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Packing Guide For A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

When it comes to a road trip, it’s hard to beat California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Grab your friends, a means of transportation, and all of the items on this checklist — it’s time to start chasing those stunning California coastline views — all 586 miles of them.

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Essentials that should always be in your car
•Wallet – driver’s license, registration, and insurance information
•Phone charger
•Pen and paper
•Extra cash
•Tissues

Car care
•Flashlight
•First Aid Kit
•Jumper cables
•Spare tire and tire jack
•Emergency roadside assistance kit

Personal items
•Sweaters/light zip ups
•Sandals
•Sneakers
•Lip balm, lotion, and other toiletries

Protection from the elements
•Hat
•Wind breaker
•Sunglasses
•Sunscreen
•Bug spray
•Antibacterial wipes

Entertainment
•Travel journal
•Books (regular or audio)
•Music playlist
•Podcast playlist
•Road trip games

Other supplies
•Cell phone mount
•External battery for electronics
•Camera/Go Pro
•Towel
•Water bottle

What would you bring on your California coast road trip? Let us know — we would love to hear your feedback! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

Places In Northern California To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

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

We’ve already voted California as one of the most stunning places on Earth. And although we would love for you to check out all that the Golden State has to offer, we realize time is of the essence, so we narrowed it down for you. Here are five places you absolutely have to check off your travel bucket list.

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Explore Yosemite National Park
With so much to see and do, you can make Yosemite National Park a separate bucket list. A few things you definitely can’t miss? Hiking Half Dome, soaking in the views from Glacier Point, and eating brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

Try Wine Tasting In Napa Valley
With over 400 wineries to choose from, you can’t really go wrong. Napa valley is home to some of the best wine in the world, but the most popular grape — the ones that make the delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hike The Pygmy Forest
At the Pygmy forest in Mendocino County, you’ll find trees that are over 100 years old. Even though some of these trees may be older than even your great, great-grandma, it has been described as “magic” by few and far in between.

Bike Down The 17-Mile Drive
The 17-mile drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world. But, we suggest viewing the sights on two wheels, instead of four. And don’t worry, there’s more bike paths where that came from in Northern California!

Check Out The Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of our favorite spots in Northern California? Monterey County, of course! Specifically, the Monterey Bay Aquarium! It’s home to over 35,000 sea creatures, including a giant octopus, hammerhead sharks, and penguins!

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.

5 Questions To Ask Before Booking Your Hotel Room

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

It’s rare to find a traveler who is spontaneous when it comes to where they’re staying. If you live more of a carefree lifestyle, then by all means, book away without a second glance! But if you’re the type of person who enjoys their plans a bit more structured, asking these five questions goes a long way!

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1. Private bedroom and bathroom? Some places — like dormitory-style hostels — have shared rooms to ensure you the most inexpensive deals. If you don’t want to sleep, or shower, in the same room with a stranger, this is an important question to ask!

2. Is breakfast available? Or is there access to a kitchen? Not having to worry about the first meal of the day can be a huge weight off your shoulders — especially when you have an early tour booked. Check that your accommodations serves breakfast, and if so, what exactly does that entail (toast, eggs, cereal?).

3. WiFi access? While many places offer WiFi for guests, sometimes its only available in the main lobby area. Occasionally, you may even have to pay — so ask in advance.

4. Location? Where is this hotel relative to other attractions in the area? Is it a few miles away from the main city, or is it off the beaten track? Use Google Maps to check out the area, and find out about some must-see spots.

5. Friendly staff? By this time, you can probably tell if the staff is friendly after keeping in contact with them with this list of questions. However, it doesn’t hurt to still check online to see what other travelers thought of the employees!

You can rest assured knowing that you will have a relaxing experience at Butterfly Grove Inn. Our Pacific Grove hotel offers a variety of lodging options suitable for any traveler. Check out our website to find out more about our accommodations, or give us a call at 831-250-8191.

