Magazine article Sunset

Ask Sunset: Have a Question about Life in the West? We Have the Answers

Magazine article Sunset

Ask Sunset: Have a Question about Life in the West? We Have the Answers

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Q. Next month, we'll be traveling up the Oregon Coast from Trinidad, California. Please recommend redwood hikes, things to see on the way, and a place to stay in Astoria.--LISETTE JOHNSON

DEAR LISETTE For a walk among big trees, we really like the James Irvine Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park--the moderate 4.5-mile hike leads you beneath towering redwoods before bringing you to impossibly lush Fern Canyon. Heading north, you can't travel the Oregon Coast without visiting a lighthouse: Cape Blanco Lighthouse in Cape Blanco State Park is an elegantly simple gem. Surreally sandy Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is another must-see, as is the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. In Cannon Beach, hike to Ecola State Park (above) for views of Haystack Rock, then hit Bill's Tavern and Brewhouse for prize-winning ales and good fish and chips. Finally, Astoria has one of our favorite hotels anywhere: the very elegant Hotel Elliott.

Q. I want to paint the exterior briclc of my home white. I was told it's

hard to get the paint to stick and hold up against the elements. Any tips?--ANGELA M., BOULDER, CO

DEAR ANGELA Painting exterior brick is a great quick way to update your home's look, but it can be challenging. Sherwin-Williams paint expert Rick Watson assures us that it's doable, provided you're working with aged (nonglazed) brick in good condition. (Mortar needs to be in good condition too; if it isn't, repair it before you start painting. …

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