Its natural beauty and welcoming charm is apparent to anyone who walks between the California Cypress trees, but these surprising facts about Pacific Grove are somewhat less expected. So with no further ado, dive into these little-known facts!


Those historic looking houses are, well, historic.

Built between 1837 and 1901, many of the adorable homes around town are actually remnants of the Victorian Era!

And you might be wondering, why was this period of roughly 60 years? This was the period that Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ruled. Her influence was so powerful that it extended across the Atlantic all the way to the Pacific Coast.


John Steinbeck called it home.

The author of The Grapes of Wrath moved into the home that his father built with his first wife, Carol Brown. The cottage is now a long-term rental that draws budding writers and bookworms from across the globe!


Robert Louis Stevenson was a frequent visitor.

The novelist regularly visited the lighthouse-keeper, Allen Luce in 1879. How do we know? He wrote about it!

He described his visit to the then seasonal vacation town, in his book The Old Pacific Capitol: “I have never been in any place so dreamlike.”


Big Little Lies was set, and filmed in Pacific Grove.

Fans of the HBO psychological drama will recognize parts of the town from the hit series. Set and filmed in Pacific Grove, the show’s setting is anything if not authentic!

Whether you’re a resident, a regular guest or looking forward to your first visit, these interesting facts are sure to enrich your time in Pacific Grove!

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