Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland OR, June - Early Nov
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a stunning showcase of pantaloons and farthingales, draws 400,000 visitors. The action centers on the Elizabethan stage, an eye-popping ode to the playwright's Globe Theatre.
Your theater weekend doesn't have to extract a pound of flesh--Read up on Ashland on the cheap.
SFJazz Summerfest, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, June 14 - Oct 10
Get ready for all the funky, soulful, smooth music you can handle. At SFJazz Summerfest, top local musicians from the Bay area delight crowds every Thursday for ten weeks at a time in three separate locations. In past years, greats like the Scott Amendola quartet have played.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO, June 20-23
Mornings at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival begin with a blast of bagpipes, as campers flood the gates in a landgrab. Roughing it does have its advantages, though: Fingerpickers like Tim O'Brien are known to sneak into the
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Savor the season with a fast and fresh picnic of crunchy veggies with zesty aioli. Make a spread with your veggies and meats of choice to dip.
1 large egg (see notes)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled
About 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lightly packed rinsed fresh mint leaves, fresh basil leaves or coarsely chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 cup olive oil (see notes)
In a blender or food processor, whirl egg, lemon juice, garlic to taste, salt, mint leaves, and lemon peel until well blended.
With machine running, gradually add olive oil in a thin, steady stream until all is incorporated. Add more salt to taste.
Quick Aioli: Omit the egg and oil, and use 1 cup purchased mayonnaise instead. Whirl mayonnaise with lemon juice, garlic, salt, mint leaves, and lemon peel until smooth.
Find a high-altitude escape for every season at these scenic adventurelandsRead More »from Top 20 Mountain Trips
Big Sky, MT
Big Sky, MT
Fresh powder and no lift lines? It's just another day at Big Sky. It may not share the glory of the glitzy resort towns in Colorado and Utah, but with more snow and open space, this undersung skiing nirvana can rest on its own laurels. Between the town's two ski resorts―Big Sky and Moonlight Basin―there are three mountains used by an average of only 2,500 skiers per day ... it works out to 2 acres per skier. Combine uncrowdedness and lots of fluffy powder with a laid-back cowboy culture, and you've got the perfect winter weekend.
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Crested Butte, CO
Crested Butte, CO
Hiking is plentiful here, but two wheels are the true star: At this birthplace of mountain biking, you'll find more bikes than people. Grab one from the Alpineer for a spin on the Lower Loop, a 10-mile network of single- and double-track trails and dirt roads. Or jump on the Upper Loop, a track east of town that
See how a couple turned their yard into the neighborhood's most popular theaterRead More »from How to Create a Movie-lover's Yard
When Rika Houston knocks on doors to invite neighbors over for an impromptu screening, she's never short of takers. Located in the front yard of the Los Angeles home she shares with her husband, architect Brian Ten, the cinema is unlike any other in town. Sinking into the cushy sofa with lanterns lit overhead, guests watch The Birds or The Sound of Music on a screen nearly as big as the garage wall. "In the summer, every Friday is movie night," says Houston.
With the help of landscape designer Mark Tessier, Ten overhauled their yard to create a gathering spot for the family, which includes 9-year-old daughter Maya and teenage sons Cole and Taro. But as movie night took off, the couple has been happy to see how it has transformed the neighborhood too. "It's one thing to bump into someone on the street and share a few words," says Ten. "With this outdoor theater, we've gotten to
Cooking hard-boiled eggs is easy until you've had them come out green or labored over peeling them. Here are the secrets to getting them perfect every time.Read More »from How to Boil & Peel Eggs
10 variations on deviled eggs
Prick the rounded end of each egg with a push pin. (This releases a little air so they don't crack.) Note: Ultra-fresh eggs are difficult to prick. Let them sit in the fridge for about a week before cooking.
Bring to a boil
Cover eggs with cold water by about an inch and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat, cover pan, and let eggs stand 12 minutes.
Drain eggs, holding the pan lid ajar.
Shake eggs in pan to crack them all over.
Fill the pan with ice, add cold water, and let eggs sit about 10 minutes (this makes them easy to peel).
Peel off shells.
