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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. 212, No. 6, June

A New Taste for Wine
Wine bars are showing up everywhere-and they're pairing creative food with great winesIf you think wine tasting is intimidating, you haven't tried the wine bars that seem to be opening on every corner. Their goal: to make trying new wines easy and fun.The...
A New Taste for Wine: Wine Bars Are Showing Up Everywhere-And They're Pairing Creative Food with Great Wines
If you think wine tasting is intimidating, you haven't tried the wine bars that seem to be opening on every corner. Their goal: to make trying new wines easy and fun. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The surroundings range from clubby to ultramodern. The...
A Splash of Color
Single-shade bathroomsPHOTOGRAPHS BY LISA ROMEREIN"There are no ugly colors, just ugly color combinations," says architect Alejandro Ortiz. That's especially true in small bathrooms, where it's often tempting to use many colors. "As long as a color is...
A Splash of Color: Single-Shade Bathrooms
"There are no ugly colors, just ugly color combinations," says architect Alejandro Ortiz. That's especially true in small bathrooms, where it's often tempting to use many colors. "As long as a color is going to be paired with white, you can pick any...
Bali in Your Backyard
Create a tropical paradise to bring vacations homeWhy wait until you can squeeze a vacation into your schedule to escape to Kauai or BaIi? If you can just walk outdoors and dive into your lagoon-style pool or climb into a hammock and fall asleep listening...
Bali in Your Backyard: Create a Tropical Paradise to Bring Vacations Home
Why wait until you can squeeze a vacation into your schedule to escape to Kauai or Bali? If you can just walk outdoors and dive into your lagoon-style pool or climb into a hammock and fall asleep listening to the rustle of palm fronds, you're there....
Boost Your BBQ IQ: So You Need a New Gas Grill? You Don't Have to Settle for One That's Just a Step Up from a Campfire. Gas Grills Now Offer Features That Eliminate Flare-Ups, Cook Food Evenly, and Stand Up to Years of Use. but, All Grills Are Not Created Equal
Here are five steps to make shopping for a gas grill easier: 1 Give it the wiggle test. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If it isn't sturdy at the store, it could fall apart in your backyard. A well-built grill feels solid. The best grills are made...
Borrowed Space
A home's expansion potential has a lot to do with its outdoor space. In the case of this 1950s U-shaped suburban ranch house, the best way to create a new dining/family room was to incorporate part of the underutilized--and quite deep--central courtyard,...
Cherry Ripe
Show off the season's perfect fruitPHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES CARRIERRipe, red cherries, bursting with juice that stains mouths and fingers, are in the market for just a few summer months. Though other fruits can be frozen, canned, or preserved with equanimity,...
Cherry Ripe: Show off the Season's Perfect Fruit
Ripe, red cherries, bursting with juice that stains mouths and fingers, are in the market for just a few summer months. Though other fruits can be frozen, canned, or preserved with equanimity, cherries belong to the class of fruit whose heady flavor...
Colorado's Water World
Riverside rides and soothing soaks in Glenwood SpringsPHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES BOONEIt took 60 million years for rain, wind, and the Colorado River to carve the massive, sheer-walled gorge known as Glenwood Canyon. It seems sacrilegious, dierefore, to zip...
Diamond Dreams: Minor-League Baseball in the Central Valley Is a Big-Time Hit
"This is a simple game," says the manager in the movie Bull Durham, distilling baseball to its essence. "You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball." It's a perspective that's easy to lose in a world where major-league ballparks have...
Disney Days and Knights
Can a theme park live up to its legend? Read, and seePHOTOGRAPHS BY CHERYL HIMMELSTEINGrowing up in Southern California, one learns Orange County's amusement parks the way the children of Bordeaux learn every Grand Cru vineyard: lovingly, opinionatedly....
Disney Days and Knights: Can a Theme Park Live Up to Its Legend? Read, and See
Growing up in Southern California, one learns Orange County's amusement parks the way the children of Bordeaux learn every Grand Cru vineyard: lovingly, opinionatedly. Those French kids know terroir; I knew the Tiki Room. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Down by the Riverside: Cool off at a Sprawling Refuge along the American River
Driving on Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada foothills, most people zoom right past Auburn State Recreation Area. But this 35,000-acre preserve southeast of Auburn, braided with clear rivers and full of California Gold Rush history, is worth a stop....
