Blog Posts by Sunset Magazine

  • Top 15 Local Institution Restaurants

    We've got a lineup of some of the most classic must-visit restaurants that weave together culture, atmosphere, and the best ingredients.

  • How to Design a Vintage-Modern Kitchen

    A resourceful Portland designer reawakened her Victorian kitchen by combining the best of old and new. Try your hand at juxtaposing vintage design and modern utility using her kitchen as your guide.

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  • Top 15 Herbs to Grow and Cook

    Our tips for growing and cooking with basic and gourmet herbs, including a handy climate zone guide to make the most of your herb garden.

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    Q&A Mulch Basics

    4 Ways to Green Your Outdoor Living Space

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  • How to Create a Dog-Friendly Garden

    How to design a landscape both you and your pups will love.

    Thomas J. StoryThomas J. Story
    Think like a canine
    If you were a dog, what would you want? Spaniels, terriers, retrievers―each breed has a different personality. The better you can accommodate its particular traits, the happier your dog. And the happier your dog, the better your chance of maintaining a garden you'll both enjoy.
    This dog-friendly yard includes a running track, border control, comfy mulch, sensible plants, and a piece of driftwood to serve as a marking post.

    Thomas J. StoryThomas J. Story
    Create a shady retreat
    Like humans, dogs enjoy basking in the sun. So by all means, give them a deck or a patch of lawn for sunbathing. But remember that dogs can overheat easily, so it's even more important to provide them with cooling retreats. Here, 4 retrievers (liko, Lexi, Andy, and Morgan) enjoy resting under an arbor in Oceanside, CA.

    Thomas J. StoryThomas J. Story
    Paths to run and patrol
    Dogs need exercise; paths give them a designated space to do it as well as a venue to perform their perceived job ―

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  • Tour an Amazing Garden Shed Makeover

    See how a garden designer turned an old toolshed into a place to work, play, and be inspired.

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  • 15 Great Ideas for Kitchens

    Time for an update? Pick your favorite style from our list of beautiful kitchen designs and get inspired.

    James CarrierJames Carrier
    Sunny kitchen remodel
    The homeowners wanted to preserve and enhance the architectural style of their 1929 San Mateo house while opening the kitchen to the outdoors.
    They selected concrete counters, a farmhouse-style sink, and white wood cabinets.
    A long center island with a butcher-block surface and deep overhangs is great for two-person cooking, prep work, and entertaining.
    More about this kitchen makeover

    Thomas J. StoryThomas J. Story
    Eco-conscious kitchen
    Smooth slim concrete counters edge the kitchen's perimeter. A thick concrete slab on the island gets its texture and golden flecks of color from recycled rice hulls.

    Terrence MooreTerrence Moore
    Wide-open kitchen
    Big curved beams create a wide-open kitchen/family room. Clerestory windows bounce the light off the ceiling, brightening the space.

    Edmund BarrEdmund Barr
    Playful farmhouse kitchen
    Formerly a slender galley, this kitchen is now an open, multipurpose space with an adjacent hallway that

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  • 17 Most Unique Hotels in the West

    Try an overnight in a treehouse, a vintage trailer, a hanging orb, and more unusual sleeps.

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    Shady Dell, Bisbee, AZShady Dell, Bisbee, AZ
    Think of Lucille Ball in The Long, Long Trailer, and you'll get the picture of the Shady Dell-a vintage aluminum-trailer park revamped into an inn, within the equally throwback town of Bisbee. Choose among nine fully furnished trailers, including a polished shiny 1949 Airstream dubbed the Bridal Suite because it displays black-and-white wedding albums; the 1959 Boles Aero (pictured), with a gold-flecked starburst pattern on its walls; and a tiki bus decked out in Polynesian fantasy. Happy hour here is like a tail-gate party, with new friends and croquet on the artificial-turf patio. The Dell's itty-bitty Dot's Diner is itself worth a trip for burgers, milkshakes, and house-made cherry pie.

    The Charlie, West Hollywood, CAThe Charlie, West Hollywood, CA
    Once upon a time, Charlie Chaplin lived on a compound of storybook English Tudor-style cottages surrounded by flowers and

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  • 12 Ideas for Bathroom Counters

    Transform your bathroom space with ideas for counters, vanities, and sinks.

    Solid-surface counterSolid-surface counter
    The white solid-surface counter in this kids' bath doesn't compete with the strong pattern on the floor.

    Mosaic tile counterMosaic tile counter
    Ice blue glass mosaic tiles cover the countertop and extend into a tiled wall that also includes white and ocean blue.

    Center-sloped sinkCenter-sloped sink
    Sleek wall-mounted faucets pour into both sides of a center-sloped double sink

    Enameled cast iron sinkEnameled cast iron sink
    Enameled cast iron is a long-lasting, maintenance-free choice for a sink.

    Integral concrete sinkIntegral concrete sink
    Concrete fabricators can get creative with integral sinks, as they aren't limited by standard molds and sizes. In this example, water spills into a reservoir that leads to a pipe under the sink.

    Integral porcelain sinkIntegral porcelain sink
    This integral porcelain sink is set on a floating white cabinet and has ample counter space on either end.

    Rosy concrete sinkRosy concrete sink
    This smaller-than-average rosy pink concrete integral sink works well in a half bath.

    Back-to-back vanitiesBack-to-back vanities
    Back-to-back floating vanities give each person his or her own space. Deep, wide, wall-mounted sinks make a design statement, and setting them

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  • 8 Easy Weekend Brunch Dishes

    Hosting brunch this weekend? We've got you covered with these easy ideas that can be ready in 30 minutes or less!

    90+ weekend escapes
    Best of the West: The Big Dish Vote-off

    Apple Oven CakeApple Oven Cake
    Apple Oven Cake
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 sweet apple such as Fuji, peeled and sliced
    3 large eggs
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon powdered sugar
    1. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt butter in a 12-in. ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, swirling to combine. Add apple and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl together eggs, salt, flour, and milk. Pour egg mixture into pan and bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

    Shirred EggsShirred Eggs
    Shirred Eggs
    1/4 teaspoon butter
    2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
    2 eggs
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon

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  • Top 15 Foodie Weekends

    Whet your appetite for great food-and-drink weekend trips, from cheese to craft beer with our list of the top Western destinations.

    Tomales Bay, CATomales Bay, CA
    Oysters: Tomales Bay, CA
    Just under an hour north of the city lies Point Reyes, a gorgeous seashore that also boasts the Bay Area's lauded oysters. At Tomales Bay Oyster Company, you bring the sides, the drinks and the appetite; they supply picnic supplies, hot sauce, and some of the best oysters you can find.

    Fort Collins, COFort Collins, CO
    Beer: Fort Collins, CO
    We said what everyone else says after they first taste New Belgium Brewing's La Folie: This isn't beer! The Flemish-style sour ale, squeezed out in small batches year-round, is aged for up to three years in French oak. The result: an intensely tart brew with a long-lasting dry fruity finish. So much better than beer.
    Best time to go: April, for refreshing sour beer and spring skiing.

    Bend, ORBend, OR
    Beer: Bend, OR
    Don't let the skull and crossbones fool you. Up-and-comer Boneyard Beer kegs some of the most balanced beers in the West.

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