Archive for September, 2015

Migration of the Monarchs

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Every year monarch butterflies migrate south through North America — a beautiful and spectacular phenomenon. The Butterfly Grove Inn is lucky enough to be a popular destination for West Coast butterflies seeking warmer temperatures in the fall and winter months. Below, we take a closer look at the migration of the monarchs.

 

A sharp photo of a Monarch Buttefly.

 

The monarch butterfly is unique in that it is the only known butterfly that makes a two-way migration like birds do. “Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates,” reports the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Monarch butterflies rely on environmental cues to know when to begin traveling south.

 

Eastern North American monarchs overwinter in Mexico from October to late March, while monarch butterflies living west of the Rocky Mountains head to California. In fact, the Butterfly Grove Inn is nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary where many of these stunning creatures spend the winter. It’s an amazing sight to see!

 

Once warmer temperatures and longer days return, the monarch butterfly lays its eggs and begins its journey back up north. Some will fly as far as 3,000 miles!

 

Want to see the migration of the monarchs in person? Now’s the perfect time to book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn. Give us a call at 1-831-250-8191 or book a room online.

 

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Tips for Traveling with a Group of Friends

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Even the perfectly planned trip can go horribly wrong if you’re with the wrong people. So while the idea of traveling with company has a certain allure, we suggest keeping the following tips in mind:

 

1. True friends only

 

Group Of Young People Enjoying Outdoor Summer Meal

 

“Pick a friend whose company you consistently enjoy in a variety of situations,” advises travel website Lonely Planet. That means avoiding traveling with anyone you don’t know very well. (Yes, even new friends!) Choose those with similar interests and habits.

 

2. Build an itinerary

 

Creating and sticking to a plan will ensure you and your friends are on the same page throughout your vacation. But that’s not to say you need to pencil in an activity for every minute of the day — rather, come up with a list of things you want to do and see.

 

3. Book proper accommodations

 

Yes, it’s important to stick to a budget. However, don’t sacrifice comfort for savings! “Someone may snore or fidget too much in their sleep, so the more beds and rooms you have, the more options you have to make adjustments,” suggests the Los Angeles Times.

 

Traveling with friends to Pacific Grove, California? Here at the Butterfly Grove Inn, we offer a variety of lodging options suitable for just about any group! Click here for more information.

 

To speak with a representative, give us a call at 1-831-250-8191. Don’t forget to connect with the Butterfly Grove Inn on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Soon, monarch butterflies will begin passing through Pacific Grove, California! The Butterfly Grove Inn’s location — nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary — makes it the perfect spot for admiring thousands of beautiful monarchs as they begin their winter migration. Let’s take a closer look at the sanctuary:

 

The Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary was formed in part by local residents who voted in favor of an additional tax to finance its creation. In fact, the community has always greeted and fought for the protection of monarch butterflies. Today, the Pacific Grove Police Department strictly prohibits the “molestation of butterflies,” with fines up to $1,000.

 

Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary - Pacific Grove Motel

 

Why does the exquisite monarch butterfly visit Pacific Grove each autumn? According to the City of Pacific Grove, “It cannot withstand freezing winter temperatures. To survive, the Monarch migrates to safe overwintering sites that are neither cold enough to kill it, nor so warm that it wastes precious energy flying too much.”

 

Monarch butterflies are also drawn to Pacific Grove’s high concentration of Australian eucalyptus trees. These trees not only help shelter the traveling beauts, but they also provide nectar during the winter months.

 

Watch it all unfold before your very eyes this fall at the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary! Looking for convenient and comfortable accommodations? The Butterfly Grove Inn is located immediately next door! Come and enjoy our natural oasis, and surround yourself with the serenity of birdsong and butterflies. Dial 1-831-250-8191 or visit our website to book a reservation.

 

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Things You DON’T Need to Pack For Your Next Trip

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

There’s nothing worse than panicking about what to bring with you on vacation. If you’re like most people, your biggest fear is that you’ll forget something. Today, however, we’re looking at the opposite side of the situation — over packing.

 

family at airport

 

“You may feel the urge to plan for the unexpected, but filling your suitcase with a bunch of what-if items can really weigh it down,” advises Yahoo! Travel. With that said, here’s a list of what NOT to pack for your next trip:

 

Beauty products – You’ll probably want to take some of the basics with you, but don’t overdo it. Most hotels will provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and even a hair dryer. Remember, you’re going on vacation — your hair doesn’t have to look perfect!

 

Shoes – Only pack what you’re realistically going to wear. That means you should leave those just-in-case pairs of shoes at home. Try to pack no more than two pairs.

 

Gym clothes – Unless you’re an athlete, you’re probably not going to get in any hardcore exercise during your time off. Leave your gym clothes and shoes at home, and use the extra room in your suitcase for something more practical.

 

Entertainment – Let’s be honest: All the entertainment you need is right on your smartphone. Moreover, here at the Butterfly Grove Inn, we have brand new 40-inch flat panel TVs in every room. Between that and an array of local attractions, you simply won’t need your laptop, tablet and DVD player.

 

To book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn, give us a call today at 1-831-250-8191 or visit us online. Get more travel tips by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Things to Do in Pacific Grove

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

The Butterfly Grove Inn is proud to call the beautiful city of Pacific Grove home! With stunning views and so much to do, you’re going to love staying with us. Let’s take a look at some of the top attractions in our area:

Beaches

Your room at the Butterfly Grove Inn is a mere five blocks from breathtaking beaches. From State Beach to Lovers Point Park, you have a variety of locations to choose from. Don’t worry, we’ll happily provide you with directions to the beach of your choice!

Butterflies

Monarch Migration

The Butterfly Grove Inn sits smack dab in the middle of two acres of Pacific Grove’s largest and most accessible Monarch butterfly habitat. These flashy flyers live in the grove throughout the winter. The beauty of this spectacle must been seen to be believed!

Other attractions

There’s so much more to do and see within a 15 mile radius. Some additional popular attractions include:

-Cannery Row
-Fisherman’s Wharf
-Laguna Seca Raceway
-Monterey Bay Aquarium
-Point Pinos Lighthouse
-Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
-Golfing
-Walking Tours
-Kayaking & Canoeing
-Paddleboarding
-Whale Watching
-Wine Tasting
-Shopping
-Historic Downtown

We invite you to give us a call to learn more about things to do in Pacific Grove. Dial 831-250-8191 to get in touch with a Butterfly Grove Inn representative! Get more tips by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Butterfly Grove Inn 1073 Lighthouse AvenuePacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: +1-831-250-8191