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John Steinbeck's Writer's Studio: Home of Classic American Author

Pacific Grove, CA, USA
  • Studio350 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

1920's Beach Studio offers 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, with peeks of Monterey Bay

This charming and historic studio was once owned by American author John Steinbeck.

The Space

This studio has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. He used it as his writing studio and worked on novels including The Sea of Cortez while living here. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property. It has a masculine and sophisticated, yet romantic feel.

This cozy studio retreat has one bedroom with a queen bed and and a sitting area, a spacious full bathroom, and a fully stocked kitchen. There is cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet.

The studio is approximately 350 square feet. It is original 1920's architecture and has short doorways throughout the studio. Tall guests will need to mind their heads.

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

Guest Access

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, and peeks of the ocean.

Interaction with Guests

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

For larger groups, The Writer's Studio can be rented with The Traveler's Cottage which is next door on the same property (VRBO property #464633), and/or with 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 Writer's Studio 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 (#0326).

- 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.

Owner

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.
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within one hour
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 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 Studio 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 Studio 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.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Romantic queen bed overlooks the garden through a large picture window, that the sun rises through in the morning. Has sitting area, electric fireplace, and window seat.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
      • Spacious bathroom with vintage penny round tiles. Original sunken cast iron tub.

      Location Type

        • Ocean View
          Property offers a peak of Monterey Bay in the distance

          Theme

            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Fireplace
                      Electric Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric fireplace
                    • Internet
                      Wireless Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                      Street parking
                    • Towels Provided

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          French Press
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee and tea
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              Table for 2
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  HBO, Xfinity, Netflix
                                • Television

                                  Outside

                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Outdoor seating area
                                    • Lawn / Garden

                                      Suitability

                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Attractions

                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          35 Reviews

                                                          Wonderful4.9/5

                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Fab!

                                                          Alison T.

                                                          Lovely quaint cottages. Everything provided for. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

                                                          Cozy and cute!

                                                          Jennifer S.

                                                          The home is so cute and clean, we loved the location. The only downside is that my husband is over 6 feet and had to watch his head a lot but that's to be expected in older homes. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this rental property.

                                                          Lovely.

                                                          Eliseo B.

                                                          Loved this location! Stayed here for our honeymoon and it was so nice. Only a few blocks from the aquarium. I would recommend this location to anyone.

                                                          Cozy hideaway in beautiful Pacific Grove

                                                          Nancy W.

                                                          The cottage is small, adorable and well appointed. It was the to perfect base for our explorations of the Bay and a wonderful retreat in the evenings. Definitely worth staying at!

                                                          Wonderful! Loves the area.

                                                          Andy L.

                                                          Darling cottage. Clean and well-equipped for cooking.

                                                          History and Comfort

                                                          Pam O.Phoenix, AZ

                                                          This was such a great place! Perfectly equipped, very clean and so cute. We had a relaxing stay for our 39th Anniversary and will recommend this wonderful property. We walked everywhere from Cannery Row to Fisherman's Warf. Kevin and Vicky were so kind and attentive, would have enjoyed meeting them.

                                                          Pam and Ervin, Phoenix

                                                          Location

                                                          Pacific Grove, CA, USA

                                                          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

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Cleaning Fee
                                                          $100
                                                          Tax Rate
                                                          10%
                                                          $205avg/night
                                                          35 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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