Top Travel Apps

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

Travel agents? Who needs them. Its 2017, you have all the necessary tools for planning a trip right at your fingertips. Just tap the App Store or Google Play, download these top apps, and make your trip safer, easier, and less expensive.

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Rebtel: for phone calls
Skype and Whatsapp will always be staples when it comes to international calling and messaging. But with Rebtel, you can make cheap calls around the world, without the internet.
• Free, iOS and Android, rebtel.com

Google Trips: for itineraries
Planning a trip can get a bit hectic. But with Google Trips, it gathers all your travel information from Gmail and organizes it automatically. It also maps out itineraries with suggestions of things to do or see. Best of all, it works entirely offline, so you don’t need to worry about finding WiFi.
• Free, iOS and Android, get.google.com

Packpoint: for packing
Enter your destination, date of travel, length of stay, and some details about the activities you’re planning and Packpoint with automatically generate a packing list for your trip. In the event that the app misjudged your style, it’s easy to tweak the list.
• Free, iOS and Android, packpnt.com

Waze: for traffic
If you’re navigating an unfamiliar city and are unsure where the traffic hotspots are, this app is the best you can get. It can also help you find where to park and schedule reminders to tell you when it’s time to leave.
• Free, iOS and Android, waze.com

TripLingo: for international trips
Need language translation? Local/cultural information? How about a currency converter? This fun, comprehensive tool for international travelers has it all!
• Free, iOS and Android, triplingo.com

 

While planning, don’t forget a hotel reservation! Looking for a quaint getaway? Let Butterfly Grove Inn pamper you! We are in the heart of it all – from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

5 Things To Always Have In Your Carry-On

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

Packing for a vacation, business trip, or a mandatory family visit can be a daunting process. No matter where you’re going, what you pack in your carry-on can be just as important as getting to the airport in time! Plan ahead by strategically packing these items to help prep you for happier travels.

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Eye mask and earplugs: If you want to fall asleep on the plane, or at least try to, you’re going to need a little assistance. Don’t let that crying baby or rising sun stop you!

Extra headphones: Go to the local dollar store, and buy the cheapest set of headphones you can find. They may not work as well, but if you happen to lose them, at least they aren’t your most expensive, top of the line pair.

Photocopy of your passport: Don’t lose your passport – I repeat – do not lose your passport. It will be the end of any vacation fun you hoped for. However, if this does end up happening, you will vastly improve your chances of getting a quick replacement if you have a colored copy.

A good read: For those times when Wifi goes bye-bye or your battery bites the dust, it’ll help to have an extra book or magazine handy. You might even come to find that you like the occasional short story better than a nonstop diet of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Snacks: Ever wake up in the middle of a red-eye flight hungry? Maybe it’s near midnight in your hotel room, and you’re starving? Pack a bag of trail mix or an energy bar in your carry-on to help your growling stomach.

While planning, don’t forget a hotel reservation! Looking for a quaint getaway? Let Butterfly Grove Inn pamper you! We are in the heart of it all – from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

What Kind Of Traveler Are You?

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

It’s becoming more easy to travel every day. So it’s no wonder why more people are spreading their wings to distant places. The most common form of experiencing a new land and meeting new people are taking backpack tours. But the world is rapidly growing and changing, and so is the way people travel. Backpackers, meet flashpackers.

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Backpackers

Backpackers attach great importance to budget accommodation, which could only be found off the beaten track. Nowadays, many routes are well developed, removing the normal spirit of backpacking. Yet, this type of travel is currently so popular that a backpacker’s mass movement has arisen.

– Mostly young people

– Free way to travel

– Budget accommodations

– Small travel budget

– Close contact with locals

– Maintain special experiences away from mass tourism

 

Flashpackers

Flashpacking is a modified form of backpacking. Flashpackers call themselves people who travel individually and independently, but do not want to give up some amenities along the way. In other words, flash packer traveling is a bit more luxurious.

