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The 29th Presentation of the Big Sur Marathon – This Weekend!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Running across Bixby Bridge

A marathon with a view!  Runners from around the globe are gearing up for the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Big Sur Marathon this weekend.  Going strong since 1986, the Big Sur Marathon attracts the likes of approximately 9,000 event finishers, and promises 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world.  One of the most challenging competitions for runners set before one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the world, it’s no wonder that The Ultimate Guide to Marathons named it the “Best Marathon in North America.”

Comprised of several events, the Big Sur Marathon includes an International Marathon spanning 26.2 miles along the Pacific coastline and through majestic redwoods, as well as a 21-Miler, a 10.6-Miler, 9-Miler and 5K taking place on race day and a JUST RUN! 3K, the day before on Saturday, April 26th along the Coastal Recreation Trail in Pacific Grove.  For shorter distances there still may be spaces available, visit www.bsim.org for the most up-to-date info.

Providing a beyond inspiring landscape for runners to exert through the difficult patches and camaraderie to make the run an unforgettable experience, the Big Sur Marathon is a Monterey Bay fixture that promises a good time for all who participate.  With events for people of every age and ability, the Big Sur Marathon attracts competitive runners and bonding families alike and sells out earlier and earlier each year, so be sure to register today!

 

Running along Highway 1

Come be part of something bigger than you – start that training for 2015, trust me – having walked the race in 1998 – it’s an experience I will never forget!  Run, jog, or even walk alongside nature and your fellow man.  A great way to connect with friends and family, there’s nothing better than accomplishing something together to build bonds that last, or if you’re a lone wolf, there’s no better goal to set for yourself than an actual finish line.  By the end, I promise you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment unique to crossing a finish line you’ve worked hard to reach.

Who’s ready to lace up those running shoes and train for next year???

 

Get Spooked in Monterey

Friday, October 4th, 2013
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As the fall rolls in, the Monterey Peninsula welcomes some of the loveliest weather we’ll see all year!  The Portola Hotel & Spa celebrates its favorite season with a very unique, yet luxurious autumn package to highlight the Peninsula’s exquisite charm in its entirety, spooky ghost stories included!  As the golden leaves start to turn, the autumn season isn’t complete without a little thrill to send a shiver down your spine and to shock your hair on end.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not get into the “spirit” and explore the sites of hidden treasures, mysterious gardens, and ghostly thrills from Old Monterey’s past?  No doubt a charming little town during the day, there’s no better place to satisfy the inner thrill-seeker than a haunted trolley ride through historic Monterey.  If a little bit of haunting is your thing, Portola’s Ghost Trolley Package is bound to be right up your very spooky alley.  Led by local historians, this 90-minute trolley tour will lead you to some of the Peninsula’s most haunting locations! This overnight package for two is available Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays only, and includes a copy of local author, Randall A. Reinstedt’s Ghosts and Mystery Along Old Monterey’s Path of History.

No fall trip to Monterey would be complete with out a little fright, so sign up to get spooked this fall!  This sensational fall package is available to book online at www.portolahotel.com, so make like the autumn leaves and drop on by for an unparalleled adventure of fun and luxury.

Hurry! This package ends  October 30, 2013!!!

Celebrate Father’s Day with Brews & Views

Monday, June 10th, 2013
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Peter B’s Brewer, Kevin Clark and his son L.J.

Mark those calendars! Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th and there is no shortage of activities to fill a day with Dad on the Monterey Peninsula!

Get away from the ordinary and bring Dad to stay at the Portola to recharge his batteries.  Explore the rich historical setting of Old Monterey and spend some quality time with Dad. Rent a bike or head out on foot to the Coastal Recreation Trail, just right outside our door and experience many of Monterey’s world-famous attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Hungry? The culinary team at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge will be hard at work in the kitchen providing you and Dad with the finest local cuisine from Central Coast farmers, fisherman, ranchers and dairymen. Or, head to Peter B’s Brewpub for delicious locally brewed craft beer, 15 high-definition TV’s, a pool table and a unique pub-style menu that Dad will surely love.

For the ultimate pre-Father’s Day gift, attend the Monterey Beer Festival on Saturday, June 15th between 12:30pm and 5:00pm with entertainment and beer galore. Fill your day and your belly with tastings from over 80 Central Coast breweries and local food vendors serving up Thai noodles, Korean and Southern BBQ, Cajun specialties, old-fashioned Bratwurst and more. Live bands include the Chicano All Stars, Powerage and Jack Nielsen’s Triple Threat, just to name a few. General Tickets are $45 and other ticket packages including V.I.P. are available. For more information visit www.montereybeerfestival.com.

So if you’re in the mood to celebrate this Father’s Day and make it one to remember,  than we’ve got it all, right here at the Portola!

 

Aquarium for Two Package

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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Photograph Monterey Bay Aquarium©

It’s easy to find adventure when you are traveling by yourself, with your significant other or with friends, but finding something exciting to do with your family that keeps your interest can become an adventure in and of itself. That’s why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is such a great choice. Not only is it located right on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, on historic Cannery Row, but it is chalk full of amazing and educational exhibits and interactive activities for kids and adults alike.

The fabulous Jellies Experience is now open and there are countless other interesting this to experience and explore. There is the Splash Zone that allows kids of all ages to engage with ocean inhabitants and feedings at each of the exhibits and countless other things to do. The Portola Hotel & Spa offers a wonderful Aquarium Package for Two. Not only is the Portola within walking distance to the Aquarium, but this package has it all! With the Portola Hotel Aquarium for Two Package, you get a nautically inspired and elegantly appointed guest room of your choice, two adult Aquarium tickets good for two consecutive days and the Portola’s famous warm homemade chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Additionally, you also receive a delicious breakfast buffet for two at Jacks Restaurant and complimentary use of the fitness center. Guests can also purchase additional tickets right at the front desk and the Portola’s friendly and knowledgeable staff has a host of other activities and family-friendly things to do. It’s important to remember that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is more than just a place to look at the creatures of the ocean. They are one of the foremost research facilities in the world and are the stewards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program.

So the next time you are looking a fun-filled family getaway that gives back, look no further that the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Aquarium for Two Package. You’ll be glad that you did, and so will the fish!

Refuge

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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As previously mentioned in this blog, the wild and wonderful treatments available at spas are something out of this world. Most of the newest treatments are based on the healthy and beneficial powers of different natural ingredients. Whether animal, vegetable or mineral, one might think they are at a restaurant rather than a spa when looking over the menu of services.

Refuge, in Carmel Valley bucks that trend with one of the most unique spa experiences seen in some time. Quickly becoming a hot, new activity on the Monterey Peninsula, the Refuge Experience is based on the European practice of Hydro-thermal Therapy. The practice of exposure to a hot environment, immediately followed by immersion in cold water has been around for centuries, but Refuge has created an entire spa around the experience.

The grounds are tucked away amongst the Santa Lucia Mountains and winding roads of Carmel Valley with the various features set amongst large natural rocks and forest trees creating truly serene environment. The hot to cold benefits can be experienced in several degrees with hot tubs of varying temperatures and large steam and sauna rooms to be followed by the cold water pool of your choice.  Guests can then relax around outdoor fire pits or indoors on zero gravity chairs.

Trip Advisor has ranked Refuge at the #3 experience in Carmel, but the location is spa only, so a great lodging option is just over the hill at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. The hotel is offering a Refuge Package deal that includes two passes to Refuge and a night on one of their nautically inspired, elegantly appointed guest rooms. The package also includes breakfast for two at Jacks Restaurant and a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. The package is a great call for a couple or for a couple of friends looking to get away from it all.