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. 4, October

A River Runs through Us
Fly-fishing the waters of West Yellowstone is the stuff of dreams. Casting alongside your 85-year-old dad is the stuff of memories. By Laura FraserInever understood my father's love of flyfishing. He wasn't content to fish our Colorado streams but would...
A River Runs through Us: Fly-Fishing the Waters of West Yellowstone Is the Stuff of Dreams. Casting Alongside Your 85-Year-Old Dad Is the Stuff of Memories
I NEVER UNDERSTOOD my father's love of fly-fishing. He wasn't content to fish our Colorado streams but would wake well before dawn and drive nine hours to Montana, where the rivers and the trout were bigger. He'd pack his gear in the truck--waders,...
Ask Sunset
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LIFE IN THE WEST? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS.Q: Is there a minor tweak that would update my house?The interior has a lot of sage green trim, which is feeling very ...'90s. But our furniture goes well with it, so I'm nervous to change it....
Beach Living
In a small walkable community on the Washington coast, we designed two houses (and one big yard) for a new kind of Beach livingNO MATTER WHERE you go in Seabrook, the sound of the waves follows you. That's by design. The Grays Harbor community is built...
Container Combos
PLANT PICKSThough plants in pots usually need more water than their counterparts in the ground, there are plenty of unthirsty options too. Garden designers share their favorites.Mood and attitude"This is the plant of 2013," says San Francisco nursery...
Cooking with Cider
Three ways to use fall's favorite drink By Elaine Johnsonpiper davis has a sweet spot for cider. Each fall, she and her extended family gather at their orchard in southeastern Washington for apple-pressing parties, lugging home big jugs of homemade cider...
Cooking with Cider: Three Ways to Use Fall's Favorite Drink
PIPER DAVIS HAS A SWEET SPOT for cider. Each fall, she and her extended family gather at their orchard in southeastern Washington for apple-pressing parties, lugging home big jugs of homemade cider afterward. "It's like drinking a fresh apple," says...
Freaky Flora
A lily that looks like À bat. Plants that eat flies-or fingers!-for dinner. VWho needs Halloween decorations when nature provides such bizarre and beautiful creations? We've assembled a collection of the spookiest flowers and plants from growers around...
Have a Question about Life in the West? We Have the Answers
Q: Is there a minor tweak that would update my house? The interior has a lot of sage green trim, 'which is feeling very ... '90s. But our furniture goes well with it, so I'm nervous to change it.--L.T., KENSINGTON, CA DEAR L.T.: Paint can be...
In a Small Walkable Community on the Washington Coast, We Designed Two Houses (and One Big Yard) for a New Kind of Beach Living
NO MATTER WHERE you go in Seabrook, the sound of the waves follows you. That's by design. The Grays Harbor community is built so every home is no more than a five-minute walk to a firepit, a bocce court, or the beach. Sound idyllic? We thought so too...
In the Sunset Kitchen
TRICK OF THE MONTH Give it a swirl Creating these marbleized cookies requires just a twist of the wrist--perfect for the time-pressed baker. To do it, pour a small amount of three colored icings onto a plate in pools that touch. Dip a cookie...
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
TIPS FROM OUR TEAM"This little pump is the simplest way I've found to pull the oxygen-enemy to an open bottle-away from leftover wine. "SARA SCHNEIDER, WINE EDITORTRICK OF THE MONTHGive it a swirlCreating these marbleized cookies requires just a twist...
Low-Water Bloomers
PLANT PICKSThese shrubs and perennials flower effortlessly in colors ranging from sky blue to flame orange.The cool crowdleft A river of purple Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) runs through a Napa Valley garden designed by Ron Lutsko (lutsko associates.com),...
Mushroom Magic
PEAK SEASONIn salad, lasagna, and stew, use the varieties that bewitch you most right now.Tips for cooksSHOPMushrooms should smell sweet and earthy, and have dry, firm, undamaged caps. If they're spongy or sticky, steer clear.CLEANWipe with a barely...
Mushroom Magic: In Salad, Lasagna, and Stew, Use the Varieties That Bewitch You Most Right Now
Tips for cooks SHOP Mushrooms should smell sweet and earthy, and have dry, Firm, undamaged caps. If they're spongy or sticky, steer clear. CLEAN Wipe with a barely damp paper towel. Cultivated mushrooms grow in a sterile medium, so they...
Our 12 Favorite Things This Month
1. Treats for grown-ups Summon these spirits for Halloween--spiked candy so good, it's scary. Summon these spirits for Halloween--spiked candy so good, it's scary. Cult favorite Alma Chocolate in Portland offers two kinds of bonbon avec booze,...
