We’ve always wondered why, exactly, Pacific Grove has more than its fair share of really good breakfast places: Holly’s Lighthouse Café, the Red House, and Crema coming quickly to mind. So we asked around, did a little research, and discovered that, like some other quaint seaside towns filled with pretty Victorian cottages of our acquaintance, it was founded in the late 1800s by a religious group to house its teacher-training camp meeting each summer. (Those other towns? Ocean Grove, in New Jersey; Ocean Park, in Maine; and the Wesleyan Grove section of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.) These groups, usually Methodist or Baptist, frowned upon drinking spirits, which meant their resorts were often dry—and in the case of Ocean Park, still are. Until 1969 the last dry town in the state of California, Pacific Grove does now allow wine, beer, and liquor to be served at restaurants within the town limits, but there are still no actual bars. Ergo, everyone rises early and hungry. At least, that’s our explanation, and we’re sticking with it.
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