Voyages et Plein air

Sunset July 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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into the blue

SOME PEOPLE CALL it a bucket list. Others have another name for it: #travelgoals. For me, one place in the West has always ranked high in terms of destinations to dream about, and that is Crater Lake National Park. Which brings us to the cover of the issue you hold in your hands—an image that instantly evokes where I want to be, and how I want to feel, in the height of summer. Summer and lakes just go together, like a song that comes on in the car at exactly the right moment. This time of year, we’re tapping into our memories of summers past, and it’s evident in stories such as “Land of Lakes,” a road trip that feels both down-home and epic (page 66). We’re celebrating the simple pleasures…

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new & now

Hit the highway! Satisfy your wanderlust with a classic Western journey, like a road trip along California’s Highway 1. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way: How to pack an ultra light backpack It’s the peak of the 2017 camping season! Prep properly by watching our step-by-step video tutorial on exactly what and how much to pack. Your spine and legs will thank you. 18 favorite outdoor rooms Balmy evenings just got better with our stylish design ideas for backyard spaces:…

2 min.
best of the west

BEST ROAD BUDDY BIKER CHIC “I started Thousand because I saw a necessary product that nobody else was making,” says Gloria Hwang. “And now roughly every month, I hear a story about how this helmet prevented a possible fatality from happening.” After losing a friend in a bike accident, the avid cyclist (pictured here) felt compelled to create a line of stylish protective headgear that people would actually want to wear. She found her inspiration in vintage motorcycle helmets from the ’50s and ’60s—“Steve McQueen and all those guys”—and spent nine months refining a modern concept while working full-time on philanthropy at TOMS. In 2015, she launched a Kickstarter campaign with a fund-raising goal of $20,000; the total contributions came in closer to $250,000. “Experts told me there was no market for…

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summer hit list

BEST SPLURGES 1. NAPKINS Produced by hand using traditional techniques in Rajasthan, India, Block Shop’s first line of table linens embraces an earthy, casual vibe. “They’re great for outdoor entertaining or for dressing up an everyday table,” says Dash. 2. WALLPAPER A road trip through the Arizona desert inspired Flavor Paper founder Jon Sherman to create Saguaro Sessions, one of his latest lines of digitally printed wallcoverings. Tequila Sunrise (shown here) features a scene from Saguaro National Park. Use it to add a playful twist to a kids’ room. 3. LIGHTING Portland brand Rejuvenation partnered with designers O&G Studio for a 49-piece collection. The star of the show: the cantilevered Contrapesso pendant light, made from forged brass and handblown opal glass. “Lighting is like jewelry for a room,” Dash explains, “and this one has the wow…

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champion party platter

Summer picnics in the park call for a bounteous cheese board. We’re grabbing our goods from the new Fisher’s Cheese + Wine, where owner Kiri Fisher (who also runs the Cheese School of San Francisco) stocks a food-lover’s spread of gourmet fare to go. “We want to be a destination, not an errand,” says Fisher of the space at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, California. As for the wanderlust-worthy selection she curated for us here? “In warm weather, I gravitate toward lighter, more acidic fresh cheeses, which excite the palate without being too filling,” she says. Think of it as a virtual vacation for your mouth. All products available at Fisher’s Cheese + Wine ( 1. SECRET DE COMPOSTELLE, FROMAGERIE AGOUR, SHEEP’S MILK, BASQUE COUNTRY, FRANCE Pair with: Fisher’s Cheese + Wine…

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rolling with it

I’Dset out that morning from Santa Cruz, California, with big intentions: Drive 245 miles to a lush campground north of Mendocino, whip up a healthy meal on the stove of the 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon I’d rented, and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. Instead, I was parked in the driveway of my friend Holly’s house in Healdsburg, 100 miles shy of my destination, like a 10-year-old who tries to run away from home but ends up pitching a tent in the backyard. I like to think of myself as a perfectly capable solo driver and group camper, but this combo of roughing it on my own during a long road trip had me at a loss. Holly poured me a glass of wine and said everything would work out…