Kicking Off the Outdoor Season with Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend

Sunset Celebration 2011The outdoor season is almost here and I can hardly contain myself. I’m dying to pack up the Cozy Cruizer (see below), drive to a sunny destination and just chill.  I can’t think of a better way to kick off this year’s camping season then to take our first road trip down to Sunset Magazine’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, for their annual Celebration Weekend.

See details at the end of this post for a chance to win 2 tickets and more!

I have never been to the Celebration Weekend but I expect to literally experience all home and garden topics the magazine has to offer in person. If you’re familiar with the magazine, then you know what I’m talking about.  If not, then you’ve been missing out!

Sunset’s Celebration Weekend Lineup

  • Cooking seminars with celebrity chefs
  • Home and garden ideas
  • Regional artisans and exhibitors
  • Wine seminars and tastings
  • Outdoor kitchen ideas
  • Make it Your Own seminars

HGTV's Chip Wade

Chip Wade from HGTV's Designed to Sell

Sunset Celebration Wine Seminar

Take part in wine tastings from local wine makers

Sunset Garden Editor, Kathy Brenzel

Learn tips from garden editor Kathy Brenzel

We’re Arriving in Style!

This modern interpretation of the classic teardrop trailer has yet to venture into California, and Sunset’s Celebration Weekend is the perfect excuse to head south. We bought our Cozy Cruiser over a year ago and we’ve been soaking up the regional landscape ever since (one positive outcome from this dreary economy).

Before we leave I’ll visit Sunset’s online travel guide for recommendations on where to eat, where to stay and what to do in northern California. Trips to Europe will just have to wait until we’ve toured the best of the west.

Cozy Cruiser teardrop trailer

Cozy Cruiser back and side views with Leo the Frenchie

Enter to Win Our Sunset Celebration Giveaway

I want to share my excitement with everyone who loves Sunset Magazine and the outdoors.  Three people will have a chance to win 3 different prize packages. Here’s the scoop:

Vapur Water Bottles

Stay hydrated this summer with BPA-free Vapur Water Bottles

What You Can Win

  • First Prize – 2 tickets to Sunset’s Celebration Weekend on June 4-5th, 1 copy of Sunset Magazine, 2 Vapur Water Bottle
  • Second Prize – 1 copy of Sunset Magazine, 2 Vapur Water Bottle
  • Third Prize – 2 Vapur Water Bottle

How to Enter

It’s super simple.  Just answer one or all of the following questions in the comment section below and we’ll draw 3 random names for the winners. Submit comments by June 2, 2011.

Please note in your comment if you plan to attend Sunset’s Celebration Weekend. We’d hate to award the first prize to someone who lives in North Carolina and has no plans to traveling out west.

  1. What is your ideal summer vacation?
  2. Do you have a favorite summer destination you visit every year? Let me know – I want to go there too!
  3. How has the economy changed your travel plans this summer?
  4. What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard?
  5. What are you favorite summer activities?
  6. Who has a hard time leaving their garden while on vacation? How do you deal?
  7. How do you make sure the garden gets watered while on vacation?

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26 Responses to “Kicking Off the Outdoor Season with Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend”

  1. Marisa H says:

    The economy has prevented my daughters and I to go on our annual little trip to Encinitas, CA. We used to
    go there for a few days, stay at a little hotel right by Moonlight Beach and bask in the sun. Still have great memories
    of those times and look forward to it again.

  2. Joe G says:

    I just spent the morning dealing with our neighbor setting up an automatic sprinkler for our yard while we are gone on vacation. It is always a thrill to find everything still going strong when we get home from a trip. We are going on a trip that is a favorite to have our whole family together on a combination ocean/mountain, historic getaway. Thanks, hope to make it to Celebration this year.

  3. Dawn Christ says:

    3.How has the economy changed your travel plans this summer?

    We’ve had to decide on a staycation instead of our usual visit to the Gulf Coast of Florida :(

  4. Teresa says:

    The economy has made it so that many of the national and/or state parks we normally might visit are threatened with closure. And, if they are open, they don’t necessarily have the same ranger programs that they normally might due to budget cuts. We’ll still explore the outdoors as much as possible!

  5. Whitney says:

    1.What is your ideal summer vacation?
    White sand, clear water… paradise! Also, like cute litte towns with fun shopping and local sourced dining.
    2.Do you have a favorite summer destination you visit every year? Let me know – I want to go there too!
    I go to Daytona Beach, FL with my family for vacation each June.
    3.How has the economy changed your travel plans this summer?
    Wish I could go to New Zealand, but I don’t think that’s going to happen until my paychecks get bigger. :)
    4.What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard?
    I live in Lake Tahoe, so it’s beautiful and lots of fun destinations – deserts, cities, redwoods, beaches, etc. within driving distance.
    5.What are you favorite summer activities? Hiking, biking, beaching.
    6.Who has a hard time leaving their garden while on vacation? How do you deal? Hard to grow gardens in Tahoe. :(
    7.How do you make sure the garden gets watered while on vacation?

  6. Mary S says:

    What is your ideal summer vacation? A beach house rental in Hawai’i or Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.

    Do you have a favorite summer destination you visit every year? Let me know – I want to go there too! Cambria – we’ve been going almost every year for 20 years to get away from the heat. The whole Central Coast is just fantastic.

    How has the economy changed your travel plans this summer? Since our clients aren’t paying as well, we’ll only do Cambria and one day in Pismo, instead of adding Carmel to the front of the trip.

    What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard? For summer, either our backyard or the beach when it’s not crowded.

    What are you favorite summer activities? Swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, fishing

    Who has a hard time leaving their garden while on vacation? How do you deal? I would only have a hard time during the first big spring bloom (going on now).

    How do you make sure the garden gets watered while on vacation? Our house-sitter, and battery-operated timers.

    @ Marisa H – I grew up in Encinitas. It’s still a great little beach town west of the I-5!

  7. Jennifer says:

    1. My ideal summer vacation would be somewhere with a bit to do and a lot of time to relax.
    2. I visit a friend in Cape Cod every summer. Martha’s Vineyard in August is heaven!
    3. I started saving for airfare a few months ago. Staying with friends instead of hotels helps with saving money as well.
    4. I really don’t prefer one over the other: I like each destination for different reasons.
    5. During the summer, I love gardening, wine making, visiting with friends, hiking, and cycling.
    6. I do have a hard time leaving my garden! I ask whoever is taking care of my cat to please enjoy whatever they can from it, even if that means I lose out on some strawberries.
    7. My friends and professional cat sitter have always been good to water my garden. I also try to use drip systems and mulch, most of the garden can live without water for a few days.

    Thanks for the great contest!

  8. Jeanne Hughes says:

    We lived in San Diego for six years, always living blocks from the ocean, so now that we live inland in the bay area I have to go for a handful of beach weekends throughout the summer to sit on the sand, feel the wind, and at least dip my toes in the ocean! This summer we will even go back to San Diego for a weekend to re-live our old life there.

  9. Lisa D. says:

    YES…I’m looking forward to attending Sunset’s Celebration Weekend! I don’t have any plans yet, but would love to spend some time this summer at a vacation house near a warm lake or beach. Before I go anywhere, I have to finish installing a drip irrigation system for my edible garden.

  10. Lance Evans says:

    My ideal summer vacation is staying home (on Orcas Island) and having lots of friends & family visit so we can eat, play, and eat some more. I am in Carmel, CA on June 6 & 7, so I am ready to visit Menlo Park just before that!

  11. Sharon Mitchell says:

    4.What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard?

    Most preferred which was not listed above is Northern California’s wine country. Our favorites are, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. Also, every October, my husband and I hit the road and travel to Paso Robles for wine tasting, followed by a beautiful drive down Highway 46 to the quaint coastal town of Cambria to renew our spirit and enjoy the peacefulness and pristine beauty of California’s Central Coast.

    Otherwise, our backyard which is surrounded by majestic coastal redwoods, is our weekend destination. We enjoy watching nature and just hanging out with our Pug, Buddy.

    We always look forward to the Sunset Celebration Weekend and plan to attend this year’s event.

  12. Jan Geiser says:

    Our favorite summer destination is Drakesbad resort at Mt. Lassen park. Great way to experience the national park and not have to bring too much stuff with you. There is a lovely warm pool at Drakesbad where we spend most of our time.
    Our garden is always watered via sprinklers on a timer, so it is not a problem to be gone on vacation.
    We are hoping to visit the Sunset Celebration this year — we go most years. It is always wonderful.

  13. Maria Ammerman says:

    My ideal vacation took place a few years ago, and I can’t wait to do it again.
    My husband and I rented a dog-friendly beach cottage in Bolinas, CA (Marin County). We and our two dogs began each day with a sunrise walk along the beach and then we spent the day sightseeing at the various lighthouses and points of interest.
    We had delicious seafood dinners at the only restaurant in town, and then we finished each day with a sunset beach stroll.

  14. wendy finch says:

    My garden always dies when we vacation. Texas is hot. My favorite spot to vacation is some where cooler
    than home!

  15. Debbie Durham says:

    Our favorite destination is all of the above! Last year we went to Australia and were able to fit in all of those choices and then came home to enjoy the 4th of July in our own back yard. This year staying in California – we have trips planned to Ventura, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Carmel and Big Sur. Plenty to see here in our home state!

