“Lovely architectural gems” is the description of Pacific Grove's Victorian homes on the California Office of Historic Preservation website. Lovely gems, indeed, but for most of us we can only admire their shine from the outside. Visitors get an inside look while staying at one of the several distinctive historical inns of the town. There is another way to peek inside, however: Buy a ticket to Christmas at the Inns and Asilomar Conference Grounds, the annual Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce holiday event. The holiday shine inside each of the inns and historic buildings in town takes place over two nights just as the season gets underway. Each of the inns are decked out upstairs and downstairs in Christmas finery, with decorated trees, garland and twinkling lights. Cookies, hot apple cider and hot chocolate are offered in many a parlor, while local choral or music combos play holiday tunes. Start at Asilomar inside Phoebe Hearst Social Hall to admire the big tree and gingerbread replicas of the conference grounds’ historic buildings, then take a brief guided tour of a few of the real-life buildings. Afterward, drive into the downtown area to stop at each of the inns—the inns vary depending on the evening. This year the tour includes The Hart House, which now serves as home to the Cream & Crumbles ice cream shop, and St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church built in 1887, both on Wednesday evening.[PM]


  • Occurred Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Occurred Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

584 Central Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950


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