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. 208, No. 6, June

Backyard Retreats
From the porch to the patio, for fun and for quiet, here are the inspiration and advice you need to create a sanctuary of your own * A Zen master could summon peace of mind on a packed city bus. The rest of us need help. Some privacy. Flowers. A little...
Backyard Retreats: From the Porch to the Patio, for Fun and for Quiet, Here Are the Inspiration and Advice You Need to Create a Sanctuary of Your Own
* A Zen master could summon peace of mind on a packed city bus. The rest of us need help. Some privacy. Flowers. A little breeze ferrying the scents of a summer day. Whatever space you have outside that belongs to you, whatever its size or shape, it...
Charlie Russell's Montana: He Was the West's Greatest Painter. Now You Can Explore the Land That Inspired Him. (Travel)
Drive U.S. 87 between Great Falls and Lewistown, Montana, and you will see a landscape as unforgettable as any in the West: a cloud-flecked bowl of blue sky, the wide green plains, and the distant purple mountains--the Highwoods, the Little Belts,...
Charlie Russell's Montona
TRAVEL * RECREATION He was the West's greatest painter. Now you can explore the sweeping landscape that inspired him * Drive U.S. 87 between Great Falls and Lewistown, Montana, and you will see a landscape as unforgettable as any in the West: a cloud-flecked...
Designed for Dunking: Hot and Cold Pools Mimic Nature. (Home Guide)
* When John Kenyon designed the area around this Normandy Park, Washington, home, he didn't want anything to interrupt the views of the beach and Puget Sound. And yet he wanted two pools--one cold for washing off the salt from the sound (which can...
Discover Sauvignon Blanc
Maybe it's freshness or food friendliness. But after decades of being something of a downtrodden stepsister to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc has emerged as the Cinderella of white wines. It has never been more exciting, more dynamic, and more delicious....
Discover Sauvignon Blanc. (the Wine Guide)
With this issue, Karen MacNeil Fife begins a series on how to enjoy wine every day. Maybe it's freshness or food friendliness. But after decades of being something of a downtrodden stepsister to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc has emerged as the Cinderella...
Floating a Fern Garden
A recycled table lifts a shade-loving tapestry to eye level There are very few places in life where you can do exactly as you please," says Nancy David-- son Short, an extraordinary gardener and former Northwest editor of Sunset. "Your garden is one...
Floating a Fern Garden: A Recycled Table Lifts a Shade-Loving Tapestry to Eye Level
There are very few places in life where you can do exactly as you please," says Nancy Davidson Short, an extraordinary gardener and former Northwest editor of Sunset. "Your garden is one of them!" For years, Short's old steel table with the cedar...
For the More Timid, We Also Carry Pink Flamingos
We give you the gargoyle. He's mighty fierce looking for a guy who started out as a common downspout. The ancient Greeks adorned important buildings with gargoyles to throw water away from the foundations. In fact, the name comes from the Old French...
Good Dogs
WESTERN WANDERINGS * SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA-This leafy city north of San Francisco is not usually a scary place. Today it terrifies. I shuffle down Fourth Street on a sidewalk I cannot see. Where's the curb? Traffic thrums past, fast, close. A new sound,...
Good Dogs. (Western Wanderings)
* SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA--This leafy city north of San Francisco is not usually a scary place. Today it terrifies. I shuffle down Fourth Street on a sidewalk I cannot see. Where's the curb? Traffic thrums past, fast, close. A new sound, a car backing...
Grazing in Colorado
TRAVEL * MOUNTAIN DAY TRIP Near Vail, follow hiking and fishing with a pastry indulgence Ihe tension in the judging tent is so thick you could cut it with a pastry knife. The clock is ticking, and after hours of feverish casting, blending, shaping, and...
High-Style Healdsburg: Urban Chic Meets Sonoma County Bounty in This Forward-Thinking Town. (Travel: Recreation)
* Early on a Saturday evening, the smooth sound of jazz drifts from the terrace of the Hotel Healdsburg. Stylishly dressed 30-somethings recline on Adirondack chairs, wineglasses perched on armrests, reveling in the last bits of light on this perfect...
International Tastes
Great reader contributions, tested in Sunset's kitchens Greek Tortellini Salad Marilou Robinson, Portland Marilou Robinson combined some of her favorite flavors in this main-dish salad. As a shortcut, use a purchased salad dressing instead of the lemon-herb...
Macho Mediterraneans: These Ground Covers and Compact Perennials Stand Up to Summer Drought and Winter Cold. (Garden)
We don't usually think of plants from the Mediterranean region as being particularly tough. But look at the topography of Southern Europe and North Africa--the regions that rim the Mediterranean Sea--and you'll notice mountainous areas throughout....
