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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. 192, No. 6, June

A Freeway Runs through It
To grow up in Southern California, as I did, is to have the concrete web of the region's freeway system permanently encoded in your brain, the way flight paths are said to be encoded in the neurons of migratory birds. Freeways are Southern California's...
Barbecued Salmon, Tomatillo Salsa, Making Lettuce Last, and Defining "Sweet" Wine
Pietro Parravano is a commercial fisherman. He jumped ship from a teaching career about 12 years ago, opting for a more precarious but freer livelihood from the sea. He fishes off the Central California coast on the Anne B, a sturdy, weathered craft...
Berkeley Rubble Lives on in the Garden
IN A QUIRKY TWIST on the English concept of using local stone in the garden, landscape designers Jana Olson-Drobinsky and Marcia Donahue utilized what they consider the local stones of the Berkeley flatlands--broken concrete and old brick. "I started...
Build a Garden Pond
New liners let you create your own aquatic world in a few days BUILDING A GARDEN POND IS like creating a self-contained world, brimming with life and movement, vivid color, soothing sounds, sweet fragrances, and the sculptural forms of exotic plants....
Camping in Comfort ... 1990s-Style
The high-tech revolution has spawned a new breed of gear for family car camping The best things about family camping never seem to change: the pungent scent of an open campfire; the magic of storytelling under a ceiling of stars; the cozy security of...
Food Becomes One of the Attractions
If man can't live by bread alone, then families visiting the reinvented Las Vegas can't live by theme parks alone. After you've visited King Tut's mock tomb at Luxor, watched the pirate-ship battle outside Treasure Island, and spent the afternoon at...
Grow a Garden in a Pocket Planter
Four new looks for the classic strawberry pot FEW THINGS IN THE GARDEN turn heads quicker than a strawberry pot overflowing with lush, berry-laden plants. But when planted with a mix of foliage types, this graceful clay pot forms a striking accent next...
Inspired by a Winner, Moved by the Wind
This wedge-shaped bird feeder pivots like a weather vane YOU DON'T NEED A weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing when you have a bird feeder like this one. It was inspired by Ken Erdman's award-winner in our bird feeder contest that also pivots...
It's Rattlesnake Season Again
The hazards remain the same, but the recommended treatments have changed SSSSS-SSS-SSS. OF ALL OF nature's noises, the hiss of a coiled rattlesnake may be the most chilling. Spring and summer are when you're most likely to hear it, but you can take...
Let Your Imagination Take Wing
The silly, the sublime, the wise, the whimsical...The Nature Company/Sunset Bird Feeder Design Contest had them all. Honor the winners, but let the birds have the final vote. What do you get when you ask people to design a better bird feeder? The Nature...
Little Bighorn Days in Montana, Celebrating Smokey, Alaska Salmon Shopping
HARDIN, MONTANA Every June on the anniversary of Custer's Last Stand, 16 miles from the actual battle site, spectators gather on wooden bleachers in front of a dusty field dotted with tepees, waiting to see history repeat itself. Montana plains stretch...
Old-Fashioned Summer Show-Offs, Korean Licorice Mint, Building a Windbreak
The arbor pictured at right, bedecked with a climbing rose, gives this garden in Eugene, Oregon, a sense of visual depth. In the foreground is a drift of silver-leafed Stachys byzantina, commonly called lamb's ears. This old-fashioned perennial is currently...
Outrigger Canoeing Captivates California
Watch summer races, or join a club EVERY 20 TO 30 minutes during an outrigger race, three of the six paddlers roll out of the speeding canoe and into the middle of the ocean. Their replacements, having just taken to the water from a chase boat, pull...
Rainbows Rise Again on the Henry's Fork
One of the West's classic fly-fishing streams stages a comeback DUSK IS RAPIDLY fading to dark as I zigzag my way through the stubby sage and head upstream along the bank. In less than 20 minutes the trout will stop rising, but for now, massive ripples...
Summer Adventures around Taos
Rafting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing WHEN THE SNOW melts, the same sunny climate and spectacular landscapes that make Taos, New Mexico, a dazzling winter playground also support many summer activities, including whitewater rafting,...
The Best Basil: It Depends
Sunset testers found some varieties perfect for pesto, others best fresh WHEN YOU LOVE growing and cooking with basil, nuances among green, large-leaf varieties can mean the difference between superb and merely good flavor. Catalogs rave about all...
The Bountiful Willamette
Explore the wineries, produce stands, and country pleasures along the heart of Oregon's Highway 99W THEY DO SAY, THAT out in Oregon the pigs are running about under the great acorn trees, round and fat, and already cooked, with knives and forks sticking...
The Farmers' Market Frenzy
The West is blazing new trails from the farm to you. Here's where to shop, how to shop, and what to buy if you want really ripe, really fresh, often organic produce It's 7 A.M. As the gray fog shrouding Santa Monica's Arizona Avenue business district...
The Midas Touch for Ribs
And an onion salad that's pure poetry MEDIEVAL ALCHEMISTS tried to transmute lead into gold. Every chef who barbecues ribs is engaging in a similar endeavor, attempting to transform a base material--visually the least promising portion of the carcass--into...
Tired of the Same Old Swing?
Nah--who could be? Here's the last word on this summertime classic DOES NOT THE IMAGE of the humble tire swing evoke a visceral childhood memory so acute that you yearn to throw down this magazine, run outside, and suspend the aforementioned conveyance...
Tour the Wineries of Calaveras County
In this part of California's Mother Lode, a flash of gold is likely to be a glass of Chardonnay THE HISTORIES OF mines and vines intertwine in California's Calaveras County. The argonauts who poured in during the Gold Rush were soon followed by winemakers...
What's Eating Your Petunias?
WHY ON EARTH HAVE my petunias stopped flowering, when just a couple of weeks ago they were in glorious full bloom?" Any gardener who grows petunias is likely to ask this question come late spring or early summer. No, it's not because you forgot to fertilize,...
What's New with Western Goat Cheese?
Many more cheesemakers, greater availability, and new choices--from flavored soft to hard grating types IN THE SUNNY CHEESE room at Sea Stars Goat Cheese in Santa Cruz, California, the air smells sweet and tangy. As owner Nancy Gaffney scoops white...
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