Catalina Courtyard Suites

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Catalina Island: The Playground for the Rich and Famous

Back in the 1920s and 1930s, Catalina Island was the premier destination for the rich and famous. William Wrigley Jr. (of Wrigley Chewing Gum Fame) bought the island, and he brought the Chicago Cubs (which he owned) to the island for Spring Training starting from 1921 to 1951. During his tenure as owner, Wrigley made Avalon into the resort destination that it’s known for today. In the early days of Hollywood, Catalina Island was the prime shooting location for many films, and celebrities would often flock to the island as an escape from everyday life. Back in those days, Catalina Island was considered the beloved “backlot” of Hollywood, and it wouldn’t take long for you to see someone rich and famous if you stayed in Avalon during those times.

In today’s era, Catalina Island is still as precious as ever. It boasts awe-inspiring canyons and peaks while being held on the beautiful Californian coast. For years, Hotel Catalina has been the preferred hotel in Avalon— everyone from celebrities to people who want a simple vacation would stay with us. Hotel Catalina is ready to receive you during this summer season. To learn more, check out our accommodations.

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