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Kevin Delaney

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

John Steinbeck's Traveler's Cottage: Home of Classic American Author

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 1920's John Steinbeck's Beach Cottage With Bay Views

'I bought a small house and garden in Pacific Grove...' (John Steinbeck: A Life in Letters). John Steinbeck wrote these words to a friend about this charming house he called home in the 1940s.

The Space

This cottage has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property.

This darling cottage has one bedroom with a queen size bed, a cozy living room with a queen sleeper sofa, and a charming kitchen where not too distant views of Monterey Bay can be seen from the window. There is a tranquil garden to enjoy as well, with sprawling oak trees canopying the peaceful sitting area where morning coffee or evening wine can be enjoyed as you listen to the sounds of the harbor in the distance. Also, the cottage has a fully stocked kitchen, cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet.

It is one of three cottages on the property and sits behind the The Steinbeck Cottage and next to The Writer's Studio.

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, peeks of the ocean, and walking accessibility to downtown Pacific Grove and Cannery Row, just a half-mile away.

Interaction with Guests

While The Traveler's Cottage is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and a dedicated outdoor area.

For larger groups, The Traveler's Cottage can be rented with The Writer's Studio next door on the same property (VRBO property #485366), and/or with the main house on the property, The Steinbeck Cottage (VRBO property #506072).

The Neighborhood

Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove.

You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambiance of charm, grace and beauty.

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. As you stroll the residential streets admiring the charm of home after home, you will notice little plaques on many of the homes that bear the name of the original owner and the year in which it was built. To qualify for a plaque from the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, a structure must look like it did when it was originally built.

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.

Getting Around

The Traveler's Cottage is centrally located and a short walk from many scenic destinations. It is located a half mile from The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as downtown Pacific Grove. Lover's Point beach is just one mile away and downtown Monterey is two miles away.

There are many fantastic restaurants, activities and shops in the area.

Other Things to Note

- Our cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove.

- There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all bookings.

- Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.

- There is a firm no smoking and no pet policy.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kevin Delaney (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Kevin Delaney

We are Kevin and Vicky. It’s nice to meet you! Here’s a little bit about us…

This is Kevin. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Ireland when I was young, but San Jose has been home for most of my life. I’m an avid reader, enjoy writing, and I love history.

This is Vicky. I was born in Vietnam and I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 2 years old. I work in high-tech, love baking and traveling, and can be found at the gym regularly.

Together, we love exploring new things. Whether it’s new foods, places to visit or experiences, we love the adventure of life. Most of all, we love time with each other, our kids, family and friends.

Kevin Delaney purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Kevin Delaney chose Central Coast California

Pacific Grove is a charming town with wonderful restaurants, a beautiful coastline and the historic Cannery Row. And there’s plenty to do – sailing, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and wonderful coastline pathways to stroll between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point. Pacific Grove also has the historic literary appeal of being the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

What makes this cottage unique

Besides being charming and beautiful, the cottages are distinctly unique having once been the home of author John Steinbeck. There is a rich and wonderful history to these 100-year-old cottages.

When Steinbeck resided here he formulated the plot of The Grapes of Wrath, and wrote several books including The Sea of Cortez. This is the home he shared with his second wife, Gwyn Conger, who would become the inspiration for the lead antagonist, Kate Trask, in his epic novel, East of Eden. In a letter to a friend, Steinbeck wrote of the cottages, “It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it… You’ll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.” ' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters).

We are excited to share this wonderful piece of history with you and know you will enjoy your stay.


based on 40 traveler reviews

John Steinbeck's Traveler's Cottage: Home of Classic American Author
average rating of 4.825 based on 40 reviews
Oakdale, CA

Exquisite, charming and warm.

  • 5 of 5

From the thoughtful details in every nook and cranny, to the kitchens stocked with every necessity, to the quiet coziness of the rooms, to the unexpectedly charming outdoor space, this cottage was perfection. We rented all three cottages for our family and felt instantly at home among the books and mindful furnishings. Accommodations were white-glove clean, linens were high-quality and welcoming, and the customer service was personal, attentive and hospitable. We had several visitors and every single one wants to come back to stay. We will be there again and again with our two children. Could not ask for more.

Everything was as listed or better. The photos don't even do it justice. Conveniently located in town near groceries, shopping, beaches and tourist fun, but quietly tucked in a peaceful neighborhood. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it was.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint In-Town, Chic property

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Traveler's Cottage, among the tree lined, quiet property. Although we didn't use the fire pit, we did enjoy the private outdoor seating among the garden. The modern amenities mixed with retro-chic touches were just the right touch. Every room was well appointed and exceeded our expectations. We appreciated your attention to details in all areas of the booking experience and lodging. Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traveler's Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful spaces located just a short distance to Cannery Row and Monterey Aquarium. Owner's sent a message as we arrived and left to ensure all went well. They also reached out to us ahead of time to let us know of specific restaurants, beaches, surf shops which were important for us to know about. Great sleeping on a wonderful bed. Cool breezes at nite and wonderful breakfast in cute little kitchen. Overall wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage with great location

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was just like the pictures and very clean. Loved all the quotes by John Steinbeck throughout the decor. We celebrated a mini vacation with our 12 year old (who had never been to Monterey) and celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary a (VACAVERSARY). The cottage was in a wonderful location and just the right size for the three of us. We loved the fire pit and made smores. Also made wonderful meals in the well equipped kitchen. Would definitely book again. The whole experience was great. Thank you for sharing your cottage with us.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an unfortunately short but completely wonderful stay!! Would love to come back and are already planning to do so in the future!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Pacific Grove cottage for 2-3 guests

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Kevin and Vicky's lovely cottage. The location is excellent - on a very quiet residential street, just a few blocks from the bay, Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a great selection of cafes and restaurants. The outdoor area is spacious and includes lovely flowers and landscaping, a fire pit, and comfortable outdoor furniture. The location of the other two cottages on the property is such that we had total privacy inside the cottage and our outdoor space was very separate as well. The description of the cottage, the outside areas and location in the listing was completely accurate.

The cottage itself is very nicely furnished, with an incredibly comfortable bed. Both the living room and kitchen have ample seating and everything else you would need during your stay. Kevin and Vicky are great hosts, checking in via email shortly after our arrival and asking their housekeepers to drop off extra towels for us just minutes after I inquired about this, even though they also told me where to find extras in one of the cottage's closets.

The cottage and grounds are very well maintained. Upon our arrival we found the cottage to be in perfect condition - extremely clean, with everything in its place and a well organized binder full of information about the cottage and the local area. One final point I should add is that our security deposit was refunded within hours of our departure; this is an example of the very responsible, thoughtful service Kevin and Vicky provide. All aspects of their communication at the time we made the reservation and subsequently were prompt and very helpful.

We would definitely stay at the Traveler's Cottage in the future and have already recommend it to multiple friends!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Nearest Beach
1.35 Miles
Lover's Point
Car: recommended

Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: excellent fire, emergency, and ocean rescue services; an award-winning natural history museum; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course; a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; and, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call 'P.G.' (from The City of Pacific Grove website)


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

~A $110 cleaning fee will be added to each booking
~A $200 refundable damage deposit will be required with each booking OR a non-refundable $49 damage insurance can be purchased instead
~A 10% city transient tax will be added to rental cost for stays less than 30 days
~Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Booking is confirmed once 50% of total reservation amount is received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Central Coast California Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed with down comforter
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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