Beautiful Walks and Hikes in Pacific Grove and Nearby

Beautiful Walks and Hikes in Pacific Grove and Nearby

There is so much to see when you stay at The Olympia Lodge. Check out some of these beautiful nearby walks and hikes:

Monterey Penninsula Recreation Trail: This beautiful loop trail includes ample opportunity to view the signature pink flowers for which our coast is known, along with the dramatic coastline. Many people take this walk, so if you tend to shy away from crowds, do it early in the morning and/or on a weekday. The whole loop trail is under 4 miles and only has 137’ elevation gain, so basically stays at sea level. Dogs can come if on leash. Begin walking at Lover’s Point Park. Continue along the coast past Kissing Rock, Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Park and John Denver Memorial. Then circle past Point Pinos Lighthouse and return back on the same path upon which you came, along the spectacular Pacific Ocean in breathtaking #PacificGrove, #California. This is the perfect trail to get the lay of the land. #HikePacificGrove #TheOlympiaLodge

Asilomar State Beach and Coast Trail:  This trail, will let you get back to nature, while you explore the wild side of Pacific Grove and surrounding areas. A good number of people walk here, but the beach is big, so you can stretch out and find your own space. You’ll get to see tide pools, sea otters, sea lions, keep beds and more. Whether it’s foggy or sunny, it will be breathtakingly beautiful. What can we say? This is our sanctuary by the bay! The entire trail is just over 3 miles and only has 170’ elevation gain, so it’s quite flat. Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of the Asilomar Marine Reserve, is a Marine Protected Area. All marine resources, animals and features (including shells and rocks) are protected. No collecting or fishing is allowed – your help is needed to maintain this coastal area as a healthy habitat for future visitors to enjoy! Dogs on leash are allowed. #PacifcGrove, #MontereyBay, #California, #SanctuaryByTheBay, #TheOlympiaLodge

UPDATE (May 22, 2020) – As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • As of 5/22/2020: Parking near the park is available to the public.
  • Beach – the beach is open for active recreation w/ required social distancing.
  •  For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Rip Van Winkle Open Space Preserve and Loop Trail: This is a short, sweet trail (only 1.2 miles long) with beautiful views. See the classic shape of the Monterey Bay from a higher vantage point, the blues of the changing colors of the #PacificOcean and lots of trees and vegetation. You may even spy a deer, squirrels and other wildlife. Dogs are allowed. Trailhead is off Congress Avenue in #PacificGrove, near Forest Grove Elementary School.

Closest Landmarks

  • Point Pinos Lighthouse – 0.2 miles

  • Lovers Point Park – 0.8 miles
  • Lovers Point – 0.8 miles
  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History – 0.9 miles
  • The Links at Spanish Bay – 1.3 miles
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – 1.8 miles
  • Cannery Row – 2.1 miles
  • 17-Mile Drive – 2.4 miles
  • Presidio of Monterey Museum – 2.5 miles
  • Coastal Recreation Trail – 2.5 miles

 

Most Popular Landmarks

    • Monterey Bay Whale Watching Cruises – 2.8 miles
    • Monterey Pines Golf Club – 2.9 miles
    • Monterey Museum of Art – 2.9 miles
    • Dennis the Menace Park – 3.3 miles
    • Del Monte Beach – 3.8 miles
    • Naval Postgraduate School – 3.9 miles
    • Pebble Beach – 4.1 miles
    • Carmel Mission – 6 miles
    • Point Lobos State Reserve – 7.4 miles

 

How to Pack Like a Seasoned Traveler

How to Pack Like a Seasoned Traveler

Of course, we’ve been in the travel business for long enough to have learned some great tricks. So today, we’re going to share our favorites with you:

Roll Don’t Fold: to avoid wrinkles, roll your clothes up rather than folding them. Then, place smaller items in your case on their sides (so they look like the top of a plate of cinnamon rolls or a bouquet of roses). This makes them easy to see/access.

Use Dryer Sheets: Include a few in your suitcase. These will keep things smelling fresh—and be handy in winter if you get any static cling when you’re dressing, just rub them over your clothes.

Shower Cap Your Shoes: This is a great little trick. Cover the bottoms of your shoes with a shower cap to keep the grubby side from touching the other contents of your suitcase.

Distribute Weight Well: Heavy items go near the bottom (wheel side) of your case, so it doesn’t tip over every time you let go of the handle. This makes for a more stable ride.

See What You Brought: Keep all your small items, such as toothbrush, jells, lotions, etc., in clear plastic bags. Keep your jewellery and electronics in their own clear bags as well. This makes everything exceedingly easy to find.

Bring a Sarong: Whether you call it a big scarf or a wrap, bring a light piece of fabric that can be rolled into a tiny ball. This will be useful for impromptu sitting on the beach or lawn, a romantic picnic on the bed, or a quick “outfit” after you jump out of the shower.

Dearest #SmartTraveler: we hope you’ve enjoyed these #TravelHacks and will find them useful. We know many of our guests do at #TheOlympia Lodge in beautiful #Pacifc Grove #Calfornia.

Peppers MexiCali Cafe

Peppers MexiCali Cafe

“A Hot Place to Eat”Peppers Mexicali Cafe is a casual restaurant with a southwestern-styled decor specializing in Latin American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood.Peppers has a strong locals’ following and is consistently voted the area’s favorite Mexican restaurant.Families are welcomed, and a kids menu is available.Reservations are accepted and advised for summer months and busy weekend evenings.

170 Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: (831) 373-6892

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We would like to celebrate our neighbouring restaurants, shopping and other businesses open now. To the best of our knowledge, this establishment is open. (Updated 7/22/2020.)

Mezzaluna Pasteria

Mezzaluna Pasteria

Chef Soerke invites you to enjoy housemade pasta, mozzarella, gelato.  Enjoy

1188 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: (831) 372-5325

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We would like to celebrate our neighbouring restaurants, shopping and other businesses open now. To the best of our knowledge, this establishment is open. (Updated 7/22/2020.)