The Inn is an easy, quarter-mile walk from the dock for the Catalina Express, and every service that we needed was within a few flat blocks. I was constantly struck by how safe I felt at the Inn and on the island in general. The staff and the neighbors look out for Inn guests and for one another.
Innkeeper Christa runs the place with great competence and graciousness, and her recommendations for us were spot-on. Realizing that we were avoiding organized tours and wanting us not to leave the island before seeing more than the Avalon area, she proposed that we take the airport shuttle. It was a comfortable ride (not hot, bumpy or dusty) in the same van that the airport workers use to get to and from work. We saw some gorgeous scenery and a bison, got a good feeling for the island as a whole, and enjoyed the exhibits and lunch at the top. It was a memorable experience that we would not have had without Christa’s gentle nudging.
Knowing the expense and difficulties of transporting produce and other items from the mainland to Catalina, I was pleasantly surprised that the fruit platters every morning had items like mangoes, kiwis, blueberries, and raspberries - all artistically arranged. Another healthful breakfast option was the house-made granola, which the Inn has available for sale. As soon as I tasted it, I knew that I’d be buying some to take home.
When I saw other tourists waiting at stops for shuttles to and from their rooms elsewhere on Catalina, I was happy that I could easily access my comfortable Inn room at any time. My husband and I enjoyed all the other guests and the staff, and were happy to have the Old Turner Inn as a home-away-from-home for a week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Avalon, just one short block from the beach and Green Pier, 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 warm breakfast and friendly staff... Together, they set the mood for a romantic and relaxing Island getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Old Turner Hotel Avalon
- The Old Turner Inn Catalina Island/Avalon, CA