Catalina Island Getaway 2020

Looking to get a little fresh air, after two weeks of being cooped up inside (due to the global pandemic and hazardous air quality from the California wildfires), we booked a cruise onboard Catalina Express’ Cat Express from San Pedro to Two Harbors at Catalina Island. The 300 passenger double hull boat, only allows about…

Catalina Island’s Hotel Atwater is better than ever

There are three ways to arrive on Catalina Island – helicopter, airplane and boat. The most economical mode of transportation is taking one of the high speed Catalina Express boats from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point.  Within one hour, your will be transported to a more laid back vibe, rich in history, and abundant…

Day at the Spa Catalina Island

Alison Elizabeth Wrigley-Rusack took a historic and worn El Encanto shopping and dining complex in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, and turned it into a luxury spa and community hub for residents. She is the daughter of the former president and chief executive officer of the William Wrigley Jr. Company, the chewing gum…

Catalina Island Food Tour

When my friend Toni told me she has never been to Catalina Island before, I was stunned. She’s lived in California most of her life and has never taken the one hour Catalina Express boat over to the island. I on the other hand, have been to the island over 50 times, because my parents…

Bison Roam Freely on Catalina Island

Even though they are non-native, bison have roamed Catalina Island for almost 100 years. The first to arrive by boat were a herd of American Bison in the 1920s. Some Islanders will tell you these furry mammals starred in Zane Grey’s silent film, The Vanishing American. Others will tell you, it was another movie that…

Quintessential Summer Vacation – Catalina Island

Take a one-hour Catalina Express boat ride to Avalon this summer. Once you arrive, take a short walk, call a taxi or rent a golf cart to the new Descanso Beach Club. It’s located behind the Catalina Casino (not a gambling casino, but a dance pavilion, movie theater and special occasion venue) for a day…