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. 235, No. 5, 2015

Ask Sunset
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LIFE IN THE WEST? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS.Q: We're renters who got permission to play around with our backyard. What's the best way to add some style to this small space? -THE KNÜPPELS, SAN FRANCISCODEAR KNÜPPELS Start by gathering...
Best Fall Camping
ARIZONATwin Peaks CampgroundOrgan Pipe Cactus National MonumentSo for south it's almost in Mexico, this park flaunts an array of desert flora, including the sentinellike saguaro and the organ pipe cactus. See them by driving or biking Ajo Mountain Road,...
Cabin Fervor
Rock Reach HouseYucca Valley, CAIf Don Draper decamped to the desert, this is where he would go: Rock Reach House, a steelframe, solar-powered cabin with midcentury-modern furniture. Sliding glass doors let in the bright desert light and the sharp, fresh...
Happy Trails
West Fork TrailOak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZAutumn's leafy palette attracts a crowd, but even after the willows and oaks are bare, Oak Creek Canyon's crimson cliffs keep the color show going. Wear shoes that can handle splashes; you'll cross the creek...
Here Comes the NEIGHBORHOOD!
Have you taken a close at your favorite city lately? A lot has changed. The food's gotten better, the drinks stronger, the shopping more varied. There are parklets and pop-ups and First friday gallery walks, and it's all happening in pockets of town...
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
TIPS FROM OUR TEAMMAKE-AHEAD GIFTSBoozy apricotsIf you've vowed to start early on your holiday gifts, you can't beat these two: a homemade dried-apricot liqueur and soused chocolate-dipped fruit, made once you strain the liqueur. Be sure to get California-grown...
Planes, Trains, and Amphibians
Scaring geese from a flight path? Guarding endangered amphibians? Identifying escaped animals on the taxiway? That's just a typical day at the office for 32-year-old Natalie Reeder, San Francisco International Airport's wildlife biologist, who helps...
Tale of a House
I NEVER MET a house tour I didn't want to go on. Maybe I'm just nosy (though I'm not as bad as some-I don't open any closets!). But it's always instructive to see how someone else tackles the decorating and remodeling challenges we all face. How can...
Temecula, Ca
Disneyland for adultsIn the 1970s, when this sunny pocket of Riverside County was still ranching country, an artisan named Beldon Fields left his job at Disneyland and came to build his sweetheart a getaway. The former Fantasyland designer didn't veer...
The Flavor of Fall
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPICE CAKESERVES 10 TO 12/2 ½ HOURSWatch out, carrot cake. An intriguing mix of spices, plus coconut sugar for subtle sweetness, put this butternut squash cake over the top. (And did we mention the bourbon?) You'll need 3 round cake...
The Relaxed THANKSGIVING
as mist settles over vines and orchards, Doug Lipton pops open a few dozen oysters and uncorks a bottle of Champagne on the patio. His wife, Cindy Daniel, assembles a platter of vegetables that she and their guests have just picked from the garden. And...
The Right Reds
there's a question I'm asked more often than any other, and I'm almost always incapable of answering: What's your favorite wine? When I do give it a shot, I always have to add "for now." This month, though, I have a solid answer: the West's up-andcoming...
The Secret Season
My family's earliest attempt at fall camping seemed to devolve rather quickly into disaster. Picture a pleasant autumn afternoon at Tamarisk Grove in California's AnzaBorrego Desert State Park. Envision lively rounds of Yahtzee by lantern light. Cut...
Time for Tapas
"THE beauty of tapas is that 80 percent of the work is done beforehand," says Ryan Pollnow, chef at San Francisco's alwayspacked new Spanish restaurant, Aatxe ("AA-chay"). Since most tapas-small plates typically served in bars in Spain-can be made a...
Turn These Pages
BEST READSWhat books will we give-and read-this holiday season? Along with such best sellers as Rinker Buck's travelogue The Oregon Trail; William Finnegan's surfing memoir, Barbarian Days; and the late Ivan Doig's Montana-rooted novel Last Bus to Wisdom,...
Weeknight Cooking
KALE SALAD with RED QUINOA, FENNEL, and CARROTSSERVES 4/25 MINUTESThis fresh, satisfying salad makes a welcome break from rich holiday foods.2/3 cup red quinoa, rinsed2 small carrots (preferably mixed colors)½ fennel bulb1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil3...
Your CHECKLIST
"A cascade of recirculating water adds to the sense of calm while letting light through."PLANTAdd native plants, including California lilac (Ceanothus) and sticky monkey flower (Mimu/us Verity hybrids), to your garden. Fill a hole twice with water, letting...
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