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Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Recipe for Brunch During Quarantine

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Catalina Island, Family, Recipes, Travel | 0 comments

Honoring that special person in your life this Mother’s Day might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, there are ways to be creative with gifts made with love at home. Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef for Catalina Island Company including its Avalon Grille and Descanso Beach Club locations, is sharing his delectable French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe especially for Mother’s Day at home this year. It’s easy enough for the kids to cook themselves (with a little help here and there, depending on their ages) and sure to be a “mom-pleaser.” The French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe is part of an ongoing Catalina At Home series of delicious, easy-to-make recipes developed by Chef Roberto exclusively for those who want to bring a taste of Catalina Island to their...

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Descanso Beach Club at Catalina Island

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Catalina Island, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

One of the most popular destinations for families visiting Catalina Island to have a beach day is the Descanso Beach Club. The beach club has everything that families could desire for a family beach day. There are cabana rentals, luxurious beach chair rentals, kayaks, snorkel gear, turquoise water and ocean front dining. The beach club offers a complimentary shuttle from downtown making it easier for families to visit. Once you’re at the beach club, it is complimentary to sit on the beach surrounding the cove. The cabanas and beach chairs are available at an additional charge, and we recommend reserving them in advance (especially on weekends, summer and holidays). We arrived at the beach club after spending the first part of our visit touring the island on a golf cart. We found a table at the restaurant right on...

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The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens at Catalina Island

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Catalina Island, Travel | 0 comments

One of our favorite things we did while spending the day at Catalina Island was visiting The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens. While it was HOT on the island, it didn’t stop us from exploring this gem of the island. We arrived via our golf cart which I recommend vs. walking. Once we paid our admission, and purchase water, we were in for a magical treat. There were hundred of plants, trees and cactus’ for the kids to explore throughout the gardens. The kids were able to learn about the different plants, their origin, and details about the plants. Every plant featured its own informational plaque making it a wonderful educational opportunity for my children. At the end of the gardens was the historical monument. Our children listened to the echo of their footsteps as they walked up the...

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Guide to Seeing Catalina Island in a Day

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Catalina Island, Featured, Travel | 1 comment

Want to bring the kids to Catalina? Wondering how to get the most out of your day trip? We have recently spent the day exploring Catalina Island and were able to experience most of Catalina in just one day. Tickets to the island are available from the Catalina Flyer (Newport Beach) and the Catalina Express (Long Beach, Dana Point). We were able to get discounted Groupon tickets through Craigslist to ride the flyer only costing us $50 for a four tickets! When you first get off the boat, you’ll want to rent a golf cart. Do not go to the first stand with the white carts. They are more expensive and take cash only. Walk a little bit further to Catalina Island Golf Cart Rental & Tours (blue golf carts). Tell them that you want the buy two hours...

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