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At Pacific Grove Plaza Resort now

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Got in late Friday on a flight into Monterey regional airport. Flight was nice and got to see some pretty mountain scenery as we were close to landing.
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Got rental car and finally got in to the resort at around 7pm picking up our checkin packet from the lock box as it was an after office hours checkin. Unit D16 penthouse unit is really a great unit. I was amazed at how big it was for a 1 bedroom (almost 1200 sqft I think). Beautiful expansive views of Monterey Bay from this unit. Deck is big.

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So was worried a bit about how warm it would get in the unit with no AC but with two windows open for cross breezes it can get really cool quickly in our unit. While in the C level hallway I did notice some units facing 17th st on the C floor ( sun rising side) had their doors slightly ajar which I assume was to get airflow.
Parking in the under resort gated lot was slightly tight but still good. Very secure, both getting into the lot and getting the elevator to operate (need key card to get elevator at parking lot level to operate). Like that this resort is small with only 16 units in it. Meet an owner and had a nice chat. Living room, dining room of unit is all open which makes it very spacious. Only negative is that the full bathroom vanity area , which is a huge 2 sink area, does not have a door between it and the bedroom which would have been nice (while I'm sleeping in late, my wife can use that vanity area without disturbing me). The unit does have a 1/2 bath as well, which is very convenient, but not very much counter space.

Had a nice walk down to Lovers Point and then along the Monterey coastal trail down to aquarium, and back yesterday. Very nice trail (walking and biking trail), and great scenery. Got to see the seals at Seal Harbor. Boy Lovers Point beach was packed and so was parking which we didn't care since we walked from the resort. I assume it was packed due to weekend locals, and such. Neat that people bring their grills and have a nice outing in the Lovers Point park area. Lots of shaded areas there.
Wife got a little sunburn on our walk, so staying in today

This is a hidden gem of a resort in my opinion.
 

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It's supposed to be foggy and somewhat cold still in Monterey this time of year. "June Gloom" But as climates are changing, you got an unusually warm weekend, hence the crowd at the beach, trying to avoid the heat.

I'm curious, did you get this as a wait list request or via open inventory? Assuming you traded via II/RCI that is

Enjoy your stay!
 

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DW and I have long had a soft spot in our hearts for the Monterey Coast. Earlier in our marriage we had opportunities for pleasurable and memorable stays in Pacific Grove.

PGP is a place I've had on my radar since. About 20 years ago I was actively looking for resale opportunities at PGP, before deciding it just didn't fit as an ownership option.
 

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Pacific Grove is the best kept secret on the Monterey Peninsula. Maybe not quite a secret for TUGGERs in the know.

Even though I have lived in Hawaii for 16 years, Pacific Grove and Pacific Grove Plaza (I am an owner) are my "happy place" . We have been coming here since 1988 and have been owners since 2000. We normally fly into Monterey airport, pick up a rental car and park it in the garage until it is time to leave. Everything we need is within walking distance and when walking into downtown Monterey, it is always a treat to stop at Paris Bakery Café for a treat before continuing on.
 

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Dh and I spent our honeymoon in Carmel and for quite a few years we'd return for our anniversary. Carmel was the one place I wanted to make sure we visited before we moved from California to New Mexico. We've returned only once since we moved. It's time for another return visit.
 

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It's supposed to be foggy and somewhat cold still in Monterey this time of year. "June Gloom" But as climates are changing, you got an unusually warm weekend, hence the crowd at the beach, trying to avoid the heat.

I'm curious, did you get this as a wait list request or via open inventory? Assuming you traded via II/RCI that is
Yes, Friday was around 75 high sunny, Saturday around 72 I think, and sunny. Today its overcast and around 70 or so. The rest of the week is suppose to be in mid to high 60s I think, and sunny. Been a long time since I've flown into an airport at a gate that didn't have a jet bridge into the airport. Had to walk down a ramp to the tarmac and into the airport this time. I'm not complaining as it was a short 20 min drive to the resort (mainly due to lower speed limits in town), compared to a much longer drive from LAX or where ever. Heck the Monterey airport is even smaller than our Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids IA.

