Voyages et Plein air

Sunset July 2016

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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3 min.
born to ride

WHEN PEOPLE TALK about "living the dream," they might mean a mega-mansion or a first-class ticket to the South of France. We, however, have a few different ideas. Give us a weekend in a simple cabin by the shore, a picnic blanket with a basket of ripe tomatoes, a little corner of a garden in which to turn our faces to the sky. But when it comes to the ultimate Sunset fantasy, one word leaps to mind: Airstream. And that's where Dean and Regina Atkins come in. "We both liked the idea of being mobile and taking everything with us," says Regina, half of the San Clemente, California–based couple whose Instagram feed (@sunsetmagazinelife) started out as a way to chronicle all the adventures they gleaned from the pages of this magazine.…

7 min.
best of the west

ROADSIDE MOTELS REBORN BEST MAKEOVER Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan, the duo known as Shelter Social Club, have made a business out of sleeping in style without breaking the bank. "All the motels we've taken over are basically run-down motor courts," Osehan (at far left) says of their four Southern California properties, which share a laid-back sensibility while retaining the distinctive elements that make them true to their time and place. "We preserve properties we feel are architecturally interesting and culturally significant," adds Sewell. "They've been neglected, and we breathe life back into them." Their most recent project, the Alamo Motel in Los Alamos, evokes a Scandinavian-meets- Southwestern sensibility inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's home in New Mexico. Interiors feature furnishings by local woodworker Shaun Wallace, brass sconces by Los Angeles' Atelier de…

11 min.
sleep like a log

Wake up to birdsong as a breeze carries the scent of a cedar forest into your tent. You've slept peacefully under the stars, and the morning sun prints leafy silhouettes on the translucent canvas walls. Shield yourself from the incoming light by turning over and sinking into a bed—on polished wooden floors between a vintage nightstand and a tastefully obscured Wi-Fi router. Ah, wilderness, from the safari-like shelter of a glamp. The term "glamping," or glamorous camping, may be relatively new, but its history extends well beyond turn-of-the-20th-century African safaris. After all, didn't Marco Polo marvel at the extravagance of Mongolian gers, or yurts, on wheels? But today's crop of alfresco pads goes a step further, running the gamut from colossal yurts to human-scale birds' nests, canvas tents adorned with vintage…

4 min.
welcome to americana

[The following content appeared in the Northern California, Southwest, Southern California, and Mountain edition.] JULY 2 4 P.M. BEER O'CLOCK This is a college town, so it's no surprise that there's good craft beer on every corner. Flagstaff Brewing Company's sunny patio fronts Route 66, and its Weisspread Wheat, a hefeweizen with hints of clove and banana, hits the spot on a warm day. Across the tracks, at Mother Road Brewing Company, the Roadside American Ale and Tower Station IPA honor the famed highway, nicknamed the "Mother Road." Meanwhile, the folks at Historic Brewing Company serve up malty, refreshing Altbier and vanilla-tinged Piehole Porter. Flagstaff Brewing: 16 E. Route 66; flag Mother Road Brewing: 7 S. Mikes Pike; mother Historic Brewing: 4366 E. Huntington Dr.; 7 P.M. HOTEL CHECK-IN When Henry Taylor purchased the…

4 min.
fresh off the vine

KIDS WHO RUN toward their veggies? It's a parent's dream. And it's a reality in the San Anselmo, California, backyard of photographer Rachel Weill and her husband, David Levitt. When their sons Daniel, 11, and Joshua, 7, get home from school, they head straight outside to pick tender cucumbers, beans, lettuces, and carrots. "They constantly bring in food at random times, wanting to make a salad," Weill says. "And when they have friends over, they like to show off the garden." Formerly a dry, rocky corner of the yard occupied by a couple of gnarled grapevines, the garden got its structure thanks to four raised beds built into the hillside. To fill the boxes, Weill looked to landscape designer Leslie Bennett (, who came up with a plan in which trellised…

2 min.
your checklist

[The following content appeared in the Northern California edition.] GARDEN WE LOVE Succulent swirl Tasked with revamping what was once a patch of yellowed lawn, landscape designer Rebecca Sweet ( planted vibrant green succulents. "The green cools down the landscape, where gray-toned succulents can make it seem hotter in the dead of summer," she says. Feathery Senecio vitalis (left) provides movement, while mounds of spiky Agave "Blue Glow" act as visual anchors; red-tinged Sedum x rubrotinctum ties them together. During dry months, the plants thrive with a mere two minutes of drip irrigation a day, which also fills the reservoir of the fountain, a retrofitted Greek oil jar. HARVEST Apple, peach, pear, and plum trees may be heavy with fruit this month. Clean up fallen fruit regularly to discourage rodent pests. PLANT Create a Fourth of July…