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Catalina Island CatalinaExpress.com INSIDER’S GUIDE TO CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE TAKE ME WITH YOU COMPLIMENTARY ISSUE Island of Romance 2 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Santa Catalina Island Company877.778.8415 | VisitCatalinaIsland.com CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 3 There’s more to see and do than ever before on Catalina Island. Indulge in luxury at Island Spa Catalina, the first experiential spa featuring a soaking pool, ocean-view relaxation deck, spa café and eucalyptus steam room. Then delight in beachside cocktails in a private cabana or chaise lounge, and dine al fresco at Descanso Beach Club. New American cuisine at Avalon Grille, scrumptious sweets at Ben’s Bakery, or grab-and go essentials at Descanso Fresh await. And to truly excite your senses, the Santa Catalina Island Company also offers more than 25 land and sea adventures, including the Zip Line Eco Tour. 4 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Catalina Express Magazine © 2016 is an official publication of Catalina Express and is published under contract by Philips Publishing Group. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission. DISCLAIMER: References herein to any specific products, services or events do not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by Catalina Express or Philips Publishing Group. PUBLISHER PETER PHILIPS [email protected] 206.284.8285 EDITOR/WRITER ROSEMARY MCCLURE [email protected] Rosemary McClure is an award-winning Los Angeles-based travel writer. Her articles regularly appear in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Travel and other national publications. ADVERTISING SALES ELAINE VAUGHAN [email protected] 310-350-0352 DESIGN MARILYN ESGUERRA COVER ART GARY MILTMORE What’s Inside Welcome Aboard 6 Relax and Enjoy the Ride 9 Celebrating 35 Years 10 Meet the Fleet 12 Dining at Catalina Express Terminals 14 Ride Free to Catalina Island Introducing Catalina Island 16 15 Wacky and Wonderful Details 17 Your Guide to Avalon-Speak 18 Santa Catalina Awaits 19 Island History 20 Location, Location, Location: 5 Places to Propose Lodging 22 Avalon Map and Catalina Express Hotel Accommodations 25 Bay-View Hotels 26 Perfect Vacation Rentals 28 Island Hideaways De-stress and Unwind 30 Avalon Spas Memorable Events 30 Unique Event and Party Venues Activities 34 Thrill Rides: Get a Taste of Adventure 37 Into the Deep: Dive Into Catalina’s Lush Waters 38 Kayak, Fish, Snorkel and More 40 Kid-Friendly Island Fun Dining 42 Restaurants for Lovers, Families and Friends 44 Hitting the Sweet Spot Shopping 47 Find that Perfect Something Events 52 Events Calendar 55 Summer Events, Catalina Island Museum Events Beyond Avalon 56 Two Harbors 58 Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Adventure 59 Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden 60 Take a Hike 62 Catalina Island Map, Camping Information, Baggage Limitations Ports of Departure 64 Long Beach 65 Dana Point 66 San Pedro 400 Oceangate, Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90802 Information & Reservations 562.485.3300 • [email protected] philipspublishing.com 206.284.8285 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 5 Everything Hand Made205 Crescent at Whittley310-510-2440iCatalina.comAFISHINADOSFlying Fish ToursSunset CruisesPerfect Island DaysPrivate PartiesIsland TransportSpecial Events CruisesNothing Imported 6 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 It is my pleasure to welcome you aboard the Catalina Express. I was born and raised on Catalina Island and I invite you to experience everything this unique destination has to offer. On your birthday, Catalina has even more to offer with a free ride on Catalina Express and lots of surprises in store all over “Birthday Island.” From one converted fishing boat in 1981 to a fleet of eight modern, fast boats, we’ve come a long way. Now we carry over a million passengers a year with up to 30 daily departures to Avalon and Two Harbors from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. On behalf of the Catalina Express staff and crew, I want to convey my appreciation for choosing to ride with us. Have a great time on the island and we look forward to seeing you on board again soon. Greg Bombard President and CEO, Catalina Express Stay in Touch Follow us for contests and island updates! CONTACT US 562.485.3300 [email protected] 400 Oceangate, Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90802 OTHER WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH Sign-up for our monthly enews and get the insider scoop on our blog at CatalinaExpress.com REQUEST ADDITIONAL COPIES of the Catalina Express Magazine please contact [email protected] Relax and Enjoy the Ride WELCOME ABOARD CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 7 CHECK-IN, PAYMENT & TERMS Check-in is required at the terminal one hour prior to departure; reservations are subject to cancellation at 15 minutes prior to departure. Credit card guarantee required for advance reservations. Online reservations are paid at time of reservation. Master Card, Visa, American Express. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Ticket change fees apply. Schedules, prices and terms subject to change without notice in accordance with the California Public Utilities Commission. BAGGAGE Baggage allowance is two bags per person, maximum of 50 lbs. per bag; tagged with identification, maximum dimension of 37” x 23” x 23”. One additional piece of carry-on must fit beneath a seat. Additional information is available for allowances of strollers, pets, scuba gear, bikes and more through the customer contact center. U.S. Coast Guard prohibits flammables, combustibles, batteries, firewood, camp stoves etc. For details visit us online at CatalinaExpress.com. CAMPERS AND DIVERS Special travel tips for campers and divers on page 58 or visit CatalinaExpress.com EXTRA LUGGAGE? OVERSIZED OR OVERWEIGHT? For extra luggage or oversized/ overweight parcels, contact Catalina Flying Boats. This company will deliver “same day” to your hotel, front door or campsite in Avalon or Two Harbors. Call for quotes and to make advance arrangements for your extra/ oversized luggage. Located in Long Beach, we encourage campers, groups and those with extended stays to make advance reservations. Long Beach office: 800.834.3254 Avalon office: 310.510.1403 SAFETY FIRST Safety aboard the Catalina Express vessels is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following important travel advice: • LISTEN TO THE CAPTAIN’S ANNOUNCEMENT made at time of vessel departure. The instructions include the location of life vests and rafts, moving about the vessel, non-smoking policy and more. • PAY ATTENTION TO THE CREW MEMBER’S demonstration of donning the life jacket. • TAKE CARE WHEN MOVING THROUGHOUT THE VESSEL. Children are to remain seated. • ALWAYS FOLLOW ANY INSTRUCTIONS of a uniformed crew member. • UNRULY PASSENGERS WILL BE REPORTED to the United States Coast Guard. COMMODORE LOUNGE Why not ride in style? For a $15 upgrade each way, Commodore Lounge passengers enjoy priority boarding, comfortable seating in a more intimate lounge environment and a complimentary beverage with packaged snack served by cabin attendants. The upperlevel lounge offers leather-trimmed seats that are wider, recline for comfort and there are seat-to-ceiling level windows for great ocean views. Pets are not permitted in the Commodore Lounge. Commodore Lounge is available on the Catalina Jet, Jet Cat Express and Starship Express. CAPTAIN’S LOUNGE For increased privacy and exclusivity, upgrade to the Captain’s Lounge. The Captain’s Lounge offers preboarding privileges, four complimentary beverages, amenities and plush seating. The Captain’s Lounge can accommodate up to 6 passengers from San Pedro/ Long Beach for a $60 upgrade per party over normal fare (room charge) or 8 passengers from Dana Point for an $80 upgrade per party. Catering is available for passengers traveling in the Captain’s Lounge. Call 562.485.3200 ext. 4, Monday-Friday. Captain’s Lounge is available on the Avalon Express, Super Express, Islander Express and Catalina Express. Ride in Style with a Seat Upgrade 8 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Nostalgia, History and Sugar Photo Credits: Earnesto Rodriguez Centrally located in the heart of Avalon, Lloyd's of Avalon Confectionery is bound to make your visit sweeter. Perhaps a candy store is common in most resort destinations, but this establishment has a lot more than just candies. Some may ask, what lies behind all of the wonderful delicacies? Lloyd's has been a Catalina tradition for over 75 years. In 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Butts opened a candy shop at that location, and in 1941 named it in honor of their son Lloyd who fought proudly in World War II. Also in 1941, the iconic salt water taffy-pulling machine (a modern marvel at the time) was installed in the front window, charming and mesmerizing generations of visitors, and it still does to this day. You can stand in the very same spot that Marilyn Monroe did (before she became a Hollywood starlet) to watch the taffy go round and round. Marilyn lived in Avalon and was known to visit Lloyd's for treats. Catalina Confections 1941 2016 Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery, sweetens visitor experience since 1941 Since 1941 Candy, Candy, Candy! Nostalgia, History and Sugar Photo Credits: Earnesto Rodriguez Centrally located in the heart of Avalon, Lloyd's of Avalon Confectionery is bound to make your visit sweeter. Perhaps a candy store is common in most resort destinations, but this establishment has a lot more than just candies. Some may ask, what lies behind all of the wonderful delicacies? Lloyd's has been a Catalina tradition for over 75 years. In 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Butts opened a candy shop at that location, and in 1941 named it in honor of their son Lloyd who fought proudly in World War II. Also in 1941, the iconic salt water taffy-pulling machine (a modern marvel at the time) was installed in the front window, charming and mesmerizing generations of visitors, and it still does to this day. You can stand in the very same spot that Marilyn Monroe did (before she became a Hollywood starlet) to watch the taffy go round and round. Marilyn lived in Avalon and was known to visit Lloyd's for treats. 1941 2016 Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery, sweetens visitor experience since 1941 Since 1941 Candy, Candy, Candy! CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 9 315 Crescent Av. Avalon, CA. 90704 (310) 510-7266 www.catalinacandy.com Not only does Lloyd’s continue to offer their visitors traditional classics such as salt-water taffy and fine, handmade chocolates (don’t forget those decadent handdipped chocolate strawberries), but today hosts a wider and irresistible collection in every color of the rainbow. There are hundreds of varieties that will satisfy any sweet tooth! Jellybeans, fudge, gummies, and more, Lloyd’s has it all. Choose from 26 flavors of tasty Dreyer’s ice cream in a freshly-baked waffle cone. There are 16 special flavors of candied apples. Try a Butterfinger or Oreo apple or something from our selection of baked goods. Top it all off with a cup of rich coffee to balance the sweetness. There is even a selection of collectible lunch boxes, and other items that will make your Catalina visit fun and memorable. Grab a bag, fill it up and enjoy! Fresh Avalon, Carmel Apples 40 Fabulous Flavors of Jellybeans 315 Crescent Av. Avalon, CA. 90704 (310) 510-7266 www.catalinacandy.com Not only does Lloyd’s continue to offer their visitors traditional classics such as salt-water taffy and fine, handmade chocolates (don’t forget those decadent handdipped chocolate strawberries), but today hosts a wider and irresistible collection in every color of the rainbow. There are hundreds of varieties that will satisfy any sweet tooth! Jellybeans, fudge, gummies, and more, Lloyd’s has it all. Choose from 26 flavors of tasty Dreyer’s ice cream in a freshly-baked waffle cone. There are 16 special flavors of candied apples. Try a Butterfinger or Oreo apple or something from our selection of baked goods. Top it all off with a cup of rich coffee to balance the sweetness. There is even a selection of collectible lunch boxes, and other items that will make your Catalina visit fun and memorable. Grab a bag, fill it up and enjoy! Fresh Avalon, Carmel Apples 40 Fabulous Flavors of Jellybeans IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE BOAT, a telephone to take reservations and a notebook to write them down. Thirty-five years later, Catalina Express carries more than one million passengers annually—more than Disney Cruise Line and Cunard Line combined. “It’s amazing to see how much the business has grown and changed over the past 35 years,” says President Greg Bombard. From its first vessel—a modified sport-fishing boat—to its current fleet of eight high-speed vessels, the company has had a single mission: to make it easy for Californians to cross the 22- mile channel separating the mainland from Catalina Island. Founded by Greg and his father, Doug Bombard, Catalina Express inaugurated the first year-round passenger service between the mainland and Catalina on July 15, 1981. The Bombard family—Doug’s father, Al Bombard, was the legendary builder/driver of six Miss Catalina speedboats—made landfall on Catalina in 1919. They operated the resort facilities in Two Harbors, serving boaters and outdoor enthusiasts. In the late 1970s, the amphibious planes that delivered tourists to the island began phasing out service. The Bombards and long-time friend Tom Rutter—Greg and Tom were classmates in Avalon—launched Catalina Express to ensure that visitors would be able to reach the island year-round. Their early efforts focused on building the fleet, shortening the time of the trip and increasing comfort and convenience. As the fleet was upgraded, new emphasis has been placed on air quality issues and fuel efficiency to reduce environmental impact. The fleet’s first boat, purchased in Ilwaco, Wash., was the 56-foot Checkmate. After the boat was retrofitted above deck and its diesel engines were turbo-charged, the boat was rechristened the Catalina Express. It could make the trip from San Pedro to Avalon in an hour and a half. Three daily round-trips were scheduled and the service was a hit. Soon there were other boats. Crossing time was cut to one hour in 1989, and other departure points were added in Long Beach (near the Queen Mary), Dana