This exchange was an on-going exchange request I put in with II. I think it was about 6 months after I put in a request a year or so in advance when I got it.
 

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Pacific Grove is the best kept secret on the Monterey Peninsula. Maybe not quite a secret for TUGGERs in the know.
Another well-kept secret are the resorts located on the Ventura coast near Oxnard.
 

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Another well-kept secret are the resorts located on the Ventura coast near Oxnard.
Yep, have stayed at Mandalay Shores Resort as well and I remember you commenting that it was a hidden secret/gem as well which I definitely agreed with.
 

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I have never stayed at this resort, but have stayed in Pacific Grove and really liked the location and the town itself. So walkable, which is a big plus when I am on vacation. And seeing a raft of otters right from the beach trail was really fun.

I stayed at a friend’s house while there, which has been in her family since the early 1940’s. Her grandfather and great grandfather started building it for the grandfather and his new bride. The grandfather was drafted and killed in WWII and never got to see the house finished, or live in the house or see his only child. His widow lived there until she died. They still have a lot of the original furnishings in the house.
 

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Big thumbs up for another place I care about. I was born in Monterey, and we lived in Pacific Grove till I was about four years old. My earliest memories are about living there. Always enjoy going back to see it.

Dave
 

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DW and I watched the Miracle on Ice while staying in a comfy motel in Pacific Grove. During this visit, she was pregnant with child #3. As I recall, the motel was the Monarch Butterfly Inn, which doesn't seem to exist now.

That was 40 years ago. At that time we loved Pacific Grove, because it wasn't as touristy as Monterey, and was a lot cheaper than either Monterey or Carmel. The motels in Pacific Grove were 1950s-1960s style, with a central check-in office, and individual buildings of two to four units. We would walk down to the Lighthouse and watch the sun set.
 

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What an amazing place. Thanks for sharing. enjoy our vacation
 

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PG is such a charming town and much more my speed than Carmel by the Sea or Monterey, even though those are nice to visit too.
 

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Went along the ocean view road and then to Point Lobos State Nature Reserve yesterday. Wanted to get on the grounds of the Point Pinos lighthouse but darned if it is only open Sat and Sun, so only got pics from the gate. Point Lobos was packed parking wise so took a bit to find a space (people even parking out on Highway 1). Seems that its better to go later in the afternoon as when we left spaces had free up. Really beautiful park. Only got to Whalers Cove and the South Shore trail around Sea Lion point.

Today we went south along the PCH just taking in the views and stopping at scenic points that included Bixby Bridge, Little Sur River Beach view point, the town of Big Sur, and McWay falls in Julia Pfeiffer State park south of the town of Big Sur. Just spectacular coastal scenery. I was lazy in that I didn't use my polarizing filter so shots early in the day a little washed out and will need some touchup. Unbelievably windy along most of the coast. Parking again was packed at Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls. Got to McWay falls around 3pm. The McWay falls parking entrance indicated parking lot full but dummy me decided to go in to see if I could snag a spot as someone pulled out, instead of trying to park on the coast side of PCH a little further down. I did but it took probably 15 - 20 minutes to get it. McWay falls payed parking is a nightmare with angled parking, a narrow 2 car width road right up against the angled parking, and people circling around looking for spots. However, McWay falls is spectacular.
Wow that PCH is really a curvy road along the coast in areas.


 
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Pictures from my trip, although I don't think they do the spectacular coastline from Pacific Grove to 11 miles past Big Sur justice (select the 3 vertical dots at the top right and click on "Slideshow". Should be a full screen slideshow). I only saw a fraction of what Monterey and that area has to offer so will definitely have to return. Did not do 17 mile drive, or the Aquarium this time, instead I mainly concentrated on the coastline to the south.


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