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The Catalina Wine Mixer is Real

Those familiar with the movie Step Brothers will get the reference to the Catalina Wine Mixer. The characters in the film, Dale and Brennan, played by John C Reilly and Will Ferrell, become stepbrothers in their 40's after their parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins, get married…

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A Step Back in Time: Brown Berets

Brown Berets Invade Avalon On August 30, 1972, the Los Angeles Times headline read “Brown Berets Invade Santa Catalina Island.” The Brown Berets were a pro-Chicano group formed in the late 1960’s to address the issues of farm workers’ rights, educational reform, anti-war activities, police brutality…

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A Step Back in Time: Holly Hill House

The Holly Hill House In 1888, Peter Gano, a civil engineer and talented craftsman from Pasadena, began building a beautiful Queen Anne architectural style cottage on Avalon’s southern hillside overlooking Avalon bay. Mr. Gano came to love the island when he was helping to create the island’s first…

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Point your boat out to Catalina Island

For adventurous skippers in Southern California, Catalina Island is one of the most convenient and enjoyable cruising destination. Sure, if you’re financially independent or just quit your job, you could set sail for La Paz or the Sea of Cortez. But for the rest of us, we’re more than happy to cross…

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Catalina Chimes Tower

Assuring the Future of the Catalina Chimes Tower First time visitors to Avalon are often deeply moved by the sights and sounds of this beautiful seaside hamlet. The iconic Catalina Casino is invariably the first sight most see as they approach the harbor, and often the first sound they hear once…

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