"America's Most Romantic Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Pacific Grove by Ewingjr98

Pacific Grove Travel Guide: 117 reviews and 421 photos

Pacific Grove is a nice, quiet town at the end of the Monterey Peninsula between the rich Pebble Beach country club estates and the touristy Monterey area. They have a public golf course along the water, a State Park on the beach, the oldest continually operated lighthouse on the west coast, a great scenic drive along Ocean View Blvd, and some scenic little parks along the water such as Lovers Point. PG also has a ton of little hotels near the beach and the butterfly sanctuary, as well as several nice restaurants, like Fishwife. The also have a few small annual events such as Good Old Days, the Feast of Lanterns, and Candy Cane Lane.

Sometimes called "Butterfly Town, USA," Pacific Grove is also the destination for the migration of about 25,000 monarch butterflies each October...the Monarch Sanctuary is on Ridge Road between Lighthouse Ave and Short Street.

Also called the Western US's "most romantic town" in a 2005 edition of Time magazine, Pacific grove is the frequent destination for migrations of another sort... each summer some 225 couples are wed in the town's green spaces at Lovers Point, Jewell, and Berwick Parks.

I recently moved these Pacific Grove tips from my Monterey VT Page. For much, much more to do in the immediate area, please visit my Monterey page, as this great little city really is the hub of the region from various perspectives such as history, economy, transportation, tourism, and more.

Here is a great history of Pacific Grove from its earliest years as a Methodist retreat until today.

  • Last visit to Pacific Grove: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DEY's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    I am glad you broke out Pacific Grove from Monterey. So many times they run together when people describe Monterey. I went to DLI for 1 1/2 years and LOVED the area.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    The scenery and beauty stands up to the name as most romantic. YOu did a great job of describing the sites and pictures enhance those statements.

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    You do great job! Fantastic page with a lot information !

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Most romantic town in California, huh?

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Large collection of restaurant reviews! Well done Joe!

  • Court94403's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Love Monterey especially PG. Tell me? How do you feel about Toasties Cafe?

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Wow AWESOME page, informative tips & beautiful pics. Ocean View Blvd vs 17 mile drive sounds like a gr8 tip.I only read Things To Do & Local Customs tips, I?ll be back to read more later.

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 7:29 AM

    Excellent PG page! My sister just bought a home here. I'm sure we'll be doing a lot of exploring over the next years.

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2006 at 4:26 PM

    Wonderful beaches and beautiful ocean front vistas. I only visited Monterey once but they kept us in the hotel most of the time. If I?d known about Pacific Grove, I would have skipped (more) classes.

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