Ribs, Northwest-Style
Smoke over applewood. Slather with a spicy berry sauce. Lick fingers. By Elaine JohnsonSMOKED RIBS with HUCKLEBERRY BBQ SAUCESERVES 6/4 HOURS, PLUS 4 HOURS TO CHIU.This recipe, from chef David Kreifels of Laurelhurst Market in Portland, strikes the perfect...
Rise AND Vine
In one generation, a mexican american family has gone from picking grapes to feasting in their own vineyard-and pouring their own delicious california wines.it started with a letter. In 1967, Amelia Morán Fuentes was at the river near her grandmother's...
Rise Vine: In One Generation, a Mexican American Family Has Gone from Picking Grapes to Feasting in Their Own Vineyard-And Pouring Their Own Delicious California Wines
IT STARTED WITH a letter. In 1967, Amelia Moran Fuentes was at the river near her grandmother's ranch in Jalisco, Mexico, doing the washing when a missive came from her father. Like a growing number of his countrymen, he had left his family to do vineyard...
Spooky Plants
I HAVE FRIENDS who start planning for Halloween on Labor Day. At Sunset we started in early July, inspired by a cadre of "plant nerds" (in the words of associate garden editor Johanna Silver) who are devoted to various freaky flora--carnivorous plants,...
Tailored & Textured
CASE STUDY #3: SAN MARINO, CABands of succulents, grasses, and shrubs create a living tapestry.plants may be a new medium for interior designer Diane Lam, but she has years of experience with combining textures and colors. So when she and her husband,...
The Real Oakland
Three devotees give us the lowdown on Oaktown. As told to Josh SensWhere do you go to get outdoors?KEPWDBD REGIONAL PURKCharlie hallowell: Anyone who's intimidated by Oakland or thinks it's too rough and tumble, I send to Redwood. It's so open and green....
The Real Oakland: Three Devotees Give Us the Lowdown on Oaktown
Where do you go to get outdoors? REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK CHARLIE HALLOWELL: Anyone who's intimidated by Oakland or thinks it's too rough and tumble, I send to Redwood. It's so open and green. I walk my dogs here. I park at Skyline Gate, then choose...
Water-Wise Design Guide: Everything You Need to Give the Hose a Rest, from Unthirsty Plant Picks to Inspiring Gardens
LOW WATER, BIG IMPACT Recently, on the heels of another dry spell in California, I surveyed a patch of brown grass in my backyard and wondered: What does climate change mean for gardeners? With experts warning that droughts will only get worse,...
Weeknight Cooking
Recipes in 30 minutes or lessGRILLED THAI CHICKEN THIGHS with SPICY BROCCOLI SLAWSERVES 6/30 MINUTESIf you can't find packaged broccoli slaw, whirl broccoli stems in a food processor, using the grater attachment. Throw in a carrot and some red cabbage...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
GRILLED THAI CHICKEN THIGHS with SPICY BROCCOLI SLAW SERVES 6/30 MINUTES If you can't find packaged broccoli slaw, whirl broccoli stems in a food processor, using the grater attachment. Throw in a carrot and some red cabbage if you like. 2 tbsp....
Why You'll Love Conifer, Co
Fall lingers longer in the foothills south of Denver, and you will too, thanks to a new state park and an energized gallery scene. By Stephen DuncanYou'll strike goldMost of Colorado's high country loses its golden glow by early October, but the lowerelevation...
Why You'll Love Healdsburg, CA: The Heart of Sonoma Wine Country Beckons with a Soothing River, a Dynamic Food Scene, and the County's First Kombucha Bar
Drinking here is good for you With more than 100 wineries and one of Sonoma County's biggest breweries, Healdsburg knows fermented beverages. Yet it's never seen anything like the Fermentation Bar, set inside Shed, the Sonoma locavore's new answer...
Wild & Romantic
CASE STUDY #2: LOS ALTOS, CAHow a basic lawn can become a garden full of flowers and lifeFOR YEARS, Pam and Mark Goodman cringed at the sight of their struggling lawn from the living room windows. Dreaming of a thriving garden, Pam started clipping photos...
Wine-Aisle Rescue: How to Pick a Great Bottle at a Great Price? 10 Lessons from the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition
You've filled your shopping cart with the building blocks for dinner, then make a flying pass down the wine aisle for a couple of bottles to wow your friends. But which ones? Few of us have a wineshop clerk on speed dial, so we're left eyeballing the...
Your Checklist
PLANT For a late-winter or early-spring harvest, plant seed potatoes this month or early next. Broadcast wildflower seeds into weed-free soil for early-spring blooms. Keep area evenly moist. Buy perennials rich in autumn color. Our favorites...
Your CHECKLIST
ROCKY MOUNTAINSPLANT" Start tropical-looking clivias indoors for orange, salmon, cream, or yellow trumpet flowers later this winter. Place pots in a cool, bright window and water only when the soil is dried out; once buds form, water more frequently.It's...
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