Down the Bay, Up the Coast: This Scenic Drive along San Francisco Bay and the San Mateo Coast Offers Urban and Natural Treasures
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 189mi/309km round trip [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Jack London Square, Tech Museum of Innovation, Roaring Camp Railroads * DID YOU KNOW: Capitola...
Easy-Care Color
Before new landscaping awakened Betty Norlander's flower bed in Los Altos, California, the view through her living room window was anything but inspirational. Plants in this shapeless 15- by 40-foot plot struggled in heavy soil, and weeds were hard...
Fresh Thyme
I once made a rather complicated appetizer for a friend's wedding shower. "What did you put in this that makes it taste so good?" she asked. "Thyme," I told her. There were chuckles all around at the double meaning but knowing looks at the truth of...
From Capital to Tahoe: Visitors Will Encounter Numerous Scenic and Historical Attractions, Including Majestic Lake Tahoe
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 367mi/587km round trip * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: The Delta, Calaveras Big Trees SP, Grover Hot Springs SP * DID YOU KNOW: The Rotunda of the California State Capitol is 120 feet from floor to ceiling. [ILLUSTRATION...
Great Summer Pastas
Garlic Chicken Noodles PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 hour MAKES: 4 to 6 servings 4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (5 to 6 oz. each) 1 pound fresh Asian-style noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and thinly...
Head Out!
Three Western families take easy, fun, and action-packed summer vacations ...1 Touring the Colorado Rockies by RVPHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNE KRAUSEOur four kids, ages 2 to 10, loved the idea of a motorhome trip, but my husband, TJ, and I were prepared to hate...
Head out! Three Western Families Take Easy, Fun, and Action-Packed Summer Vacations
1 Touring the Colorado Rockies by RV Our four kids, ages 2 to 10, loved the idea of a motorhome trip, but my husband, TJ, and I were prepared to hate it. For wilderness lovers like us, the idea of camping in a gas-guzzling recreational vehicle--complete...
Heart of the Gold Country: Pan for Gold or Just Soak in the Rewarding Scenery along This Incomparable Drive
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 227mi/363km round trip * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Apple Hill, Kirkwood, Sutter Creek * DID YOU KNOW: More than half of the gold mined in the Mother Lode came out of Amador County. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Hidden Hiking: Contra Costa County Has Great Trails, Close to Town
Ygnacio Valley Road, the thoroughfare running between downtown Walnut Creek and the edge of the city, holds a secret. The busy highway is standard 21st-century California. But not far away spreads a network of quiet trails that link the area to its...
High Country: Don't Forget Your Camera as You Drive Past This Route's Numerous Natural Wonders
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 324mi/518km round trip * DURATION: about a week * DON'T MISS: Columbia SHP, Bodie SHP, Rainbow Falls * DID YOU KNOW: A tree in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is estimated to be 4,766 years old. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
High-Tech Hide-and-Seek
Discover the joys of geocachingGear upAll you need is access to the Internet, a map, and a GPS unit. Fancy units include internal electronic map databases and can cost as much as $500. A good entry-level one lacks map databases but displays coordinates...
Hose Bench
A coiled hose is a necessary evil in a garden--you need one, but when it's not in use, who wants to see it? Instead, you can store one or two hoses in this handsome bench. It's built from 1-by-6 boards; we used ipe, a rot-resistant tropical hardwood,...
Inland Empires: This Route Offers Visitors the Opportunity to Enjoy Southern California's Beautiful Scenery and Relaxing Recreation
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 443mi/709km round trip * DURATION: 2-4 days * DON'T MISS: Idyllwild, Palm Springs, Julian * DID YOU KNOW: More than 100 golf courses dot the Coachella Valley floor. ONTARIO. From Ontario International Airport, take the...
June Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenCrispy Salmon StripsANNE AUSDERAU, ALBUQUERQUEAnne Ausderau serves these baked pieces of salmon with malt vinegar and oven fries for healthier fish and chips. If you don't have lemon pepper, substitute...
June Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Crispy Salmon Strips ANNE AUSDERAU, ALBUQUERQUE Anne Ausderau serves these baked pieces of salmon with malt vinegar and oven fries for healthier fish and chips. If you don't have lemon pepper, substitute 1/2 teaspoon pepper. PREP AND COOK...
Korean Supper
Aromatic beef, glossy noodles, and cool salads spice up a summer partyRECIPES BY LINDA LAUANUSASANANANPHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES CARRIERJust the smell of bulgoej, (Korean barbecued beef) on the grill transports me to my childhood summers, when my parents would...
Korean Supper: Aromatic Beef, Glossy Noodles, and Cool Salads Spice Up a Summer Party
Just the smell of bulgogi (Korean barbecued beef) on the grill transports me to my childhood summers, when my parents would entertain friends on balmy evenings. My mom, who is of German descent, learned years ago to make bulgogi from my Korean aunties...
Letters from Our Readers
Tell us about about your great adventureHave you paddled a kayak down the Colorado River? Climbed Mt. Rainier? Driven the Alaska Highway? Please tell us about it.For an upcoming Sunset story, we want to hear from readers who have made incredible journeys-on...
Miwok Coast: Hug the Coast or Take Either of Two Inland Alternatives
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 156mi/250km * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Bodega Bay, Sebastopol, Petaluma * DID YOU KNOW: You can climb to the top of the Point Arena Lighthouse, whose beacon can be seen for 16 miles. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
On the Central Coast: Edge along the Beautiful Coastline from Monterey to Oxnard. Return Via the Fertile Santa Ynez and Salinas Valleys
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 641 mi/1,054km round trip * DURATION: 3-4 days * DON'T MISS: Carmel Beach, Hearst Castle[R], National Steinbeck Center * DID YOU KNOW: Winemaking in the Paso Robles area dates to 1797. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MONTEREY....
On the Porch
Furnishings that suit your setting, style, and budgetAmble out to the porch, sink into a familiar armchair, and idly stir the ice in your favorite cocktail. Take a deep breath, exhale, and toast the sun as it, too, settles down after a long day. The...
On the Porch: Furnishings That Suit Your Setting, Style, and Budget
Amble out to the porch, sink into a familiar armchair, and idly stir the ice in your favorite cocktail. Take a deep breath, exhale, and toast the sun as it, too, settles down after a long day. The porch, that early symbol of summer ease and small-town...
Orange County: Look beyond the Gates of Orange County's Renowned Theme Parks to Make Discoveries about Life in This Major Urban Center
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 62mi/102km round trip * DURATION: 2-4 days * DON'T MISS: South Coast Plaza, Edison Field, GhostRider at Knott's Berry Farm * DID YOU KNOW: Disneyland, which opened in 1955, was built on a 160-acre orange grove. SANTA...
Plain Bargains
Shop for antiques northeast of DenverPHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES BOONE"Whatever you collect, we've got it," declares Al Parrish, and the Parrish Galleries owner isn't exaggerating. Shelves in his cluttered 300,000-item antiques emporium wobble with dishes, porcelain,...
Ranch Vacation
Reconnect with your inner cowboy in MontanaPHOTOGRAPH BY DOUG LONEMANThe sun, barely up, cast long shadows over the 3,000-plus acres of the Crazy Mountain Cattle Company, just west of Big Timber, Montana. Rancher Rick Jarrett and I had headed out early...
Redwood Empire: This Stretch of California Encompasses Sweeping Ocean Vistas and Breathtaking Redwood Forests
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 185mi/296km from Leggett to Crescent City; 96mi/154km from Arcata to Weaverville * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Avenue of the Giants, Blue Ox Historic Park, Battery Point Lighthouse * DID YOU KNOW: In summer, almost...
Rolling Forward: Bike, Walk, or Take a Tour of San Francisco's Newly Renovated Presidio
Just inside the 15th Avenue Gate of the Presidio of San Francisco, in the lower level of Arion Press, our tour guide has to shout over the noise. A clanging type-making machine spits out newly formed letters and lines them up in orderly rows. Down...
