than still water alone, and its soothing sound track transforms your space into a peaceful retreat.We...
How to Make a Fountain: Recirculating Water Spills over the Edge of Two Nested Pots
THE SOFT SPLASH of a fountain brings life and motion to the backyard. It attracts more birds than still water alone, and its soothing sound track transforms your space into a peaceful retreat. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We built the fountain pictured...
July Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenSandy McKee, Omaha, ne !This tart is stunning and simple-a winner as a party hors d'oeuvre, or a picnic entrée.PREP AND COOK TIME 45 minutesMAKES ABOUT 20 3-in. squaresNOTES Cut tomatoes very thin sojuice...
July Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Filo tomato tart Sandy McKee, Omaha, NE This tart is stunning and simple--a winner as a party hors d'oeuvre or a picnic entree. PREP AND COOK TIME 45 minutes MAKES About 20 3-in. squares NOTES Cuttomatoes very thin so juice evaporates while...
Old Faithful versus the Xbox
From the Olympics to the Rockies, the West's national parks are seeing a drop in visitors. We say we love the outdoors. Are we just too busy to go there?WHEN VISITORS STOP BY Scott Gediman's office in California's Yosemite National Park, he likes to...
Old Faithful versus the Xbox: From the Olympics to the Rockies, the West's National Parks Are Seeing a Drop in Visitors. We Say We Love the Outdoors. Are We Just Too Busy to Go There?
WHEN VISITORS STOP BY Scott Gediman's office in California's Yosemite National Park, he likes to pull out two snapshots. One was taken in 1968, when he was 5. Still bright but with the slightly amber tint of '60s photographs, it shows Gediman and his...
Pam Houston
NEAR CREEDE, COThe novelist talks about Colorado rivers, ranches, mountains, and baseballOn coming to Colorado When my first book, Cowboys Are My Weakness, was published, that was the first time in my life I had any money. I came to Colorado and fell...
Santa Rosa, California the Lost Tree
"PEOPLE ARE DISDAINFUL," Judith Belzer is telling me. "And fearful. They really get upset about them." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am in Belzer's Berkeley studio, admiring the paintings she will show at the Sonoma County Museum late this month....
Santa Rosa, California: The Lost Tree
"PEOPLE ARE DISDAINFUL," Judith Belzer is telling me. "And fearful. They really get upset about them."I am in Belzer's Berkeley studio, admiring the paintings she will show at the Sonoma County Museum late this month. Given her remarks, you might think...
Summer Stunners
Grow unthirsty coneflowers in glowing new colorsCONEFLOWERS are the workhorses of the summer garden. They pump out daisylike flowers, yet thrive in full sun and heat, have virtually no pest problems, and can take less water than most other perennials....
Summer Stunners: Grow Unthirsty Coneflowers in Glowing New Colors
CONEFLOWERS are the workhorses of the summer garden. They pump out daisylike flowers, yet thrive in full sun and heat, have virtually no pest problems, and can take less water than most other perennials. They're also some of gardening's great bargains:...
Sundae Social
How two newcomers charmed a small Utah town with ice cream, sauce, and sprinklesTHE REMOTE TOWN OF BOULOER, UTAH, dishes up all the ingredients of a rural Fourth of July: American flags wave from fence posts, flatbeds-typically reserved lor hauling farm...
Sundae Social: How Two Newcomers Charmed a Small Utah Town with Ice Cream, Sauce, and Sprinkles
THE REMOTE TOWN OF BOULDER, UTAH, dishes up all the ingredients of a rural Fourth of July: American flags wave from fence posts, flatbeds--typically reserved for hauling farm supplies--are reborn as parade floats, and children compete in watermelon-eating...
Sweet Willamette: The Berries Are Ripe. the Wines Are Wonderful. Follow the Backroads of Oregon' Willamette Valley for the Most Delicious Summer Vacation You've Ever Had
GATHERING TOGETHER FARM isn't on the main highway, but it's easy to find. From Philomath, just take Fern Road over the Marys River to Grange Hall Road, and hang a right at the sunflowers. The farm is expecting you--you and the other fortunate few with...
