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Address: Monterey State Historic Park, 530 Houston St., Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831/649-7118
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Historic boarding house adobe

Could wonder around the house and out back, but no way to enter this. Sounds like a great disappointment for most since they have closed off the Monterey Adobe homes except for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Could wonder around the house and out back, but no way to enter this. Sounds like a great disappointment for most since they have closed off the Monterey Adobe homes except for the special holiday christmas events. Still it was nice to see. Stevenson wasn't really here very long and there is still some missing information but does it really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This jewel is opened and closed by the Park Ranger, with hours from 10-4. It was so secluded, lovely, private, and restive, I returned the following day...A bit of history that might have passed me by, if I hadn't been idly wondering by...Worth putting it on your list if you journey to the downtown.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This 2 story historic adobe in Monterey State Historic Park was a rooming house, also known as the French Hotel. Author Robert Louis Stevenson stayed there a few months. It was also a historic rooming house that housed families, government officials, artists, writers and fishermen. We have visited a number of times. Our favorite time however was when we visited... More 

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This old adobe it chock full of history. Definitly a must see if you believe in ghosts....eerie. Check the schedule, there are night tours available for those of you that a brave enough.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are a RL Stevenson reader, or just interested in early CA history and times gone by, this little museum is really neat. You will find yourself learning far more than anticipated just by standing there and soaking in the pictures and listening to the docents talks. If you know anything about Stevenson, you will be surprised at what... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Some of the best Stevenson items outside of Scotland. The docents are eager to share their knowledge. You can almost imagine how it was when he lived in Monterey.

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Stevenson House was a rooming house when Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish author, visited Monterey in 1879. He needed a place to stay and used one of the upstairs rooms for a short stay. Years later his heirs donated a fabulous personal artifacts collection the the State with the express wish that it be displayed in the house he... More 

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

My hubby and & I drove up to Monterey to spend four days in town to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary this year. We discovered that down the street from where we dined for breakfast was the Stevenson House. Neither of us knew that Robert Louis Stevenson had lived in Monterey for three and a half months in 1879 until... More 

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Wells, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Sadly when we visited, only the garden was open, but this didn't spoil our enjoyment. It was a pleasure to sit on a bench surrounded by plants and shrubs, soaking up the peace and quiet. Peering through the windows allowed a glimpse of the interior and furniture - we'd like to visit again.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

It's called "Stevenson House" because Robert Louis Stevenson stayed there (it's original name was "French House Hotel". Best time to go is during "Christmas in the Adobes": period clothing, an invaluable 1860s Monterey experience and a town clothed in its history.

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