Voyages et Plein air

Sunset April 2019

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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seed to soul

THE LILAC BUSH OUTSIDE our house bloomed each spring with a heady perfume that enveloped the yard. We were children then, and not much interested in gardening, but if a plant could ever embody a human emotion this one, for me, was an extension of a mother’s love: unconditional, intense, complete. I had meant to write this month about so many things—the fantastic “Spa Survey of the West” (page 24), by Executive Editor Jen Murphy, the debut of our pantry column by our new assistant editor Maya Wong (page 78), our “Going with the Flow” piece about Hawaii (page 48). But when I read “Life Lessons from the Flower Farmers” (page 64), I could think of nothing else but how that indelible sense memory was created for me on Melody Lane. Each…

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2019 travel awards call for entries

We’re launching our 2019 Travel Awards with all new categories, including expanded reader favorites. Help us bring attention to your favorite new spots. Visit for more details and see page 7 for additional details. OUR SUNSET PLANT COLLECTION ( has a number of perfect plants to get in the ground now for your summer garden. Lavender Meerlo, which was bred for heat tolerance and an incredible lavender scent, is a top choice. These are super-easy plants to grow, with low water needs, and they’ll look great all summer long. Available in a garden center near you.…

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best of the west

Teetotaling in wine country Annie Favia is known for having a hand in tending some of Napa Valley’s most esteemed vineyards, including Screaming Eagle and Colgin. Now, the viticulturist has turned her green thumb to tea. At the historic Coombsville homestead where she and her husband, winemaker Andy Erickson, produce Favia Wines, she’s planted a tea garden of chamomile, lemon verbena, peppermint, hibiscus, raspberry leaf, and lavender. The loose-leaf herbal teas, sold under her new line Erda, are farmed organically and hand-picked. This isn’t a tea to sip during your morning commute, she says. Favia wants people to devote the same time and attention to tea as they would to a third-wave coffee or fine wine. “Take the time to properly brew a quality tea, and you’ll realize it’s nuanced with…

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a bright spot

To make the most of summer’s long, sunshiny days, interior designer and stylist Meta Coleman ( created a colorful, family-friendly outdoor-living space at her home in Provo, Utah, that riffs off retro. The choice of predominantly primary colors alongside bold patterns was inspired by a ’70s-era photograph Coleman saw of three women wearing mismatched striped dresses, dancing barefoot in the street. “I haven’t been able to get that image out of my mind so I decided to pay homage to it with my backyard patio design,” she says. Her interpretation mixes timeless stripes with small mod florals and prints from Finnish design house Marimekko ( “I recommend varying the scale of your patterns and incorporating some of the color from the main pieces into the accessories,” she says. She opted…

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buzzworthy brews

Kombucha is mainstream enough now that big-guy grocers carry them en masse and even Starbucks and Coca-Cola have their own labels. Hard kombucha? A little trickier to find. Like its nonalcoholic predecessor, hard kombucha has that signature fizz from natural fermentation. But while the traditional yogi’s drink of choice contains less than 0.5 percent ABV, the boozy variety has an ABV similar to a craft beer—about 4.5 to 7 percent. You’ll find the 21+ drink popping up at health-foods markets, local kombucha breweries, and occasionally even on tap at a bar. Is it good enough to be your new day-drinking brew of choice? We sipped (and sipped, and sipped) to find out. 1. HONEYMOON BREWERY CAMELLIA FLOR SANTA FE, NM HONEYMOONBREWERY.COM “This is a good starter for people who are new to the hard…

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cbd for health nuts

The new cannabis consumer isn’t zoned out on their couch eating pizza—they’re serious about holistic health. As cannabis takes the wellness world by a storm, you’re more likely than ever to see it in fancy day spas and natural-foods stores. Nevertheless, many people are still asking questions. To break it down, the cannabis plant has two well-known cannabinoids that occur in it naturally, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, while its more widely available cousin, CBD, has no mind-altering effects. Users will not get the “high” effect if they consume CBD. Studies have shown both treat or alleviate an array of ailments such as inflammation, pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and PTSD, to name a few. We asked Gillian Levy and Susan Cleverdon, the experts…