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 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.

The Best California Travel Guide

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

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.” – Anthony Bourdain

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What are you waiting for to book your next trip?

Where Should You Stay?

It’s rare to find a traveler who is spontaneous when it comes to where they’re staying. If you’re the type of person who enjoys their plans a bit more structured, ask these 5 questions:

  1. Private bedroom or bathroom? If you don’t want to sleep, or shower, in the same room with a stranger, this is an important question to ask!
  2. Is breakfast available? Or is there access to a kitchen?
  3. WiFi access? Occasionally, you may even have to pay — so ask in advance.
  4. Location? Where is this hotel relative to other attractions in the area? Use Google Maps to check out the area, and find out about some must-see spots.

Read more: Planning the Perfect Weekend Itinerary While Visiting Monterey, CA

How To Book The Best Last Minute Deals

Here are a few ways to make last-minute trips a little bit easier!

  1. Accommodations over airfare. If you want to grab the best savings, focus on accommodations and packaged deals — not airfare. But still stay on the lookout, you may score some out-of-this-world savings — some say that flight tickets are the most inexpensive 54 days before your scheduled flight date!
  2. Travel mid-week. With work and other life obligations, weekend getaways are the typical go-to. But traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday can save you hundreds per ticket!
  3. Go with the flow. Last-minute travel means serendipity, so if you’re the type of person who loves plans and itineraries, this may not be your best option. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the best seat on your flight or even the best hotel on TripAdvisor, but if you’re willing to just roll with the punches you may be surprised at how your trip will turn out.
  4. This is the time for fun trips. If you’re planning a honeymoon, babymoon, or any other vacation ending in -moon, book ahead of time. You don’t want to stress or skimp out when it comes to special trips!

Read, 5 Quick Facts about Pacific Grove.

Professional Packing Hacks

Vacations are relaxing – it’s packing that makes us pull hairs! If you’re guilty of overpacking, you’re not alone. The last thing we want is to forget something we might need, so why not bring it all, right?

If you’re not willing to sacrifice your belongings for a little extra space, don’t sweat it – we’ve got your vacation packing secrets here:

  • Use your shoes

That’s right! Your shoes are the perfect place to hold all those little items that don’t quite fit in your toiletry bag. Or the more obvious trick: stuff your socks in there (it’s a perfect match).

  • Roll it up

Rolling your clothes can save you so much space compared to folding. Plus, it ’s less likely to leave you with large creases in your shirts. Roll up your clothes as tightly as you can and pack them nice and snug. Tell us how it goes for you!

  • Wrap your belts

Men, this is for you – wrap your belts around the collars of your shirts to save space keep your collar stiff and in good shape. Another option is to lay your belts around the perimeter of your suitcase.

  • Leave big bottles home

Moisturizer, makeup remover, hair gel – you name it. If it’s a weekend trip, save yourself the spare room by pouring a little of each liquid inside contact cases instead of bringing big bottles onboard.

  • Wear bulky items

Hats, jeans, boots – for whichever of your clothes take up the most space, wear them on the plane or in the car if you can get away with it. You won’t risk going over the weight limit (if checking a bag) or injuring yourself in the process of transporting your bag from one place to the other.

Read more: 5 Things To Always Have in Your Carry-On

Stay With Us At Butterfly Grove Inn, Pacific Grove, CA

You can rest assured knowing that you will have a relaxing experience at Butterfly Grove Inn. Our Pacific Grove hotel offers a variety of lodging options suitable for any traveler. Check out our website to find out more about our accommodations, or give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Read more: Why Book a Stay at Butterfly Grove Inn.

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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.

5 Best Sunset Spots in Monterey County

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

If sunset is your favorite time of day, then Monterey County is where you want to be. 

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5 Best Sunset Spots in Monterey County

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea

This dog-friendly spot is a fan favorite among both locals and tourists. The white sand, cypress trees, and beach bonfires will make all of your social media friends jealous.

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove

There’s plenty of places to view the sun setting from Asilomar State Beach — some of them you don’t even have to get out of your car! Keep an eye out for sea otters, whales, and this spot is famous for the green flash!

Marina State Beach, Marina

Everyone has a front row seat to the sunset at Marina State Beach, so don’t worry. While you’re snapping away, you may also catch a hang glider breeze through the sky — this location is a prime spot to soar above the shoreline.

McWay Falls, Big Sur

McWay Falls just so happens to be one of the only fresh waterfalls, and it’s right here in Pacific Grove! Some pictures end up looking like a Hawaiian beach, with the turquoise hue from the ocean and the golden beams from the sun.

Pinnacles National Park, Soledad

And last but not least, Pinnacles National Park. One of our favorite non-beach locations to get a good sunset view!

If you’re staying at Butterfly Grove Inn, don’t forget to tag us or hashtag #BGI in your sunset posts! For more information on our cute, quaint inn, or to book a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

Monterey County’s 7 Secret Spots You Can’t Miss Out On

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

Whether you already have a trip booked or not, consider adding these secrets spots in Monterey County to your bucket list in the near future.

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Path of HistoryMonterey

Calling all art lovers! Stop by Monterey Hall at 570 Pacific Street for paintings that are centuries year old.

The Cheese StopCarmel Plaza

Love cheese? Who doesn’t! Stop by The Cheese Stop for tastings and wine pairing advice. Locals rave about this place and you will love it.

Pebble Beach Biking Trail

A 17-mile bike ride with a breathtaking scenic road and picnic tables along the way. Bonus: Hearing the waves crash along this trail is said to put you in a very relaxed state of mind.

Twilight Bike Rides: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

You can experience this famous track for only $10, so why not?

Chef’s Table: Lucia Restaurant & Bar

This is an undercover foodie find! It’s also notorious for celebrity visits.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Every year around the fall, thousands of Monarchs migrate to Monterey County, and you can see them close up in person (especially if you stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn — they’re neighbors!). What a sight!

If you’re headed to Monterey area and are looking for a cozy retreat, look no further than Butterfly Grove Inn. Our beautiful cottage style inn will make you feel like you’re in your home away from home.

3 of The Best Hiking Spots in Monterey County

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

Ready to take a walk and explore? The west coast is known for some of the best hiking spots around. And luckily, three popular trails are located right in Monterey County.

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Andrew Molera State Park

There are 20 miles of trails over grasslands and redwood forests, which means plenty of options for all hiking levels. For beginners, there are the Beach and Creamery Row trails, which is a two-mile loop.

Intermediate hikers can go on an 8.8-mile loop trail that includes Bluff, Panoramic, Ridge, and Creamery Row trails.

Pinnacles National Park

One hour away from the Monterey Bay area lies a new national park with unique rock formations and caves you have to see to believe. There are several trails in Pinnacles National Park, including a two to five-hour hike, over 6 miles long.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

This hike includes both mountains and beautiful coastline views. Hikers start at Whalers Cove, and once you reach the top, you can overlook the Carmel coastline and Pebble Beach.

If you’re headed to Monterey area and are looking for a cozy retreat after a long day of hiking, look no further than Butterfly Grove Inn. Our beautiful cottage style inn will make you feel like you’re in your home away from home. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.

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