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  • Pacific GrovePro 2014
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    Where I go to relax and unwind on the busy Monterey Peninsula, this ex-Methodist beach retreat town has Victorian houses, a quaint downtown that you can walk around in less than an hour (yummy bakeries!), and a historical lighthouse out by the state beach. In winter, stop off at the monarch butterfly grove to see thousands of those migratory creatures roosting in the trees.

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    A little foggy for my taste, but otherwise a charming coastal community with first-rate access to some of the most breathtaking dive sites in the Monterey Bay. It can feel like middle America with all its old Victorian's, but this spot is an oceanographer's Mecca and home to Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station. I could imagine growing old along this stretch of dramatic coastline if it were just a bit warmer and sunnier. As it is, look for me someplace a bit more tropical!

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  • Pacific GrovePro 2014
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    Pacific Grove is a nice little town just south of Monterey. There's a path along the shore and plenty of little parks and beaches, but watch out driving along the coast since everyone takes their time and the tourists aren't paying attention. There's also a posted tsunami hazard.

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    Don't miss out on this stretch that provides you with stunning beaches and rocky crags that hide numerous amounts of wildlife and sea creatures. The rolling fog, the cute homes, and the wonderful people all make Pacific Grove worth a visit.

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    Pacific Grove is a picturesque little town sandwiched on the Monterey Peninsula between Monterey and Carmel. It has a beautiful rocky shoreline, foggy and cool climate, and is largely inhabited by retirees and older people.

    It is famous for Lover's Point, where each year the Monarch Butterflies come by in swarms, or its several antique gabled Bed and Breakfast hotels, the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium, the gateway to Pebble Beach via the stunning Asilomar State Beach, it's traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, and the bright pick and red ice plant flowers in bloom every spring along the coastline park.

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    This is the most beautiful house. Dr. Harts Mansion. Look up this historical mansion on hartmansion.com The informatin is fascinating.

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    One of the prettiest places!

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    Beautiful place to getaway.

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Jutting into one of wildest stretches of ocean on the west coast, Pacific Grove is the crowning northern tip of the Monterey Peninsula. Established as a 19th century Methodist retreat, the town is best known for an abundance of Victorian homes and it's annual butterfly migration. "Butterfly Town USA” is the refuge for hundreds of thousands of wintering monarch butterflies, forming living blankets in the town's coniferous forest from October to March. Other than one remote forest in Mexico, this part of Central California is the only place in the world to see this amazing wildlife spectacle. Visit again in July for the Chinese-inspired “Feast of Lanterns” and, while in town, be sure to check out the 150-year-old Point Piños lighthouse, observe playful seals and rich kelp forest at Lover's Point, and whet your appetite for sustainable seafood at one of the town's various fine restaurants participating in nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program.

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