While the hotel has always enjoyed a close-to-everything proximity, a 2012 renovation really put Venice
Beach’s Hotel Erwin on the map. The property features beach-worthy pastels with splashes of orange
every where, 119 unique rooms (many with ocean or partial ocean views), delicious made-from-scratch
dishes at chef Adam Steudle’s Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails and crafty cocktails with a sunset view (guests
get priority seating) at the open-air High Rooftop Lounge. And of course, being close enough to hear
the beach barkers also means that guests are in the heart of the action and just a short stroll away from
Muscle Beach, Dogtown skate park, Venice canals, shopping in the Abbot Kinney district, the Santa
Monica Pier, enticing local restaurants and much more. hotelerwin.com DANIEL JE WE T T
As summer wanes and photo libraries swell
with magical images from vacations and
staycations, the potential for digital debris
anxiety syndrome is serious. We asked professional photographer Sean Cope of Sean
Cope Pictures which apps he likes best for
shooting, sharing and storing. M. T.
CAMERA+ A top choice: You can adjust
exposure and focus and use the full suite of
editing tools and filters once you’ve taken
the shot. Then seamlessly share on your
favorite social media networks.
PIC JOINER Combine multiple images into a
collage, add effects and borders, and share
directly to the social site of your choosing.
GOOGLE+ PHOTOS Want to animate your
vacation photos with special effects like fall-
ing snow and floating pink and red hearts?
Google+ Photos lets you do that and more.
PHOTOBUCKE T Two gigabytes of free storage and helpful icons on the site make it easy
to share each and every one of those bytes
on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,
Tumblr, Reddit, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon,
Digg and many others.
FLICKR Photo sites have come and gone,
but Flickr has lasted and improved in the
last decade; here you can upload, edit,
organize and share.
PHOTO SHELTER This site offers tons of
professional tools. Cope uses it to host his
website as well; it enables him to share
private galleries with clients and facilitates
downloads, e-commerce and more.
SHOOT AND SHARE
For those in the Bay Area who love to cruise, there are a few things to
celebrate. This November, join chef Casey Thompson, of the newly
launched San Francisco restaurant Aveline, and three fellow Bravo
Top Chef alumni on a luxury Eastern Caribbean getaway. Guests will be entertained with complimentary
cooking demonstrations, interactive “Quickfire Challenges” and other activities. Looking for something
closer to home? Next year Celebrity Cruises will be launching six adventures originating or ending in San
Francisco, including two round-trip Alaska sailings and two Panama Canal cruises. celebritycruises.com/sf M. T.
Chefs on Board