Point and downtown Long Beach—now the most popular point of departure. In 2013, San Pedro added a new terminal. And, as Catalina Express celebrates its 35th year of operation, its crews expect to deliver more than 1 million passengers—tourists and otherwise--in nearly 10,000 crossings. “I believe the success of Catalina Express has been made possible because of our loyal customers and employees,” says Greg Bombard. Catalina Express celebrates 35 years A family’s commitment ties the island to the mainland for a million people. Photo courtesy Catalina Island Museum Photo is of Al Bombard’s Miss Catalina speedboats 10 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Meet the Fleet Starship Express Catalina Express Jet Cat Express Catalina Jet Avalon Express Catalina Express Cat Express Starship Express YEAR-ROUND SERVICE Catalina Express offers daily, year-round service to Catalina Island. With up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point. The fast, sleek, smooth-riding boats whisk you to Catalina in about an hour. Advance reservation: CatalinaExpress.com ADVANCE RESERVATION CatalinaExpress.com 800.995.4386 or 562.485.3300 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 11 CATALINA JET Passengers 450 passengers Length 144’ vessel Cruising Speed 35 knots Top Speed 37 knots Crossing Time One Hour Commodore Lounge Available JET CAT EXPRESS Passengers 381 passengers Length 145’ vessel Cruising Speed 37 knots Top Speed 42 knots Crossing Time One Hour Commodore Lounge Available POINTS OF DEPARTURE Specifications Malibu Los Angeles Long Beach San Pedro Santa Monica Dana Point Oceanside Vista Encinitas San Diego Catalina Island 5 15 405 215 405 101 Super Express Islander Express ISLANDER EXPRESS Passengers 150 passengers Length 97’ vessel Cruising Speed 30 knots Top Speed 32 knots Crossing Time One Hour Captain’s Lounge Available CATALINA EXPRESS Passengers 150 passengers Length 97’ vessel Cruising Speed 30 knots Top Speed 32 knots Crossing Time One Hour Captain’s Lounge Available AVALON EXPRESS Passengers 149 passengers Length 95’ Cruising Speed 28 knots Top Speed 32 knots Crossing Time One Hour Captain’s Lounge Available SUPER EXPRESS Passengers 149 passengers Length 95’ Cruising Speed 28 knots Top Speed 32 knots Crossing Time One Hour Captain’s Lounge Available STARSHIP EXPRESS Passengers 300 passengers Length 134’ vessel Cruising Speed 35 knots Top Speed 37 knots Crossing Time One Hour Commodore Lounge Available CAT EXPRESS Passengers 360 passengers Length 97’ vessel Cruising Speed 26 knots Top Speed 28 knots Crossing Time One Hour LONG BEACH Downtown Catalina Landing 320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802 SAN PEDRO Catalina Sea and Air Terminal Berth 95 San Pedro, CA 90731 DANA POINT Located at Dana Wharf Sportfishing 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 UPGRADE TO THE COMMODORE LOUNGE • Priority check-in and boarding • Complimentary bottled water, soda, beer, cocktail or our world-famous Bloody Mary • Reclining, leather-trimmed seating • On-board snack or cookie ONLY $15 EACH WAY. Begin your journey at CatalinaExpress.com or by calling 800.995.4386. 12 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 ARRIVE EARLY AT THE TERMINALS and dine at one of Catalina Express eateries, the Catalina Bistro or Express Grill. Both restaurants can be found in San Pedro’s Catalina Sea and Air Terminal and Long Beach’s Catalina Landing. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a bloody mary, or lunch with a glass of wine as you stroll the waterfront or just enjoy the view. The Catalina Bistro offers new American fare with a bar menu along with an impressive wine and beer list. The Express Grill serves sandwiches, savory soups and salads. Dining at the Catalina Express Terminals For questions about holding special events at San Pedro’s Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, please call 562.485.3200 ext.4, Monday - Friday. THE CATALINA BISTRO EXPRESS GRILL CatalinaBistro.com Long Beach Catalina Landing 320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 562.485.3200 ext.1477 San Pedro Location Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro, CA 310.707.2440 UPGRADED SEATING AWAITS IN THE COMMODORE LOUNGE PP AND Commodore Lounge one way CoCoC mmododod re LoLoL ungngn e $15 RELAX STRETCH OUT Upgrade your journey at CatalinaExpress.com San Pedro’s Catalina Sea and Air Terminal CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 13 4 and 6 seat carts availableTwo convenient locations301 and 625 Crescent Ave., Avalon, CA 90704Enjoy the fun and freedom of renting a golf cart to explore Avalon on your own terms. Wegive you a map, the key and lots of fresh air to take it all in. Drive, laugh, enjoy and don’t forget your camera!(310) 510-0369www.catalinaislandgolfcart.comComplimentary half hour with your one-hour purchase, AND free ice cream at Lloyd’s of AvalonCatalina IslandCatalina Island Golf Cart RentalsGolf Cart RentalsStart With A Cart... Leave With A Memory Birthday Specials (ID required)Download Our Free App For Your GPS Golf Cart Tour of Avalon 14 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 LOS ANGELES RESIDENT Dominic Metoyer took his first trip to Catalina recently to celebrate his 70th birthday. And he got to go there for free. “I had a great time,” said Metoyer as he rode the Jet Cat back to Long Beach at the end of a long day. “I always wanted to see Catalina. This was a really special way to spend my big day.” Metoyer was taking advantage of a special deal offered by Catalina Express: a free round-trip ride on your birthday, available through the end of 2016. All you need to do is register in advance on CatalinaExpress.com or call 800.995.4386. You will receive an email with a birthday code. Use that code when you make your reservation. Bring your birthday pass and a photo ID to the ticket window on the day that you travel and don’t forget, travel must be round-trip and must begin on your actual birth date. You can return any day within the subsequent 30 days after your departure date. That’s all there is to it. Like Metoyer, you’ll be given a special birthday ribbon to wear all day. The ribbon will help you take advantage of more than 50 birthday deals on the island. “I started my day in Avalon with free ice cream,” said Metoyer, smiling. RIDE FREE to the Birthday Island, then collect swag and freebies in Avalon THE BIRTHDAY SWAG • Lunch or dinner • Mini-golf • Parasailing • Coffee • Admission to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden • 10%-25% off hotels • Lodging specials that include free champagne, breakfast, balloons, cookies and afternoon hors d’ oeuvres • 25%-50% off deals on activities such as snorkeling, diving, massage and biking • Gifts or discounts at several Avalon shops • For a complete list of birthday offers: CatalinaExpress.com CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 15 16 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 1 » CARS Cars are so limited on Catalina that it takes 14 years to get a permit to own one. Most people walk, ride bikes or get around in golf carts. 15 Wacky and Wonderful details about Catalina Island 4 » MARILYN MONROE Marilyn Monroe came to the island when she was 15 and lived here for a year during World War II. Her husband at the time, James Dougherty, was stationed in Avalon as a merchant sailor. 2 » STOP LIGHTS The island has no stop lights and few stop signs. 3 » THE FILM INDUSTRY The film industry discovered the island in the 1930s and it became Hollywood’s back lot, used to portray places as diverse as Tahiti, North Africa, the American frontier and the home of that famous mechanical shark, Jaws. 5 » FAST-FOOD Catalina has no fast-food chain restaurants. 6 » GAMBLING Gambling was never allowed at the island’s iconic Casino building. The 12-story circular structure, built in 1929, took its name from the Italian word for “gathering place.” More than 1,500 dancers can whirl and swirl at the same time in its 20,000-square-foot ballroom. 9 » GLITTERATI Among the glitterati who have visited the island recently are Taylor Swift, Barbra Streisand, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. During Hollywood’s golden era, visitors included Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, John Wayne and Henry Fonda. 8 » CHICAGO CUBS The Chicago Cubs conducted spring training on the island from 1921 to 1951 when chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. owned both the island and the team. 10 » BISON A herd of149 bison roam the hills. Fourteen of the animals (sometimes mistakenly called buffalo) were brought to Catalina in 1924 by a film crew, which left them to fend for themselves after the move was shot. They thrived. 7 » TWO COMMUNITIES There are only two communities on Catalina Island; Avalon, with less than 4,000 residents, and Two Harbors, at the opposite end of the island, with about 300 residents. CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 17 12 » OLD BEN The island once had a mascot named Old Ben, a huge sea lion that swam ashore daily from 1898 to 1920. He pulled himself along Crescent Avenue mooching seafood from fishermen and letting people pet him. Nearly a century later, a bronze sculpture of Old Ben sits at corner of Crescent Avenue and Pebbly Beach Road and a bakery in the Atwater Arcade has been named after him. 15 » HOLLY HILL HOUSE Holly Hill House, a stately Queen Anne home with a cupola overlooking the bay and city, was built in 1890. Rumor has it that the original owner, Peter Gano, refused to let women on the property after his bride-to-be jilted him. Others say the story is untrue. 11 » FOX The oh-so-cute, five-pound Catalina Island fox can only be seen here. It’s the smallest fox in North America. 13 » WWII TRAINING GROUND During World War II, tourism ground to a halt in Avalon, so the city reinvented itself as a training ground for spies, commandos, merchant sailors, Coast Guard recruits and other uniformed service members. It saved the island from economic disaster. 14 » SPORT FISHING Big-game sport fishing originated here at the Tuna Club, a members-only club that sits on the bay near the Casino. The late British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, Western novelist Zane Grey and a bevy of Hollywood stars walked the floors of this century-old building. OVERTOWN: The mainland. FRONT STREET: Crescent Avenue, not to be confused with Main Street, which is at Disneyland. THE HILLS OR INTERIOR: Anything outside of Avalon; the open land that surrounds Avalon and extends to the west end of the island that can only be accessed by tour, taxi, private vehicle or on foot. FIVE CORNERS: Where five streets intersect. Falls Canyon, Tremont, Sumner, Eucalyptus & Country Club drive. THE CROSS: Buena Vista Point, just below the Wrigley Mansion. HORNY CORNER: The intersection of Catalina avenue and Front street – generally where teenagers hang out. THE GATE: The card-operated gate that controls traffic between Avalon and the interior. THE MOLE: The Cabrillo Mole, where the boats dock. It serves as a pier and a breakwater. -- Courtesy Taste of Catalina Food Tours and Catalina Island Museum What do they mean? Your guide to local Avalon-speak Photo courtesy: Catalina Island Museum 18 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Island of Romance Santa Catalina awaits NEED HELP? CALL 911 In an emergency immediately call 911. The island is in Los Angeles County and is served by its county emergency services and local fire. CATALINA ISLAND MEDICAL CENTER 24-hour medical care 100 Falls Canyon Rd. 310.510.0700 SHERIFF’S OFFICE Catalina Island and the area between it and the mainland are under the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s jurisdiction. 215 Sumner Ave., Avalon 310.510.0174 FERRY SERVICE Catalina Express 562.485.3300 CatalinaExpress.com ISLAND INFORMATION The Catalina Island Conservancy 310.510.1445 CatalinaConservancy.org The Santa Catalina Island Company 877.778.8322 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Chamber Of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com WEBCAMS Check out conditions on the island via webcams. • CatalinaExpress.com/webcam.php • VisitCatalinaIsland.com/avalon/webcam.php WHILE IN CATALINA IF YOU REMEMBER THE SUNNY LITTLE SONG “TWENTY-SIX MILES,” you probably know that it’s about California’s favorite island destination, Catalina. The tune, which is celebrating a big anniversary, helped establish the island as the perfect romantic getaway when the Four Preps debuted it 60 years ago: “Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me. Santa Catalina, the island of romance, romance, romance, romance… ” While the distance might not be right –it’s only 22 miles from the mainland–the cheery tune has become one of the island’s theme songs. You may well hear it when you visit. Songwriter Bruce Belland said he wrote the chorus after seeing the island on the horizon when he was body surfing at Will Rogers State Beach. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons for the song’s massive popularity: we can all relate to seeing Catalina beckon to us from across the sea. Maybe it’s the mountains, rising starkly from the sea. Or the town of Avalon, clinging to craggy foothills. Or the luxury yachts, riding at anchor in the bay. They all make Catalina a special place. The island seems like a different country, remote, unspoiled and offering a rare commodity: escape. It allows visitors to experience coastal Southern California as it once was. Avalon is clean and safe and offers the quintessential beach town, laid back, but chock full of places to eat, drink and shop. You can lie on a beach, spot undersea life from a semi-submersible submarine, learn how to kayak or stand-up paddle. Or take a trip into the interior of the island to get a better look at old California, experiencing the state as it was hundreds of years ago. Santa Catalina is one of the Channel Islands, a string of eight semi-submerged mountains off the Southern California coastline. Five of the islands in the chain – Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, Santa Barbara and Anacapa – make up Channel Islands National Park. Like Catalina, they contain a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created animals, plants and archaeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. Venture into Catalina’s interior, on a tour or with a permit that allows hiking, mountain biking and camping, and you may see a shy island fox. You’ll probably see some of Catalina’s bison. Fourteen were brought to the island nearly a century ago; 149 now roam the hills. Jack Baldelli, courtesy Catalina Island Conservancy CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 19 Over the past century, Catalina has been a playground for celebrities, presidents and statesmen and been used as a film location more than 500 times. There are only two population centers. Two Harbors, at Catalina’s isthmus, is lowkey and much smaller than Avalon, the main population center. Built on hillsides, Avalon is reminiscent of Mediterranean villages. The town is great for strolling, with a broad beachfront walkway that stretches from the Catalina Express mooring docks to Descanso Beach, a mile away. Palm fronds rustle quietly in the afternoon breeze. Every turn brings a spectacular view of the harbor. It’s a wonderful place to visit year-round. Regardless of the season, you’ll never want for things to do. You can book tours that will take you into the interior, escort you around town or take you under water. You can play miniature golf, tour the casino or look for ghosts on a spirited evening walking tour. Opportunities abound. The only problem you might have is making time for all you want to do. Island History: Schemes, Dreams and Home Runs 8000 BC FORWARD Native American inhabitants settle on the island at least 10,000 years ago. 1542 Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo lands on the island, followed 60 years later by Sebastian Vizcaino, who names it Santa Catalina in honor of St. Catherine. 