Catalina from A to Z: Reveling in romance

Hello, and welcome to the Blogging A to Z Challenge! This year my theme is Catalina from A to Z, featuring posts about the Southern California island of Catalina. With a focus on the island’s romantic side, I’ll be sharing info about where to go, what to see and do, plus a few sneak peeks from my novel in progress, Wife For A Weekend, which is set on the island!

Romance, romance, romance, romance! It’s the whole point of going through Catalina Island from A to Z. So let’s dig a little deeper into the romantic vibes the island evokes.

I’m writing Wife for a Weekend, a romance set on the island, featuring two celebrities (Diego Raphael and Vivian Violette) that accidentally get married on the set of their latest film. They’re not exactly thrilled about the circumstances (a long weekend where the asshole director who married them takes off on vacation, leaving them in the lurch), but then again… they’re on Catalina Island! How can they NOT ultimately fall in love?

As I attempt to throw these two strangers together and get them to truly fall for one another, three of Catalina’s locations struck me as some of the most romantic spots on the island:

  1. B&Bs: Whether you opt for the Avalon, Mt. Ada or The Old Turner Inn in Avalon, or Banning House in Two Harbors, Catalina’s bed and breakfast options are cozy spots that are ripe for romance. In addition to the comfy rooms, complimentary breakfast and attentive staff, the B&B setup encourages guests to mingle… and maybe even get more cozy than visitors staying at a regular hotel?
  2. Dining for two: Craving steak? Seafood? Mexican? Try one of Avalon’s most romantic dining options, according to Catalina Food Tours: Bluewater Avalon, El Galleon, Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood, or Maggie’s Blue Rose. Dining in Avalon is definitely different than dodging the paparazzi in LA, and Diego decides to wine-and-dine his new wife in an attempt to get to know her better. Which restaurant will he choose?
  3. City Hall: For a quick elopement, City Hall is the most romantic governmental building on the island! Located at 410 Avalon Cyn Road, you’ll find Diego and Vivian there bright and early at 8 AM on Tuesday morning eager to annul their accidental on-set marriage… but will they actually go through with it, or will something change their minds?

Eager to learn more about Catalina or Wife for a Weekend?

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