– Usually not as young as a backpacker

– Higher travel budget

– More technical equipment

– Enjoy travelling in luxury

 

There is no right way to travel – it’s all based off your preference. Whether you decide to backpack or flashpack, visit Pacific Grove, California. Near downtown and a fun nightlife, Butterfly Grove Inn is the Pacific Grove hotel you’ve been looking for! Our beautiful cottage style inn will make you feel like you’re in your home away from home. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Valentine’s Day Travel Tips

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

Do you want to woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Look past the typical flowers and chocolates and consider a short getaway. No matter where you are on the rollercoaster of romance, these travel tips will help make the holiday more memorable and fun.

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Plan activities
Whether you’re spending this day with a new love, lifetime love, or with your friends – try to plan something ahead of time. Having activities set in place makes things easier and more exciting. Pursue a common interest or hobby and you’ll feel more alive and engaged with one another.

Enjoy where you are
Valentine’s day can be filled with high expectations. If you catch yourself staring at your loved one halfway through your date night, unhappy with the reality compared to your dreams, try to relax. There shouldn’t be so much pressure to make this day perfect. Appreciate where you are and the perfectly-imperfect person you’re holding hands with.

Turn off your cell phone
If you’re travelling with friends you’ll enjoy each other and create more meaningful moments. If you’re with a date, nothing says ‘I’m not into you,’ more effectively than spending your night clicking away on your phone. Whatever’s grabbing your attention away from the person you’re with, can wait.

Choose a place that suits your romantic state
Depending on the status of your relationship some hotels and resorts should stay off your radar. If you’re looking for a more intimate location try a small and quaint boutique hotel. If you’re planning more of a blowout weekend, consider a big city hotel with late night amenities and activities.

 

If you’re planning a Valentine’s day soiree in California be sure to make a reservation at Butterfly Grove Inn. We are in the heart of it all – from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

Advantages of Traveling Solo

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

Who doesn’t love going on trips with friends, lovers, and family members? It’s entertaining, exciting, and the memories you make together are unforgettable. But what if I told you that traveling alone bares just as many benefits? Planning a trip solo may not seem ideal, but it can be inspiring, uplifting, and also practical. Here are a few more advantages to take into account:

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 1. You control your schedule
Once you arrive at your destination, your itinerary is under your control – it’s a less stressful experience when the only person you have to worry about is yourself. Whether you want to lounge on a beach all day or museum-hop for 6 hours, the only one to veto your plans, is you!

 2. It’s easier to stay on a budget
When traveling in a group, expenses can rack up. Between hitting that hot dinner spot, buying late-night drinks, and going on unexpected snack pit stops, it can be much easier to dine alone. Stick to your budget with planned meals and activities and tuck away your wallet if you go overboard one day.

 3. You’re more open to social experiences
When you’re alone, you’re more inclined to strike up a conversation at the bar or on the subway. You may even accept an impromptu dinner invitation from a stranger, which can lead to a lifelong friendship. People can really open up when they’re placed far away from their usual environment and comfort zones.

 4. It’s an empowering endeavor
While a group trip can be exhilarating, traveling alone can be very transformative. Solo trips lead to more reflective time, which can be incredibly restorative. The skills, wisdom, and independence you will take away from your trip will be something you cherish forever.

Planning a trip, solo? If you’re visiting California, be sure to make a reservation at Butterfly Grove Inn. We are in the heart of it all – from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

NorCal And SoCal: What’s The Difference?

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

California is home to 38.8 million people and it’s easy to see what attracts them. Between the diverse group of people, gorgeous weather, and fantastic scenery, it’s no wonder outsiders love to visit and locals never leave. But California is a big state, learn the differences between the north and the south before you make your trip.

