Pacific Grove

Introduction to Steinbeck's Pacific Grove

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Founded in 1875 as a Methodist seaside retreat, Pacific Grove is a residential and tourism community of about 15,000 people set between Monterey and Pebble Beach on the western tip of the Monterey Peninsula.

Steinbeck spent many holidays with his family at their cottage on 11th St. and lived here during his formative writing years. Although he satirized many of the straight-laced religious characteristics of the town’s heritage in Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, Elaine Steinbeck said that her husband returned whenever he was troubled or in need of a rest.

Many other local sites are associated with the writer’s life, his characters, and Ed Ricketts. These include Hopkins Marine Station, Holman’s Department Store, the Butterfly Grove, and Point Pinos Lighthouse.

Other popular attractions are the many restored Victorian homes and inns, the Museum of Natural History, Asilomar State Beach, a public golf course overlooking the ocean, Lover’s Point with its easy walking paths along bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay, and a regular schedule of homespun festivals and parades.

Tourist Information Center,
100 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove

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