Celebrating Halloween in Monterey County

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by Brian McLaughlin No Comments

October has arrived, and you know what that means: time to get spooky! You may be worried about missing your hometown’s local festivities, but not to fear! If you’ll be celebrating Halloween in Monterey County, there are plenty of fun activities for you and the whole family.

The Annual Carmel Pumpkin Roll

Forget carving pumpkins this year — roll them instead! On Saturday, October 13th, pick up your pumpkin on Ocean Avenue at Sante Fe Street and race to roll it through the course. The event lasts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Carmel.

Haunted Ghost Tour

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more spooky, take a ghost tour through the Point Sur lighthouse. Enjoy spooky stories, a light buffet, and hot drinks, with all ticket sales going to fund the restoration of the Point Sur Lightstation. You’ll even have the chance to go through the truly haunted Triplex on the grounds.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

For those who love dressing their pooches up pretty, this event is for you! On Sunday, October 21st in Carmel Plaza, help support Max’s Helping Paw, a charity that financially supports pet owners in need, and have your dog’s photo taken after he competes in any number of costume categories.

Zombie Prom

Head down to Seaside to do the monster mash at the Zombie Prom.  The city shuts down a block on Broadway for a night of live entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Pacific Grove Trick or Treat Extravaganza

A number of Pacific Grove business will decorate their doors with ribbons and pumpkins to offer kids treats on Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s also plenty of live music and entertainment for all to enjoy.


How do you plan on celebrating Halloween?  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!

What To Pack in Your Carry-On and What Not To

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

When you’re packing for a trip, it can be easy to toss the wrong thing into the wrong bag or forget certain stuff entirely. However, the main mistake you want to avoid, if you don’t want to get held up at airport security, is putting non-approved items in your carry-on. If you want your travel times to go smoothly, here’s what to pack in that carry on and what not to.  

What To Pack in Your Carry-On

Money and Passports

For safety reasons, you should always have some cash, your passport, and other forms of ID on your person when traveling.  Plus, you don’t need anyone from TSA or otherwise to be going through your checked bag and potentially swipe your passport or spending money.


Whether it’s medicine for allergies or high blood pressure, always keep your medications on you when you fly. There’s no telling when you’ll need them, and if you do, you won’t want them packed away in your checked bag.

A Change of Clothes

It’s no secret that airlines aren’t always the most responsible with your luggage, so it’s wise to pack a change of clothes or two in your carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost. This way, you’ll at least have clothes to change into after your flight.


Electronics and other fragile items should always be placed in your carry-on so you don’t run the risk of getting them damaged in your larger checked bag. However make sure to check your airline’s rules about what kind of electronics you can have in your carry-on.

What Not To Pack in Your Carry-On

Large Liquids

If you’re trying to travel with any large liquids, you will get stopped at airport security. Make sure all your liquids are in TSA-approved 3.4 oz containers.

Sharp Objects

Items such as knives, corkscrews, and large scissors are not allowed in your carry-on. All of those items will have to be checked.

Self-Defense Items

If you carry pepper spray or mace with you, you’ll have to make sure it is an in a TSA-approved sized container in your checked bag. However, since these items can be considered weapons, it’s best to check your airport’s rules about traveling with them.


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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?


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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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!

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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.


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.


  • 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.

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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


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.

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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.


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.

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!


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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.

august events in monterey county

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.

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