Lynn – Catlina Day 2

April 19, 2010

in gluten free, product review, restaurant, travel

Here’s the second part of our weekend getaway to Catalina Island. We were up early, lounged around in bed, and were still the first to hit The Aurora Hotel’s Continental Breakfast:

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We weren’t hungry, but grabbed some stuff before it got picked over, stashing it in our room fridge. In the meantime, we took 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 was surrounded by scaffolding:

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We actually just saw an episode of Huell Howser on PBS where he gave a thorough tour of the Catalina Casino, so we didn’t feel the need to go inside. Not that we even had an option. Everything was sealed shut at that hour.

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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 got wet and we had to use the hair dryer!

This:

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Became this:

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  • Container of fat-free plain yogurt, sweetened with a tiny bit of NuStevia packet I had in my purse
  • Strawberries and grapes
  • 1/2 a crumbled lemon poppy seed muffin

After breakfast, we finished packing and checked out. It was only 11am, and our ferry back wasn’t until 3:45pm. The hotel held our bags while we continued to explore the island.

There are very few automobiles on Catalina, and everyone travels via golf cart:

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I already knew before we arrived that I wanted to rent one. It’s a little pricey ($40/hour) but was totally worth it!

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(Abe took some video footage of me driving the cart that I’ll edit/post later.)

After our little adventure I wanted ice cream. There are a number of places to get frozen treats, but this one always had the longest lines so I knew it would be good.

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It was closed, though. What’s so strange about wanting ice cream before noon?! So we took another long walk, this time up to The Inn on Mt. Ada, another high point in Avalon.

On the way we passed by a pet cemetery:

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It took about 30 minutes to reach the top:

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We didn’t go inside the Inn; it was gated and looked intimidating.

Back down, Big Olaf’s was finally open! And a line had already formed, too.

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Abe got a Root Beer Float made with Frozen Yogurt (his own creation, off the menu), and I got a kid-size scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Both were delicious! I think this may be the only place with homemade options – they also had amazing looking waffle cones, but my stomach didn’t think it could handle that.

What to do for the remaining 2 hours?!

More walking along the water…

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Anyone have a clue about the story behind that?!

Our feet were getting ache-y and chafed; we decided to just sit and do some reading. I wanted to be in the sun, so Abe and I sat across from one another.

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I alternated between memorizing lines and finishing up “This Book Will Save Your Life.”

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For our last hour in Avalon, we ate lunch at Cafe Metropole, recommended by Mimi as a veggie-friendly option.

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They have a very cute patio area:

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I ordered a salad with romaine lettuce, chicken, avocado, cranberries, walnuts, and tomatoes…

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…and used 1/2 of the cranberry walnut dressing. It tasted very fresh and was reasonably priced. Abe got an egg-salad sandwich that he enjoyed for only $4 (a much better option than the $12 one we saw at another place).

And that was the end of our little trip! We did everything we wanted to do, fully explored the little city, and were very relaxed. 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 slept on the ferry ride back, picked up Julius, came home, and unpacked.

*Poof* Back to normal.

I couldn’t be bothered to wrap my mind around cooking something, and I didn’t want to spend more money on another meal out. So I combined 1/2 a can of Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup that I’d won in Leianna’s Giveaway with 2 handfuls of baby spinach and 1/2 an organic zucchini.

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On the side, a handful of these Multi-Seed Roasted Garlic Crackers that Crunchmaster sent:

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They’re gluten/sugar/cholesterol/dairy-free and vegan!

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The crackers were quite good – like a very well-seasoned rice chip.

A stowaway from the island – a navel orange from the hotel:

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My Monday isn’t too manic, thankfully. Just an audition and a few errands, nothing that’ll put me into post-vacation-shock.

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