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

Not your abuela‘s Día de los Muertos

While I was researching Day of the Dead festivities throughout the West for a Sunset slideshow, I found a ton of great-sounding events of all sizes and kinds. But when I started looking through the photos I’d gathered, the ones of Tucson’s All Souls Procession just blew my mind.

Scratch and sniff: Now for whiskey, too!

If you liked Richard Betts’ Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, which we featured in the February 2014 issue of Sunset, you owe it to yourself to check out the Boulder-based writer‘s latest book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (due out Oct. 6; $22; Houghton Mifflin).

Salmon leather—the next frontier in luxury, and sustainability!

In Alaska alone, some 2 billion pounds of fish waste are dumped overboard or in a landfill each year. To those of us who care about sustainable fish catches, that’s a problem—and an opportunity, at least for entrepreneur Craig Kasberg.

Next up: movie time in San Diego

Looks like there’ll be at least a couple interesting indie films featuring our part of the country at the 14th annual San Diego Film Festival, which runs for five days, starting September 30. One of them, Diablo, is a thriller set in what would soon become Colorado soon after the Civil War. (Okay, it was filmed in Alberta, but that’s the West too.) This world […]