“Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Grove by God and Monterey by the smell!”
This is what they used to say when describing the Monterey Peninsula’s local cities of Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey.
Carmel is easy enough to understand…It was as beautiful then as it is today and people would flock for the views of the Pacific Ocean and Point Lobos.
Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat and had some pretty interesting rules to keep it the quaint little town its founding fathers envisioned. Many of those rules are reflected in the CC&R’s and title documents on the homes in Pacific Grove and will become the source of other “Fun Facts” in the future.
Monterey’s cannery row was canning hundreds of thousands of tons of sardines and as you could imagine the smell of this process was anything but pleasant! The smell of rotting fish could be made out from all of the peninsula cities depending on which way the wind was blowing and served as a constant reminder of what was driving the Monterey economy of the times.