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Food
NorCal – Often called a foodie heaven, NorCal is the birthplace of the farm-to-table movement. Northern California is also home of the wine country and the spot of four, three Michelin-star restaurants.
SoCal – Due to its close proximity to Mexico, southern California has great tasting, authentic Mexican food. Burritos are standard for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Weather
NorCal – Northern California is known for its gloomy weather. And while it is generally cooler, despite popular belief, the sunshine does appear.
SoCal – Southern California is the main reason people attribute California as the sunshine state, but our nickname is actually the golden state, after the Golden Gate Bridge. You can bask in the sun year-round – even the winters aren’t that chilly.

Transportation
NorCal – Thanks to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Bay’s bus system, you can get around NorCal without a huge hassle.
SoCal – SoCal residents tend to rely on their cars rather than public transportation. There is a metro train, but the public transportation system isn’t fully established there yet.

Attractions
NorCal – The world famous Golden Gate Bridge is located in NorCal, but they also have beautiful parks, hiking trails, and beaches – including Monterey!
SoCal – Southern California is home to the two most popular attractions: The San Diego Zoo and Disneyland. Socal also has beautiful beaches for you to surf, kayak, or paddleboard year-round.

Whether you’re a California resident or a visitor, come visit Monterey County in Pacific Grove. And if you are looking for a cozy retreat after a long day of wining and hiking, look no further than Butterfly Grove Inn. Our beautiful cottage style inn will make you feel like you’re in your home away from home. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Why You Should Plan A Getaway To California

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

Want to plan a getaway? Look no further than “The Golden State.” Spend time basking in the sun and discover the many great destinations and attractions that awaits you. There’s a long list of reasons that should inspire you to visit California – take into consideration our top four:

Monarch butterflies

 

Beautiful Weather Year-Round
The weather in California is always sunny and beautiful, even if temperatures drop below normal. Benefits? Not only will your skin love the extra Vitamin-D, you will also have an easier time packing – less fluctuating temperatures means you don’t have to worry about fitting clothes for every season in one suitcase.

Time For Adventure
A vacation is a great opportunity for new experiences. Have you been meaning to take up hiking or mountain biking? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try to golf, but didn’t have the time. California can provide you with a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

Interesting Places to Visit
California has plenty of interesting locations to suit everyone’s tastes. Between the nature and parks, the sights and landmarks and the delicious bars and restaurants, you won’t leave disappointed. Make sure to plan out which attractions you want to visit prior to your trip, it will make your stay a lot easier.

Monarch Butterflies
Monarchs are still making their mark in Pacific Grove, CA and you don’t want to miss it. The museum’s monarch gallery is open year-round, but the next time you can see these beautiful creatures is during their mating season in February – so start planning!
From rural, natural beauty, to a multitude of urbanized areas ready to entertain you, traveling to California should be top on your to-do list this year. Need the perfect hotel to complete your holiday getaway? Butterfly Grove Inn is conveniently nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and close to many other California attractions. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to look your stay!

The Ultimate 2017 Travel Bucket List

Posted on: December 27th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

With the new year around the corner, it’s common to get excited about new adventures ahead. In 2017, step outside of your comfort zone and travel to a new destination. Technology may make you feel like the world is small, but there are always new places to discover. Take a peek into our top 5 places to travel in 2017, including Pacific Grove, CA – of course!

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s capital is not just a gateway to Hawaii’s island chain; its Waikiki neighborhood is the center for dining, nightlife, and shopping. Something new to the island? Honolulu will host its first Biennial in 2017, which is a contemporary visual arts festival. The tides are changing in Honolulu, and you should go check it out!

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Since its settlement by German immigrants in the 19th century, Cincinnati has transformed itself into a beautiful place to visit and live. Shop around downtown and breathe in American history while hopping from store to store. This city also boasts a thriving arts scene, major league sports teams, a world-class zoo, and more!

