Pacific Grove California
A Quiet Victorian Seaside Village
Pacific Grove California is a wonderful place to stay on the Monterey Peninsula. Its seaside path goes all the way from the
Monterey Bay Aquarium
, past Lovers Point Beach, around the northermost tip of the peninsula on to Asilomar State Beach. Benches, small sandy areas and numerous tide pools beckon. You might even see an otter or two.
Asilomar Conference Center
is right across from the beach, through the sand dunes and deep in the grove of cypress, oak and monterey pine trees.
The village itself has one main street running through it, which extends from Monterey. Restaurants, shops and a post office give the place a very relaxed and non touristy feel. Lots of pine trees combined with fresh ocean air make it a place you can enjoy breathing deeply.
This town started out as a Methodist retreat back in 1875. Most of the architecture is Queen Anne Victorian or Craftsman Bungalow style.
Each October through early March, thousands of monarch butterflies gather in the Monarch Sanctuary where you can view them all over the pine and eucalyptus trees.
You can find the Sanctuary at Lighthouse Ave. and Ridge Road.
Point Pinos Lighthouse
The Point Pinos Lighthouse is found out near the north point of the peninsula and is the oldest west coast lighthouse still in service.
The Museum Of Natural History
At 165 Forest Avenue at Central Avenue, this museum features exhibits about the local flora, fauna and indigenous peoples. There is an interactive children's section and a small aquarium as well. It's open Tuesday through Sunday, 10-5. For more info, see
Pacific Grove Art Center
This art center features local artists in four big galleries. It's located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue.
Pacific Grove Marine Garden Park
This city park is actually out in the water, stretching all along the 8 miles of coast, where sea life is abundant.
Take A Walk
Pacific Grove California truly is a unique place of natural beauty, set like it is between the Monterey Bay and a forest. It's amazingly low key. Walk through town, walk through the neighborhoods, and walk along the coastal path, you'll soon feel rejuvenated.
See this Pacific Grove video.
Where To Stay
There are many lovely, historic
Pacific Grove bed and breakfast inns
to stay in, many close to the water. Several are in turn of the century mansions.
Additionally, there are
Pacific Grove motels
Pacific Grove hotels
to choose from, generally less expensive than in nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Browse vacation rentals here.
Click here for Pacific Grove real estate information.
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