Front view of The Writer's Studio. The sitting area to the left is called The Grotto, and is for exclusive use of guests staying in the studio.
Historic John Steinbeck's Writer's Studio
Hosted by Kevin & Vicky
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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This charming and historic studio was once owned by American author John Steinbeck. It's been featured in several articles including “20 Romantic AirBnB Getaways” and “Get Cultured While You Sleep at These AirBnBs That are Historical Landmarks.”
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This charming and historic studio was once owned by American author John Steinbeck. It's been featured in several articles including “20 Romantic AirBnB Getaways” and “Get Cultured While You Sleep at These AirBnBs That are Historical Landmarks.”

The space

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. 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.
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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.

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.

Guest access

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, and peeks of the ocean.
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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 has its own 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 (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1003412), and/or with The Steinbeck Cottage (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1909416).
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While The Writer's Studio is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and has its own 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 (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1003412), and/or with The Steinbeck Cottage (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1909416).

Other things to note

The city of Pacific Grove requires a 10% city occupancy tax for all reservations. This will be an additional charge above the listed daily rate and the payment request will be added to your reservation, once the reservation is made. The cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove (#0326).
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The city of Pacific Grove requires a 10% city occupancy tax for all reservations. This will be an additional charge above the listed daily rate and the payment request will be added to your reservation, once the reservation is made.

The cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove (#0326).


Amenities
Internet
Cable TV

Prices
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $128 CAD
Security Deposit $257 CAD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

The city of Pacific Grove requires a 10% city occupancy tax for all reservations. This will be an additional charge above the listed daily rate and the payment request will be added to your reservation, once the reservation is made.

The cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove (#0326).

Please see rental agreement for full details.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Vaysha User Profile
May 2017
This is the perfect spot for magic. It is steeped in it. From the lovely tree twisted gardens to the very unique structures, each with a very different feel. We loved staying here. It was so cozy and had everything we needed to make our honeymoon special. Kevin and Vicky are friendly and prompt to reply. Loved our stay. ~Andre & Vaysha Hirsch Todorovich

Jim User Profile
March 2016
The Cottage was exactly as described and photographed, it is quaint and unique, perfect for a weekend or a week. We loved the history of the cottage having belonged to John Steinbeck and the charm of the place, it is truly one of a kind. Kevin and Vicky were great to deal with, always speedy replies to any questions and everything was as expected. We can't wait to go back to this cottage and to the Monterey Peninsula.

Peter User Profile
November 2015
We had a great time, the writers studio was perfect for our 46th anniversary... Thank you Kevin & Vicky

Dorothy User Profile
March 2015
I stayed two nights at the Writer's Studio, and it was a dream come true. Kevin thought of every detail - I felt at home immediately. Close to everything you'd want to do in Pacific Grove, and cozy enough to feel like home right away. I will definitely stay here again!

Mike User Profile
January 2015
We had a great stay in Kevin's historic and cozy studio! Everything is as described and the check-in and check-out couldn't be easier. It's located on a quiet street and it makes for a very peaceful setting. We hope to be back!

Rob User Profile
August 2014
The Writer's Studio is spacious and elegant, with interesting quirks (low doorways but thoughtfully protected with rubber bumpers) and a strong sense of history. The location is unbeatable: a short walk to the Aquarium, the beach, and the many wonderful restaurants in Pacific Grove. Kevin was very responsive by both email and text. He even left us a bottle of local wine as a honeymoon gift, which was a welcome touch. We look forward to returning to the Peninsula! Thanks, Kevin.

Mark User Profile
October 2017
It’s low ceilings and thoughtfully appointed decor made us feel like we we’re sitting there in a sililar era as Steinbeck. Truly relaxing and homey. Electric fireplace was more than sufficient for cool evenings. And water pressure was terrific!

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Kevin & Vicky User ProfileKevin & Vicky is a superhost.

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.

We chose Pacific Grove because it 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.

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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