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Sunset January 2017

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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2 min.
jump-start

verb\'jәmp-'stärt\ • to start (a vehicle whose battery is not working) by connecting its battery to another source of power (such as the battery of another vehicle) • to cause (something) to start quickly • to give new energy to (something) JUMP-START YOUR LIFE. What does that mean, exactly—other than as a handy little catchphrase for a January edition of Sunset? What does it mean for you right now? One of the trickier aspects of editing a monthly magazine, particularly in this digital-first age, is the lag time between shipping an issue off to the printer and getting it into a reader's hands: You need to intuit popular sentiment weeks or months from the moment you produce a photo shoot or type words onto a screen. Never has that seemed truer than today as…

4 min.
best of the west

BEST SOAK URBAN BATHHOUSE "We wanted to create a secret for people to stumble upon in the city—like a hot spring discovered while hiking in the mountains." So says Sunny Simmons about Onsen, his newly launched holistic spa and tearoom in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. Inspired by Japan's community bathhouses, he and his wife, Caroline Smith, bought a defunct auto body shop and transformed the former mechanics pit into a contemporary bathing pool, complete with a skylight fringed with ferns. Six private treatment rooms offer affordable massages, Reiki, and acupuncture; a small restaurant serves inventive dishes (thick rice porridge with miso kimchi and quail egg) along with a selection of teas and sakes. The duo spent three years building the spa by hand, he raiding secondhand shops for the steampunk-style showerheads and…

6 min.
the change maker

Allegedly, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, celebrated turning 40 this year. Objectively, it doesn't sound like there was time. When we meet at Malibu's One Gun Ranch, where he's dropped in for an event to spread the TOMS gospel (delivered with Bill Clinton–level charisma and Matthew McConaughey looks) and to learn about the property's volunteer programs, Mycoskie has just gotten back from a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife and collaborator, Heather, and their 2-year-old son Summit. Prior to that, his schedule verged on the Carmen Sandiego–an: One minute he was in Iowa, at the high school graduation of his Ethiopian adopted son, Wubetu (they met when Wubetu was 14); the next, he was at Cannes, accepting an award for his charitable work. In a few weeks, he'll…

5 min.
powder play

IT'S THAT TIME of year when a line is drawn in the snow. On one side are the powderhounds who stockpile gear and bank PTO days waiting for the next dump. On the other side, the rest of us. We've sat in the traffic jams, slept in the cheesy chalets, and shivered our butts off, all in the name of fun. No more. We're here to tell you there's a better way. While you've stayed away, ski resorts have been upping their game, from adopting new snowmaking technologies to expanding their après scene beyond buffalo wings. Today the snow is better, the terrain is endless, and the base camps are badass. Make this the year you cross the line and call yourself a skier. STATS MORE RUNS, MORE FUN Resorts love measuring contests.…

3 min.
up in the air

YOU ARE IN A TREE. be careful. The sign at Washington's Doe Bay Resort & Retreat is a gentle reminder to watch your step in the hotel's newest suite, a cottage-esque treehouse 18 feet above the ground. "Being cradled by the forest as you sleep is something few people forget," says River Augenstein, general manager of the Orcas Island resort. Like many other hoteliers around the West, Augenstein added the rustic-luxe structure in response to the growing love for houses high up in the forest (there's even a DIY Network show dedicated to the topic, called The Treehouse Guys, on which Doe Bay's suite was featured). "There's something playful, almost primal, about sleeping in the trees," says David Leventhal, the developer behind Playa Viva, a beach resort south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.…

7 min.
raise the roof

1 THE HOME OFFICE A longtime design blogger carves out a quiet nook in a shared Seattle nest. TWO YEARS AGO, when Cassandra LaValle moved into her fiancé's South Seattle Craftsman, she was faced with the daunting task of merging not only closets but also disparate decorating styles. Craving dedicated space for her wardrobe, LaValle claimed the home's 140-square-foot attic, which had been retrofitted by a previous owner. With a little paint and new hardware, lighting, and furnishings, she created a cozy and chic dressing room that she chronicled on her design and lifestyle blog, Coco Kelley (cocokelley.com). At the same time, LaValle—whose company, Emerald Studio, styles shoots for clients such as Amazon and Starbucks—had been using a breakfast nook as her occasional workspace, complete with laptop cords and piles of paper. But…