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L.A. designer Kelly LaPlante shows how to give salvaged materials stylish new purposeRead More »from 13 Ways to Decorate with Secondhand Finds
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14 key decorating strategies
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10 rules of freestyle decorating
Salvage style: How to decorate with what you already have
For Kelly LaPlante, a leading Los Angeles-based interior designer, author, television host, and new mother, green design isn't just about choosing fabrics and furniture made from sustainable materials.
She prefers to help her clients find new use―and often unexpected new love―for things they already own. "There's nothing more green than keeping what you have," she says.
Her own Venice loft is proof that hand-me-downs and thrift-store finds can rise to stylish new purpose.
Design: Kelly LaPlante Organic Interior Design, Venice, CA (kellylaplante.com or 310/581-6789)
The dining table was brown and had belonged to a client. "They were going to throw it away," says LaPlante, who saw potential in its curves.
Create beautifully untamed bouquets using finds from the wild or your own backyard to create the perfect affordable gift on Mother's DayRead More »from Top 15 Flowers for a DIY Mother's Day Bouquet
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Leaves of green on one side, and silver on the other? Yes, please. They add texture and movement to any arrangement.
Branches with white or orange-red flowers add height to an arrangement.
A sure sign that spring has arrived, bring daffodils inside to cheer up any room.
Moody as can be, we love hellebores of any color as an element to an arrangement.
Whether still in bud, or as fully-opened purple thistle flowers, artichokes are great in a vase.
Pro flower arranger Max Gill, of Max Gill Design, advises, "On a magenta clematis (C. 'Madame Julie Correvon'), trim the longest stems of the lower leaves, place them into the vase, and let them spill down to the
We play matchmaker, pairing your camping personality with places you're sure to love.Read More »from 20 Campgrounds to Suit Your Personality
Sunset's camping guide by region:
California & Hawaii
Perfect campgrounds for first-timers
Mt. Hood National Forest, OR
Lake Powell, UT and AZ
Wahweap Campground Glen Park National Recreation Area: What better payoff for taking the camping plunge than the finger canyons of Lake Powell? A waterfront campground comes with basic creature comforts (hot showers, shaded picnic tables). After breakfast, the main event: Rent a boat or kayak at the marina to explore what looks for all the world like Zion National Park filled halfway with water. From $23. Book it: 888/486-4665.
Near Santa Cruz, CA
New Brighton State Beach: Sit on a pine-shaded bluff above an endless white beach, New Brighton's 100+ sites get snapped up by those itching for a beach weekend-without the triple-digit nightly tab. The beach is the real draw, and the hot showers don't hurt, but another bonus is that if you forget your
Kick off your Cinco de Mayo weekend with a frosty mojito, margarita, or smoky mezcal cocktailRead More »from 8 Tasty Cinco De Mayo Cocktails
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Ruby grapefruit juice gives an extra tangy bite to the standard marg, while a sugar-rimmed glass helps to sweeten things up.
3 cups ruby grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed or purchased)
2 cups of tequila
1 cup triple sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
In a pitcher (at least 2-qt. capacity), combine 3 cups ruby grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed or purchased), 2 cups tequila, and 1 cup triple sec or other orange-flavored liqueur. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour, or up to 1 day. Pour about 1/4 cup sugar on a rimmed plate. Cut a ruby grapefruit in half and rub rims of double old-fashioned glasses (8 oz.) with cut side of one half to moisten, then dip glass rims in sugar to coat. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour grapefruit
Gain curb appeal and transform your outdoor living space with fresh ideas for your porch, patio, and yardRead More »from 15 Amazing Outdoor Makeovers
1. Aging garage turned guesthouse
This crumbling garage seemed to hold little promise for stylish live/work space.
The remodel enlarged the building to include a bathroom, loft, and a small roof deck, so it can double as guest quarters.
It can also still function as a garage thanks to a set of glass-paneled Dutch doors opening on the plywood-paneled office side.
2. Creating colorful curb appeal
The front yard of this Bremerton, Washington home used to be all lawn―and not very happy lawn at that.
There was another problem. Because the street sloped sharply downhill, there was a dangerous drop-off between the front walk and the deeply recessed driveway.
Cheery new entry (after)
Enclosing the yard solved the drop-off problem―the fence runs along the driveway as well as along the sidewalk.
Thanks to its interesting stepped back sectional design and lively color the lattice fence adds plenty of