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Sunset celebrates the promise of the West. We expose you to the experiences and advantages only the West can offer, so you'll never forget why you live here. Review

Who Reads Sunset?
Sunset celebrates the promise of the West. It covers travel, garden, home, and food, guiding readers to experiences and advantages only the West can offer. Sunset provides foolproof yet adventurous recipes, step-by-step gardening information, ingenious designs for homes and outdoor-living spaces, and travel discoveries for day trips and weekend escapes. It inspires its audience with new ideas and show them how they can easily make them their own. Sunset focus on serving homeowners in the 13 Western states, with content customized into five editions: Northern California, Southern California, Northwest, Mountain, and Southwest. Localized content for each edition includes a five-page Weekend Guide and garden advice tailored to the distinct growing conditions in each area.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Weekend Guide for 5 different regions: What to do close to home right now: city day trips; new shopping and dining experiences; hiking and other outdoor activities; romantic getaways and quick vacations.
  • Taste Journey: The top food/travel destination each month, from a great seafood joint to a stellar sparkling winery.
  • Design That Works: What makes a great outdoor living space? We break it down.
  • Garden Checklist: How to keep your garden thriving each month.
  • Natural Home: Innovative, eco-friendly home decor and remodeling ideas.
  • Fast & Fresh: Delicious dishes, ready in 30 minutes.
  • Wine in the West: Perfect pairing ideas and the best bottles to buy.
  • Features: An in-depth look at how to experience the best of the West, such as “The Last Great Ski Resort, “Secret Grand Canyon,” “Lavender Fields of Dreams,” or “Western Wine Awards.”
Magazine Layout:
Sunset’s photos and design elements work together to invite readers to get out and experience the West for themselves: to visit the destinations, grow the gardens, cook the food. Photographs are simultaneously inspirational and informative; "Design That Works" departments draw out specific takeaway lessons from the photos. Functional maps in each month's Weekend guide make it possible for readers to grab the issue and go. Step-by-step photos and captions spell out how to lay a gravel path or carve a turkey. .

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Sunset is written by people who live in the West for people who live in West. Our staff writers are recognized experts in Western travel, garden, home and remodeling, food and wine. Major voices in the West, such as Jane Smiley or Tobias Wolff, are sometimes invited to share their perspectives.

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Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Sunset is both honest and inspirational. Its ideas and recipes are tested and refined in the contributors’ own travels, test kitchen, test garden, and Idea Houses. Unlike other lifestyle magazines, Sunset is not for “armchair readers.” The stories are written for people who want to get out and do: go, garden, build, and entertain.

Advertisers are a mix of major brands such as airlines, cruise lines, wine makers, and manufacturers of remodeling materials, looking to reach the active, engaged Westerner. Unique to Sunset is the regional “Travel Directory,” which delivers information and special offers from local destinations.

  • 2007 Maggie Award (from Western Publications Association): Best regional or state magazine
  • 2007 American Graphic Designer Award for Sunset Outdoor Living
  • 2007 Horticultural Communication Award to Sunset Garden Editor Kathleen Brenzel

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
  • ASIN: B00005NIOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This USED to be a good magazine. November 30, 2009
By tmagent
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I subscribed to Sunset for years, like 25 years and then gave it a rest about 3 years ago because it wasn't of much interest to me. I recently subscribed again when Amazon did a sale on this. What a total waste of money.

Sunset used to have a large section on gardening and things to do in your garden for each month. They also recommended new and different plants, sources to obtain them, what to plant and when, etc. This latest December issue had one stinking page with a new rose variety on it, nothing about how to prepare your garden, basically nothing at all. It did have an article in the gardening section on how to create a table centerpiece from pine cones and pine branch clippings. Wow! How unique.

What this entire magazine has become is a strange food magazine with a couple of travel articles on where to find expensive restaurants in the state.

Sunset should return to what it once knew how to you how to build an outdoor project, focus on gardening and landscaping, places of interest in the West, home improvement projects, and toss in a decent recipe each month. It seems as if those days are long gone and no wonder it's not a staple at the supermarket checkout any longer.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars feel closer to the places & people of the west! December 22, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I first came across Sunset after moving to Oregon and seeing it in a local store. Wanting to immerse myself in all things related to my new home, and hoping this was the regional equivalent of Southern Living (which Amazon[.com] also sells and which I recommend heartily), I bought the current issue. After looking through the copious pictures, travel news, and recipes, I immediately sent away for a subscription, and I've not been disappointed by any issue I've received.
Every month, I've seen places in the area that I wouldn't have known about, or maybe wouldn't have had time to take a trip to see. The recipes every month have also sounded very tasty, though until now I haven't actually tried to use any of them. The only weakness I see is that, for a regional monthly magazine, it's a little skimpy in its listing of upcoming local events, even for "large" cities like Portland. However, over the long term that won't matter much - these are magazines you'll want to keep long after those lists are stale.
I've just had to relocate away from Oregon for employment reasons, but this subscription is like a monthly present from the area, reminding me why I moved there in the first place, and bringing bits and pieces across the country into my new home. Just writing this has got me anxious to try a recipe or two, as I'm sure they, like the magazine, will bring back the "flavor" of the region for me once more.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Memory of My Grandmother December 30, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
My Grandmother used to give me all her Sunset Magazines when she was done looking through them. Now my Aunt is carrying on the family tradition of keeping a subscription going.

A unique feature in this magazine is the Recipe Index. You can also find ideas for Travel and Recreation, Garden and Outdoor Living, Home and Design and of course Food and Entertaining. The monthly columns are quite unique. Like in the December 2001 issue, Peter Fish wrote an article about The voice of Christmas which is about Bing Crosby.

In the middle of the magazine, you can find a postcard that says: Information worth sending for. They do all the work for just have to circle the information number to receive information on everything from International Travel to products you see advertised. They never leave you wondering where to find a unique product as they have a "Sources: Where to Find It" section.

The Holiday Section always has me dreaming! Who would not want to walk on the Multnomah Falls Trail in Oregon or stand on a log bridge over a river and just dream a day away. Sometimes I would just like to dissolve into some of the pictures. Especially the last issue, where they showed a cabin in the woods with Christmas Lights in Stehekin, Washington.

If you live in Washington, this is a MUST HAVE!

The January 2002 issue has an article on kayaks and a recipe for French Cream with Blueberry Pudding.

Reading this magazine is really almost a family traditon!

~The Rebecca Review
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunset Fills You With Visions of the Western U.S. January 22, 2006
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Sunset is a magazine dedicated to the people, culture, and lifestyle of the American west. This magazine divides its space among many different topics, such as food and entertainment, travel, recreation, gardening and more.

I have been reading this magazine for about six months now and there are several things about it that make it worthwhile. The thing that stands out the most are the photographs, and I'm not talking about just the stunning scenery one normally associates with the West (like the National Parks or the coastline). Even the ordinary pictures are striking. In the Gardening section, for example, it is common to find pictures of family homes that have beautifully landscaped yards full of blossoming flowers and colorful plants. In the Home & Design section, one can find nice photographs of home interiors, showing different designs and furniture.

One of the most unique qualities of Sunset is the fact that it is published in five different editions. There is a specially designed issue for the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia), Northern California (Northern California and the majority of Nevada), Southern California (Southern California and Hawaii), The Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, and the Las Vegas area of Nevada), and Rocky Mountain (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah). This is a nice idea and it's one that other magazines should consider emulating. Based on where you live or where you have an active interest, this will be the region that your issue spends its pages covering. My subscription is for the Northern California region, so I am treated each month to articles about places like San Francisco, Sacramento, Reno (Nevada), Lake Tahoe, etc.
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