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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. 229, No. 5, November

All Aglow: How to Fire Up Your Backyard for Outdoor Living
Gather around a firepit wall ... Overlapping panels of ipe wood and colored concrete flank the firepit in this backyard in Los Altos Hills, California. Stone veneer forms a chimneylike background for the flames, creating a classic focal point for...
Aurora-Watching Season Heats Up: The Case for Why You Must Go to Alaska When Its Cold and Dark, Just for a Chance at the Most Dazzling View on the Planet
In the end, you might not even see it. You've spent thousands of dollars and a week's vacation to be where it's cold and dark. And you need to know that it may be for nothing. The aurora borealis (the north-r----ern lights) is the most mind-altering...
Big Birds Are on the Move
For new birders, the sport can be frustrating, requiring laser-sharp vision and bionic hearing. Good news: while the small, delicate and harder to see species have already flown south for the winter, the hardy birds arrive this month. Their large size...
Boulder Reinvented: Mix the Start-Up Energy of Silicon Valley with the Craftiness of Portland, and You've Got the New Most-Inspired Town in the West
IT TAKES ONLY eight minutes to see that something big is happening in Boulder, Colorado. That's about how Long it takes to pedal through downtown--from your energy-bar stock-up at Whole Foods Market toward the Flatirons--assuming you can make it without...
City of Loaves: The Best Bakers in the Bay Area Are Taking San Franco's Signature Bread in Brave New Directions
IT'S A FOG-WHIPPED AFTERNOON at Fisherman's Wharf and I'm in a crowd of hungry tourists outside Boudin Bakery waiting for a loaf of tangy San Francisco sourdough. It's everywhere, this bread, as much a Golden Gate fixture as Coit Tower or the cable...
Crossing Over
CHUGGING UP STEEP HIGHWAY 120, heading toward Yosemite, we pulled over at Priest Station Cafe. Technically, the roadside stop is near Groveland, about 140 miles east of San Francisco. Atmospherically, it feels like a portal to the Great American West....
Fast & Fresh: Recipes from Our Kitchen and Yours, in 30 Minutes or Less
FASTS&FRESH EVERY DAY! Check out our new videos, tips, and more recipes: sunset.com/fastandfresh [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pumpkin apple pancakes Ruth Miller, EUGENE, OR SERVES 4 (MAKES 10) | 30 MINUTES 1 large egg 1 cup each flour and milk 2...
In the Northwest, a Storm Is Brewing: One Storm-Watching Trip to Tofino, British Columbia, Will Change Your Definition of Perfect Weathe
Sunshine depresses me. It's just the same thing, over and over; I like days with moods, days as unpredictable as a toss of the dice. Which is why I believe that, after a long, hot summer, this is the best time of year in the Northwest. Because the...
It's Desert Prime Time: Wildflowers, Clear Night Skies, Temperate Weather-The California Desert Has It All This Month. Pick Your Pleasure
wild JOSHUA TREE, CA * Crisp November skies allow spectacular views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The 29 Palms Inn makes a good base camp; many of its funky bungalows have private patios, and the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is just 2 miles...
Only in the Fall Only in the West. Conventional Wisdom Says That When the Days Get Shorter, It's Time to Hunker Inside-And See You in Spring. but Now Is the Absolute Best Time to Be Outdoors, When Some of Our Unique Landscapes Come Brilliantly Alive. This Collection of Amazing Experiences Happens
Camping has its secret season Kelsey Sheofsky, co-owner of Shelter Co. luxury camping service, shares her reasons why this is the best month to take your weekend getaway outside. 1 The fire becomes the camp centerpiece. "Mornings start with coffee...
Puget Sound Oysters Are Back
Technically, you can eat oysters in slimmer. But come glorious fall, the rains add fresh water to the sea, temperatures cool, spawning dissipates, and once again all the crooked inlets and rocky beaches of Washington's Puget Sound offer up their beautifully...
Reboot in Boulder
ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE Try cake making or chocolate-and-beer pairing at Piece, Love & Chocolate, a decadent shop curated by chocola-tier and pastry chef Sarah Amorese. Classes from $55; 8o5 Pearl St.; piecelove andchocolate.com [ILLUSTRATION...
Saving Tonto: Across the West, State Parks Face Recession-Era Budget Cuts. but When One Arizona Town Realized Its Park Was Too Precious to Close, It Fought Back
IT'S A PARTY that was almost a wake. On a warm summer evening, nearly zoo people have gathered at Arizona's Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. They're listening to live music--the John Scott Band playing blues--while sipping wine and munching on empanadas...
Thanksgiving Goes Grand: The Holiday Tradition at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon
Part of the magic of Thanksgiving at Phantom Ranch, the compound of stone cabins, canteen, and dorms nestled along Bright Angel Creek, is getting there. Up on the rim, temperatures can be below freezing, but once we get down in the canyon, it's warm...
That Buttery Crunch: For Sheer Toasty Decadence, Nothing Compares with Oregon Hazelnuts
Hazelnut chocolate mousse tart SERVES 10 TO 12 1 1/2 HOURS, PLUS 3 HOURS TO COOL The interplay of crunchy, fudgy, and silky textures in this ultra-rich dessert makes it a splashy ending to a celebratory meal. CRUST AND SPREAD 6 oz. (about...
The World's Best Bottles: We Brought the West's Most Respected Wine Pros Together to Judge Which Bottles Are Your Smartest Buys of the Year
"What should I be drinking now?" Have you ever wanted to get the West's top wine pros in one room together and ask them just that? Done. This year, the all-new Sunset International Wine Competition vetted a Large swath of wines in the marketplace...
Welcome Nature In: These Simple Displays Can Be Created Using Items Found Outdoors-Maybe Even in Your Own Backyard
Rethink the wreath As festive as an evergreen bough but less expected, a cypress-tree door decoration will see you through the holidays and beyond. Set a potted mini cypress on a plastic saucer, wrap in a burlap bag, and nail the drawstring to your...
Wine Country Is All Yours: Sonoma County Shows Its True Colors after the Craziness of Crush
The time to go to wine country, it's said, is during the crush, in late September, early October. I once visited Sonoma County's Healdsburg during this festive time, when tourists littered tasting rooms with badges around their necks like conventioneers....
You Can Watch Massive Swells
In November, Pacific storms begin to generate huge waves on Oahu's North Shore, attracting the world's best surfers to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series (2). Joel Parkinson (3), a three-time series champ, tells what it's like. [ILLUSTRATION...

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