Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island.
Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
"These two homes represent a level of luxury and convenience that has not been available to Two Harbors visitors in the past," Kevin Strege, president of Catalina Island Vacation Rentals, said in a statement Wednesday. The company struck an agreement with the Santa Catalina Island Co. to manage the properties.
Prices range from $2,205 to $7,679 weekly and $350 to $1,219 nightly, depending on time of year. (A two-night minimum is required; a quick online check of availability at Casa Santa Rosa shows a March 21 and 22 stay for $1,497 including tax.)
Other options for Two Harbors stays include:
--a year-round campground with tents or tent cabins a quarter-mile from the village or boat-in camping.
--Catalina Cabins that sleep two (available Nov. 1 to May 1),
--the 12-room bed-and-breakfast Banning House Lodge.