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3 Qualities of a Great Hotel

Posted on: October 25th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Choosing a hotel for vacation can be stressful when there are plenty of considerations to keep in mind – budget, location, and cleanliness. While there are many things that can make or break your decision to stay in a particular hotel, here are three surefire signs you’ve found a sweet spot:

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Location
Location, location, location – you want to be close enough to everything you want to see and do, yet away from the crowds. There’s a sweet spot not many hotels can claim, but if you find that hidden oasis, you’re in luck!
Ambiance
You want to feel at home the moment you walk in. Some hotels create a comfortable vibe by refurbishing and adding plenty of convenient amenities, while others don’t. Picture a cottage, but not too desolated – sounds like a relaxing retreat, doesn’t it? At places like the Butterfly Grove Inn, you get nestled away in your very own home away from home with all the amenities you need right there.

Recognition
5-star reviews are great. What’s better is receiving recognition from sources like TripAdvisor. Butterfly Grove Inn has received the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, maintaining an overall rating of at least four out of fives stars in the hospitality business.
Near downtown and a fun nightlife, this is the Pacific Grove hotel you’ve been looking for to have a spectacular getaway! We are a your very own home away from home with the luxury and peace you need while traveling to the coast of California.To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Monterey County’s Top 7 Secret Spots

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

Monterey County is more than just a scenic spot – it’s a place for wining, dining, and outdoor fun. Whether you already have a trip booked or not, consider visiting these secrets spots in the near future:

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Path of History: Monterey – Calling all art lovers! Stop by Monterey Hall at 570 Pacific Street for century-old paintings.

The Cheese Stop: Carmel Plaza – Love cheese? Who doesn’t! Stop by The Cheese Stop for tastings and wine pairing advice. Locals rave about this place and you will love it.

Pebble Beach Biking Trail – A 17-mile bike ride with a breathtaking scenic road and picnic tables along the way (not to mention the sound of crashing waves).

Twilight Bike Rides: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – The perfect way to experience this famous track for only $10.

Chef’s Table: Lucia Restaurant & Bar – An undercover foodie find with the best seat in the house. Notorious for celebrity visits.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary – Every year around this season, thousands of Monarchs migrate to Monterey County, and you can see them close up in person. What a sight!

Butterfly Grove Inn –  A sweet spot to sleep if you’re visiting Pacific Grove and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

Read more: Planning the Perfect Weekend Itinerary in Monterey County CA

If you’re headed to Monterey area and 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.

The Best Weekend Getaways from LA & San Francisco

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

LA and San Francisco are two of the coolest cities in the U.S. But California has so much more to offer than these two highlights. Find your own sweet spot in the golden state by visiting one of these destinations:

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Sausalito
You’ve probably heard about this one, but have you visited? Take a day trip to Sausalito, just outside the bay area. You will find one-of-a-kind views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, hike some of the greenest nature trails, and have the opportunity for kayaking or sailing.

Napa Valley
Ah – good ole’ wine country. Napa Valley is famous to some of the world’s finest wineries, restaurants, and hotels. Float in a hot air balloon and sip Champagne, or enjoy a delicious breakfast and sip mimosas.

Lake Tahoe
With cool mountain air and spectacular lake views, Lake Tahoe is ideal for those who love nothing more than being immersed in nature and taking in the blue skies. Hike Rainbow Trail while you’re there and head to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

Monterey & Carmel
Just under a two hour drive, you will come face to face with wineries, scenic oceanviews, and whale-watching. Monterey is known for both its entertainment and incredible sights. Check out Cannery Row and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary during your visit.

If you’re planning a weekend getaway to Monterey and Carmel this season, book your stay with us at Butterfly Grove Inn – it’ll be like your little own sanctuary nestled in the heart of Monterey. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

9 Secrets About the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Settled in the heart of the Pacific Grove Forest are hundreds of Monarch Butterflies who migrate every year around this time. Without giving away too much, we wanted to tell you why this migration is so special.

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1. Monarch butterflies have been migrating to the area for hundreds of years.

2. When temperatures drop below 55, the butterflies don’t fly. When It’s below 40, they are merely paralyzed.

3. Monarch butterflies cluster on Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress and Eucalyptus.

4. The increasing numbers of australian eucalyptus trees in the area has affected traditional overwintering patterns by providing butterflies with a convenient nectar source.

5. The trees also provide the microclimate they need – light, shade, humidity, temperature, and protection from wind.

6. When temperature is below 55, they don’t fly. When It’s below 40, they are paralyzed.

7. In November 1990, citizens of Pacific Grove voted to authorize the city to buy this grove as a permanent butterfly sanctuary. Local taxes support the purchase, restoration, and maintenance of this 2.4 acre city park.

8. Monarch season typically runs between November through February. However, overwintering population tends to peak around late November, early December.

9. The annual Monarch butterfly migration is endangered. Eastern population is being severely impacted by deforestation in its Mexican overwintering grounds, while the western monarchs are being squeezed by the constant pressures of development.

It’s that time of year again! If you’re visiting the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary this season, make a 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.

Must-See Attractions in Pacific Grove

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Pacific Grove is one of the best kept secrets along the pacific coast in California. Located between Point Pinos and the famous city of Monterey, there are tons to see and do!

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Monterey Bay Aquarium: This non-profit aquarium, just minutes from Butterfly Grove Inn lies on the edge of historic Cannery Row. It’s perfect for anyone with a love for otters and other marine life. This attraction is also idea if you’re looking for something to do before a night out downtown on Cannery Row.

Laguna Seca Raceway: Calling all road tracing enthusiasts! Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is located between Salinas and Monterey, and is an 11-turn, 2.238 mile road course on the beautiful coast. Keep posted on upcoming events and plan your visit!

Big Sur: 30 miles from our inn is one of the most famous roads, highly traveled. This stretch between Carmel and San Simeon is a narrow 2 lane state route. Known for its winding turns and seaside cliffs, this drive gives you breathtaking views and easy access to spots for hiking, camping, and beaching.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary: Pacific Grove is most known for its large count of monarch butterflies, and they’re all in Butterfly Town U.S.A! You won’t want to miss the migration of monarch butterflies this fall! It’s quite a sight.

If you’re planning a getaway to California this fall or winter, be sure to visit these must-see attractions! Book your stay with us at Butterfly Grove Inn – it’ll be like your little own sanctuary nestled in the heart of Monterey. 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