Top 5 Best Small Towns To Visit In 2018

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Saint Augustine

Your bucket list destinations don’t have to require you flying across the world. Some of the world’s most beautiful destinations are right here in our own backyard. If you’re looking to book a trip this year, consider one of the towns below — they all made Country Living’s list of Top Small Towns of 2018.

#5: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ski-lovers, this small town is the perfect getaway for you. With 500 annual inches of snow and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, mixed with the picturesque scenery and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is bound to be your next yearly vacation spot.

 

 

#4: Fredericksburg, Texas

Enjoy Texas hospitality with some German traditions at Fredericksburg, Texas. There are more than two dozen wineries, a historic main street with galleries, music, shops, and over 80 delicious restaurants.

 

 

#3: Sackets Harbor, New York

Sackets Harbor is New York’s best kept secret of Upstate. This port town is filled with history — it once served as headquarters of American naval operations in the war of 1812. Beyond the majority of water activities, there’s also a brewing company, winerys, a beach, festivals, and a cute, quaint main street to shop at.

 

#2: St. Michaels, Maryland

Located on the eastern shore, the combination of popular marinas, inns, shops, and restaurants make this town a favorite for boaters (you can also visit by car!). St. Michaels is also near other popular destinations such as Easton and Oxford.

 

 

#1: Carmel-by-The-Sea, California

For years, this beautiful village has inspired artists (any John Steinbeck fans out there?), sparked romances, and attracted world travelers. This year, it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves, featured on travel lists everywhere. You can enjoy everything within walking distance — from the white-sand beaches, local shops, and restaurants, you can stay busy by doing everything (or nothing) all day long.

 

Butterfly Grove Inn is located only 6 miles from Carmel-by-The-Sea! Experience our oasis for yourself — to make a reservation, visit our website or give us a call at 831-250-8191.

5 Best Restaurants in Monterey with Ocean Views

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Monterey County’s got the views and the food. Looking to enjoy both at the same time? We compiled a list of the areas top restaurants and bars that also just so happen to have some of the best views in town as well!

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1. The Fish Hopper

This vibrant eatery includes dishes like artichoke ravioli, wild salmon, and fish and chips, is only steps away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and has some of the most majestic views of the sea. Also fun fact, the Fish Hopper is also a Monterey Canning Company!

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2. Beach House at Lovers Point

This is a beloved Pacific Grove restaurant. We suggest getting the “Sunset Special” on the menu — it allows you to enjoy the heated outside patio that overlooks the ocean.

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3. The C Restaurant + Bar

This restaurant is located inside the high-end Clement Monterey hotel on Cannery Row. If you want to dine here, you’ll enjoy their minimalist decor, seafood-filled menu, and live music featuring local talents.

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4. Sierra Mar

The Sierra Mar is located at the Post Ranch Inn located right on a stunning cliff!

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5. Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

This restaurant is located at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, serving contemporary American dishes.

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

Best New Year’s Eve Events in Monterey

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

There’s nothing like ringing in 2018 in Monterey. There’s always something exciting going on around town, so if you’re still searching for plans, look no further! We have a roundup of some of the best New Year’s Eve events — and some are even kid-friendly, too!

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First Night is Monterey

This event, also known as FNM, is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts. Performances range from Classical, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Reggae. There will also be plenty of arts and crafts for your little ones.

Time: Friday, December 31, 3pm – 12am

Location: Historic Downtown Monterey

Admission: Free.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the end of 2017 with MY Museum’s staff and Board of Directors. There will be noisemakers, face painting, party accessories and more. Reservations are required!

Time: Friday, December 31, 10am – 12am

Location: MY Museum – Monterey County Youth Museum

Admission: Members, Free; Non-members, $15.

NYE Party

Head to Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey if you want to party like it’s the 60’s! There will be live music, dancing, dinner, and even a late night snack!

Time: Friday, December 31, 7:30pm to 12am

Location: Portola Hotel & Spa

Admission: $150 per person.

NYE Slumber Party

This is one of the bet kid-friendly NYE options in Monterey! Head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to ring in 2018 with delicious food, drinks, and lots of fun activities.

Time: Friday, December 31

Location: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Admission: Members, $100; Non-members, $125.

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.

Home or Hotel: Which is Better For the Holidays?

Posted on: December 11th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

‘Tis the season for gift giving, gingerbread house-making, and family visiting. All of these holiday traditions are cherished and loved, but we all know how quickly family gatherings can turn from sweet to sour. However, the holiday season is a time to be shared with loved ones, so do you book that hotel room you’ve had your eye on — or do you stay in your in laws spare room?

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Staying With Family: Pros

  • You save money.
  • You have more time to make holiday memories with family and friends.
  • Access to free food and drinks whenever you want!
  • You feel at ease during your time off.

Staying With Family: Cons

  • You have no alone time with your significant other.
  • Your bed, couch, or floor isn’t the most comfortable options — no z’s for you!
  • You have to clean up after yourself and others staying in the house.
  • Personalities clash, which may lead to some family bickering.

Staying In A Hotel: Pros

  • You have an endless amount of privacy.
  • You don’t have to share a bathroom.
  • You get to sleep in a big, comfortable bed — falling asleep on your terms.
  • You don’t have to clean any towels, sheets, or trash!

Staying In A Hotel: Cons

  • It costs extra money to book a room instead of staying at home.
  • There’s extra driving involved, traveling back and forth from your hotel to your family’s home.
  • Staying in a hotel takes away from family time.

Butterfly Grove Inn is like an oasis you’ve never seen before — your very own home away from home — we’ll always treat you like you are apart of the BGI family. We’re located right along the beautiful California coast and are ready to make your stay at Pacific Grove a pleasant (and cozy) one! To make a reservation, visit our website or give us a call at 831-250-8191.

 

Why a Stay at Butterfly Grove Inn Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

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

The Butterfly Grove Inn motel is a peaceful haven, minutes from all of the Peninsula’s many points of interest — making your fun getaway worthwhile! As a long-time motel in Pacific Grove, there is a special charm and charisma about the property and the refreshing grounds. The quiet serenity, the calming ocean sounds, and the crisp clean air provides a true getaway at an affordable price. We’re located in Pacific Grove but serve Monterey Bay, Carmel, and all surrounding Pacific Grove areas.

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Nearby Attractions

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary: Right next door!

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach, Lovers Point Park Beach, Point Pinos Beaches: 1-5 blocks away.

The Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course: 3 blocks away.

The Pacific Grove Lighthouse: 4 blocks away.

Cannery Row: 2 miles.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: 2 miles.

Fisherman’s Wharf: 3 miles.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: 6 miles.

Laguna Seca Raceway: 8 miles.

Carmel Valley: 15 miles.

Big Sur: 30 miles

Accommodations

Dog-Friendly: $25 per day.

Wi-Fi: Around entire facility (not just your room).

Flat Screen TV: HDTV with DIRECTV

Fireplace: In every room!

Other: Each room is equipped with a clock radio, hair dryer, microwave oven, and refrigerator.

Hotel Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must be completed at least 72 hours prior to date of arrival at our Pacific Grove motel. Late cancellations are subject to a charge of first night rate plus applicable taxes. We consider early departures as last minute cancellations that are non-refundable. Be on the lookout for holiday and special events because they are subject to seasonal rates. For major events and/or group reservation, the hotel’s cancellation policy may be longer.

Come and enjoy our natural oasis, and surround yourself with the serenity of birdsong and butterflies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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