Zane Grey Pueblo
In 1926, prolific, best-selling American novelist Zane Grey, who authored stories depicting the American West, built a home on the hillside overlooking Avalon Bay. He spent most of his later life in Avalon writing and fishing. He was fond of saying, “In order to fish, I write.” Some of the titles he authored include Call of the Canyon, Riders of the Purple Sage, The Thundering Herd, Under the Tonto Rim, and The Vanishing American. Many of his stories made it to the big screen, 112 films have been made from his novels. Parts of the movie The Vanishing American were filmed on Catalina Island and the movie is thought to be the reason 14 bison ended up on the island in the 1920s.
Grey’s Hopi Indian adobe-style hilltop estate was converted to a hotel after his death in 1939 at the age of 67. The hotel featured 16 rooms, a pool and sweeping views of the Avalon Bay. The hotel closed in 2011, underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in November of 2019. A new addition, called the North Tower, offers eight new suites named from Zane Grey book titles. The South Building houses rooms from the original estate. An elevator and additional dining space has been added to the hotel.