  16. Bummer Dawn! I hope you have a chance to discover a diamond in the ruff somewhere closer to home.

    I love that nature is recession proof. There may not be as many guided tours or ranger programs, but the thrill of discovery is always there. Have fun this year Teresa!

    I’m so envious Joe. Only part of my yard is set up on an automatic sprinkler. We recently visited Wallace, a historic town in Northern Idaho, on the way back from Glacier Nat’l Park last year. It was bustling with tourists and locals enjoying a sidewalk sale. I love stumbling on charming little towns during road trips.

    Sorry to hear about your annual trip to Encinitas Marisa. I have to remind myself constantly that memories are just as important as looking forward to the next trip. Our society seems to encourage us to always look for the next best thing.

  17. my favorate place to visit is Yosemite national Park,but I am not going this year. I am trying to schedule a trip for next year. I am more careful of how much money I spend on food when I travel. I like to travel to cities, beaches and mountains. I love to travel during the summer to the ocean. I have family or friends look after my home and garden.

  18. Selena Cate says:

    At the beginning of each summer I have the desire to get a vintage trailer and drive across the country attending auctions, estate sales and garage sales. We would try to avoid any freeways and instead explore America on the backroads. This year we are hoping to drive down the 101 and do a little of this sans the vintage trailer. I’m local and live in Sonoma County. I’d adore winning this. Thx.

  19. New Zealand is definitely on my list of places to visit before I die Whitney. I hear it’s an outdoor lovers dream. I used to live in Arizona but didn’t garden then. I can’t imagine the prep work involved in amending the soil.

    Thank you for the reminder Mary! I need to dig through my Sunset back issues and pull out the road trip they featured about California’s Central Coast. I remember reading about Cambria.

    I’ve learned my lesson the hard way Jennifer about making time to relax on vacations. I remember one of our first trips to Kauai. We planned an activity almost every day and were exhausted by the time we got back. We needed a vacation from the vacation!

    We live about 1 hour from the Oregon coast, 1 1/2 from the mountains and about 2 hours from the city. I love living in the middle of everything. I just wished I lived closer to the California coast line Jeanne!

    You are so ahead of me this year Lisa. I’m leaving for Sunset in a few days and not all of my irrigation is set up. I hope it keeps raining while we’re gone.

  20. Laurie Okuno says:

    We have favorite local summer destinations that we visit every year for day trips or overnight. They include Healdsburg, Napa, Carmel, and Monterey.
    We are looking forward to the Sunset Festival for new ideas for vacations on the West coast.

  21. Love the trailer Jayme! Don’t laugh but I pitch a tent in my garden every summer and sleep in it for an instant staycation! I even have a little outdoor fire and cook outside, hehe.

    If you’re going to be traveling down I-5 I suggest stopping in Mount Shasta CA and go to the Mt. Shasta City Park, there’s beautiful gardens and the headwaters to the Sacramento river start right there! Heading south down on I-5 past Mount Shasta is a town called Dunsmuir famous for the “The Best Water on Earth!” . There’s two waterfalls that are worth a look. The easiest one to get to is called Hedge Creek Falls in north Dunsmuir (right off I-5, very easy to get to). The other is called Mossbrae Falls. Take a drive through Dunsmuir and fill your water bottle up and the entrance to the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

    Those are my tips! :) Here’s to an awesome summer! Woot!

  22. L Leong says:

    Attending the Sunset Celebration is an annual tradition in our family, so yes! we will be going this year :)

    What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard?

    I definitely prefer visiting cities, there is always so much to see, and each is filled with its own unique attractions!

  23. Judy L says:

    Looking forward to attending my annual trip to the awesome Sunset Celebration Weekend!!

    What is your ideal summer vacation?

    I love a good staycation, where I don’t have to worry about a fixed schedule, and just get a chance to explore my own “backyard.” :)

  24. Jeff says:

    I will be going to this years Sunset Celebration, had a great time last year too.

    The economy has changed my vacation plans, I’ve been meaning to take a much needed vacation this summer, but can no longer afford it.

  25. Christine Rios says:

    What is your ideal summer vacation? Sun, sun, sun and more sun!
    Do you have a favorite summer destination you visit every year? I am up for something new every year
    How has the economy changed your travel plans this summer? I have avoided doing shorter trips earlier in the year to save up for a big trip during the summer.
    What kind of destinations do your prefer – beaches, lakes, mountains, cities or your own backyard? Beaches!
    What are you favorite summer activities? Being lazy in the sun :)
    Who has a hard time leaving their garden while on vacation? How do you deal? No garden for me.
    How do you make sure the garden gets watered while on vacation? City living = no garden problem.

  26. K.L. says:

    Yes, I definitely am attending the awesome Sunset Weekend this year!!! Can’t wait.

    My favorite summer activities are definitely enjoying the wonderful summer fruits, berries etc! Love eating watermelon under the summer sun, and love swimming!

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