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Butterfly Grove Inn Spring 2018 Reviews

Posted on: May 29th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Looking for an unbeatable getaway? Come stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn, located in a quaint town along the beautiful California coast. We serve Pacific Grove, Carmel, Monterey Bay, & all surrounding areas. We’re just minutes from all the areas attractions and plus, we’re dog-friendly (who wouldn’t want to travel with their pup?).

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If you need some help making your decision, check out some of our recent customer reviews — we’ve highlighted some of our favorites.

Butterfly Grove Inn Spring 2018 Reviews

“Cozy place, huge rooms, clean and attractive. Just steps from the butterfly sanctuary. A 15-minute walk (3-minute drive) to the shops and restaurants of Pacific Grove’s main street, or to Lover’s Point and the gorgeous seashore there. A really great deal in the winter months, when there is less fog and fewer people. Staff is very helpful.” – Google review.

“We really loved staying here. The room was wonderful, vaulted ceiling, clean white linens, and a fireplace. The staff was very nice and helpful. The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary was practically on the property. Would stay again.” – Google review.

“I stayed with my parents from Jan 29 to Feb 2 in room 27. We love this place! It was our first stay and the rooms were huge and clean. The king-sized bed was amazing each night. The amenities are great and we are more than impressed. Plus if you stay in the winter like we did you can go next door to the Monarch butterfly reserve. Great trip and we will definitely be staying again!! Thank you!” – Google review.

“Location was great, very homey feel, down to earth, staff was great! About 6 blocks up from beach was a great hike/walk around the neighborhood to get there loved it…really great value for the money…pool and hot tub, grass area very lovely!” – Bookings.com review

Experience the Butterfly Grove Inn for yourself! We’ve got it all — cozy rooms, unbeatable location, and a warm and friendly staff. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191. Find us on Facebook and Twitter for everything from travel tips to current events in Pacific Grove, California!

Best Beaches in Monterey County

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

The coastal strip in Monterey is one of the most breathtaking coastlines you’ll ever see. The native flowers and trees, the sand, the water, the atmosphere — everything about the beaches here are different and simply amazing!

Here are our favorite beach spots…

Del Monte Beach


If you like to follow a locals recommendations while traveling, then Del Monte Beach should be the first beach you go to. This hidden gem is tucked away from all the main roads, so it’s a great little getaway.

The city of Monterey manages Del Monte Beach even though it’s on state land — it’s between Window on the Bay Beach and Houghton M. Roberts Beach.

McAbee Beach


This beach was named for John McAbee — he bought the land in the 1900s with hopes of making it a seasonal getaway for tourists — and look at Cannery Row now!

McAbee Beach is located right in the heart of Cannery Row in Monterey. The best time to go? During low tide. During high tide, there will hardly be any sand or “beach” at all.

San Carlos Beach


You can find San Carlos beach at the west end of Cannery Row, next to the Coast Guard Pier. San Carlos beach is also sometimes referred to as Reeside Beach Access (because of its location at the end of Reeside Avenue). This is not a regular beach — what we mean by that is, mainly people go here for scuba diving, not sunbathing.

Right behind the beach is the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail, so overall it’s still a great place to visit on a sunny day!

Pfeiffer Beach


This beach is hard to find, but the views are totally worth it (it’s not the most photographed spot in Big Sur for no reason!). Swimming isn’t advised since the tide is so strong, but you can still relax and take in the most beautiful Big Sur sunsets you can find.

Which beach is your go-to? Comment on our blog below! And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

Casual Summer Spots in Monterey County

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Monterey County has some of the best places to dine al fresco. The perfect warm weather, combined with our bountiful of outdoor patios, decks, and gardens make for a really fun night out.

If you’re looking for a fun date night, GNO, or a place to celebrate, consider these casual, outdoor summer spots:

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Montrio Bistro, Monterey

This is one of the newest patios to hit the dining scene in town, and its already a BIG hit. The outdoor patio has a snazzy, cast-iron design with a romantic, French vibe. They have happy hour and small bites available from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Check out their menu and Instagram.

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The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach

No need to try to compete with other diners for the best spot outside — there are fire pits almost at every turn! On top of that, there are world-class cocktails and jaw-dropping views of the Spanish Bay. You may also grab a visit from a famed bagpiper who makes his lap around.

Check out all of the amazing dining selections, here.

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The C Restaurant + Bar, Monterey

This tucked away restaurant and bar is located at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel, where every table has a sight of the Monterey Bay. Already sound appealing? There are plenty more things to do on Cannery Row (after a drink, or two, here).

Check out their menu and Instagram.

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201 Main, Salinas

Check out this new food and drink complex in the heart of downtown Salinas. Their 3,000 square foot outdoor Tuscan Piazza is to die for! It’s equipt with four fire-pits, big screen TVs, and patio-heated tables.

Check out their menu and Instagram.

Let us know in the comments below how your experience was at one of these casual spots in Monterey County. And if you need a place to stay, give us a call or check out our website, Facebook, and Twitter!to find out more! Book your escape today (831) 250-8191.

Summer 2018 Events: What To Do In Monterey County

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

Looking for some of the best things to do in Monterey the next upcoming months? Do we have numerous, entertaining events lined up for you! Which one will you choose to go to?

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Top Events To Attend in Monterey This Spring and Summer

May

Spring Classic – May 18 – 20, 2018.

A three-day vintage car race celebrating automobiles of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. This year’s Spring Classic is showcasing Nitro Revival, giving fans the experience of a drag racing museum come to life.

Check out the race schedules, here.

California Roots Music & Arts Festival – May 25 – 27, 2018.

You’ll be able to enjoy reggae acts from around the world at this concert. Plus, creative artwork and sustainable practices. Major acts include Iration, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, and many more!

For the full line-up, click here.

For tickets, click here.

June

Artichoke Festival – June 2 – 3, 2018.

Don’t expect to see anything other than artichoke at this festival — we mean it! From the cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art, and souvenirs, and more, artichokes will officially be taking over Monterey the first weekend in June.

Find out more about this commemoration of all things artichokes, here.

Monterey BaconFest – June 23, 2018.

Bacon is no longer just a staple for breakfast. You can find bacon used in drinks (bloody marys are a popular choice), on clothing,  accessories, and even bacon-flavored toothpaste. Several food vendors will be serving all kinds of bacon-inspired concoctions, including local celebrity chef Tony Baker.

See the musical line-up, here.

July

Monterey Beer Festival – July 7, 2018.

The Monterey Beer Festival brings over 80 beers from dozens of breweries. You’ll be able to try beers from major beer distributors, as well as delicious beers from unknown companies from around the world! And while you’re sipping on your favorite drinks with your friends, you’ll be enjoying music from DJ Fredo.

Feast of Lanterns – July 20 – 28, 2018.

The Feast of Lanterns is a local Pacific Grove tradition lasting for over a century. This event includes a lantern pageant, children’s activities, and a pet parade.

Check out the schedule, here.

August

Monterey Car Week – August 18 – 26, 2018

All week long, classic cars take over the streets of Monterey to compete and show off in various events and competitions. It’s a tradition that’s lasted over half a century-long!

Check out the Monterey Car Week schedule, here.

Monterey County Fair – August 30 – September 3, 2018

The theme for this summers county far? “Fair Fun in the Summer of Love.” Kick off the end of the summer with a fun carnival, live music and entertainment, food, wine, and overall good times!

If you went to one of these fun events, let us know and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter! If you need a place to stay, give us a call or check out our website to find out more! Book your escape today (831) 250-8191.

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