Salad on the Move
For a stand-up party, put greens in glassesPHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES CARRIERAt a walk-around party, salad can be tricky to eat: Greens seem to fly off plates, and the plates themselves can be flimsy or, at best, hard to balance. One way to handle the problem...
Salad on the Move: For a Stand-Up Party, Put Greens in Glasses
At a walk-around party, salad can be tricky to eat: Greens seem to fly off plates, and the plates themselves can be flimsy or, at best, hard to balance. One way to handle the problem is to pile the salad in large glasses or plastic tumblers. Tuck in...
Scenic South Coast: The Coastline from San Diego to Los Angeles Is Southern California at Its Sun-Drenched, Sandy-Beach, Family-Fun Best
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 133mi/213km round trip * DURATION: 1-2 days * DON'T MISS: San Diego Zoo, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Catalina Island * DID YOU KNOW: Huntington Beach, known as "Surf City," is home to both a surf museum and the sport's...
Sequoia Splendor: Enjoy the Beauty of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 243mi/389km round trip * DURATION: 2-3 days * DON'T MISS: Hospital Rock, Kaweah Oaks, General's Highway * DID YOU KNOW: The 1,800-year-old General Sherman Tree in aptly named Giant Forest is 275 feet high and more than...
Serrano Chile
Serrano chiles remind me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: When Goldilocks sampled those three bowls of porridge, she found one too cold and one too hot, but one was just right. That's how I feel about chiles. Jalapenos don't have quite enough sizzle...
Shasta Cascade: Explore the Wealth of Natural and Historical Wonders in This "Old West" Region
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 443mi/709km round trip * DURATION: A week * DON'T MISS: Sundial Bridge, Dunsmuir, Shasta Caverns * DID YOU KNOW: The 438-foot spillway at Shasta Dam is the tallest manmade waterfall in the world. [GRAPHIC OMITTED] ...
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Southern California's Rose Highways: From Pasadena You Can Head Up into the San Gabriel Mountains or out to the College Towns of Pomona and Claremont
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 64mi/102km Pasadena to Wrightwood; 27mi/43km Pasadena to Claremont * DURATION: 1 day each per drive * DON'T MISS: Descanso Gardens, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Route 66 * DID YOU KNOW: The first Rose Parade in Pasadena was...
Southern Gateways: This Easy Loop Leads from the Central Valley to Yosemite, and Back Again
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 229mi/366km round trip * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Bass Lake, Yosemite Valley, California State Mineral and Mining Museum * DID YOU KNOW: Fresno County is one of the nation's leading agricultural areas, with...
Summer Scents
Create a soothing world of fragrance in your backyardILLUSTRATION BY RODICA PRATODuring the warm months, aromatherapy should be simple. No need to heat oil or light candles. just walk outside, take a deep breath, and inhale the perfume of your plants....
Summer Scents: Create a Soothing World of Fragrance in Your Backyard
During the warm months, aromatherapy should be simple. No need to heat oil or light candles. Just walk outside, take a deep breath, and inhale the perfume of your plants. Not smelling anything? Now's the time to remedy that. Some of the most intensely...
Sunblock for Your Home
Use window coatings to protect your furnishings and lower your energy billPHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS J. STORYSome windows have a dark side: They can damage a home's interior by letting in too much unfiltered sunlight. "Over the years, sunlight completely...
Sunblock for Your Home: Use Window Coatings to Protect Your Furnishings and Lower Your Energy Bill
Some windows have a dark side: They can damage a home's interior by letting in too much unfiltered sunlight. "Over the years, sunlight completely destroyed my mother's living room carpet and couch," says Sunset's style editor, Yvonne Stender. She also...
Tame but Still Game
Explore historic yet stylish Old Colorado CityPHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES BOONEA leafy residential thoroughfare lined with Victorian houses, Colorado Avenue is the main drag through sprawling Colorado Springs and is also the main street of the neighborhood...
