Packing Guide For A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

When it comes to a road trip, it’s hard to beat California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Grab your friends, a means of transportation, and all of the items on this checklist — it’s time to start chasing those stunning California coastline views — all 586 miles of them.

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Essentials that should always be in your car
•Wallet – driver’s license, registration, and insurance information
•Phone charger
•Pen and paper
•Extra cash
•Tissues

Car care
•Flashlight
•First Aid Kit
•Jumper cables
•Spare tire and tire jack
•Emergency roadside assistance kit

Personal items
•Sweaters/light zip ups
•Sandals
•Sneakers
•Lip balm, lotion, and other toiletries

Protection from the elements
•Hat
•Wind breaker
•Sunglasses
•Sunscreen
•Bug spray
•Antibacterial wipes

Entertainment
•Travel journal
•Books (regular or audio)
•Music playlist
•Podcast playlist
•Road trip games

Other supplies
•Cell phone mount
•External battery for electronics
•Camera/Go Pro
•Towel
•Water bottle

What would you bring on your California coast road trip? Let us know — we would love to hear your feedback! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

Places In Northern California To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

We’ve already voted California as one of the most stunning places on Earth. And although we would love for you to check out all that the Golden State has to offer, we realize time is of the essence, so we narrowed it down for you. Here are five places you absolutely have to check off your travel bucket list.

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Explore Yosemite National Park
With so much to see and do, you can make Yosemite National Park a separate bucket list. A few things you definitely can’t miss? Hiking Half Dome, soaking in the views from Glacier Point, and eating brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

Try Wine Tasting In Napa Valley
With over 400 wineries to choose from, you can’t really go wrong. Napa valley is home to some of the best wine in the world, but the most popular grape — the ones that make the delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hike The Pygmy Forest
At the Pygmy forest in Mendocino County, you’ll find trees that are over 100 years old. Even though some of these trees may be older than even your great, great-grandma, it has been described as “magic” by few and far in between.

Bike Down The 17-Mile Drive
The 17-mile drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world. But, we suggest viewing the sights on two wheels, instead of four. And don’t worry, there’s more bike paths where that came from in Northern California!

Check Out The Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of our favorite spots in Northern California? Monterey County, of course! Specifically, the Monterey Bay Aquarium! It’s home to over 35,000 sea creatures, including a giant octopus, hammerhead sharks, and penguins!

If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

5 Questions To Ask Before Booking Your Hotel Room

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

It’s rare to find a traveler who is spontaneous when it comes to where they’re staying. If you live more of a carefree lifestyle, then by all means, book away without a second glance! But if you’re the type of person who enjoys their plans a bit more structured, asking these five questions goes a long way!

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1. Private bedroom and bathroom? Some places — like dormitory-style hostels — have shared rooms to ensure you the most inexpensive deals. If you don’t want to sleep, or shower, in the same room with a stranger, this is an important question to ask!

2. Is breakfast available? Or is there access to a kitchen? Not having to worry about the first meal of the day can be a huge weight off your shoulders — especially when you have an early tour booked. Check that your accommodations serves breakfast, and if so, what exactly does that entail (toast, eggs, cereal?).

3. WiFi access? While many places offer WiFi for guests, sometimes its only available in the main lobby area. Occasionally, you may even have to pay — so ask in advance.

4. Location? Where is this hotel relative to other attractions in the area? Is it a few miles away from the main city, or is it off the beaten track? Use Google Maps to check out the area, and find out about some must-see spots.

5. Friendly staff? By this time, you can probably tell if the staff is friendly after keeping in contact with them with this list of questions. However, it doesn’t hurt to still check online to see what other travelers thought of the employees!

You can rest assured knowing that you will have a relaxing experience at Butterfly Grove Inn. Our Pacific Grove hotel offers a variety of lodging options suitable for any traveler. Check out our website to find out more about our accommodations, or give us a call at 831-250-8191.

The Perfect Weekend Itinerary While Visiting Monterey County

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Now’s the perfect time for a weekend getaway, and we’ve got the perfect place — Monterey County, California! It’s impossible to see all of it’s beauty in one weekend, but we picked the top destinations that makes this area so special.

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Activities
• Head to downtown Monterey near Old Fisherman’s Wharf. You can take a tour by Monterey’s most scenic spots, including the legendary 17-Mile Drive, or you can sight see on your own.

