Planning to visit Catalina Island around the holidays? Catalina Island is the perfect place to embrace a little holiday cheer – and find amazing gifts! One of the best places to shop is the iconic Hotel Metropole Marketplace.
With its cobblestone streets, relaxed island atmosphere, and unique shops, holiday shopping at the marketplace is second to none. Santa himself is known to shop here, and here’s why:
1. Find one-of-a-kind gifts
It’s getting harder and harder to give unique gifts, which is why shoppers – and Santa – love Hotel Metropole Marketplace. The quaint, oceanfront shopping area is the perfect spot to find unique gifts for anyone on your list.
Forget big box stores, and check out Blues N Brass Creations for trendy women’s clothes, pick up homemade décor created by local artists at Sunkissed, or browse the selection of jewelry at Bay of The Seven Moons.
If you want to make your own gifts, go to Catalina Shell Co. and buy a few cups of seashell for your holiday crafts.
2. Trade frenzied shopping for a fun experience
Traditional shopping trips are a frenzied rush of gift-buying. Shoppers typically head to a mall and bounce from store to store, or turn to their laptop and start ordering gifts online. Either way, the fun of the shopping experience is gone.
Shopping at the marketplace is a fun, enjoyable experience. Shoppers can wander through oceanfront shops, talk with friendly store owners, and revel in finding great gifts.
Plus, you’re on island time, so there’s no crazy pace.
3. Take a break and enjoy a great meal
When you’re a little tired of shopping, stop into one of the many restaurants scattered through the marketplace. Café Metropole offers tasty soups and salads, Coney Island West serves up rave-worthy flame-broiled burgers, and Katies Kitchen makes the best chicken on the island. Anyone of these great restaurants provides the perfect spot to rest and refuel for more shopping.
4. Shake up the day with an activity or two
When you’re ready to shake up your day a bit, there are plenty of activities right in the marketplace. Play mini bowling at Three Palms Avalon Arcade and Restaurant (a favorite of Santa’s) or try a paint and sip class at Radiance.
In other words, you don’t have to shop-till-you drop. When you’re shopping at the marketplace, the day is yours to design.
5. Plan a relaxing end to the day
The marketplace is the perfect stress-free spot to shop, but a full day on your feet is still tiring. Plan to end your day of fun-filled shopping at A Touch of Heaven Day Spa. Consider a Swedish massage, a grape seed facial, or a foot scrub to make sure the day finishes on a high note.
Holiday shopping is a breeze at the Hotel Metropole Marketplace. With so many stores, restaurants, and activities, it’s the perfect all-in-spot for holiday shopping. After finding all sorts of treasures, take a tip from Santa and wander next door to the historic Hotel Metropole to fall asleep in an oceanfront mini-suite or luxurious guest room.