Archive for January, 2016

3 Natural Phenomena that Occur in the U.S.

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

 

You don’t have to travel internationally for stunning views. From the migration of the monarchs to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves, the U.S. is filled with truly breathtaking wonders! Below, we take a look at three particularly dazzling natural phenomena that occur in the U.S.

 

1. Migration of the Monarchs

 

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Each fall, monarch butterflies migrate south in search of warmer temperatures. Here in Pacific Grove, we’re fortunate enough to be the final stop for many West Coast butterflies. They depend on environmental cues to find their way through the North America to our area. The migration is an amazing sight to see — and you can do so right here at the Butterfly Grove Inn! We’re nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

 

2. Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves

 

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Alaska’s impressive Mendenhall Glacier contains brilliant ice caverns that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Its unique natural architecture and soft blue hue makes for an ethereal feel. Unfortunately, this natural phenomenon is slowly melting away. Make visiting the ice caverns a priority before it fades away completely.

 

3. Sailing Stones

 

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This Death Valley mystery puzzled scientists for years. Today, however, we know that the movement of these heavy stones — as well as the trail they leave behind — is actually caused by the freezing and thawing of a thin layer of water on the lake bed, which allows the rocks to “ice skate” across it. Still, some prefer to believe the Sailing Stones are moved by otherworldly forces.

 

Which of these natural phenomena has piqued your interest? Share your thoughts with the Butterfly Grove Inn on Facebook and Twitter! To book your stay with us, call 831-250-8191.

 

5 Reasons to See California

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

 

There are so many reasons to visit beautiful California. Lots of tourists flock to the sunny state for its most popular attractions, like Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Below, we highlight five of our favorite reasons to see California:

 

1. Alcatraz

 

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Tour Alcatraz — a small island developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification and prisons — to take an adventure back in history. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time. They sell out days, even weeks in advance!

 

2. Shrine Drive-Thru Tree

 

Drive through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, “home of the world’s largest remaining contiguous old-growth forest of coast redwoods.” The world-famous Shrine Drive-Thru Tree is located only four miles south of the park’s visitor center.

 

3. San Diego Zoo

 

Some call the San Diego Zoo the best zoo in the world. The weather is almost always perfect, the layout is ideal, and the pandas are simply adorable! The animals have large enclosures, so you know they’re being treated right.

 

4. Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is just an 8-minute drive from the Butterfly Grove Inn, but that’s not the only reason why it made our list of top reasons to see California. Its Tremendous exhibits include jellyfish, octopus, sharks, sting rays and even penguins. Plus, you’ll love the restaurants!

 

5. Monarch Grove Sanctuary

 

If you’re looking for a truly special and unusual activity, visit this gorgeous butterfly sanctuary. If you love nature, you’ll fall in love with the monarch butterflies — especially in the winter months during their migration. We are immediately next door!

 

What are your top reasons to see California? Share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

To book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn, contact us at 831-250-8191 today.

 

#TipTuesday: See the Butterflies Now!

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

 

Have you been to Pacific Grove, California yet this winter? Now’s the time to stop through and see the butterflies!

 

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Every winter, monarch butterflies migrate to our area to escape the cold temperatures of the north. They begin their journey in October and usually stay in California until late March.

 

Here at the Butterfly Grove Inn, we’re lucky enough to witness their spectacular journey year after year. That’s because our cottage-style inn is nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, a top destination for butterfly lovers.

 

We’re already halfway through January, so if you plan to see the butterflies this year, you’re running out of time. Once temperatures begin to increase and the days get longer, the monarchs will lay their eggs and begin their journey back up north. Some of these amazing creatures will fly as far as 3,000 miles!

 

Why not book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn? In addition to our close proximity to the butterfly sanctuary, we are a short walk from the beautiful Pacific Grove coastline, light house and downtown restaurants. Our hotel is also just minutes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pebble Beach, Carmel By-The-Sea and the Big Sur coastline.

 

To make a reservation, call us today at 831-250-8191. Find us on Facebook and Twitter for everything from travel tips to current events in Pacific Grove, California!

 

2016 Travel Bucket List

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Wanderlust (n): A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

 

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It’s a new year, a new opportunity to go somewhere you’ve never been. Our world is vast, and there are so many gorgeous destinations. We’ve narrowed it down to five interesting and unique places to travel. Here’s where to go and what to see:

 

Bora Bora

-With a wide variety of exotic fish, Coral Gardens is the place to snorkel in Bora Bora.

-Take a fun and informative tour of Bora Bora with Tupuna Safari.

 

Christmas Island, Australia

-Watch the Christmas Island red crab during its annual migration (October-November) to the Indian Ocean.

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

-Hike the Cinque Terre Trails for stunning views and a quick swim at the beach.

-If you’re going to Italy, you’d better eat well — we recommend Vertical Bar Riomaggiore.

 

Iceland

-If you plan to make a journey across the Atlantic, take advantage of Icelandair’s Stopover option.

-Unwind at Blue Lagoon, a natural hot spring that will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

 

Costa Rica

-Feeling adventurous? Visit Guanacaste for a canopy tour and zip line experience like no other.

-Tour the country’s vast selection of pristine beaches.

 

These travel destinations may sound fabulous, but don’t overlook the charm of your own backyard. There’s so much to do here in Pacific Grove, California, from horseback riding to snorkeling. Perhaps most importantly, our inn is situated on two acres of Pacific Grove’s largest and most accessible Monarch butterfly habitat.

 

To book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn, visit our website or give us a call today at 831-250-8191. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Upcoming Events in Big Sur, California

Posted on: January 4th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

 

Did you know that world-famous Big Sur, California is only 30 miles away from the Butterfly Grove Inn? If you’re visiting our area for a winter getaway, we recommend setting aside a day to view the natural wonders of Big Sur. In addition to blooming wildflowers and playful sea otters, there are many fantastic events planned for this January.

 

 

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Whale watching & condor spotting. Observe the migration of the California Gray Whales and the splendor or soaring condors up above. Meet up with a California State Park Ranger with binoculars for tips on seeing these beautiful animals off the coast of Big Sur. Whale watching and condor spotting takes place every weekend this January at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park at 10:00 a.m. to noon. Call (831) 667-2315 with questions.

 

Point Sur lighthouse tours. Schedule a tour of this gorgeous California State Historic Park, which sits on top of a stunning volcanic rock just off the coast of Big Sur. Guided tours of the Point Sur lighthouse are available at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout January.

 

Big Sur Foragers Festival. This annual celebration of wild foods is worth attending for foodies and outdoor-lovers alike. This year’s event will take place January 15-17, 2016. Here are the details, according to the Big Sur Foragers Festival official website:

 

The Big Sur Foragers Festival announces its Grand Chef Dinner at Ventana Big Sur. The “Foragers Dinner” at the Restaurant at Ventana will be held Saturday, January 16th, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person.

 

We look forward to having you this January at the Butterfly Grove Inn! To book your stay, give us a call today at 831-250-8191.

Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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