Archive for September, 2018

Best Places to Watch Football in Monterey

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

When you go on vacation in the fall, you’re bound to see beautiful colors, relax in temperate weather, and have plenty of opportunities to take festive photos. However, there is one issue that arises for some people during a fall vacation — where are you supposed to watch Sunday football?

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Well, if you’re visiting Monterey County, you’re in luck. We have plenty of places where you can sit down, sip on a beer, and cheer on your favorite team.

Cannery Row Brewing Company

Beer and Sunday football go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not spend your Sunday watching the game at a brewing. Cannery Row has over 70 beers on tap as well as a huge food menu. Imagine watching your team while munching on pulled pork sliders and a cookie skillet. Heaven!

Knuckles Sports Bar

If you’re looking to cheer on a team from outside the area, or one the locals may not be a fan of, head down to Knuckles. Each table has its own speakers so you can hear whatever game you’re watching on one of their 24 screens. Looking to get an early start for a noon kickoff? Knuckles opens at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays during football season and 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays for all you CFL fans.

Peter B’s Brewpub

Start your Sunday with an NFL style breakfast for just $8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. when you visit Peter B’s.  You can also celebrate your team’s victory with $5 pints all day Sunday, and take advantage of PB’s awesome happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday!

 

Do you have a favorite spot you like to watch your team’s football games in Monterey County? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

Getting Ready for the California International Airshow

Posted on: September 21st, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… lot of planes! Every year the California International Airshow comes to Salinas in Monterey County to dazzle residents and visitors alike with spectacular stunts and sights. This year, the airshow’s coordinators added a little something extra in the form of — wait for it — monster trucks!

We know you’re not going to want to miss this, so here’s everything you need to know before heading down to the show.

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PC: http://salinasairshow.com/

The Dates

The 2018 California International Airshow is being held on September 29th and 30th at the Salinas Municipal Airport off US 101.

The Tickets

Tickets for the show cost between $10-35 per day. But those with a valid military I.D. get free admission to the show! You can purchase your tickets through the airshow’s website.

The Performers

Between the pilots and monster truck drivers, there’s a great lineup for this year’s airshow. Depending on the day, performers include:

  • U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
  • Jerry Conley and the Vampire Jet
  • Greg Colyer and the T-33 Shooting Star
  • Vicky Benzing and the Boeing Stearman
  • WWII European and Pacific Theater B-17
  • Jess Rodriguez Sky Diving
  • Rob Reider as the Airshow Announcer
  • Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter (Monster Truck)
  • Dawn Creten and Scarlet Bounty (Monster Truck)

Important Things to Know

  • For security purposes dictated by the HAS and FAA, you can’t bring any coolers to the show.
  • There are shuttle buses that will provide free transportation between the Salinas Northridge Mall and the airshow.

 

Are you heading to the airshow this year or have you been in the past? Tell us about it in the comments!

And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the area and our quaint inn!

 

Best Local Brunches in Monterey County

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

One of the best parts of the weekends is sitting down with your friends and family for brunch. After all, brunch is essentially the best meal of the day — pancakes and steak in the same sitting? Plus mimosas? Yes!

If you’re searching for a great brunch spot in Monterey County, we have a few places you should check out.

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Pacific Grove

  • Head to weekend brunch at Crema’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are dishes like chicken and waffles and bacon cheddar biscuits, as well as bottomless mimosas for $15.
  • Point Pinos Grill offers brunch with a view of the Pacific Grove Golf Links golf course. Everything is fresh and made with the most sustainable ingredients — delicious and nutritious!

Pebble Beach

  • All the locals here know that Sunday at Stillwater Bar & Grill is the place to be. This restaurant also offers a view of another famous golf course — the Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Their extensive brunch menu has tons of delicious items, and if you’re not free over the weekend, they also have a daily breakfast menu offered 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Porters in the Forest is the newest restaurant to make its way onto the Pebble Beach dining scene. Overlooking the Poppy Hills Golf Course, this spot opens at 6 a.m. every day so you early risers can head straight over.

Monterey

  • Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends, Turn 12 Bar & Grill offers a delicious brunch menu featuring a bacon egg pizza and house-made waffles —  and you can always pair your meal with a mimosa or meat-lover’s bloody Mary.

 

Do you have a favorite brunch spot in Monterey County? Let us know in the comments! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

Everything You Need To Know for The Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Can you spend the entire day swaying to the smooth sounds of Norah Jones and Dianne Reeves? Do you love tapping your foot to Christian McBride? Are you going to be in Monterey around the end of September? Well, then we have the perfect plans for your weekend — the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival!

If you want to get into the swing of things — pun intended — here’s what you need to know.

PC: Monterey Jazz Festival Facebook

The Dates

The festival runs from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd. During those days, you’ll have the chance to see some of the most famous Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Folk performers from around the country! Wondering about future dates? Here you go!

September 20 – 22, 2019

September 18 – 20, 2020

September 17 – 19, 2021

September 16 – 18, 2022

Tickets

There are three-day and single day passes available for both the arena and ground stage. Both tickets allow you entry to the fairgrounds, but, as the name implies, only an arena ticket will allow you entry into the arena for those performances. With either ticket purchase, you are only allow entry during the day and time printed on your ticket, and once you leave the fairgrounds, you are not permitted re-entry. More ticketing information can be found here.

The Weather

Day temperatures tend to be warm and humid, while night temperatures can be cool. It’s best to bring a jacket and wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for either kind of weather. Rain or shine, the festival will go on.

Food and Drinks

In accordance with California law, you are only permitted to bring sealed bottles of water into the Jazz Festival as well as non-breakable individual canteens which can be filled at free Pure Water stations. You won’t be allowed to bring in any food or other beverages, including alcohol.

 

For more information on the festival and it’s performers, head to their official website.

Are you excited for any particular performers? Let us know in the comments! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

 

Bucket List Things To Do in Monterey County

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Taking a trip to Monterey? We’ve got some good news! Our weather is beautiful, our locals are friendly, and our views are close to perfect. Plus, the last thing you’ll have to worry about is finding a list of things to do (there’s plenty!). Here are a few things we think you should check off your bucket list.

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Go to Carmel Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a world-famous spot that you have to check out while you visit Northern California. Their white-sand, dog-friendly beaches are enough to make any pet-lover swoon and their scenic pathways and trails will take your breath away.

Shop along Ocean Avenue

Take a stroll in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. The affordable and trendy shops have something for everyone. Ocean Avenue also is home to many of our world-class restaurants.

Step Back in Time at the Carmel Mission Basilica

The Mission was founded nearly 250 years ago and Father Junipero Serra, who founded the mission, became the first ever saint canonized on American soil.

Visit the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Say hello to thousands of Monarch butterflies that settle right here in the heart of the Pacific Grove Forest. Just make sure your trip is during the right timeframe — the best view time is November through March!

Read more: 9 Secrets About The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Spend the Day at Lovers Point

The beach and park at Lovers Point have the best views, hands down. Every local will boast about the Beach House waffles also — so don’t forget to make that stop while you’re there as well!

Let us know if you have anything we should add to our bucket list! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Butterfly Grove Inn.

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