• Take a stroll down the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail to Cannery Row. You won’t want to miss the coastal views and marine wildlife from Marina, Seaside, and Sand City. This city (which is also the area that inspired John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), features plenty to do including restaurants, shops, galleries, and wine tasting rooms.

• Are you active? Do you love the great outdoors? You should take a hike at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, also called “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.” And if you head over to the Sea Lion Cove, you’ll catch a glimpse at what continues to inspire photographers, artists, writers, and more.

Food & Drinks
• Your lunch spot should be in Carmel-by-the-Sea — specifically Anton & Michel’s! Their menu has a list of items sure to please any palate.

• For dinner one night, we suggest the Sardine Factory — a top Cannery Row dining destination, winning plenty of local and national accreditation.

• Located at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Lucia Restaurant & Bar will blow you away with their chef-made seven-course meal.

If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Fourth Of July Events In Monterey County

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Get ready to celebrate Independence day, California style! Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-sea are all throwing their own hometown bashes.

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Carmel-by-the-sea
Party in the Park – The City of Carmel will be providing FREE food, live music, and plenty of games to help you celebrate America’s birthday this year. Bring your friends and family, blankets and lawn chairs, and relax to some classic rock jams.
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Devendorf Park.

Monterey
Downtown Monterey has multiple events going on throughout the Fourth of July.
Breakfast at the Firehouse – Wake yourself up with some scrumptious pancakes at Fire Station #1. Also, there will be arts and crafts for the kids, and a chance to meet and support your local firefighters!
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 600 Pacific Street, Monterey.

4th of July Parade – After breakfast, join 15,000 others who will line the streets in and around Old Monterey. There will be festive floats, displays, costumes, and live music. Parking will be available at the West and East Garage, as well as Lot 7.
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Old Monterey District.

Annual Lawn Party – Enjoy some delicious barbecue food, and a full afternoon of live entertainment. There’s fun for children as well — FREE carnival booths and games, face painting, balloon artists, jump houses, and more!
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Colton Hall Lawn

Pacific Grove
“America’s Last Hometown” Park Party – The quaint town of Pacific Grove welcomes guests to a class American barbecue, live music, and plenty of kids activities. Some of the musical acts include P.G. rockers, Firefly, and the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society’s Community Choir.
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Caledonia Park

From everyone at Butterfly Grove Inn, we hope you have a very happy and safe 4th of July! If you went to one of these events, let us know! We would love to hear your feedback. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

5 Amazing Traveling Jobs And How To Get Them

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Find a job you love and you won’t work a day in your life. Well, for people with the wanderlust gene, any job that requires a little travel and tourism is a dream come true. Here’s a list of careers that require a bit more time on the road than normal.

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Travel agent — Travel agents work as a middleman between travelers and hotels/airlines. In order to be able to sell packages properly, this means visiting plenty of new places.

Cruise ship gigs — A boating license isn’t always required to have a job out in sea. If you work on a cruise ship, you can be a sound technician, electrician, chef, hotel manager, musician, and plenty more. But if you’re prone to seasickness, this may not be the best option!

Geologist — You may need a bit more time to land this job, considering you need a background in physics, chemistry, and math. Geologists usually end up in the oil or gas industries, where they find themselves hopping from one country to the next trying to find fossil-fuel energy.

Flight attendant — When you start out, you’ll have fewer options as far as your schedule, number of flight hours, and destinations you visit. But, the good news? There are very few requirements for this job, some airlines don’t even require a degree!

 

If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Tips For Traveling With Your Kids

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Getting ready to travel with kids in tow? Looking to avoid their temper tantrums? With a little planning, snacking, and resting, traveling with your little ones will be a breeze.

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Airplane Tips

  • Allow you and your family extra time at the airport (getting through security can be a tough task even on your own!).
  • Make sure your kids are wearing shoes and clothes that are easy to come on and off. (Keep in mind: Children younger than 12 years old are not required to remove their shoes for screenings).
  • Check the airlines website ahead of time regarding their luggage policy. Typically, you will be allowed to bring a car seat no board as extra luggage, with no extra expense.
  • Remember to bring hand-washing gel and disinfectant wipes to help prevent your little ones from getting sick during your travels.

