4 Things No One Tells You About Traveling With Your Dog

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

Most people will tell you that you can’t own a puppy if you travel a lot. But we disagree! While traveling with your four-legged friend can definitely be stressful, it’s not impossible. Just follow a few of our doggy traveling tips and you’ll end up arriving at your destination relaxed and happy.

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 1. The first time is always hard.

Traveling with a pet for the first time is stressful, and that’s to be expected. As long as it wasn’t a complete fiasco, it’s not a bad idea to try it again. Make it a short trip next time, and stop somewhere fun, like a dog park!

 2. Traveling with a puppy can be a double-edged sword.

Yes, traveling with a pet can be tough, but traveling without one can be just as hard. Think separation anxiety, housebreaking issues, and lots of chewing! So despite the concerns, traveling with a pup can be fun, and it’s always recommended to socialize your pup, so why not start by traveling?

 3. Not every pet is comfortable in confined areas.

“Under the seat in front of you” can end up being a very small space on certain airlines. Find out your dog’s height and weight and be careful when booking your air-travel.

 4. Bring an extra amount of treats — per day.

Dogs are a lot like children — they need constant attention. And the best way to keep them out of trouble is to help them stay busy. Bring chewies or toys that entertain them and also don’t upset their stomach.

Another thing to keep in mind: dog-friendly hotels. Some don’t allow dogs at all, but Butterfly Grove Inn is more than happy to have your travel companion stay with us (for a small fee per night)! If you have any questions regarding our dog-friendly policy, please feel free to call us at (831) 250-8191. Near downtown and a fun nightlife, this is the Pacific Grove hotel you’ve been looking for to have a spectacular getaway!

What To Do If It Rains On Your Vacation

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

Finally. You’ve been counting down the days to the trip you’ve been saving up for all year. But, when your destination shows cloudy with a chance of meatballs — I mean, rain — your plans have to quickly change. Here’s how you can salvage your rained-out vacation:

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1. Appreciate the rain.

It may not be as sunny as you had hoped or planned for, but there’s still plenty of beauty in rainy weather. The damp forecast can make for a perfect afternoon filled with museums, art galleries, and even bar-hopping.

2. Ask a local.

This isn’t the first time it rained where you are. Take this opportunity to ditch your original plans and hop around the area through the eyes of a local. Who knows, you might end up gaining experiences, and friends, you may not have otherwise.

3. Go to a spa.

Rain or shine, this outing is perfect for any vacation. But since the weather is lousy, why not make a full day out of it? If possible, book a massage at an outdoor cabana so you can relax to the sounds of the rain.

4. Chase the sun.

Chances are, the sun isn’t too far away from where you’re spending the day. Look online and start heading to the closest area where the sun is shining! Mini, unexpected road trips can be some of the best ones.

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.

3 Things You Must Do On Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

With 172 years under it’s planks, this California pier has become a top destination for travelers. There’s award-winning dining, shopping, and special events (and don’t even get us started on the breathtaking views overlooking the Monterey Bay!). With so much to see and do, we thought we would narrow down your itinerary for you. Here are a few things you must do if you end up stopping at the Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

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1. Plan Water Activities:

2. Dine out:

3. Go shopping:

Visiting the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the “Whale Watching Capital of the World.” For more information about Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to www.montereywharf.com. If you need a cozy place to stay, check out 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.

How To Book The Best Deals For Last Minute Trips

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.” – Anthony Bourdain

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Travel isn’t always pretty, especially when it comes to last-minute trips. Here are a few ways to make it easier!

1. Accommodations over airfare.
If you want to grab the best savings, focus on accommodations and packaged deals — not airfare. But still stay on the lookout, you may score some out-of-this-world savings — some say that flight tickets are the most inexpensive 54 days before your scheduled flight date!

2. Travel mid-week.
With work and other life obligations, weekend getaways are the typical go-to. But traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday can save you hundreds per ticket!

3. Go with the flow.
Last-minute travel means serendipity, so if you’re the type of person who loves plans and itineraries, this may not be your best option. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the best seat on your flight, or even the best hotel on TripAdvisor, but if you’re willing to just roll with the punches you may be surprised at how your trip will turn out.

4. This is the time for fun trips.
If you’re planning a honeymoon, babymoon, or any other vacation ending in -moon, book ahead of time. You don’t want to stress or skimp out when it comes to special trips!

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.

How To Pair Wine With Your Wedding

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

One of the best parts of planning a wedding? The wine tastings! But should you choose Chardonnay or Merlot? Can you have both? Here are four tips to help you choose what you want to sip on at your wedding.

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1. Choose at least one white and one red.

In addition to champagne, of course. Steer clear of oaky Chardonnays and fruity Merlots. Include a crisp white like a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir as a food-friendly red option — it will pair well with chicken, steak, or even raviolis.

2. Get what you like, but consider alternatives.

Do you prefer buttery or oaky Chardonnays? Well at the end of the day, it is your wedd, so you should drink what you want! However consider other people’s palettes as well. You can still buy an oaky Chardonnay for the big day, but there are a few brands out there that are way less dominating than others.

3. Personalize it.

The little touches are sometimes the main features people remember about your wedding. Buy personal-sized wine bottles and create custom labels as a gift. Or during your first dance, serve a bottle that has a special meaning behind it for you and your partner. Point being, it’s not all about the flowers and food!

4. How much should you buy?

You should plan on one drink per guest per hour, plus some — it’s better to have too much wine than not enough! Besides, not enough alcohol is the last thing you want to be worrying about on this special occasion!

 

Make your dream wedding a reality in Monterey County! If you need a place for you and your guests to stay, Butterfly Grove Inn is the perfect, cozy retreat. 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.

Monterey Car Week 2017: Weekly Events

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Everybody, start your engines, because one of Monterey County’s most anticipated weeks is almost here — Monterey Car Week! Get ready for a week filled with good food, fun, and four wheels (or less).

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Tuesday, August 15th –

Finally, the Monterey Car Week has officially begun! The event lineup kicks off with:

 

Wednesday, August 16th –

  • If you want to gaze at a Chrysler from 1953 or a BMW 1972 while sipping on some of Monterey’s finest wine, then Carmel Mission Classic is the place for you!
  • The Little Car Show – This show in Downtown Pacific Grove will only feature Scandinavian vehicles.
  • McCall’s Motorworks Revival – Filled with private jets, vintage cars, and gourmet foods from all over the world.

 

Thursday, August 17th –

This is the day that the events really start getting into gear! To list a few:

 

Friday, August 18th –

The start to the weekend is sure not to disappoint!

 

Saturday, August 19th –

Saturday is filled with a mixture of events from earlier in the week and new ones as well.

 

Sunday, August 20th –

It’s the final day, but there’s still plenty to do and see. So relax, breathe it all in, and have your last bit of fun under the Monterey sun!

 

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. And if you need a cozy place to stay, check out 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.

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.

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