1800s Sea otter hunters, smugglers, ranchers, Union soldiers and miners come and go. 1890s Tourism begins to bloom; by 1910 the first of hundreds of movies is shot on the island. 1919 Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. gains controlling interest in Santa Catalina Island Co. and tourism takes off. He builds the Casino, brings his baseball team the Chicago Cubs to the island for spring training and turns Catalina into the Island of Romance, a major tourism destination for Californians and the nation. 1922 Al Bombard’s Catalina Speedboat Co. begins operations, making Miss Catalina craft. Eventually the company will become Catalina Express. 1932 William Wrigley Jr. dies and his son Philip K. becomes director of the Island Company. Tourism expansion continued. Smugglers, pirates, bootleggers and thieves have all made Santa Catalina Island their home. But so did General George S. Patton, Western novelist Zane Grey and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Here’s a look at the island’s history. 1975 The Wrigleys deed 42,135 acres of the island to the Catalina Conservancy, enabling conservation and restoration of most of Catalina’s interior and 47 miles of its coastline. European Elegance on the Oceanfront 1.888.510.0555 or 310.510.0555 www.HotelVillaPortofino.com ??? Money Saving Packages Available! Hotel and Ristorante VILLA PORTOFINO HotelVP Ad Cat Express Mag Third.indd 5 3/3/14 9:59 AM Descanso Beach 20 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 TAKE THE GARDEN TO SKY hike that starts at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. The hike leads to spectacular views of the Pacific on both sides of the island. You’ll need to pay admission to the garden and get a hiking permit before you set out. CatalinaConservancy.org THE INN AT MT. ADA, which overlooks the island, has a host of possibilities, including the patio, which offers stunning views of Avalon Bay, the town and iconic Casino. There are only six guest rooms at the mansion, onetime home of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada, so be sure to reserve well in advance. VisitCatalinaIsland.com RENT A GOLF CART in the late afternoon and pop the question from one of the viewpoints along the island’s scenic route as the sun’s rays cast golden light on the town and Avalon Bay. CatalinaIslandGolfCart.com Another popular spot for proposals is an oceanfront PRESIDENTIAL CABANA AT DESCANSO BEACH CLUB, which has wonderful views of the beach and Casino, plus the privacy of your own cabana. They’ll help you plan a special dinner. VisitCatalinaIsland.com DREAMING OF TUSCANY? Reserve the front window table at Ristorante Villa Portofino, a classically romantic dinner house with soft candlelight, dark wood and creative regional Italian cuisine. HotelVillaPortofino.com/ristorante LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 5 places to propose Catalina is known as the Island of Romance. What better place to pop the question? It will make a great story to tell the grandchildren. Here are five possibilities; most take you to places with spectacular views. Island of Romance CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 21 www.metropolemarketplace.comHotel Metropole, Catalina’s finest beachfront hotel, features oceanfront suites, complimentary continental breakfast, balconies, free WiFi, rooftop jacuzzi & sun deck.• Metropole Café: home-made soups, salads & sandwiches• Pizza, beer and wine• Island’s best hot dogs & burgers• Arcade and mini bowling• M Restaurant & venue• Full service beauty salon• Jewelry, clothing & artisan gifts• Specialty coffees & freshly baked treats• Natural products & holistic remedies• A Touch of Heaven Spa: massage & facial treatmentsCall: 310-510-1884 www.hotel-metropole.com(310) 510-1633FUN!The BesT Place on The Island To haveShop. Eat. DriNk. play. 22 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Cool Style. Warm Hospitality.See ad on page xx123456789101112131415161718192021OREGONNEVADAIDAHOCALIFORNIA200 CoveAurora HotelAvalon HotelCasa MariquitaCatalina Boat House HotelCatalina Canyon ResortCatalina Island InnEl Terado Terrace HotelGlenmore Plaza HotelHermosa Hotel & CottagesAtwater HotelHotel CatalinaHotel Mac RaeHotel MetropoleHotel St. LaurenHotel Villa Porto no Hotel Vista Del MarLa Paloma /Las FloresPavilion HotelSeacrest InnSeaport Village InnSnug Harbor InnMarilla AveWhittley AveMaiden LnSumner AveSt. Catherine Way Casino WayCrescent Ave.Country Club DrStagecoach Rd.Banning DrPebbly Beach RdBeacon StVieudelou Ave3rd St.Beacon StEucayptus AveCatalina AveDescanso AveClemente AveClaressa AveWrigley RdWrigley RdGreen Pleasure PierHolly Hill HouseOne WayTicket OceWrigley WayTour PlazaDescanso BeachAvalonBeachesChimes TowerLower Terrace RdChimes Tower RdAvalon Canyon RdE. Whittley AveCountry Club DrChimes Tower RdLas Lomas DrCamino Del MonteStagecoach RdMetropole AveKey:Golfcart RentalsBeachesIsland InformationTaxi MHotel AccomodationsPremier boutique hotel of elegance.See ad on page xxFamily owned and operated cozy hotel.See ad on page xxTranquil Established hotel with Victorian Charm.OceanfrontBreakfast IncludedCATEGORY KEYContemporaryHistoricMid-TownUp-TownPrice Indicator Aurora Hotel310.510.0454 | AuroraCatalina.com1 Casa Mariquita Hotel310.510.1192 | CasaMariquitaCatalina.com3 Catalina Island Inn310.510.1623 | CatalinaIslandInn.comVictorian architecture with a contemporary fl are.6 Avalon Hotel310.510.7070 | TheAvalonHotel.com2 El Terado Terrace Hotel800.540.0139 | ElTerado.comMini suites with fully-equipped kitchens.7 Glenmore Plaza Hotel310.510.0017 | GlenmorePlaza.com8Simple CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 23 Tranquil resort nestled in Avalon’s foothills. Simple lodging with diver-friendly service. Hermosa Hotel 877.453.1313 | HermosaHotel.com 9 1920’s historic hotel with a variety of room types. Hotel Atwater 877.778.8322 | VisitCatalinaIsland.com 10 Hotel Mac Rae 310.510.0246 | HotelMacRae.com Best value on the beach! 12 Hotel St. Lauren 800.645.2478 | StLauren.com Enjoy panoramic views of Avalon. 14 Hotel Vista Del Mar 310.510.1452 | Hotel-VistaDelMar.com Distinctive Mediterranean charm and elegance. See ad on page xx 16 Old world charm reminiscent of New Orleans. La Paloma Las Flores 800.310.1505 | LaPalomaLasFlores.com 17 Seacrest Inn 310.510.0800 | SeacrestCatalina.com Charming décor of a Victorian home. 19 Snug Harbor Inn 310.510.8400 | SnugHarbor-Inn.com Romantic Cape Cod themed rooms. See ad on page xx 21 Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island 310.510.0325 | CatalinaCanyonResort.com 5 Hotel Catalina 800.540.0184 | HotelCatalina.com Victorian style hotel with old world elegance. 11 Luxurious guest rooms and stunning VIP Suites. See ad on page xx Hotel Metropole 310.510.1884 | Hotel-Metropole.com 13 European charm on the oceanfront. See ad on page xx Hotel Villa Porto no 310.510.0555 | HotelVillaPortofi no.com 15 Former Wrigley mansion with spectacular views. Inn on Mt. Ada 877.778.9395 | VisitCatalinaIsland.com 4 Tropical garden landscape steps from the beach. Pavilion Hotel 877.778.8322 | VisitCatalinaIsland.com 18 Seaport Village Inn 310.510.0344 | SeaportVillageInn.com Diver-friendly comfort and value. 20 Hotel Accomodations (continued) 24 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Lodging Hotel Vista Del Mar Hotel Villa Portofino Pavilion Hotel Snug Harbor Inn CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 25 INN AT MT. ADA This legendary B&B is putting on a new face and is better than ever. The Inn at Mt. Ada, suspended high on a hillside overlooking Avalon, was once the summer home of William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum tycoon who developed Catalina into a tourist destination. The Inn, now undergoing renovations, has a fantastic panoramic view of Avalon and the bay. On a clear day, you can see the mainland. Now an upscale, six-guestroom B&B, the mansion offers a vintage Avalon vibe. In addition, guests receive use of an electric cart to make it easier for them to get into town. Breakfast and lunch are served. Top views are from the Windsor Room and Grand Suite 398 Wrigley Rd, Avalon 800.608.7669 VisitCatalinaIsland.com HOTEL METROPOLE Located near the famous Casino, the Hotel Metropole gets well-deserved raves from most guests. All the rooms at this ultra-chic hotel are inviting, but its bay front suites offer a special kind of luxury, with plasma flat screen TVs, state-of-the-art whirlpool baths, separate spa showers, fireplaces and Italian linens. Another plus: VIP suite guests have the services of a special concierge to make sure every need is met. Best views are from rooms: 102-105, 215-216, 320-321 205 Crescent Ave., Avalon 800.541.8528 Hotel-Metropole.com THE PAVILION HOTEL If you opt to stay in the heart of Avalon, the Pavilion has a lot to offer: a bay front wine bar, a fire pit where you can make s’mores, a garden that’s an oasis of tranquility. But the best of its amenities are seen only by those guests who opt to stay in one of the Pavilion’s two suites. Located above the garden, the luxury suites — which can be combined into one grand apartment — have large decks facing the bay and enough special features to make guests feel very much at home. Complimentary wine and cheese parties and continental breakfast included. Best views are from rooms: 202, 212 513 Crescent Ave., Avalon 310.510.1788 or 800.626.7270 VisitCatalinaIsland.com HOTEL VISTA DEL MAR This hidden gem surprises almost everyone who ventures into it. Located downtown above restaurants and shops, Hotel Vista del Mar is easily overlooked. But take the tiled stairway to the third floor and you’ll find an oasis of greenery within its atrium lobby; you’ll also find 15 chic hotel rooms. Included are a couple of oceanfront suites that have balconies overlooking the city. Perks include plush duvets and linens, double whirlpool Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and flat-screen TVs with Blu-Ray. Continental breakfast and evening milk and cookies included. Best views are from rooms: 202, 212 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon 310.510.1452 Hotel-VistaDelMar.com BAY-VIEW HOTELS Celebrate Love Year-Round Catalina has cast its romantic spell on generations of couples, including legendary film, sports and rock stars. Now it’s your turn to enjoy its special ambiance. The following Avalon hotels and inns are notable for offering an escape with a special romantic element -- inspiring views from one or more windows. The list only includes frontage hotels with expansive bay views. But you don’t need to stay on the bay to have a great ocean view. Some hotels that are located inland a block or so, such as Hotel St. Lauren, Catalina Island Inn, Avalon Hotel and the Aurora Hotel & Spa have great views from some windows. Always ask when you book a room. And some hotels that don’t have views from their windows, have roof decks with great views. They’re fun places to watch the sunrise or relax with a glass of wine in the late afternoon. HOTEL VILLA PORTOFINO This oceanfront hotel prides itself on its European flavor and offers several oceanfront suites, complete with fireplaces and grand views of the sea. Some also offer balconies with sliding glass doors. A special amenity here is the hotel’s roof-top deck, which offers a panoramic view of Avalon. Continental breakfast included. Best views are from rooms: Capri, Portofino, Villa d Este, Bella Vista 111 Crescent Ave., Avalon 888.510.0555 HotelVillaPortofino.com SNUG HARBOR INN This downtown charmer, recently renovated, has a Cape Cod theme. Snug Harbor has tiny rooms, but they’re well-located, fronting the bay. Snuggle up by a warm fireplace. Breakfast and afternoon wine and appetizers included. Best views are from rooms: San Nicolas, Santa Catalina 108 Sumner Ave. Avalon 310.510.8400 SnugHarbor-Inn.com HOTEL CATALINA COURTYARD GARDEN SUITES This hotel isn’t on the waterfront, like the others, but it has an 1,800-square foot penthouse suite with sweeping panoramic views of the bay. The suite, one of the largest on the island, has a fireplace, kitchen, two bathrooms, and a walk-around terrace that overlooks the bay and ocean. The hotel also has two 900-square foot suites, both with kitchens and views. Best view: Owner’s Penthouse Suite 1800 Marilla Ave., Avalon 800.540.0154 HotelCatalina.com Island of Romance Hotel Metropole 26 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Stand Up Paddle catalinasup.com 310-510-2229 Kayak Snorkel LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT VACATION RENTAL? GEORGE ENGELAGE ENJOYS CATALINA so much that he visits five or six times a year, staying in a hillside development called Hamilton Cove. “We have a kitchen and a magnificent view of the Pacific. It’s almost like being in Santorini or Mikonos, Greece. It’s wonderful,” he says. Engelage, a Whittier resident, doesn’t own property on Catalina. He just rents. “There are 10 different units we stay in, depending on the size of the party. Sometimes we have as many as 10 people with us.” Hotels just don’t work as well, he says. “We celebrate Thanksgiving on the island every year and stay two or three times during the summer. We like homes, not hotels.” So he rents from Catalina Island Vacation Rentals, which offers nearly 200 properties, including beach cottages, condos and Hamilton Cove units. (310.510.2276, CatalinaVacations.com). For some families and groups of friends, vacation rentals makes sense; their advantages include more space and the convenience of having a kitchen. Hamilton Cove villas, in a private cove near Avalon, offers special amenities, including a private beach, tennis and croquet courts, a putting green and workout facilities. A golf cart is often part of the rental, since Hamilton is a bit off the beaten track. But renting in downtown Avalon can be fun, too. The cottages and homes on the flats and hillsides of town are close to restaurants, shops and beach facilities. Other Catalina rental services: Avalon Cove 818.248.8793 Catalina Holiday-Hamilton Cove 714.841.5457 Hamilton Cove Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Hunt & Associate Realtors, 310.510.2721 Vacation Rentals By Owner VRBO.com Full Bar–Happy Hour Authentic Mexican Food Kids Menu Breakfast Veggie Friendly Options Outdoor Patio 7 DirecTV’s Free Sunglasses on yourBirthday! R E S TAURA N T & BAR coyotejoesrestaurant.com Half a block from THE GREEN PIER Two’s Company of Avalon 310-510-1748 On Crescent Avenue 310-510-9441 In the Post Office Arcade Two’s Company of Avalon 310-510-1748 On Crescent Avenue 310-510-9441 In the Post Office Arcade JEWELS of INTEREST Spoil Yourself YOU CAN DO IT! www.scubaluv.com Snorkel, SeaTrek and Snuba Tours Introductory Dives Full service PADI • Five Star Facility 126 Catalina Ave. 310-510-2350 Boat Dives, Rental Gear, Scuba Certifi cations, Rebreather Courses and a Full Service Retail Shop Hamilton Cove CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 27 Cool style. Warm hospitality. The Aurora Hotel & Spa offers a modern boutique retreat — where on-site spa services, dramatic ocean views and generous hospitality create an oasis of relaxation and style. Seasonal specials, convenient packages and decadent suites provide an irresistible escape from the ordinary. 