Pacific Grove

We stayed here for six days in November 2011. It is in a fantastic position, about 30 metres to the main walk/bike trail along Monterey’s and Pacific Grove’s waterfront, an easy walk to the Monterey Aquarium, cafes and shops. It is a couple of blocks to the supermarket, so you really don’t need a car to stay here (although not that easy to get to by public transport). The local area is lovely, with the bike/walking trail going a long way through Monterey. I saw sea otters most mornings I went jogging, there are harbour seals about 100metres away, and sea lions at Fisherman’s wharf. You can hire bikes at several places along the trail, and ride a long way along the coast, which is a very enjoyable way to see the area. The house itself is lovely, with a view out over the water, a comfortable and carefully decorated living/dining/kitchen space and three good sized bedrooms, with two great bathrooms. The kitchen is very well equipped, with everything you could possibly want to cook a gourmet meal. It was possibly a little too carefully decorated for our family. With two boys aged 10 and 8 we always felt we were walking on eggshells, not helped by the little signs in many places reminding us of the house rules. The house looked absolutely lovely when we walked in, but it wasn’t as homey as some other less lovely places we have stayed in where we could let our boys wrestle on the couch.

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