Archive for March, 2018

3 of The Best Hiking Spots in Monterey County

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Ready to take a walk and explore? The west coast is known for some of the best hiking spots around. And luckily, three popular trails are located right in Monterey County.

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Andrew Molera State Park

There are 20 miles of trails over grasslands and redwood forests, which means plenty of options for all hiking levels. For beginners, there are the Beach and Creamery Row trails, which is a two-mile loop.

Intermediate hikers can go on an 8.8-mile loop trail that includes Bluff, Panoramic, Ridge, and Creamery Row trails.

Pinnacles National Park

One hour away from the Monterey Bay area lies a new national park with unique rock formations and caves you have to see to believe. There are several trails in Pinnacles National Park, including a two to five-hour hike, over 6 miles long.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

This hike includes both mountains and beautiful coastline views. Hikers start at Whalers Cove, and once you reach the top, you can overlook the Carmel coastline and Pebble Beach.

If you’re headed to Monterey area and are looking for a cozy retreat after a long day of 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.

5 Top Events in Monterey County This Spring

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Trying to plan your weekends accordingly? Monterey County has you covered during the springtime. Check out which events we’re counting down for.

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Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 5-8, 2018

250 wineries. 60 celebrity chefs. Four days of the best food and wine in town.

At Pebble Beach Food & Wine you’ll be able to enjoy lunches, dinners, wine tastings, and even cooking demonstrations. Bonus: the views, plus the excellent food, make for a pretty great snapshot.

Pacific Grove Good Old Days

April 14-15, 2018

Monterey County’s largest arts and crafts show are coming to town next month.

There will be over 200 art and food vendors in downtown Pacific Grove, as well as a parade on Pine Avenue, and live entertainment on not one, but four stages!

Sea Otter Classic

April 19-22, 2018

The Sea Otter Classic is the largest cycling festival in North America, spanning over four days.

The festival also includes 250 exhibitors, a ride zone, stunt shows, and plenty of activities for kids.

Salinas Valley Fair

May 17-21, 2018

This is as old-fashioned of a fair as you can get. Salinas Valley Fair is complete with carnival rides, bull-riding, crafts, music, and more.

Spring Classic Featuring Nitro Revival

May 18-20, 2018

The Spring Classic showcases vintage car racing at Laguna Seca Raceway.

If you went to one of these fun events, let us know! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

Your 17-Mile Drive Guide

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Travel + Leisure calls the 17-Mile Drive one of America’s Most Scenic Drives. Between the breathtaking sights and historic landmarks, this popular route (spanning the coast between Pacific Grove and Carmel) is a bucket list trip you won’t want to miss out on! Here’s what you should know before you go.

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Best Time To Go

The best time to take the 17-Mile Drive is during the fall or spring seasons when the skies are clear. There’s also plenty to do in the area during this time, so don’t hesitate to park and check out a few of this season’s top events.

Best Places To See

Bird Rock

For all you animal lovers out there, your favorite stop will be Bird Rock. It’s a giant rock off the coast where hundreds of birds, seals, and sea lions call their hangout spot.

The Lone Cypress

The Lone Cypress has been around for 250 years, making it California’s most famous natural landmark. The famous tree used to mark the halfway point of the 17-Mile Drive, but now is simply an iconic landmark on the coast — still a sight you won’t want to miss!

Fisherman’s Wharf

With 172 years under its planks, this California pier has become a top destination for travelers. There’s award-winning dining, shopping, and special events (and don’t even get us started on the breathtaking views overlooking the Monterey Bay!).

Stopping at Fisherman’s Wharf? Check out our blog post: Top Three Things To Do on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Asilomar State Beach

There’s plenty of places to view the sun setting from Asilomar State Beach — some of them you don’t even have to get out of your car! Keep an eye out for sea otters, whales, and this spot is famous for the green flash!

Need help packing for your drive? View our checklist here: Packing Guide Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Only visiting for a few days? Here are a few tips: Planning The Perfect Weekend Itinerary While Visiting Monterey, CA.

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 from 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!

5 Quick Facts about Pacific Grove

Posted on: March 4th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Why visit Pacific Grove, California? This quaint city in Monterey County has made quite a name for itself. Between the history, natural beauty, and convenient location, visitors continue to travel to Pacific Grove year after year. Here are a few reasons why you need to add this city to your vacation bucket list.

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5 Quick Facts about Pacific Grove

Fact #1

Pacific Grove is home to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, which is why they have the nickname, “Butterfly Town USA”. The sanctuary makes this city one of the most peaceful and colorful places to visit in California, especially during the winter, when thousands begin to migrate.

Fact #2

Pacific Grove officially became a city in 1889, when many homes started to be built in gated communities. While some of these homes are in their original victorian fashion, others were modified to best serve the needs of the 21st century. As a result, each street in Pacific Grove is incredibly unique.

Fact #3

The city’s official flower is the Fuschia — you can see plenty throughout the area.

Fact #4

Pacific Grove is located just 49 miles south of San Jose, making it the perfect location for relaxation and entertainment! Plus, it gives you an excuse to drive up the breathtaking Pacific coast!

Fact #5

This city is the most scenic part of the Monterey Peninsula but remains a hidden gem to this day.

What are you waiting for! Come visit this beautiful city in Monterey County and book your stay at Butterfly Grove Inn! We are located right along the beautiful California coast and are ready to make your stay at Pacific Grove a pleasant one! To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

10 Inspirational Travel Quotes To Live By

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Traveling the world is an experience that too many people miss out on. Seeing new places, breathing fresh air — it’s liberating.

A great quote can move you — and we’re hoping some of our favorite travel quotes will do just that.

Top 10 Travel Quotes:

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.”
—Hans Christian Andersen

 

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Monterey County CA | Pacific Grove Hotel
—Anita Desai

 

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
—Lao Tzu

 

“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
—Gael Attalthan anyone else's.

 

“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.”
—Toni Morrison

 

“Travel far enough; you meet yourself.”
—David Mitchell

 

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Monterey County CA | Pacific Grove Hotel
—Anais Nin

 

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
—Robert Frost

 

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
—Seneca

 

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
—Helen Keller

 

These quotes may inspire you to travel, but it’s up to you to get moving. We invite you to stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn in Pacific Grove, California! Call us at 1-831-250-8191 to book your stay.

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