John Steinbeck's Traveler's Cottage: Home of Classic American Author

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

'I bought a small house and garden in Pacific Grove...' (John Steinbeck: A Life in Letters). John Steinbeck wrote these words to a friend about this charming house he called home in the 1940s.

The Space
This cottage has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property.

This darling cottage has one bedroom with a queen size bed, a cozy living room with a queen sleeper sofa, and a charming kitchen where not too distant views of Monterey Bay can be seen from the window. There is a tranquil garden to enjoy as well, with sprawling oak trees canopying the peaceful sitting area where morning coffee or evening wine can be enjoyed as you listen to the sounds of the harbor in the distance. Also, the cottage has a fully stocked kitchen, cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet.

It is one of three cottages on the property and sits behind the The Steinbeck Cottage and next to The Writer's Studio.

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, peeks of the ocean, and walking accessibility to downtown Pacific Grove and Cannery Row, just a half-mile away.

Interaction with Guests
While The Traveler's Cottage is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and a dedicated outdoor area.

For larger groups, The Traveler's Cottage can be rented with The Writer's Studio next door on the same property (VRBO property #485366), and/or with the main house on the property, The Steinbeck Cottage (VRBO property #506072).

The Neighborhood
Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove.

You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambiance of charm, grace and beauty.

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. As you stroll the residential streets admiring the charm of home after home, you will notice little plaques on many of the homes that bear the name of the original owner and the year in which it was built. To qualify for a plaque from the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, a structure must look like it did when it was originally built.

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.

Getting Around
The Traveler's Cottage is centrally located and a short walk from many scenic destinations. It is located a half mile from The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as downtown Pacific Grove. Lover's Point beach is just one mile away and downtown Monterey is two miles away.

There are many fantastic restaurants, activities and shops in the area.

Other Things to Note
- Our cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove.
- There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all bookings.
- Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.
- There is a firm no smoking and no pet policy.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Cottage sleeps three adults maximum, with children there can be a maximum occupancy of four. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Queen size bed with down comforter

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • Check-in time is 3:30pm Check-out time is 11:30am The Traveler's Cottage has a firm no smoking and no pet policy...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Chess, Jenga, puzzles, dominos, and more...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    HBO, Xfinity Streampix, Netflix...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Views of Monterey Bay can be seen from the property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric 'wood-burning' stove...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Queen sleeper sofa...moreless

  • Parking:

    Off-street parking for one car. Others park on street...moreless

  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee and Irish Tea provided...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor sitting area with fire pit...moreless



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2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $110
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 10%


~A $110 cleaning fee will be added to each booking

~A $200 refundable damage deposit will be required with each booking OR a non-refundable $49 damage insurance can be purchased instead

~A 10% city transient tax will be added to rental cost for stays less than 30 days

~Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Booking is confirmed once 50% of total reservation amount is received.

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1.35 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lover's Point

Car: Recommended

Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: excellent fire, emergency, and ocean rescue services; an award-winning natural history museum; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course; a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; and, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call 'P.G.' (from The City of Pacific Grove website)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We are Kevin and Vicky. It’s nice to meet you! Here’s a little bit about us… This is Kevin. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Ireland when I was young, but San Jose has been home for most of my life. I’m an avid reader, enjoy writing, and I love history. This is Vicky. I was born in Vietnam and I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 2 years old. I work in high-tech, love baking and traveling, and can be found at the gym regularly. Together, we love exploring new things. Whether it’s new foods, places to visit or experiences, we love the adventure of life. Most of all, we love time with each other, our kids, family and friends.

Why the Owner Chose Pacific Grove:
Pacific Grove is a charming town with wonderful restaurants, a beautiful coastline and the historic Cannery Row. And there’s plenty to do – sailing, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and wonderful coastline pathways to stroll between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point. Pacific Grove also has the historic literary appeal of being the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Besides being charming and beautiful, the cottages are distinctly unique having once been the home of author John Steinbeck. There is a rich and wonderful history to these 100-year-old cottages. When Steinbeck resided here he formulated the plot of The Grapes of Wrath, and wrote several books including The Sea of Cortez. This is the home he shared with his second wife, Gwyn Conger, who would become the inspiration for the lead antagonist, Kate Trask, in his epic novel, East of Eden. In a letter to a friend, Steinbeck wrote of the cottages, “It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it… You’ll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.” ' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters). We are excited to share this wonderful piece of history with you and know you will enjoy your stay.

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  • Front entrance to The Traveler's Cottage

    Front entrance to The Traveler's Cottage

  • Spacious living room with sliding barn door

    Spacious living room with sliding barn door

  • Bright bedroom with queen-sized bed

    Bright bedroom with queen-sized bed

  • Fully equipped kitchen with all of the essentials to make great meals together

    Fully equipped kitchen with all of the essentials to make great meals together

  • Pathway in the back of the house to Cannery Row and downtown Pacific Grove

    Pathway in the back of the house to Cannery Row and downtown Pacific Grove

  • Sleeper sofa in living room and steps into fully equipped kitchen

    Sleeper sofa in living room and steps into fully equipped kitchen

  • Dining table with view to garden

    Dining table with view to garden

  • Cozy bathroom with white tile

    Cozy bathroom with white tile

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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