Catalina Island Inn
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Ca 75 km fra Los Angeles kyst ligger Catalina Island, der er et uspoleret ø og feriested, hvor der bor 1.500 indbyggere og der er 1.500 golfvogne på øen, da normal biltransport ikke er sagen. Det kunne udefra ligne en lille græsk perle mellem klippe-hvælvingerne på den store ø. I 1919 købte tyggegummi-milliad …
We drive from Marina Del Ray south to the Port of Long Beach where we will catch the Catalina Flyer. This is a high speed people-only ferry shuttles us from Long Beach to the main city on Catalina Island – Avalon. Although there is another city – Two Harbors, we are left with the impression from locals that this destination is for those …
... As we were leaving Newport Bech harbour a report came in that a mother and calf Californian Grey Whale had been spotted south of us. The skipper plotted where they might be and headed for a hopeful rendezvous. We were lucky and found them after only about 20 minutes. Drinks were then half price to celebrate being the only boat today to see a whale!
Although we got to within ...
... br> San Pedro has a lovely old post office built in 1936:
Rosemarie and I went to check out Ports of Call for lunch on Saturday. While we were there enjoying seafood tostados, a huge freight ship from Shanghai was entering the harbor:
Here's Elaine and Ian walking along the beach at Point Fermin at twilight:
... Diana Smith. We had roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and wonderful desert. We all ate in my rig, all 15 of us! We had a lot of laughs and did not leave hungry. Dieter replaced my alternator and life was good again, only $ 280 later. Lucky Dieter was around!
Day Seven, Sunday, May 29
Udo brought a small boat (very small). Snow & cold Dieter and Udo went out fishing. They came back with their limit ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
The recent renovations give the hotel a great spruced up look and feel. New furnishings, fresh paint and a good decorative touch everywhere. To get the best view, you must earn it. Climbing staircase after staircase from front to back of the hotel is not for the weak of limb or heavy of luggage. But once to the top floor, well the view has to be the best in town. The top, 4th floor, has three rooms overlooking the harbor. We were in the middle room. A fantastic view. Better yet would be the corner room which also would view the mountain side. I'm guessing the 3rd floor is a great view too. Top floor costs a bit more - probably for a reason.
Not much in the way of services or information to be found in the lobby The desk staff were very friendly and helpful. But there was a notable lack of information regarding the area and the desk staff seemed to keep to the basics of check-in, check-out and room maintenance/support requests. The phone in the room was broken, so I had to run down the stairs a few times to report problems with the new heating system, request a blanket, and report that despite the wonderful renovations, the older sliding porch door had a gap in it at the top of 2 inches and the wind was blowing into the room. I saw some new porch doors on the ground - so hopefully these will be installed soon.
Bottom line - my wife loved it and rewarded me for the great pick.
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