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. 231, No. 1, July

Adventurous West
MAYBE IT'S THE RECENT RELEASE of former Sunset publisher Bill Lane's memoir, The Sun Never Sets, but we are suddenly obsessed with our history. Creative director Mail Holiman and I have filled our phones with shots of old covers (my current favorite:...
Beer or Wine? What to Pour to Match Summer's Big-Flavor Foods
Chipotle aioli on fish tacos, searing spices on ribs ... It's easy enough to reach for a cold one, but which beer works best with these foods? And what's the wine lover to do? We chose five favorite Sunset recipes and asked a beer and a wine expert...
Davenport, CA: Small-Town Flavors Meet World-Class Wine and Waves on This Sliver of Coast near Santa Cruz
The beach is a breeze Once the afternoon winds start to pick up, you'll see the wind-surfers lugging their gear down to the sandy cove of Davenport Landing for wave-jumping acrobatics and speed-demon runs. The rocky pools to the south offer another...
Easy-Care Oasis: This Water-Wise Beach Patio Offers Lessons for Yards Everywhere
THE LAWN at Gordon and Julia Held's beachfront home in Cayu-cos, California, never felt quite right. The grass guzzled water, and looked out of place against the sand and surf. Seeking a lower-maintenance alternative, the couple hired landscape architect...
Elevate Your Picnic: The Light, Seasonal Food from Bread & Water-A Venice Beach Catering Company Run by Sisters Meave and Faye McAuliffe-Inspired This Feast
CUCUMBER MINT SPRITZER SERVES 4 / 20 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING TIME "This is the kind of cool drink you want when you're out in he sun," says Meave. Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne)....
Endless Summer: What to Cook This Month: Basil, Cherries, and Corn
GRILLED CORN COBETTES SERVES 4 / 20 MINUTES Sweet corn only gets better smeared with these easy, flavorful toppings. Each makes enough for 4 ears of corn. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Toppings (choices follow) 4 ears corn on the cob, husks removed 1...
Every Week Is Shark Week: Go Nose-to-Nose with a Great White off Baja's Guadalupe Island, Where Shark Sightings Are All but Guaranteed
THE SILENCE OF WATER CLOSES OVER MY HEAD. My feet bump against the bottom of the cage. I gaze, jittery, into the hazy blue. It isn't fear I feel, though there's a trace of apprehension. I am getting the chance to glimpse one of the world's greatest...
Feast at the Beach: Crabs, Clams, Cod, Corn-All in One Pot. How to Throw an Old-Fashioned Seafood Boil, West Coast-Style
FOR ALL OF THE WEST'S great outdoor traditions, clambakes and lobster boils have typically been the other coast's domain. But the Northwest's craggy coastline always reminded Portland chef Jason French of Maine, where he spent summers as a child. "Summer...
Hidden Beach Towns
1 Cayucos, CA The tiny surf town north of Morro Bay has a pier made for sunsets, classic seafood like steamer clams and thick wedges of cod at Duckie's Chowder House, and the idyllic Cass House Inn. It's also an ideal jumping-off point for exploring...
Master the Sandcastle: The King of the Castle-Todd Vander Pluym, Winner of Nearly 200 Sand-Sculpting Competitions-Shares His Trade Secrets
1. TEST THE SAND Squeeze wet sand and roll it back and forth in your hand. If it stays together, it's good sand. If it falls apart, "you're in the wrong spot--or on the wrong beach," says Vander Pluym. 2. BUILD A BASE Make a circular wall out of...
Offbeat Salt Lake: In the Heart of Utah's Capital, You'll Find One of the Most Surprising Blends of High-Energy Dining and Culture in the West
1 Blow your mind The Leonardo, the city's science-and-art museum, is doing its namesake proud this summer with a multimedia exhibit called 101 Inventions That Changed the World. Interactive permanent displays a wait when you're finished with the...
Sea Change: Monterey Bay Has Gone from, Toxic Soup to Pristine Waters Supporting Sea Otters, Whales, and a Thriving Kelp Forest. and What We're Learning Here Might Just Save Our Oceans
STEPHEN PALUMBI SURFS and plays in a ROCK BAND, but mainly he's a MARINE BIOLOGIST. So when he takes a visitor on the trail that winds from Hopkins Marine Station along the rocky shoreline of Monterey Bay, he mostly talks about the bay. Here's where...
Seafood Smarts: How to Choose and Cook Perfect Fish-Every Time
BEFORE "SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD" even entered our lexicon, Robert Clark was on a quest for better fish. In the late '90s, disappointed by the declining quality of Chilean seabass, he turned to sablefish, a more reliably luscious white fish--which happened...
Soak It All Up: SoCal Beach Regulars Pick the Best Gear for a Place in the Sun
1. POP-UP SHADE "This tent-umbrella combo gives you a big spot to duck under; it's perfect for families." --Kyle Daniels, L.A. County lifeguard captain Sport-Brella: $60; sportbrella.com. 2. HAUL-IT-ALL CART "A cart or wagon with huge tires...
Sun, Splash, Repeat
Play like a local The best ways to experience Southern California's iconic sports FIND YOUR INNER SURFER Surf Academy instructor and co-owner Marion Clark offers a pep talk for beginners. What should someone know before surfing for the...
The New Beach Cottage: A Laguna Beach Family Shows How to Mix Styles and Live Large in a Small Space
When Dana Marron and her family moved into their 1,600-square-foot home in Laguna Beach, California, she knew she would need to make every design choice count. "Because the house was historic, we were limited in what we could change, so we had to be...
The Real San Diego: Three Natives Give Us the Goods on the City of Sand and Surf
BEST BEACHES La Jolla Shores 8200 CAMINO DEL ORO CHRISTOPHER CLARK: For new surfers, nothing beats La Jolla Shores. You've got long, gentle waves and a nice sandy bottom. And the locals who surf there are welcoming to beginners. NEVA PARKER:...
Whole Salmon 101: With the Help of Some Simple Seasonings and Easy Techniques, You Can Feed (and Impress) a Crowd
The tricks you need PREP To remove scales and help skin crisp up when cooked, liberally sprinkle salmon, including head and fins, with kosher salt. Let sit 10 minutes. Rub salt semi-roughly (wearing dish gloves if you like), then wipe off salt and...
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