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... other pictures during my walk.
I like taking pictures of the unusual - things that most people would not consider taking pictures of. I feel objects have a story to tell and by taking a picture of it - it starts the process. I can decide to elaborate on an object - now or later - or just let the photo do the talking on its own.
Anyways, I did find a store during my walk - a pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day. I bought some things ...
... has everything. The kids played on the private playground and we decided to make dinner right there on the beach. They have tables and a bbq available. It was magical eating dinner next to the ocean. The kids were playing, we were having drinks and pinching ourselves. You really get the feeling that you are somewhere far away. The view was breath taking.
The next day we decided to hit Descanso Beach. This is a private beach club ...
... to them the war mask that they had initially purchased. Much laughter was had by all.
The next evening, when they returned to their stateroom, a third mask had been laid upon their bed. More laughter.
The next morning, they received a telephone call from Jonathan, the Chief Purser on the Queen Elizabeth, requesting that they visit him in his office. This usually is bad news such as “your credit card has ...
... yards, the whales didn't break surface very much and although we could clearly see them blowing, it didn't make for great photos - sorry ... but there are plenty more photos of today here.
The drive home was more direct but still took over an hour because of the traffic. I came a slip road to be confronted with 16 lanes of non-moving traffic - stuck in both directions. All ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel Avalon
Love the history
I first visited the Zane Grey Hotel in 1969 with my parents. We returned in 1970 and 1971. My sister and her husband have stayed there over the years. It's full of history and it's a fabulous location to get away from the hustle of Avalon itself. The staff is so friendly and courteous. The quiet of the Zane Grey is really welcome. You can relax on the patio overlooking the harbor, play cards in the "living room" or watch t.v. We just returned from 4 days there with my sons (12 and 8). They loved it there and it was fun to share my "old" memories of the hotel. It's historical and serene, and you can't beat that!
Best historical place to stay in Avalon away from the crowds
My husband & I, plus several friends stay @ the Zane Grey Pueblo every year for the Jazz Festival - it is quaint, relaxing and rich with history. This hotel has the best view on the island unless you can afford to stay @ the Inn @ Mt. Ada (which we cannot) - we love the getaway from the phones, TV, etc...it is less than 5 minutes away from the chaos in town & much quieter than most hotels. We look forward to our trip there every year - we consider it our "home away from home" - knowing that Zane Grey not only built this place but it was his home in Avalon makes it even more interesting.
I just got back from a weekend at the Zane Grey. It was wonderful. I had read the comments on this site and was a little nervous. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised.
While visiting friends in Orange County, we took a 2 day side trip to Catalina. There are 2 ways to get to Catalina, boat or helicopter. If you've never ridden in a helicopter, I'd highly recommend it! The view coming into Avalon is beautiful and it took all of 14 minutes. A bit more expensive than the boat, however, 14 minutes versus an hour plus, it's worth the money. Contact Island Express at 1-800-2-AVALON or visit their website at: www.islandexpress.com.It's definitely worth your time to rent a golf cart and take a ride around the island. The whole trip with obligatory stops for pictures, etc. will take you no more than and hour and a half. There's really no need to rent one other than that. Avalon's not a huge city, you can walk just about everywhere. If you do rent a golf cart, visit the Botanical Garden. We chose to walk to the garden and it's a slow incline up, we wished we'd taken the time to visit the garden when we had the golf cart!!If you want to see the "real" Catalina, stop by the Conversancy to get a hiking permit. It's free. And the hiking is great. It'll get you away from all the tourists, the views are incredible when you get up in the hills, and it's incredibly peaceful. We hiked for about 7 hours and saw absolutely no one!! It was heaven.If you're looking for good food, try Villa Portofino. The food was incredible!! We also tried Armstrong's for fish and were less than impressed! Sally's Waffles for breakfast was pretty good too!If you like architecture do yourself a favor and take the tour of the Casino. The guide's have an great sense of humor and the ballroom has to be seen to be believed. It's magnificent. Tours can be arranged through Discovery Tours which is located right on the main drag. Discovery Tours has alot of trips to choose from. We didn't take the inland bus ride but were told by several tourists that did take it that it was a nice trip.I'm not sure how often the cruise ships dock at Catalina, however, on the Tuesday that we were there a Carnival Cruise ship docked and the city became flooded with tourists very quickly. That's a good time to get away from downtown Avalon!As far as lodging goes, we stayed at the Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel. I submitted a separate review on the hotel. Suffice it to say that there are only 3 hotels that are located outside of downtown Avalon, the Zane Grey, the Inn at Mt. Ida and the Best Western. The Inn is incredibly expensive. Consider the Zane Grey if you're on a budget. It has great views and is a quiet refuge from downtown.One thing to note, the skies were overcast everyday but it completely burned off by noon.All in all, our Catalina experience was worthwhile. Can't imagine spending more than 2-3 days though. If we go back we'll certainly explore the island via hiking.Have a great time and don't forget your sunscreen.
