In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Escape the city life to the romantic and historic Santa Catalina Island

Travel Tuesday with Alaska Airlines

Hawaii Now Host Kanoe Gibson has been having a blast Southern California thanks to Alaska Airlines. From braving the waterslides at the Great Wolf Lodge to eating to her hearts content at The Anaheim Packing House, she is living the dream.  But it doesn’t end there — on this Travel Tuesday, she’s hopping on the Catalina Express for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle to the romantic city of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island.

While Catalina island has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was only in the past 120 that it became the world class island resort community that it is today. In 1919, Wrigley gum and then Chicago Cubs owner bought the entire island and began development. Throughout the years, it has maintained its original charm, as development has been kept to a minimum, with almost 90% of the island as conservation land.

Only 22 miles outside of LA, Catalina feels as remote as our island home and is just as magical and captivating. From its charming architecture to the island vibes at Descanso Beach, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and put your toes in the sand. And if you want to get around town, finding a rental car is not an option — walking, biking, or golf carts are your best bet for transportation.

Pavilion Hotel
As Avalon’s premier resort destination, the Pavilion Hotel is a quaint hotel styled in modern island decor where you can feel right at home whether in your room or relaxing in the lush courtyard.

Zip Line Eco Tour
The Catalina Island company literally hooked us up on a Zip Line Eco Tour. Five lines, 300 feet in the air, 3/4 of a mile long. This is the best way to view some of the island’s rare and native wildlife and plants.

East End Adventure
Unless you’re brave enough to jump on board an open air H1 hummer for the East End Adventure, although adventure may be an understatement. The wild ride takes you on twists and turns as you climb 1500 feet up rugged terrain. But the views of Avalon and wildlife sightings were breathtaking and well worth it.

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