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.

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

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.”


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $141 CAD
Security Deposit: $281 CAD
Weekly Discount: 10%


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.

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 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 (, and/or with The Steinbeck Cottage (

The neighbourhood

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.

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

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).

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be 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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

189 Reviews

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Eleanor User Profile
April 2017
Lovely homely cottage, great location and would thoroughly recommend!

Barbara User Profile
April 2017
Stunning Cottage with easy access to Cannery Row and Downtown Pacific Grove Shops!!! Barb/Arizona

Melanie User Profile
April 2017
A friend and I stayed in the Writer's Cottage while passing through for work. It was a sweet and pleasant way to unwind and rest our heads. We love adventure, so we enjoyed how close we were to lots of sights, restaurants, etc. The cottage itself was exactly as described/pictured. It's a small place, but well kept and lovely! Would absolutely stay here again

Charlotte User Profile
March 2017
Cute little place to stay. Clean, Affordable, Comfortable and Close enough to walk to shops and restaurants which is wonderful because it is a busy place near the shops and restaurants which makes a hard place to park. It was very quiet while we were there and in a neighborhood with other homes.

Kara User Profile
March 2017
We had a wonderful time exploring and calling your cute cottage home for a sunny long weekend

Helen User Profile
March 2017
When I saw this on Airbnb, I jumped at the chance to come here for a writer's retreat! I really loved my stay. The studio is cozy and bright, and has a spacious bathroom and kitchen. It was kind of cold the time of year I went, and they had multiple heaters to make the place as warm as you'd like! The yard is beautiful and well kept. And the neighborhood is very low-key and quiet, even though it's close to the main street on Pacific Grove and close to the beach! (It's about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive.) In addition to the great stay, I also really liked Kevin and Vicky's communication. They had great check-in instructions, responded immediately, and was helpful without being intrusive. I truly enjoyed my time here, felt relaxed, and got a lot of writing done to boot!

Rachael User Profile
February 2017
Super cozy house!

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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.

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