Mary & Paul Go To Avalon

Our Visits To Catalina

We Are Off To Catalina For The Weekend (Page One)

Both Mary and I have been to Catalina many times but we a) were not together and b) we did not stay at the Wrigley Mansion.  As we have gotten to know each other, we shared our "bucket list".  The Wrigley Mansion on Mount Ada was on both of our lists so we decided it was time to pay a visit. We did it and please enjoy our adventure!

A weekend of fun and getting to know each other better.

We dropped over to Jan's without warning!

The card was too cute!!!

Could you tell??

Jan got a great case of the giggles!!

Who is this masked person?

Our sturdy steed await us to board!

Just a quick call to Becky!

Ready for blastoff!

Capturing the departure.

We passed by the Queen and 55 minutes later we arrive!

The queen awaits us!

I am totally in control of myself, mostly!

Then Mary reminds me of my world famous
" Pole Dance Of The Seven Veils"  Note: It used to be fourteen veils but my weight loss has reduced that requirement!

I will have to dance for hours to pay for our passage! I noticed
two of the bills were counterfeit and the other from
a defunct Monopoly Game!

Mary loves frogs so.....

Sunset is rapidly approaching!

Masks on, we are ready to exit the ship!

Yes! This is Catalina! Mary and I have danced
there for many many moons!

We are being followed.

The Inn is on top of Mount Ada.

Did You Know? The house was built in 1919–1921 as a summer retreat for the Wrigley of Chicago, who owned 99% of Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands of California.

It was designed in the Georgian Colonial Revival style by architect Zachary Taylor Davis, who had also designed Wrigley Field in Chicago, and would return to design Wrigley Field (Los Angeles) in 1925.

The Wrigley used it together until 1932, when Mr. Wrigley died. Mrs. Wrigley then visited the house until 1947, when she retired to the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena, California.

In its heyday, the Wrigley entertained Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding, and the Prince of Wales at the house.

In the 1970s, it was donated to the University of Southern California, and it was used as a conference center.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles County, California in 1985.

We were met by the manager of Mount Ada and driven to the mansion

Breathtaking, and so is the Inn!

Built in 1920, the Inn, not Mary!

The view from our private patio was magnificent

We had our own living room.

The master bedroom suite was adjacent to the living area.

The manager and staff brought the food from the restaurant
and made sure the wine bottles were full!

Rack of Lamb... Another Bambi bites the dust!

I went for the large steak and they had artichokes which were done perfectly!   We are living "high off the hog!" ( It alludes to the choicest cuts of meat, which are found on a pig's upper flanks. )

The Inn and the Casino catch the first rays of the morning.

A beautiful sight directly north of us facing the mainland.

I got the good news at 7:00 AM via text message....
I got tested  because a waiter at Patty's Place felt sick two days ago

A view towards the golf course and Wrigley Memorial Gardens

A panoramic shot from our patio.

It is time to go zip bipping down the canyon.

We have our own four passenger golf cart for the weekend. Mary brought a chauffer's cap for me and she sat in the back seat the whole time!

We walked to the kitchen/pantry to get some water to take with us.

It was a fantastic view!

Normally we would dine in this room but the COVID-19
regulations eliminated that possibility.

The common living room area was beautiful and decorated for Christmas.

We stopped at the den and sun porch.  we Mr. Wrigley would watch is ball team practice up the canyon.

We grabbed our necessities and headed out to certain death!