Archive for August, 2012

Classic Car Week 2012

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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Imagine being transported back to a simpler time, when the constant pull of technology was non-existent, craftsmanship took center stage and the flash of the time combined with a timeless elegance. Every year that feeling returns, the week of August 13, 2012, with the world renowned Classic Car Week. The entire Peninsula is transformed into a car lover’s playground with showcases, auctions, runs and races scheduled throughout the week. Most of the action centers on the major viewing competitions and the various auctions. From the tony Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance and the horsepower and high fashion of the Concorso Italiano to the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering and the RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey auction, the multitude of offerings is almost too many to fathom.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is not only right in the thick of the action, but it also home to the RM Auctions Sports & Classics auction event. With secure covered parking and a number of alternate transportation options right at your fingertips, classic car owners or fans of the cars themselves can easily access any of the events around the Peninsula. Just steps from the Monterey Bay and some of the area’s best attractions the Portola is the perfect place to get away from the rev of the engines, if even for just a moment. Featuring Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub, guests of the hotel mingle with auction and event attendees and participants while enjoying the rejuvenated menus of both locations.

It’s time to polish up your four-wheeled classic and hit the road to Monterey and the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Kids on the Peninsula

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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When most people think of the Monterey Peninsula they think of beautiful golf courses, million dollar homes and some of the world’s most famous events. Others think of miles of pristine coastline, romantic walks along the water and shopping and dining. But some do not realize the amount of kid-friendly activities available.  With as many family friendly activities as there are par fours, Mom, Dad and the little ones can have the time of their lives. Oh, and if the “little ones” are actually teenagers…there is plenty for them to do as well.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium on Historic Cannery Row is one of the world’s premiere displays of aquatic marvels. The Splash Zone is entirely devoted to kids and kids of all ages and the aquarium as a whole can keep the family interested for hours, but what about the next day?

How about Dennis the Menace Park located by Lake El Estero in Monterey? Hank Ketchum, the legendary creator of the cartoon icon Dennis the Menace made Carmel his home and this park brings the same smile to all who come. Free and open seven days a week, the park is perfect for families and offers a multitude of play structures, tunnels, bridges and a maze. The cornerstone of the park is an actual Steam Engine that can be climbed and played upon, if you’re looking for something indoors, try the interactive, hands-on Monterey County (MY) Museum.

If you are traveling with kids a little older, check out the paddle boats available for rent on Lake El Estero directly behind the park. It’s a great time and you can get up close and personal with the ducks, Canadian Geese and swans that make the lake their home (don’t forget the breadcrumbs!) Or, for a more radical departure, make a visit to the free skate park also adjacent to Dennis the Menace. With exciting elements to challenge the skills of skateboarders and in-line skaters, this park was created with input from community skaters resulting in a fantastic design overlooking the lake. Between glow-in-the-dark mini golf on Cannery Row, hiking at Point Lobos to kayaking on the Bay, an activity for every member of the family awaits!

Most all of these activities are within walking distance of the Portola Hotel & Spa making a trip to the Peninsula one of ease and most importantly fun! With green grass, picnic benches and the beach just across the street, why not order a delicious lunch to go from Peter B’s Brewpub and enjoy a wonderful day!