Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

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THERE ARE MAGICAL THINGS that make me feel like a child no matter how grown-up I get: gazing up at a dark sky and discovering a shooting star. Watching a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July. In December, it's marveling at the holiday lights in a city like San Francisco.

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I've always loved the way San Francisco's Union Square feels like a toyland for all ages this time of year. The big tree glows, throngs of happy shoppers pulse around the square like elves, and the storefronts become colorful backdrops to it all. When my daughters were younger, we'd visit the lobby of the Westin St. Francis hotel to see the incredible gingerbread castles and mansions on display there. It might have been sunny and California warm, but the square was as close to the North Pole as we could imagine.

Other cities in the West--Santa Fe, Denver, Seattle--do the holidays up in their own special style, of course. As we started putting this issue together last year, our thoughts turned farther north, to Vancouver, British Columbia. …

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