Archive for June, 2016

What You Didn’t Know About Traveling to California

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

California is one of the most visited states in America. Running almost 800 miles from north to south, it’s easy to say that The Golden State has much to offer. If you’re planning to travel there any time soon, don’t go knowing these five travel secrets:

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Buy a National Park Pass
California has over 10 of the world’s most famous national parks. If you plan on visiting at least half of these places, you’ll benefit from purchasing an America the Beautiful annual national park pass. This pass provides you access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including those in California.

Pack light layers
If you’re traveling along the coast, keep in mind that California nights and early mornings can be chilly – especially as you drive up north. That being said, we recommend you pack a few sweaters, a light jacket, and a few pairs of jeans to change into.

Rent a car
The sights in California have no limit, so don’t make the mistake of limiting yourself. Instead, rent a car from the nearest car rental or airport. This will allow you more freedom to explore The Golden State and even check out some of the more desolate areas.

Save On Airfare
LAX typically offers some of the cheapest flights, so you might benefit from flying into Los Angeles and taking a car to your destination. Another option is to book a stopover to save you even more money and allow you time to visit a second destination!

Plan a Pacific Coast roadtrip
Northern and Southern California both have so much beauty to offer, so plan a roadtrip that allows you to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. For example, start in the eclectic city of San Francisco and make your way down to the peaceful beaches of Monterey.

Looking to explore The Golden State? The city of Monterey is one of the quaintest and most beautiful of them all – a spot for relaxation, sightseeing, and social activity. During your visit, stay at a tranquil hotel like the Butterfly Grove Inn nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Most Popular States to Visit

Posted on: June 15th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

This just in: the most popular states in America. Of all 50 locations, can you tell us which are most highly desired? It’s probably not what you think – these are the top five must-see places in America:

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New York – There aren’t many people who haven’t visited or at least dreamed about traveling to The Big Apple. Great food, plenty of beaches, and urban convenience makes New York a hot spot in the states, bringing millions of visitors each year. New York also offers many cultural elements that bring people of all walks of life together.

Texas – The Lone State State has many cultural attractions that bring people of all places to this popular destination. A few of the most famous hot spots include, The Alamo, Space Center Houston, Big Bend National Park, and San Antonio’s River Walk.

Nevada – Not only is Nevada home to the famous Las Vegas strip, but it also offers many magnificent and mysterious sights. Some of the most popular are Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Bordering Nevada and California is also one of the lowest, driest, and hottest spots – Death Valley National Park. The best times to visit the #3 top state is from March to May and from September to November, when the air is still pleasant and not too hot.

Florida – From Disney World to Universal Studios and Miami Beach, it’s no wonder Florida is such a popular state. The Sunshine State is also the perfect vacation spot for those looking to escape the cold winters up north. It’s popularity is also likely due to the many snowbirds who visit to catch some warmer temperatures.

California – Ah, the Golden State – home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and mountains. Whether you plan on visiting the northern or southern half, California offers all-year round spectacular weather, breathtaking scenery, and some of the world’s most famous cities.

Looking to explore the most popular state in America? The city of Monterey is one of the quaintest and most beautiful of them all – a spot for relaxation, sightseeing, and social activity. During your visit, stay at a tranquil hotel like the Butterfly Grove Inn nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

The Psychological Effects of a Beach Vacation

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Remember the last time you woke up next to the ocean? We can only imagine how great it felt – the sight of the ocean, the sand, the feeling of the breeze. It’s no wonder tropical vacations are at the top of so many traveler’s bucketlist! In fact, studies reveal that, “Participants who lived in sight of water reported feeling significantly less distressed than everyone else.”

Here’s why research says you need a beach vacation:

Retirement Vacation Concept, Happy Mature Retired Couple Enjoying Beautiful Sunset at the Beach

The two best views
Research shows that ocean and mountain views help people to feel calm, happy, and more grounded. Part of the reason here could be that being in nature facilitates physical activity. And as we know, exercise boosts endorphins and gives us that “feel good” vibe. For example, talking a walk on the beach is the perfect way to clear your mind and increase your mental well being.

Analysis of colors
Blue and green spaces reduce stress by service as a calming backdrop. Unlike urban areas, natural environments don’t bombard you with car horns, traffic, and glaring lights. All of these sensory stimulations can negatively impact your health, while being immersed in natural environments have the opposite effect. In fact, humans started in natural habitats and have evolved to prefer life that way.

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 a tranquil hotel like the Butterfly Grove Inn. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Feeling the itch the travel? Don’t wait to book a ticket! Research shows that taking a vacation has several physical and psychological benefits.

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Reason #1: It allows you to step back
Taking a vacation allows you to detach for your everyday environment for just a little bit, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, getting away (not just from work, but from your home sweet home) can help you clarify what is important in life and regain perspective.

Reason #2: It helps your creative flow
Scientific evidence shows that traveling abroad helps you improve your creative thinking. This all has to do with immersing yourself in a different culture and becoming familiar in an unfamiliar place. It allows you the opportunity to think creatively about making the most of the situation and knowing how to get around easily in a place that is new to you.

Reason #3: Reduced blood pressure
Everyone knows that taking a vacation can  calm your stress levels, but did you realize that it can also reduce your blood pressure? Reduced blood pressure is good for many things including your heart health – just one of the many reasons why you shouldn’t but your getaway on hold!

What are you waiting for! Book your next vacation to a beautiful location, such as sunny California! If a stress-free vacation is your top priority, come visit Pacific Grove and the Monterey area of California, and stop by Butterfly Grove Inn. We are 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, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

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