310-510-0454 | AuroraCatalina.com | 137 Marilla Ave. Avalon CA 28 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Finding the Perfect Island Hideaway There’s a hotel or motel for every budget. CATALINA ISLAND IS A QUICK-AND-EASY GETAWAY destination for busy Californians, but it can get crowded on weekends, especially during the summer. Stay overnight though, and feel the ambience go from frantic to romantic. The island offers a full range of accommodations: expensive to inexpensive, elegant to casual. In the early 1900s, rows of tents greeted visitors to Avalon. The city has come a long way since then. Sure, you still can find tent-site camping, but if you’re looking for luxury rooms with a chic seaside vibe, Avalon’s the place. A good starting point might be a hotel that recently updated its rooms. Hotel St. Lauren, a relaxed, Victorian-style hotel that sits on a hilltop overlooking the bay, has been undergoing renovations during the past year and now presents a pretty new face for guests. It’s a seven-minute walk to the beach, but it’s all downhill. (And try not to think about the return walk uphill.) Also continuing renovations is the Holiday Inn Resort, formerly Catalina Canyon Resort. This rambling hotel in the hills behind the city has refurbished all its rooms and is continuing to work on its public areas. It has a new restaurant, Seaside Bistro, and a pool, a rare commodity in Avalon. It also allows Fido to stay, a plus for dog-owners. The only other pet-friendly hotel in Avalon is the Hermosa Hotel. Other hotels that underwent renovations in the past few years include the Catalina Island Inn, which now offers updated linens and flatscreen TVs, along with some fireplaces and private patios. Some of the hotel’s rooms have harbor views with four-poster beds and balconies. The Hotel MacRae, which fronts on the bay, dates to the 1920s, but was renovated in 2015 and offers a fresh look and a shared courtyard patio. The hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations and is considered a budget buy. Renovations are also ongoing at the Inn at Mt. Ada, onetime summer home of William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum tycoon who developed Catalina into a tourist destination. The six-room B&B is pricey, but has a panoramic view of Avalon and the bay and offers its guests breakfast, lunch and use of an electric cart. Lodging FOR HOTEL PACKAGES VISIT: CatalinaPackage.com Inn at Mt. Ada Inn at Mt. Ada Snug Harbor Inn CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 29 Upscale hotels If you’re looking for something special, all of the hotels listed in our Romantic Escapes article offer high-end rooms, as well as suites. The Pavilion Hotel has caused a lot of buzz with its ocean view lounge and hip open-air wine bar and fire pit. Another favorite is the Hotel Metropole, which offers chic décor and fireplaces. Among the island’s other bay front hotels are Hotel Villa Portofino, Snug Harbor Inn and Hotel Vista Del Mar. Special bargains It’s possible to feel like a million dollars without spending quite so much. If you’re worried about the cost, travel on weekdays, when rates are generally lower. And keep in mind that rates are 30%-60% less during the off-season, which generally runs from November through March. Also, check out some of the island’s bargain hotels, such as Hermosa Hotel and Cottages, a friendly economy hotel that’s been serving guests since 1896. Rooms are simple, but the staff is friendly and you can’t beat the price. Some units have kitchens, which helps travelers hold down expenses. Another way to save is to take advantage of a bargain package. Check out the Catalina Express hotel deals, some of which offer boat tickets and lodging. Some also include popular island activities, such as the Zip Line Eco Tour. Find them at CatalinaPackage.com. Holiday Inn Resort 30 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Give center stage to that wild child called the Inner Me with a massage or a full day of activities at one of Avalon’s dozen day spas, which range from small businesses with a few tables to a 15,000-square-foot destination resort spa, one of the newest in the nation. Here’s a sampling of what’s offered: Catalina Sea Spa: “Most people find that our treatments are very artistic and healing,” says Michelle Bray, owner of Catalina Sea Spa, which has been massaging the kinks out of island visitors for 15 years. The intimate downtown Avalon spa exudes tranquility and specializes in couples’ massages. Treatments include lavender facial massages, peppermint scalp massages and foot massages; massage styles include Swedish, hot stone, sports, pregnancy and others. 117 Clarissa Ave. 310.510.8920 CatalinaSeaSpa.com A Touch of Heaven Day Spa: If you don’t have time for a full massage but feel like your shoulders are tied up in knots, try A Touch of Heaven at the Metropole Hotel, which offers chair massages on an outdoor patio, in addition to couples’ massage, stone or deep tissue styles. Choose from indoor or outdoor spa treatments. 201 Crescent Ave. 310.510.1633 Hotel-Metropole.com Massages by the Sea: If you’d like to hear and see the ocean during your treatment, you might want to try Massages by the Sea at Descanso Beach Club. This small outdoor spa is on a hillside, with tables that overlook the sea. 310.510.3331 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Island Spa Catalina: This is the island’s newest four-star experience, a 15,000-square-foot destination spa complete with pool, nine treatment rooms, a patio with bay views, a wellness cafe, sauna and steam room and fitness courses. It has couples suites and offers an array of exotic treatments, such as a heated quartz-sand table, which relaxes stiff muscles and helps with arthritis and similar problems. “I’m in the business of making people feel really special,” says Zach Thomas, spa director, “and I think we do that here. We offer more than a massage. We offer a place to slow down, disconnect and take a little time for yourself.” 163 Crescent Ave. 310.510.7300 VisitCatalinaIsland.com De-stress and unwind at Avalon’s spas SEARCHING FOR A UNIQUE EVENT OR PARTY VENUE? Catalina’s sunny skies, year-round outdoor facilities and laid-back vibe create the ideal climate for corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions and other get-togethers. You can party in a 1930s-era Art Deco ballroom, dine in a year-old oceanfront pavilion, or enjoy a barbecue under the stars in a private cove. Here’s a sampling of what’s available in Avalon: Catalina Casino has drawn Hollywood’s rich and famous since its opening in 1929. Its unique circular grand ballroom and Art Deco theater can accommodate up to 1,200 people. 1 Casino Way 310.510.2000 ext.1282 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Catalina Country Club offers golf-course access, plus the option of moving meetings to the green. Both casual and formal seating areas can accommodate 25-200 guests. 1 Country Club Dr. 310.510.2000 ext.1282 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Catalina Island Conservancy has a variety of venues, including secluded coves along the coast, meadows or cliffside viewpoints in the interior that are unique venues for a wedding or family gathering. The Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden is also available. 125 Clarissa Ave. 310.510.2595 ext.128 CatalinaConservancy.org Catherine’s Terrace is the island’s newest venue, an oceanfront building with canopied outdoor balconies, a large indoor fireplace and views of the bay. Indoor seating in the ballroom can be arranged for groups of 20 to 200. 1 St. Catherine Way 877.778.9399 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Descanso Beach Club offers fun and adaptable spaces for relaxed corporate retreats. The terraced lawn provides an ideal location for picnics and weddings beside the ocean or barbecues under the stars. Accommodates up to 3,500. 1 Descanso Ave. 877.778.9399 VisitCatalinaIsland.com Overlook Hall is another new venue in Avalon, although the building itself dates to l929. Designed originally to look like an Italian chapel, it was restored in 2010 and offers hillside views of Avalon Bay. It has high beam ceilings, Douglas fir flooring and is perfect for a wedding, reunion, art show or meetings. 209 E Whittley Ave. 310.427.2450 OverlookHall.com M Restaurant by Zest Catering & Events, Inc. is open only for special events, offering unique dining experiences. 205 Crescent Ave. 310.510.8404 ZestCateringCatalina.com A few local party, event and wedding planning companies: Catalina by Design 714.969.3471 Weddings by the Sea 310.510.0436 Island Company 877.778.8322 Island Spa Catalina Overlook Hall CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 31 32 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Catalina Island Museum CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 33 34 Activities Thrill Rides: Get a taste of adventure Challenge your fears. Take a deep breath, get strapped in and feel the buzz on five of Catalina’s extreme rides. Heli Bike Tour near Two Harbors Catalina Divers Supply CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 35 3» DOLPHIN QUEST If you’re looking for something for the entire family, Dolphin Quest is fast and furious – aboard a highspeed Ribcraft – but adds the fun of communing with nature. Catalina Island Company 800.626.7489 VisitCatalinaIsland.com 4» HELI-HIKING OR BIKING You’ll travel into the island’s rugged interior on a heli-adventure. Island Express Helicopter Services 562.436.2012 IslandExpress.com Catalina Island Company 800.626.1496 VisitCatalinaIsland.com 1» ZIP LINE You’ll pass through five stations on Catalina’s Zip Line Eco Tour as you zip from the hilltops down to the sea at the Descanso Beach California Zip Line Tour Center. Reservations recommended. Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour VisitCatalinaIsland.com 877.778.6443 2» PARASAILING Catch a bird’s eye view of Catalina by taking a flight on a parasail. Island Water Charters Pleasure Pier 310.510.9280 IslandWaterCharters.com Catalina Tours 310.510.0211 CatalinaTours.com PARASAIL Catalina 310.510.1777 ParasailCatalina.com 5» SCUBA DIVING Catalina is considered a premier California dive site, with access from shore and by boat. In addition to the abundant kelp forests and marine life, there are shipwrecks to explore. The island has several dive shops, each of which serves beginners to advanced divers. Catalina Divers Supply Green Pleasure Pier 800.353.0330, 310.510.0330 CatalinaDiversSupply.com Dive Catalina 107 Pebbly Beach Road 310.510.3175, 877.218.9156 DiveCatalina.net Scuba Luv 126 Catalina Avenue 310.510.2350 ScubaLuv.com Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center Two Harbors 310.510.4272 VisitTwoHarbors.com Cruising Daily SEGWAY TOURS www.catalinasegways.com Catalina Island (ID required) 50% o your Segway rental on your birthday Cruising Daily 331100 551100 99666655 SAVE Birthday Specials Dolphin Quest Explore Catalina Island with the top rated, family-friendly Catalina Adventure Tours. They offer a variety of fascinating, scientific journeys by land or by sea, led by knowledgeable local guides.If adventure by sea is what you seek, the must-do tour is aboard the state-of-the-art semi-submersible vessel,The Nautilus. It features 360° underwater viewing port holes, high-tech gadgets and an interactive fish feeding system with torpedo buttons so visitors can feed fish right from their seats. This is a kid favorite! For a timeless view of the undersea gardens, board Catalina’s newest glass bottom boat, The SeaView. Cruise crys-tal clear waters and discover a rich variety of undersea life. A “fish finder” is located at every seat allowing visitors to interact with the sea life through food drop tubes. Explore at night, as the cove transforms its aquarium-like scene to a dramatic new world as the nocturnal creatures emerge. The Coastal Eco Cruise is a fascinating exploration of the island’s East End coastline. Ride aboard our glass bottom viewing vessel to observe the marine eco-diversity that make Catalina Island waters and beaches their home. The tour continues eastward to explore the majestic beauty of the coastline and discover all the wildlife above water. Experience breathtaking views and chance encounters with playful dolphins, delight-ful seals and a wide variety of island birds. Semi-submersible is awesome because it’s kind of like the Disneyland submarine ride, except in real life. Highly recommended!”