2. The Steinbeck House
After a few hours at the museum you can also potter around Steinbeck’s place of birth and childhood home. The house dates to 1897 and the Steinbeck family moved here in 1900. It’s a restored Queen Anne-style Victorian home on the National Register of Historic Places. People stop for photos in front of the lawn and there’s a gift shop inside, but if you come to the house from Tuesday to Saturday you can enjoy a tasty sit-down lunch, served by staff in Victorian costume. The menu changes by the month and is updated on the attraction’s website.