more about: Northern California

Vacation home rentals, fall camping, ghost towns—and more travel finds

It’s time to plan your weekend! Here with inspiration: our 5 favorite travel finds of the week.

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).

Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

Oktoberfest, an update from ‘The Shining’ hotel—and more great travel finds