From the Editor
10 South Bay Accent
OPENING LINES SOUTH BAY ACCENT
Suddenly, summer is a memory and fall is here. The air is crisp,
nature’s colors are more vibrant and we’re surrounded by musky
scents of earth and spices. Fall brings a bounty all its own, enticing
us to explore and enjoy the season. So, we’ll start with this issue.
Darkness comes earlier now, the sooner for twilight to illuminate
Montalvo Art Center’s fantastical display of light-based sculptures
by renowned artist Bruce Munro. “A Light Touch” by Sheryl Nunnenberg
showcases the artist’s 10 large, dazzling works placed throughout the grounds
of the estate. Munro’s first exhibit on the West Coast is a must-see; here
you’ll learn all about his amazing spectacle, and find out how to experience
it for yourself.
In the South Bay, outdoors is usually the best place to savor any season, so
check out “Cool Hikes for Crisp Days” by writer and guidebook author Ann
Marie Brown. This feature takes readers on a tour of five regional parks with
hiking trails that display the essence of fall. From colorful big-leaf maples and
cascading waterfalls to golden valley views and herds of deer, a walk in the
park has never been so uplifting.
Cap off an excursion with a good meal and turn to our comprehensive
Dining Guide, loaded with signature Best Bites. This is a handy resource
for finding great food for every appetite and budget, whether it’s a cozy new
bistro or a favorite four-star restaurant.
And, always on the lookout for what’s pleasing local diners, we present
“How Sweet it Is Again,” by writer L.M. Archer. This story explores the
attraction of honey—long considered a super-food—and notes an apparent
comeback of honeybee colonies. Included in the piece are tips on where to
sample honey-based food and drinks, along with a few tasty recipes from
chefs and mixologists.
Last fall, the Napa Valley suffered extensively from devastating fires.
Now, one year later, we celebrate the area’s comeback in “Wine Country
Renaissance” by Kathy Chin Leong. This inspiring feature describes the
disaster’s impact on stores, wineries, hotels and restaurants—many left reeling
and scorched—and tells of a hard-fought struggle to rebuild and reopen for
business. With visitors now happily returning to Napa Valley, our story offers
ideas on where to stay and raise a toast to resilience.
Also in this issue are two essential resources, “Private School Open House
Planner,” for parents researching educational options from local private
schools, and our popular “Preseason Holiday Guide,” great for getting a jump
on the season with gifts, getaways and more. Take a look, too, at Style, featuring
vivid fashions for fall; Spotlight, parading imaginative new products;
and Calendar—unmatched for its two full months of fun-filled things to do
and places to go.
So, stash the sandals and bring on the boots; score a soft blanket and a mug
of your favorite hot brew. Then, relax and enjoy autumn’s calm before winter
comes barreling in.
O F E DITORIAL
Contributing Art Director
Ann Marie Brown
Kathy Chin Leong
Mitch La Crosse
On the Cover
Bruce Munro at his recent exhibition
in South Korea. Photographed
by Mark Pickthall
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