New Shrubs for Free
GARDEN PROJECT Create more plants by using cuttings from existing plants in your garden Hydrangea, butterfly bush, and many other handsome deciduous shrubs can be propagated easily and quickly from softwood cutrings-pieces of stem that are neither too...
New Shrubs for Free: Create More Plants by Using Cuttings from Existing Plants in Your Garden. (Project)
Hydrangea, butterfly bush, and many other handsome deciduous shrubs can be propagated easily and quickly from softwood cuttings--pieces of stem that are neither too new nor woody. Deciduous shrubs generally reach this stage between early and midsummer....
New Take on Tofu
This popular protein is showing up in unusual places * Tofu-or bean curd-long a staple in the Asian diet, has become mainstream in the West. Recently, it has earned even more converts due to its widely touted health benefits as a cholesterol-- and lactose-free...
Not Your Grandfather's Siding: Wood Look-Alikes Are Now More Attractive, Longer Lasting, and Easier to Maintain. (Home)
Manmade exterior siding, which nowadays surpasses wood for durability also has come a long way in mimicking the appearance and feel of wood. The flat, machine made-looking trim around the doors and windows on houses using vinyl or fiber cement siding...
Open-Air Denver Fare
Sunny days and sultry nights are the perfect summer recipe for mile-high alfresco dining Price guide Inexpensive: average entree less than $10 Moderate: average entre $11-$20 Expensive: average entree $21 and up It's a gloriously sunny, 800 day in Denver,...
Open House
Perfect popovers Thank you for the great popover recipe ("Foolproof Puffs," February, page 108). It's the first successful recipe we've tried in nine years of challenging baking in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at an attitude of 7,000 feet. Sherry H. James SANTA...
Penstemon Parade
GARDEN * OUTDOOR LIVING These showy perennials are naturally at home in Western gardens * Penstemons are perhaps the quintessential Western flower. More than 250 species exist, almost all native to this region. It is the rare gardener who is not smitten...
Penstemon Parade: These Showy Perennials Are Naturally at Home in Western Gardens. (Garden: Outdoor Living)
* Penstemons are perhaps the quintessential Western flower. More than 250 species exist, almost all native to this region. It is the rare gardener who is not smitten by their array of brilliant colors and graceful forms. Luckily for us, they are easier...
Picture-Perfect Nicasio: In West Marin, a Rancho, Rolling Hills, and Star Appeal. (Travel: Northern California Day Trip)
On the green at the center of town, a father and son play catch not far from a little white clapboard church from the 19th century. Stragglers hurry across the road to the show at Rancho Nicasio, but then relax when they hear the musicians still tuning...
Ruidoso's the Real Deal
TRAVEL 3-DAY WEEKEND Rejuvenate-and recreate-at New Mexico's mountain resort * Down in southeastern New Mexico, a laid-back section of the southern Rockies called Lincoln County has established its reputation as the Santa Fe antidote. At its heart is...
San Francisco for Less
TRAVEL * VALUE VACATION Cutting costs in the West's most expensive city This spring my husband and I achieved a small miracle in San Francisco: We spent three days and two nights enjoying great meals and city sights for less than it costs for a single...
San Francisco for Less: Cutting Costs in the West's Most Expensive City. (Travel: Value Vacation)
This spring my husband and I achieved a small miracle in San Francisco: We spent three days and two nights enjoying great meals and city sights for less than it costs for a single weekend night--$359, including tax--at the Ritz-Carlton. Some people...
Shed Revival
Looking for more living space? These homeowners found the solution in their own backyards * Many Western lots have small, shedlike buildings that aren't used much anymore. But look again. That backyard shed or detached garage might be the perfect place...
Shed Revival: Looking for More Living Space? These Homeowners Found the Solution in Their Own Backyards. (Home: Design)
* Many Western lots have small, shedlike buildings that aren't used much anymore. But look again. That backyard shed or detached garage might be the perfect place for a home office, family room, or playroom, as the following examples demonstrate. And...
Side Tables with Style
HOME WEEKEND PROJECT Assemble the base and add your own top You don't have to be a professional woodworker to make either of these slender side tables. Simply order the elegantly shaped legs and the ready-made mortise-and-tenon aprons and add a top of...
Side Tables with Style: Assemble the Base and Add Your Own Top
You don't have to be a professional woodworker to make either of these slender side tables. Simply order the elegantly shaped legs and the ready-made mortise-and-tenon aprons and add a top of your choice. MATERIALS * Ready-made legs, aprons,...
Sierra Summer
You can still find room to roam in the Sierra Nevada less traveled * Can any geography be more essential to California than the Sierra Nevada? This 400-mile chait granite peaks and shimmering waters-the nation's longest mountain range outside of Alaska-shapes...
