Pacific Grove, California, is one of our favorite places in the United States. The nickname “Butterfly Town” comes from the fact that hundreds of Monarch butterflies flock to the area over winter due to the fog surrounding the area, along with the plentiful eucalyptus and pine trees helping to create a microclimate within Pacific Grove. It is filled with Victorian architecture all around, has a very cozy and small-town feel about it, and the temperature is said to be in the 50s and 60s year-round. It is overcast most of the time which contrasts the vibrant colors of flora nicely. How much more picture perfect and romantic could it get? We love it.
Speaking of love, in Pacific Grove you can find a very beautiful spot called Lover’s Point. It is one of four small marine reserves that are in the Monterey area, and if you are ever in Pacific Grove, it is a place you MUST stroll by. The park is not big by any means, but it’s a great place to take in the rocky ocean views.
With trees all around the higher grounds, and a little secluded beach area down lower on the shore to the north that becomes covered when the tide is high, it feels like you are stepping into a fairytale love story—the name Lover’s Point fitting. If you are wanting to stay in Pacific Grove, which we would highly suggest doing, there is a quaint little motel called Lover’s Point Inn that puts you right across the street from Lover’s Point. It is affordable for the area, especially since you can walk outside your motel room and see the ocean. Across the street from the Inn is The Beach House at Lover’s Point, which boasts outstanding views and phenomenal food. Pictured below is the flowering artichoke appetizer served (scrumptious!)
On top of Pacific Grove being amazing all by itself, it should be noted that it is situated between Point Pinos and Monterey, CA, meaning there is an abundance of breathtaking places to visit in the 20-mile radius of the city itself. Among these is the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium (although we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to go there–yet!), the Pinos Point Lighthouse, and the 17-Mile Drive that winds from Pacific Grove down through the Del Monte Forest and into Pebble Beach. You are required to pay a fee to enter the route to the 17-mile-drive, but it is worth every single penny! It is one of the best scenic drives we’ve taken, and we are all about getting onto the open road. There is such an insane amount of natural diversity covered in such a short distance—be sure to block out a few hours for it so you can view all the main attractions. At many points in the drive it seems like you are walking straight into an enchanted realm, so have a good camera ready! One minute you are watching waves crash against the shore, and the next you are in a mystical forest that words can’t give due credit to.
Until our next adventure!