PGIF: Celebrating the Holidays in Monterey!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Below are some wonderful things to be aware of going on in Monterey, as well as at Pacific Grove Inn this month! 


A new beautiful 38 lb Mola Mola (Sunfish) has been added into the Open Sea exhibit!  Did you know that molas are the world’s largest bony fish, reaching 14 feet in length and tipping the scales at 5,000 pounds? Its Latin name, fittingly, means “millstone.”

The molas at MBA are also “target-trained,” which means they learn to associate a red-and-white striped ball with food, and come over as soon as it’s placed in the water. This ensures they aren’t “out-competed” by faster, more aggressive fish.

Check out the Open Sea Webcam to get a sneak peak into this exhibit and potentially catch a glimpse of the latest addition!



Last night kicked off the Annual Holiday Christmas in the Adobes Event, from 5PM to 9PM, Dec 8-10th.   Stroll thought the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit up to 23 19th C. adobes for period dance lessons at Custom House, or bagpipes and cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House. Refreshments, games history and fun await the entire family during Monterey’s signature holiday event.



Less than 1 Mile from the Pacific Grove Inn you will find the legendary Cannery Row, tthe most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by John Steinbeck. The best of Monterey hotels, attractions and recreation, authentic Monterey restaurants, convenient shopping and exciting Monterey nightlife are found on Cannery Row, Monterey.

Visitors packing for a Cannery Row vacation might want to leave some empty space in their suitcase. With more than 85 Monterey shops, including independent, family-owned stores and top-selling national name brands, the original treasures on sale here are as exciting as the district’s ocean views. Toy stores and chocolate shops make spoiling kids simple, while boutiques feature unique art and antiques, gourmet foods, local wines, stunning jewelry and casual fashion for women and men.

Between the oceanfront Coastal Recreation Trail, wine tasting rooms and world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row Monterey bustles with enough activity to keep families, couples and friends on the go for days.  You can walk to boutique and outlet shopping, live music and dynamic nightlife, beaches and dive shops, and year-round events for all ages.  Here, guests can just as easily indulge their adventurous spirit as they can relax and reconnect.  So go ahead–build a sand castle, schedule a spa treatment, watch sea otters or try that glass of award-winning pinot noir.  It’s a perfect day to make memories on Cannery Row for every budget.



Save 15% on all reservations booked within the month of December!  Call us today at 831-375-2825 or visit us at: to take advantage of this special offer.

With only 16 hotel rooms and suites, Pacific Grove Inn blends an old world charm with modern day luxury including combinations of fireplaces, private porches, balconies and entrance with views of the Monterey Bay.

A sanctuary of tranquility and charm awaken your senses with a gourmet breakfast, unwind in the evening with our daily wine, tea and cheese reception from 4pm to 5pm, and take pleasure in our freshly baked cookies to nibble and cold milk before turning in for the evening.

Pacific Grove evokes a timeless air feel from its historic establishments and its classic Main Street, USA feel to its breathtaking slices of nature with its remarkable attractions in and around the Monterey area of California.

PGIF: Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Walk!

Happy Holidays to everyone out there!!

So sorry to have gona MIA for the month of November!! We hope everyone had a wonderful November and fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday full of memories to last a lifetime!  We have lots of exciting new projects afoot at the Pacific Grove Inn, including some wonderful new special promotions being offered this month only!    But first, here are some wonderful events going on this month in Monterey that you should be aware of.

Dec 2nd – Steinbeck Center Features the Book Launch of Salinas-born author, James B. Golden’s 2nd Novel “Afro Clouds and Nappy Rain”

Tonight from 5PM to 8PM, The National Steinbeck Center’s December 2 First Friday event will feature the launch of Salinas-born author James B. Golden’s second book and the opening of the Mission San Antonio Padua Exhibition.

Afro Clouds and Nappy Rain, the newest book by award-winning author-poet-journalist James B. Golden introduces readers to Curtis Brown, an amalgamation of troubled young men Golden has worked with in the judicial system.