Take Sunset's Best of the West Container Challenge
We're on the lookout for fresh, creative ideas from our readers for mini gardens in pots. Share your best container design in one of three categories and you could win $1,000. Plus your winning design could be featured in a future issue of Sunset magazine....
Tangy Chicken
Grill up some nuggets of tender meat to pair with smoky, nutty romesco sauceGrilled chicken kebabs with romesco sauceRomesco sauce has its roots m the Spanish province of Catalonia. Although the mixture has lots of variations, most combine roasted red...
Tangy Chicken: Grill Up Some Nuggets of Tender Meat to Pair with Smoky, Nutty Romesco Sauce
Grilled chicken kebabs with romesco sauce Romesco sauce has its roots in the Spanish province of Catalonia. Although the mixture has lots of variations, most combine roasted red peppers, nuts, garlic, and crusty bread to make a thick sauce that...
Top 10: Rooftop Bars
Make the scene, watch the game, or get away from it all at one of these lofty watering holes1 SAN DIEGOALTITUDE SKY BAR AND GARDEN LOUNGE Even if the Padres aren't your team, there is something cool about looking down on a game from this bar 22 dizzying...
Top 10 Rooftop Bars: Make the Scene, Watch the Game, or Get Away from It All at One of These Lofty Watering Holes
1 SAN DIEGO ALTITUDE SKY BAR AND GARDEN LOUNGE Even if the Padres aren't your team, there is something cool about looking down on a game from this bar 22 dizzying stories above San Diego. And even when the sluggers are away, the place puts on a...
View from the Top: Terraced Living Spaces Make the Most of a Sloped City Lot
EVEN A HILLY San Francisco backyard can provide a landscape for outdoor living. Bill and Linda Kingsbury's compact urban garden rises upward from the house, yet has patios on several levels to take advantage of the entire space. Because of its incline,...
What to Do in Northern California July
SAN JOSE Cheer for speedy drivers Let rip a raucous yeehaw as you watch dozens of Indy 500-style Champ Cars race in the San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway. Organizers take over downtown in the week leading up to Sunday afternoon's main event,...
What to Do in the Rockies: July
SALT LAKE CITYRide a tram and a trusty steedThink of it as a magic tram ride. It starts in the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, lifts you cloudward over trees, and sets you down in wildflower heaven at the heart of the Wasatch Range. There you mount a...
What to Do in Your Garden July
Planting Bearded iris Set out rhizomes of bearded iris in cooler summer areas now; in warmer areas, wait until the temperatures have cooled at summer's end to plant. Grow iris in full sun (light afternoon shade in hottest climates) and fast-draining...
What to Do in Your Garden: July
PlantingAnnuals It's not too late to sow seeds of fast-growing, heat-loving flowers such as coreopsis, cosmos, four o'clock, morning glories, portulaca, and sunflowers. Follow package directions, using extra care to ensure the soil stays thoroughly moist...
Woodside: Celebrate the Fourth at the Rodeo's Pig Scramble, or Bike, Hike, and Horse around Here Anytime
SEEMINGLY WORLDS AWAY from Interstate 280, though only a mile in actual distance, is a tiny town appropriately named Woodside--where the redwoods are as high as the real estate values, and venture capitalists live side by side with aging hippies (who...
Zinfully Delicious
Match some juicy grilled ribs with a few bottles of the West's house wine, Zinfandel, for a great summer partySO YOU HAVE a backyard grill looking for an easy job, a few friends who love wine, and a long, balmy evening coming up? Throw a wine-tasting...
Zinfully Delicious: Match Some Juicy Grilled Ribs with a Few Bottles of the West's House Wine, Zinfandel, for a Great Summer Party
SO YOU HAVE a backyard grill looking for an easy job, a few friends who love wine, and a long, balmy evening coming up? Throw a wine-tasting party. Just capitalize on a basic truth about wine--that two glasses at a time are more interesting than one--and...
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