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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
The easiest way to reach Pacific Grove is by car. From San Francisco and points north, drivers can come by Route 1 (the most scenic, but slower, route) or take Highway 101 south to Highway 156 to Highway 1.  
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Access to Pacific Grove is via Monterey or Carmel. Take Monterey-Salinas Transit[http://www.mst.org/routes/index.html] bus route 1, 1x or 2 from Monterey. Pacific Grove is a short, ten-minute taxi ride from Monterey Peninsula Airport (see [[Monterey]]).
 
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From points south, drivers can take the slow but scenic Route 1, or take Highway 101 north to Highway 68 west to Route 1 south.
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Amtrak's Coast Starlight train stops in Salinas, CA. From the Salinas transit center, take the Monterey-Salinas Transit[http://www.mst.org/routes/index.html] route 21 or 56 to Monterey. In downtown Monterey, connect to the 1, 1x or 2 to Pacific Grove.
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The Monterey Peninsula Airport[http://www.montereyairport.com/] has flights several times a day. Non-stop flights come to Monterey Peninsula Airport from San Francisco, Los Angeles International Airport, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas on the airlines United, American, US Airways and Allegiant Air. Pacific Grove is a short, ten-minute taxi ride from the airport.
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Local buses from Monterey-Salinas Transit are a convenient way to travel to Monterey and elsewhere on the Peninsula, although all connections are via downtown Monterey.
 
Local buses from Monterey-Salinas Transit are a convenient way to travel to Monterey and elsewhere on the Peninsula, although all connections are via downtown Monterey.
 
Visitors planning to take a day trip to Big Sur or Carmel Valley are advised to bring a car (unless they are hardcore bikers).
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
*<see name="Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary" address="Ridge Road between Lighthouse Avenue and Short Street" directions="A sidewalk leads between two sets of buildings from Ridge Road to the Sanctuary. It looks like a foot path to one of the houses, but it's not!" url="http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/monarchs/default.htm" hours="Dawn to dusk" price="Free"></see> is one of the most popular resting spots for Monarch butterflies in the winter half of their migration pattern. Thousands settle there from October to March. They may look like dead leaves until you look closer. Bring binoculars!
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*<see name="Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History" address="165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950" phone="(831) 648-5716" url="http://www.pgmuseum.org/" hours="Tu-Su 10AM-5PM" price="Free; suggested donation $3"> A museum dedicated to the natural history of the Monterey Bay area, with many exhibits geared toward children.</see>
  
*<see name="Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History" address="165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950" phone="(831) 648-5716" url="http://www.pgmuseum.org/" hours="10am-5pm" price="Free"></see> is a free museum dedicated to the natural history of the Monterey Bay area, with many exhibits geared toward children.
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*<see name="Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary" address="Ridge Road between Lighthouse Avenue and Short Street" directions="A sidewalk leads between two sets of buildings from Ridge Road to the Sanctuary. It looks like a foot path to one of the houses, but it's not." url="http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/monarchs/default.htm" hours="Dawn to dusk. Museum docents are available every day from November through mid February from noon-3PM" price="Free"> One of the most popular resting spots for Monarch butterflies in the winter half of their migration pattern. Thousands settle there from October to March. They may look like dead leaves until you look closer. Bring binoculars.</see>
  
*<see name="Point Pinos Lighthouse" directions="Asilomar Ave. between Lighthouse Ave. and Del Monte Blvd." url="http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/lighthouse/default.htm" hours="Thursday-Sunday 1-4pm" price="$1 for children, $2 for adults"></see> is the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast.
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*<see name="Point Pinos Lighthouse" address="Asilomar Ave. between Lighthouse Ave. and Del Monte Blvd." url="http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/lighthouse/default.htm" hours="Th-M 1-4PM" price="$1 for children, $2 for adults"> The oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*Drive or bicycle along '''17-Mile Drive''' [http://www.pebblebeach.com/page.asp?id=1373]. The northern end is in Pacific Grove and it runs though the gated community of Pebble Beach. The road winds through miles of breathtaking coastal views, with turnouts along the way at the most historical and picturesque sites. Be sure to take a picture of the Lone Cypress tree. There is a $9.50 entrance fee to the Pebble Beach part. The fee provides a map, as well as the rights to gawk at the lavish homes within the gated community. Motorcycles are not permitted.
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*Walk, cycle or drive along '''Ocean View Blvd and Sunset Dr'''. It is as good as 17-Mile Drive and is all free.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*<eat name="Fifi's Bistro Cafe" alt="" address="1188 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950" directions="" phone="831 372 5325" url="http://www.fifisbistrocafe.com/" hours="" price="$10 lunch /$20 entrees" lat="" long="">Fifi's is a cozy French Bistro with excellent food at very reasonable prices.</eat>
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*<eat name="Fifi's Bistro Cafe" alt="" address="1188 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950" directions="" phone="831.372.5325" url="http://www.fifisbistrocafe.com/" hours="" price="$12-15 lunch /$16-27 dinner / watch for specials" lat="" long="">Fifi's is a cozy, uncomplicated French bistro with excellent food at reasonable prices.</eat>
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*'''Pepper's Mexicali Cafe''', 170 Forest Ave. [http://www.peppersmexicalicafe.com]. Off of the main road through downtown Pacific Grove, Pepper's offers fantastic mexicali cuisine, especially their seafood dishes, and is one of the best spots to go to for lunch.
  
