September 2010

20 top coastal weekends, unplugged island vacations, fish taco nirvana, protecting your home from fire, and more

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Top 20 beach hotels

Don't end summer without sneaking off to the coast — even if it's just for the weekend. Here are our favorite hotels by the sea

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  • healthy living

    New wave fish tacos

    Tradition gets a twist with some of the West's best fish and delicious new toppings

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  • healthy living

    Seaweed

    Fish isn’t the only thing in the ocean worth eating. See why you should give seaweed a chance

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  • Wine in the West

    Great sushi matches

    Pairing with sushi can be tricky––wasabi and ginger?––but fragrant whites are the secret

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  • travel

    Your own private island

    We all dream of that Robinson Crusoe deserted-island moment. Well, it’s time to stop dreaming. We found 10 islands you can have (practically) to yourself

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  • travel

    Day trip: Monterey's wine road

    A day (or weekend) of wine tasting, harvests, and views along Monterey's River Road

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  • Travel

    Farm to fork

    Visiting Glacier National Park? Stick around to explore a nearby valley filled with organic farms and seriously fine food

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  • travel

    The new midnight snack

    Seattle restaurants are staying up late. Really late. Here's where to go after midnight

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  • travel

    The burger gets a do-over

    A handful of Bay Area chefs are reinventing fast food. Here's where you — low-carb dieters and vegetarians included — can find a quick, healthy meal

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  • TRAVEL

    5 shops we love: Laguna Beach

    SoCal designer and sustainable home restorer Steve Jones lets us in on his secret-weapon sources for fun (and never fussy) home decor

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  • travel

    In the spirit

    Seattle craft distilleries are toasting a 2008 law––and, finally, opening tasting rooms around town

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  • Living with wildfire

    5 great firefighting plants

    Creating the fire-safe landscape: what to plant and where to plant it

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  • Living with wildfire

    Rising from the ashes

    After a Southern California family lost their home to wildfire, they made sure its successor was designed to survive the flames

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  • Garden

    Living with wildfire

    This San Diego yard is verdant––and resists wildfires. Follow its lessons for creating your own gorgeous, fire-smart landscape

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