Travel & Outdoor


Fall 2020

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.

United States
Sunset Publishing Corporation
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
roam near home

The camping issue is one of our favorites to produce every year, and judging by your letters it’s also one of your favorites to read. So this year, we kicked things up a notch or two: We went to Mars. Well, we went to a Hipcamp site called “Mars on Earth,” anyway. They filmed an episode of Star Trek there once and for being so close to Los Angeles you might as well be on a martian buggy. Once the driveway ends, you’re blasting over a series of sandstone boulders with otherworldly vistas. The whole point, beyond satisfying a latent curiosity for this Hollywood connection, was to roam near home. This was out of necessity: We needed a spot close enough to a major city that we could all pull together, but…

3 min.
living lush in la jolla

A Toast to the Coast How a top garden designer helped transform a mid-century home into the ultimate coastal retreat After decades of visiting his relatives near San Diego, William T. Georgis felt the call of the West Coast. Living in New York City, Georgis and his late husband Richard Marshall longed for the humbler, quieter counterpoint of Southern California. “Coming here as a child in the dead of winter and seeing fruiting citrus trees was revelatory. I have a Greek background and the Mediterranean feel resonated within my blood.” The couple found a mid-century modern house slated to be demolished by a developer. When it went into foreclosure, Georgis saw the good bones, the indoor-outdoor quality, and the appeal of the lot situated 45 feet above sea level and saved it. After opening…

10 min.
50 things to do in your garden now!

All Regions HARVEST For lasting bouquets, snip flowers early in the morning. Use sharp pruners and immediately place each stem into a bucket of cold water set in the shade. MAINTAIN When you mow, let clippings drop to the ground. They contain enough nitrogen to reduce the amount of lawn food you need to apply every year. Layer chopped green matter (like spent flowers and vegetable waste) with brown matter (like dairy manure or straw) in a 4-foot mound. Water weekly and turn the pile every two weeks for finished compost in time for fall planting. Check drip-irrigation lines for leaks. Because they discharge water slowly, it’s easy to miss problems until plants start dying. Pull weeds by hand or spray with undiluted white household vinegar. White vinegar will kill most weeds, including thistle; large established weeds…

2 min.
water-wise gardening

Use Unthirsty Plants Once established, plants native to the West’s dry areas require little water beyond the rain that nature provides. Many shrubs, trees, perennials, and grasses from other dry regions like Australia, the Mediterranean, and South Africa also are good choices. The key is to use plants that are naturally adapted to your region’s conditions. Fill borders and spaces along fences with undemanding, low-water beauties such as lavender, penstemon, and rosemary. Arrange Plants in Groups Group thirsty plants together in one small area, and drought-tolerant plants every-where else. Then put each group on a separate watering system. Help for Thirsty Planters Any plant that grows in a container will use more water than the same kind growing in the ground, due to limited root systems and exposure to heat and wind. But there are…

3 min.
escape to the river

Kelsey Sheofsky is no stranger to enjoying the great outdoors in beautiful ways—in fact it’s both her profession and personal passion. In 2012 she and her husband founded Shelter Co., the Bay Area-based luxury tent and pop-up event company. Even while busy running their own company, the couple always made it a point to get outside. “We lived in San Francisco for 15 years,” says Sheofsky. “But we always spent a lot of time in the Russian River area to escape from the city and get back to nature.” That love for a more bucolic environment was only furthered when the couple accidentally stumbled upon a listing on Craigslist for a home in Russian River. “It seemed like a crazy idea to use a rental house as a vacation home but…

2 min.
small footprint, big beach house

On the eastern shore of Washington’s Hood Canal, architect Matt Wittman and his team at Wittman Estes found themselves facing a daunting project: a 1940s beach house was in major need of updates and the homeowners wanted to keep the delicate landscape and ecosystem around the home intact—while also making it large enough to house both themselves and their multi-generational family. With help of Jack Colgrove Construction as the builder, Wittman and his team worked on a plan to double the livable area without harming the sensitive shore that surrounds the property. The solution was minimalist in both design and impact: two shifting wings that provide additional living space now hover over the hillside and beach, supported by thin steel columns and pin piles to keep the footprint of the…