Voyages et Plein air

Sunset April 2017

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2 min.
plugged in

AT THE ENTRANCE to Cornerstone Sonoma, where the Sunset Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen are located, a sweet little cottage with a white picket fence beckons visitors like something out of a Thornton Wilder novel. Brides often rent it when they book their weddings on the property; at last year's Celebration Weekend, we used it as our medical station (as well as an impromptu green room for Food-stage headliner Ayesha Curry). Several months ago, I found myself wondering: What would it take to convert a tiny dwelling from the 1900s into a cutting-edge connected home? And thus the Sunset Smart Cottage was born (page 54). Be one of the first to see it in action at our 2017 Celebration Weekend (from $35; May 20–21; What's exciting to me about this…

4 min.
best of the west

BEST BEACH READ WHERE SURFERS GO TO CHILL The idea for Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water (Clarkson Potter; $35) came to Nina Freudenberger after moving to Venice, California, from New York City and observing her neighbors' easy, evocative homes. Traveling from San Francisco's Outer Sunset and Malibu's Paradise Cove to Sayulita, Mexico, and even Australia and Japan, the SoCal interior designer profiles the coastal cabins, midcentury trailers, hilltop haciendas, and weathered fixer-uppers owned by surf-loving luminaries like TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie and artist rep Sofie Howard (whose outdoor shower is pictured here). "These are not flawless residences with unwaxed surfboards mounted on walls as decoration," Freudenberger writes. "If I learned nothing else on this adventure, it's this: Create a home around something you love doing, and it can't help but…

9 min.
local motion

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO L.A. as a tourist, it sucked," says Giorgia Ori, walking alongside rush-hour gridlock and looking every bit the opposite of a tourist in her silk black jumper and army jacket. "But I've figured out the trick," she adds. "You have to actually live here for the city's secrets to open up to you." I've been following the 25-year-old photographer through downtown L.A. for more than an hour, watching as she canvasses the neighborhood in search of the perfect shot. She bounces from block to block, steadying her camera in front of whatever catches her eye: a faded mural, an empty bus stop, the torn mesh net surrounding a construction site. I'd expected a 20-something's introduction to travel Instagramming, full of overexposed Valencia-filtered sunsets and latte art…

1 min.
where the wild things are

California With wide, bold rosettes that fold open on sunny days, it's no wonder this heat-loving species is the Golden State's official flower. In San Francisco, go for an urban hike 475 feet to the top of Bernal Hill for the explosion of orange California poppies that takes over this normally brown peak. The dog-friendly trails also offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the northwest and the Bay Bridge to the northeast. Utah Zion National Park's red rock canyons may not seem hospitable to flora, but in fact the sweeping landscape is home to more than 1,000 species of plants, including the prickly poppy, which flowers in open swaths from March to June. Admire its gauzy, crinkled petals along the park's dozens of trails, or have an expert guide you…

1 min.
coeur d'alene, id

LOCALLY MADE THRUX LAWRENCE STETSON HATS GREATSCHOOLS SCORE 10 (OUT OF 10) INVENTED HERE CONSUMER DRONES BY XCRAFT BIKE TRAILS 39 MILES PREFERRED POUR SUMMIT CIDER POPULATION 45,848 PRIME DATE NIGHT A HIKE AROUND TUBBS HILL, PINTS AT CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, AND A THAI PIE FROM FIRE ARTISAN PIZZA MEDIAN SINGLE FAMILY HOME $228,000 TOURIST ATTRACTION COEUR D'ALENE RESORT GOLF COURSE'S FLOATING GREEN POINT OF VIEW Nick Smoot, CDA native son and Innovation Den founder AFTER COLLEGE, NICK SMOOT lived in L.A. to work in the startup world, but the traffic started to wear on him. So four years ago, he moved back to his hometown, Coeur d'Alene. "Here you can go boating, hiking, play a round of golf, and attend an opera in the same day without putting more than 5 miles on your car," he says. But something was missing for him: a tech scene. Smoot…

3 min.
davis, ca

[The following content appeared in the Northern California and Southern California edition.] SINCE THE 1960S, sweeping agricultural landscapes and a faculty of famed artists at the University of California, Davis, have inspired painters and sculptors who have set up shop here in this college town. Today, galleries, lively restaurants, and public works line the shaded streets. And with a recently opened museum, there are even more reasons to take in Davis's spring arts season. Start your day at the dramatic white-lattice canopy that envelops the light-filled (and free!) Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. You'll often see works by California artists, such as Wayne Thiebaud, Roy De Forest, and Manuel Neri. Exhibitions change frequently, with openings this month that include Los Angeles–based artist Sadie Barnette's multimedia show, which…