Archive for July, 2018

Fun Things To Do in Monterey County When it Rains

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Don’t let the rain ruin your day in Monterey. There’s plenty of fun, indoor activities around town that, in our opinion, is way better than staying in and watching Netflix for hours.

activities in monterey when it rains

Fun Things To Do in The Area When it Rains

1. Learn something new

Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn all about the marine life in Monterey Bay. There are over 35,000 creatures, so you are bound to find something new to learn about.

If you’re more into museum hopping, you can visit the Monterey Museum of Art, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, or the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.

2. Go to a winery

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be outside at the multiple tasting rooms we have in Carmel-by-the-Sea. All of the tasting rooms are within a one-mile radius, so the rainy hours will fly by with all of the wine to try.

3. Check out the views from inside

There are plenty of places to see the beautiful Pacific Ocean without going outside. The Hyatt Carmel Highlands has a lounge with amazing views of Point Lobos and the Big Sur coast (plus a fireplace, art, and comfy seating!). There are also panoramic window views at A Taste of Monterey and anywhere else along Cannery Row.

4. Find your inner zen

When it rains, it’s almost too easy not to relax. And what better way to chill out than by getting a spa treatment? There’s the Monterey Plaza Hotel’s Vista Blue Spa, Spa Aiyana, or the Spa at Pebble Beach.

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!

Pet-Friendly Spots in Monterey County

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

You don’t have to worry about finding things to do with your pet in Monterey County. There are plenty of beaches, restaurants, and parks for you to choose from — and we’re here to help!

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Pet-Friendly Spots in Monterey County

Beaches

To start, we think everyone should head over to Marina and stop at the Sanctuary Beach Resort. You get a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean with plenty of recreational activities available around you.

Then there’s Monterey State Beach which begins next to Fisherman’s Wharf and runs all the way to Seaside — perfect for you and your dog to take a stroll or have a catch.

If you’re near Big Sur, Garrapata State Beach is a wonderful spot for leashed dogs to enjoy some vitamin-sea. But, if you want to take your dog off-leash, Carmel Beach is where you should be!

Restaurants

There are so many pet-friendly restaurants in Monterey County, it’s hard to keep count! In Carmel-by-the-Sea, there’s Anton & Michel, a newly-renovated restaurant that the locals love.

In Monterey, there’s Cafe Fina, Crown and Anchor, and Domenico’s on The Wharf — all on the top of our list of favorites.

Parks

Unleash your four-legged friend at the El Estero Park where all pups get a chance to socialize with one another and meet new friends. But if you’re looking for more of a workout for both of you, the Veteran’s Memorial Park has a steep incline that’s sure to work up a sweat.

If you want more of a relaxing day, Head to Locke-Paddon Wetland Community Park where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along a nature trail.

Read more: Pet-Friendly Hotels in Monterey County

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.

The History of Pacific Grove

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

We love Pacific Grove, California so much. It’s our oasis and many tourists home away from home.

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And we just so happen to be located on the very first road in Pacific Grove — Lighthouse Avenue. So with one of the most historical events happening this month (Feast of Lanterns), we wanted to take a trip down “Lighthouse Avenue.”

The Beginning of Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove was already a bustling seaport in the mid-nineteenth century. But in 1855, Point Pinos Lighthouse was constructed, signaling the start of Pacific Grove as a community (not just a seaport). It still wasn’t until 1889, after the Southern Pacific Railway added Pacific Grove on its “Road of a Thousand Wonder’s” route, that Pacific Grove began to flourish.

The town of Pacific Grove was formally incorporated that year and many of the streets here are named during this time period.

A Place for The Arts

The last decade of the 1800’s when the Monterey Peninsula became a haven for artists. Prominent artists who called Pacific Grove specifically home include English painter William Adam, German artist Eugen Neuhaus, as well as our most famous American author John Steinbeck.

Pacific Grove Today

Despite our small size, Pacific Grove maintains a number of traditions to withhold the seaside’s history. Our annual Feast of Lanterns is one of the most memorable and unique. This faux Chinese festival dates back to the early nineteenth century. It’s a week-long festival hosted in downtown Pacific Grove’s Chautauqua Hall and leads up to fireworks and a pageant held on Lover’s Point Beach on the final night.

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!

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