The Perfect Weekend Itinerary While Visiting Monterey County

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Planning the Perfect Weekend Itinerary While Visiting Monterey, CA

Now’s the perfect time for a weekend getaway, and we’ve got the perfect place — Monterey County, California! One of the most romantic places in the world – it’s impossible to see all of it’s beauty in one weekend, but we picked the top destinations that makes this area so special.
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Top Things to do in Monterey County, California

  • Head to Cannery Row – You won’t want to miss the coastal views and marine wildlife from Marina, Seaside, and Sand City. This city (which is also the area that inspired John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), features plenty to do including restaurants, shops, galleries, and wine tasting rooms. Read more: 5 Things to do on Cannery Row
  • Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium – On the edge of the rocky bay is one of Cannery Row’s largest aquariums. Visit for animal meet and greets, an exploration of the open sea, and the adorable faces of California’s sea otters. There’s all this to explore and more at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Experience “17 Mile Drive” – Take a scenic drive just miles a few miles out, on the south side of the Monterey peninsula. The drive begins at Pacific Grove Gate and goes along the Pacific coast, through the Del Monte Forest. Along the journey, you’ll find isolated cliffs, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and Lone Cypress (which offers a beautiful few of the Pacific coast).
  • Visit Monterey State Historic Park – Located in Old Monterey is one of the area’s oldest buildings, historic homes, herb gardens, and more. Simply follow the yellow-tiled markers to discover Monterey State Historic Park and all it offers.
  • Experience the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary – Located in Pacific Grove, one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Monterey County, lies the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. It is home to thousands of Monarch butterflies and includes several tours throughout the sanctuary. Read more: 9 Secrets About the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Point Lobos State Reserve – Also called “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world”, you won’t want to miss the waves crashing on the rocks, the marine life, the handful of hiking trails, and breathtaking views of the Pacific at Point Lobos State Reserve. And if you head over to the Sea Lion Cove, you’ll catch a glimpse at what continues to inspire photographers, artists, writers, and more.
  • Visit the Monterey Museum of Art – Are you an art enthusiast? If so, then the Monterey Museum of Art is for you. With a large focus on California art, check out some of the early American and California collections by many artists, including paintings, photography, and contemporary art.
  • Head to Old Fisherman’s Wharf – A great place to experience all that Monterey has to offer. At Old Fisherman’s Wharf you can view plenty of wildlife, sign up for boat tours, deep-sea fishing trips, or even whale watching tours.
  • Go Sailing – Charter a private adventure or watch the sunset with the dolphins and sea otters in Montery Bay. (Carrera Sailing, Monterey Bay Sailing)
  • Go Kayaking – Rent a kayak and paddle across Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough to enjoy the best ocean views. (Adventures by the Sea, Kayak Connection)
  • Go Wine Tasting – Monterey has something for all the wine lovers out there. Due to the region’s relatively cool climate, Monterey’s signature varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. (Wineries & Tasting Rooms, Wine Trolley Tours)
  • Have a  Picnic – Buy or make lunch and head to one of the area’s most beloved beaches or parks. (Monterey Beaches, Asilomar State Beach, Pinnacles National Park, Los Padres National Forest)

Read our Top 7 Secret Spots in Monterey County

Top Restaurants and Bars in Monterey County, California

  • Your lunch spot should be in Carmel-by-the-Sea — specifically Anton & Michel’s! Their menu has a list of items sure to please any palate.
  • For dinner one night, we suggest the Sardine Factory — a top Cannery Row dining destination, winning plenty of local and national accreditation.
  • Located at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Lucia Restaurant & Bar will blow you away with their chef-made seven-course meal.

Read more: Monterey’s Top Restaurants and Bars with Ocean Views

Additional Consideration: The Central Coast of Monterey County

When you think of Monterey County, you probably think of the beautiful Pacific Coast. What many people don’t realize is that the inland areas can be just as intriguing. It’s worth it to take that extra day off to visit the Central Coast and some of its best hidden gems.

  • Salinas
    • The Salinas Valley, often called “the salad bowl of the world,” thanks to its ideal climate and healthy production of fruits and veggies, also offers plenty of outdoor adventure! There’s the Wild Things sanctuary (or the Monterey Zoo), the River Road Wine Trail, and the California Rodeo.
  • Carmel Valley
    • At the opposite end of the Monterey county spectrum is Carmel Valley — a not to miss destination for wine-lovers. In just a few miles, you’ll find no less than 20 tasting rooms. And once your stomach is filled with enough vino, less than an hour and a half away are beautiful camping grounds and trails for hiking.
  • Soledad
    • Soledad isn’t just a great place for a quick fill-up and fast food. It’s one of the county’s oldest and most interesting spots. It was founded in 1791 by Franciscan friars and was also the fictional setting for Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men.”
  • Pinnacles National Park
    • This is one of our nation’s newest national parks — reaching full national park status in 2013. Lava from multiple volcanic eruptions around 23 million years ago created the strange rock formations that give this park its name — and its beauty.

Additional Resources:

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 or book your stay today!

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