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Sunset October 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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English
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Sunset Publishing Corporation
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2 min.
in the field

IT WAS AUTUMN in California wine country, but it felt more like a summer afternoon. The outdoor table at our Cornerstone Sonoma Test Gardens was set with striped linens and a runner made of Alethea Harampolis’s blooms—so lush and painterly they served as a preview of the decadent menu to come. The hostess, textile designer Heather Taylor (that’s her at left), sneaked in a few Instagrams before the guests arrived. We were shooting a Sunset story for this issue (“Cocktails x Cheese,” page 54), but it doubled as a dinner party in real life. Sense of place is what we celebrate here at Sunset; our love for the world we live in is what we hope shines through every word and image. We’ve shared our passion for the West for almost…

5 min.
adventure starts here

WHAT WE’RE TRACKING THIS MONTH BEST BASE CAMP With its low-slung buildings dwarfed by surrounding peaks, Mountain Modern Motel might initially seem like the dozens of other motor lodges in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. But that’s where the resemblance ends. The 135-room property puts a functional yet stylish spin on a classic roadside motel, with buffalo-check blankets, leather butterfly chairs, and clever in-room storage for fly rods, skis, or a pair of boots. Blown-up trail maps of the area double as wallpaper and inspiration for day trips. Downstairs, guests have access to a bike and gear repair station, free soft-serve ice cream, and the knowledge of anyone behind the desk—staff are experienced guides who can steer you to a local beer crawl or a hike through Grand Teton National Park, less than 6…

5 min.
comfort zones

GOOD-BYE, SWEATY SLEEPING BAG NIGHTS. Farewell, merciless mosquitoes. When the heat and summer crowds subside, that’s your cue to get outside and camp. Yes, the days are getting shorter, but they’re also full of color. And the magic continues after dark, when bioluminescence flickers along Pacific shores, and the aurora borealis dances around northern stars. Autumn casts its spell on wildlife too: Grizzlies fatten up with berries; elk bulls unleash their bugles; and salmon struggle up rivers to spawn. For the fish, it’s a final endurance test. For the rest of us, it’s the 100th great reason to unfurl a blow-up mattress. FIVE WAYS TO CAMP RIGHT NOW GLAMP LEAVE THE DETAILS TO SOMEONE ELSE For family excursions without the sleepless nights, check into The Resort at Paws Up. Earlier this year, the Greenough,…

1 min.
west coasters

TREASURE HUNT THE NATURAL Don’t pass up the barrel-fermented beers (or the pizzas from the wood-burning oven) at Bozeman, Montana’s newest gem, Mountains Walking Brewery & Pub. The 20-tap tasting room serves brewer Gustav Dose’s hyperlocal beers , some of which are made with Bozemannative wild yeasts. The brews are naturally lower in alcohol and sugar, so drink up. mountainswalking.com. THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Keep your eyes peeled in Napa, where Stone Brewing will soon open a taproom in the long-vacant Borreo Building. Expect a full kitchen and an outdoor patio overlooking the Napa River, which makes the perfect spot to sip an IPA or a special release from the on-site 10-barrel brewing system. stone brewing.com HOT SHOTS On October 14, Squatters is planning on breaking records, serving up more than 1,086 gulps of beer off a…

3 min.
mcminnville

PERFECT DAY Many people who come to McMinnville immediately hit the road, seeking out wine in the surrounding hills . But these days, you hardly need to leave city limits to experience the riches of the Willamette Valley. Downtown , you’ll find 19thcentury brick buildings housing art galleries and indie shops. Come fall , head to the Granary District for a behind-the-scenes peek at the grape harvest, as trucks of ripe fruit roll in and winemakers hustle from barrel room to coffee shop and back. Add to that the peak of wild mushroom season —a favorite time of year for Oregon’s chefs —and you’ve got a feast for the senses in one idyllic spot. 10 A.M. Start your day southwest of town on State 18, where you’ll pass by fruit orchards and…

3 min.
lofty ambitions

For years, Daniel Farrar admired San Francisco’s historic 1907 Clock Tower Building from afar. When he finally scored a ground-floor apartment in the structure, the exposed-brick walls, massive steel girders, and 12-foot-high windows didn’t disappoint. Still, the 1,560-square-foot space needed an update, starting with the kitchen, which was crammed in a nook under the upstairs bedroom. The new cooking and dining area—created with Tiburon-based designer Cindy Bayon (bayon designstudio.com)—is nothing short of a showstopper, featuring a carefully engineered shelving system, illuminated tequila display, and quartzitetopped island where friends often gather for gin martinis. “It’s a great place to hang out,” says Farrar, CEO of software technology platform Switchfly. “It’s booked around the clock.” MAXIMIZE WORKS PACE An oversize island (previous page) provides most of the counter space in the kitchen. It is…