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

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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, 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 sitting 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 (#0327).

- 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

Kevin & Vicky Delaney
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Kevin & Vicky 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 & Vicky Delaney purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Kevin & Vicky Delaney chose Pacific Grove

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.


Pacific Grove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bright and cozy bedroom has a queen size bed with rustic barn door.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 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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John Steinbeck's Traveler's Cottage: Home of Classic American Author
average rating of 4.85 based on 60 reviews

Perfect Pacific Grove Nook

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location and walking distance to many restaurants and shops. Great location for day trips into Carmel, Salinas and Big Sur. The cottage was cozy and more than satisfied our needs. The outside area is beautifully landscaped and perfect additional space to enjoy your morning coffee to a nice glass of wine at the end of your evening. You will not be sorry for booking this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing getaway

  • 5 of 5

A nice little getaway that was in walking distance of anything you would need. Would recommend to anyone that would enjoy a peaceful town.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at the Traveler’s Cottage. I’m an author, so knowing John steinbeck did some of his writing here was awesome! The cottage was well equipped and easy to navigate. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Lovely, Cozy Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The Traveler's Cottage is a lovely, little place and, for the most part, is exactly as advertised. It's quite a comfortable stay for two people. We enjoyed the fenced-in yard, having coffee outdoors on the mornings when it wasn't too chilly to do so. The cottage itself is sufficiently sheltered from the wind that it never got unbearably cold. And the small, easily-operated space heater in the living room was sufficient to take the chill off early December mornings. The step up into the kitchen and/or bathroom takes a little getting used to, especially remembering its there when exiting the the bathroom, but it only took a time or two before it was second-nature for us. The location is nicely situated in a quiet, safe, very walkable residential neighborhood. We strolled down to Cannery Row and back easily. There are many sights and shops within easy walking distance from the Cottage. Our only critique would be the WiFi access. It was quickly apparent that the Cottage itself does not have WiFi access of its own, and likely is reliant on a WiFi router located in one of the other two Cottages on the property. WiFi access was pretty much functionally limited to the kitchen of the Travelers Cottage. The living room or bedroom were out-of-range. A problem that could be easily remedied with the addition of an inexpensive WiFi range extender in the Cottage. Other than that, we have no complaints about the Travelers Cottage, and would recommend it unreservedly. The hosts were prompt, clear, and informative in their communications with us, and were available by email during our visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Where do you live? San Francisco, CA

Perfect getaway cottage

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spent three wonderful nights in this gem of a cottage. It is so close to the sites of Monterey. We parked the car and never got into it again until we were leaving. Perfect location!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy with a GREAT outdoor space!

  • 5 of 5

Three of us (2 adults and a toddler) stayed for three nights over labor day weekend. We found the accommodations very comfortable and the cottage is lovingly cared for! These hosts nail it at Home Away! I would stay at any other property they own/manage in the future!

The kitchen is small but adequate! We cooked in the oven both nights to enjoy Trader Joe's appetizers in the garden. The private garden was a real treat. While the toddler slept early, the adults would enjoy some beverages and the fire pit outside. The location is about a 15 minute walk to the must do Monterey Bay Aquarium and we highly recommend Point Lobos State Park which was only about a 10 minute drive away!

Choose this property, you won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $110
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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.