Archive for August, 2018

Historical Sites to See in Monterey County

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

There’s more to Monterey than just beaches and wineries (although we do have some of the best around!). There are years of history here, dating back to the 19th century!



4 Historical Sites to See in Monterey County

1. San Carlos Cathedral, The Royal Presidio Chapel

The San Carlos Cathedral is California’s first church. It’s also California’s first and oldest stone building (completed in 1794 — whoa!).

Besides checking out this magnificent building, there’s a museum across from the church, open several days a week.

2. The Monterey Custom House

Another first for California, the Monterey Custom House is California’s first and oldest public building. All ships entering the state in the 1820’s were required to pay tariffs and fees here.

The Custom House is now apart of the Monterey State Historic Park and open for tours on the weekends.

3. Colton Hall

This building was named after Walter Colton, who co-founded California’s first newspaper, The Californian. But this building is way more than just named after him, it was also Monterey’s first school and the largest building at its time in 1849.

The museum is FREE here, so definitely check it out!

4. Carmel Mission

Now, this spot isn’t exactly in Monterey (it’s 5 miles south), but we still had to add it to the list. Although Carmel Mission was founded in Monterey, after a year it was decided that Carmel-by-the-Sea was a more appropriate location. The courtyard and gardens here are a sight to see, and don’t forget to check out the museum while you’re at it!


Read more: Scenic Day Trips in Monterey County

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How To Prepare For Your First Trip Away From The Kids

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

It’s hard to find a minute to breath let alone take a trip away from your kids. But every mother, father, grandparent, and caregiver deserves some relaxation time. Finding someone you know and trust to watch your kids is step number one. Below are a few other things to add to your list of to-dos.

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Give yourself time to talk to them before your trip

Start talking about your trip a few months before you leave (and consistently mention it) so they don’t forget! Talk about where you’ll be going, what you’ll be doing, and how excited you are for it — then your kids will be excited, too.

Try to include your kids too and have them help you think of places to go while you’re away.

Prepare and write notes

Prepare your caregiver as much as possible. Write down your children’s schedules, any playdates, and sports so their life remains as normal as possible. Make sure they have the same snacks, food, and television rules also.

Stay in touch as much as you can

We’re sure you already will, but step up your phone calls a notch by sending a text of pictures to the babysitter to show your kids. Or even try FaceTiming with them! They’ll love to see the adventures you go on.

Your first trip away is hard, but it’s worth it (and don’t forget you deserve it!). If you’re looking for a place to go, come visit Pacific Grove, CA and stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn! 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.

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August 2018 Events in Monterey County

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

It’s the beginning of the month, so you know what that means, it’s time to mark our calendars of new events going on around Monterey. There’s plenty of food, wine, and fun to be had, so share this with a friend and start planning.

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Here’s a roundup of the end-of-the-summer local events you won’t want to miss.

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Salinas Valley Food & Wine – August 11, 2018

OldTown Salinas is serving up some of the best food and wine for the month of August. There will be award-winning wines, craft brews, live entertainment, and food from “The Salad Bowl of the World.” Get your tickets, here.

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Monterey BaconFest – August 11-12, 2018

Yes, you read that right. A day solely contributed to all-things bacon…doesn’t get much better than that! This weekend event also includes live music and a “Best of Bacon” competition, so get your stomachs ready.

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Sand City West End Celebration – August 17-19, 2018

The streets of Sand City close down and the town turns into an art fair. The Sand City West End Celebration showcases unique works of art from talented locals throughout Monterey County. Gotta love events that support the local community!

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Monterey Car Week – August 18-26, 2018

Start your engines because one of Monterey County’s most anticipated weeks is almost here — Monterey Car Week! Get ready for a week filled with good food, fun, and four wheels (or less).

If you went to one of these fun events, 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.

The Best Summer Reads For 2018

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

Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Now it’s time to figure out which one of Monterey County’s beaches you’ll be lounging at, and which book you’re going to carry in tow (are you looking to get lost in a mystery novel, a rom-com, or a memoir?). Here are our top four favorite beach reads this summer.

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All books can be found on Amazon.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

This story will real you in right away. You’ll get the inside scoop of the rise and shocking demise of Theranos, a multibillion-dollar biotech startup. Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, was seen as the next Steve Jobs, but her company had a major problem — their technology didn’t work.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

If you’re searching for the key to changing your life, this book will help you realize where to start. We can transform our lives at any age, no matter our negative habits.


The title of this book might make you assume it’s about the modern-day dating trend called “ghosting,” but this story has so many twists and turns you didn’t see coming. Sure, the main character, Eddie, doesn’t call Sarah back, but it’s not for the reason you’re thinking.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale is a popular show streaming online, but the storyline came from this novel and it’s a MUST read. It’s funny, unexpected, scary, and all around captivating.Did you read any of these books?

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