“Great for the kids… The vessel was impressive!”The Five Best Adventures To Navigate and Explore The Island, As Seen On The Travel ChannelSAFARI: By Landor By Sea!Safari Island Adventure: “One of the best outback experiences” INTO THE DEEP Novices and experts alike find a lot to like when they dive Catalina’s lush waters. GRAB YOUR UNDERWATER CAMERA, dive gear and swimsuit the next time you head to Catalina. The diving here is great, almost “like entering an alternate dimension,” said a first-time diver as she emerged from the clear waters of Casino Point Underwater Park. The dive site is popular with both beginning and experienced divers — and those who want to watch them from solid ground. Catalina is considered a prime dive site in California, with access from shore — there’s a staircase leading down into the water at Casino Point — or by boat. In addition to abundant kelp forests and sea life, including coral, garibaldi, lobster, octopus, barracuda and white seabass, there are shipwrecks and a wrecked plane to explore. The schooner Sue-Jac, which sank in a storm in 1980, is an Underwater Park. Other popular dive locations around the island include Ship Rock, Farnsworth Banks, Lover’s Cove, Long Point, Blue Caverns, Yellowtail Point, Bird Rock and Sea Fan Grotto. Summer is the busiest time for diving here, but the water is usually clearest in the winter. During summer, visibility is typically between 30 and 60 feet, while in the winter, water visibility can be as great as 80 feet. The island has several dive shops, each of which offers gear rentals and repairs, and serves beginner to advanced divers. Introductory diving courses are available, as well as boat diving experiences, shore diving opportunities, guided tours to various dive locations and a wide range of classes. DIVERS will be allowed one extra piece of luggage and one Dive Tank (Two-tank rig with a fixed manifold is counted as one tank). • We recommend a “tank strap with the handle hold” for your carrying convenience. • Medium Size Stanley Box are acceptable. The largest Stanley or Husky Box must be kept under 50 lbs. and, although within the dimensions, be able to be stored on end if necessary. • Two wheel dollies are acceptable to assist transporting luggage. Two 50 lbs. luggage bags can be placed on the two wheel dolly, each luggage can be no larger than 37”x23”x23” and weighing no more than 50 lbs. Total weight on the dollie cannot exceed 100 lbs. • No four-wheel carts or wagons. • Consider Soft Dive Bags with wheels. • Weight belts may take your luggage over the 50 lbs. maximum and MUST be carried aboard. Use a weight bag or wear the weights. We recommend the soft weights. • We recommend a back pack for your most important items i.e. log book, computers, mask, regulator which can be carried aboard. • Consider gear rentals from on-island dive suppliers to keep your load light. If adventure by land is your preference, claim your spot on the Safari Island Adventure. Ride an open air safari vehicle for this eco-expedition into scenic outback areas, home to wild animals such as buffalo, Channel Island Fox and bald eagles. Journey up the treelined old stage coach road through rugged terrain to seek out remote canyons and coastline areas where the wild animals are free roaming and free soaring. If the strange and extraordinary capture your imagination, explore the island with the Mysterious Island Tour. It features Jim Watson’s fascinating tales of ghosts, UFOs, mysterious animals and some of Catalina’s famous residents such as Marilyn Monroe before she became a Hollywood icon. Traverse Avalon Canyon, viewing landmarks such as the Holly Hill House, Wrigley Mansion and the former spring training site of the Chicago Cubs, and enjoy the majestic harbor views that have made Avalon “the bay of seven moons” famous. Collect Moments… Not Things. 877-510-2888 www.CatalinaAdventureTours.com Insta Catalina Island Fox Seals The SeaView ADVERTISEMENT 38 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 ON THE WATER Kayak, fish, snorkel, chase dolphins,and more Kayaking and Stand-Up-Paddling DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS Descanso Beach 310.510.1226 KayakCatalinaIsland.com JOE’S RENT-A-BOAT/ AVALON Boat Stand Pleasure Pier 310.510.0455 JoesRentABoat.com WET SPOT RENTAL To right of Avalon boat landing 310.510.2229 CatalinaKayaks.com Snorkeling, Snuba and Sea Trek Snorkeling gear is widely available on the island. Or try Snuba, snorkeling with an air line to the surface, or Sea Trek, walking underwater with an air-line to the surface supplied to a water-tight helmet. DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS Descanso Beach 310.510.1226 KayakCatalinaIsland.com ISLAND COMPANY TOURS 877.778.8415 VisitCatalinaIsland.com SCUBA LUV 126 Catalina Avenue 310.510.2350 ScubaLuv.com WET SPOT RENTAL To right of Avalon boat landing 310.510.2229 CatalinaKayaks.com Ocean Charters and Fishing Fish off the Pleasure Pier or the ocean side of the boat landing (no license needed in those two spots), or in a skiff. Or rent a boat and try deeper waters. ADAM’S MEMORY MAKER CHARTERS 310.592.5988, 877.934.3949 AdamsFishingCharter.com AFISHINADO 203 Crescent Avenue 310.510.2440, 323.447.4669 FishCatalina.com CATALINA COASTAL TOURS & FISHING 105 Pebbly Beach Rd. 626.290.2888 CatalinaCoastalTours.com CORSARIO CHARTERS 424.738.0080 CorsarioCatalina.com JOE’S RENT-A-BOAT/AVALON BOAT STAND Pleasure Pier 310.510.0455 JoesRentABoat.com Activities CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 39 Take a Tour CATALINA ADVENTURE TOURS City Passport Tour; Village Walking Tour, Scenic Harbor Cruise; Inside Adventure Tour; Yellow Submarine or Nautilus Adventure, Seal Rocks Exploration; Glass-Bottom Boat Tour. 877.510.2888 CatalinaAdventureTours.com CATALINA CONSERVANCY ECO TOURS Naturalist-led Jeep tours into the island’s back country. 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.org CATALINA TOURS Parasail, JetSki, Segway, golf cart, electric bikes, ocean rafting, Nautilus and more. 310.510.0211 CatalinaTours.com CATALINA TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Trolley rides, taxi service, private and group tours in to the back country. 310.510.0342 CatalinaTransportationServices.com ISLAND COMPANY TOURS Zip Line Eco Tour; Hummer Eco-Tour, Undersea Tour in a semi-submersible submarine; Inland Motor Tours; Behindthe- Scenes Casino Tours, Casino tour; Glass Bottom Boat tour. Sea Trek Undersea Adventure. 310.510.2500, 877.778.8415 VisitCatalinaIsland.com GOLF ANYONE? Avalon’s golf course dates to 1892, making it the oldest in Southern California. Among its famous players are Tiger Woods, Corey Pavin and Craig Stadler. The course has nine holes with a double set of tees, allowing for 18-hole play. CATALINA ISLAND GOLF COURSE 1 Country Club Lane, Avalon, 510.510.0530, VisitCatalinaIsland.com 40 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Most Catalina activities are family friendly, but here are a few that are especially popular with kids: MINIATURE GOLF Golf Gardens features a challenging course that is fun and entertaining. Open daily yearround, weather permitting, Sunday -- Thursday 9am to 6:30pm, Friday nd Saturday 9am to 9pm. Sumner Avenue just off Tour Plaza. 800.322.3434. PEDAL BOATS & MORE A simple and classic way to tour the harbor looking at the sights. Joe’s Rent a Boat, on the Green Pleasure Pier, has pedal boats, paddle boards, kayaks. 310.510.0455. SWIMMING Play in the sand or go in the water. Lifeguards are on duty at Avalon’s South, Middle and North/ Step beaches from June until mid- September from 9am to 7pm. (Note: there are no lifeguards at Descanso Beach and Lover’s Cove.) SUMMER CAMPS Catalina Island Camps, Inc: This summer camp for boys and girls, grades 2 through10, offers kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and hiking. One- to four-week stays. Also available: Jean- Michel Cousteau Family Camp and Environmental Leadership Program for 4ththrough12th- grade groups. 626.296.4040. CatalinaIslandCamps.com Catalina Sea Camp: Oneweek ocean adventure and marine biology camp for boys and girls, ages 8-13 and three-week coed sessions for teens, 12-17. Developed by Catalina Island Marine Institute. 800.645.1423. CatalinaSeaCamp.org KIDS’ STUFF Awesome activities for kids, teens and families MINI-BOWLING & ARCADE Three Palms Avalon Arcade is a family entertainment center located in the Metropole Marketplace. This state-ofthe- art arcade showcases the latest interactive games, minibowling lanes, sports zone, food and prizes. 225 Crescent Ave. 310.510.0967 ThreePalmsAvalonArcade.com PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS Mole Park: Next to the Veterans Memorial. City Park: New rope climbing and other playground equipment, plus picnic tables and barbecue grills on a sloping site with grass, sand and brick play surfaces. Inland side of Pebbly Beach Road before it turns into Crescent Avenue. People’s Park: A shady park area with picnic tables. Across from City Hall, at Tremont Street and Eucalyptus Avenue/ Avalon Canyon Road. Family Favorites JUMP ON A GOLF CART for a self-guided tour of Avalon. It’s one of the best ways to scope out the island. KNOCK AROUND SOME GOLF BALLS at Catalina’s Golf Gardens, known in miniature golf circles as one of the world’s most challenging courses. The unique 18-hole course has been an island landmark for nearly 40 years. Hit the beach, ride a bike or take a stroll along the GREEN PLEASURE PIER. One of many family-favorite activities in Avalon. Activities Three Palms Avalon Arcade Three Palms Avalon Arcade Mini-golf at Golf Gardens CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 41 Ready to meet Catalina’s locals? Catalina Island’s oldest dive shop has adventures for every level, including Discover Scuba for first timers, full scuba and snorkel rentals for those who want to be on their own schedule and multi-tank boat trips to some of the most fascinating underwater locations in North America. Call now and start your adventure. LOCATED ON THE GREEN PLEASURE PIER & THE CASINO DIVE PARK IN AVALON (310) 510-0330 WWW.CATALINADIVERSSUPPLY.COM Discover Scuba Diving Boat Dives Guided Dives Snorkel Excursions Equipment Rentals Coastal Dolphin Tours 42 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 DINING OUT Restaurants for lovers, families and friends AVALON EXCELS IN ROMANTIC PLACES TO DINE; why not try one and see if it lights a fire? Or, if you’re traveling with your family or friends, check out some of the island’s fun-and- friendly places to eat. With upwards of 30 restaurants in the city, whatever kind of cuisine you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it here. You can splurge and dine in style, or just sample some tasty food that fits a limited budget. Looking for something new and different? Try Taste of Catalina Food Tours CatalinaFoodTours.com, 424.226.9443, which offers dining and Happy Hour tours. It’s a fun way to get acquainted with some of the island’s restaurants, bars, and specialty drinks. Here’s something you’ll learn on the tour: Catalina has an emerging foodie scene that is transforming island cuisine. There are new restaurants, new chefs, new dishes, new wines to taste and new craft beers to savor. Don’t forget to try a Buffalo Milk cocktail, an only-in-Catalina beverage made with vodka and several other liquors -- but not milk from buffaloes. The tasty alcoholic milkshake gets its name from the bison that roam the island. It’s widely available at Avalon restaurants and bars. Those looking for a romantic place to dine might try reserving a deck table at Bluewater Avalon Seafood Restaurant, which has great seaside views. Bluewater, 306 Crescent Ave., is part of a group that also has four restaurants on the mainland. Bluewater Avalon is bay front and offers edge-of-the-water ambiance. Also offering a romantic setting is Ristorante Villa Portofino, 101 Crescent, with an upscale Italian menu and bay-window seating. Call ahead to reserve one of the special tables., says Russ Armstrong, a longtime Avalon restaurateur, who operates the dining house with his wife Jenny. There’s also seating on an outdoor patio with views of the water. The excellent steaks and seafood at Steve’s Steakhouse, 417 Crescent, will get your romantic evening off to a flying start. Steve’s is a perennial favorite with island visitors and locals searching for quality prime rib, steaks and seafood. Avalon Grille, 423 Crescent, is one of the island’s most attractive restaurants, with a romantic atmosphere and an eclectic menu. The restaurant has a sleek Wine Country-style dining room that overlooks the water by the Pleasure Pier. The menu is creative and the wine cellar vast. During the summer, Avalon Grille offers an excellent happy hour and music, with a DJ spinning at night. Looking for great margaritas? Be sure to try Maggie’s Blue Rose, 417B Crescent, a cool little cantina that has created in buzz in town since it opened a couple of years ago. Guests entering Maggie’s are greeted by the sight and sound of tortillas being shaped, patted and cooked. The restaurant Dining Island of Romance Bluewater Avalon Fish & Chips; Green Pleasure Pier Maggie’s Blue Rose Mr. Ning’s CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 43 is the newest project of Margaret and Steve Bray, owners of Steve’s Steakhouse. A relatively new kid on this block is Catalina Brew House, at 417C Crescent, just next door to Maggie’s. Start your mor-ning by grabbing coffee, a sweet or savory pastry or a slice of quiche. In the afternoon, choose from craft beers and a sandwich. You’re on an island, so how about having lunch with a beach vibe? Head down to the Descanso Beach Club, past the Casino, where you’ll find outdoor dining, a bar and beach parties on summer weekends. Descanso Fresh is a new cafe here with breakfast items and sandwiches, plus adults-only ice creams. That’s right, you can have alcoholic-infused frozen treats, such as buffalo milk cocktail-flavored ice cream. Upstairs, Catherine’s Terrace offers a grand new venue for parties. Ice cream is also on the menu at Scoops, another new ice cream shop at 501 Crescent. Scoops sells gelatos and ice creams that “are all natural handmade from scratch with no preservatives or artificial flavors.” Looking for a hearty breakfast? If you’re hungry when you arrive on the island, stop at the Pancake Cottage, 615 Crescent. This longtime favorite offers huge portions and is known for its omelets. You can make your pizza-loving family members happy at Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret, 230 Crescent, where you’ll find indoor seating or tables on an outdoor waterfront patio. A favorite with locals, the Lobster Trap, 128 Catalina, is also known for large portions and noisy fun. Live music is often on the menu. Hoping to save a little money? How about kid-friendly Coney Island West for burgers and sandwiches, 205 Crescent, with a bay view and outdoor seating. Or try Mr. Ning’s Chinese Garden, 127 Sumner Ave., which offers tasty Chinese favorites on inexpensive lunch and dinner menus. Seaport Bistro, featuring the creations of Chef Gregory Wenger, recently moved to Holiday Inn Resort (formerly Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa). The restaurant focuses on seafood from around the world, and from local waters. Another change in town is at CC Gallagher, 523 Crescent, which has eliminated some of the gifts it used to stock and now is primarily a restaurant, featuring sushi and other dishes. voteDbestcatalinaofiFeast on exquisite, sustainably caught seafood prepared classically or with a modern twist. Enjoy the seabreeze on our waterfront patio overlooking the historic Avalon harbor!come in, get hookedbluewateravalon.com306 crescent ave · tel 310 510 fish (3474) Happy Hour Tour at Coyote Joe’s Luau Larry’s 44 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 HITTING THE SWEET SPOT 6 ways to sugar-coat your day on the island BEN’S BAKERY You don’t have to go to the desert to get a date smoothie; just stop in at Ben’s, one of the newest places on the island to be tempted by delish baked goods. It’s in the Atwater Arcade. Try a chocolate cinnamon croissant or a melt-in-your-mouth pastry. 