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Scenic Day Trips in Monterey County

Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

There are plenty of hidden gems in Northern California. In fact, Carmel, in Monterey County, doesn’t even have numbered street addresses, so GPS can’t locate any specific location — basically encouraging a day filled with wandering.

Here are our top places to go to for a scenic day trip…

1. Carmel Beach

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Carmel Bay Beach is home to one of the most beautiful, white sanded beaches in the world.

And if you tend to be the type of person who can’t just lay around and “bake,” then this beach is even better for you. There’s a walkway called Bluff Path that’s parallel to the Scenic Road above Carmel Beach that offers amazing ocean views.

And what if you want to bring your pup? You (and your pup) will be happy to know that they can roam free here!

Keep in mind, this beach may be great for a sunbathing or a nice walk, but no swimming — there’s no lifeguard present!

2. Carmel Mission

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You won’t be disappointed when you head to The San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Founded in 1771, Carmel Mission is an active parish church and a National Historic Landmark.

Get ready for the catenary arches, the 30-foot tall gilded reredos behind the altar, and the beautiful Munrás Courtyard — perfect for an Instagram selfie.

3. Point Lobos

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The diverse wildlife and breathtaking ocean views make Point Lobos one of the top places to see in Monterey. There are hiking trails, tide pools, coastal wildflowers, and even a small beach for you to sit and relax.

The Sea Lion Point Trail is a fan-favorite. It leads hikers down a staircase, offering some of the best views of the areas sea lions. There are sea otters, too, if you head to the Cypress Trail.

Do you have any great scenic spots to go to? Comment on our blog below! And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

How To Pack For California Weather

Posted on: June 13th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

If you’ve never visited California before, it’s typical to assume your trip will be filled with sunshine. But, if you’re visiting Monterey County, we’re surrounded by beautiful beaches, and that can make it cooler at night.

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Get prepared by checking everything off our list below.

Bring Layers.

One thing everyone in California can agree on is that layers are a necessity here. You have to be prepared for any weather predicament, whether that’s rain on a summer morning or heat on a fall day.

Items to bring:

  • Lightweight jacket.
  • Comfy sweater or cardigan.
  • Flannel shirt.
  • Scarf.

Be Sun Protected

It gets hot here! Even on cloudy days where you think you have a break from the sun, you can end up with a tan. Dressing appropriately helps protect your skin, and so does sunscreen, so pack lots of it!

Items to bring:

  • Face and body sunscreen.
  • Sneakers.
  • Sandals.
  • Jeans.
  • Shorts.
  • Hats.
  • Sunglasses.

Extra Items

We are lucky enough to live by the water and the mountains, so depending on your planned excursions, you’ll need to pack accordingly. If you plan on hiking, don’t forget a backpack, hiking boots, and a rain jacket. If you plan on catching some waves most of the time, don’t forget a few swimsuits and a towel.

And of course, don’t forget your cell phone charger! Come visit this beautiful city in Monterey County and book your stay at Butterfly Grove Inn! We are located right on 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.

Pet-Friendly Hotels In Monterey

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

If you’re looking for pet-friendly places to vacation, traveling to Monterey County is the way to go!

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What To Look For When Researching Pet-Friendly Hotels

Are they specifically labeled pet-friendly?

This sounds silly, but many places say they’re pet-friendly on certain platforms, but on their website, there’s no information on the matter.

To make things way less confusing, we have plenty of information on our website to help pet owners make the right decision. Check it out, here.

What are the fees for pets to stay at the hotel?

Each hotel has a specific rate when it comes to allowing pets. Some chain hotels even have different charges for different locations.

For Butterfly Grove Inn, we charge an additional $25 per night fee.

What do people say about the location?

Obviously, you want to book a trip somewhere that’s not only pet-friendly but also sparks your interest as well. We also suggest checking out the surrounding area to see if your pup can travel along with you on your excursions throughout the day (because what’s the point of having them tag along if they have to stay inside the entire time?).

Travel Tips With Your Pet

  • Breed matters. Some dogs travel better than others. For instance, many airlines won’t allow short-nosed breeds on board since they have such difficulties breathing. Make sure you check with the airline before you buy your ticket.
  • Label all belongings. This helps to differentiate between your suitcases and your puppy’s carrier. Make sure to write warnings and contact information in case you and your four-legged friend get separated.
  • Visit the vet. Many places require up-to-date vaccines in order to fly or stay at their location.

To learn more: How To Travel With Your Pet

Butterfly Grove Inn is a dog-and-cat-friendly hotel! To learn more about our policy, please feel free to check out our website or call us at (831) 250-8191.

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