Steinbeck's Asilomar

Steinbeck's Asilomar

Walk in the Footsteps of the Literary Great

In Monterey County, California, literary history is everywhere you turn. John Steinbeck, one of the best-known American literary figures, earning both a Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, called this place home and used it as the location for many of his famous works. Walk the roads he traveled and visit the very places he lived and worked during a visit to Monterey.

Born in Salinas California, made famous in the Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, Steinbeck spent much of his time in Pacific Grove where he worked as a fisherman in neighboring Cannery Row and gathered material for his books. In 1941, Steinbeck spent time working on the Log from the Sea of Cortez in a cottage owned by his sister. This cottage is now part of Asilomar Conference Grounds.

For literary enthusiasts Asilomar is the perfect place to anchor your boat and start your journey through the life of John Steinbeck. Asilomar Conference Grounds occupy 107 acres of restored beachfront dunes and rocky bluffs backed by a forest of Monterey pines. The name Asilomar, meaning "Refuge-by-the-Sea”, was derived from the Spanish "asilo" for retreat or refuge; "mar" is the sea.

Steinbeck Itinerary

In addition to the vast history at Asilomar, Monterey County is the source of much of his inspiration for John Steinbeck’s writings. Below is an itinerary of things to do and places to see in the Monterey area that surround the life and books of Steinbeck.