The Inn at Mt. Ada perches on side of hill over looking all of Catalina Island, Avalon Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
The Inn at Mt. Ada cannot be missed where ever you are on Catalina Island. Perched on the side of a southwest peak, the Victorian style Home over looks all of Avalon, Avalon Bay and the southern half of Catalina Island. The Inn was once the home of William Wrigley Jr., Chicago businessman and owner of the Chicago Cubs who set out to develop Catalina Island into a major tourist destination in the 1920s and 30s. After the death of Wrigley's wife, Ada, in the 1970s, the Inn, being as preserved as it was, quickly became a tourist destination. In the decades that have followed it has changed ownership hands many times and is now both a point of interest when visiting the island and an official place of accommodation. As once the mansion of the Wrigleys, the Inn has played hosts to presidents, business leaders and of course various famous Cubs players (as Catalina Island was once the spring training ground for the Cubs).
Today the Inn plays host to 6 luxurious rooms that all enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, island and Catalina's canyons that make up its interior. Staying at the Inn is probably one of the most expensive options on the entire island (looking at $400+ a night and all the way up to $700+ a night in high season of summer), however the Inn also provides guests with full complimentary breakfasts and lunches. Meals consists of cold and hot sandwiches, burgers, wines, spirits, fruits, nuts and a rotating menu of Mexican specialties. The meals at the Inn are said to be some of the best on Catalina Island and many guests who plan on dining elsewhere on the island never end up leaving the Inn, instead choosing to take advantage of the delicious meals it serves instead. In addition to the complimentary meals the Inn at Mt. Ada also provides guests with complimentary full day golf carts. Gold cart rentals in Avalon are $40+ an hour so this is a good deal. As the Inn is perched on the top of a steep hill, riding the cart to and from is an adventure in itself.
Lodging at the Inn is an interesting experience as first and foremost it was once a sprawling mansion of the Wrigley family. The Inn at Mt. Ada offers six different rooms, each with its own character and charm as well as view. Each of these rooms has a name-The Grand Suite, Queen's Aviary, Windsor Room, Bethany Glen, Morning Glory and the Garden Porch. The Grand Suite as the name suggests is the flagship room of the Inn that is a bedroom and living room (the private living room of Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley), fireplace, full private bath and has a balcony with views of Avalon, the bay and Pacific Ocean. The Queen's Aviary was once Mrs. Wrigley's bedroom, has a fireplace, queen bed, full bath and view of Avalon Bay and the ocean. The Windsor Room was the official guest room of the Wrigley Mansion and has played host to countless dignitaries and a few Presidents. The room has a queen bed, fireplace and amazing views of the ocean and Avalon Bay. The Bethany Glen room comes with fireplace and queen bed, small private balcony and faces out north towards Avalon and the bay. Such sights as the Catalina Casino and Green Pleasure Pier are easily visible from this room. The Morning Glory room has fireplace and queen bed and a æ bath. The room faces west and has Ω view of the bay and Ω of Catalina Interior. The Garden Porch faces out onto the Pacific Ocean and small porch.
There are two ways to get to the Inn. If you are not a guest, you can rent a golf cart and ride up to the top. If you are a guest, the Inn provides complimentary van transportation from the both the main arrival dock on Cabrillo Molle (AkA Pebbly Beach Road) and the heliport.