When you hear the word “Catalina,” you will think about blue seawaters, the lovely beaches, and the rugged backcountry. If you are thinking about visiting the island now, you will have a new reason to hop onto the Catalina Express.
The island, which was bought by William Wrigley Jr. in 1919, is hosting a dazzling blown glass sculpture exhibition. The blown glass sculptures of the much-acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly are exhibited in the Catalina Island Museum and the exhibition will stay open until December.
It will be a thrilling experience for you to see the nature-inspired installation glittering in the mild sunlight at the terrace of the museum. During your stay in the beautiful island, you can also uncover the colorful history of Catalina Island.
Avalon is the main and lively hub of the island and houses many hotels ready to be occupied. Many of these Catalina Island hotels date back to the Golden Age of Hollywood when the Island was the playground of stars like Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin.
One of the best hotels on the island is Hotel Metropole, which is located in the heart of Avalon. Hotel Metropole is the perfect place for families, single or romantic escapades and getaways.
You will notice that the city of Avalon does not have many cars, but there are numerous restaurants from where you can have all sorts of seafood. You can enjoy the lunch under the shade of the palm trees enjoying the glittering waters of the beach. You will be able to find many restaurants overlooking the Avalon Bay where you can enjoy splendid meals watching the blue sea.
A visit to the Catalina Casino to enjoy the Art Deco murals should definitely be on your itinerary. Catalina Casino is the place where almost 6,000 dancers once danced to a big band beat. The theater is very beautiful and still shows movies at night.
If you are looking for a somewhat more adventurous feel, explore the wild. The Catalina Conservancy offers an exploration of the island in a bio-fueled Hummer, and in the trip, you may spot the Catalina Island fox and the wooly bison, which are exclusive to the island.
In fact, in your trip to “the island of romance”, you will find that activities and adventures are unending in the island. Scuba diving, zip lining, parasailing, and much more such activities on the island are there to enthrall you. Make sure to have a rejuvenating and revitalizing massage at the Catalina Hotel Metropole to have a relaxed night after all the fun.