Catalina from A to Z: X factor

Hello, and welcome to the final week of 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!

Today let’s talk about something a little different. Let’s talk about the X Factor – what makes Catalina Island so special?

I recently had the pleasure of watching Charles Phoenix’s “Catalinaland” presentation, and his theory is that Catalina is essentially one big theme park with a mishmash of architectural, cultural and artistic influences. He shared a mix of history and commentary on the influencers (including William Wrigley Jr.) who made Catalina what it is today, along with tons of great photos of the island as it’s changed over time.

Ultimately, I think Phoenix is right. Catalina is such a mix of influences and ideas. It’s easily accessible from Los Angeles, but far enough away that it feels like it’s a whole different world. The developed side of the island is modern and sophisticated, while the other side is still largely wild and untamed. It’s really a unique place, isolated and yet just within reach, and of course its island location makes it a great destination for anyone who wants to get away.

What is it about Catalina Island that draws millions of visitors every year? I guess, in the end, it’s the fact that it really does have something for everyone.

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  • J Lenni Dorner

    Cool post.
    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It’s hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I’m taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  • Dave Roller

    Im from the Chicago area and did not know the Extent of Wrigley’s influence om Catalina. My wife haven’t been to California together since 1999. Ive only been twice in my lifetime but she has been at least 20 times as her best friend lives in California and she’s used to go there once a year to visit her. Catalina sounds like a lovely place to go. I’m going to read all your post after the challenge is over. I read W through Y today and loved them all.