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Current Sunset Magazine Articles
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
The Life Aquatic in Reno - 08/16/2016A couple opens a water nursery and builds a community. By Johanna SilverReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:54
River Reboot - 08/03/2016With an influx or creative talent and the biggest fishing boom in a generation, Astoria, Oregon, reinvents itself-again. By Patrick SymmesReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:13:12
National Parks and a Special Road - 07/20/2016For the ultimate celebration, joyride along U.S. 89, which connects six of the country's greatest parks, winding through a landscape of fire and ice.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:04
New Zealand's Style - 06/13/2016Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs are better than ever - and still a bargain. They might be your best sip this summer. By Sara Schneider.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:56
Waiting for the Sun - 06/08/2016Watching dawn break and dusk fall over Maui's Haleakala National Park requires a study spirit (and a thick pair of long Johns). By Susan CaseyReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:16:41
Chardonnay for Breakfast - 05/22/2016A menu from a winemaking family who know their way around this most-popular white. By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:34
Festival Fever - 05/05/2016Summer music festivals, the biggest and the best are right here in the West. Find a spot on the lawn. You don't want to miss out. By Mickey RapkinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:03
Secret History - 04/24/2016DNA testing is revealing the delicious heritage of some of California's best wines. By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:23
Tea 2.0 - 04/15/2016The ancient crop is suddenly the hottest thing growing. And one family farm in Oregon is leading the way. By Johanna SilverReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:46
Road Trip Recharged - 04/05/2016A drive to Napa in an electric vehicle brought this San Francisco couple to a place refreshingly different. By Chris ColinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:38
The Wine Trail: Arizona Sipping - 03/18/2016Head to the high desert to discover the best new thing in the Grand Canyon State. By Nora Burba Trulsson and Edie JarolimReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:28
Welcome Home - 03/04/2016For our Best Hometowns 2016, Sunset editors searched the West to find towns, cities, and neighborhoods that are easy to love.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:22:53
The Shore Thing - 02/20/2016Up and down the untamed Northwest coast, there are treasures hidden in the sand. You just have to know how to look. By Bill DonahueReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:55
The People's Playground - 01/31/2016Will Yosemite's popularity be its undoing? Will gridlock an crowding spoil its grandeur? The National Park Service, turning 100, grapples issue.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:48
Into the Wild - 12/31/2015Wood bison were declared extinct less than a century ago. Now, the shaggy behemoths are wandering the Alaska wilderness, free. By Peter FishReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:19:47
The Longest Day - 12/26/2015It's one of those classic West Coast brags: You can surf and ski here in the same days. We convinced transplant Mickey Rapkin to the challenge.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:57
A Perfect Day in Astoria, OR - 11/16/2015The oldest town west of the Rockies is buoyed by new breweries, galleries, and charming seafood spots. By Emily GrosvenorReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:02
The Relaxed Thanksgiving - 11/16/2015For the couple behind Healdsburg food destination Shed, the holiday is all about the local harvest and friends pitching in. By Elaine JohnsonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:48
The Grand Wine Tour - 10/31/2015Join Sunset on a mile-by-mile journey through three of the West's most exciting wine regions: Napa, Santa Barbara and Southern Oregon.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:16:16
Less Water, Better Wine? - 10/03/2015A growing number of West Coast vintners are trying dry-farming--and discovering it's no compromise. By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:57
Screen Savers - 08/10/2015A troupe of friends rescues an offbeat theater and community treasure. By Chris ColinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:13:02
High Serenity - 07/27/2015Yosemite's mountain camps give you wilderness grandeur without having to rough it (much). By Christine RyanReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:18:47
Summer Camp (For Grown-Ups) - 07/09/2015The days of roasting s'mores and making lifelong friendships in a week don't have to end when you reach legal drinking age. By Jenna ScatenaReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:40
Wild Horses - 06/15/2015Long considered a symbol of the frontier, wild horses have roamed the West for centuries. But has their day ended? By Mac McClellandReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:17:39
The Shock of the Nuevo - 05/25/2015Laura Fraser discovers, a new generation of artists is adding 21st-century buzz to Santa Fe's creative mix.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:14:33
How To Store & Pour - 05/03/2015Relax and keep it simple -- you don't need a fancy wine cellar or multiple gadgets to drink well. By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:06:32
Offshore Assets - 04/19/2015Sallie Tisdale explores the Channel Islands, seen by millions but visited by few.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:16:13
Weeknight Cooking - 03/27/2015Recipes in 30 minutes or less.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:20
