John Steinbeck's Cottage 30-Night Minimum Stay


Entire cottage hosted by Kevin & Vicky

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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'I bought a small house and garden in Pacific Grove...' (John Steinbeck: A Life in Letters). American author John Steinbeck wrote these words to a friend about this charming house he called home in the 1940s.

This cottage was featured in Country Living: "You'll Never Guess Which Classic American Author's Cottage is For Rent."

The minimum stay is 30 nights and pay no city tax.

The space
Currently, there is construction at our next door neighbor's house. The work is being done Monday - Friday during the day. Please be aware that there will be some noise during the day.

Starting in January 2023, the back cottage on the property will be undergoing renovations. There will be noise during the day, Monday - Friday. The project is estimated to be completed by July 31, 2023.

This quaint and charming home, known as The Steinbeck Cottage, has a beautiful living room with a tent cathedral ceiling. Its focal point is the fireplace, richly adorned with carvings of birds and flowers.

It has a sofa, two reading chairs and a flatscreen TV. There is a large bedroom, accommodating a queen bed, a sitting area and a cozy electric fireplace. There is a fully-stocked kitchen with everything you need to cook great meals together. The dining room has a farm table and is surrounded by floor to ceiling picture windows, overlooking the garden and offering peeks of the bay. The beautiful bathroom features white subway tiles in the shower and blue Moroccan lantern tiles on the floor. The cottage has cable TV and wireless internet.

The cottage is approximately 900 square feet. It is original architecture from the 1920’s and has short doorways throughout the cottage. Taller guests will need to mind their heads.

It is one of three cottages on the property and 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.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Long term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Pacific Grove, California, United States

The property is in a quiet residential neighborhood in Pacific Grove. It offers plenty of street parking.

As for the city, 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. You will see the plaque in the front of The Steinbeck Cottage.

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.

Hosted by Kevin & Vicky

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When we are not super-hosting on Airbnb, Kevin is an author and motivational speaker, after spending 25+ years in high tech and Vicky loves to bake and works in HR. We eloped in Central Park in New York City and love the simplicity of what life brings. We enjoy 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.

We were lucky enough to purchase the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner, and have poured our labor of love in renovating these 100 year-old cottages. Pacific Grove is our home away from home. Kevin spent a lot of time writing his first book, A Life Worth Living, in our cottages - what a fantastic place for literary inspiration!

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!
When we are not super-hosting on Airbnb, Kevin is an author and motivational speaker, after spending 25+ years in high tech and Vicky loves to bake and works in HR. We eloped in Ce…

During your stay

While The Steinbeck Cottage is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and has its own dedicated outdoor sitting area in the front yard.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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