Voyages et Plein air
Sunset

Sunset May 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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Sunset Publishing Corporation
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call of the wild

CAMPING. Could there be a more polarizing word in the English language? To which I acknowledge my fair share of gripes and grumbles with the concept. The weeklong prep involving multistage packing lists, meal plans, and copious amounts of peppermint-scented hand wipes. The airing out of sleeping bags. The sheer, mind-boggling work of it—so much to keep track of, clean up after, and slog through when all you want to do is kick back with a cold one and let the kids forage for their supper. But still. Those mornings when you wake before everyone else and take that first hazy peek outside your tent; the simple joy of a sandwich devoured for lunch after a morning hike; the communal fire at dusk to the schmaltzy strains of acoustic guitar—these moments…

1 min.
golden state of mind

WHAT WE’RE TRACKING THIS MONTH Author and interior designer Nathan Turner has a soft spot for West Coast style. In his new book, Nathan Turner’s I Love California (Abrams, 2018; $40), the Martinez, California, native pairs hand-me-down recipes with decor and entertaining tips drawn from childhood haunts around the state. Sailing outings to Tomales Bay result in a cold crab feast served on newspaper (just like his great-grandmother Marion did it). Annual road trips with his father to view the elephant seal migration in Big Sur inspired a picnic dish of sweet and spicy chicken wings. While Turner’s signature sensibility might read roses and chinoiserie, he’s a modern traditionalist at heart—complete with a refreshing reality check when it comes to hosting. “If you’re not a natural cook, make one dish, get…

1 min.
art-world star

Growing up in California’s Coachella Valley, the artist Phillip K. Smith III developed an affinity for epic natural surroundings. “I spent my formative years hiking Joshua Tree, and the landscape got in my blood,” says Smith (below), whose previous site-specific installations at Desert X and the annual Coachella music festival served as elegant meditations on matter and space— and a symbol of contemporary art’s ascendancy on Instagram. This spring, Smith brings his desert-inspired worldview to the international stage with a large-scale work in Milan, Italy, during the Salone del Mobile design festival. Sponsored by the London-based fashion brand COS, the sculptural piece touches down in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo rather than the desert or beach. Still, Smith insists, what he seeks is the same: “an intimate experience with…

1 min.
far-flung scoops

Ube-pandan-coconut. Matcha-toffee. At Garden Creamery in San Francisco, the buzz is all about ice cream and sorbet with big international flavors (and often electric colors). Growing up in Hawaii, says owner Erin Lang, “I’d eat shave ice and go surfing every day after school.” So when she started a from-scratch, frozen-treat food truck in California a few years ago, she had the islands’ diverse flavors in mind. But her clientele mostly wanted chocolate and vanilla—until last year, when Garden Creamery opened a Mission District brick-and-mortar shop with an unlimited-tastes policy. Customers were quickly converted, and now the line snakes out the door for up to 24 daily flavors. gardencreamery.com. CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: MILAN ZRNIC FOR THE COS MAGAZINE; THOMAS J. STORY (2)…

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s.f.’s multicultural ice cream scene

MILKBOMB Don’t miss the horchata ice cream (flavored like the cinnamon-spiced Mexican rice drink) and mango sorbet sprinkled with spicy, salty, sour Tajín seasoning. milkbombicecream.com. HONEY CREME Mildly sweet and milky Korean-style soft-serve comes in original (milk) or seasonal with your choice of toppings like honeycomb, caramel corn, crunchy cereal milk, or cotton candy. honey cremeusa.com. POLLY ANN ICE CREAM Owner Charlie Wu was the first Asian-American to attend the food science program at Cornell. This neighborhood hangout has been known for flavors like litchi, Thai tea, red bean, and jasmine. (415) 664-2472.…

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inn of the month

Before FDR’s New Deal programs, paupers lived in so-called “poor farms” where they worked the land in exchange for room and board. In 2016, Shae Whitney and Brady Becker—the couple behind small-batch bitters brand Dram Apothecary—stumbled upon one of these former shelters on the market in Salida, Colorado, bordered by the Arkansas River and backed by the Sawatch Range. The two turned the 1885 main house into a six-room retreat they dubbed The Poor Farm, a nod to its humble beginnings. Original hardwood floors and antique treasures imbue the 3,500-square-foot structure with character. Although the hosts are fairly hands-off with guests, partnerships with regional makers regularly bring chef dinners and artisan-led workshops to the farm. This spring, the landscape will bloom with perennials for Dram Apothecary’s products (also found in…