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Reclining within the coastal splendor of the Monterey Peninsula, the city of Pacific Grove originally started life as a Methodist retreat in the late 1800’s. Now nicknamed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A” for the dazzling monarchs that flock to its sanctuary, the city provides all the pleasures of a reviving seaside break. Enjoy seafood with a sea view, sip the fruits of a local vineyard’s labor, walk scenic trails, play some golf, or hunt for one-of-a-kinds in the Victorian downtown district.

Things to see

During mid-February to mid-October, Monarch Grove Sanctuary provides a haven for over 25,000 monarch butterflies. Come the morning sun they open their wings, adorning the pine trees in a vibrant show of fluttering orange. Set beside the lush lawns of Lovers Point Park, Lovers Point Beach provides an idyllic spot for some seaside rest and relaxation. The white gold sand lends itself to sunbathers, whilst the water and waves are excellent for paddling, surfing, and kayaking. The petite white Point Pinos Lighthouse might not look like much, but it’s the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast today. First illuminated in 1855, the historical gem still uses its original lens. If you want to take a closer look at the peninsula’s natural allure, then the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is for you. With exhibits ranging from taxidermy specimens to Native American artefacts, the museum’s garden displays a collection of native plants and wild flowers.

Hotels in Pacific Grove

Many of the hotels in Pacific Grove come as classical B&Bs and guesthouses, set behind prim Victorian facades with romantic views of the sea. Adorned with personal touches and illuminated with tiffany lamps, rooms come with frills, florals, 4-poster beds, and more charm than you can flap a doily at. If your tastes are somewhat more modern however, you’ll certainly find inns, condos, and cottages to suit. The larger hotels in Pacific Grove offer amenities including swimming pools and hot tubs, whilst in-room mod-cons such as internet access and cable television feature in most places too.

Where to stay

Wherever your hotel in Pacific Grove, it’s a small enough place to get around by foot or by bicycle. Each picturesque portion of the city however comes with its own offerings. The epitome of quaint with its dollhouse-like Victorian buildings and leafy streets, Downtown Pacific Grove is awash with petite shops, antique stores, galleries, and a variety of cafés and eateries. Central Fardley is home to outlet-style shopping at The American Tin Cannery and close to Monterey Bay Aquarium, whilst up Forest Hill you’ll find a cornucopia of restaurants, serving French to MexiCali cuisine. For walkers, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds provides meandering coastal trails and tranquil views.

How to get to Pacific Grove

Monterey Peninsula Airport is Pacific Grove’s nearest gateway, just a 10 minute journey from the city by taxi. It provides connections to a good handful of major US hubs, including Los Angeles International, San Diego International, San Francisco International, Las Vegas’ McCarran International, and Phoenix Sky Harbor. As such connecting flights are easily made should you need them. If you’re driving in from the south, California State Route 1 Highway makes for a spectacularly scenic journey along the coast.

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