1038 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 372-5960
Fax: (831) 655-1681
Monarch Grove Sanctuary is a sight to marvel at, because of the 25,000 Monarch butterflies that migrate to this place in October. The butterflies mostly settle on Monterey pine trees, which give them the adequate amount of heat and light that they need. The butterflies mostly migrate from the north to avoid its freezing winters, and form clusters in this sanctuary's Eucalyptus trees. The sanctuary made Pacific Grove earn the title of 'Butterfly Town USA' which has contributed significantly to the maintenance of the habitat and settling of the Monarch butterflies.
This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known its stunning beauty and variety of outdoor activities. From kayaking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, to land activities such as beach volleyball, hiking, picnicking, and more. Bicycle rentals, public restrooms, and snack bar are also available. Lovers Point Park hosts the annual Feast of Lanterns pageant and fireworks festival.
This Monterey Peninsula state beach is where locals flock for coastal walks. This protected area encourages visitors to bask in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, but to take no souvenirs home with them. As a protected site, no fishing is allowed in the area. However, dogs are allowed on the beach as long as their leashed.
The Pacific Biological Laboratories was a lab built in 1937 which used to make specimen microscopic slides and sell preserved animals. This historic facility became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 because of its rich past.
Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront street a mile down the coast from Fisherman's Wharf. The street is featured in John Steinbeck's book Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. Cannery Row is named after old sardine canning factories, but those factories are no longer operational and instead house stores, restaurants and bars. You can easily spend days shopping and eating at wonderful restaurants. This area is also a marine sanctuary, so you'll probably see California sea lions sunning themselves. If you want to learn more or help the sea lions visit the Friends of the Sea Otter shop. And no trip to Cannery Row is complete without visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This winery's Monterey Zinfandel and Chardonnay have both won several silver and bronze medals throughout the years. The family-owned operation has been in existence since 1925, and the tasting room in Cannery Row attracts many locals as well as tourists and wine connoisseurs. Step up to the marble bar and taste samples from all of California's grape-growing regions. The winery's California Merlot and Chardonnay make up the Scenic Cellars Collection, and the varieties of reds and whites in the standard collection are impressive.
Located near the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Custom House Plaza is named after the historic Custom House that is located here. This building was built by the former Mexican administration in the 1820s, and was used for the collection of taxes. This plaza is a very prominent square in the city, and is the venue for several major events, like the Monterey Greek Festival. So, do pay a visit to this attraction when visiting the city.
The Old Customhouse is a Spanish Colonial style home. This house is a local landmark, and was used for civic purposes of Monterey County. The one-story structure, with a balcony in the front, reflects the olden style homes. Built in 1827, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This modern museum is dedicated to the maritime past Monterey is known for. Built in 1991, this local museum is over 17,000 square feet, it contains numerous artifacts, a large ship photography exhibit, scrimshaws and other such historic items. Located adjacent to the Custom House Plaza, this waterfront museum is the perfect way to learn more about the seaside community of Monterey.
Situated on Calle Principale in Monterey, California is the historic Larkin House. It was constructed in 1835 by Thomas O. Larkin. The year 1933 marked the inclusion of the house as a state historical landmark. Initially, it was touted to be the first house in Monterey with a fireplace. Adding further vitality to it is the fact that it was referred to as the first two story establishment in the whole of California. The superb structure boasts of the style of Spanish Colonial buildings coupled with modern architectural methods of New England. Over the years, the distinctive features and their preservation have resulted in upgrading the reputation of the Larkin House.
This two level, brick house has been a refuge for many artists, families, writers and people from all walks of life during the early 18th-century. The French House as it was called then was the abode of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson where he courted his to-be wife. This is where he wrote the "Old Pacific Capital," and was inspired to pen the “Treasure Island.” To save it from the verge of destruction, it was bought by two women who in turn gifted it to the state to make it a memorial. Today the Stevenson House has many memorabilia that includes furniture, first edition books and personal belongings of the writer.
Pebble Beach is a beautiful place in Monterey which is cherished and well taken care of by the local community. For golf lovers, there is the famed golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and also the well-known AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. People who just want to relax soaking in the 'serene beach feel' can further explore the facilities at The Spa at Pebble Beach. This is certainly a beach for leisure and fun!