TWENTY SIX MILES ACROSS THE SEA
Santa Catalina has been home to Russian otter hunters, Spanish smugglers, Chinese pirates, Franciscan monks, gold and silver miners, Union troops, cattle and sheep herders…the Chicago Cubs, World War II military, fishermen, vacationers, movie stars, millionaires and more. In 1887, George Shatto, a real estate investor purchased Catalina for $200,000 and became the first owner of the island to create a settlement called Avalon. The Banning Brothers bought the island in 1891 and started the Santa Catalina Island Company to develop Catalina as a resort. In 1919, William Wrigley, Jr. gained controlling interest in the Santa Catalina Island Company and devoted his time to preserving and promoting it. In 1921, Wrigley sold lots for building in Avalon town. He had the Catalina Casino created in 1929 for 2.5 million dollars to serve as a “Palace of Pleasure”. In 1975, Philip Wrigley deeded the Wrigley shares in the Santa Catalina Island Company to the Catalina Island Conservancy that he helped to establish. To date, the Catalina Conservancy continues the mission of balancing conservation, education and recreation on 86% of the island.
The Edgewater is built on one of those lots originally purchased from William Wrigley, Jr. in the 1920’s. Vincent Petrich purchased the lot from Wrigley and built the Vincent Apartments on it in 1922. Later, the apartments were converted into hotel rooms and it became The Edgewater Hotel. Vince then married Louise Taylor and they opened and operated a variety of businesses within The Edgewater Building. It has been home to The Silver Dollar, Brazil Club, a tobacco store, an ice cream parlor, John’s Cafe, a Pool Hall, Weezies’ Basket Bazaar, Weezies’, and one of the oldest souvenir shops in Avalon, The Catalina Souvenir Shop which her son Bill opened in 1947 and his wife Beverly continued to run for over 60 years. Four generations have owned and operated businesses within The Edgewater Building. The Edgewater Team welcomes you to enjoy your stay at The Edgewater.
WELCOME TO SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
Catalina Island has something for everyone! Avalon is filled with an array of activities, attractions, and dining options that are sure to please. Below are some recommendations of our island favorites including recommended dining, shopping, water sports, hiking and more.
AVALON DINING RECOMMENDATIONS
Offering authentic Mexican and American Specialties, Coyote's is located at the foot of the Green Pier and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coyote Joe's offers outdoor dining, a full bar and happy hour.
MR. NINGS CHINESE GARDEN
Nings is the place to go for fast, friendly and affordable service! Specializing in Mandarin and Szechwan cuisine, Mr. Nings serves lunch and dinner.
Get out of town and head to Pebbly Beach for lunch or dinner! Try their famous "Pasta Night" every Monday. The Nickel offers complimentary transportation to and from Pebbly, call to learn more.
Serving breakfast and lunch, the Pancake Cottage boasts an extensive menu that is sure to please! Located at the beginning of Crescent Avenue, right off the walkway into town from the Mole.
CATALINA ISLAND BREW HOUSE
New to front street, the Brew House serves morning pastries, fruit and fresh coffee. They feature their own "Catalina Island Brew" as well as a specialized wine menu. This spot is perfect for a quick bite and gorgeous views.
CATALINA COOKIE COMPANY
Serving fresh pastries, a variety selection of coffee and sweets! The Cookie Company features weekly frozen yogurt flavors along with a selection of endless toppings.
A long standing island tradition! Nothing is better than ice cream in a waffle cone along with a seaside walk down Via Casino. This is grab and go establishment.
CATALINA ISLAND ACTIVITIES
CATALINA ISLAND CASINO BUILDING
Built in 1929, the historic Catalina Island Casino Building boasts a ballroom, Avalon Theatre, gorgeous murals and classic Catalina Tileworks. This is a must see while visiting the island. Daily tours are available of the Casino and nightly showings of features films are played in the Avalon Theatre.
CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM
Established by P.K. Wrigley in the 1950s, the Catalina Museum features an array of historical items, photos and occasionally themed exhibits. If you are curious about the history of our beautiful island, this is the place to go!
310.510.2414 | CatalinaMuseum.org
DISCOVER CATALINA'S RUGGED INTERIOR
You haven't truly experienced Santa Catalina Island until you've gone out in "the hills". View the island's rugged interior, pristine coastline and flora & fauna. You can experience the island like a local on Wet Spot Rentals' Little Harbor Outback Tour!
FLYING FISH TRIP
A longtime family favorite, the Flying Fish Trip takes you down the coast in the vintage Blanche W to see Catalina's Fish that fly! Another version of this tour takes you down to the Isthmus where you can enjoy dinner and the Flying Fish on your way back.
Explore Catalina by foot on an array of hiking trails. Popular routes include Pebbly Beach Road, Mt. Ada, Hog's Back, The Wrigley Memorial and if you're adventurous...Hermit Gulch trail where you can view the other side of the island.
CATALINA SOUVENIR SHOP
Talk about vintage, the Catalina Souvenir Shop was established in 1947 and is still around today! Pop in for souvenir trinkets, exclusive gifts, and special island & nautical items. CSS is conveniently located directly below The Edgewater.
SOPHISTICATION, ISLAND STYLE