119 Sumner Ave., VisitCatalinaIsland.com BIG OLAF’S Why is there a line snaking down the street in front of this ice cream joint? Because everyone loves it. Big Olaf’s features giant homemade waffle cones, sundaes, malts and shakes. Or try nonfat soft serve, yogurt or a frozen banana. 220 Crescent Ave. CatalinaChamber.com CATALINA COFFEE & COOKIE COMPANY If cookies are your downfall, don’t miss this small shop in the Metropole Marketplace, which offers one of the largest varieties of cookies in town. It’s open from 5am to 8pm, so you can have a snack attack all day long. 205 Crescent Ave. CatCookieCo.com DESCANSO FRESH This gourmet espresso bar doubles as a classic beachside ice cream shop, offering fresh-pressed juices, crepes, snacks and spiked ice cream. You read that correctly; you can get adult-only ice cream flavors here. 1 Descanso Ave., VisitCatalinaIsland.com LLOYD’S CONFECTIONERY For the ultimate in sweet temptations, visit Lloyd’s, where salt water taffy, caramel apples, peanut brittle, creamy fudge and chocolates have been served since 1934. Don’t forget the ice cream. 315 Crescent Ave. LloydsOfAvalon.com SCOOPS This new downtown Avalon shop features all-natural ice cream and gelato handmade without preservatives or artificial flavors. If you’re looking for Starbucks products, Scoops claims to be the only game in town. 501 Crescent Ave. ScoopsCatalina.com Dining Pick YourLuxuryPick YourLuxury(866)731-2082civr.com/expresshcHamilton Cove VillaGolf Cart included with your reservation.Ask about your complimentarysparkling wine with your booking.Villa 2-282 Level 1 Bdrm,1.75 Bath, Sleeps 4Villa 18-723 Bdrm, 3 Bath,1861 Sqft., Sleeps 6Villa 1-74Single Level, 1 Bdrm, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. Ben’s Bakery CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 45 46 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Ciao-Baci Catalina Island Museum Gift Shop Knuckles CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 47 CIAO-BACI This tiny shop, one block from the boat terminal on Pebbly Beach Road, has original Catalina artwork, as well as jewelry and upscale gifts with a Mediterranean feel. It also has handmade ceramics, gourmet foods and accessories. 107 Pebbly Beach Rd. 310.510.9089 Ciao-Baci.com ISLAND STYLE As you round the corner from Pebbly Beach Road (where the boat terminal is) to Crescent Avenue, stop to take a look inside Island Style, a boutique that features cruise wear and island-style clothing. Great beach bags and jewelry, too. 605 Crescent Ave. 310.510.7222 All you need is love -- and shopping Looking for a special gift for a special person? The island of romance has it. WHETHER YOU’RE SHOPPING FOR JEWELRY, arts and crafts or trendy clothing, you’ll find it in the shops of Avalon. Here’s a sampling of the galleries and boutiques you’ll find as you walk from the Avalon boat landing to the Casino. TWO’S COMPANY If you’re looking for home décor, check out this glittery gallery, which has art glass, natural coral and lamps, made-to-order cast bronze mermaids, tables, fountains and sculpture, plus tile murals and accent tiles and mosaics. A sister shop, Jewels of Interest, is at the Shops at Atwater. 519 Crescent Ave. 310.510.1748 FamilyJewelsOf CatalinaIsland.com LATITUDE 33 The name may be familiar, but the location is new. Latitude 33, which was once farther down the street, moved to new, bigger digs in 2015. Most of the clothing is for men, with styles from Tommy Bahama, Cova and Maui Jim, but there is also sportswear for women. In addition, find authentic Panama hats and sandals for men and women. 307 Crescent Ave. 310.510.2494 IVCatalina.com Shopping Island of Romance Ciao-Baci Latitude 33 Afishinados Gallery 48 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 AVALON BAY COMPANY, BUOYS AND GULLS SPORTSWEAR Looking for clothing? These two Crescent avenue shops stock a large variety. Buoys and Gulls Sportswear is the largest clothing shop on the island, with two floors of merchandise from which to choose. Avalon Bay Company stocks a nice variety of women’s wear, swimwear and sandals. Buoys and Gulls Sportswear 417 Crescent Ave. 310.510.0416 Avalon Bay Company 407 Crescent Ave. 310.510.0178 IVCatalina.com STEAMER TRUNK This upscale gift shop will sell you decorated Catalina Island tiles, in addition to other quality home décor items, cards and games. Steamer Trunk is named after the Great White Steamer, which brought tourists to Catalina. 121 Summer Ave. 310.510.2600 TheSteamerTrunk.com JEWELS OF INTEREST Step inside the Shops at Atwater arcade, at 119 Sumner Ave., to find this gift shop, which features art glass, natural coral, made-to-order tile murals and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Although the shop is in a new location, it’s been serving Catalina visitors for more than 30 years. Shops at Atwater 310.510.9441 FamilyJewelsOf CatalinaIsland.com KNUCKLES This new swimwear boutique, formerly located in the Shops of Atwater arcade, carries bikinis, bathing suits and cover ups. Among the manufacturers are Body Glove, Miraclesuit, Everyday Sunday, Gottex and a maternity brand called Prego. 307 Crescent Ave. 310.510.1030 LLOYD’S OF AVALON CONFECTIONERY If you’re looking for sweets, pop into Lloyd’s and pick out an extravagant candied apple covered with chocolate, M&Ms, almonds or other rich coatings. You’ll also find retro candies (such as Abba Zaba), chocolates, coffee drinks, ice cream and pastries. While you shop, let the kids watch saltwater taffy being made in the shop’s front window. 315 Crescent Ave. 310.510.7266 LloydsOfAvalon.com METROPOLE MARKET PLACE This cobblestone village offers a variety of shops, some of which carry standard tourist items, but others offer super deals on clothing and décor. One of our favorite stops here is Catalina Coffee and Cookie Co., which has cornered the market on great island cookies. There are also restaurants, the Touch of Heaven Day Spa and the Three Palms Arcade, with enough arcade games to keep the kids happy. Crescent and Metropole Avenues 310.510.1884 MetropoleMarketplace.com AFISHINADOS Find “everything fishy” at this bay front gallery that specializes in original American fish art. You’ll see pillows shaped like sharks, metallic flying fish soaring across the wall, fish-shaped mobiles and funky fish sculptures. The shop was opened by Karen and John King as an adjunct to Capt. John’s Afishinado Charters. 203 Crescent Ave. 310.510.2440 ShopAfishinadosGallery.com CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM SHOP Don’t miss the gift shop here, which is one of our faves. It costs $5 to tour the museum (a real deal), but you can visit the shop for free. Pick up a CD with “26 Miles,” and 15 other summer classics by the Four Preps. There are other fun gifts and decorative items, books, unusual island pottery, jewelry, postcards and bags. Everything has an only-in-Catalina feel that will help you remember the island long after you’ve returned home. 310.510.2414 CatalinaMuseum.org Latitude 33 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 49 Luxurious Accommodations and Superior AmenitiesFeaturing Ocean Views, Continental Breakfast to your room, Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres each evening, fireplace, complimentary movie library, HDTV, DirecTV, Blu-Ray / DVD Player and more!Packages also offered with the Catalina Express.www.snugharbor-inn.com • 310.510.8400 50 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 100-102Federal Breakwater, (No pedestrian access)4211311325410986712141516171918312521202423222728293034353632333738403941444345464748495251505354555626 1. The Original Wienerschnitzel Restaurant2. Saint John’s Episcopal Church3. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church4. Banning Residence Museum5. Wilmington Cemetery6. Drum Barracks Powder Magazine7. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum8. Banning Park Wrigley Historic District9. Camphor Trees10. Memory Chapel, Calvary Presbyterian Church11. Old Wilmington Library12. Masonic Lodge No. 19813. Wilmington Waterfront Park14. Banning’s Landing Community Center/ Phineas Banning Bronze Statue15. Vincent Thomas Bridge16. Catalina Sea and Air Terminal17. Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountains and Water Feature18. Multiculturalism Statue19. World Cruise Center20. USS IOWA Battleship21. Fireboat Ralph J. Scott/Fire Station 11222. Los Angeles Port Police Headquarters23. Port of Los Angeles Administration Building24. Liberty Hill25. John S. Gibson Park Memorials26. Downtown Harbor27. Warner Grand Theater28. Downtown Artist and Restaurant District29. San Pedro City Hall30. Los Angeles Fire Department Museum31. Los Angeles Maritime Museum32. Ports O’Call Village33. Tallships® Exy & Irving Johnson34. Vinegar Hill Historic District35. U.S. Post Office, San Pedro36. Muller House Museum37. Site of Timms Point/Timms Landing38. CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles39. Brouwerij West40. 22nd St. Park41. 22nd Street Landing - Dining and Sport Fishing42. Japanese American Fishing Village Memorial43. Municipal Warehouse No. 144. Cabrillo Marina45. S.S. Lane Victory (Victory Ship)46. Cabrillo Fishing Pier47. Angels Gate Lighthouse (No pedestrian access)48. World-Famous Whale Watching Tours49. Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse & Outer Cabrillo Beach50. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Statue51. Doubletree Hotel52. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium & Inner Cabrillo Beach53. Stephen M. White Statue54. Point Fermin Lighthouse55. Korean Bell/Angels Gate Cultural Center56. Fort MacArthur Military Museum/Battery Osgood FarleyTHERE’S LOTS GOING ON ATLA WATERFRONTPOLA_ CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 51 May MAY 14 AVALON BALL Take a trip back in time to Hollywood’s golden era at this party featuring the Dean Mora Dance Orchestra. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. 310.659.3326 ADSLA.org MAY 21 29th ANNUAL SILENT FILM BENEFIT Two top silent film comedies, “One Week,” starring Buster Keaton and “The Kid Brother,” with Harold Lloyd, will be screened in historic Avalon Casino Theater with live accompaniment of a 26-piece orchestra. 310.510.2414 CatalinaMuseum.org June JUN 2 TASTE AROUND AVALON Foodies: Here’s your chance to try favorite dishes or beverages from some of Avalon’s finest restaurants. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com JUN 3 - 9 AVALON RESTAURANT WEEK Enjoy a variety of specially created prix fixe menus. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com/ RestaurantWeek SEPT 17 WOMEN’S FORUM WINE FESTIVAL Fundraiser features more than 70 wineries, food and smooth jazz. Proceeds support mentoring and scholarship programs. Tickets available online or at the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310.510.1520 CatalinaWineFestival.com SEPT 25 ORIGINAL CATALINA WINE MIXER Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club includes entertainment, music and more. VisitCatalinaIsland.com SEPT 28 - OCT 2 CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL Star-studded celebration of Catalina’s rich film history features approximately 100 films screened at multiple venues around the island plus music stage, VIP parties, nightly events and entertainment. Benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy. 818.787.1946 CatalinaFilm.org October OCT 13-16, 20-23 CATALINA ISLAND JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL Smooth Jazz festival includes “Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursday night” at Descanso Beach Club and Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Casino Ballroom. Catalina Island JazzTrax. 866.872.9849 JazzTrax.com OCT 31 HALLOWEEN PARADE Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents alike for the Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com November TBD CATALINA ISLAND TRIATHLON Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon attracts tri-athletes who are looking for one last race before the winter season break. Renegade Race Series. 949.975.1812 CatalinaIslandTriathlon.com NOV 19 CATALINA TRAIL VENTURE WEEKEND Eco-marathon, half-marathon, 10K, kid’s run. Spectrum Sports Management. 909.399.3553 RunCatalina.com December DEC 4-6 WINTER WONDERLAND AT DESCANSO Descanso Beach Club welcomes the season with ice skating, snowboarding, a life-size snow globe and Santa. CatalinaChamber.com DEC 9 CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM HOLIDAY SYMPHONY CONCERT Stanford Symphony Orchestra ensemble is featured in this annual holiday concert. Catalina Island Museum. 310.510.2414 CatalinaMuseum.org DEC 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, CASINO BALLROOM Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional event. Includes buffet dinner, dancing, champagne and party favors. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com/nye JUN 11 RELAY FOR LIFE CATALINA Twelve-hour fund-raising event to help fight cancer. American Cancer Society. 310.490.9742 RelayForLifeCatalina.org July JUL 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY Multiple events, including a golf cart parade, barbecue dinner at the Casino Ballroom with music of the USC Marching Band and fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com September SEPT 10 &11 57TH ANNUAL CHANNEL CROSSING Longest Polynesian canoe races in the continental U.S. (26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon) feature female racers Saturday and men Sunday. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association. 858.442.2536 CatalinaCrossing.org SEPT 16 - 18 CATALINA FESTIVAL OF ART One of the longest-running art festivals in California; fine art, sculpture, crafts and photography. Also, art auction and kids art show. Catalina Art Association. 310.510.2788 CatalinaArtAssociation.org 2016 Avalon Events SAVE THE DATES 52 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 53 Bon Voyage 54 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 55 SAVE THE DATES Summer Events SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON WRIGLEY STAGE April 23, May 7, June 18, June 23, July 23, August 27, September 10 and September 17 Free, family-friendly Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Catalina Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com DESCANSO BEACH CLUB BEACH PARTIES May-September Descanso Beach Club kicks off the summer season on Memorial Day weekend with afternoon beach parties. Music, food and fun at these afternoon weekend events, which begin at 3pm and last until dark. VisitCatalinaIsland.com SUMMER BEACH BINGO June 28-September 3 Bring your beach chair to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 6pm. Bingo cards $1 each. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310.510.0220 ext. 231 CityofAvalon.com KIDS’ FISHING DERBY June 29-August 31 Free activity each Wednesday at 7-9am; bring a rod & reel or dropline to the Green Pier. City of Avalon Recreation Department 310.510.0220 ext. 231 CityofAvalon.com SILENT FILM BENEFIT May 21 Transport yourself to the silent film era of the Roaring Twenties when the Catalina Island Museum presents its annual benefit, airing two of the funniest comedies ever produced. One Week stars Buster Keaton and The Kid Brother stars Harold Lloyd. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will provide musical accompaniment for both films. 1pm Avalon Casino Theatre. 310.510.2414 MUSEUM GRAND OPENING June 17-18 The new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building will make its debut this weekend, with a member preview on June 17 and a public grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 18. 217 Metropole St. 310.510.2414 MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET June 26-July 4 New exhibit will feature works from the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet. Included will be Mandala Sand Painting: The Architecture of Enlightenment. 310.510.2414 NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY September 24 Visit the Catalina Island Museum today and received free admission. OPEN HOUSE AND SYMPHONY CONCERT Friday, December 9 Kick off the holiday season with a free classical music concert in the Avalon Casino Theatre. The museum’s annual concert features an ensemble from the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and begins at 7pm. The event is paired with a Holiday Open House, 4 to 7pm, with free admission to the museum. 310.510.2414 Museum Events For more details on the Catalina Island Museum events go to CatalinaMuseum.org Concert Series at Wrigley Stage Avalon Theater CATALINA ISLAND 56 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Two Harbors Remote and Rugged: Catalina’s other village is rustic and relaxed. AVALON MAY BE THE REASON most people visit Catalina, but little sister Two Harbors, on the west end of the island, has its own appeal. Isolated from both the mainland and from Avalon, Two Harbors isn’t on most visitors’ radar. It’s more like a trip to the outback that a trip to a theme park. But for those who love nature and relaxation, it offers a prime escape hatch from the crowded highways and towns of the SoCal mainland. It’s a little more difficult to reach than Avalon, but you can get there year-round from San Pedro on Catalina Express, or from Avalon by private boat or bus. Located on the west end of the 22-mile-long island, Two Harbors straddles an isthmus just a halfmile wide. Next to Avalon, it is the busiest boater destination in California, featuring 720 moorings. Its waters are clear, its skies starfilled at night. Isthmus Cove is popular with yachters from the mainland as well as being the debarking point for Catalina Express boats carrying campers, hikers, scuba divers, kayakers, wildlife fans and just plain kick-backers. Catalina Harbor, across the isthmus, is filled with yachts too, and is known as a naturally safe harbor in a storm. The cove is home to two striking rock formations – Bird Rock, which is round and flat, white with a green center where plants have taken root; and Ship Rock, upright and jagged, with a profile a bit like ship under sail. Just inside the cove is the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, where scientists and students conduct environmental and marine research in a unique reserve. Harbor Reef Restaurant, a saloonsnack bar-dining room, is an inviting social center as well as prime source of meals and libations. It boasts, without challenge, that it has the “best food in town.” Two Harbors pretty much has only one of each thing, so it’s the kind of boast most operations in town can make. Best store? That would be the General Store, stocked with everything from milk to rain jackets to your choice of hot sauces. On the hillside overlooking Two Harbors is the Banning House Lodge, built in 1910 by the Banning brothers, early developers of Catalina Island. They built it as a summer home, and it is largely as it was then, with a windowed-sitting room and deck that overlook both harbors. It is operated as a 12-room hotel. It’s rustic, but is the only game in town, with the exception of a campground and two nearby guest houses that were recently renovated. In addition to being able to reach Two Harbors by Catalina Express boat, the Safari Bus – which gives riders a great overview of the island – connects Avalon and Two Harbors with a transfer at Airport in the Sky. Land-andsea tours sometimes depart from Avalon during the summer season, making it possible to see both Catalina settlements in the same day. FOR MORE INFORMATION on camping, cabins and activities call 877.778.8415 or go to VisitTwoHarbors.com Beyond Avalon CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 57 Around Town SAFARI BUS (Two Harbors to Avalon) 310.510.4205 TWO HARBORS DIVE & RECREATION CENTER Scuba diving, kayaking, biking and snorkeling. 310.510.4272 VisitTwoHarbors.com BOATERS Use VHF Channel 9 To Contact Harbor Patrol shoreboat, mooring assignments. GENERAL STORE 310.510.4217 HARBOR REEF RESTAURANT 310.510.4215 BANNING HOUSE LODGE 877.778.8415 APR 8- 10 SHIPWRECK WEEKEND Clebrate spring break island-style at Shipwreck Weekend. Live entertainment and themed events. JUN 4 SUMMER WINE FESTIVAL Tastings on the beach, live music. Tickets go on sale May 1; advance purchase recommended. JUN 18 YACHT DOG SHOW Strut your mutt and show the judges what your dog can do. TWO HARBORS EVENTS JUL 3 TWO HARBORS FIREWORKS SHOW Fireworks begin at dark over Isthmus Harbor. SEPT 3 JIMMY WALKER BUFFALO-CHIP TOSS Compete for the longest toss. SEPT 10 MICROBREW FEST Microbrews and music. Tickets go on sale Aug.1 SEPT 29 - OCT 2 BUCCANEER DAYS Dress like a pirate at this weekend event that includes treasure hunts, costume contests, food, music and fun. NOV 24 THANKSGIVING ISLAND STYLE Reservations required; call Harbor Reef Restaurant. 310.510.4215 DEC 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE For reservations, call Harbor Reef Restaurant. 310.510.4215 For more events on Two Harbors go to VisitCatalinaIsland.com 58 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 HIKE IT, BIKE IT, ZIP-LINE THROUGH IT. Take a Jeep or Hummer ride on its trails, get high on a helicopter ride over it. Just be sure you see Catalina’s backcountry. You haven’t seen the island until you’ve experienced the parts of it that are undeveloped. It’s California the way it used to be, before shopping malls, housing developments and gridlocked traffic. SEE IT BY HELICOPTER Sightseeing flights are offered by Island Express Helicopter Service, 800.228.2566. Or try heli-hiking or biking: Island Express will deliver you to an out-of-the-way location for a day of discovery. A package tour sponsored by Santa Catalina Island Co. combines heli-biking or hiking in the backcountry with an overnight stay at the waterfront Pavilion Hotel in Avalon. Participants travel into the interior by helicopter, have lunch at Two Harbors’ Harbor Reef Restaurant, and have the opportunity to explore the island on foot or on mountain bike. Info: 800.626.1496, VisitCatalinaIsland.com. SEE IT BY JEEP Jeep Eco-Tours, organized by Catalina Island Conservancy, will get you into the backcountry, where you’ll have an opportunity to see vast portions of the 88 percent of the island that most people miss. Info: 310.510.2595, CatalinaConservancy.org. SEE IT BY HUMMER The East End Extreme Hummer Tour, which features an open-air, bio-fuel H1 Hummer, starts at sea level and heads up at a steep angle on a dirt road, traveling to 1,500 feet above sea level before topping out on a summit; adults, $76. The tour, offered by Santa Catalina Island Co., is a hang-on-tight, white-knuckle adventure. Other Hummer tours visit Cape Canyon. Info: 800.626.7270, VisitCatalinaIsland.com. SEE IT BY BUS OR BIKE Want something a little more tame? Several vendors offer bus trips, which are generally a less expensive way to see the backcountry of Catalina. Among them is Catalina Adventure Tours bus trip, a two-hour tour that winds up the mountains to the Airport in the Sky; adults $39. Info: 877.510.2888, CatalinaAdventureTours.com. Hikers might like Wildlands Express, 310.510.0143, which will take you to Airport in the Sky, in the island’s interior. Ride or walk back to town, or just hike for a few hours and catch the next Express shuttle back to Avalon. Info: 310.510.0143, CatalinaConservancy.org. Another way to see the sights is on a Bike Catalina Tour, which delivers participants to Airport in the Sky, or other locations, with a bike. You ride back to town. Info: 310.913.1028, BikeCatalina.com. SEE IT ON FOOT Hiking and camping have always been favorite pastimes on Catalina; Avalon actually started out as a summer tent village. The 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail, which opened in 2009, established a route that not only gives hikers spectacular views and encounters with nature but also connects the island’s campgrounds. Permits, which are free, are required for hiking and camping; users are asked to help prevent the spread of non-native plants by making sure seeds don’t piggyback onto the island on boots, clothing or gear. Info: 310.510.2595, CatalinaConservancy.org. Your Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Adventure Eighty-eight percent of the island is protected from development — be sure you see it! Activities Jeep Eco-Tour CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 59 VISIT THE WRIGLEY MEMORIAL AND BOTANIC GARDEN FOR A GREAT VIEW OF AVALON, and a look at a page out of the island’s history, catch a ride or hike toward the foothills on Avalon Canyon Road to the Wrigley Memorial and Garden. William Wrigley Jr. is no longer buried in the monument built in his honor, but the beautiful arched tower and surrounding gardens his wife, Ada, planted still speak powerfully of his – and her – presence. The Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Gardens contain many of the elements of Catalina that captivated the couple when they first saw the island in 1919. The 38-acre garden and tower are both places of beauty and calm that address all the senses, from space for the eye to gaze to the sweet scent of native plants. Wrigley’s fame was international – the name synonymous with chewing gum – and his company was headquartered in Chicago, but his heart was in Catalina. The tower, built by Ada after William’s death in 1932, is constructed of stone quarried on the island; its roof and decorative tiles were made at Catalina Pottery. Wrigley was interred in the mausoleum for several years, but during WWII his remains were moved to Forest Lawn in Glendale. Today, visitors can climb to the viewing platform on the memorial for an up-close look at the structure and a long view to Avalon harbor. Catalina and Channel Island native plants are featured in the garden, but it is also home to an extensive cactus collection planted in 1935 by horticulturist Albert Conrad. Look for the six Catalina endemics – plants found nowhere else in the world but on the island: St. Catherine’s Lace, Catalina Manzanita, Catalina Ironwood, Catalina Live Forever, Catalina Mahogany and Catalina Bedstraw. Open daily from 9am to 5pm; adults $7, seniors and veterans $5, students $3, children under 5 free. Catalina Island Conservancy 310.510.2595, CatalinaConservancy.org. Located one and a half miles up Avalon Canyon Road. Access: walking, bicycling, golf cart, trolley bus. WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU IS IMPORTANT TO US.310.221.6290 | AVALONFREIGHTSERVICES.COMWe support our customers by providing one-of-a kind service that is needed to make their project a success. You can count on Avalon Freight Services to deliver.Vincent Thomas BridgeRegan St.Swinford St.A St.N. 