Blog Posts by Sunset Magazine

  • 12 Gorgeous Winter Wonderlands

    Behold our online fans' stunning photos of their favorite winter scenes around the West.


    Tabernash, COTabernash, CO
    Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO
    "Captured on an early morning walk at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO." - Tanya Chotibut, Shreveport, LA.


    Yosemite National Park, CAYosemite National Park, CA
    Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

    "The dry, cold winter and absence of snow this year has presented ice skaters with a bounty of high elevation frozen lakes and unprecedented access to them. It is unheard of to be able to get to Tenaya Lake in Yosemite in January, let alone skate on it. The patterns of frozen bubbles in the ice of the lake are fantastical!" - Allison Brooker, Los Angeles, CA.


    Kauai, HIKauai, HI
    Kauai, HI

    "Panorama of sailboat visiting the beautiful northern Na' Pali coastline, Kauai, Hawaii. How better to escape the cold winter?" - Brian Wong, San Mateo, CA.
    More warming winter trips


    Yosemite National Park, CAYosemite National Park, CA
    Yosemite National Park, CA

    "A pack of coyotes greeted us on the side of the road shortly after entering Yosemite National Park." - Lina Vital, Pacific Grove,

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  • Your Best Valentine's Day

    Sweep your special someone away with flowers and a romantic getaway--though not necessarily in that order. Here are a few of our favorite floral and vacation pairings--but feel free to mix and match your own Valentine's Day package!



    AnemonesAnemones
    Anemones
    The velvety petals, which come in red, pink, purple, or white, are perfect for those who love romantic hues.
    Valentine's bouquets



    Sedona, AZSedona, AZ
    L'Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ
    With red-rock views and dazzling canyons, a drive through Sedona is a surefire way to get hearts aflutter. To really get things going, stop for lunch at L'Auberge de Sedona on the banks of Oak Creek, a place so romantic that a grass-stained knee doesn't signal an accident but a proposal. Share wine, a grilled chicken-and-brie crisp, and the warmth of the stone fireplace at the inn's creekside restaurant. Get even cozier by spending the night either in one of the 31 cottages along the creek or up the hill in a lodge room. lauberge.com.


    Tazetta daffodils Tazetta daffodils
    Tazetta daffodils (narcissus)

    To a fragrance

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  • 15 Fresh Ways to Display Your Art

    Don't let your collection just sit in a closet--start enjoying those paintings, posters, and photos right now.


    Just the right amount of cheekyJust the right amount of cheeky
    Let art imitate life
    Who says that art has to be serious? Hanging a picture of a bed, above the bed, is just the right amount of cheeky.
    24 ideas for headboards


    Brought together by a shared colorBrought together by a shared color
    Provide a common denominator
    Diverse mediums and frames are brought together by a single, shared wall color.


    A sweet surpriseA sweet surprise
    Embrace unexpected placement

    Art is a sweet surprise when hung for the benefit of those with their head on the pillow.


    Gives the eye somewhere to landGives the eye somewhere to land
    Interrupt the pattern

    A boldly graphic piece gives the eye somewhere to land in a room full of patterns.
    Decorating with patterns


    Corners are notoriously difficult Corners are notoriously difficult
    Use negative space

    Corners are notoriously difficult places to fill. Take the opportunity to make your own curated corner gallery.


    Mood lighting fixtureMood lighting fixture
    Create a mood

    A moody vintage oil painting ties together a heavy wooden mantel and a wrought-iron candelabra.
    Decorating with family finds


    Pale art on a pale wallPale art on a pale wall
    Create balance

    By hanging a pale piece of art on a pale wall, it becomes an

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  • 15 Great Snowy Getaways

    Find snow, solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway.


    Jackson, WyomingJackson, Wyoming
    Winter wildlife safari
    In winter, there's nothing like hitting the slopes in Jackson, Wyoming. However, there's more to this snowy valley than skiing. Mingle with the thousands of elk on the nearby National Elk Refuge by two-horse open sleigh. Then head back into town and discover its Western ranching roots.
    One perfect day in Jackson Hole


    Mammoth, CAMammoth, CA
    Low-key ski scene in Mammoth, CA
    New flights to an Eastern Sierra mountain will revolutionize your ski weekend. No chains required.

    The mountain is king at Mammoth, and pulling into Mammoth Lakes, 8 miles from the airport, is the proof. Since there's no central downtown, it's easy to have an "are we there yet?" feeling, but gems can be found if you look around. Download a map at visitmammoth.com.


    Hood River, ORHood River, OR
    Ski on the cheap in Hood River

    Just an hour from Portland, Hood River offers a buzzing restaurant scene and proximity to Mt. Hood, all at an affordable price.
    More on Hood River

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  • 14 Easy & Delicious Slow-cooker Recipes

    Set your slow cooker in the morning and come home to inspired stews and more.


    Cider Pork RoastCider Pork Roast
    Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy

    Delicious with cheesy mashed potatoes and a green salad, this dish is special enough for guests, but homey enough for Sunday dinners with the family.


    Yield
    : Serves 6 to 8
    Total: 7 Hours, 30 Minutes


    Ingredients

    1 boneless pork shoulder roast (about 3 1/2 lbs.), tied (ask a butcher to do this)
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 1/2 cups apple cider
    1/3 cup Calvados or other apple brandy
    1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, divided, plus sprigs for garnish
    1 teaspoon pepper
    4 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and sliced; divided
    3 tablespoons butter, divided
    1 tablespoon flour


    Preparation

    1. Sprinkle pork with 1/2 tsp. salt, then brown in oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, turning as needed, 10 minutes. Transfer pork and pan juices to a 5- to 6-qt.

