Voyages et Plein air
Sunset

Sunset March 2018

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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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Sunset Publishing Corporation
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swept away

FLOATING IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ without mobile service or Wi-Fi: not a bad way to start off a year, sort out your thoughts, or surrender to a life-changing adventure. It was January 1, and I was on the four-day Base Camp Baja voyage on the National Geographic Sea Bird with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (expeditions.com). For outdoor adrenaline junkies like me, this small-ship cruise itinerary along Mexico’s Baja California peninsula was pure heaven— mornings began with an intense 6:30 a.m. group fitness session on the deck before my fellow passengers and I boarded Zodiacs to snorkel with sea lions off Los Islotes, learn paddleboard yoga (confession: I sucked) on Bahia Bonanza, and hike through the cactus-studded, boulder-strewn arroyo of Isla Partida (see image at left). The days flew by in…

1 min.
a cook’s tale

GOOD READ Ask James Syhabout what it feels like to put his first cookbook out into the world, and the answer is simple and immediate. “I can finally exhale,” he says. The 38-year-old chef, whose Bay Area restaurants run the gamut from the Michelin-starred Commis to the fried chicken– focused Hawking Bird, traces his own culinary and immigrant journey in Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots (Ecco; $40). Published under Anthony Bourdain’s imprint and illustrated with images shot at Syhabout’s kitchen in Oakland and across the villages, temples, and night markets of Southeast Asia, the book is equal parts memoir and immersion into largely unfamiliar flavors. Along the way, Syhabout’s honest, tender narrative taps into our universal search for identity (with side explorations…

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game on

Baseball fans who flock to Arizona’s Valley of the Sun this month tend to focus more on spring training schedules than hotel interiors. Even so, The Scott Resort & Spa—currently undergoing renovation, in Scottsdale’s Old Town—is guaranteed to get their attention. Design firm AvroKO (the creative minds behind such eye-candy hospitality projects as SingleThread Farm in Healdsburg, California, and San Francisco’s China Live food hall) created a breezy, decadent space that feels like a tropical step back in time. Curved brass fixtures and polished ceramic tile provide glamorous counterpoints to the lushness of palm-fringed courtyards, rattan furnishings, and Cuban American–influenced cuisine. The 204-room resort is a refuge from Southwest heat, whether you’re sipping on a Sunset Limited at the bar or kicking back by the pool in a linen-draped cabana.…

1 min.
home grown

“Propagating is a great spring activity for indoor gardeners.”ARIANA TANABE OF PISTILS NURSERY Good news for apartment dwellers: Green-thumb projects aren’t limited to big yards. According to Ariana Tanabe, plant buyer and manager at Pistils Nursery in Portland (pistilsnursery.com), the process is simple. Snip cuttings with 3 to 5 nodes from the trailing tips of healthy, established plants—like no-fuss Scindapsus pictus, Tradescantia zebrina, and Monstera deliciosa—and drop the cut end into clean water, making sure 1 to 2 nodes are submerged. Any vessel will do, but a more elegant solution is one of Pistils’ locally made propagation vases (from $18; inset), which provides a clear view of emerging roots and cheerful leaves. Once the root reaches 1 inch (usually in 1 to 2 weeks), transplant into a pot filled with soil.…

1 min.
stealth status timepiece

Trust three ocean-loving friends with a passion for design to launch a versatile dive watch at a laidback price point. “Our watches are for everyday use, so they have to be appropriate for the beach or a business meeting,” says Marty Pomphrey, cofounder of Aulta Surf (along with sportswear entrepreneur Abe Allouche and Kauai-born power surfer Pancho Sullivan). The Hawaii-based line launched three years ago with a direct-to-consumer model and an emphasis on clean, classic shapes such as the Acuatico Automatic (from $230; above), which features a Japanese- made mechanical movement and is water-resistant to 200 meters. Comparing a day spent surfing with his buddies to “feeling like I’ve won the lottery of life,” Pomphrey nails his brand’s appeal: the essence of adventure, represented on your wrist. aultasurf.com.…

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beach-house style

“Use real and raw materials; don’t cut corners.”CO-OWNER EMMA CROWTHER From its custom candles scented with Santa Monica Mountain sages to the complimentary-use surfboards in a palette of vintage colors, every detail at the newly reopened The Surfrider Hotel evokes its Malibu, California, location. When design architect and developer Matthew Goodwin discovered the former roadside motel was up for sale, he jumped on a plane in pursuit of the iconic property—a 1953 landmark well-known in beach culture and frequented by many rock stars of the ’60s and ’70s. Along with his wife, creative director Emma Crowther, and business partner Alessandro Zampedri, Goodwin revived the dilapidated structure with its surroundings in mind. Imagine a judicious layering of natural materials using reclaimed-teak floorboards, jute rugs, raw linens, basket-weave pendant lights, and wabi-sabi ceramics…