Viajes y Aire Libre


March/April 2020

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Nobody used to come to the beach on vacation. At least not a century-plus ago, if the 1911 Sunset cover story “Sunshine & Seabreeze, Inc.” holds water. Thinly veiled tourism booster or rip-roaring yarn, the piece embeds us with “struggling” Tombstone, Arizona, attorney James Ross Jones and his family, who have cooled to the usual mountain retreats promising fresh eggs and croquet. James has come into some cash helping the copper mines, and he decides he’ll “be ding-swizzled if he doesn’t go somewhere and hook a fish that will fight.” Ding-swizzled, indeed. The Jones’ gambit? Visit the beaches of Southern California one-by-one seeking recreation, good food, and a site for an eventual family bungalow. This was in the early days of piers and boardwalks, when up and down the West coast…

2 min.
ask sunset

Q: People :make such a big deal about foraging for wild ingredients but ingredients I don’t have the knowledge, time, or risk-tolerance to try my hand at it in nature. It's hard enough to fifind a ramp at the grocery store come spring. Any tips on how to get hyper local and seasonal foods into my cooking without resorting to hiring my very own personal Euell Gibbons? a: Thankfully things have come a long way since Gibbons wrote the seminal '70s foraging bible Stalking the Wild Asparagus and inspired folks to get worked up about all things hyper-local, hyper-seasonal, and hand-harvested. Though better-stocked grocers are more frequently carrying at least a few wild foods (mushrooms, mainly), local farmers markets are beginning to offer ingredients that go beyond morels and ramps. In…

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bloom service

Just in time for cherry blossom season, Seattle-born, L.A.- and NYC--based Ace Hotel Group opens doors overseas in April with the new Ace Hotel Kyoto. The 213-room expansion of the historic former Kyoto Central Telephone Company by architect Kengo Kuma (designer of the 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo), alongside Commune Design, features rooms with soaking tubs, turntables, tatami mats, and futons. The hotel is an easy 15-minute walk to the Imperial Palace, home to one of the most stunning cherry blossom displays in the country. Turn the page for more floral exploration inspiration closer to home. TOP: SANGA PARK/ALAMY; BOTTOM: STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON…

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springtime flower finder

You could go chasing super blooms, but hitting up a flower festival is a surefire way to snag a front row to spring’s prettiest blossoms. With mild, maritime-influenced weather, the coastal states host most of the early festivals. (Don’t worry, mountain regions; we see you. Yours come a little later in the season.) Here are a few you won’t want to miss. COACHELLA VALLEY WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL is a good alternative to the Instagrammed to death Anza-Borrego Desert Superbloom (seriously impacted by overtourism) and even has live music to go with the sweeping expanse of wildflowers. March 7, WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVAL in Woodburn, Oregon, draws crowds from around the world. Yes, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is bigger, but insiders know Woodburn is also the source of the best Mexican food in…

2 min.
spin cycle

LPs and libations are coming together in a big way at restaurants and bars tricked out with turntables and deep record collections. Whether you’re looking for audiophile reverence with a splash of a rare Japanese whiskey, a raucous vegan party scene, or vino and vinyl with a Bix Beiderbecke soundtrack there’s a drink and a disk (and sometimes dinner) waiting for you somewhere. In Sheep’s Clothing, LOS ANGELES Modeled after the record-themed variant of Japanese kissaten (exquisitely designed cafes that serve as a “third place” away from your home and office), this hidden all-day arts district cafe and bar segues from hipster hang/co-work by day to an audiophile scene in the evening when itinerant DJs spin (one of the owners is a Hollywood music supervisor). Gold Line, LOS ANGELES LPs and bottles compete for…

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the west’s best floral designer

Maurice Harris grew up in California watching his fashion-obsessed mother sew clothes and his grandmother craft church hats. “They taught me to have reverence for how I present myself, and to take pride in whatever I’m doing.” Being gay and black in a predominantly white neighborhood, Harris’s individualism was forced upon him from a young age, and he learned to embrace it early. It’s worked out well for him. In addition to opening Bloom & Plume–the only queer and black-owned coffee shop on the east side of L.A.–in the last year, Harris has been a featured artist at MOCA, has performed at The Broad, is debuting a show this spring on Quibi called Centerpiece (starring Maya Rudolph and Rashida Jones), and will be a judge on HBO Max’s new reality competition…