Monterey Activities

Monterey Activities

The Best of the Bay

In addtion to offering a multitude of amenities, including award-winnig dining and a full-service Monterey spa, Portola Hotel & Spa also offers easy access to top Monterey Bay attractions. The coastal California area is packed with special attractions to take part in during your stay. Browse our list of Monterey Bay art galleries, cultural centers, museums, and more for our favorite picks.

Adventures by the Sea
(831) 372-1807
Have an adventure by the sea with fun Monterey activities on wheels. Rent bicycles, 4-passenger surreys, rollerblades, kayaks, or scuba for individuals or groups.  

Monterey Bay Dive Center
(831) 656-0454
One of the premier diving companies on the Monterey Bay, experience underwater tours and coordinate dive boat excursions on a vessel for refreshing and adventurous Monterey Bay activities.  

Monterey Tennis Center
(831) 646-3881
Located on 401 Pearl Street in Monterey. Tennis courts are walking distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
(831) 624-2756
Go horseback riding throughout Pebble Beach.  

Skip Barber Racing School
(866) 932-1949
Located at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Experience the raceway through a driving or racing program or host a group event.

Monterey Art Galleries

Christopher Bell Collection
(831) 649-0214
Located at 200 Alvarado, Portola Hotel & Spa main lobby.

Venture Art Gallery
(831) 372-6279
Located at 212 Alvarado, Portola Hotel & Spa main lobby.

Monterey Bay Attractions

Hearst Castle
(800) 444-4445
There are four separate tours of different sections of the expansive castle with rich décor and a compelling history.  

Monterey Bay Aquarium
(831) 648-4888
The renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium is open seven days a week and a marvel of an attraction. Tickets are available for purchase at the front desk and concierge desk for guests staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa.  

Monterey Wineries & Tasting Rooms

The Wine Trolley 
(831) 624-1700
Pick-up takes place in front of the Portola Hotel & Spa at 11:00am.  

Bargetto Winery
(831) 373-4053
The oldest winery in Monterey. Located in Cannery Row, attractions include winery/brewery, a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours and gift shop.  

A Taste of Monterey
(831) 646-5446
Located in Cannery Row, attractions include a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours, and gift shop.  

Terranova Fine Wines
(831) 333-1313
Located across the street from the Portola Hotel & Spa.  

Wine From The Heart
(831) 641-9463
241 Alvarado, in the Portola Hotel & Spa mall. This downtown shop specializes in California premium boutique wines and offers daily wine tastings and wine related gifts. 


Monterey’s My Museum
(831) 649-6444
Located on Washington Street in Downtown Monterey; the My Museum provides an environment unique to any other in Monterey County. This 8,500 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting.

Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific Street, Monterey (831) 372-5477 
720 Via Mirada, Monterey (831) 372-3689
Nationally accredited art museum of local and national artists.

Maritime Museum of Monterey
(831) 373-2469
Located in Stanton Center on the Custom House Plaza, near Fisherman's Wharf.

National Steinbeck Center
(831) 796-3833
Located in Salinas, about 30 minutes from Monterey using Hwy 68 East.

Monterey Tours

The Wine Trolley
(831) 624-1700
Pick-up takes place in front of the Portola Hotel & Spa at 11:00am.

Monterey Bay Whale Watch
(831) 375-4658
Year-round whale watching trips that leave from the docks of Fisherman's Wharf. Observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the bay.


Jacks Restaurant & Lounge
(831) 649-2698
Enjoy fresh, local, California cuisine at Jacks Restaurant. Dine in our bustling, fireside dining room or dine al-fresco on our outdoor pet-friendly heated patio. Reserve our wine-inspired private dining room for a special occasion or intimate get together.

Peter B's Brewpub
(831) 649-2699
Monterey’s first craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub is the perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and delicious pub food, relaxing on the pet-friendly patio, playing pool and watching the game on one of our 15 HDTVs.

Rocky Point Restaurant
(831) 624-2933
Located 10 miles south of Carmel, a mere fifteen-minute scenic drive, between Carmel and Big Sur. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you sit perched cliff-side; either inside through panoramic windows next to a cozy fireplace or outside on our open deck.