A Perfect Day in Borrego Springs, CA - 03/19/2015Not far from the famous wildflowers of Anza-Borrego, this desert enclave boasts treasures, from an outsize art scene to a revamped resort.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:20
Cabin Fever - 02/27/2015Dick Proenneke lived -- simply, gracefully, alone -- for 30 years in the Alaska wilderness. Learn of his solitude and self-reliance.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:18:08
A Perfect Day in Yuma, AZ - 02/17/2015America's sunniest city is also the nation's winter farm capital -- with lots of fresh eats and gorgeous garden to prove it. By Kate SiberReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:43
Nature Vs. Nurture - 01/20/2015Do you know what's in your wine?! (And should you care?) By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:03
Here We Are Now - 01/07/2015With a host of new memorials to Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen, Washington town hopes to attract adoring fans. By Bill DonahueReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:17:45
Welcome to Hollywood! - 12/21/2014Writer Mickey Rapkin finds there is more to fame than fast cars and paparazzi.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:14:56
Friends in High Places - 12/04/2014Small peaks like California's revived June Mountain offer big perks for families: low prices and uncrowded slopes. By Kalee ThompsonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:11
Don't Look Back - 11/18/2014A former flower child revisits her hippie roots on a British Columbia farmstead -- and wonders what might have been. By Barbara GrahamReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:13:44
Walk This Way - 11/02/2014An inn-to-inn trek along the Southern California coast proves you don't need to rough it to enjoy a great autumn hike. By Judith StoneReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:48
Ah, Wilderness - 10/21/2014The 1964 Wilderness Act kept millions of acres in the West unspoiled by man or machine. Does it still work in 2014? By Peter FishReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:15:36
The Great South West Road Trip - 10/10/2014This trip will show you wonders people cross continents to see. The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Painted Desert, By Matthew JaffeReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:17:04
The Lost Coast - 09/15/2014The trees are taller. The beaches are wider. And no one around. Here's how to get lost on California's untamed coast. By Daniel DuaneReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:12:56
Sunset - 09/01/2014The Coast Is Clear: Four beach towns are at their best this month. By Sunset EditorsReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:41
Gold Rush Grape - 08/24/2014Zinfandel, the quintessential California grape, has a rollicking history. But its best days may be right in front of us. By Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:12:02
Sisters Act - 08/18/2014In Central Oregon, a writer finds everything a person could want: comfort, solitude, and revered silence. By Bart BlasengameReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:53
Off the Hook - 07/28/2014In a sea of grim news about fish, West Coast albacore is one you can eat without worry. By Margo TrueReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:42
Life Preservers at Zuma - 07/19/2014Zuma is a sandy, sun-kissed, much-loved L.A. beach. It also has nasty rip currents-and nearly mythic lifeguards. By Caroline PaulReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:13:41
Happy Campers - 06/30/2014A week in the Sierra wilderness with your family...and your neighbors? Learn about world of San Francisco's official city camp. By Chris ColinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:05
Denali National Park - 06/19/2014A visit inspired wild dreams and deep fears, finding moose, grizzly bears, killer squirrels, and unforgettable majesty. By Steve FriedmanReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:22:15
A Perfect Day in Dundee, OR - 05/29/2014Trailblazing Pinots, decadent goat cheese, and a state-of-the-art tasting room make this an ideal Willamette Valley escape. By Emily GrosvenorReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:05
Wine List Confidential - 05/05/2014A new kind of sommelier takes the pressure out of navigating a restaurant's wine collection. By Sara Schneider.Reader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:45
Nervous Energy - 04/24/2014Billions of barrels of oil lie in the Monterey Shale. The windfall from tapping into that cache could be mind-blowing. So could the damage. By Barry YeomanReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:24:27
The Rail Thing - 04/13/2014Ample legroom, nonstop scenery, chilled martinis instead of traffic jams: Welcome to a new era of priviate train travel. By Chris ColinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:16:14
Growing the Good Life - 03/23/2014For one Santa Barbara gardener, harvest season never ends. Here, secrets from her extraordinary, ever-changing edible garden. by Kathleen BrenzelReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:06:20
Show and Tell - 03/03/2014At California's Legoland, a blind dad and his 6-year-old daughter build memories, one brick at a time. by Ryan KnightonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:55
America's Next Top Noodle - 02/16/2014Ramen has had its share of glory. Now meet udon - and the man who'll show you how to make it a star in your kitchen, by Jessica BattilanaReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:56
Chasing Warerfalls - 02/11/2014On Washington's wet and wild Olympic Peninsula, a couple in search of the perfect cascade learns to go with the flow. by Mac McClellandReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:56
Sonoran Desert Escapes - 01/18/2014The spas, the palms, the golf - sunny Arizona's charms have been luring the weary snowbound for decades. Its biggest appeal? Choices for every budget. by Chris WoolstonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:13
