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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. 216, No. 3, March

5 Spring Getaways
Great destinations for shaking off winter-or embracing it one more time1 Beach time in Bahías de HuatulcoAn undicovered stretch of Mexican coastSo much beauty fills-the nine aquamarine bays of Huatulco, on Mexico's Oaxacan coast, the first sighting of...
5 Spring Getaways: Great Destinations for Shaking off Winter-Or Embracing It One More Time
1 Beach time in Bahias de Huatulco An undiscovered stretch of Mexican coast So much beauty fills the nine aquamarine bays of Huatulco, on Mexico's Oaxacan coast, the first sighting of one of its 36 pristine beaches might send you to your knees....
A New Mac 'N' Cheese
Liven up a classic casserole with seasonal vegetablesSpring Vegetable Macaroni 'n' CheesePREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 hourMAKES: 4 to 6 servings1 bunch (about 12 oz.) asparagus2 leeks4 ½ tablespoons butter1 ½ teaspoons salt12 ounces dried orecchlette...
Arizona's Big Loop
ROAD TRIPSee three great deserts-and lose some myths along the wayAny tourist with deep enough pockets can take a camel trek in the Sahara or a balloon ride over the Kalahari. But why bother? We have several of the greatest deserts in the world right...
Artichokes: Artichokes Fresh from the Field Are One of the Best Things about Spring in the West. Simply Steamed-Leaves Dipped in Butter-They're Hard to Beat, but Here Are Some of Our Other Favorite Ways to Enjoy This Unlikely-Looking Treat
Sauteed Baby Artichokes Trim outer leaves and stems from 3 dozen baby artichokes, leaving just the tender yellow-green leaves. Drop artichokes into a bowl of ice water mixed with 2 table-spoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bring a large...
Best Smoked Salmon
A beautiful fillet of flaky, savory hot-smoked salmon makes any Sunday brunch special. Judging a field of 12 Western artisan brands on both presentation and deliciousness, we named three "big fish" in a recent tasting. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Big Island Bounty
On the island of Hawaii, a unique collection of farmers are following their dreams-and growing some of the best food in the worldCovered in golden grasslands, lava flows, and a forest of kiawe trees, the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is arid...
Big Island Bounty: On the Island of Hawaii, a Unique Collection of Farmers Are Following Their Dreams-And Growing Some of the Best Food in the World
Covered in golden grasslands, lava flows, and a forest of kiawe trees, the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is arid savanna, not tropical jungle. Less than 10 inches of rain fall per year, compared with the island's eastern side, where spots...
Desert Glory: Don't Miss Anza-Borrego's Wildflowers This Month
If you want to catch the spring wildflower displays at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park at their peak, a lot of things have to go right. The timing and intensity of rains. The timing of your own arrival. It's all part of the allure. The beauty of Anza-Borrego's...
Finger Food Feast
Share simple, spicy stews and flatbread, Ethiopian-styleEthiopian food is best known for its richly flavored meat and vegetable stews and for injera, a spongy sourdough flatbread that acts as both an edible "plate" and an alternative to forks and knives....
First Garden Makeover: Lessons from a Family Who Did Most of the Work Themselves
Renovating a garden can be a challenge, especially for first-timers. But with a little research and a healthy dose of patience, flexibility, and elbow grease, you can turn bare soil or an overgrown jumble of plants into a landscape you love--and have...
Ghost Riders
Does the new Mavericks break off the rocky coast of Monterey, California? LISA TAGGART discovers big waves and the surfers chasing themThe perfect big wave is the surf equivalent of nirvana. Hundreds have chased it on coastlines all over the planet....
Ghost Riders: Does the New Mavericks Break off the Rocky Coast of Monterey, California? Lisa Taggart Discovers Big Waves and the Surfers Chasing Them
The perfect big wave is the surf equivalent of nirvana. Hundreds have chased it on coastlines all over the planet. Jaws on Maui; Killers at Isla Todos Santos off the coast of Baja, Mexico; Cortes Banks off the coast of San Diego; and most famously,...
Good Earth
When and how to amend garden soilYour garden soil is like your bank account: In the long run, you can't afford to withdraw more than you deposit. Whenever you harvest fruits, vegetables, or flowers, you're making withdrawals. Whenever you dig amendment...
Good Earth: When and How to Amend Garden Soil
Your garden soil is like your bank account: In the long run, you can't afford to withdraw more than you deposit. Whenever you harvest fruits, vegetables, or flowers, you're making withdrawals. Whenever you dig amendment into the soil or add mulch to...
Herb Garden
Mediterranean herbs are some of the most rewarding plants you can grow. Their leaves flavor everything from meats, soups, and stews to pizza and spaghetti. And the plants add beauty to kitchen gardens--many are evergreen in mild climates. Most tolerate...
Into the Green
Road-trip through the rural farm country of central CaliforniaAlong country roads east of Carmel and south of San Jose, wild mustard brightens rolling farmland, and wine grapes are just starting to leaf out in March. The region, including 24,000-acre...
