Pacific Grove, California has a rich history and beautiful sites to witness, including Lover’s Point park and beach. Back in 1875, a group of Methodists founded Pacific Grove, modeling it after Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The city was the first Chautauqua (U.S. adult education movement) retreat on the west coast. The location of what is now Lover’s Point was originally called the “Lovers of Jesus Point.” Now the 4.4-acre park and sandy beach is a popular location for boating, swimming, kayaking, sand volleyball, having a picnic, photography, and much more.
One of the most iconic aspects of Lover’s Point is the rocky peninsula. Tourists and locals alike, enjoy climbing over the rocks to get a stunning view of the Monterey Bay. The area is known for being home to friendly wildlife, such as the many squirrels that are alongside you as you’re climbing the rocks. Additionally, it is one of the few sites on the west coast that allows you to see the sun rise.
Any day is a great day to enjoy everything that Lover’s Point has to offer, but the end of July is something you should experience at least once. It is the annual Feast of Lanterns summer festival; a tradition that has been upheld for over a century. The Feast of Lanterns began in 1905 as the closing ceremonies of the Chautauqua Assembly. Today, the festival is a family-friendly event with lanterns, parades, plays, fireworks, and much more entertaining and traditional showcases.
Grab your bags because it is time to head over to Lover’s Point down by the bay.