International Tips

  • In order to prevent jet lag, adjust your child’s sleep schedule 2-3 days before departure. After arrival, encourage your children to be active during the day to further promote adjustment.
  • Carefully inspect the area that you will be staying at. Some conditions in various countries, and even hotels, are not safe for kids.
  • Check with your doctor to make sure that your child is up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Car Tips

  • When renting a car during your travels, check to see if the car seat provided is appropriate for the size and age of your child.
  • Children often become restless in long car rides. To keep them occupied, play games and point out interesting sights along the way.
  • You can get restless too! Plan to stop your drive every two hours to give you and your little ones a break.

 

Looking to explore The Golden State? The city of Monterey is one of the quaintest and most beautiful of them all – a spot for relaxation, sightseeing, and social activity. During your visit, stay at a tranquil hotel like the Butterfly Grove Inn nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Events Going On In Monterey County This Weekend

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Monterey County is jam-packed with calendar events all summer long — and this weekend is no different! Prepare to indulge in delicious treats, sip on some craft beers and wines, and have a chance to wine some cool prizes. Check out some of the area’s top events going on this weekend!

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Monterey Wine Festival – Wine and food lovers rejoice! It’s the 41st year of the Monterey Wine Festival! Enjoy savoring bites of delicious food paired with beers, spirits, and sips of world class wines. There will also be a chowder competition on Saturday you won’t want to miss!

Date: June 9th, 10th, & 11th.

Time: June 9th: 6 – 9 p.m. / June 10th: 11 – 4 p.m. / June 11th: 11 – 3 p.m.

Location: Custom House Plaza.


From Pilates to Yoga at the Park –  This special event is sponsored by the Old Monterey Foundation to continue to raise awareness for the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey. This event will feature food and drinks from Spice It Up Catering and free prizes from Om Studios and Lululemon!

Date: June 10th.

Time: 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Lower Presidio Historic Park and Presidio of Monterey Museum.

 

The Marina Certified Farmers’ Market – Not only does this farmers market offer fruits, vegetables, and artisan crafts from local vendors, it also features unique Asian produce. If you can’t make it this week don’t worry, this farmers market recurs weekly on Sunday.

Date: June 11th.

Time: 10 – 2 p.m.

Location: Corner of Vista Del Camino and Reservation Road.

 

River Road Wine Trail – If you needed a little sunday funday, head over to the second annual River Road Wine Trail: Tunes, Trucks, & Tastes. Enjoy a day filled with live music, wine-tastings, food trucks, and more!

Date: June 11th.

Time: 1 p.m. – TBA.

Location: River Road, Soledad, CA.

 

If you went to one of these fun events, let us know! We would love to hear your feedback. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

What You Need To Know Before Driving California’s Big Sur

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

A landslide may have hit the Big Sur region of California, but the area is once again welcoming travelers. Whether you have one day, or a whole weekend, here are a few things you need to know before driving California’s Big Sur.

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If you’re in a rush, take the freeway. Big Sur is not something that can be seen in a day’s time! So, if you’re in a rush, take a different route! Between the cyclists and the highway’s single-lane, extra attention is definitely required.

Be a tourist, but don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path either. There’s a reason visitors flock to certain destinations. Between McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Beach, and the Waterfall Trail, there’s a full list of can’t-miss spots. However, there are plenty of other places you can venture off to. Forget about Google Maps and Highway 1 for a while and take the route less traveled.

Both ends of the region offer value. If you head to the north, you’ll hit Monterey County. Here, you’ll find Pacific Grove, a quaint town at the tip of the peninsula. There’s Carmel Valley, Asilomar State Park, and an abundance of beautiful beaches to choose from. And, if you end up traveling down south, we suggest checking out the towns of Cayucos and Morro Bay.

There is no wrong place to stay the night. But watch out, popular hotels book out months in advance. But luckily, every inch of Big Sur is special, especially in Monterey County. Check out Butterfly Grove Inn in Pacific Grove. Our beautiful cottage style inn is located right along the beautiful California coast.

Driving California’s Big Sur? If you stop up north, and need a spot to relax, say at our tranquil hotel, Butterfly Grove Inn, nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

The Science Behind The Benefits Of Travel

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Nothing beats stepping outside of your comfort zone and traveling to a new city, state, or continent — it’s fun, exciting, and life-changing. And now, those health benefits you feel are being backed by science.

Why Travelling IS Good For Your Health

Looking to explore The Golden State? The city of Monterey is one of the quaintest and most beautiful of them all – a spot for relaxation, sightseeing, and social activity. During your visit, stay at a tranquil hotel like the Butterfly Grove Inn nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

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