Catalina in January is a perfect time to get out and get active.
Get moving. Although occasional rain may impact your plans, winter is a great time to explore the interior. Stop by the Trailhead to pick up a permit and trail map and set out to explore one of Southern California’s last undeveloped wildernesses. While you’re picking up your permit and trail map, don’t miss Toyon Grill, one of the stops on the Avalon Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour.
Resolve to give back. If you’re looking for a way to give back while getting into the great outdoors, the Catalina Island Conservancy offers a weekly Thursday Mornings at the Native Plant Nursery volunteer opportunity. Leaving from Avalon every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. – weather permitting – volunteers will head to Middle Ranch where they will help Conservancy botanists at nursery while learning more about the island’s native flora.
Grab a bite. All that hiking and planting is bound to make you hungry and leave you dreaming about Monday nights at the Lobster Trap when a burger and a beer will only set you back $11. Burger nights are a delicious and affordable evening out in Avalon.
Dine out. Speaking of evenings out, Catalina Island in January is frequently when several local establishments close for a few weeks for renovations, remodeling and vacations. Catalina food tour stop – and frequent favorite — Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood recently reopened and sister restaurant Maggie’s Blue Rose, another popular stop, will reopen Jan. 24. Coyote Joe’s, home of the delicious potato taco, will reopen Feb. 1.
Play on. That reopening is just in time for Super Bowl, always a great excuse to get out, cheer on your team, watch some fun commercials and have a few with good friends. You’ll be able to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers at several island locations on Feb. 2. Pick your favorite spot, choose your favorite team and make sure to save a cold one for us.