Into the Green: The Drive to Wildflower Capital Pinnacles-Mile by Mile
The beauty of early spring is fleeting. New blooms won't wait for you to finish up that project in the office, so drop what you're doing and head south of San Jose, where wildflowers brighten the fields en route to Pinnacles National Monument. The...
Late-Winter Fun in Frisco
Enjoy snow and springtime sun in the Colorado mountain townSpring may officially arrive this month, but in Frisco, Colorado, March means snow-and lots of it. Within minutes of Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin ski areas, the...
Local Flavor: Why Foodies Flock to San Francisco's Potrero Hill
You might expect a neighborhood to get too big for its britches when it's home to a culinary academy, at least half a dozen destination restaurants, world-class Anchor Steam beer, and an urban winery too. But not Potrero Hill. Maybe it's the Hill's...
March Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenDilled Spinach RiceELENA MALEC, IRVINE, CAThis easy side dish complements chicken, fish, and pork dishes.PREP AND COOK TIME: 50 minutesMAKES: 6 servings2 tablespoons olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced8...
Mountains and Men
You won't find Brokeback Mountain on any Wyoming map. I think of it as rising somewhere in the Bighorn Mountains. West of Buffalo, maybe, or near Cloud Peak. Brokeback Mountain is, of course, the fictional peak that inspired first an Annie Proulx...
Phoenix for Girls
One mom, two teen daughters, and three manicures equals vacation happinessTraveling with my daughters used to be easy. They would gamely explore anything, as long as there was the promise of ice cream at the end. But when Anjelica, 12, and Natalia, 15,...
Phoenix for Girls: One Mom, Two Teen Daughters, and Three Manicures Equals Vacation Happiness
Traveling with my daughters used to be easy. They would gamely explore anything, as long as there was the promise of ice cream at the end. But when Anjelica, 12, and Natalia, 15, each hit middle school, they rebelled. All they wanted to see in a new...
Revved Up
I don't think you can work at Sunset without catching the bug to fix up your backyard, plant a tree, or just pot up an herb garden on your windowsill. It's an occupational hazard that I go home every night revved up to try some outdoor living transformation...
Snow Canyon
Volcanic landmarks and desert tortoises make for great family hikes in southwest UtahDrifts of sandstone, not snow, are the hallmark of Snow Canyon State Park, just north of St. George, Utah. Named after two early pioneers (not the white stuff), the...
Spring Fresh Salads
Welcome the season with bright flavorsTowering over a gigantic bowl of pale green butter lettuce, chef Malachi Harland gently hand-tosses the leaves with a bright citrus-and-shallot dressing. "I really can't emphasize enough the importance of fresh lettuce,...
The New Breed: This Year's Best Plants, and How to Use Them in Your Garden
Fashion shows and spring plant previews have one thing in common: showmanship that creates excitement and sets trends. When buyers show up in Paris or Milan to view the latest clothing lines, they try to identify the hot new looks. What colors feel...
Ultimate Raised Bed
It's inexpensive and easy to build in a weekendRaised beds make gardening easy. Filled with soil mix, they provide the excellent drainage needed to grow picture-perfect vegetables and flowers. You can build the basic raised bed pictured above in a few...
Ultimate Raised Bed: It's Inexpensive and Easy to Build in a Weekend
Raised beds make gardening easy. Filled with soil mix, they provide the excellent drainage needed to grow picture-perfect vegetables and flowers. You can build the basic raised bed pictured above in a few hours, then add versatility by mounting PVC...
Virtual Vineyards
The art of making wine without a wineryHow did Two-Buck Chuck happen? Millions of cases a year are carted away from Trader Joe's, but where is the winery? For two bucks, we don't get to know. Fred Franzia, the controversial mind behind Charles Shaw wines...
Virtual Vineyards: The Art of Making Wine without a Winery
How did Two-Buck Chuck happen? Millions of cases a year are carted away from Trader Joe's, but where is the winery? For two bucks, we don't get to know. Fred Franzia, the controversial mind behind Charles Shaw wines (aka Two-Buck Chuck), is putting...
Western Home Awards
We explore truly great home design every two years with the Western Home Awards, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and Sunset since 1957. This year's jury, composed of architects and Sunset staffers, met last September to choose 13...
What to Do in Your Garden in March
PLANNING * Choosing plants. Before investing in new plants, especially large trees and shrubs, determine the plants' mature heights and widths as well as sun exposure needs; the Sunset Western Garden Book is a good place to start. Write down this...
What to Do in Your Garden in March
PLANNINGDigital diary. Use a digital camera to keep track of where bulbs are planted and what blooms throughout the growing season. A photo record helps you decide what gaps need filling, where color schemes failed, where shade patterns change during...
Wildlife Drive
With Boise as your base camp, go on a Rockies safariYou don't have to venture far from the city to experience some of Idaho's wildest winter scenes. A 150-mile loop that begins and ends in Boise threads through an old gold rush town and on past nordic...
Your Garden Makeover: 10 Steps to Success
FIRST-TIMER'S CHECKLIST* Make a wish list. Write down the elements you want and need, from hardscape to plants, paths to patios. Prioritize your wishes while keeping the budget in mind.* Evaluate the site. Analyze what's already there, including trees,...
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