California Travel Tips

Steinbeck House Is Pleasant Walk from National Steinbeck Center

Published on: March 25, 2012

SALINAS, CALIF.–If you’ve taken all the time to drive to the fabulous National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, why not go the distance (all of 2 blocks) on Central Avenue to see where the literary legend grew up. A Queen Anne Victorian house built in 1897 sits in a neighborhood of preserved homes just down the street from the modern-looking museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is open to the public for daytime dining!

For around $10-15 you can sit  in the very rooms where the young Steinbeck spent time with his mom & dad–his parents moved into the property in 1900. Steinbeck was born in 1902 and lived to 1968. A group of local women bought the property many years ago and have kept the legacy of Nobel Prize recipient John Steinbeck front & center by maintaining the property, using funds from the restaurant to support the home and other civic causes!

Go for lunch: 132 Central Avenue Salinas, CA. Call: Phone/Reservations: (831) 424-2735,

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