Christine Ryan
Born and bred in New England, I lived in New York City for far too long. Ten years ago, I moved to the Bay Area, giving in to the inevitable gravitational pull of the fog. (I hate heat and humidity, and am not really sure what took me so long.) My favorite season is fall, and the best thing about San Francisco is that it feels like fall almost all year long.

What is your Westphobia?
Skiing in powder: A friend of mine says, “You just have to use the force,” but I don’t have access to that particular force.

What’s your Sunset confession?
I love to drive. I’ll drive anywhere, anytime. I even love my commute. I’m waiting for someone to give me a Tesla for Christmas, though, so I can stop feeling guilty about it.

Red or white? Lake house in the woods or oceanfront beach
cabin? Camping or B&B?

Red. Beach cabin, so I can watch the waves, and maybe learn to surf. (Also, lakes plus woods=mosquitos, or at least they did when I was a kid back east.) Camping or B&B? Two different kinds of hell: no bathrooms in one and the possibility of overfriendly host and/or guests in the other. But if you merge camping and B&Bs, you get the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite, which I absolutely love. I can’t explain this.

Dream getaway in the West?
Three-way tie between the Hotel Del in Coronado, the Briar Patch Inn in Sedona, and the Andiron on the Mendocino coast. Oh, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos. And the Murray Hotel in Livingston, MT, and the Lightning Field in New Mexico. So make that a six-way tie.

Recent Posts By Christine Ryan

Who Says Thanksgiving Traditions Have to Involve Food?

                Or, at least, eating food. A group of us cyclists in San Francisco like to mark the holiday in a combined athletic/artistic way using a newish genre called Stravart. (It’s named for the San Francisco-based website Strava, which lets you track your rides or runs by GPS.)

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same…

Exhibit 1,865 (or so): The just-published coffee-table book Mark Twain’s America, by Harry Katz and illustrated with a multitude of images from the Library of Congress. Sounds dusty, dry, and historical, right? Hardly!

A New Museum for Stanford—and a New Neighbor for Us!

On September 21, the Anderson Collection building opened at the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University—our frequent partner-in-crime when it comes to celebrating the West.

At the Corner of Hollywood and… Santa Fe?

Not that we’re taking sides in the debate over film-production tax credits—what they do (or don’t do) for the economies of those states, such as New Mexico, that offer them, and what harm they’re wreaking (or not wreaking) on the entertainment industry back in greater L.A. But one thing we do approve of: the diversity of landscape appearing on our […]