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If you live on the west coast, have only a few days after the wedding for your honeymoon, but would really like to get away from it all, Catalina Island may be just the spot for you. Just an hour's ferry ride from Los Angeles, romantic Catalina is worlds away from the big city.
There has been little development since the days when William Wrigley Jr. (of chewing gum fame) lived in his mansion more than 80 years ago. Restored to its former elegance, the grand house is now the Inn on Mt. Ada, offering charming hotel rooms, gorgeous suites, fabulous views of the town of Avalon and wonderful cuisine.
While in Avalon, you won't be able to miss the glowing, cylindrical Casino. Also built by Wrigley, some 70 years ago, this gorgeous Art Deco structure still entertains with dances, bands, and films.
There's great snorkeling and scuba diving around the island (often described as the best in Southern California) and dive boats are available for excursions. In fact, just about every water-related sport imaginable can be enjoyed, from parasailing to kayaking.
If you're a landlubber, you're sure to love the wonderful trails, gorgeous gardens and herds of roaming bison.
During the week and off-season, room rates are quite reasonable, especially considering the pristine ocean views, terrific meals and relative tranquility that await you on Santa Catalina Island.