United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Road trip NYC to Dallas
  2. 2 Trip Report Yosemite and Sequoia
  3. 3 Transportation Newark/High Line and Penn Station/Newark
  4. 4 Kayaking at Old Forge, NY
  5. 5 Disneyland Hotel vs. Grand Californian for first time Disneyland visit
  6. 6 Trip Report TR: Washington and Gettysburg in 4 Nights
  7. 7 Western Trip - CO, Utah, NV
  8. 8 Driving route: Monument Valley to Moab on hot day
  9. 9 Looking for suggestions for Washington state weekend getaways
  10. 10 Rail from New York to Washington, D.C.
  11. 11 Broadway Banter revived, Spring 2015!
  12. 12 stopping off I 81 South
  13. 13 NYC with 8 yr old
  14. 14 Boston Restaurants - suggestions please
  15. 15 24 hours in Boston - Where to eat?
  16. 16 Boston Chinatown restaurant or tour recommendations
  17. 17 United Nations tours
  18. 18 Things to do off I81 through VA?
  19. 19 Relocating?
  20. 20 Advice on tipping
  21. 21 Best stays in Jackson hole/tetons
  22. 22 Virginia Beach/ Before or After Labor Day?
  23. 23 September Road Trip in New England
  24. 24 Trip Report Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park
  25. 25 Road trip October
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Moms and Kids Catalina Island - Mini Trip Report

Jump to last reply

Visiting California from Atlanta, I planned an outing for my friend and I, her two kids (11 and 13) and my three kids (12,9,6)

Ferry over Friday morning from Dana Point was a bit rocky but fun.

We arrived and walked down to Pavillion hotel. Wonderful service, lovely gardens, central location that never felt noisy. Super wine and cheese and great breakfast complimentary. Rooms were basic but pleasant (more basic than price might suggest but the rest makes up for it). The outdoor spaces, great service and great location make it worth it.

Late lunch at Metropole - yummy , fresh, lots of veg options

We really felt AWAY, the light, the air, it all felt different. Took a quick swim at the beach. Cold, busy but fun.

Dinner at the Sandtrap (full from wine and cheese we needed a walk). Sort of a snack bar with $1 Taco happy hour! We felt like we were off the tourist trail.

Lots of ice cream shops. Everyone had fun just walking aorund, seeing the boats, the water...lying around nice lounge chairs at hotel.

Next day took a hike, checked out botanical gardens, walked down to Descanso Beach Club. Beach club a bit loud and crowded, perhaps more fun if we'd gone earlier. No reservations for zipline or rock climb available... next time we'll plan ahead.

Dinner at Portofino...a bit fancier than we'd planned but we were in the mood. Everyone very nice to our party of kids! Kids had great manners and enjoyed good Italian food and Shirley Temples.

It was getting a bit rowdier on Saturday night. More so and it would have gone too far but it kept in check.

I liked how lots of different people seemed to be about, families, singles, didn't just seem like one type. With 80% of Island as conservancy it felt like nature was close by. Not quite the South of France but even with all the tourist shops, there was a beautiful life feel.....

We'll be back

1 Reply |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement