More Wrigley on Catalina
Our Private Tour Guests from Chicago Love Catalina Island
So many of our private Los Angeles tour guests are unaware of the island paradise only 23 miles away from Los Angeles. Santa Catalina Island (just Catalina to those of us living here) is the largest of the eight Channel Islands just off the southern coast of California. It’s rich history is only a small part of its attraction for visitors to our region as well as locals wishing a little “island” time to get away from the city. Our guides regale our guests with tales of Hollywood celebrities, gamblers and criminals on those days when the island appears through the foggy mist of the marine layer. Even better than stories told about the island while peering across the channel is our private tour out to Catalina (by helicopter, yacht or ferry – our guests’ choice) when we can show off the beautiful city of Avalon and the wild landscape that is still the major area of the island. The Catalina Island Museum is now housed permanently in the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner building, a lovely structure that pairs with the beautiful Avalon Casino and has whispers of Wrigley Field in its design. Ada (“Blanny”) was the granddaughter of William Wrigley, once owner of the Chicago Cubs and builder of famous Wrigley Field. Blanny Schreiner and the Wrigley Family contributed greatly to the island’s modern development and preservation and much is owed to them for the abundant joy that Catalina provides.