The Directory
Readers: Win a Sunset luggage tag! The first 100 readers who request information from our advertisers featured in THE DIRECTORY will receive a Sunset luggage tag FREE. This elegant luggage tag features a vintage Sunset cover of the San Francisco...
The Nature of Art
In interviews, it's good to get the big questions out of the way early. So when I visited Ned Kahn, the first thing I asked was, "What's with the tornadoes?" "Tornadoes," Kahn said, "have dogged me for years. A tornado is a vortex. Vortexes recur...
The New Petunia
Thanks to a breeding revolution, these aren't your grandma's flowersOver the lost 10 years, the humble petunia has become one exciting flower. Some kinds can now spread color over a 6-foot circle. Others can extend their flower-laden stems from a hanging...
The New Petunia: Thanks to a Breeding Revolution, These Aren't Your Grandma's Flowers
Over the last 10 years, the humble petunia has become one exciting flower. Some kinds can now spread color over a 6-foot circle. Others can extend their flower-laden stems from a hanging basket all the way to the ground. Still others can sprout into...
Time and Again
Preserving and updating a hilltop classicPHOTOGRAPHS BY J.D. PETERSONIt was easy for Ben Crow and Deborah Gordon to choose an architect. They went with the only one who didn't want to tear down their house.There were many things to love about the structure,...
Time and Again: Preserving and Updating a Hilltop Classic
It was easy for Ben Crow and Deborah Gordon to choose an architect. They went with the only one who didn't want to tear down their house. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There were many things to love about the structure, originally designed by architect...
Tostadas in No Time
Fish makes a quick and healthy Cal-Mex mealPHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES CARRIERSince I grew up in Southern California, Mexican flavors are my ultimate comfort food. Anything topped with salsa fits the bill, be it authentic Veracruz cuisine or newer American-style...
Tostadas in No Time: Fish Makes a Quick and Healthy Cal-Mex Meal
Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican flavors are my ultimate comfort food. Anything topped with salsa fits the bill, be it authentic Veracruz cuisine or newer American-style creations. For a simple, seasonal, and light rendition of familiar...
Trend: Cinema Paradiso
Bring a picnic and settle down under the stars. At these summer outdoor movie series, special events like dance contests, music performances, and script readings keep the night fun and lighthearted. All shows begin around dusk; call for details. (To...
Tunnell's Vision
An Oregon winemaker trades news for world-class Pinot"As long as I was in Iran or Chad, I was happy," says Doug Tunnell of his early years as a foreign correspondent for GBS. But world events and compromises took their toll, and he had to extract himself...
Tunnell's Vision: An Oregon Winemaker Trades News for World-Class Pinot
"As long as I was in Iran or Chad, I was happy," says Doug Tunnell of his early years as a foreign correspondent for CBS. But world events and compromises took their toll, and he had to extract himself from network news. Turns out it's Oregon that...
Way Down Under
At New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns, descend into a world of mysteryPHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURENCE PARENTThe first time Jason Richards crawled into a cave, he discovered a scatter of bison bones and a human skull. For a 14-year-old, that was all it took; he would...
West L.A. Getaways: This Drive Will Take You to Some of L.A.'S Hottest Spots, as Well as along a Particularly Scenic Section of the Pacific
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 100mi/160km round trip * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Sunset Strip, Museum of Television and Radio, Leo Carrillo SB * DID YOU KNOW: The original Hollywood sign actually read "Hollywoodland" when it was erected in...
What to Do in Your Garden in June
PLANTING * Basil. For pesto, use a traditional-tasting basil, such as 'Italian Pesto', 'Profuma di Genova', or 'Salad Leaf'. For cooking and garnishes, grow flavored or colored varieties, such as 'Mrs. Burns' Lemon', garnet 'Red Rubin', or the Thai...
WINE Countries: This Looping Route Travels through Some of the State's Finest Wine Regions to the California Coast
* DRIVING DISTANCE: 161mi/258km from Vallejo to Fort Bragg (via Calistoga, Cloverdale, and Willits) * DURATION: several days * DON'T MISS: Clear Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma * DID YOU KNOW: The Geysers Geothermal Field near Santa Rosa is the largest...
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