24 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2019–2020 T here’s always something new to see, experience or admire on Catalina. That’s why no two trips are the same. Here’s a rundown of recent renovations, infrastructure improvements and upgrades that are in the works. SERVICES TRAILHEAD The multi-story visitors’ center, which also holds a café and gift shop, can help with questions about hiking, camping, boating and backcountry tours. The facility is the new home of the Catalina Island Conservancy, a private land trust that protects the unspoiled beaches, coves and inland areas of Catalina. Check it out as you walk from the ferry dock into town. 708 Crescent Ave. CatalinaConservancy.org VONS Need groceries? The first full-service market on the Island opened early in 2019, offering visitors more choices in brands, fresh produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, prepared foods and more. 240 Sumner Ave. Vons.com AIRPORT IN THE SKY Calling all pilots: Catalina’s seven-decade-old hilltop airport is undergoing some TLC this year thanks to a joint project featuring the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Seabees. The $5 million Catalina Island Conservancy runway repair project is being funded in part by a donation from ACE Clearwater Enterprises, a Torrance-based aerospace and power generation company. HOTELS HOTEL ATWATER Nearly 100 years after it opened, Hotel Atwater is getting a major facelift. It’s scheduled to reopen in the latter half of 2019 with a fresh ambiance, modern amenities and one-bedroom suites in addition to standard rooms. A new restaurant, PKW Eatery + Bar, will be located on the ground floor of the hotel and meeting rooms will be available. 125 Sumner Ave. VisitCatalinaIsland.com/HotelAtwater ZANE GREY PUEBLO HOTEL This iconic hillside hotel is reopening after a five-year closure. The 17-room Hopi-style hotel was originally built by western novelist Zane Grey as his personal home in the 1920s. It sits at the top of a cliff overlooking Avalon Bay and is a unique compound patterned after the Hopi dwellings Grey saw when he traveled in Arizona. Most rooms are suites and there is a pool; a restaurant is also planned. 199 Chimes Tower Rd. GLENMORE PLAZA HOTEL One of the oldest hotels in California, Glenmore Plaza Hotel is remodeling inside and out. It has added balconies to some second-floor rooms; in addition, there are now flatscreen TVs, air conditioning and other modernizations. 118 Sumner Ave. GlenmorePlaza.com RESTAURANTS PKW EATERY + BAR Named after Philip Knight Wrigley, PKW Eatery + Bar is in the renovated Hotel Atwater, which is scheduled to open in the latter half of 2019. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, features small plates, communal tables and has a private room. 125 Sumner Ave. VisitCatalinaIsland.com/HotelAtwater TOYON GRILL Bluewater Avalon, a waterfront restaurant in the heart of Avalon, has teamed up with Catalina Island Conservancy to bring the Island a new eatery and event space inside the Trailhead Visitor Center. The diner, with sweeping views of the harbor, features local ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 708 Crescent Ave. ToyonGrill.com TOURS & ACTIVITIES CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY, Catalina’s largest tour provider, has several new tours and activities. Among them are: Wrigley’s Catalina Tour, which gives participants a look at the historical and cultural evolution of Avalon; Twilight at the Casino, an evening tour of the iconic Casino that includes a chance to take a spin in the ballroom; Bison Expedition, a Hummer tour that concentrates on interior portions of the Island where bison can be seen; and Discover Two Harbors, a fast trip aboard the Cyclone power boat to Two Harbors. Participants can spend the day there and return to Avalon in the afternoon, stay overnight, or return to the mainland aboard Catalina Express. VisitCatalinaIsland.com CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The Catalina Island museum is debuting three new exhibits in 2019. “Wrigley’s Catalina: A Centennial Celebration”, running through January 19, 2020. The exhibit will focus on William Wrigley Jr.’s ambitious Island improvements and its transformation to a tourist destination. “Elizabeth Turk: Tipping Points,” running through March 2020, a look at the extinction of birds and the implication for other species. “Esther Williams: The Swimming Queen of the Silver Screen,” running September 6 through early 2020. The exhibit chronicles Williams career as an athlete, Hollywood star and entrepreneur. WHAT’S NEW or Coming Soon to Catalina