An oasis above the chaos.
At first we were a little sad not to be in the middle of all the action in downtown Avalon, but the view is breathtaking, and the aura of the place is serene. Lovely decks around a nice pool. The common fridge is a nice touch - (you supply your own refreshments). A large living room area at another part of the hotel with a fireplace, TV, books, games a piano and another scenic deck. It's true it is not a luxury hotel in the normal sense, but the place stands on its own without all those type of frills. One tip- in summer I would recommend requesting a room on the oceanside, they get a nice breeze, while the garden(hill)side rooms didn't seem to be getting the same type of wind-flow. The hotel is better suited for adults as they seem to be trying to create a peaceful atmosphere.
Marginal at best
As soon as we arrived a member of our party had his camera bag stolen.
This theft occured at the Zane Grey check in area. As for the rooms, well if you prefer no television and bathrooms that are too small to turn around in, your in for a treat at the Zane Grey. Single ply tiolet paper, a construction site that ran compressors all day long and a Frech hotel manager who was just an ass. Expensive with a nice view, we won't return.
I've stayed here three times, once when I was pregnant and twice with my now eight year old daughter. They just barely tolerate having a child there, and I'm sure would have been "booked" if I had more than one. The rooms vary wildly from horribly claustrophic to breathtaking in a better way, i.e. a stupendous view, but accomodations are about as basic as you get. This year's room actually had water pressure in the shower so it's possible they fixed the water heater since our last visit. (Last year's shower was more like a steady drip.) There's a woman at the front desk who doesn't like people, or maybe just guests; don't get on her bad side. There's also a very friendly older man but he wasn't there this time. After the view, the pool is what keeps us coming back, Avalon hotels just don't have them.
I have visited Catalina Island many times over the years and have stayed at several different hotels in Avalon. If you want to stay in a relaxing, quiet place with a nice pool and spectacular views of the harbor below then stay at the Zane Grey. The rooms are nothing fancy, but they are comfortable and clean and give you a sense of what staying on the island must have been like before it became so busy and popular. Yes, it is a bit of a climb uphill (if you miss the free shuttle), but it is good exercise and there is much to look at along the way and when you get back to the hotel you can relax by the pool. When I am there, I am reminded of places I have stayed along the Italian Riviera. There is that same feeling of serenity and well-being looking down at the casino and the boats and the bay far below. It was interesting to me that this was the home of the great American author of western fiction Zane Grey. There used to be a library at the hotel with a few of his books. No doubt they are still there, and it is fun to read one while lounging by the pool. One of my favorite places to stay anywhere; highly recommended!
Grows on you...
Was a bit taken back at the sparce furnishings, and very basic rooms. For $150.00 US per night, I had expected something different. No working fan or light in the shower, curtains did not close completely, shower water pressure lacking, room OK. It took me a day or so to "adjust" to the lack of any luxury items at all. Very simple (cheap?) decor. The heated pool was lovely with the sun deck. Towels supplied and comfortable sun chairs. Once we went shoppping and filled up the common fridge with beer and drinks, snacks etc, it felt better. It is a steep walk back from the town area at night (if you missed the free shuttle times), but once I made it..I appreciated the quietness of the place. Spectacular views!
My daughter and I stayed at the Zane Grey Pueblo during our first trip to Avalon. It has one of the most spectacular views of any lodging there. Up on the hill and out of the bustle of the tourist district, it's an easy walk down the hill into town. Hotel provides free taxi from ferry and also to and from the town square at specified times each day.We loved the hotel, though if you're hoping for luxury and the finest in decor and amenities, this place is NOT for you. It's rustic; it's funky; no phones or TVs or large bathrooms. By some standards, it doesn't have enough electrical outlooks, but if you're looking to get away, hang out, read books, sun by the pool, play cards, be quiet and relax, it's fabulous.If you want a luxury lodging experience, look at the Metropole or for the ultimate, the Wrigley Mansion.If you want an island experience and to see what it might have been like in the olden days, try the Zane Grey. I will stay there again.