Archive for May, 2017

What You Need To Know Before Driving California’s Big Sur

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

A landslide may have hit the Big Sur region of California, but the area is once again welcoming travelers. Whether you have one day, or a whole weekend, here are a few things you need to know before driving California’s Big Sur.

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If you’re in a rush, take the freeway. Big Sur is not something that can be seen in a day’s time! So, if you’re in a rush, take a different route! Between the cyclists and the highway’s single-lane, extra attention is definitely required.

Be a tourist, but don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path either. There’s a reason visitors flock to certain destinations. Between McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Beach, and the Waterfall Trail, there’s a full list of can’t-miss spots. However, there are plenty of other places you can venture off to. Forget about Google Maps and Highway 1 for a while and take the route less traveled.

Both ends of the region offer value. If you head to the north, you’ll hit Monterey County. Here, you’ll find Pacific Grove, a quaint town at the tip of the peninsula. There’s Carmel Valley, Asilomar State Park, and an abundance of beautiful beaches to choose from. And, if you end up traveling down south, we suggest checking out the towns of Cayucos and Morro Bay.

There is no wrong place to stay the night. But watch out, popular hotels book out months in advance. But luckily, every inch of Big Sur is special, especially in Monterey County. Check out Butterfly Grove Inn in Pacific Grove. Our beautiful cottage style inn is located right along the beautiful California coast.

Driving California’s Big Sur? If you stop up north, and need a spot to relax, say at our tranquil hotel, Butterfly Grove Inn, nestled in Pacific Grove. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

The Science Behind The Benefits Of Travel

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Nothing beats stepping outside of your comfort zone and traveling to a new city, state, or continent — it’s fun, exciting, and life-changing. And now, those health benefits you feel are being backed by science.

Why Travelling IS Good For Your Health

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.

Travel Startups You Need To Know

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Do you need help booking flights, finding hotels, or planning your itinerary? Well, buckle your seatbelts and prepare for take off because these new travel startups are about to change your travel game.

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1. Peek — You’ve booked your flight and scored some hotel deals, but have you started planning your itinerary? Peek curates high-quality activities you can search for under a variety of categories (i.e. romantic, under $100, or off-the-beaten-path). You can also find what the locals believe are the areas must-see’s.

2. Zaptravel — Time is money and with Zaptravel, you won’t waste either. Zaptravel compares prices for alternate weekends, similar hotels, favorable reviews, and more. Basically, you should consider this startup to be your new digital travel agent — and best friend.

3. Routehappy — Routehappy helps you book the best flight, and not just based on prices. Routehappy also takes airline crew, food, legroom, and electrical outlets into consideration.

4. Bag2go — There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination after a long flight, only to have your baggage lost or left behind. Bag2go lets you track your bags progress, so you can rest assured knowing it made it on the flight and to the baggage claim, as promised.

 
If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Best Bike Paths In Monterey County

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

One of the best parts about biking in Monterey County? There’s a path or a trail that will please everyone. Monterey County is one of the most beautiful areas in Northern California, but nothing beats the view you get when you slow things down and experience it from two wheels instead of four. Here are a few of our favorite trails in the area.

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Fisherman’s Wharf to Lovers Point
This path provides fantastic views of Monterey bay and plenty of places to stop and enjoy, including the Coast Guard Pier, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This path is also far away from any street traffic, perfect for kids to join.

17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach’s scenic route, or the 17-Mile Drive, is the most popular biking trail for both locals and tourists. It’s an easy path to navigate, but if you continue past Cypress Point, it turns into a more intermediate-advanced ride.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
This is more of a bayside ride, where riders can choose to tackle a steep hill up the sand dunes or opt for a more flat ride.

Fort Ord National Monument
This spot has plenty of different terrains, so there’s the perfect mix of beginner and intermediate paths. If you want a good beginning ride, start at the 5-mile Parker Flats loop.

Do you live in Monterey County, California? Head over to Pacific Grove and start exploring the coastal city’s most infamous bike paths! And if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, we’ve got a cozy retreat for your stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Top Photography Tips For Travelers

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Besides your daily selfie, most of our photos come from documenting experiences, like going on vacation or traveling to a new destination. And according to Infotrends, there will be 1.2 trillion photos taken this year. So, instead of ending up with red-eye and bad lighting, here are a few professional tips to help make your shots more eye-popping. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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1. Play with levels. Ever think of shooting slightly up to capture a flower? It’s a totally different perspective, one that will definitely grab people’s attention. TIP: For taking shots of people, top-down photos always make you look slimmer.

2. Use the golden hours. Midday light is unforgiving, washing away the flattering features of your photo. To get a softer, more appealing light, get out early, when the sun is still low, or later in the day.

3. Follow the rule of thirds. Studies show that the eye naturally goes halfway between the center and the edge of a photo. So, when you look through your camera display, divide it into three equal sections horizontally and vertically. Then, place your subject along one of the lines or at the intersection points of the box.

4. Expand your horizons. Get lost – take the local route and wander off into the distance. Get away from the shots that look or feel somewhat familiar and comfortable. And if you do want to capture a sunset or seascape, instead of capturing the horizon line right in the middle of the frame, try using the rule of thirds (mentioned above).

Each place you travel to has its own look, feeling, and memory. If you want your photographs to capture all of those qualities, use our photography tips for travelers! If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

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