Sierra Summer: You Can Still Find Room to Roam in the Sierra Nevada Less Traveled
* Can any geography be more essential to California than the Sierra Nevada? This 400-mile chain of granite peaks and shimmering waters--the nation's longest mountain range outside of Alaska--shapes the Golden State's weather, supplies its water, and...
Small-Flowered Spillers
GARDEN Cascading plants for hanging baskets and more Some plants are made for stardom; their big, bold, sometimes brassy flowers command the spotlight. Others are content with life in the chorus, creating beautiful effects when massed. Small-- flowered...
Small-Flowered Spillers: Cascading Plants for Hanging Baskets and More. (Garden)
Some plants are made for stardom; their big, bold, sometimes brassy flowers command the spotlight. Others are content with life in the chorus, creating beautiful effects when massed. Small-flowered though they may be, they're indispensable for their...
Small Luxuries
HOME - DESIGN Ideas from the winners of our powder room contest Last year, we asked readers to tell us about their powder rooms-the smallest, sometimes most challenging but often most fun room to decorate. The five winners shown here were selected from...
Small Luxuries: Ideas from the Winners of Our Powder Room Contest
Last year, we asked readers to tell us about their powder rooms--the smallest, sometimes most challenging but often most fun room to decorate. The five winners shown here were selected from 150 entries and exhibit a diversity that ranges from Asian...
Small Plates, Big Flavors
Make a summer party sizzle with spicy Caribbean dishes [] Call them tapas, appetizers, small plates-what you will. The important thing is that, when you eat little servings of foods, you can sample a wider variety. And it's more fun than a skimpy-course...
Spice under Wraps
Nutmeg is a spice that conjures cozy, comfy thoughts. Mace, on the other hand, puzzles. It sounds familiar-you might even have a little tin of it if you set up your spice rack with one of everything from the supermarket. But do you use mace? Do you even...
Stalactite Heaven: Underground Treasure in a Gold Country Cave
For 150 years, Black Chasm cavern was a secret shared by few. The dark pit in California's Gold Country was dangerous to explore, and the landowners were not interested in developing it. That's changing now as new owners are gradually--and safely--opening...
Summer Color Standouts for Intermountain Gardens
GARDEN These flowering perennials take heat in stride It's easy to have a knockout garden in late spring and early summer, but once the heat hits, things tend to get tired and dull. So make it a point to celebrate summer by planting perennials that save...
The River Wild: Rafting, Fishing, and Roaming Northern California's Trinity River. (Travel)
Of California's rivers, the Trinity is among the wildest, the most remote, and the most beautiful. Flowing out of Northern California's primeval Trinity Alps west of Redding, the Trinity River winds and twists its way into a narrow gorge before flowing...
Time for Something New
FROM THE EDITOR * There's comfort in sticking to what works, staying with the tried and true. So when I plant my little vegetable garden each spring, I always devote space to `Sweet 100' tomatoes, because they're sure bets. When I'm planning a summer...
Time for Something New. (from the Editor)
* There's comfort in sticking to what works, staying with the tried and true. So when I plant my little vegetable garden each spring, I always devote space to 'Sweet 100' tomatoes, because they're sure bets. When I'm planning a summer vacation, I always...
Tips & Trips
THE ROCKIES IN JUNE * MONTANA TO WASHINGTON Follow Lewis and Clark As it travels from Chicago to Seattle, Amtrak's Empire Builder follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery along Montana's Hi-Line, where they met up with grizzlies,...
Trail Treats to Go: A Good Walk May Be Its Own Reward, but Throw in a Bakery and You Have Hiker Heaven. (Travel)
Everything's more rewarding when you have to work to get it. Especially good bread. After poking around Dillon Beach, nothing beats a thick slice of freshly baked rosemary, raisin, and rock salt focaccia. And the sticky buns from Wild Flour Bread alone...
Urns Are Back: Here Are Three Fresh Ways to Use the Classic Container. (Garden)
Long-necked and lovely, urns are the timeless beauties of garden containers, presiding over well-tended plantings with dignified grace. But stuffy they're not; nurseries are now selling them in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials--from poured...
What to Do in Your Garden in June. (Checklist: Northern California)
PLANTING * CANNAS. Zones 7-9, 14-17: Set out 'Tropicanna', noted for its green-, pink-, red-, and yellow-striped burgundy foliage and bright orange flowers. If these colors don't work in your garden, try 'Black Knight' (red with dark burgundy foliage),...
Why the California Coast Is No Place to Relax
Towering, fog-shrouded cliffs carved from thousands of years of pounding surf. Long, golden beaches fading into rolling green hills. Endless vistas of blue water broken only by swaying kelp beds and the curious gazes of sea lions. It's the California...
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