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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. 227, No. 2, August

A Haven in the Park
National park lodges don't get built every day. That's why the 20 new camp cabins in Lassen Volcanic National Park, about three hours north of Sacramento, are something to cheer for. Built a stone's throw from pine-fringed Manzanita Lake, the cabins...
All Yours: Love the National Parks, Hate the Crowds? Our 3 Strategies for Outsmarting the High Season
1 FIND THE bidden gems We love Yosemite. The Tetons bring us to tears. But their 4 million annual visitors each, not so much. Sometimes we just want a pretty place without all those people The off-the-radar red rock vacation * Capitol Reef,...
A Tree House Grows in Portland: Bringing the Spirit of Great Outdoors to the Big City
HIGH ON A hillside overlooking snowcapped Mt Hood, yet just a: few minutes by bike from downtown Portland, the home of architect Webster Wilson feels like a nature-lover's oasis in this city of caffeine, rain, and indie rock. One big factor is that...
August: What to Do in Northern California
QUICK CONTAINERS Big pots of coleus are an easy way to replenish empty spaces and will look good until frost, especially fall-colored burgundy or coppery varieties. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THINK BEYOND GRASS Reimagining the California Lawn (Cachuma...
A Wine for Every Elevation; the Scenery and the Weather: Toast Your Visit to a National Wonder with a Wine That Matches
Pair Yosemite with Sauvignon Blanc Water snaking over sheer granite walls--it gets hot in August in this crown jewel of parks. Crisp and citrusy, Sauvignon Blancs are refreshing and often carry a minerally limestone edge that echoes the scenes of...
Better Than Candy: Sharp-Looking and Juicy-Sweet Heirloom and Hybrid Melons Are the Cool New Kids in the Bin
MASTERING THE MELON What you need to know to buy and prep these beautiful fruits TOP PICKS Prime melon season is July through September. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WATERMELON FAMILY 1] CRIMSON SWEET: Crisp, sweet, and mild, with medium...
Camp Food Quest
I have eaten a lot of memorable camp food. There have been the lows, like soggy sandwiches (who put the bread at the bottom of the cooler?) and regrettably undercooked chicken (which led to the even more regrettable moment when my daughter got sick...
Chefs Gone Wild: These Campers Know How to Eat Well under the Stars
Dutch oven-braised beef and summer vegetables SERVES 6 | 3 HOURS (ABOUT 2i/2 HOURS IN CAMP) After a day of hiking or swimming, Adam likes the simplicity of cooking a one-pot meal like this for his wife and their two young sons. "Gramma" is...
Coing Dutch: Meet Your Cook-It-All Camping Tool
HOW TO USE A DUTCH OVEN 1 Prepare the fire If you have a campfire going, move any large pieces of still-burning wood to the side and level out your hot coals to fit the size of the dutch oven. If the campground doesn't allow wood fires, burn...
Day Trip Felton
Inside Ramble through the redwoods near Santa Cruz * Three classic trails, three great rewards * Monterey's quietest beach * Why go now: This redwood-shaded town in the Santa Cruz Mountains has a mellow vibe that's easy like August. Lay of the land:...
Get the Bug: Thanks to Robyn Meier and Mark Velijkovich, the Duo Behind Denver's I've Got Wood Furniture, Beetle-Kill Colorado Pine Is Given a Second Life
Why use beetle-kill wood? ROBYN: We hike and camp a lot in Colorado, where beetle-kill pine forests are a serious problem. We wondered, Who's using this wood? So we started sourcing it from local mills and making mirrors, lights, benches, even jewelry...
Presenting the S'most: Bake Your Own Graham Crackers? Make Your Own Marshmallows? It May Sound Crazy, but Try These S'mores Just Once-You'll Never Go Back
Homemade marshmaliows MAKES 12 | 35 MINUTES, PLUS 2 HOURS TO FIRM From Cindy Pawlcyn, chef-owner of Napa's legendary Mustards Grill, these marshmaliows--and the other components of the Ultimate S'more (below right)--are far easier to make than...
Romanesco: Grow a Sweeter (and Prettier) Broccoli
In your garden Since Romanesco broccoli isn't commonly sold in stores, one of the few ways to get it is to grow your own from seeds. Order them from Seed Savers Exchange (seedsavers.org). plant Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep in small pots filled...
Set Sail: Now That San Francisco Has Won the Bid to Host the 34th America's Cup Regatta in 3012 and San Diego the AC World Series This Fall, All Eyes Are on Tie Water. but It You've Never Sailed before, or It's Been Awhile, We Recommend Easing into It Slowly-Like on a No-Experience Necessary Daysail. Go, Be with the Wind
Get out on a boat The easy way to hit the water is to charter, or rent, a yacht. A skippered charter includes a licensed captain to do the sailing. (A bareboat charter is for those who already know how to sail.) Because commissioning a 6-ton, 35-foot...
Take Your Kitchen to Camp: From the At-Home Prep and Packing Your Cooler to Setting It All Up When You Getthere
MAKE A SANDWICH BOX Slice tomatoes and cucumbers and stack lettuce leaves for grab-and-go lunches. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THINK LIKE A BAG BOY Pack fragile stuff, like salad mixes and fresh herbs, toward the top. PEWASH YOUR GREENS ...
T.C. Boyle on Island Fever: How the Author Felt in Love with California's Channel Islands National Park While Writing His Latest Novel
IN HIS NOVEL When the Killing's Done, which came out earlier this year, and his upcoming San Miguel, Santa Barbara author T.C. Boyle turns Channel Islands National Park into an unforgettable character itself--beautiful, menacing. Set on Anacapa and...
Trek and Treat: It's Not like You Need a Reason to Hike the Region's Most Breathtaking Trails. but Here Are Three Good Ones Just the Same
MARIN Mt. Tamalpais East Peak A sweeping view of the fog-haloed bay is almost reward enough for climbing 1,300 feet in just 3 miles. But the final quad blaster to the old fire lookout more than earns you some extra calories. Trailhead on Panoramic...
Your Stay in Paradise: Good to Unforgettable: A Visit to (or Overnight in) One of the West's Great National Park Lodges Can Transform Your Vacation from Good to Unforgettable
1 Best new wilderness escape Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, Kenai Fjords WHY WE LOVE IT Think of Kenai Fjords as the best of Alaska compressed into 1,046 square miles (roughly a quarter of the size of L.A. County). Icy blue fjords? Check. Glaciers?...
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