Magazine article Sunset

What's on Your Lost?

Magazine article Sunset

What's on Your Lost?

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SOMEONE ASKED ME recently what I thought the main difference was between the East Coast (where I lived for two decades before returning to California) and the West. "Westerners are more smug," I said, only half-joking. When The Weather Channel broadcast news of icy polar blasts hammering the East this season, I glanced at my husband and saw his barely suppressed glee mirroring mine. We're back! And thank heavens. (To my daughter at college in Chicago, all I can say is: You made your bed.)

Dungeness crab, Meyer lemons, Stinson Beach walks, the Ahwahnee in crowdless, snow-blanketed Yosemite, the climb up the Filbert Steps in San Francisco--for me, these are quintessential Western experiences, the kind that make me excited and grateful and, yes, a little self-congratulatory that I managed to get myself to this wondrous place.

Everyone's list of Western must-have experiences is different, and claiming that ours is the "ultimate" is guaranteed to annoy some people. But you have to start somewhere. We began preparing for our cover story (see page 55) by asking Sunset staffers to share, as deputy editor Peter Fish put it, the places and things "that you'll talk about forever, that you wouldn't be the same without, and that you can't do anywhere else in the world."

For senior travel editor Nino Padova, dining at Chez Panisse made it to the top. For garden design assistant Lauren Dunec Hoang, it was driving Highway One from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Deputy art director Supriya Kalidas insisted that climbing Half Dome was unmissable. …

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