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Sunset Magazine



Best of life in the West since 1898

Los Angeles

Sunset is the premier resource for achieving the ultimate Western lifestyle. Our experts focus on travel destinations in the 13 Western states, home design and outdoor living ideas suited to our region, and recipes and menus that celebrate the West.

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  1. 15 No-Cook Recipes Because, Come On, It’s the Middle of Summer!

    By Sunset Staff When it’s hot out , the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stove to make a meal. But you gotta eat, so what to do? Go the no-cook route. And if you’re thinking, “Ugh, sandwiches or a salad for dinner?! I want something more exciting than that!” Then, w
  2. 5 Crucial Rules for Picking the Perfect Summer Wine

    By Kelsey Mulvey If Summer Fridays and weekends at the beach are any indication, summer is the ultimate opportunity to cash in on some much-needed chill time. And, whether you’re lounging poolside or cozying up next to a s’mores-ready fire pit, rest and relaxation tastes so much b
  3. This Sausalito Houseboat Is Loaded with All the Creature Comforts of a Modern Mansion

    By Christine Lennon When Blythe Friedmann made the decision to move out of her stately Edwardian home in San Francisco’s eclectic Mission neighborhood, she had only one serious criterion: It had to be the opposite of the house she’d lived in for 15 years. That meant no tall, walnu
  4. Here’s How to Help Your Garden Survive a Heatwave

    By Kristin Guy Summer might be the peak production season in your garden, but above-average temps and heat domes don’t quite make for happy horticulture. Even if you’re growing in a mild climate, plant protection throughout the summer is an important practice and can even be helpf
  5. A Kitchen with a Closed-Off Footprint Is Reimagined for a Family Who Loves to Cook

    By Sarah Yang Layout and flow is so important in kitchens, often the hub of the home where everything happens—cooking, eating, gathering, etc. If a space doesn’t have the best layout , it can feel cramped and inefficient. That was the case in this San Diego kitchen in a 1922 Crafts
  6. This Is the Best Sport to Explore a New City (and It’s Free)

    By Krista Simmons As a lifelong athlete and avid traveler, staying active while on the road isn’t just a matter of fitness for me, it’s a matter of sanity. And while I wish there were an Olympic pool or ocean I could dive into at every destination, the one constant I can control i
  7. I’m a Travel Editor and These Are My Summer Travel Essentials, Year After Year.

    By Krista Simmons Having spent nearly two decades traveling the world both professionally and for pleasure, I’ve garnered quite the routine, especially when it comes to packing . And while many things have changed, like the rise of trackable smart luggage and the advent of apps tha
  8. It’s Officially ‘Hot Tea Summer’—Here’s What That Means

    By Blake Bakkila I’m about to turn 30, so I’ve started exploring potential party themes. Call it embracing my inner anglophile or simply needing some extra caffeine and carbs as I enter my 30s, but all I want to do is host a tea party (or a thir- tea -eth birthday, if you will)—and
  9. These Are the Best Books of the Year So Far

    By Sarah Yang We’re halfway through the year (can you believe it?!) and if you’ve been keeping up with new releases , you’d probably agree it’s been another exciting year for bibliophiles. And if you haven’t read much this year, the good news is you’ve got enough time to catch up. A
  10. These Stores Offer All the Pleasures of Erewhon at Half the Price

    By Sunset Story Lab Erewhon, the luxury organic grocery store, has long been the darling of health-conscious foodies, with its premium products and chic ambiance. However, not everyone can afford the hefty price tags that come with Erewhon’s offerings . Fortunately, the West is hom
  11. Before & After: A Dated and Cramped Bathroom Is Transformed into a Euro-Chic Retreat

    By Sarah Yang You don’t often hear about sizable bathrooms feeling cramped; it’s usually a small bathroom feeling like a tight squeeze. But that was the case in this San Rafael, California primary bathroom, which “felt dated and felt a bit cramped considering what a large space it
  12. These Are the Design Choices People Want to Undo in Their Homes

    By Sarah Yang Much like buyers’ remorse, there is such a thing as renovation regret. It’s inevitable, too, if you decide to take a chance with a design trend that might seem “outdated” in few years. Remember when chevron was THE pattern of the moment? And how everyone was getting
  13. These Lush Outdoor Living Rooms Will Transport You to Wine Country

    By Kristin Guy Nestled among a towering redwood grove on the gorgeous and biologically diverse Sonoma Coast, Flowers Vineyards & Winery just might be the most beautifully landscaped winery—not just in Healdsburg, but in the entire West. At this oasis, with distinct tasting areas m
  14. It Took 14 Years to Transform This Charmless Craftsman into a Colorful, Family-Friendly Space

    By Sarah Yang Sure, renovations that seem to happen overnight can be awe-inspiring, but there’s something to be said about renovations that happen gradually. What you need in your home probably changes throughout the years—another kid, a WFH job, a grandparent that moves in… all o
  15. The Ultimate Carmel, California Itinerary

    By Krista Simmons Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop. Meet the Insider: Adrea Simmons, Esthetician, Pebble Beach Resorts Location: Carmel, California Havi
  16. The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This July

    By Kara Peeler July is bursting with sunshine, celebrations, and the vibrant taste of summer. Make these memorable meals to celebrate the season. During these hot days, we’re craving fresh yet flavorful dishes. You’ll need some recipe inspo for your 4th of July family get-together
  17. The Perfect Burger

    By Molly Watson Burger Recipes: The Perfect Sunset Burger Gorgonzola Burgers Green Chile Cheeseburgers Herb Butter Burgers Spicy Tomato Burgers Steak Tartare-Flavored Burgers Tan lines on your feet, children running through sprinklers, burgers sizzling on the grill: Certain things let y
  18. These Fourth of July Party Recipes Will Make Menu Planning So Much Easier

    By Sunset Staff Has it been a while since you’ve thrown a Fourth of July party? Or any party? Not to worry; we can help you with the all-important menu planning. We’ve rounded up some favorite recipes to serve all day and evening long, from drinks and cocktails to cool off with du
  19. The New Summer Products at Trader Joe’s You Need to Know About

    By Sarah Yang For summer parties and barbecues, you probably have your go-to recipes and buys, and you probably don’t really veer from the menu too much. Why mess with a good thing? But the newest lineup of Trader Joe’s products might make you want to rethink that. Right now, the b
  20. The Best Beaches in the West, According to the ‘Beach Doctor’

    By Blake Bakkila The rankings for the best beaches in the United States are in, and several are located out West. Stephen P. Leatherman, PhD , a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, is commonly referred to by his nicknam

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