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'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 There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all bookings. There is a firm no smoking and no pet policy.
~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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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)
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: I have lived in California for most of my life and have always loved the coast. It has been a dream of mine to own a little beach house someday. That dream became a reality in 2012 when I was fortunate enough to find this treasure of a property in the beautiful small beach town of Pacific Grove.
Why the Owner Chose Pacific Grove: This property is rich in character and history. The cottages on the property have a feel of days gone by, with thoughtful architectural touches and details that speak to the period. The tranquil garden brings about a sense of peace, and one can't help but feel relaxed in its presence. When you come away to the cottage, I hope that you are immersed in its serenity and charm.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The historical aspect of the property was a huge draw for me as well. The cottages on the property are about 100 years old. I love that it was once owned by John Steinbeck, and often imagine him walking around this property, being inspired by its beauty and serenity. I am a huge Steinbeck fan!
When he was away from this home, staying in New York, he wrote to his friend who was living here at the time, '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).