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There is plenty to do in this western U.S. state. Enjoy activities from hiking the backcountry of Grand Teton to exploring Yellowstone national park. You can also go rafting, skiing, and fly-fishing. Also something to keep in mind – there will be a total solar eclipse on August 21, the first in 40 years to be visible in the U.S. For prime viewing? Head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

 

Nashville, Tennessee

It’s a big year down south in The United States. The iconic Ryman Auditorium celebrates its 125th anniversary, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates 50 years, and the Bluebird Café turns 35 – expect big parties in town! Also enjoy the city’s expanding restaurant scene, with new and upcoming eateries sure to please any palate.

 

Pacific Grove, California

Pacific Grove, California has a classic American feel. There is the oldest operating lighthouse in the country and a classic 1932 golf course that contributes to its old-fashioned charm. There are beaches for you to kayak or surf and if you’re fortunate enough, you may just be able to catch the annual migration of thousands of monarch butterflies whose residence presides right in Pacific Grove. Want to know where the locals go? Check out our top secret spots.
If you’re visiting California in the new year, be sure to make reservation at our Butterfly Grove Inn, which is conveniently nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

6 Things You Need to Pack for Your Winter Vacation to California

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

The most overwhelming part of vacation? Packing. With so many different things to do and see in California, your packing list can seem a bit intimidating. Whether you’re staying at a hotel or a cabin in the mountains, or whether you’re going to Disneyland or a day hike in the forest, this sample packing list will hopefully cover every trip you make to the fun, sunny state of California.

Sunscreen

Pack sunscreen with a high SPF and any other sun gear – hat, sunglasses, etc. Sun protection is necessary in California throughout the whole year.

Light jacket

Check the weather and consider the region of California you’re traveling to. Los Angeles can see sunny, mild weather in the mid 70’s, while San Francisco can see temperatures in the 40s and 50s. It is wise to pack a light jacket regardless of when or where you are traveling.

Gopro

While the camera on your iPhone or Android will do just fine, consider investing in a Gopro to bring on your trip to California. You can’t beat the amazing videos and pictures it can capture of you hiking, paddle boarding, or surfing. Don’t forget about to take one of our beautiful sunsets.

Walking shoes

Plan your shoes according to your activities. Is hiking, mountain biking, or any other physical activity part of your trip? Pack a pair of sturdy hiking or running shoes to protect your feet.

Backpack

With so much to see, who wants to stop to make pit stops along the way? Carry a backpack and hold everything you may need for the day with you – sunscreen, bandaids, a protein bar, and more.

A plan
It is beneficial to set up a plan during your vacation. Keep your days and nights organized with a set calendar. If you find yourself off route, go with the flow and see where it leads you. At every turn there is something fun to explore in California.


While planning, don’t forget a hotel reservation! Looking for a quaint getaway? Let Butterfly Grove Inn pamper you! We are in the heart of it all – from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

How To Get the Cheapest Last Minute Flight

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Planning a last minute holiday getaway? Holiday travel can add up quick and rates can change in the blink of an eye. Luckily, there are a few hacks to get a flight at the best rate:

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Fly off peak – What we mean is the cheapest days of the week. People often fly on Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Try flying out on alternate days.

Go early – Early bird catches the worm, right? Go for a flight that is either first one out or the last. They tend to have more available seats and less expensive rates. Red-eyes for example can save time and money to get you to your destination.

Use miles – Consider trading in your miles for a moderate airfare expense. One thing to be careful of is the latest reservation fees, where some airlines charge extra for travel that is booked less than three weeks out.

Bid – Take advantage of bids. When airlines have unsold seats they will bit on sites such as Hotwire to sell the remaining seats at a discounted price.

Take a longer vacation – If you originally planned to fly out for a quick weekend, think about changing that to a week trip instead.

Thinking about vacationing this holiday season but aren’t sure where to go? Pacific Grove, California is home to breathtaking views, gorgeous weather, and unique attractions such as the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Butterfly Grove Inn is located in the heart of it all – give us a call at 831-250-8191 to reserve your room today.

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