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Avalon Freight Services is on your rightDIRECTIONS Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden 60 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Take a Hike – You’ll Love Catalina’s Scenic Trails PERMITS Free hiking permits can be ordered online, at CatalinaConservancy.org., or at these four locations on the island (hours may vary by season): • Conservancy House (located in Avalon), 125 Clarissa Ave., 310.510.2595. • Nature Center, Avalon Canyon near Hermit Gulch Campground on the road to Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. • Catalina Airport in the Sky, center of the island, 310.510.0143. • Two Harbors, Visitor Information Center, 310.510.4205. YOU CAN TAKE A DAY HIKE or a short walks through the countryside, following loop trails that will give you a glimpse of the backcountry. Or test your mettle on the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail, which opened in 2009, establishing a route that not only gives hikers spectacular views and encounters with nature, but also connects the island’s campgrounds. Naturalists with the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy created the Trans- Catalina Trail making use of routes already carved by buffalo and other creatures. The trail can be joined or exited at a number of points, but its formal start is the Renton Mine Trail just east of Avalon; its end point is Starlight Beach on the West End. Additionally, there are many other trails on the island – from relatively level ones of moderate distance to longer, highly vertical ones that will give the physically fit a workout. Some hikers choose to take ground transportation to an interior point, such as the Airport in the Sky, and begin their hike there. Permits, which are free, are required for hiking in the interior. They are issued by the Conservancy, which manages all land outside Avalon and Two Harbors to ensure the island’s unique ecosystem is protected. Don’t leave without picking up one of the Conservancy’s trail maps – just $3 – and a great resource. It contains elevation guides so you can choose the hike to best match your time and skills, and has a photo guide to the plants and animals you’ll want to identify along the way. MORE INFORMATION 310.510.2595, 125 Clarissa Ave., Avalon CatalinaConservancy.com When it comes to hiking, Catalina can’t be beaten. No other Channel Island features the diversity that Catalina has to offer. It has the added bonus of having 200 miles of trails that crisscross it. Activities CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 61 CATALINA HAS FIVE CAMPGROUNDS, four in the interior (outside of Avalon) and one in Avalon, and a scattering of sites reachable only by boat. The interior campgrounds are each placed in a unique setting that takes advantage of the island’s geography and views, from its highest point to sea level. Equipment is available for rent. Fees for camping are assessed per person rather than per site. CAMPING PERMITS All sites require permits and have restrictions designed to protect the settings. Camping permits are issued upon check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services or in Avalon, at Hermit Gulch Campground or the Island Tour Plaza. Info: VisitCatalinaIsland.com, 310.510.8368. Book online, or by calling 310.510.8368. A $9.25 transaction fee is charged. TWO HARBORS Located on a bluff above the isthmus with its own beach. Regular tent camping and tent cabins; 42 individual sites and three group areas. Rangers rent equipment and sell firewood, charcoal and propane. Access: short hike from the pier. BLACK JACK CAMPGROUND Near the island’s highest peak, 2,097-foot Mount Orizaba. Eleven campsites with views of rolling terrain. Access: hiking, airport shuttle, safari bus. PARSONS LANDING Secluded beach camping seven miles west of Two Harbors. Eight primitive campsites accommodate up to 6 people each. Access: moderately difficult hike or kayak trip. LITTLE HARBOR Sandy, beachfront campground with 23 sites nestled around an idyllic harbor. Access: Safari Bus or hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail. (Kayak, snorkel rentals offered by Wet Spot). HERMIT GULCH CAMPGROUND Tree-shaded setting in Avalon with fresh water, rentals and other services. Each of Hermit Gulch’s 43 sites has a picnic table and fire ring. Tent camping and tent cabins. Located on Avalon Canyon Road a mile from downtown Avalon. Access: walking, taxi or trolley. BOAT-IN Seventeen primitive sites at nine locations. Campers must pack in all their own equipment and supplies. Access: sites can only be reached by boat or kayak. • Medium Size Stanley Box are acceptable. The largest Stanley or Husky Box must be kept under 50 lbs. and, although within the dimensions, be able to be stored on end if necessary. • Two wheel dollies are acceptable to assist transporting luggage. Two 50 lbs. luggage bags can be placed on the two wheel dolly, each luggage can be no larger than 37”x23”x23” and weighing no more than 50 lbs. Total weight on the dollie cannot exceed 100 lbs. • No four-wheel carts or wagons. • Consider Soft Dive Bags with wheels. • Weight belts may take your luggage over the 50 lbs. maximum and MUST be carried aboard. Use a weight bag or wear the weights. We recommend the soft weights. • We recommend a back pack for your most important items i.e. log book, computers, mask, regulator which can be carried aboard. • Consider gear rentals from on-island dive suppliers to keep your load light. EXTRA LUGGAGE? OVERSIZED OR OVERWEIGHT? Contact Catalina Flying Boats, which will deliver “same day” to your hotel or campsite in Avalon or Two Harbors. 800.834.3254 ext. 10. BAGGAGE LIMITATIONS Catalina Express vessels have limited space for baggage. Pack efficiently; only two bags are allowed per person (weight maximum 50 lbs. each), plus a carry-on (maximum dimensions 37” x 23” x 23”). CAMPERS will be allowed to transport a sleeping bag as an extra piece of luggage. • Plan to pack efficiently. • Keep ice chests sizes to 60 quarts or lower. • To keep your ice chest under 50 lbs., pack only perishable items. • Empty out water from melted ice from the ice chest. • Use duct tape, not bungee cords (bungee cords can get snagged and become dangerous). • Straps and snaps on backpacks should be snapped together and fastened. No canteens, tennis shoes, loose items tied to exterior of backpacks. • Bundle beach chairs together. • No four-wheel carts or wagons. • No hoverboards. The US Coast Guard prohibits the following items aboard the vessels: Camp stoves and lanterns (except electric or when propane or butane canisters are removed), fuel canisters (propane, butane, white gas), charcoal, cots, firewood, gasoline, kerosene, outboard motors, flammables. DIVERS will be allowed one extra piece of luggage and one Dive Tank (Two-tank rig with a fixed manifold is counted as one tank). • We recommend a “tank strap with the handle hold” for your carrying convenience. Cape Canyon Expedition, Santa Catalina Island Company Camping QUESTIONS? Contact our passenger services representative at 562.485.3200 or [email protected] 62 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Shark Harbor Cottonwood Beach CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 63 Company Photo courtesy Santa Catalina Island Company Church Rock White’s Landing Camping in Two Harbors 64 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Cruise into Long Beach for a sea-worthy time LONG BEACH, THE MAIN PORT CITY for Catalina Express, has lots of room to play, with five and a half miles of sandy coastline plus miles of inland bays and waterways. Hit the beach by day, and at night visit the restaurants, clubs and bars on the waterfront, where you’ll find everyone from conventioneers to hipsters. During the past decade, city officials invested more than a billion dollars in downtown waterfront, transforming it into a lively destination with diverse hotels, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a dynamic arts and crafts scene. The refurbished Long Beach Airport, which recently added a $140-million terminal, completes the picture, offering a convenient way to access and depart the area without the hassle presented by Los Angeles International Airport. WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN? • Visit the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, located next to the main Catalina Express terminal, where you can pet a shark or get up-close-and-personal with a manta ray. The waterfront facility is home to 11,000 sea creatures. • Walk the decks of the stately Queen Mary. At one time, the famous ship was the world’s largest, fastest and most luxurious ocean liner. Her sailing days are long past, but she still adds color and a retro cachet to Long Beach Harbor, and entertains passengers in restaurants and on historical tours. • Stroll the city’s waterfront marina and nearby downtown. Within an eight-block area, there are more than 100 restaurants, first-class accommodations, shopping and entertainment venues. VisitLongBeach.com. • Rent a bike and hit the city’s bike paths, one of which runs 5.5 miles along the sandy shoreline. Long Beach, which has been ranked in the top 25 cities by Bicycling Magazine, has 60 miles of bike paths. • Ride a gondola through the canals of Naples, where some of the city’s finest homes hug the water. Visit CatalinaExpress.com to plan your trip or call 800.995.4386. CATALINA EXPRESS TERMINAL LONG BEACH Catalina Landing 320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802 Directions: The Catalina Landing at downtown Long Beach is located in the heart of the city, along the waterfront beside the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The port is easily accessible from Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. Terminal Parking: $17 daily maximum per 24-hour period. Overnight parking okay. Cash, Visa and MasterCard accepted. Prices are subject to change. Discounts for groups, long visits and buses may be available seasonally. Check with parking vendor for details. Operated by Ampco System. Parking: 562.432.5166 or by email: [email protected] Ports of Departure BOOK MAINLAND HOTELS on CatalinaExpress.com Photos courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 65 QUIET TIDE POOLS, TALL SHIPS and a scenic harbor set Dana Point apart. But this Catalina Express port, a small jewel on the Pacific Coast, isn’t resting on its laurels. During the past year, the city has invested more than $20 million in improvements in its Lantern District, adding wider sidewalks, new lighting and seating areas and an archway welcoming guests. In addition, three new restaurants will open in the district by summer: Craft House, Two Left Forks and Coastal Kitchen They will join more than 20 restaurants serving the city’s main tourist destination, picturesque Dana Point Harbor, which has two marinas and offers plenty of shopping and activities. The harbor is also home to the Ocean Institute, a marine educational facility that is open weekdays, with access to the Headlands and Beyond exhibit, including the new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. On weekends, visitors can observe ocean animals, sea plants and deep sea fish in their natural habitat. Anchored near the institute is The Pilgrim, a full-size replica of the square-rigged vessel on which Richard Henry Dana sailed. Tour the boat on Sundays. Each March, the city hosts a Festival of Whales, which celebrates the migration of the California gray whale from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. In September, it is home to a Tall Ships Festival, which brings the history of early sailing alive and is the largest gathering of tall ships on the West Coast. Dana Point harbor is just south of the landmark Headlands, one of the last undeveloped promontories in Southern California — and home to a number of rare animal and plant species. Don’t miss Doheny State Beach when you visit. Located at the south end of Dana Point, it’s one of Southern California’s top surfing destinations. The Doheny Marine Refuge has an interpretive center devoted to local wildlife. The beach is one of the most popular in the state in part because it has beach camping. The 62-acre park includes more than a mile of beachfront. Visit CatalinaExpress.com to plan your trip or call 800.995.4386. CATALINA EXPRESS TERMINAL DANA POINT Located at Dana Wharf Sportfishing 34675 Golden Lantern St Dana Point, CA 92629 Directions: This port is located just off the 5 Freeway and is convenient for travelers coming from San Diego or Orange County. ATMs are available and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome. Terminal Parking: Park briefly in the short-term lot to purchase your tickets and a parking pass for the long-term lot. Allow an extra 15 minutes to move your car to long-term parking and walk back to the dock. Parking is $12 per day. For questions related to parking but not reservations, call 949.496.5794 ext. 7. Celebrate the Pacific Ocean at Dana Point To check availability and buy tickets: 800.979.3370 or online at DanaWharf.com40% CE4040% OFF anywhale watching trip booked online - use promo CE40 Photos courtesy Dana Point Chamber of Commerce 66 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2016-2017 Set sail in San Pedro, home of the World Cruise Center CATALINA SEA AND AIR TERMINAL SAN PEDRO Berth 95, San Pedro, CA 90731 Note: The San Pedro terminal address does not display accurately on all mapping websites. For mapping website driving directions please use: N Front St & Swinford St, San Pedro, CA. Directions: Take the 110 Freeway south to San Pedro. Take the Terminal Island, Exit 47 ramp. Exit Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal. Terminal Parking: $17 per day (Free for the 1st hour; $2 thereafter). Cash, credit cards or traveler’s checks only. Prices are subject to change. Check with parking vendor for details. Parking operated by PCI Parking; 310.547.4357. WITH ITS STEEP HILLS AND STUNNING OCEAN VIEWS, San Pedro is often compared to San Francisco. Visitors find a lot of other things to like, too. They can visit the USS Iowa, see the nation’s busiest port and set sail for far-away places from San Pedro, one of California’s oldest communities. The biggest game in town — literally and figuratively — is the USS Iowa, the West Coast’s only battleship on display. Built in 1940, the Iowa served the nation for over 50 years and was designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship.” A tour lets visitors experience the life of a sailor on a gunship in World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Be sure to check out the port, home to a Catalina Express terminal and also the location of the World Cruise Center, where nearly a million people depart annually on cruise ships that sail the seven seas. The port itself, with 43 miles of waterfront and 27 cargo terminals, offers a great place to get a glimpse of some unusual sights. Visitors can see freighters that have sailed around the world, watch long-shore workers operating 200-foot-tall container cranes and see LA City fireboats provide dazzling water-spray escorts for arriving vessels. Visit scenic Cabrillo Beach for swimming, boating and fishing, or stop by the Cabrillo Marine Museum, where visitors entering the Exploration Center can crawl into a large aquarium (without getting wet) and be surrounded by teeming ocean life such as flatfish, sting rays, octopuses and other creatures. Visit the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse, a five-story, Victorian-style lookout built in 1874. Stop at the Korean Bell of Friendship, a massive, 12-foot-tall, 17-ton bell that rests on a peaceful knoll overlooking the sea where U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific. Visit CatalinaExpress.com to plan your trip or call 800.995.4386. Ports of Departure Make travel to the island affordable and showcase some of the in-depth beauty this iconic island has to offer. 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