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  • Top 10 Romantic Getaways

    Make this Valentine's Day weekend--or any weekend--special at one of these dreamy retreats.



    Big Sur, CABig Sur, CA
    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
    The most dramatically situated and architecturally ambitious of the Big Sur inns, Post Ranch Inn has rooms set along the bluffs and others tucked away in the forest. And what do we think of the clifftop rooms? Wow. As in: Wow, check out those end-of-the-earth ocean views and get a load of those James Bond-worthy bells and whistles. But also as in: Wow, $1,060 to $2,185 a night? Youch. Regular rooms start at $675--still a splurge, yes, but there's no dreamier perch. postranchinn.com.
    A bit steep? Try these more affordable romantic getaways.


    Methow Valley, WAMethow Valley, WA
    Rolling Huts, Methow Valley, WA

    Skip the snow cave, and check into a stylish winter perch. Tucked into the tranquil upper end of northern Washington's Methow Valley--where the loudest noise is the swish of cross-country skis--are the Rolling Huts, tricked out with platform beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and sleek

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  • 15 Great Recipes for Game Day

    No matter where team loyalties lie, football fans unite every season for food-filled game days. These recipes will keep everyone coming back for more.



    Grass-fed Burgers with Chipotle Barbecue SauceGrass-fed Burgers with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
    Grass-fed Burgers with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
    Top grass-fed burger with a sauce of smoked chiles, brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, orange juice concentrate, and garlic. The sauce is also excellent on grilled chicken and ribs.


    Yield: Serves 4
    Total: 35 Minutes


    Ingredients
    Sauce

    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup ketchup
    2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (about 3 chiles), plus 1 tbsp. sauce
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire
    2 tablespoons molasses
    2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
    1 teaspoon minced garlic


    Burgers

    1 1/4 pounds grass-fed ground beef
    2 teaspoons each kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, divided
    1 red onion, sliced 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick crosswise
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
    4 slices Swiss cheese
    4 sesame hamburger buns
    4 slices

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  • Top 9 Hotels for Nature Lovers

    Stroll out your door and into paradise from these well-situated lodges.


    Bugaboo LodgeBugaboo Lodge
    Purcell Mountains, B.C.
    Bugaboo Lodge

    Say good morning to the glacier--from your warm, cushy bed. Next, tackle the blueberry-banana pancakes.

    Then hang on to your sunhat as you're whisked by helicopter high into the blue sky, up to the jagged peaks of the Purcells, and plopped in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

    It's called heli-hiking, and once you try it, you'll never hoof it uphill for a view again.


    Loews Ventana Canyon ResortLoews Ventana Canyon Resort
    Tucson, AZ
    Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

    Within minutes of leaving the resort's tony confines, you can hike into some genuine, 100 percent American wilderness.


    The monumental resort sits at the head of its namesake canyon in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, where saguaros crowd the slopes and huge boulders fill the canyon bottom.

    About 2½ miles of hiking offers a taste of the canyon's beauty, but if you're inspired, the trail climbs more than 3,000 feet into the heart of the

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  • 8 Cool DIY Terrariums

    In these mad-for-crafts times, terrariums are hotter--and easier--than ever. Create your own tabletop garden in 30 minutes or less.


    Brake fern and baby's tearsBrake fern and baby's tears
    Tabletop jungle

    Brake fern rambles above baby's tears in a Roost recycled-glass bubble terrarium from Velocity Art and Design ($121; velocityartanddesign.com).
    More DIY projects


    Conifer seedlingConifer seedling
    Tiny tree
    A narrow conifer seedling shows off its columnar shape in a tall jar (similar Burken jar $5; ikea.com).
    Gift plants--always in season


    A mini green jungleA mini green jungle
    Half-dome
    A mini green jungle of five-finger fern, lemon button fern, dwarf mondo grass, and Scotch moss thrives in a Terradome terrarium by Ric Lopez ($85; modernpast.com).
    Intro to ferns


    Assorted succulent cuttings Assorted succulent cuttings
    Dryscape

    Assorted small succulent cuttings cluster in the Vibe glass canister from the Container Store (42-ounce canister $8; containerstore.com).
    More on succulents


    A single button fernA single button fern
    Leafy greens

    A single button fern fills an Edda carafe with wooden-ball lid from Anthropologie ($38; anthropologie.com).


    A tiny patch of Irish mossA tiny patch of Irish moss
    Moss mound

    A tiny patch of Irish moss

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  • 9 Ways to Decorate with Patterns

    There's a secret to adding character to your home, no matter its age or style: pattern--lots of it. L.A. designer Amber Lewis regularly combines ethnic textiles--as many as a dozen at a time--for rooms that look effortlessly pulled together.


    If the tones match, it will look fineIf the tones match, it will look fine
    It's all about color
    When it comes to getting the right combo, "color plays more of a factor than the pattern itself," Lewis says. "You can mix pattern on pattern on pattern, and if the tones match, it will look fine." Lewis's method is easy to do at home: Put all the fabrics and pillows you're considering in a pile and take in the look as a whole. Pull out anything that appears off or doesn't have complementary tones.
    Decorating with color


    Build a quiet foundationBuild a quiet foundation
    Keep a neutral base
    White wainscoting. Walls the color of latte foam. A jute rug. The quiet foundation in the bedroom above creates breathing room for a multitude of prints. "A basic space lets you build on top of what's there and not feel like you have to work in pattern confinement," says

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