more about: Southern California

Where to go this weekend: San Juan Capistrano

The most famous flock in the West returns to this sun-soaked slice of Orange County every March. You’ll want to revisit for its charming shops and historic downtown.

Insider’s Guide: An L.A. designer’s 8 Palm Springs hot spots

L.A. designer Sarah Sherman Samuel loves a weekend escape to low-key but high-style Palm Springs. Here are her must-hit desert gems—for more, follow us on @sunsetmag as Samuel takes over our Instagram feed the week of December 14.

The giving season: A big-hearted classic returns to downtown L.A.

When we heard that Clifton’s Cabinet of Curiosities was soon to reopen, we were intrigued and relieved. Founded in 1932, the downtown L.A. cafeteria was Clifford Clinton’s attempt to bring elegant dining to struggling working people, and it worked—if you think of elegant dining as including giant plaster of paris mountainsides and artificial forests. Which we do.

The giving season: How one California restaurant chain is making a difference

It takes a village … or maybe just a restaurant. Back in 2009, Tender Greens, a “fine casual” chain based in Culver City, California, began hiring teens who were too old for foster care but far from independence. In 2012, the company launched what it calls the Sustainable Life Project: an internship program for such kids that goes way beyond teaching them to cook. In a six-month stint, interns work in a Tender Greens kitchen, go on field trips to farms, learn how to manage […]