Let It Ride - 09/21/2013Miles from the sparkle of the Strip, cyclists are cashing in on Las Vegas' biggest secret: world-class biking. by Bill DonahueReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:58
Summer Bounty: A Juicy History - 08/15/2013The abundance and variety of the produce we revel in daily have surprising roots--in a dinner 30 years ago, by Janet FletcherReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:06:39
L.A. Confluential - 08/08/2013For 75 years the L.A. River was cemented and largely forgotten. Now the waterway is cast in a new role: a place to dip your paddle. by Eric SmillieReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:40
Sea Change - 08/01/2013Monterey Bay has gone from toxic soup to pristine waters supporting sea otters, whales, and a thriving kelp forest. What we are learning. by Peter FishReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:13:49
Every Week is Shark Week - 07/14/2013"Go nose-to-nose with a great white off Baja's Guadalupe Island, where shark sightings are all but guaranteed." by Ken McAlpineReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:45
The Hotter They Come - 06/27/2013"A hundred years of triple-digit temps can't keep the daring away from Death Valley." by Chris ColinReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:23
Growing Summer - 06/02/2013"In California's Silicon Valley, a farmer is reviving old-fashioned stone fruits - and bringing back a world of forgotten tastes." by Elaine JohnsonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:06:52
The Secret Sierra - 05/22/2013We all think we know California's Sierras. But many of their best wonders are waiting for you to discover them. By Peter FishReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:28
Alaskan Eyes - 05/05/2013"What can you learn about a place by visting it over and over again? In Sitka, one long-lost local discovers ... everything." by Edward Readicker-HendersonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:15
Dahlias, A Love Story - 04/15/2013"She resists! She swoons! She grows obsessed! One writer's unexpected romance with the wacky flower that's wooing gardeners all over the West." by Johanna SilverReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:32
Home on the half-shell - 03/18/2013"The West's only native oyster has been absent for almost a century. But now it's returning to our plates -- and one taste will make you a believer." by Christopher HallReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:32
Way-Out West - 03/09/2013"The food truck revolution that started a few years back just keeps on going--and getting wonderfully wackier, from tandoor-oven moped to a double-decker grilled cheese bus." by Ivy Manning, Alex Pulaski and Joel WarnerReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:05:17
The Great Wine - 02/25/2013"Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the country. So why are some Western winemakers changing everything about it -- and saying it's finally good?" by Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:09:36
Vegas Gets Real - 02/01/2013"The city that prides itself on forgetting everything is coming off one serious hangover. Now a band of visionaries is pushing past the glitz and looking toward the furture. There's this thing called downton. And it's blowing up." by Wayne CurtisReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:00
The Natural - 01/21/2013"For chef Aaron Woo of Portland, a simple beet or carrot is a chance for culinary magic." by Sara DickermanReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:06:22
Low-tech Family - 01/07/2013"A story about a radio-dialing, non-video-gaming, book-reading, low-tech family who call their friends on this corded device: a rotary telephone." by Janelle BrownReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:08:42
A Tale of Two Trees - 12/19/2012"Piney-sweet smell, or perfect branches every year? Real or fake? How the West is changing the way we make that decision." by Bruce BarcottReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:58
Dinner on a Dream Ranch - 12/10/2012"An ambitious new sustainable farming venture, Belcampo pomises to change the meat we eat in big ways, with a pasture-to-plate feast." by Margo TrueReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:44
Wine Country is all yours - 11/18/2012"Sonoma county shows its true colors after the craziness of crush." by Christine CiarmelloReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:03:27
Aurora-watching season heats up - 11/17/2012"The case for why you must go to Alaska when it's cold and dark, just for a chance at the most dazzling view on the planet." by Peter FishReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:03:40
Saving Tonto - 11/12/2012"Across the West, state parks face recession-era budget cuts. But when one Arizona town realized its park was too precious to close, it fought back." by Nora Bruba TrulssonReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:11:40
Wheat's New Wave - 10/24/2012"Thousands of varieties, all with different flavors and uses? It's a whole new world of flour out there, where freshness and variety are revolutionizing the way we bake." by Rebekah DernReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:07:29
On the Ale Trail - 10/15/2012"How do you get the heart of the craft brew craze? Go taste at the source." by Nino PadovaReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:46
This is Pinot Noir? - 09/15/2012"Be the first to try the West's newest--and possibly most startling--white wine." by Sara SchneiderReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:04:46
Dogs Rule! - 09/7/2012"Your pooch doesn't have to be a weekend-getaway deal breaker. These beach towns treat pets like VIPS." by Loren MooneyReader: Cyndee Maxwell00:10:12

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