Asilomar State Beach Pacific Grove, CA Fondly called "America's Last Hometown," Pacific Grove is a picturesque community of historic homes, an award-winning natural history museum, a monarch butterfly sanctuary and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. By night, the city's tree-lined main street, Lighthouse Avenue, is strewn with fairy lights, and by day, it's hard to escape a breathtaking view. Enjoy the quiet small-town ambience and the town's community festivals, including the annual century-old Feast of Lanterns, when Japanese lanterns hang from homes, and picnics and fireworks at Lovers Point Park.

2010 population 15,041
2010 median home price: $630,000

Top Pacific Grove Attractions
1. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
Asilomar is both a natural and architectural wonder. On one side of Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove is the mile-long Asilomar State Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand and rocky coves. On the other side is the Asilomar Conference Grounds, a woodsy wonderland sprinkled with buildings by famed architect Julia Morgan. FULL STORY

2. Lovers Point
It s hard to dispute the beauty of Lovers Point. But the origin of its name is another matter. It s a shortened version of Lovers of Jesus Point, goes one argument, a reflection of church services held there in the community s early days as a religious retreat. Not so, says the counter-argument. The name refers to its reputation as a good trysting spot. FULL STORY

3. Monarch Grove Sanctuary
There s a reason Pacific Grove is known as Butterfly Town U.S.A.: Every winter, like winged tourists, thousands of monarchs flock to the city. The orange and black beauties have found a haven at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, a 2.4-acre patch tucked behind the aptly named Butterfly Grove Inn.FULL STORY

4. Point Pinos Lighthouse
Point Pinos wasn't the first lighthouse to go up on the West Coast - it missed that distinction by a scant eight months to Alcatraz Island Lighthouse. But it has far outlasted Alcatraz, winning it the title of "oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast." FULL STORY

5. The Recreation Trail
Start at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walk to Lover's Point.

6. Friday Night Bonfires
Friday night bonfires on Asilomar State Beach, playing guitar and telling ghost stories. Dan Cort, Mayor of Pacific Grove 2006

7. Grove Market on Forest Avenue
Locally owned Grove Market on Forest Avenue, which sells everything from batteries to butterscotch topping. Dan Cort, Mayor of Pacific Grove 2006

8. Nob Hill & Lover's Point
Pick up sandwiches and fixings at Nob Hill and enjoy a picnic at Lover s Point.

Dining in Pacific Grove

Peppers Mexicali Cafe
170 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Passion Fish
701 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Vivolo's Chowder House
127 Central Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Pacific Grove (CA) (Images of America) by Kent Seavey (Paperback - July 6, 2005)

Pacific Grove
PACIFIC GROVE >> Good things came to Lighthouse Avenue in small, very shiny packages Wednesday for the traditional freebie known as The Little Car Show, a three-block walk among vintage automobiles that were sleek and sexy, nostalgia-inducing,   READ MORE
PACIFIC GROVE >> Good luck with your grade school-aged daughter if it's bath night and she had her face, arm, shoulder or leg painted earlier in the day by a queen or princess.   READ MORE
PACIFIC GROVE >> We should all look this good at 101. The world-famous Asilomar Conference Grounds has nary a wrinkle, a sag or a creak more than a century after it was founded as a gathering place for the Young Women's Christian Association   READ MORE
Monday is St. Patrick's Day, but the biggest celebration is happening Sunday. Traditional Irish band Story Road returns to Pacific Grove for the second annual St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.   READ MORE
When Cristiana DiPietro put a call out for submissions to the International Monarch Film Festival, filmmakers from around the world responded. After whittling down the entries to 22 films from Germany, Thailand, France, Canada and throughout the U.S.   READ MORE
Lodging in Pacific Grove

Lighthouse Lodge and Suites
1150 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Centrella Inn
612 Central Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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