4 Beautiful Places You Can Visit Over The Weekend in Monterey

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

You may think of the beautiful Pacific Coast when you think of Monterey County. But what many people don’t realize is that the inland areas can be just as intriguing. It’s worth it to take that extra day off to visit the Central Coast and some of its best hidden gems.

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Carmel Valley, California

Salinas

The Salinas Valley, often called “the salad bowl of the world,” thanks to its ideal climate and healthy production of fruits and veggies, also offers plenty of outdoor adventure! There’s the Wild Things sanctuary (or the Monterey Zoo), the River Road Wine Trail, and the California Rodeo.

Carmel Valley

At the opposite end of the Monterey county spectrum is Carmel Valley — a not to miss destination for wine-lovers. In just a few miles, you’ll find no less than 20 tasting rooms. And once your stomach is filled with enough vino, less than an hour and a half away are beautiful trails and camping grounds for hiking.

Soledad

Soledad isn’t just a great place for a quick fill-up and fast food. It’s one of the county’s oldest and most interesting spots. IT was founded in 1791 by Franciscan friars and was also the fictional setting for Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men.”

Pinnacles National Park

This is one of our nation’s newest national parks — reaching full national park status in 2013. Lava from multiple volcanic eruptions around 23 million years ago created the strange rock formations that give this park its name — and its beauty.

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.

Butterfly Grove Inn: October 2017 Reviews

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

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:

“This place is a hidden gem. I just loved it. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff was friendly.” – Laura H.

“I almost hate to brag about this place incase too many people find out about this hotel and I won’t be able to book any rooms. lol Erna Clay is the General Manager and has always been a delight to work with. She is friendly and helpful and accommodating. We love the tall ceilings and large rooms compared to some of the expensive hotels in downtown Monterey. There is even a pool and a nice garden area for families to sit relax after a long day of being a tourist.” – Peggy W.

“I love this this motel! We come here every time we visit Monterey!” – Lisa S.

“Great place, nice rooms, clean, quiet!” – Annita D.

“We were there last week. It is the BEST and most Peaceful place on the face of the Earth. Will be back again next year at this same time. Thank you all so much for another very special visit.” – Carol B.

Experience 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 Monterey and Pacific Grove, California!

5 Romantic Ways To Impress Your Date in Monterey

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

Surprise your special someone with a trip to one of the most romantic place in the world, the Monterey Peninsula. Whether you’ve been dating for a few weeks, months, or years, you’ll be sure to swoon your partner here.

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5 Romantic Ways To Impress Your Date in Monterey:

Sailing

Charter a private adventure or watch the sunset with the dolphins and sea otters in Monterey Bay.
Carrera Sailing.
Monterey Bay Sailing & Boat Charter Service.

Tandem Kayaking

Rent a kayak and paddle across Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough to enjoy the best ocean views.
Adventures By the Sea.
Kayak Connection.

Wine Tasting

Monterey has something for all the wine lovers out there. But due to the region’s relatively cool climate, Monterey’s signature varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Tasting rooms at Carmel-by-the-Sea or Cannery Row.
Wine Trolley.

A Picnic

Buy or make lunch and head to one of the area’s most beloved beaches or parks.
Asilomar Beach or Monterey’s McAbee Beach.
Pinnacles National Park or Los Padres National Forest.

Staying at a Hotel or Inn

Butterfly Grove Inn is the perfect, quaint haven for your stay!
Minutes from all of the Peninsula’s many points of interest, including Asilomar Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Cannery Row, and the Big Sur coastline.
Give us a call or check out our website to find out more, and book your escape today (831) 250-8191.

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3 Reasons To Visit Monterey In The Fall

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

You may think you should visit the East Coast to revel in the beauty of the fall. But as a local, we can assure you that Monterey County on California’s Central Coast is a terrific place to visit during this time as well. Fall in Monterey is all about comfortable weather, beautiful surroundings, and exciting local events.

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The Weather

Monterey county is one of California’s most scenic destinations throughout the entire year, but the region really comes alive in the fall. Visitors can experience the gorgeous 70 degree Fahrenheit weather and soak in all of natures beauty by cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, or kayaking.

The Monarch Butterflies

If you want to witness a display of nature that’s truly breathtaking, October is the time to head over to Monterey. Monarch butterflies flock to The Monarch Sanctuary in beautiful downtown Pacific Grove during this time and the clusters they create are extraordinary.

The Recreational Events

There were already plenty of autumn events worthwhile (Monterey Jazz Festival, California International Airshow, Monterey Beach Sportsfest, to name a few), but November will be just as fun! The Carmel International Film Festival is from October 18 to 20. And for all the foodies out there, the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is happening from November 2 to 7. Plus, we can’t forget to mention all the spooky Halloween fun in the area as well.

Fall in Monterey County is a great opportunity for fun, adventure, and relaxation. If you want to start planning your Monterey getaway today, check out Butterfly Grove Inn! 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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Top Events to Attend This Fall in Monterey

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

If you missed out on some of the fall festivities last month, don’t worry. There’s no shortage of fun in Monterey County. Here’s a list of events that’ll have you covered for the next two months.

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Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Top Events to Attend This Fall in Monterey:

Pirelli World Championship – Mazda Raceway Laguna Beach

It’s time to crown the 2017 champions of North America’s finest and longest running auto racing series. This popular series boasts a paddock of more than 70 race cars and consists of six classes of vehicles.
Time: October 12-15

Carmel International Film Festival – Carmel-by-the-Sea

The name may say film festival, but this five-day event is filled with contemporary art, music, and lecture series as well. The Sunset Cultural Center will be the main spot for attendees, but the fun will be scattered throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea!
Time: October 18-22

Big Sur Food & Wine – Big Sur

Restaurants, resorts, and wineries from all over are teaming up for dinners and small tastings across Big Sur. You get to indulge in some of the best food and wine and proceeds benefit health, safety,art, and educational programs in the area — it’s a win-win!
Time: November 2-5

Half Marathon on Monterey Bay – Cannery Row

This marathon takes runners all over Monterey. From historic downtown, along the shores, through Pacific Grove, and back again. The run is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, but there will be activities surrounding it all weekend long!
Time: November 12

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.

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.

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