Blog Posts by Sunset Magazine

  • Top 10 B&Bs for Your Next Getaway

    These charming spots are perfect for a cozy, romantic escape.

    Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma County, CA

    We love the fresh, luxurious rooms and friendly vibe at Farmhouse Inn, between the vineyards of Sonoma and the coastal redwoods. The restaurant is a can't-miss and the small spa beautifully redone. Refreshingly, instead of charging for every little thing, the place piles on extras like a big breakfast, a s'mores bar, and a bath-salts bar.

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    Inn Paradiso

    At Inn Paradiso, a revamped B&B near downtown, the artist-owners converted a barn into three spacious guest rooms with creature comforts like line-dried sheets, handmade soap, iPod docks, and breakfast that comes largely from the organic garden.

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    Rusty Parrot Lodge, Jackson Hole, WY

    The Rusty Parrot Lodge is an outpost of absolute luxury 20 minutes from Jackson's slopes. It makes a great base for wandering the galleries in town and seeing the spectacle

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  • Top 10 Unsung Beach Towns

    Enjoy a heaping dose of sand and surf in these quintessential beach towns--but better keep these underrated spots (relatively) secret!

    Bandon, OR

    As any upstanding Oregonian knows, the real old school Oregon coast lies down south, in quintessential Oregon beach towns like Bandon. You expect festivity: seaside carnival barkers, maybe a roller coaster. But actually … nothing is happening in Bandon. Tourists schlump down the street sipping coffee at the mouth of the Coquille River, at the town's edge. Seagulls squawk on the Boardwalk, and a few sprightly old ladies sample the gratis cranberry candies at the Chamber of Commerce. The world slows down, and you notice things.

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    Astoria, OR

    Yellow-slickered fishermen mix with just a sprinkling of iPad-toting tourists in this small riverfront town with San Francisco-steep streets. Particularly fine stretches of sand with towering dunes and uninterrupted ocean views make Astoria a dreamy spot...and

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  • Top 15 Dog-friendly Vacations

    You can take your best pal with you on these getaways around the West.

    Long Beach, WA

    Dogs have the run of the town's beach, but on packed sand-so do cars. The boardwalk (Bolstad Ave.) and the 8.3-mile-long paved Discovery Trail (26th St. N.W.) are car-free and dog-friendly (on-leash)

    Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino, CA

    Rooms laid with white bedspreads and end tables with slender mahogany legs, feels classically grown-up, not "proofed" for anything. The Stanford Inn by the Sea and many local Mendocino parks, restaurants, and other businesses, go way beyond merely allowing dogs. They welcome them, and their canine quirks, openly. Pups get "welcome kits" upon arrival: a housemade sweet-potato treat tied in a white ribbon, water and food dishes, an ample stack of plastic bags, and two fresh sheets.

    Cannon Beach, OR

    It's easy for a hotel, shop, or outdoor cafe to accommodate pocket pooches and handbag hounds, but big, bear-like breeds? That's a different

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  • 16 Ways with Wild Salmon

    Special enough for company, quick enough for weeknights

  • 11 Easy Entertaining Ideas to Steal

    He's a chef, she's a designer. Together this L.A. couple keeps the fun going to 3 a.m. with easygoing and stylish ideas you can use.

  • 17 Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes

    From grilled veggie sides to inventive salads, get our favorite ways to enjoy summer squash and zucchini.

  • Top 10 Local Institution Restaurants

    These eateries are more than just local favorites--they epitomize a sense of place.

    Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

    Pizzeria Mozza is the queen bee of the upscale-downscale scene, where a wood-burning oven turns out cutting-edge, stunning pizzas with super-fresh tomatoes and mozzarella-not to mention with egg, bacon, potato, and onions.

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    Natural Selection, Portland

    Natural Selection is a restaurant built on vegetables, fruits, and grains. Served in a stylish and warm European supper club setting, the cuisine features both rustic and modern cooking techniques while highlighting the flavors of France, Italy, and Spain.

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    Coi, San Francisco

    Daniel Patterson's superb, cerebral cooking is shown off with an 11-course tasting menu that ranges from dishes like spiny lobster salad with fennel and chervil to quince parfait with huckleberry and thyme. The Michelin guide has handed the place two coveted

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  • 8 Easy Homemade Recipes for Jams & Preserves

    Canning is the best way to make summer produce last through the year. Try our recipes for jams and preserves.

  • 9 Great Plants for Seaside Gardens

    These great plants stand up to coastal conditions beautifully.

    Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

    Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of blue-purple flowers along the coast in poor soil and with practically no extra water. Bees love it.

    Canna 'Tropicanna'

    Bright orange flower and big, purplish, banana-like leaves links seaside gardens with the tropics. Just don't plant it where wind will shred the leaves.

    Shore pine (Pinus contorta contorta)

    This Northwest coastal native makes a terrific windbreak, and takes well to shearing (like Japanese pines).

    Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'

    Has grassy leaves and elegant orange flowers with a red eye. Multiplies and spreads from corms with little care beyond occasional weeding.

    Salvia uliginosa

    This 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide perennial produces its sky-blue flowers from summer through fall with little care. Spreads by rhizomes.

    Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum

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  • 20 Best Beach Hotels

    Don't end summer without sneaking off to the coast - even if it's just for the weekend. Here are our favorite hotels by the sea.

    Coastal getaways: Honolulu
    Ride the bunny waves at Waikiki

    Maybe you think you're not a Waikiki person. Maybe you think you prefer something a bit more secluded and exclusive. But consider this: With its warm water, dependably gentle waves, and novice-nurturing surf schools, Waikiki Beach remains the most forgiving place in the world to learn to surf or steer an outrigger canoe.

    The Sheraton Waikiki stands midway along the 2-mile-long beach, and while its high-rise architecture shouts 1970s, a $187 million renovation has given it 21st-century polish. And those Waikiki waves are timelessly perfect.

    Coastal getaways: La Jolla, CA
    Give the stand-up craze a try

    Anyone ready to try stand-up paddleboarding can get a thorough intro at Surf Diva's three-day SUP & Yoga Getaway, launching next month. Both sports are all about

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