Golden views the National Steinbeck Center as “an integral part of Salinas and my development as a writer/scholar.” With the release of his newest book, the Salinas native has once again found a way to give voice to a population of young people who have remained silent for decades. Event Cost: Free.  For more information visit:

Dec 3rd – 18th Annual Stillwell Fun in the Park in Pacific Grove

Area residents young and old are invited for some wintry fun at Pacific Grove’s eighteenth annual Stillwell’s Fun in the park set for Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Tommy Stillwell Court, located behind the Pacific Grove Post Office, 680 Lighthouse Avenue, will be full of kiddy rides and bounce houses.  The fun will also include a petting zoo, pony rides, as well as two trains that will travel around the park. Live entertainment will include the Tinsel Tones, and the Alli Clarke Band.

Other special big treats in store for the kids are Santa’s arrival at Noon, on a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck and a visit by the Snow Queen.  Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

For additional information: (831) 373-3304 or

Dec 10 – 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Lover’s Point Park 

Come and join the 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk from 8AM to 11AM on saturday, Dec 10th!  The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and Arthritis Foundation are starting a new tradition starting at Lover’s Point Park, walking distance from the Pacific Grove Inn!  Its a great fun and festive way to kick off the holidays with family, friends and co-workers!  Get a head start on your holiday feasting and burn some calories, tie some jingle bells to your shoes, and help raise some funds to support the foundation! 

15% Off Special at PGI for the Month of December

We are offering a special 15% off all reservations booked for the whole month of December!  Take advantage of this special offer and book your reservations today by calling us directly at 831-375-2825 or visit us online at: 

And remember, you can always add any of the following items onto your reservation at the time of booking:  Tickets to the Monterey bay aquarium,  Two-Hour Kayak Tour, Rounds of Golf for Pacific Grove LinksSpecial Occasion Cake or Chocolate Covered StrawberriesWhale Watching Tour

Celebrating Steinbeck: the 31st Annual Steinbeck Festival

This weekend marks the 31st Annual Steinbeck Festival in honor of legendary American writer John Steinbeck.

Steinbeck is perhaps best known for his literary works Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, much of his writing characterized by themes of loneliness and prejudice, and marked by struggle. Born in Salinas, California, John Steinbeck was a Monterey Peninsula local and spent many years living in Pacific Grove, in the Monterey area, the celebrated setting of his novel Cannery Row. After its publication, “Cannery Row” became the new name of Ocean View Avenue, the location of the story.

The Steinbeck Festival runs from August 4 through August 7, starting with a reading of some passages from his novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, and a pub crawl, which will end at 8pm for an Open Mic celebration. Other events include tours of Ed Ricketts’ lab (Steinbeck’s close friend and major influence) and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House (of Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers), as well as a display of Pierre Alain Bertola’s drawings from his Of Mice and Men graphic novel and various discussion panels. For more information about the festival, visit

The History of the Pacific Grove Inn

We are often asked how our hotel was started, and how long we have been a part of this neighborhood. Pacific Grove itself dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has been home at different times to William Adam, Charles B. Judson, John Steinbeck, and other artists. The homes themselves date back almost as far! Here is a little background on our Bed & Breakfast on the Monterey Bay…

Buck Mansion

Frank L. Buck with his wife.

Our history begins in 1904, when the front house of Pacific Grove Inn was built by Frank LaVerne Buck. Buck was born in Huron County, Ohio, and spent much of his life traveling with his family, engaged in a grocery business and farming. The Buck family traveled from Ohio to Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota, and in 1900, seven years after leaving his homestate, Buck and his wife moved to California. After initially arriving in Los Angeles, they traveled through San Jose and San Francisco before reaching Pacific Grove the following summer.

It was here where Buck met Tom Work, owner of the T.A. Work Company, and purchased a half-interest in Tom’s business. He became Vice President three years later. In 1904, Buck built this lovely home, which he traded later for a fig & grape ranch near Fresno County. He also headed up the very first Board of Trade for Pacific Grove, serving the office for three years.

Tuttle Cottage

The Tuttle Cottage is the second half of our Bed & Breakfast. This home was built and owned by Charles Kirkham Tuttle, a Pacific Grove pharmacist and photographer. Tuttle was born in Benicia, CA, the second youngest in a family of four children. He began his pharmaceutical studies right out of high school at 16, and after graduating from college in 1879, he managed a drug store in Salinas, CA for J. C. Scott Tuttle. He moved to Pacific Grove in 1887 due to failing health, but decided to stay on and became involved with civic work, as well as serving on the City’s Board of Trustees for years. An avid photographer, Tuttle distributed his photos of landscapes and scenery along with his prescriptions to patrons of his lighthouse drug store.

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