Sunset Magazine Announces the First-Ever “Sunset Travel Awards” Recognizing the West’s Premier Destinations in 33 Captivating Categories

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From lodging to cultural tourism, outdoor adventure to environmental stewardship, Sunset will honor the West’s most exceptional travel destinations and attractions in its June 2015 issue and on

Sunset Travel Awards

Sunset, the premier guide to living in the West, has announced its first-ever Sunset Travel Awards, honoring the West’s top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and more. Since its founding in 1898 by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, Sunset has established itself as the West’s most trusted source of travel information. The Sunset Travel Awards, which is currently open for entries, will help steer the magazine’s six million readers to the best destinations to match their taste, budget and interests.

In search of the West’s standout travel destinations, organizations and businesses, Sunset will issue awards in 33 different categories. Award entries can be submitted between now and October 31, 2014. Finalists for each category will be selected by Sunset editors and featured on on January 15, 2015. The winners from each category will be voted on by the Sunset Travel Awards Advisory Board, which includes a dozen distinguished travel professionals from across the West. For more information about submission guidelines, the judging process and the complete rules, go to

Sunset Travel Awards winners will be announced in May 2015 and will be featured in the pages of Sunset’s June 2015 issue as well as on For more information and to submit an entry, go to

“Each month, Sunset strives to point our readers in the direction of the West’s ultimate travel attractions, escapes and getaways,” said Peggy Northrop, Sunset Editor-in-Chief. “Our goal with the Sunset Travel Awards is to provide an invaluable travel resource to our readers as well as well-deserved acknowledgment to the tourism and hospitality professionals and proprietors who make our region one of the top destinations in the world.”

25 of the program’s 33 categories require a written application and entry fee. From best hotel pool to best brewery tour, the award categories include a vast assortment of attraction topics. Travel Awards categories include:

  •     Best Beach Town
  •     Best Food Town
  •     Best Ski Town
  •     Best New Cultural Attraction
  •     Best Wine Country Hotel/Resort
  •     Best Luxury Camping
  •     Best Amusement Park Ride
  •     Best Western Cruise
  •     Best Hotel/Resort for Pets
  •     Best Tasting Room/Vineyard Experience
  •     Best Hotel Dining
  •     Best Hotel/Resort for Families
  •     And more!

Additional awards will honor outstanding new public attractions, including best National Park restorations, newly saved historic neighborhoods, expanded open spaces and the like.

Stay up-to-date on the Sunset Travel Awards by liking Sunset on Facebook (, and following @SunsetMag on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest #sunsettravelawards. For the complete set of contest rules visit for more details.

About Sunset
Sunset is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West's best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over six million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partners, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is produced by Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

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