The top trends, openings, and exciting developments we're eager to watch around the West this year
Photo by Ashley Davis Tilly; written by Aislyn Greene
Programs have sprouted in Boulder (pictured) and San Francisco, but with bike-savvy cities like Portland jumping on board this spring (and one likely on the horizon in Seattle), the concept has hit the mainstream.
Photo by Mark Greenberg (courtesy of Virgin Galactic); written by Aislyn Greene
Virgin chief Richard Branson confirmed in July that Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight to outer space is expected to take place in 2013. Branson and his two adult children will be on board and, for just $200,000 a pop, you can join them for the 2.5-hour flight, which will fly 60 miles above the earth and include five minutes of weightlessness.
Photo by Paul Costello
We love Ace Hotel's three Western locations, in Palm Springs (pictured), Portland, and Seattle. Each brings its own sense of place to the overall quirky-cool vibe the brand is known for. And coming this fall, a fourth Ace Hotel opens in the West, in L.A. We can't wait to see the new property's take on vintage room furnishings, outdoor lounging, and little in-room perks.
Photo by Kimberley Navabpour; written by Johanna Silver
We’re all for reuse, but it’s got to look good. We’re expecting more and more examples of repurposing done right, like this garden path made from 100% scrap materials.
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Photo by E. Spencer Toy; written by Johanna Silver
Starting vegetables from seed is cheaper than buying seedlings at the nursery. It also opens up much more diversity of varieties to choose from. And for the next crop of gardeners looking to get in touch with the soil, it’s the only way to go.
The 20-Minute Gardener is the latest installment in the Sunset Western Garden Book series, hitting bookstands in February. Expect simple techniques, quick projects, and top plants for easy care that will have your garden looking awesome in no time.
Photo by Alexandra Grablewski/ Getty Images; written by Amy Machnak
The secret is out! Juicing vegetables like kale, carrots, beets, and parsley is a great way to bump up your daily intake. And it tastes amazing to boot. Luckily, with the increase in sales for industrial juicers and new juice bars popping up all over, getting a fresh veggie libation is easier than ever.
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Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak
After a few years of crazy creative cocktails made by mustache-wearing mixologists, we predict classic drinks will come back with gusto. Expect to see martinis and Manhattans poured with locally distilled, small-batch spirits. After all, what better way to show off the true craftsmanship of a hearty rye or an aromatic gin than simply serving it straight?
Photo by Jeffery Cross; written by Amy Machnak
Move over salmon and gouda, you’re about to get some smoky companions. Thanks to new kitchen tools like smoking guns and ingredients like smoked sea salt, the flavor of smoke is penetrating other foods. We’ve recently seen fish tacos with smoked mayonnaise and a drink using smoked ice cubes. To all of the above, we say: Which way to the smoking section?