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.
If you live in L.A. and spend your free time downtown, you may already know Westin Mitchell’s work: His retro-Americana furniture populates Umami Burger and City Tavern. Now you can bring that look home—he’s selling a handful of designs (desk, chair, a few lamps) in limited editions of 800 each, all made in his Arts District atelier. Our pick, which we wish we’d ordered before the holiday-entertaining season kicked off, is the Contour Bar Cart, a chariot-like affair of steel, leather, and walnut. With […]
Stopping at Glenwood Hot Springs after a snowy day on the Western Slope is part of Coloradans’ DNA. After all, that red sandstone bathhouse and vast pool date back to the late 1880s—right after the town of Glenwood Springs itself was founded. As of this past August, though, the grande dame has a little competition.
Along with such best sellers as Rinker Buck’s travelogue The Oregon Trail; William Finnegan’s surfing memoir, Barbarian Days; and the late Ivan Doig’s Montana-rooted novel Last Bus to Wisdom, these fresh picks from some of our favorite booksellers will definitely be on our shopping lists. And maybe, just maybe, our friends and families will see this post…hint, hint. Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers […]
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