For die-hard Sunset Magazine fans, especially those who have grown up around its gorgeous campus in Menlo Park, this weekend is truly a celebration, even if slightly bittersweet. This is the annual Celebration Weekend, with food, garden and lifestyle experts on hand to meet fans, answer those burning questions and provide all kinds of inspiration, and it’s also the final time this will be held in Menlo Park before the magazine moves north to Oakland and Sonoma, making it a can’t miss event.
Sunset’s seven-acre campus is iconic and a lovely place to visit any day of the year, but this weekend will include demonstrations from chefs, including PBS staples Martin Yan and Joanne Weir, plus more including Liz Prueitt (Tartine Bakery), and Craig Stoll and Antony Strong (Delfina). There will be beer and wine seminars, a small space living feature, travel experts, and seminars on drought-tolerant landscaping and edible gardening. There will be something for everyone, including kids, who can make their own trail mix, paint a terracotta pot, climb a rockwall, sample ice cream, and more.
New this year is Camp Sunset, which I wish was an actual camp because I’d vacation there for sure. This interactive exhibit will share tips for making camping more fun. Participants can participate in a badge program where they earn points by completing activities, like a scavenger hunt and making a camp cocktail. We’ll post more camp cocktail tips from Sunset next week.
The tiny house movement will be represented this weekend, with a small dwelling that shows off what is possible with only 400 square feet. Orlando Soria of Homepolish and HGTV decorated the space and while stunning overall, it features many smaller details that really make it exceptional. During a sneak peek, I took a picture of this wooden pig that I thought was adorable, only to notice later the fantastic tile used for the backsplash.
The showcase cottage is surrounded by a Low Water, High Style landscape that is made up of three different types of areas – more of an outdoor living space, an eating space with a bonsai tree, and a space with raised beds – and each a full of inspiration and may appeal to different tastes. Like inside the dwelling, the small details made this pop, including the way the rocks were assembled as kind of a ground cover in a tree pot.
This is the weekend to have fun, learn something, and say goodbye to this iconic spot. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids 12 and under are free; general admission is $35/$25 in advance. For more information about advance ticket purchase, schedules, shuttles, and parking, visit the Celebration Weekend website.