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Situated on Point Pinos on the northern side of Pacific Grove
The Lighthouse Lodge is located on Point Pinos, an underdeveloped area on the northern side of Pacific Grove. Guests will need a car to access most area attractions, but it's very close to the beach and the lighthouse it is named after -- which is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the West Coast.
Located right at the end of Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove is known for its undeveloped beachfronts, diverse wildlife and history as an artists' community since the latter part of the 19th century. The town's popularity grew steadily as word of its clean sea breezes and abundant wildlife spread. Today, the town's geography makes it quieter and more secluded than nearby Monterey and Carmel, and it's home to a few museums, shops, and restaurants that support the thriving tourist industry.
The town takes pride in its commitment to preserving its famous natural attractions. No development of any kind is allowed directly on the water, which has left beaches and scenic points completely unspoiled. One of the area's biggest draws is the Monarch butterfly breeding grounds, which flock to the protected area from late October until mid-February.
The Lighthouse Lodge may not offer the most luxurious digs in the area, but rooms are large and feature working fireplaces and kitchenettes. Decor is on the dated side (think early 1990s motor-inn lodge) and the exterior appearance is nothing to fawn over, but for the price it's hard to beat. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities for those seeking some fresh air -- especially with the adjacent historic cemetery, nearby beach, and golf course. But some may find Pacific Grove a bit too far off the beaten path; for a hotel in a similar price range in more popular Monterey, consider the Inn at Del Monte Beach.