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.

Travel Startups You Need To Know

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

Do you need help booking flights, finding hotels, or planning your itinerary? Well, buckle your seatbelts and prepare for take off because these new travel startups are about to change your travel game.

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1. Peek — You’ve booked your flight and scored some hotel deals, but have you started planning your itinerary? Peek curates high-quality activities you can search for under a variety of categories (i.e. romantic, under $100, or off-the-beaten-path). You can also find what the locals believe are the areas must-see’s.

2. Zaptravel — Time is money and with Zaptravel, you won’t waste either. Zaptravel compares prices for alternate weekends, similar hotels, favorable reviews, and more. Basically, you should consider this startup to be your new digital travel agent — and best friend.

3. Routehappy — Routehappy helps you book the best flight, and not just based on prices. Routehappy also takes airline crew, food, legroom, and electrical outlets into consideration.

4. Bag2go — There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination after a long flight, only to have your baggage lost or left behind. Bag2go lets you track your bags progress, so you can rest assured knowing it made it on the flight and to the baggage claim, as promised.

 
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.

Best Bike Paths In Monterey County

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

One of the best parts about biking in Monterey County? There’s a path or a trail that will please everyone. Monterey County is one of the most beautiful areas in Northern California, but nothing beats the view you get when you slow things down and experience it from two wheels instead of four. Here are a few of our favorite trails in the area.

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Fisherman’s Wharf to Lovers Point
This path provides fantastic views of Monterey bay and plenty of places to stop and enjoy, including the Coast Guard Pier, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This path is also far away from any street traffic, perfect for kids to join.

17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach’s scenic route, or the 17-Mile Drive, is the most popular biking trail for both locals and tourists. It’s an easy path to navigate, but if you continue past Cypress Point, it turns into a more intermediate-advanced ride.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
This is more of a bayside ride, where riders can choose to tackle a steep hill up the sand dunes or opt for a more flat ride.

Fort Ord National Monument
This spot has plenty of different terrains, so there’s the perfect mix of beginner and intermediate paths. If you want a good beginning ride, start at the 5-mile Parker Flats loop.

Do you live in Monterey County, California? Head over to Pacific Grove and start exploring the coastal city’s most infamous bike paths! And if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, we’ve got a cozy retreat for your 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.

Top Photography Tips For Travelers

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Besides your daily selfie, most of our photos come from documenting experiences, like going on vacation or traveling to a new destination. And according to Infotrends, there will be 1.2 trillion photos taken this year. So, instead of ending up with red-eye and bad lighting, here are a few professional tips to help make your shots more eye-popping. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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1. Play with levels. Ever think of shooting slightly up to capture a flower? It’s a totally different perspective, one that will definitely grab people’s attention. TIP: For taking shots of people, top-down photos always make you look slimmer.

2. Use the golden hours. Midday light is unforgiving, washing away the flattering features of your photo. To get a softer, more appealing light, get out early, when the sun is still low, or later in the day.

3. Follow the rule of thirds. Studies show that the eye naturally goes halfway between the center and the edge of a photo. So, when you look through your camera display, divide it into three equal sections horizontally and vertically. Then, place your subject along one of the lines or at the intersection points of the box.

4. Expand your horizons. Get lost – take the local route and wander off into the distance. Get away from the shots that look or feel somewhat familiar and comfortable. And if you do want to capture a sunset or seascape, instead of capturing the horizon line right in the middle of the frame, try using the rule of thirds (mentioned above).

Each place you travel to has its own look, feeling, and memory. If you want your photographs to capture all of those qualities, use our photography tips for travelers! 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.

Why You Need A Beach Vacation

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Need an excuse to hit the beach? Probably not! But studies show that the ocean helps people feel calm, happy, and stable. Even before the 1800’s, physicians would “prescribe” patients with vacations to the beach to help with depression, anxiety, arthritis, and more. Here are a few more reasons why you should take some time off and enjoy a little fun in the sun.

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The beach is a stress relief. Serotonin – a key hormone for relaxation and happiness – is immediately released once your feet hit the sand. Also, the sound and visuals alone are soothing and peaceful.

It improves your sleeping habits. If you suffer from insomnia, the beach is the perfect natural remedy. The sun (combined with your lowered stress levels) will help regulate the hormones in your body, which makes it much easier to get a tranquil, deep sleep.

It provides you with an abundance of vitamin D. One of the most essential vitamins in our diet is vitamin D. And luckily, you can absorb your daily dose directly through your skin by spending just 10 minutes in the sun!

The beach can get you in shape. The beach is the spot to help you get back (or stay) in shape – you can also even get rid of some pent up energy. Go for a walk or a run, or head to the water for a quick swim or surfing session.

Feeling the itch to travel to a beach getaway? If so, come visit Pacific Grove and Monterey, California – a spot for relaxation, sightseeing, and social activity. During your visit, stay at our tranquil hotel – the Butterfly Grove Inn. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Our Favorite Travel Quotes

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

Whether you call it wanderlust, a love of travel, or plain old curiosity – one fact remains the same – your hunger to explore never goes away. Here are a few quotes that will have you itching to hit the road again!

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“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.” – Kevin Kelly

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

What’s your favorite travel quote? We’d love to add it to our list! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn!

