Monday, July 1, 2013
Day and overnight packages include overland transportation to Catalina’s West End
(Avalon, Calif.)—The Santa Catalina Island Company, the island’s longest-running and premier resort-service provider, is offering new adventures and packages that make it easier than ever for guests to experience more of Catalina Island. The two-night Discover Catalina Package offers transportation between your choice of accommodations in the city of Avalon and the village of Two Harbors, while the single-day Discover Two Harbors Adventure includes round-trip transportation between both ends of the island and free time to explore Two Harbors.
“Relatively few visitors to Avalon—Catalina Island’s only city—experience the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the island’s West End and Two Harbors,” says Randall Herrel, CEO of the Santa Catalina Island Company. “These offerings provide guests much more flexibility and freedom to explore during their stay on Catalina Island.”
Available now, the Discover Catalina Package, starting at $410 per person (double occupancy) includes overland transportation between Avalon and Two Harbors and two nights’ accommodation at your property of choice. Pair a stay at Avalon’s Pavilion Hotel, located just 14 steps from the beach, with a night at a recently renovated vacation casa in Two Harbors. The well-appointed three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa offer unparalleled views of Isthmus Cove and Catalina Harbor and are an ideal getaway for couples and families seeking private relaxation and access to a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Or pair a night at the Hotel Atwater, located in the heart of Avalon, with a night at Two Harbors’ Banning House Lodge, a craftsman-style bed and breakfast built in 1910 that has a dozen charming rooms, a sunroom with views of Isthmus Cove and a cozy, wood-paneled living room with wrap-around deck overlooking Catalina Harbor.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the Discover Two Harbors Adventure offers same-day transportation in a classic 50’s Flxible BusTM from Avalon to Two Harbors, where guests have an hour and a half of free time to lounge on the beach, enjoy a lunch at the Harbor Reef Restaurant or go sea kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, biking, snorkeling or another outdoor activity of their choosing (the Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center rents out most sports equipment).
On the return trip to Avalon, guests pass by beautiful coastline views, an eagle habitat and journey through the heart of the island in Middle Ranch Canyon. This 5 hour, 30-minute tour is $89 per person and departs Avalon Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. For further information and bookings please visit www.visitcatalinaisland.com or call 877-778-8322.
About Santa Catalina Island Company
Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular resort and outdoor recreation destination also known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. SCICo offers a wide range of services and amenities such as the newly renovated Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Atwater Hotel and Avalon Grille. SCICo’s expedition operator has added new adventures to its menu of 25 expeditions and tours with the Zip Line Eco Tour, Eco Hummer Tour, Dolphin Quest, Sea Trek and many more, which are designed to introduce visitors to the island’s rich history, wildlife and backcountry. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing or relaxing on the beach. SCICo has operated much of the island’s lodging, dining and tour options for over 118 years. www.VisitCatalinaIsland.com