PACIFIC GROVE Elevation: 55' Information: 831-373-3304
Located on the northern most tip of Monterey Peninsula,
Pacific Grove is a place of romance, natural splendor and great outdoor
hikes, bicycle rides, kayaking and exercise.
Pacific Grove is also
known for its public golf course complete with its very own lighthouse.
The community golf course overlooks the bay and is a place where deer
roam freely all day. Quaint charm and lesser known shops and restaurants that are slightly off
the beaten path make this the ideal spot for those seeking the beauty and
charm, minus the crowds. This scenic region is timeless in its beauty and each nook and cranny
in the road provides a different but equally stunning view of the ocean.
Pacific Grove shares borders with
the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte
Forest. Its attractions include an award-winning natural history museum,
a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course, a monarch butterfly habitat
sanctuary, sandy beaches and, the oldest continuously-operating
lighthouse on the west coast. Known for its small-town hospitality and
friendliness, locals call it "P.G."
Pacific Grove offers rugged beaches, scenic bay views
and fog which can cling to the coast for days. Nobel author John Steinbeck
spent many weekends and holidays in Pacific Grove and left a legacy as
one of the town's most colorful characters. John and his
younger sister, Mary, spent their time exploring the rocks and tide pools
near Asilomar and Point Pinos and were drawn to the ruins of the Chinese
settlement at China Point (now called Cabrillo Point).
After Steinbeck married Carol Henning in 1930, they moved
into 11th Street cottage. Later that same year, Steinbeck met Edward F.
Ricketts and a close friendship developed as two creative souls shared
ideas. Although Steinbeck moved from the area, he
returned many times. He lampooned it but also found a spiritual home in
Pacific Grove is a charming, scenic and romantic spot
many writers find appealing. Known for gentle fogs which appear often,
people tend to snuggle up to to a hearth and enjoy the ambiance offered
in historic bed and breakfast hotels overlooking the Monterey Bay or situated
in nearby neighborhoods. Europeans travelers feel at home with the
cottages and afternoon teas they discover in Pacific Grove, Carmel and
the Monterey Bay area.
A statue of a girl in front of the post office commemorates Monarch butterflies
that flock to Pacific Grove to nest in the trees each spring. Butterfly
docents/citizens act as fierce protectors of Monarchs, who migrate North
The "Butterfly Trees" were first
described in 1850, and have made Pacific Grove the best known winter
home of monarchs that fly from as far as 2,000 miles away to escape
harsh winter weather. The city has long called itself "Butterfly Town,
U.S.A.," and for the past 66 years has welcomed the winter visitors with
schoolchildren dressed in butterfly costumes parading through town.
www.pgmuseum.org or pgmonarchs.org.
tour and 7 things to Do
Point Pinos Lighthouse