New beginnings, new settings, new successes for Editor-in-Chief Matt Bean in his February/March 2019 editor’s letter

Harbor House Dining Room
Brendan McGuigan

Harbor House is a modest inn with views that are anything but. Perched on the Pacific Coast outside of Mendocino, the 1916 property frames a rugged coastline pierced by spears of rock jutting from the ocean. The coast hasn’t changed much over the past century, but the culture around it sure has. In many ways, the 10-room lodge formed for us the perfect backdrop for a more contemporary story of West Coast success.

In 2015, the sisters Ali and Sam Blatteis launched the Berkeley-based Home Base Spirits distillery, catapulting themselves into a gold rush of Western whiskey production that has exploded over the past decade. We chose Home Base for our cover because their approach is decidedly western—they’re focused on sustainable production methods and support as many farmers and local businesses as possible. But we also chose them because their company is approachable, inviting, and transparent—three qualities we aspire to here at Sunset

The West was built on change, and as the world evolves Sunset must adapt. Our core task is to serve you, the readers and viewers who have helped the magazine forge a legacy spanning 120 years. In the months to come, we’ll be introducing new features to the magazine and announcing a series of exciting new digital initiatives. Reach out with your thoughts however you’d like to. 

And above all, thank you for being a part of this adventure.