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

A literary festival runs through it

Forest fires, flyfishing, and family drama: Who could it be but Norman Maclean, the Big Sky bard? From July 10 through 14, a new festival called In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean takes over Seeley Lake, Montana, where Maclean and his father built a summer cabin in 1922.

Joyeux anniversaire, Marin French Cheese Company!

Not only has Marin French Cheese Company been around for 150 years (that’s almost forever in Western terms), but it’s also still winning serious national and international awards. So maybe you should help them celebrate.

The Hollyhock House is back, and better than ever

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, in Los Angeles, is one of his most glorious achievements—and one of the most challenged.

The West’s greatest national parks—on your phone!

As amazing as the scenery is in our national parks and monuments, sometimes you need more than sheer beauty to keep everyone engaged while you’re driving along. That’s where Just Ahead comes in.