Voyages et Plein air

Sunset December 2016

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2 min.
holiday spirit

TEN YEARS AGO, my husband and I spent Christmas Day with friends on the beach in Mendocino. We packed blankets and bundled ourselves in layers and spent the entire afternoon going on long, spectacular walks along the sand. Instead of a turkey dinner, we had picnic sandwiches; and in place of presents, we passed around a bottle of good whiskey and told story after story until our bellies ached from laughing. Later that evening, as we were sitting on the deck of our friends' off-the-grid cabin in the hills above Ukiah, a herd of wild horses wandered out of the fog to graze on fallen apples in the orchard. Holidays in the West have an uncommon magic—one that I'm doing my best to evoke for my own young children during our…

4 min.
best of the west

Gifts we love Some are eminently practical; others are just plain pretty. But each and every one of the 57 presents on these pages is something we really, really want for ourselves. For the person who has everything: a sleek outdoor shower, or a one-of-a-kind surfboard. 1 MORAGA HESS SURFBOARD Made from salvaged walnut, water-tower redwood, poplar, and cork, 8 ft. by 21 in. by 2.75 in., $1,495; 2 MEN'S R2 YULEX FRONT-ZIP FULL SUIT FROM PATAGONIA $449; 3 DANICA STUDIO THANKS TO NATURE DOORMAT $40; 18 in. by 30 in.; 4 CLARITY BLUE DIANELLA $30; sunset westerngarden 5 IRIS PLANTER + CHEVRON STAND From $99; 6 SELETTI AQUART GARDEN SHOWER $324; 18.5 in. by 90.6 in.; For the homebody Tactile, glamorous goods in fresh color palettes and eye-catching patterns—this is our version of…

9 min.
new hawaii

"IT'S like L.A. here," my almost-12-year-old daughter observed, as we crawled through the inevitable Honolulu traffic toward our hotel. "Except pretty. With trees. And flowers." A few minutes later, as we passed a strip mall anchored by a Jack in the Box and a 7-Eleven, she corrected herself. "No," she said. "It's like San Jose. But more interesting." She changed her mind again as we passed a string of construction sites. "They're building so many skyscrapers here! So, I think it's more like San Francisco. But warm." She was right. All three times. A lovelier L.A. A balmier San Francisco. A more compelling San Jose. I used to swear I would never write about my affection for Honolulu. I wanted to keep its secrets to myself. But with Honolulu's 4.8 million visitors a…

4 min.
green giants

CAN REACH 200 YEARS OLD! Consider the cactus. You need only to stand in the shade of the saguaro's massive limbs for a moment to feel its power. Have patience, and you might see resident wrens and woodpeckers flutter from nests deep inside the stem. But to truly appreciate the saguaro, you have to visit its eponymous national park near Tucson, where swaths of the multiarmed giants seem to guard the desert. "Saguaro" and "Arizona" may not be quite as synonymous as, say, the California redwood or the Texas bluebonnet—but they should be. After all, the prickly plant, which can live as long as 200 years and reach heights of 60 feet, grows exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. We Arizonans have long celebrated the plant. The Carnegiea gigantea served as our state representative…

4 min.
downtown portland

[The following content appeared in the Northwest and Northern California edition.] All you can eat Almost overnight, the new Pine Street Market has transformed a snoozy section of southwest downtown into a hub of retail and restaurants. Set in a former 1886 carriage house, the 10,000-square-foot food emporium features spin-offs of some of Portland's most popular eats. For your main course, choose from such highlights as umami-rich ramen at Marukin, succulent rotisserie chicken and herb potatoes bravas at Pollo Bravo, or the fancy hot dogs at the Olympia Provisions kiosk. Cap it off with an unapologetically buttery pastry from Trifecta Annex or scoops of soft serve at the Wiz Bang Bar. Tables are communal (and crowded), so get there early for lunch. Fresh ink Husband-wife team Josh Nusbaum and Jenn Pagliaro were cranking…

3 min.
all is calm

As it is with many young families, establishing holiday traditions is a work in progress for Aron and Ashley Muir Bruhn and their kids, Hudson, 5, and Skyler, 2, of Davis, California. "It's fun to figure out what our holiday looks like," says Ashley, author of the blog "We like to bring in old family traditions, but we can also make up our own." In the Bruhn household, that mash-up of customs comes together for what's essentially a monthlong celebration. Much of the holiday season revolves around a wooden Advent calendar. As the kids open each of its drawers, they discover a note from their parents revealing the day's activity. "It's our holiday wish list: See Santa, bake cookies, have friends over, watch The Polar Express," say Ashley. While the family's…