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. 232, No. 4, April

A Perfect Day in Lake County, CA: A Flight of Young Tasting Rooms Makes This Unsung Lake Region the Next Great Northern California Wine Destination
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A vintage view Hiking to the top of Mt. Konocti, the region's landmark volcano, via the Wright Peak Summit Trail means a heart-thumping 3-mile climb of nearly 1,650 feet. But a side trip to the minuscule Downen's Cabin...
Built to Fit
STRUCTURE TYPE: LOFT SQUARE FEET: 875 LOCATION: PORTLAND RESIDENTS: 2, PLUS A DOG "We had the quintessential Portland life," says Monique Menconi. "A 2,500-square-foot 'ranchalow' with a finished basement, chickens, an amazing garden." But then?...
Fresh off the Vine: Sugar Snap Peas Put the Spring into Salmon, Salad, and Even Soup
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SALMON with SNAP PEAS, BACON, and MINT SERVES 4 / 55 MINUTES This company-worthy dish is all about the interplay of rich and fresh flavors. And there's almost no more delicious way to eat snap peas than sauteed in creme fraiche. 4...
Garden Anywhere: We've Rounded Up the Best Plants, Pots, and Pro Tips for Our Container Design Guide
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PRO TIPS THE ALL-CONTAINER GARDEN How to create a lush backyard without putting a single plant in the ground [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT STARTED as Plan B: Annette Gutierrez and her husband wanted to create a great...
Have Dog, Will Travel: From Beach to Brewpub, the Top Canine-Friendly Stops in the West
IT'S FITTING THAT my dog, Lucy, and I first met at an airport in Pasco, Washington. The breeder turned over her nine-month-old prize to me, and off we went on the next flight back to L.A. That was in 2001. In the years since, Lucy and I have traveled...
High on Pots
YOU'D THINK I MIGHT have some pull with our garden staff. When we moved into our house in Palo Alto last April, I hinted--not very subtly--that my backyard rental could use some expert design help. It had been "staged" with annuals that died between...
Inside Bay Area: A Guide to What's Happening Now in Your Neighborhood
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] VISIT / Los Altos The big come-up Thanks in part to a mystery benefactor, downtown Los Altos elevates its game. This once-snoozy Peninsula suburb has been seeing some excitement lately. Boutiques...
Nervous Energy
Billions of barrels of oil lie in the Monterey Shale. The windfall from tapping into that deeply buried cache could be mind-blowing. So could the damage--to California's water, air, and land. AS PAULA GETZELMAN and I stroll among her Syrah and Grenache...
Oak Land
THEY'RE MAJESTIC, THEY'RE IMPERILED, AND THEY'RE THE MOST CALIFORNIAN OF ALL TREES. FOLLOW OUR GUIDE TO SEE THEM IN THEIR SPRING GLORY. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was an acorn. Our school was named after the oaks that...
Secret Victoria
The air's better, the food's fresher, the gardens are greener--but what do we love most about B.C.'s capital? These guys reveal all. ASK A LOCAL [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JASON FOUND Event organizer, sustainability consultant CORY PELAN Chef-owner...
Small Wonders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1 A PATIO THAT APPEARS TO FLOAT 2 OUTDOOR ROOMS INSPIRED BY A BENTO BOX 3 A GARDEN THAT CLIMBS THE WALLS DESIGNERS IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA, ARE USING THESE TRICKS (AND MORE) TO MAKE COMPACT YARDS LIVE LARGE....
Smoked to Perfection: Cooked Slow and Low, This Brisket Is Well Worth the Wait
BRISKET COOKED badly is like shoe leather. Done correctly, it's so succulent and yielding that you can cut it with a fork. "You have to leave on enough fat; brine it for flavor and moisture; and cook it slow and low," says chef Tanya Holland, who makes...
Strawberry Pionono
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] from XOCHITL ACOSTA BRENT Redwood City, CA STRAWBERRY PIONONO It's not a direct translation, but think of pionono as Spanish for jelly-roll cake. This spongy berry version, which our reader inherited from a close family...
The Rail Thing: Ample Legroom, Nonstop Scenery, Chilled Martinis Instead of Traffic Jams: Welcome to the New Era of Private Train Travel in the West
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MOST PEOPLE waiting on the platform at the train station in Emeryville, California, hold an Amtrak ticket. Most, but not all. For me and 70 or so...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ASPARAGUS FRIED RICE SERVES 4 TO 6 / 25 MINUTES The trick to perfect fried rice is to use cold cooked rice (like leftover takeout) and stir-fry it long enough so that each grain dries out and puffs up. As with any stir-fry,...
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