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Sunset August 2018

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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Sunset Publishing Corporation
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the case for wanderlust

WELCOME TO THE FOURTH ANNUAL Sunset Travel Awards (page 47). And let me begin by acknowledging that what we’re talking about here is a privilege. My first job out of college was at a travel magazine in New York where the far-flung itineraries cost considerably more than my annual salary. In those days, I lived in a fifth-floor walk-up above a bread factory (the early-morning smell was fabulous; the resulting rodents, not so much), and my work felt like a portal into another existence, one of lavish hotel suites and town cars that whisked you to and from the airport. But at every budget, the benefit of travel is universal—its ability to bring you outside your comfort zone and teach you about landscapes and lives beyond your own. I thought of…

1 min.
border crossing

Inside a sunlit space in Portland’s Alphabet District, hand-stenciled black-and-white floors and a beaded skull by Onora Casa are among the first signs that Vía Raíz is no ordinary Mexican crafts shop. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by parents from the central Mexican state of Michoacán, owner Jennifer Bolanos made her first trip to Mexico City in 2013 and discovered a wealth of designers using traditional techniques and materials to create contemporary wares. “I couldn’t comprehend why I wasn’t seeing this in the U.S.,” Bolanos says. So she began stocking her shelves with magazine-worthy goods, including sculptural brass-and-stone candlesticks by Peca and statement-making Caralarga neck laces fashioned from raw cotton and jute. Says Bolanos, “My vision is to reframe what it means to be made in…

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back-to-school shopping score

Yes, the hustle is real. And we’re not going to pretend a daily planner is going to solve the whole work-life balance conundrum. But even the skeptics among us will concede that there’s an inherent satisfaction in organizing your schedule—and the new Day Designer 2018–2019 Academic Year Flagship Edition is one of the most visually pleasing methods imaginable. While the gold foil stickers and bookmark send us straight back to our eighth-grade locker (in the very best of ways), it’s the goal-setting worksheets and inspirational quotes that play to the Oprah in all of us. $59; daydesigner.com.…

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bar(n) raiser

Amid the rolling vineyards that make up Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, in Northern California, sits the region’s latest crown jewel: the newly opened winery of cult Cabernet label Silver Oak. With a grand, almost monolithic tasting room that takes its cues from rural barns, the eco-focused property is the Duncan family’s passion project, a LEED-certified build primed for efficiency by way of 2,500 solar panels and a net-zero water system. (Try casually dropping the term “membrane bioreactor” into your next oenophile-centric conversation.) Naturally felled oak trees and reclaimed redwood were incorporated into the structure; walls and windows of expansive glass—courtesy of architect Daniel Piechota, who also worked on Big Sur’s iconic Post Ranch Inn—purposefully frame the Mayacamas Mountains and surrounding 75 acres of prized Cabernet vines. Still, the sexiest part…

3 min.
my year in travel

This isn’t a comprehensive guide to the wonders of the West. But as someone who spends a significant amount of time on the road, I’ve amassed my own shortlist of favorites. From a hotel group that has seriously stepped up its design game to a natural sunblock made from California poppies, these are the recommendations I share with friends. BIGGEST ADRENALINE RUSH With a choose-your-own-adventure itinerary (rock climbing! slacklining! mountain biking!), the inaugural Pursuit Series held at Utah’s Snowbasin Resort was my peak outdoor experience of 2017. Grab a day pass for this month’s retreat at California’s Bear Valley. Aug. 10–12; from $225; pursuit. theoutbound.com. COOL HOTEL COLLECTION Kimpton properties have been killing it lately with their design sensibilities. Check out the lobby at Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs (from $189; rowan palmsprings.com), complete…

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fantasy island

Each Wednesday afternoon on Kauai’s south shore, beneath the windswept palms of The Shops at Kukui‘ula, some three dozen food purveyors gather for an outdoor market that doubles as a culinary attraction. It’s just a tiny taste of the tropical delights at Kukui‘ula, located on more than 1,000-acres with a garden centered spin on the good life. Granted, it would take a major anniversary for many of us to justify a stay at one of the plantation-style residences (a two-bedroom cottage starts at $900). But the real draw is the 10-acre farm (shown), which provides most of Kukui‘ula’s produce. Guests can pick tender lettuces and herbs from raised beds, gather plumeria for leis, pluck bananas straight off the stalk, and collect just-laid eggs from the henhouse to cook their own…