FIRE AND WATER If an epic firework dis- play tops your list of musts for a happy Fourth, you can’t do much better than Tahoe South’s Lights on the Lake — the largest fireworks show on the West Coast. Lake Tahoe has collected some serious acco- lades in the past couple years (voted Best Lake in America by USA Today readers last year and Yahoo’s eventh best lakeside vacation worldwide this year), so this summer’s Fourth of July festivities, which typically draws crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands, may be the craziest — and most impres- sive — to date. Viewers will enjoy 25 minutes of choice fireworks choreographed by Pyro-Spectaculars to top 40 hits from the past and present. The show starts at 9: 45 p.m. sharp, and facilitators recommend the Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Edgewood Tahoe, the Tallac Historic Site or a boat for optimal viewing. tahoesouth.com CALIN VAN PARIS
Room With a View
These smartphone apps will help
enhance any experience and maybe
even give you a few fresh ideas for
local fun. C.V.P.
• EVERY TRAIL Leave the guidebook at home and
choose your hike with Every Trail, which offers route
maps, travel tips and options for tracking and sharing your journey. everytrail.com
• MARIN HISTORY MUSEUM Visit hundreds of historical and relevant points of interest with this new
app. Includes movie locations, Coast Miwok sites
and more than 75 shipwrecks dating back to 1595.
TIM S TREE T-PORTER (BELO W)
A multimillion-dollar renovation has brought the Oceana Beach Club Hotel to the top of the Santa Monica
beach hotel scene. The property features 70 suites — many with ocean views and all with pool views — centered around a refurbished pool area. The seafoam greens, pale blues and bright whites chosen by designer
Anthony Baratta are given a 1960s flair that harkens back to the building’s past incarnation as a beach
residence. The hotel is just a few blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade
and Montana Avenue shopping areas — grab a complimentary beach cruiser bike before you set out. Then
feed the hunger brought on by all that shopping at the hotel’s new Tower 8 restaurant helmed by t wo-star
Michelin chef Josiah Citrin. Rates start at $400. oceanabeachclubhotel.com DANIEL JEWETT
EAT + DRINK
• CALIFORNIA CHEESE TRAIL This list of 150 cheese
makers will take you well beyond Marin but there
are plenty of locals listed here to keep you happy.
• FARMSTAND There’s a wealth of locally grown
food in Marin, and this app will help you find it by
directing you to the nearest farmers’ market.
• WINERY FINDER The No. 1 downloaded app for
Napa Valley, and for good reason. Winery Finder
tracks down free tastings and other offers/deals
nearby — more than 140 wineries are included.
GE T A PHOTO
• POSTAGRAM Postagram converts your Instagram
and other mobile pictures into postcards that can be
sent to your loved ones by mail. postagramapp.com
• SPEAKNPHOTO Skip the shaky video and add
voice to a still shot with this brand new app made
in Marin County. Ideal to share who was at a
meal or on a hike or where you took that beautiful
photo of a sunset.