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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. 207, No. 2, August

A Cool Spin
with a ceiling fan, you can lower your energy bill and chill Out The 1942 film classic Casablanca made ceiling fans famous. Now, almost 60 years later, they're in the limelight again because they are an energy-efficient way to keep cool in the heat...
Alameda, Here We Come
This island city is suddenly hot, but it still holds on to its small-town charm In the high-energy bustle of 21stcentury Northern California, one city has taken on change a bit more deliberately than others. And with good reason. Much of what makes...
Big News in Boise
Big-city style, small-town charm, and natural beauty make Boise worth a detour This is the best of Boise," I think as I tumble down the river. "This is the best of Boise, and I've got it all to myself." August afternoons can be scorchers in Boise, but...
Bon Appetit, Heber Valley
It has scenery, recreation, even the Olympics-- but visit Utah's Heber Valley for the food Sitting on the deck and sipping Sauvignon Blanc, Jesse Layman, the soft-spoken chef at the Blue Boar Inn in Midway, Utah, talks about foraging for chanterelles...
Celebrating 'Shrooms in Telluride
mountain travel guide In Colorado, feast on (or learn about) flavorful fungus * They're wild for mushrooms in Telluride. Every August, this southwestern Colorado town pays homage to the delectable 'shroom, and the fungus is celebrated with a parade,...
Culture on a Cracker
Smoked salmon is a Native American delicacy we Westerners can't get enough of * Meriwether Lewis's first taste of Pacific salmon, offered by a Shoshone warrior on an August evening in 1805, was doubly auspicious. First, it convinced the explorer...
Find Your Tile Style
Design strategies for bathroom walls and floors Shopping for ceramic tile can be both exhilarating and bewildering: More varieties, patterns, and colors are available than ever before. In the bathroom especially, tile can be the most important visual...
Flavor on a Roll
Five great ways to stack a sandwich No time to sit down to a three-course meal? That's the predicament that fostered the invention of the sandwich-more than two centuries ago. When the notorious 18th-century British gambler Sir John Montagu, fourth earl...
Garage Conversions
Cars take a back seat with these innovative ways to remodel all or part of a garage into extra living space * Before you add square footage for a family room, dining area, master suite, or home office--with the expense and complication that new...
Garage Conversions
Cars take a back seat with these innovative ways to remodel all or part of a garage into extra living space Before you add square footage for a family room, dining area, master suite, or home office-with the expense and complication that new construction...
Hidden Treasure
Tucked up in northeastern California, Surprise Valley boasts miles of quiet When brothers Jesse and Lindsay Applegate first saw Surprise Valley in 1846, in far northeastern California, their relief probably filled the entire valley. At Fandango...
In Idaho, History-And Surprises-On the Snake River
travel guide day trip Southeast of Boise along Interstate 84, Glenns Ferry is the sort of place motorists are apt to miss as they speed along the highway. But this area makes for a fine outing, with some surprises: a green riverside park, a fascinating...
Island in the Sky
Beat the odds of Las Vegas summer heat in the Spring Mountains, an oasis for hikers and nature lovers With resorts dedicated to New York, Paris, and Venice all clustered together, and the tropics and the Sahara just a dice roll away, some say you could...
Islands of Enchantment Hawaii for Families
It has blowholes and lava tubes, the wettest spot on earth, and the nation's only royal palace. Whales breach the warm turquoise waters, surfers ride 30-foot waves, and Hawaiian cowboys, called paniolos, ride the range. Imagine taking a family vacation...
Jumping In
August is the month my family makes its annual escape to Pinecrest Lake, a pretty little jewel north of Yosemite. We've been carrying on this tradition for decades, and now my own children jump into the cold water just as I used to, heart willing and...
Jumping In
From the Editor * August is the month my family makes its annual escape to Pinecrest Lake, a pretty little jewel north of Yosemite. We've been carrying on this tradition for decades, and now my own children jump into the cold water just as I used to,...
Kitchen Cabinet
Crunchy Salt Shrimp with Ginger Sauce Jean Patterson, Pasadena While in Kenting, a fishing village in Taiwan, Jean Patterson was served just-caught shrimp crisp-fried in hot oil; to her delight, the shells were crunchy and edible, and the shrimp the...
Lazing along the Russian River
Drift it or drive it, for an easy-does-it getaway Somewhere near Healdsburg, 70 miles north of San Francisco, I'm paddling south on the Russian River. And I'm having a hard time maintaining a straight line. This may be because the river twists as...
Mile-High Fish
food guide At the two Tony's Meats & Specialty Foods in Littleton, Colorado, the cases are laden with foods judiciously seasoned and ready to cook Mick Rosacci (Tony's son), who oversees the development of these preparations, shares this locally...
