With the exception of our first three nights in Anaheim, we chose vacation rentals for our two week trip to California. Our travel party this time consisted of our family of 4 and my parents, so splitting a home, condo, cottage or cabin seemed both economical and a lot more fun than the hotel alternative. Todd and I have had a lot of luck with vacation rentals and use several sites to book different types of accommodations. For our first two nights along the coast we chose a quaint Victorian Cottage through VRBO . This was the first vacation rental experience for my mom and dad, and I think they really enjoyed it too. Here's a look into our "Home Away" from home in Pacific Grove.
We arrived quite late at night, near 11pm after winding our way through Big Sur and Carmel. Down a very quiet street, we snuck in with luggage in tow like bandits in the night and crashed exhausted in high, plush beds. The next morning I took my coffee out on the cute front porch to enjoy the smell of fresh rain that had fallen at dawn. I was pondering how the grass was so lush and green, and what the strange wet carpet smell was when I realized the front lawn was actually covered in astro turf! What !?! Well, it sure fooled me for a minute. Happily this was the only inauthentic aspect of this historically designated cottage, built in 1888.
Pacific Grove is situated between Pebble Beach and Monterey. Founded in 1875 as a Christian Seaside Resort, it has over 1,000 victorian cottages and a whole lot of interesting history. We noticed matching plaques on many of the homes in town stating the year built and the names of their original owners. We were treated to a more personal history of the cottage itself with a very complete guest binder introducing us to the area, the owners, and even included old newspaper clippings and a key to all the antique family photos decorating the house! The cottage was like a little museum and came complete with friendly ghosts in the basement, who we were advised to feel perfectly comfortable with. Ok. Also, there were lemons, wine and fresh local coffee!
The grounds were small, but bordered with a white picket fence and full of the prettiest flowers! We spent a lot of time touring around Pacific Grove and Carmel but also enjoyed taking breaks back at the cottage. I had a few ultra peaceful moments sitting on the front porch with a vodka and blood orange San Pellegrino, which was my super simple drink of choice this trip. Watching the neighbours stroll past, one singing quietly and juggling a handful of lemons, gave me a tiny taste of what it would be like to live in this sea side town.
In hindsight, I wish we would have stayed another day here in this pretty cottage. There is so much to explore in the Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Carmel area that anything less than a week is just too short a time. If we were to return, we'd definitely love to stay at this accommodation again. What do you think - isn't it sweet?