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17 Catalina Island resolutions for 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 08:09
New Year’s is the time to set resolutions to make a difference in your life. In honor of 2017, here are 17 resolutions for the upcoming year, all of which you can do on Santa Catalina Island.
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4 places to find lunch on the cheap in Avalon

Monday, 19 December 2016 08:45
Do cheap eats exist on Catalina Island? Surprisingly enough, they do. You can get a street taco for a buck, a meatloaf sandwich with soup for $6.50 or a juicy, jumbo burger for $5. Avalon has a lot of great places to have lunch, but cheap-and-easy spots are few and far between. So we're making it simple. Here's a list of a few of our favorite places to go when we're on a tight budget.
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Haunted Catalina tour scares up fun in Avalon year-round

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:00
If you're looking for a spooktacular way to spend an hour or two in Avalon, check out Ghost Tours of Catalina, which offers a city walking tour that promises to introduce you to some of the island's most haunting experiences.
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Celebrate the past at Catalina Island's splashy new museum digs

Thursday, 22 September 2016 16:10
Whether you're a history buff, a vintage movie fan or a baseball junkie, you won't want to miss Avalon's newest addition -- the $10-million Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building, home to the Catalina Island Museum.
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Why limit happy to an hour? Take the Avalon Happy Hour Tour

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:56
A friend of mine says the only thing that makes him happier than a day at Catalina is spending part of that day bar-hopping on the island Happy Hour Tour. He makes a good point. Taste of Catalina's adults-only Happy Hour Tour introduces participants to some of the best watering holes in Avalon.
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Need a day at the spa? Catalina has tons of options for relaxation and rejuvenation

Monday, 08 August 2016 12:33

 I may have been lying on a massage table in Avalon, but I felt transported to the beach of a Greek island.

The location was Island Spa Catalina, where I was trying out the heated sand bed, one of only a few in the United States. The treatment technique is based on ancient Greek concepts, using heated sand to promote comfort. 

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Get away from it all at Two Harbors, on the quiet side of the island

Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:43

I'd heard about the hike to Ballast Point for years. "It's steep," friends said, "but the view is worth it." They were right on both counts.

Ballast Point rises above Two Harbors, a small settlement about 20 miles northwest of Avalon. Summer and fall are perfect times to visit Two Harbors; catch a Catalina Express boat leaving San Pedro in the morning and return in the late afternoon or early evening.

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The Garden-to-Sky Hike: A perfect island adventure

Friday, 03 June 2016 14:56

We were walking up a steep dirt road that wound around the rugged hills behind Avalon. It was mid-morning and a misty fog bank separated Catalina from the mainland, masking our view of the sea. But as we climbed, the hazy clouds lifted and the sun broke through, warming the air and glittering on the water below.

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Have I got a deal for you - a screaming green pier for just $5

Thursday, 26 May 2016 16:16

You know that bright greenish-blue color that jumps out at you when you look at the Avalon Pleasure Pier? I'm told that some people like it so well that they have the hardware store mix up batches of it for their do-it-yourself projects. They call it Pier Green. I think it looks pretty cool from the water, and from the land, too. But I can't imagine living in a house that color.  Or trying to sleep in a bedroom painted that shade.

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Join the lunch bunch for great views and food at the Inn on Mt. Ada

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:09

High on a hill overlooking Avalon, Terri Cooke and her husband, Eugene, just sat down to a memorable lunch at the Inn on Mt. Ada. It's a perfect Catalina Island kind of day: sunny skies, cobalt blue water and gentle breezes. Far below, the couple can see the red-roofed Catalina Casino, pleasure boats rocking in the harbor and two sets of parasailers soaring across the sky.

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Savor the flavors of Avalon with Taste of Catalina Food Tours

Monday, 28 March 2016 16:39

One of the easiest ways for a visitor to fall in love with a place is by exploring its restaurants and trying local food. In Avalon, that means spending an afternoon with Taste of Catalina Food Tours, which offers a couple of delicious ways to get to know the island.

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Psst: This Catalina icon has plenty of Hollywood secrets to share

Monday, 15 February 2016 14:53

Quick now: What do these people have in common? Taylor Swift, Ronald Reagan, the Chicago Cubs, Katy Perry, George Harrison, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood.

You guessed it. Catalina.

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Grab some friends and take an artsy-craftsy island tour

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:16

It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. And it might as well be me and my friends. 
Our task: To turn a lump of brownish-red clay into the colorful ceramic tiles that Catalina has been famous for since the 1930s.

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Five things your kids should do in Catalina before they grow up

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:07

Winter or summer, Catalina Island is jam-packed with fun activities to keep kids excited and busy -- for a day, a weekend or a week. If it happens to be the off-season, so much the better: hotel prices are down, the crowds have thinned out and your odds of seeing whales on the trip from the mainland to the island have increased.

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Searching for a great cup of joe? Six places to find it in Avalon

Monday, 21 December 2015 17:09

Some of us are so addicted to caffeine that we'd be happy to take our lattes intravenously. But you don't need to do that in Avalon, which is filled to the brim with coffee joints that will help you kick-start your day. Whether you're seeking café au lait, Americanos, blended drinks or drip coffee, you'll find it here.

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