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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. 215, No. 5, November

Barn Living: Rustic to Sleek; Modern Design Ideas from an Iconic Western Structure, Plus Simple Ways to Get the Look
METHOW RIVER VALLEY, WA Backcountry base camp When orthopedic surgeons David and Amaryllis Scott want to leave their weekday routines behind, the word "yonder" fits the bill. Their barn-shaped retreat on a silent ridge in Winthrop, Washington,...
Carmel's Quiet Season
Explore the original art town by the sea on a poster budgetMy friend Sara is the perfect traveling partner-she's up for anything, never complains, loves food and wine, and doesn't wake up too early in the morning. So when she and I were both feeling...
Carmel's Quiet Season: Explore the Original Art Town by the Sea on a Poster Budget
My friend Sara is the perfect traveling partner--she's up for anything, never complains, loves food and wine, and doesn't wake up too early in the morning. So when she and I were both feeling overworked and under-relaxed, we headed off to Carmel-by-the-Sea...
Electric Ideas
Cut your energy bill with smart new lighting choicesOne of the chief culprits in driving up our energy bills turns out to be the most innocent-looking: an incandescent lightbulb. In parts of the West, lighting accounts for as much as 28 percent of a...
Electric Ideas: Cut Your Energy Bill with Smart New Lighting Choices
One of the chief culprits in driving up our energy bills turns out to be the most innocent-looking: an incandescent lightbulb. In parts of the West, lighting accounts for as much as 28 percent of a typical household's annual electric bill. In an effort...
Holiday Parties
Celebrate the season with our guide full of make-ahead recipes and time-saving tipsCocktails to startCranberry-Mint InfusionMint tea and cranberry syrup combine in a glowing aperitif. To make enough for 12 cocktails, start by pouring 4 cups boiling water...
Home Office Retreat: A Transformed Garage Creates Space for Work and Family
Home life and work life had become far too intermixed for architect Linda Brettler. "I had an office room upstairs in our house," she says. "But once the kids started multiplying, it became impossible to work there." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The...
Japanese Maples: Choose One of Our Favorites for Dramatic Fall Color in Your Garden
It's hard to miss Japanese maples in autumn; clear skies and cold nights paint their leaves with flaming hues of gold, orange, red, and yellow. Because these airy, delicate trees love mild summers and cool winters, they are especially at home along...
Let's Get Away from It All: How One Couple Did Vegas, Death Valley, and Palm Springs in a Week-And Made It Swing, Baby
Let's leave our hut, dear Get out of our rut, dear (a) Late afternoon. A weekday. I am floating in a saltwater pool at Palm Springs' Orbit In with a sake cocktail in hand. Palm trees stretch to a blue curacao sky. The rocky San Jacintos rise beyond,...
One Dough Makes Two Appetizers
The holidays may be a time for abundance, but setting out that tantalizing display of party foods isn't easy when time is in such short supply. Maximize your cooking time by using a single cheese pastry dough recipe to produce both flaky cheese pastry...
Pleasanton Surprise: Great Shopping in an Unsung East Bay Town
If you have no idea where Pleasanton even is, here's some news for you: The little town between Livermore and Hayward is a great place for holiday shopping. Its pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with independently owned boutiques as well as--get...
Rare Vintages
Forage for treasures-or just enjoy great tacos-in Fort CollinsWith the holidays approaching, it's time to talk shop-vintage shop, that is. In Fort Collins, 65 miles north of Denver, the beauty of buying old is in vogue. Along with treasure troving, explore...
Seattle's Best Secret: Indulge in Retail Therapy in Ballard, the City's Most Dynamic Neighborhood
Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of Ballard--even many Seattleites haven't gotten hip yet to the city's best shopping. This once working-class neighborhood with deep Nordic roots, best known by some as the place to spy salmon swimming through the...
Storm Watch
TRAVELThe thrill of a coastal storm-electric air, crashing waves, and thunderous skies-is best enjoyed with a fleece blanket around your shoulders, a cup of cocoa in your hands, and a flickering fire gently warming slippered feet. It's the best of both...
Thanksgiving in the West
Cook the best dishes from Sunset's $50,000 recipe contestThanksgiving dinner tastes a little different in the West than around the rest of the country. The veggies are more likely to be fresh, the dressing might contain anything from sourdough bread...
Thanksgiving in the West: Cook the Best Dishes from Sunset's $50,000 Recipe Contest
Thanksgiving dinner tastes a little different in the West than around the rest of the country. The veggies are more likely to be fresh, the dressing might contain anything from sourdough bread to Chinese sausage, and sweet potatoes rarely sport marshmallows....
The Road Not Taken, Maybe
You have choices when you're in Juneau, Alaska, and you want to hit the road. You can drive south 5 miles and turn around. You can drive a few blocks east up Mt. Roberts and turn around, or west across the bridge to Douglas Island and turn around....
Towering Triumph: With the Stunning De Young Museum, San Francisco Gains a Brilliant Work of Modern Architecture-And Some Welcome Attention. Deborah Bishop Explores the New Jewel in the City's Cultural Crown
As you approach the museum on an autumn day, it does not sparkle from afar like a foil-wrapped piece of Frank Gehry eye candy. Variously smooth, embossed, dimpled, and perforated, its copper skin mimics light dappling through trees. As the tower emerges...
Turkey Time
The best wines to go with the bird and all the fixingsA recent survey of my friends and relations revealed that their current go-to wines for Thanksgiving dinner are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first choice is solid-possibly brilliant: A high-acid,...
Turkey Time: The Best Wines to Go with the Bird and All the Fixings
A recent survey of my friends and relations revealed that their current go-to wines for Thanksgiving dinner are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first choice is solid--possibly brilliant: A high-acid, low-tannin Pinot, with bright cherry and cranberry...
Walls That Rock
Our favorite reasons to love dry-stacked stoneRock walls look better than ever, as gardeners around the West give a fresh spin to a landscape classic. One reason for their popularity is that they work in so many styles of gardens : They can look charmingly...
Walls That Rock: Our Favorite Reasons to Love Dry-Stacked Stone
Rock walls look better than ever, as gardeners around the West give a fresh spin to a landscape classic. One reason for their popularity is that they work in so many styles of gardens: They can look charmingly rustic, or as fresh and contemporary as...
What to Do in Your Garden in November
PLANTING * Amaryllis. These gorgeous bulbs produce huge single or double trumpet-shaped flowers up to 9 inches wide just five to eight weeks after planting. Dwarf varieties produce smaller flowers but their stems are not as leggy. Colors include...
Your Midweek Holiday Party: How to Host Friends without the Fuss
Follow our advice here, and you'll find that a midweek party can be easier to pull off than a weekend one--which is good, because with all of the season's office gatherings, tree trimmings, and dinner dates taking up your schedule, it might be your...
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