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
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
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
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
Start at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walk to Lover's Point.
Friday night bonfires on Asilomar State Beach, playing guitar and telling ghost stories. Dan Cort, Mayor of Pacific Grove 2006
Locally owned Grove Market on Forest Avenue, which sells everything from batteries to butterscotch topping. Dan Cort, Mayor of Pacific Grove 2006
Pick up sandwiches and fixings at Nob Hill and enjoy a picnic at Lover s Point.