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.

Top Travel Apps

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

Top Travel Apps

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.

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