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*'''Holly's Lighthouse Cafe''', 602 Lighthouse Ave. (831) 372-7006. Hands-down one of the best places for breakfast in the area.
  
 
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* <sleep name="Best Western Monarch Resort" alt="" address="1111 Lighthouse Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 831 646-8885" email="" tollfree="+1 800 992-9060" fax="+1 831 375-5567" url="http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05591" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Best Western Monarch Resort" alt="" address="1111 Lighthouse Ave" directions="" phone="+1 831 646-8885" email="" tollfree="+1 800 992-9060" fax="+1 831 375-5567" url="http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05591" price=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Centrella Inn" alt="" address="612 Central Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 831 372-3372" url="http://www.centrellainn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bed and breakfast</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Centrella Inn" alt="" address="612 Central Ave" directions="" phone=" +1 831 372-3372 tollfree: +1 800 233-3372" url="http://www.centrellainn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bed and Breakfast Inn</sleep>
* <sleep name="Deer Haven Inn" url="http://www.deerhaveninn.com" address="740 Crocker Avenue" phone="+1 831 373-7784" emal="info@deerhaveninn.com" tollfree="+1 800 935-9960" fax="+1 831 655-5048">Cheap place in quiet residential neighborhood. Suites available.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Deer Haven Inn" url="http://www.deerhaveninn.com" address="740 Crocker Ave" phone="+1 831 373-7784" emal="info@deerhaveninn.com" tollfree="+1 800 935-9960" fax="+1 831 655-5048">Cheap place in quiet residential neighborhood. Suites available.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Pacific Grove Inn" alt="" address="581 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950" directions="" phone="1-800-732-2825" url="www.pacificgrove-inn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Martine Inn" alt="" address="255 Ocean View Boulevard" directions="" phone="800-852-5588" email="don@martineinn.com" fax="" url="http://www.martineinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">This bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove offers a landscaped courtyard with a variety of roses and a library with over 1,000 books to choose from.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Rosedale Inn Pacific Grove" alt="" address="775 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove, California 93950" directions="" phone="+1 831-655-1000" url="http://www.rosedaleinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" emal="rosedaleinn@sbcglobal.net" tollfree="+1 800-822-5606" fax="+1 831-655-0691"></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pacific Grove Inn" alt="" address="581 Pine Ave" directions="" phone="+1 831-375-2825" url="http://www.pacificgroveinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" tollfree="1-800-732-2825">A boutique hotel.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sunset Inn Hotel" alt="" address="133 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, California 93950" directions="" phone="831-375-3529" url="http://www.gosunsetinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Rosedale Inn Pacific Grove" alt="" address="775 Asilomar Blvd" directions="" phone="+1 831-655-1000" url="http://www.rosedaleinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" emal="rosedaleinn@sbcglobal.net" tollfree="+1 800-822-5606" fax="+1 831-655-0691"></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Sunset Inn Hotel" alt="" address="133 Asilomar Blvd" directions="" phone="831-375-3529" url="http://www.gosunsetinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
  
 
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Revision as of 03:55, 16 November 2012

Pacific Grove[1] is in Monterey County in the Central Coast region of California. It is next to the Pacific Ocean on Monterey Bay just west of the city of Monterey. Popular for its quaint, small-town charm, Pacific Grove is the wintering-over spot for thousands of Monarch butterflies, from which its nickname, "Butterfly Town, U.S.A.," is derived.

The first European to land in Pacific Grove was Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo, in 1542. The first settlement in the area, however, was in 1855, when the Point Pinos Lighthouse began operation. It still stands and is the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Lighthouse Road, one of the two main streets in Pacific Grove, was originally constructed to bring supplies from Monterey to Point Pinos.

