Pacific Grove, CA Trip – Summer 2014

Pacific Grove holds a very special place in my heart. My family has been vacationing here since I was a young girl, and whenever I come back to visit it triggers so many beautiful and wonderful memories from my childhood.

andrils cottages

Pacific Grove is a little, quaint beach town with charm and beautiful weather. It’s a little on the chilly side due to the constant fog, but it’s not so bad if you have a sweater handy. It isn’t touristy either, compared to Monterey, which is a big reason why I like it here so much. You can rent a little inn or cabin near the water and get plenty of peace and quiet. And Monterey is only a 10 minute drive away, so if you want to explore a busier town with more to do, then you’re very close.

The inn that we stumbled upon this past weekend was a total bargain. We stayed at the Sunset Inn in Pacific Grove on a Thursday and Friday night and only paid $117 per night, which was a really good price. Most of the cottages and inns in the area were going for well over $200 per night.

What’s so nice about this place is that it’s about a 5 minute walk to the beach and a 15-20 minute walk to downtown Pacific Grove. All of the units had been recently remodeled too, unlike several of the cottages in the area. Each room came with a fireplace, refrigerator, and a little patio area out front.

sunset inn pac grove

Right down the street from our inn was the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Too bad it was closed the times we went to visit, but it still looked pretty cool from far away.

lighhouse sign


We ate out a TON on our little trip, but that was our ultimate goal, to hit up as many tasty restaurants as possible. Our favorite restaurant in downtown Pacific Grove was this little place:

red house pacific grove

The food at the Red House Cafe was delish! It was very fresh and flavorful, and the staff who worked there were super friendly and accommodating. We actually ended up eating here twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. We will definitely be back! My favorite dish on the menu would have to be their crab cake benedict. It was SO good! I’ve never had a benedict served on a croissant before. What a brilliant idea!

crab cake eggs benedict

They also make the best hot chocolate.

hot chocolate red house cafe

We also stumbled upon this cute little bakery in downtown Pacific Grove called Pavel’s Bakerei. They supposedly have the best pastries in town, but we got there too late, so the selection was limited. The pastries were still super delish though!

bakery pacific grove

We discovered that there’s a path that runs along the beach from Pacific Grove to Monterey. It’s a bit of a walk, but it’s very scenic. From our inn to Monterey I’d say was a good 3-4 miles. Make sure you bring comfy shoes and a sweater!

pacific grove beach

pink flowers

I thought this sign was so weird. Do people really molest butterflies?


Once in Monterey, we stopped at this breakfast spot called First Awakenings, which was super good. Word of advice–Don’t fill up on hot chocolate! Save room for the food instead because they bring out a lot of it.

hot chocolate at first awakenings

When you’re in Monterey, you must walk through Cannery Row. It’s beautiful and there are tons of shops everywhere. It’s extremely touristy, but if you go on a weekday, it shouldn’t be too bad. Ghiradelli was one of my favorite shops on Cannery Row. Hmmm, I wonder why. Could it have to do with chocolate? 😉


Gotta get a hot fudge sundae! You just gotta!


Oh, and Oceans 18 blacklight miniature golf is a must while in Monterey. It’s SO much fun! Yeah, yeah, it’s probably for kids, but who cares!

mini golf

The Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t too far from Cannery Row. Maybe another mile or so away. There are a bunch of good restaurants on the wharf, so if you’re hungry, you definitely want to make a trip over there. This is another touristy spot though, so watch out for crowds.


I was on a mission to find the best clam chowder in Monterey and I’m pretty certain I found just the place. The Old Fisherman’s Grotto has won awards for their clam chowder several years in a row.

fishermans grotto

We also lucked out and got a window seat right on the water. How romantic!

clam chowder

You know what else is romantic? When your boyfriend picks flowers for you. 🙂

beach flower

If only I wasn’t so full from everything I ate that day, I would have gotten some candy from the candy shop. I’ve been to Carousel Candies in the past and they make some really good treats.

salt water taffy

Overall, I feel like we did so much on our trip to Pacific Grove, but at the same time, I feel like we missed out on many fun places because we ran out of time. There is just so much to do and see there. Which is a good thing because it just gives me one more reason to come back.