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Advantages of Traveling Solo

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Who doesn’t love going on trips with friends, lovers, and family members? It’s entertaining, exciting, and the memories you make together are unforgettable. But what if I told you that traveling alone bares just as many benefits? Planning a trip solo may not seem ideal, but it can be inspiring, uplifting, and also practical. Here are a few more advantages to take into account:

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 1. You control your schedule
Once you arrive at your destination, your itinerary is under your control – it’s a less stressful experience when the only person you have to worry about is yourself. Whether you want to lounge on a beach all day or museum-hop for 6 hours, the only one to veto your plans, is you!

 2. It’s easier to stay on a budget
When traveling in a group, expenses can rack up. Between hitting that hot dinner spot, buying late-night drinks, and going on unexpected snack pit stops, it can be much easier to dine alone. Stick to your budget with planned meals and activities and tuck away your wallet if you go overboard one day.

 3. You’re more open to social experiences
When you’re alone, you’re more inclined to strike up a conversation at the bar or on the subway. You may even accept an impromptu dinner invitation from a stranger, which can lead to a lifelong friendship. People can really open up when they’re placed far away from their usual environment and comfort zones.

 4. It’s an empowering endeavor
While a group trip can be exhilarating, traveling alone can be very transformative. Solo trips lead to more reflective time, which can be incredibly restorative. The skills, wisdom, and independence you will take away from your trip will be something you cherish forever.

Planning a trip, solo? If you’re visiting 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.

NorCal And SoCal: What’s The Difference?

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

California is home to 38.8 million people and it’s easy to see what attracts them. Between the diverse group of people, gorgeous weather, and fantastic scenery, it’s no wonder outsiders love to visit and locals never leave. But California is a big state, learn the differences between the north and the south before you make your trip.

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Food
NorCal – Often called a foodie heaven, NorCal is the birthplace of the farm-to-table movement. Northern California is also home of the wine country and the spot of four, three Michelin-star restaurants.
SoCal – Due to its close proximity to Mexico, southern California has great tasting, authentic Mexican food. Burritos are standard for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Weather
NorCal – Northern California is known for its gloomy weather. And while it is generally cooler, despite popular belief, the sunshine does appear.
SoCal – Southern California is the main reason people attribute California as the sunshine state, but our nickname is actually the golden state, after the Golden Gate Bridge. You can bask in the sun year-round – even the winters aren’t that chilly.

Transportation
NorCal – Thanks to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Bay’s bus system, you can get around NorCal without a huge hassle.
SoCal – SoCal residents tend to rely on their cars rather than public transportation. There is a metro train, but the public transportation system isn’t fully established there yet.

Attractions
NorCal – The world famous Golden Gate Bridge is located in NorCal, but they also have beautiful parks, hiking trails, and beaches – including Monterey!
SoCal – Southern California is home to the two most popular attractions: The San Diego Zoo and Disneyland. Socal also has beautiful beaches for you to surf, kayak, or paddleboard year-round.

Whether you’re a California resident or a visitor, come visit Monterey County in Pacific Grove. And if you 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.

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