If you had visited Santa Catalina Island in 1895, you might have taken a glorious stagecoach ride from Avalon to the Isthmus. It was the first stagecoach ride out of Avalon since that segment of the road had been completed in June of that year.
70 outdoor enthusiasts ventured from the mainland to Two Harbors for the REI Campout on June 20 and 21. Kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and snorkeling filled the days while evenings consisted of campfires and s’mores and rustic relaxation.
Adam Lasher is an Artist who was recently featured on the 2015 season of “American Idol” on FOX. Adam auditioned in New Orleans, performed his original song, and quickly became one of the judges’ favorites. See Adam Lasher at Descanso Beach Club during our Sunday Beach Parties this summer.
In the early 1920’s, William Wrigley Jr. and David M. Renton were driving Mr. Wrigley’s car up by the Catalina Island golf course. It had been raining earlier in the day and as the gentlemen turned the car around, it became stuck in some clay-like mud. Mr. Renton wondered if the clay was good enough to make bricks. Mr. Wrigley told him to look into it.
For adventurous skippers in Southern California, Catalina Island remains the most convenient and most enjoyable cruising destination available. Sure, if you’re financially independent or just quit your job, you may consider La Paz and the Sea of Cortez. For the rest of us, we’re more than happy to cross the channel and drop anchor for a long weekend in a protected bay on Catalina.
Our wonderfully iconic “Blanche W.” will be saying goodbye to her millions of fans after 85 years of service, at the end of this summer. Built in 1924 “The Blanche,” as we all call her, has grown old and beyond being able to repair and maintain her to the standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Hamilton Beach Airport (now called Hamilton Cove) was built as an amphibian seaplane airport and opened in 1931. The airline, Wilmington-Catalina Airline, LTD, flew 10-passenger Douglas Dolphins two engine amphibian seaplanes. The fare from Wilmington to Catalina in those days was $5.
Ahoy mates! Catalina Island’s party of the year is right around the corner with the 2nd annual Shipwreck Weekend kicking off April 10-12, 2015 at Two Harbors. A spring version of the popular Buccaneers Event that takes place every October, Santa Catalina Island Company is excited to host a castaway weekend of costume contests, live entertainment, DJ’s, treasure hunts and more.
In 1916 William Wrigley bought a share of Chicago's National League, and over the next five years steadily increased his stake. In 1921 as the team set up the field and clubhouse in Avalon Canyon, although never officially named, Avalon townspeople began calling the field Wrigley Field.
One of the most charming features of Avalon is the iconic and beautifully designed Chimes Tower. Wanting to do something special for the community, Ada Elizabeth Wrigley, wife of William Wrigley Jr., purchased the Deagan Westminster chimes and, in December 1925, had a tower built to house them.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind Catalina weekend escape, look no further than Catalina Island’s icon, The Inn on Mount Ada. The famed 6-room bed & breakfast is home to the best views of Catalina Island, Avalon and the Pacific Ocean. Once the home of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada, The Inn on Mount Ada, feels more like a private home rather than a hotel and the personalized service offered to each guest is second to none on the Island.
Ben was a sea lion that most likely swam up from the island’s east end and into Avalon Bay in the late 1800’s. Deciding to make Avalon his home base, the huge bull sea lion set about making friends of the Islanders, visitors and especially the fishermen
Catalina Island is home to the oldest golf course west of the Rocky Mountains. The scenic 2,100-yard course boasts nine holes and two sets of tees for 18 hole play. The course offers a fully stocked Pro Shop. There’s no need to worry about the hassle of bringing clubs over on the ferry – you can rent clubs, electric and pull carts.
Many say the most notable landmark on Catalina Island is the iconic beautiful Casino building. Perched along the harbor, the Art Deco circular icon has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened its doors over eighty years ago.
The longer you live in Avalon the more you become aware of the unique and wonderful people that are your friends and neighbors. Some of these individuals are especially unique for you know that they must have wings or a halo somewhere, for they truly are angels on earth.
Lolo Saldana is an Avalon treasure. For the past 60 years he has run the local barber shop in the Island Plaza. Lolo’s is an island tradition, a place to gather and chat while waiting for your haircut and learning the latest Avalon news. Every kid in town knows that Lolo is always ready to give them a piece of bubblegum or candy when they stop in to say hello.
As construction continues on the former El Encanto building, the new destination spa is beginning to emerge and is due to open early summer. As with any eighty-two year old building, as the remodel progresses, some construction issues are beginning to pop up that need to be addressed. Most of these issues were anticipated, some were not. The main focus has been on the replacement of portions of the foundation in the entry tower.
Romance is in full bloom this spring on Catalina Island! Spectacular views, a calm setting and a variety of venues to choose from ensure that couples and their guests have an experience to remember. Santa Catalina Island Company’s team of skilled wedding planners make it their priority to plan dream weddings and guide each step of the planning process from choosing the perfect location to planning an exciting weekend for wedding guests.
Just 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, adventure junkies can experience one of Santa Catalina Island Company’s thrilling hands on, packaged experiences. Taking guests to new heights, the Heli-Adventures showcase breathtaking views and allow guests to explore the natural, uninhabited beauty of Catalina Island via helicopter, trail trekking or pedal power.
Ahoy mates! Catalina Island’s party of the year is right around the corner with the 2nd annual Shipwreck Weekend kicking off April 11-12, 2014 at Two Harbors. A spring version of the popular Buccaneers Event that takes place every October, Santa Catalina Island Company is excited to host a castaway weekend of costume contests, live entertainment, DJ’s, treasure hunts and more.
Looking for a quick and easy getaway from southern California that leaves room for plenty of thrills? Then look no further than Santa Catalina Island Company’s zip line, offering adrenaline junkies an exotic experience just 26 miles away from Los Angeles. Guests are invited to propel down five separate zip stations dropping from 500 feet to 600 feet above sea level, with one stage that is up to 1,100 feet long!
We want to tell you a little bit about some of the wonderful people that call Avalon their home…Rose Ellen (Arno) Gardner is a true Islander and one of a few actually born on the island. Rose Ellen’s parents, Joe and Rose Arno arrived in Avalon in 1934 to run the local fish market eventually owning the market, Catalina Café, Arno’s Seafood Grotto and the ice concession.