Many Chinese immigrants settled near the shore beginning in 1863, forming a "Chinatown." Most worked as fishermen out of the harbor in Monterey.

The bulk of Pacific Grove was initially a summer Methodist camp. Worshippers each had a plot of land on which they erected tents. Over time, they began erecting more permanent structures, and some relocated to the area. Most of the structures in Pacific Grove date to the Victorian era, and many are small, dollhouse-like homes. Until 1890, there was a fence around Pacific Grove, providing a visual border between this small religious community and its neighbors.

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Get in

Access to Pacific Grove is via Monterey or Carmel. Take Monterey-Salinas Transit[2] bus route 1, 1x or 2 from Monterey. Pacific Grove is a short, ten-minute taxi ride from Monterey Peninsula Airport (see Monterey).

Get around

Pacific Grove is a small town, and much of it can be seen on foot or by bicycle. Bicycles can be rented locally from Adventures by the Sea, Beach at Lover's Point, Pacific Grove, (831) 372-1807, [3]. , which has locations on the beach in Pacific Grove, on Cannery Row and elsewhere along the recreation trail in Monterey, and on 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

Local buses from Monterey-Salinas Transit are a convenient way to travel to Monterey and elsewhere on the Peninsula, although all connections are via downtown Monterey.

See

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, (831) 648-5716, [4]. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. A museum dedicated to the natural history of the Monterey Bay area, with many exhibits geared toward children. Free; suggested donation $3.
  • Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Ridge Road between Lighthouse Avenue and Short Street (A sidewalk leads between two sets of buildings from Ridge Road to the Sanctuary. It looks like a foot path to one of the houses, but it's not.), [5]. Dawn to dusk. Museum docents are available every day from November through mid February from noon-3PM. One of the most popular resting spots for Monarch butterflies in the winter half of their migration pattern. Thousands settle there from October to March. They may look like dead leaves until you look closer. Bring binoculars. Free.
  • Point Pinos Lighthouse, Asilomar Ave. between Lighthouse Ave. and Del Monte Blvd., [6]. Th-M 1-4PM. The oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast. $1 for children, $2 for adults.

Do

  • Drive or bicycle along 17-Mile Drive [7]. The northern end is in Pacific Grove and it runs though the gated community of Pebble Beach. The road winds through miles of breathtaking coastal views, with turnouts along the way at the most historical and picturesque sites. Be sure to take a picture of the Lone Cypress tree. There is a $9.50 entrance fee to the Pebble Beach part. The fee provides a map, as well as the rights to gawk at the lavish homes within the gated community. Motorcycles are not permitted.
  • Walk, cycle or drive along Ocean View Blvd and Sunset Dr. It is as good as 17-Mile Drive and is all free.

Buy

Eat

  • Fifi's Bistro Cafe, 1188 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950, 831.372.5325, [8]. Fifi's is a cozy, uncomplicated French bistro with excellent food at reasonable prices. $12-15 lunch /$16-27 dinner / watch for specials.
  • Pepper's Mexicali Cafe, 170 Forest Ave. [9]. Off of the main road through downtown Pacific Grove, Pepper's offers fantastic mexicali cuisine, especially their seafood dishes, and is one of the best spots to go to for lunch.
  • Holly's Lighthouse Cafe, 602 Lighthouse Ave. (831) 372-7006. Hands-down one of the best places for breakfast in the area.

Drink

Sleep

  • Best Western Monarch Resort, 1111 Lighthouse Ave, +1 831 646-8885 (toll free: +1 800 992-9060, fax: +1 831 375-5567), [10].
  • Centrella Inn, 612 Central Ave, +1 831 372-3372 tollfree: +1 800 233-3372, [11]. Bed and Breakfast Inn
  • Deer Haven Inn, 740 Crocker Ave, +1 831 373-7784 (toll free: +1 800 935-9960, fax: +1 831 655-5048), [12]. Cheap place in quiet residential neighborhood. Suites available.
  • Martine Inn, 255 Ocean View Boulevard, 800-852-5588 (), [13]. This bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove offers a landscaped courtyard with a variety of roses and a library with over 1,000 books to choose from.
  • Pacific Grove Inn, 581 Pine Ave, +1 831-375-2825 (toll free: 1-800-732-2825), [14]. A boutique hotel.
  • Rosedale Inn Pacific Grove, 775 Asilomar Blvd, +1 831-655-1000 (toll free: +1 800-822-5606, fax: +1 831-655-0691), [15].
  • Sunset Inn Hotel, 133 Asilomar Blvd, 831-375-3529, [16].

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