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Head to our favorite places to sip and swirl.
Kunin Wines, Santa Barbara
Ditch the drive over the pass to wine country and taste as any biped should: on foot. We like Kunin Wines, in a WWII Army barrack turned tasting room. The honeysuckle-ish Viognier is a great pour.
Justin Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles
It's famous for its "Isosceles" blend.
Clos Pegase, Calistoga
The striking "temple to wine and art," designed by architect Michael Graves, houses an art collection but is itself the real work of art worth stopping for. The Mitsuko's Vineyard wines are special.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol
Dan Goldfield took top honors as our 2010 Winemaker of the Year, for Dutton-Goldfield Winery. Go visit the tasting room and see what we've been fussing about.
Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg
When markets and farm stands are brimming with ripe berries, savor them in creamy tarts, drinks, salads, and muffins.
In the West, we can hike in January, picnic in March, and even celebrate Thanksgiving--at least partly--outdoors. Here are our ideas for year-round entertaining outside.
Outdoor entertaining: Early-evening cocktails
Even if it's too brisk for an entire open-air dinner, you can still start the party alfresco.
1. Quick spritzer: Instead of the expected cranberry, surprise your guests with pear: Fill a glass halfway with pear nectar (we like Kern's) and top it with your favorite prosecco.
2. Easy eats: Make your own toasted herbed almonds: Combine 2 cups raw almonds, 2 tbsp. sea salt, 1 tbsp. finely minced rosemary, and 2 tsp. olive oil. Roast on a sheet pan for 10 to 12 minutes at 350°.
Mobile drink station
3. Hands-free hosting: Set up an aperitif and appetizer cart with pour-your-own cocktails and grabbable nibbles.
4. Creative cooler: Keep the bubbly on ice in a garden pot.
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See how to use foliage and flowers to soften a wall, accent a lawn, or fringe a path.
Combine thyme, oregano, English lavender, and sage for a gorgeous herb border. Once established, these herbs need only little to moderate watering and occasional fertil- izing to look good for most of the year in mild climates.
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Colorful border for three seasons
Flowers that bloom over a long season and require only modest amounts of water or time ― isn't that what we all want? Choose the right plants and you can have vibrant borders from spring through fall.
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Pool garden border
Borders don't have to be large or complex to have visual impact; just four or five well-chosen plants can work wonders. Here, a border of purple African daisies, lobelia, sea lavender, and silvery dusty Miller hugs a pool in Scottsdale, AZ.
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Red kangaroo paws and yellowish orange
These summer treats celebrate the freshest flavors of the season--try sorbets, ice cream sundaes, and more fruity treats.
Treat yourself to one of these great drives, islands, beach towns, lakes, or wilderness escapes .
Splashy adventures in Kremmling, CO
This a real-deal ranching town at the confluence of the Colorado, Blue, and Muddy Rivers serves up splashy outdoor adventures for summer, from rafting to dips in hot springs.
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Poolside R&R in Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs in summer? Yep, we said it. Zero crowds, killer deals, and a pool around every corner make this the place to be.
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Climb to your heart's content in Lander, WY
Dip into Lander, Wyoming, a cool town of climbers, killer coffee, and cowboys. Epic hiking trails also await you there.
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In Scottsdale, expect summer temps of triple digits with a chance of more triple digits. But hotels and resorts-even the ultraposh ones-drop their room rates by as much as
Add heat-tolerant flowers and features to your yard and enjoy their beauty all summer.
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
Tall stems of these Mediterranean natives are set with widely-spaced, hooded yellow flowers.
Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance-shaped. Pretty planted with lavender and red hot poker (Kniphofia 'Bressingham Comet').
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'Hot Cocoa' rose
This floribunda rose bears red blossoms.
'Sally Holmes' rose
A vigorous white rose, it blooms in huge clusters.
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Feather reed grass
Calamagrostis x acutiflora has a vertical growth habit and showy seed heads.
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The bronzy red Japanese barberry colors up best in full
Create your own curl-up space on a patio, deck, or private cabana.
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