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 Travel With Your Pet

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Your furry friends are your greatest companions, so it only makes sense that you want to travel the world with them. Whether you hope to go backpacking across Europe or lounge on the beaches in California, you need to prepare your pup for your next adventure!

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Breed matters. Some dogs travel better than others. For instance, many airlines won’t allow short-nosed breeds on board since they have such difficulties breathing. Make sure you check with the airline before you buy your ticket.

Check your travel destination. The site Pet Travel lists the entry requirements needed for each country. For example, Europe requires all pets to be microchipped before arrival. Some of the necessary steps aren’t as complicated or costly, but you will still need ample time to prepare.

Visit the vet before you go. You may be required to have a form filled out by your vet that includes your pet’s medical history. Additionally, many places require up-to-date rabies vaccines at least 30 days before departure.

Label all belongings. This helps differentiate between your suitcases and your puppy’s carrier. Make sure to write warnings and contact information in case you and your four-legged friend get separated.

If your journey takes you to Northern California, we’ve got a cozy – and dog-friendly – retreat for you to stay in! At Butterfly Grove Inn, we have a beautiful facility and phenomenal walking areas nearby. We are happy to have your travel companion check-in with you. If you have any further questions regarding our dog-friendly policy, please feel free to call us at (831) 250-8191.

4 Ways To Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown

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

Travel bucket lists usually consist of the faraway places we’ve seen in our dreams. But what if your next destination was ‘right under your nose?’ Open your eyes (and your mind) and consider embarking on your next adventure right in your hometown.

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Here are a few ideas for spending a day (or more) exploring your own neck of the woods:

Take a historic tour. Ever think about what went on in your town before you walked its streets? Those hop-on, hop-off tours might not be available, but if you do a little digging there may be a museum that illustrates an exciting part of your town’s history.

Make a date with your city. Check out some local events and venture out. You’ll be surprised at how much you can participate in. So pull out your calendar, set a date, and keep it.

Do ‘the top thing to do’ in your area. You’ve camped out at a music festival, gone on an African safari, and maybe even swam with the dolphins – but what’s the top thing to do in YOUR area? It could be a good hike or trying out that popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

Take something small and make it bigger. You can easily turn your daily routine into something a bit more ‘touristy.’ Instead of staying in and ordering pizza, try out a new place in town. If you normally run along the same route, take a different turn next time. These simple shifts in your everyday life can help widen your window for new adventure.

Do you live in Monterey County, California? Head over to Pacific Grove and start exploring the coastal city’s 141 years of history! And if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, we’ve got a cozy retreat for your 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.

#TestimonialTuesday: Featured Reviews

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

Location, location, location! Your vacation is only as good as the destination. If you’re searching for a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Pacific Grove, book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn! With our central location, modern rooms, and hospitable staff, we’re the perfect place to enjoy everything Pacific Grove has to offer.

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But don’t just take our word for it – in honor of #TestimonialTuesday, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite customer reviews:

 
“The rooms are huge! A fireplace too. The bathroom was also, you guessed it, huge. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is friendly. They’re right next to the butterfly grove too. My grandkids loved the visit. There is a great pool with lots of seating. Would definitely stay here again.” – Lynn H.

“One of our family’s favorite places to stay when we go to Pacific Grove/Monterey!!
Clean, charming, spacious cottage rooms and friendly staff! Love it!” – Darren-Arlene F.

“Place is awesome. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Beautiful setting, huge room, great service, and it’s not too expensive either.” – Joseph M.

“So many good things to say about our stay here. Good breakfast, friendly staff, very large room, nice area for my dog, very reasonably priced, and great location!” – Jessi E.

“This was a great pick for an overnight stay. The room was spacious, clean, comfy, & we loved the fireplace. The staff was friendly and very helpful too. The location was perfect, near the ocean, and short driving distance from Cannery Row & the Aquarium. Would definitely stay here again.” – Sandy B.

 

Experience the Butterfly Grove Inn for yourself! We’ve got it all — cozy rooms, unbeatable location, and a warm and friendly staff. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191. Find us on Facebook and Twitter for everything from travel tips to current events in Pacific Grove, California!

Habits To Improve Your Well-Being

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Where do you see yourself in three years, five years, even 10 years? Following the right habits will help put you on a specific path towards happiness. If you want to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life, start with improving your daily habits.

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1. Stay away from people who weaken your quality of life. There are always going to be toxic people in this world, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you allow them in your life. Not everyone is deserving of your friendship and attention.

2. Put away your phone, tablet, or laptop while in bed. These electronics harm your sleep and productivity more than you think. Exposure to the blue light impairs your ability to fall asleep, as well as your quality of sleep. Set an alarm for an hour before bed to remind yourself to put the technology away. You both deserve a good night’s rest.

3. Appreciate your life in the moment. Just because you can’t afford that nice car or expensive trip across the world doesn’t mean it can’t happen with time. Goals are healthy, but remember to be happy with where you are and what you have presently.

4. Start, even though you might fail. Don’t let your fear get in your way. How can you ever know if something is great if you don’t go after it?

5. Say no. Research has found that the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to be stressed, burned out, and even depressed. With that being said, don’t be afraid to use this powerful word in order to prevent future negativity.

 
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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