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History Buff

History Buff

Day 1 – Historic Walking Tour
We hope you have your walking shoes on! You can start the Historic Walking Tour by picking up a program at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce located at 584 Central Avenue. From there, simply walk across the street to the Museum of Natural History to begin. Follow the program to visit 22 historic locations all within walking distance of downtown. Don’t forget to look for the home plaques, which were started in 1978 by the Heritage society to recognize historic homes and their original owners.

Day 2 – Point Pinos Lighthouse
The Point Pinos Lighthouse is open to the public Thursday through Monday from 1-4pm so today is the perfect time to stop by for a tour. This lighthouse has marked the entrance to Monterey Bay since February 1, 1855 when it was one of seven commissioned by the United States Congress. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 3 – Monterey Movie Tours
This is a movie tour, and yet so much more – in fact, it is the ONLY daily guided tour of the Monterey Peninsula! Monterey Movie Tours® enhances the standard sightseeing experience with film clips showcasing this celebrated region in times past. Peek into The Lodge at Pebble Beach circa 1956, when Doris Day runs through the entry in the suspense drama, “Julie.” Marvel at the fullness of the Lone Cypress Tree as Lana Turner passes by the landmark in “Mr. Imperium.” Experience the sights and sounds that inspired John Steinbeck himself while watching Marilyn Monroe journey along Cannery Row in “Clash by Night.”

Day 4 – Antique Shopping
Pacific Grove is home to several antique, consignment, and thrift shops located all over town. You’re sure to find something that catches your eye and will serve as a nice reminder of your trip to Pacific Grove. To get started, stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Central and Forest to pick up a newly released map of consignment thrift stores.

Day 5 – Cannery Row
Head over to the boarder of Pacific Grove and Monterey to visit the historic Cannery Row. Made legendary by author John Steinbeck, Cannery Row is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the former fish canning industry. Now Cannery Row is bustling with more than simply canning companies and is home to hotels, attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

Historic Events
In addition to our year-round historic happenings, if you’re lucky enough to be in town for one of our historic events, you do not want to miss them! These events include:

Good Old Days (April)
Celebrating the town’s heritage and hometown charm. Events include a parade, arts & crafts fair & a police motorcycle competition.

Quilt Show (April)
Featuring antique & contemporary works at Chautauqua Hall

Feast of Lanterns (July)
A long-standing Grove tradition. This week-long celebration culminates in a pageant and fireworks.

Steinbeck Croquet Tourney (August)
Honoring our local literary/historical heritage.

Annual Victorian Home Tour (October)
Featuring the town’s finest architecture.

Butterfly Parade (October)
Honoring the returning monarchs with a parade of costumed schoolchildren.

Christmas at the Inns (December)
Offering hospitality and holiday fellowship at several historic Bed & Breakfasts.