A little over a year ago we made our first trip to Catalina where we stayed at the Zane Grey - a rustic & small room, but with a great view of the harbor. It was there that I proposed to my then fiance (she said "yes"). We returned to Catalina for our honeymoon, and narrowed our choices down to five places to stay. The reviews here help make up our minds, and we chose to stay here at the Old Turner Inn for four days/3 nights (June 9-12).
The place is wonderful, charming, quaint, cozy... pick the metaphor. A couple blocks from the front street busy-ness, yet not too isolated. A great room with a fireplace, and an enclosed sitting room (with rocking chairs and a day-bed) accessible thru french doors.
The innkeeper (Crista) was gracious, and cooked us amazing breakfasts (eggs florentine, homemade bread pudding, artichoke & tomato quiche, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, juice, coffee, croissants) and evening hors d'ouevres (wine, cheese, crackers, pot stickers, chips). Free sherry in the room, too. Met the owners, and enjoyed great stories about themselves and the island.
Her suggestions for best places to eat for lunch and dinner were spot-on. Great food with reasonable prices and good service (we knew about Armstrong's for great seafood, plus The Lobster Trap, CC Gallaghers, and The Sand Trap - for $1 tacos and $2 beers during a daily generous "happy hour" time 2-7pm, plus great margaritas). Can't forget Lloyd's of Avalon for great chocolates, too! We'll have to save Steve's Steakhouse for our next trip back.
We also enjoyed the Under The Sea, Flying Fish and Skyline Drive tours (already booked in advance). The June Gloom weather hung around for most of our stay, but that didn't damper our lovely time together at this nice little B&B.
We would definitely come back here again!
Thank you so much, Crista, for making our stay so wonderful!
All the best!!!
Mike & Cindy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is nothing like the staying at The Old Turner Inn. You'll feel connected to the Island by being hosted by a family that has had roots here since 1878. Located in the heart of Avalon, just one short block from the waterfront, beaches, shops & restaurants, this immaculately kept Cape Cod structure reveals a balance of comfort and elegance to its guests. Sunny sitting porches, in-room fireplaces, private bathrooms, antiques, gallery quality artwork of Catalina scenes, historic family photos, and a grand piano combined with our full, scrumptious hot breakfast and friendly staff... Together, they set the mood for a unique, romantic and relaxing Island getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Old Turner Hotel Avalon
- The Old Turner Inn Catalina Island/Avalon, CA