A Favorite Get-Away Spot - Pacific Grove, CA

One of the many advantages of living on the Peninsula, from San Francisco to the Silicon Valley, is proximity to other beautiful areas, one of which is the Monterey Peninsula.

Pacific Grove, California, is the not-quite-so-well known town there, with less name recognition than Carmel or Monterey. It is, however, our favorite destination.

Pacific Grove in light fog

Located at the tip of the Peninsula, the natural beauty is stunning, and walking and biking paths let one enjoy it all, from the somewhat sheltered bay side, around the tip at Lover's Point, along the ocean coast to Asilomar State Beach. Sea otters frolic; sea lions and seals sun themselves on rocks; waves send spray high into the air.

Victorian in Pacific Grove

Tiny houses rub shoulders with grand Victorian homes; Monterey cypress and huge eucalyptus trees provide resting spots for birds and Monarch butterflies; traffic slows along the downtown Lighthouse Avenue.

Old St. Angela's Inn, Pacific Grove

Old Saint Angela's Inn makes a great headquarters for an overnight, offering fabulous breakfasts and a sumptuous afternoon happy hour in their always beautifully decorated, comfortable house.

Just before Christmas we spent two happy days here, with only a minimum amount of time spent on work (yes, as we were driving there I received word that my client's purchase offer was accepted; free wi-fi at Old Saint Angela's meant I could get documents sent out as necessary and keep the sale moving forward.)

biking along the 17-mile drive

Nice walks, time to read curled up by the fire, a fabulous bike ride along the coast to the golf courses of Pebble Beach, Cypress Hill, and Spanish Bay, fine dining at Passion Fish, a bit of stress-free Christmas shopping in small local shops, and plenty of sleep. And to top it off, a Chanticleer concert in the Carmel Mission on my birthday.

Inside Carmel Mission, waiting for Chanticleer

Close enough to San Francisco and the Silicon Valley for a day trip, an overnight makes a great option too.

When your spirit needs calming, when a respite from hectic days is needed, remember Pacific Grove.



--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547









Comment balloon 23 commentsLottie Kendall • December 27 2014 08:49AM


Lottie Kendall What a pleasant journey you took me on with this blog post. It appears to found a 'slice of Heaven'. Thanks!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 6 years ago

Hi Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI, CDPE  - 2 days for my hubby and I to enjoy many of our favorite things - bliss!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Pacific Grove looks wonderful Lottie Kendall what a great place to call "home". I'll have to check it out on my next trip to Northern CA.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Since you like Pacifica, Nancy Laswick you'll love Pacific Grove. The entire Monterey Peninsula is full of wonderful explorations.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie,  We lived in Pacific Grove and then Monterey in the early 70's.  The first thing we do when we return for a visit is to take a deep breath, inhale the scent of the sea and relax.  Thank you for the reminder!

Posted by Marge Draper, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto) about 6 years ago

Terrific localism post...so important to showcase our areas!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 6 years ago

Hi Lottie.... this couple of days away looks like the great escape that did the trick of relaxation and enjoyment plus a little work..... good for you, Lottie....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 6 years ago

Lottie Kendall ~ the Monterrey Peninsula is simply heaven. I have been there many times and I always feel so lucky to visit... Great photos and awesome post!

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) about 6 years ago

Pacific Grove is a beautiful place to vist or live.  Have a great New Year.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 6 years ago

Lottie, I'm smiling reading about your pre-Christmas and Birthday adventure to Pacific Grove.  You work hard and play hard.  So nice that you get to share such great adventures with your hubby.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 6 years ago

Lottie - Pacific Grove is a wonderful place to spend time away from home!  You did a wonderful job in showing everyone why it should be on their travel list with your great photos!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 6 years ago

Good evening Lottie .. I have never been to CA but Pacific Grove looks and sounds perfect.  Thank you for sharing and I am glad you enjoyed a beautiful Christmas.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 6 years ago

Lottie - that really is a beautiful area.  I have been there several times.  I am glad you had a chance to relax and still do business.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 6 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Looks like an amazing area, the photos you shared are great.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 6 years ago

Marge Draper - we're so lucky to have places like PG close to us. We lived in New Monterey when I was 1 & 2; we've been enjoying it ever since

Li Read - your Salt Springs Island reminds me of Pacific Grove. I love reading your posts.

Hi Barbara Todaro - we rarely disengage completely for more than a few hours at a time, right? Enjoy your football today!!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Hello Jon Kolsky - I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Pacific Grove is fabulous.

Hi Tim Lorenz - it's not too far from your area for a weekend trip.

Kathleen Daniels - work hard, play hard -- that's what works for me

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - Pacific Grove should definately be on one's list of places to visit -- as should your area.

Judith Parker - well, when you put California on your list of places to visit, be sure to add the Monterey Peninsula to your San Francisco stay!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Hi Grant Schneider - we can pretty much to business anywhere, which makes get aways like these much easier to orchestrate. Wishing you the best.

Joe Petrowsky - next time you're visiting in San Francisco, take a day (or two) and get to know the Monterey Peninsula - I think you'll like it.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie ... Pacific Grove is also one of our favorite spots to visit and stay at the Monterey Peninsula - and has such a variety of beautiful homes.  Thanks for your great article.

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) about 6 years ago

Hi Harrison K. Long - perhaps it's time you have another visit to Pacific Grove! I suspect the coolness of the area would feel good when temps soar in Irvine.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

That looks like the ideal Pacific California getaway Lottie Kendall . That has to go on my bucket list...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 6 years ago

Thanks for telling us about Pacific Grove and Old Saint Angela's Inn. You know how to make us want to visit the area!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 6 years ago

Paul Henderson - you (and your camera) would love visiting Pacific Grove.

Roy Kelley - I hope you and Dolores put northern California on your list of places to visit.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago