Breakfast at The Aurora Hotel, a boutique hotel on Catalina Island.
Here’s the second part of our weekend getaway to Catalina Island. We are up early, lounge around in bed, and are still the first to hit The Aurora Hotel’s Continental Breakfast.
We aren’t hungry, but grab some stuff before it gets picked over, stashing it in our room fridge. In the meantime, we take another walk into town. One of Avalon’s most famous landmarks is their Casino, which is really a movie theater/ballroom – not a place to gamble.
Unfortunately, it is surrounded by scaffolding.
We actually just saw an episode of Huell Howser on PBS where he gave a thorough tour of the Catalina Casino, so we don’t feel the need to go inside. Not that we even had an option. Everything is sealed shut at that hour.
Back to the hotel for some breakfast. They have a lovely sun roof on the 3rd floor where you can sit out and enjoy a view of the ocean. Unfortunately, they hose the entire deck down (furniture included) so our clothes get wet and we have to use the hair dryer!
…ends up becoming this…
- Container of fat-free plain yogurt, with a tiny bit of NuStevia packet I have in my purse
- Strawberries and grapes
- 1/2 a crumbled lemon poppy seed muffin
After breakfast, we finish packing and check out. It is only 11am, and our ferry back isn’t until 3:45pm. The hotel holds our bags while we continue to explore the island.
There are very few automobiles on Catalina, and everyone travels via golf cart.
I already know before we arrive that I want to rent one. It’s a little pricey ($40/hour) but is totally worth it!
After our little adventure I want ice cream. There are a number of places to get frozen treats, but this one, Big Olaf’s, always has the longest lines so I know it will be good.
It is not open, though. What’s so strange about wanting ice cream before noon?! So we take another long walk, this time up to The Inn on Mt. Ada, another high point in Avalon.
On the way we pass by a pet cemetery.
It takes about 30 minutes but finally we reach the top.
We don’t go inside the Inn; it has a gate and also looks intimidating.
Back down, Big Olaf’s Ice Cream is finally open! And a line has already formed, too.
Abe gets a Root Beer Float with Frozen Yogurt (his own creation, off the menu). And I get a kid-size scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Both are delicious! I think this may be the only place with homemade options. They also have amazing looking waffle cones, but my stomach doesn’t think it can handle that.
What to do for the remaining 2 hours?!
More walking along the water…
Anyone have a clue about the story behind that?!
Our feet are getting ache-y; we decide to just sit and do some reading. I want to be in the sun, so Abe and I sit across from one another.
I alternate between memorizing lines and finishing up “This Book Will Save Your Life.”
For our last hour in Avalon, we eat lunch at Cafe Metropole, recommended by by friend Mimi as a veggie-friendly option.
They also have a very cute patio area.
I order a salad with romaine lettuce, chicken, avocado, cranberries, walnuts, and tomatoes…
…and use 1/2 of the cranberry walnut dressing. It tastes very fresh and isn’t too expensive. Abe gets an egg-salad sandwich that he enjoys for only $4 (a much better option than the $12 one we see at another place).
And that is the end of our little trip! We do everything we want to do, fully explore the little city, and relax. For folks who are wondering if you can make a day trip out of going to Catalina, I say a big, enthusiastic yes! And for a longer stay, April is the PERFECT month to go – there are still off-season deals and the weather couldn’t be more perfect.
We sleep on the ferry ride back, pick up Julius, come home, and unpack.
*Poof* Back to normal.