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Sunset April 2016

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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3 min.
get smart

MY FRIEND Tom Story and I have been on some pretty spectacular shoots together for Sunset. The fishing cabin outside Juneau where we caught so much king crab for dinner that we cooked up enormous breakfast omelets with the leftovers. The enchanted week we spent on Orcas Island, Washington, possibly my favorite place in the entire world, where we made pizzas in an outdoor oven on a farm straight out of a storybook. As Sunset's staff photographer since 2000, Tom has seen more than his share of glorious Western landscapes. But even a guy who's on the road 200 days a year can find much to enthrall him in his own hometown. And thus: the stunning images he produced for our love letter to Oakland (page 68), Sunset's new home…

6 min.
best of the west

CHAIR MAN BEST SOFA SOLUTION The story of Campaign is inextricably linked to the creation myth of its founder. "I grew up in the Midwest, with blue-collar roots, and fell in love with the design and manufacturing engineering of the automotive industry," says 29-year-old Brad Sewell. "It was my first taste of the hardware process—turning a sketch into a physical item." After a stint as an engineer at Apple, he moved to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, where he tapped into a universal need: the search for high-quality yet affordable online furniture. He discovered that the biggest hurdle—the cost of shipping—was also the biggest opportunity. "Could we create a high-quality sofa that lasts a lifetime but could be shipped via UPS or FedEx? It was a totally fresh way to think,"…

10 min.
road trip, recharged

Dan Brooks lives on a quiet cul-de-sac just outside downtown Napa, a soft-spoken, middle-aged guy in beach hat and sandals. He flies a medical helicopter for a living. Until one recent morning, when I pull up in his driveway, though, he is a complete stranger, a dot on a map that my wife, Amy, and I have built a strange vacation around. We are 24 hours into our experiment. Longtime San Franciscans of the bleary parental variety, we'd been itching to ditch town for a couple of days. Rather than the standard road trip, however, we got the idea of renting an electric vehicle. Like many, we'd come to occupy a funny spot regarding EVs: We had the sense that they are on the cusp of ubiquity, but also we professed…

3 min.
break from the herd

I WANT A … Fresh perspective Most trips to Oregon's go something like this: Park at lookout point, peer into crater, exclaim, depart. But every day, a handful of people hike the Cleetwood Cove Trail to explore the inside of the crater. A boat ride across crystal blue water brings you to the volcanic cone and lava rock of Wizard Island. You can scamper around the waterline, or take the short but steep ascent to the summit, where you'll be encircled by jagged peaks and unrecognizable to the poor schlubs on the banister far above you. From $59; craterlakelodges.com/activities/volcano-boat-cruises. PLAN B:Denali National Park's bumpy roads and shoddy transportation make sightseeing more grind than joy. Just outside the park, a helicopter flightseeing trip will swoop you through the Alaskan landscape to touch down on…

4 min.
folsom

[The following content appeared in the Northern California edition.] A little bit country The Man in Black put his stamp on this Gold Rush backwater almost 50 years ago with his hit record At Folsom Prison. The town pays homage with the Johnny Cash Trail, a hike-it-or-bike-it path that cuts through town for 1.25 miles and is part of a trail system that links El Dorado and Placer Counties. This month, take in patches of poppies and other wildflowers as well as a bridge that mimics the architecture and design of Folsom State Prison. Eight sculptures honoring Cash and his influence on the city are in the works. E. Natoma St. at Folsom Lake Crossing; folsomcash arttrail.com. Get on the water Lake Natoma nudges up against the American River at the base of the…

13 min.
4 ways to live smart

OLD MADE NEW…p. 45 | GREAT GADGETS…p. 52 | SMALL-SPACE PATIO…p. 58 | PASSIVE HOUSE…p. 62 1 MAKE OLD NEW Lucky Brand design director Michelle McCormick is a genius at transforming her home using vintage goods. IF MICHELLE MCCORMICK'S walls could talk, they would tell the story of a little girl who grew up strolling the aisles of flea markets with her mom, buying treasures that would, over time, become a highly personalized collection. Now the senior design director at the fashion company Lucky Brand, Michelle is still addicted to the hunt. So it's no surprise that her English Tudor–style home in Los Angeles is a maximalist's dream—until you realize that her husband, Tracy, is an interior designer and contractor who favors minimalism. When the couple bought their 1,700- square-foot house in 2010, they…