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May/June 2019

SUNSET celebrates your love of Western living. Discover new weekend and day trip destinations, inspiring homes and gardens, and fast and fresh recipes that highlight the West's great local ingredients. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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Sunset Publishing Corporation
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6 Issues


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reach your peak

MY FAVORITE CAMPSITE isn’t easy to get to, and it’s even harder to book. Each year, only around 3,000 in-season permits to the Enchantments are released, guaranteeing lottery winners nearly solitary access to a massive and glorious swath of glaciated rock and forest. The rugged range, 115 miles east of Seattle, is strewn with alpine lakes and defended by curious mountain goats. “We got here first,” they seem to say. And they’re right. For years, access to this alpine Valhalla had evaded me. But one day my buddy Ryan texted, offering salvation: “My friend’s got extra spots on his permit. Let’s do this.” Weeks later, there we were, blasting past the Bavarian throwback town of Leavenworth, packs pregnant with gear, frothing to reach the trailhead. The hike into our first camp was…

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CHAIRMAN & PUBLISHER Michael A. Reinstein PUBLISHER David Steinhafel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Matt Bean CREATIVE DIRECTOR Clark Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR Jen Murphy SPECIAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR Matt gross HOME HOME EDITOR Chantal Lamers GARDEN GARDEN EDITOR Thad Orr FOOD FOOD EDITOR Hugh Garvey ASSISTANT EDITOR Maya Wong EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Kelsey Maloney CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Eduardo Braniff, Jess Chamberlain, Catherine Dash (Market), Jennifer Marnach (Partnerships), Robin Rinaldi CULTURAL EDITOR-AT-LARGE Sally Horchow DIGITAL DEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR Jessica Mordo AUDIENCE GROWTH EDITOR Kendra Poppy ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PRODUCER Zoe Gutterman ART + PHOTOGRAPHY ART DIRECTOR James McCann PHOTO EDITOR Christine Bobbish STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Thomas J. Story PHOTO PRODUCTION EDITOR E. Spencer Toy COPY PRODUCTION MANAGER Jamie Elliott RESEARCH CHIEF James Reddick COPY EDITOR Lesley Bruynesteyn SALES INTERIM PUBLISHER Kristine Shine ACCOUNT DIRECTORS Ben Warner, Jana Robinson, Jennifer Edmonds, Jonathan Sandak, Kristi Rummel, Laurie Robertson, Michelle Bâby, Michelle Rosen, Pamela Coffey, Rand Wellhouser, Robert Wiegland, Shannon Johnson ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN MANAGER Isabel Lanaux PRODUCTION MANAGER Barbara Rousseau MARKETING HEAD OF MARKETING AND EVENTS: Tracy Seng SALES MARKETING ASSOCIATE Alisha Agrellas SUNSET PUBLISHING CORPORATION CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Doug Neiman BUSINESS…

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best of the west

BACKYARD CHICKENS Thanks to the latest desire for local produce, people are taking the leap from growing vegetables to raising animals. Chickens, it turns out, are lower maintenance than a dog and just as affectionate. And your pooch probably can’t help you make breakfast. Once relegated to the farm, chicken coops are now popping up in backyards. Franchesca Duval, owner of Alchemist Farm, near Sebastopol, California, sells her chickens and their eggs to locals. Below, she shares her tips on how to bring the barnyard into your backyard. Three reasons chickens should be your next pet 1 THEY’RE INEXPENSIVE. The average feed—I use leftover kitchen scraps or organic feed from Amazon—costs less than a dollar per day per chicken. There could be a small lump sum up front if you’re building your own coop.…

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life in the wyld

Lindsey Elliott and Jainee Dial, co-founders of Wylder Goods, the world’s first online outdoor-gear retailer for women, wanted to find a way to connect with their loyal customers offline. They tapped into their previous experience as wilderness guides and their network of ambassadors—professional athletes, activists, photographers—to launch Wylder Field Trips. Maple Grove Hot Springs, a 45-acre riverfront property in Southern Idaho, with glamping tents and yurts, is the setting for the inaugural three-night retreat, taking place September 13–16. The gathering, open to both men and women, goes beyond hiking and paddling adventures (though there will be plenty of those too). With themes centered on creativity and entrepreneurship, days will revolve around ambassador-led workshops on everything from writing and photography to brand building and how to hone your creative process. In…

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gifts we dig

1. This hand-forged planting trowel from Montana-based Fisher Blacksmithing truly is one of a kind. Each trowel is hammered and assembled by craftsman Tuli Fisher. Even the black walnut handle is hand-turned. $58; fisherblacksmithing.com. 2. The Artifact No. 325 Artisan Apron has everything a gardener could wish for—water-resistant waxed canvas construction, tool and pen pockets, and a lifetime guarantee. From $98; artifactbags.com. 3. The Haws Professional Watering Can is as functional as it is stylish. Built from galvanized steel with a powder-coated finish, this long-spouted watering tool is able to reach deep into planting beds and container gardens. Two sturdy handles make for easy maneuverability. $168; shopterrain.com. 4. A good garden boot can be hard to come by, but the Lacrosse Grange boot for women checks all the boxes: waterproof, comfortable, durable, with…

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listen up!

FESTIVAL Huichica huichica.com DATE AND LOCATION June 7–8 Sonoma, California TICKETS $155 THE DRAW Oenophiles rejoice! The two-day show takes place among the vineyards of 161-year-old Gundlach Bundschu Winery (gunbun.com). DESCRIP TION This laid-back, family-friendly event combines psychedelic surf rock, indie, soul, and folk music with tastings of the winery’s Zin and rosé. FESTIVAL Under the Big Sky Music and Arts underthebigskyfest.com DATE AND LOCATION July 13–14 Whitefish, Montana TICKETS From $109 THE DRAW Divine-like acoustics thanks to two stages located in naturally formed amphitheaters. DESCRIP TION The inaugural festival features Americana, folk, and alt-country musicians, including Band of Horses, on a 350-acre ranch located 30 minutes from Glacier National Park. FESTIVAL Pickathon pickathon.com DATE AND LOCATION August 2–4 Hudson Valley, Oregon TICKETS From $130 THE DRAW Hudson Valley weather averages a sunny 80° during the festival. DESCRIP TION Discover newer artists (The Beths) and watch indie folk royalty (Damien Jurado) take the stage at this plastic-free jam session in the woods just outside of…