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Pacific Grove, California has wonderful May days

The Monterey Peninsula gets some serious tourism with a couple million visitors throughout the year. Tourism here peaks June to August, but May is still relaxing for me in the weeks before the crowds pick up and travelers fill the coastal walking paths. As a local Monterey resident, I headed three miles down the coast…

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Monarch Butterflies of Pacific Grove

The Monarch butterflies are here once again at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California, self-proclaimed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A.” The fascinating aspect is the thousands of Monarch butterflies resting in the trees in an area not much larger than a couple of backyards are the great-grandchildren offspring of the butterflies who wintered here on the…

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Pacific Grove: Rivers of flowers to the sea; Fort Ord: my birthplace National Monument

I like to talk up the place I live – the Monterey Peninsula of Central Coast California. This is another one of my posts that has nothing to do with hotels. This post does share some of the great attractions of coming to the Monterey area. The Monterey Peninsula is a place with nearly 200…

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Massive landslide destroys Pacific Coast Highway 1 in rural Monterey County

A massive landslide dropped a mountainside of dirt and rocks on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 in rural southern Monterey County, California this past weekend. The highway is buried under 40 feet of debris for 1/4 to 1/2 mile and will likely be closed for more than one year for repairs. Highway 1 had already…

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Are hotels across the USA closing quickly enough to slow the spread of Covid-19?

Hotels across the USA and many other countries have closed or have plans to close down. Recent hotel industry data indicate hotel closures across the USA may not be happening quickly enough. Hotel News Now – Inside weekly US data: Looking at comparisons, classes published a graph comparing the impact of Covid-19 on hotel occupancy…

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Best Western Rewards 56K and 70K is not program’s primary reward devaluation

Best Western Rewards has made its biggest change to reward nights in more than a decade. This article covers three different aspects of the changes. The most reported change is the introduction of new high end reward rates at 56,000 points and 70,000 points. This is huge, but unless you were using your points in…

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