Whenever I travel up the coast of California to the Pismo Beach and Central Coast area, there is one very special stop that I always have to make, which is to thePismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove.When I was there this past October to visit and stayed up in Cambria at the beautiful Blue Dolphin Inn I just had to make sure we got to make a stop here! We were about a month early of when the butterflies return, but when I saw THIS at the Blue Dolphin Inn where we were staying at, I was very hopeful that we would see many more there at the Butterfly Grove.
Monarch Season is usually November thru February, but we were in for a special treat as you will see below! Many of our special friends had arrived a month early!! 😉
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easily accessible as it is located right off of State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach. It is also fun to go here as there is a short little trail you can take that will bring you right to the beach! It truly is a magical place to be!
Disclosure: I was invited out to Santa Anita Park by America’s Best Racing to experience a fun day of horse racing on opening day of the fall meet. I received lunch and a gift bag. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Santa Anita Park is a beautiful race track in Southern California and the stands are packed with young and enthusiastic fans. Host of the Breeders Cup every November, I had the wonderful opportunity not too long ago to spend a day at the track in Santa Anita to celebrate the opening day of the fall meet. Being the horse crazy gal that I am, I could not pass a chance up of spending a day with some amazing and powerful horses. I spend a lot of time with these guys after their racing days are over, but don’t get to see them in action as often as I would like during their racing careers.
Average crowds of over 50,000 come to be seen at events at race tracks all over the country. It’s not just about the sport, it’s a lifestyle. Folks will dress to the nines for the occasion with the latest fashions. Friends enjoy the afternoon together while making some new ones along the way. You can enjoy a drink and a nice meal while cheering on the horses and making memories to last a lifetime. Making a winning bet on some of the finest horses in America will have you floating on cloud 9, even if you only win a dollar or two.
Here is a little peek into our special day at the track!
The beautiful grounds of Santa Anita Park
The newly remodeled Santa Anita has a fresh new look inside in their bar and food court area. Very snazzy! Cheers! Just so you know, they make the BEST Mai Tai’s here! 😉 We all had them. I’d say it’s safe to say, that it was the drink of the day. There food was wonderful as well. I had a pasta bowl, and it was delicious.