Mix It Up
A lively salad of many textures from the Land of Enchantment * Helen Evans Brown, who wrote Sunset's Adventures in Food feature during the 1950s and '60s, taught me that texture could add as much variation as seasonings to a dish. And in Helen's...
Mix It Up
food guide A lively salad of many textures from the Land of Enchantment * Helen Evans Brown, who wrote Sunset's Adventures in Food feature during the 1950s and '60s, taught me that texture could add as much variation as seasonings to a dish. And in Helen's...
More Great Western Lakes
COLORADO Brainard Lake This small, jewel-like lake-set in a high valley beneath the Continental Divide-is the centerpiece of the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and gateway to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. You can take a scenic drive around the lake, stop...
Muir's Yosemite
Take the road less traveled On the 1869 journey made famous by his book My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir paused on Penon Blanco Peak to admire "a glorious wilderness that seemed to be calling with a thousand songful voices." He "gazed and...
Open House
Letters from our readers Saving energy--and money Re: "Energy-Wise" (June, page 108). There are lots of ways to save electricity in an old or new house. When had my new home built, I did not install a dryer; I hung a clothesline in the garage....
Perfuming the Garden
Scented plants can enhance outdoor rooms, if you put them where you'll enjoy them most Cleopatra would never have set off to woo Mark Anthony armed with a single spritz of attar of roses. She would have used enough perfume to envelop herself in...
Pies a la Road
Western cafes offer wedges well worth a special trip--and recipes to make at home Some people travel in search of enlightenment. Others seek cultural enrichment. The wisest set their sights on a great piece of pie. On the highways and backroads...
Raised Bed Rewards
From Alaska to Colorado, they solve gardening problems across the West * We haven't yet met a raised-bed gardener who would go back to flat-earth gardening. There are just too many advantages to raised beds. Filled with organically rich soil, they...
Ring around Tahoe
Nearly complete, the 150-mile Tahoe Rim Trail circles high above the Sierra's Lake of the Sky After 20 years, many thousands of hours of labor by legions of hard-working volunteers, and millions of donated dollars, the Tahoe Rim Trail is nearly...
The Big Valley
PALMER, ALASKA--"At the train station in St. Paul," Gerry Keeling is saying, "my mama went up to her father and took his hands. She turned her face away. Her sister Tina said they didn't think they'd ever see her again. It was as if she were going...
The Dramatic Bromeliads
These pineapple relatives are easy to grow, whether in patio pots or indoors or-in the mildest of climates--in borders Guzmanias and vrieseas--two popular members of the Bromeliaceae family--are almost as lowmaintenance as plastic plants. In fact,...
The Low-Fat Cook: Skinny on Chicken Salads
* Some chicken salads drip with rich, creamy dressing-and weigh in with the expected number of calories from fat. Others boast virtuously lean figures but lack taste. Here are two that strike a balance. We start by grilling the leanest part of the bird,...
The West's Best Lakes
Go ahead-- MAKE A SPLASH. When summer sizzles, these lakes will cool, refresh, and energize you. Summer and lakes to together like... well like: paddles and canoes. The sun climbs high in the August sky inviting you to bask, then leading you...
The West's Best Lakes: Bass Lake
ass Lake has star quality A classically pretty mountain lake, ringed by tall sugar and ponderosa pines, it served as Technicolor backdrop to the beautiful-ifevil Gene Tierny in the '40s classic, Leave Her to Heaven. In the '80s, less glamorously, it...
The West's Best Lakes: Grand Lake
the west's best lakes COLORADO In Colorado, where "lake" is often a synonym for "reservoir," any natural body of water is a welcome sight-none more so than Grand Lake. Fed by the waters of the East Inlet and North Inlet Rivers, it is, at 4.1 miles long,...
The West's Best Lakes: Lake Mead
Scale here in the desert outside of Las Vegas is outsize. The vistas are endless, the mountain ridges repeat to infinity, and the rocky buttes manage to produce every shade there is-striped pink and brown, black and white, even yellow, green, and blue....
Uncorking a New Trend
The reassuring thwock of a cork being pulled from a wine bottle has been music to the ears of wine lovers for about three centuries. Now it seems the wine industry might be changing its tune. Almost all the producers of the prestigious Rieslings coming...
What to Do in Your Garden in August
PLANTING * BABY LETTUCE. Zones 7-9, 14-17: Grow a miniature version of romaine or bibb lettuce that's just the right size for an individual salad. Heads grow quickly, so you can sow seeds successively a couple of weeks apart. 'Little Gem' romaine...
Winning Western Decks
Our contest winners prove that the best decks take inspiration from their sites Although all decks create flat outdoor-living Space, not all decks serve the same functions, as our winners vividly demonstrate. One weaves through a grove of trees....
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