Self-Care Tips Part 1

The springtime is a perfect time to spring clean and re-evaluate your self-care routine! At the Portola Hotel & Spa, we have wonderful experts from Spa on the Plaza and Monterey Yoga that continue to inspire us to be our best selves. Here are a few tips to consider this spring as your days become longer and health and wellness…

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Harbor Sunrise

A Virtual Visit: Monterey Bay Webcams & Live Streams

Experience Monterey through our Favorite Webcams While your current travel plans may be on pause, that doesn’t mean daydreaming about Monterey and experiencing the beauty of this peninsula has to be on hold too! From Custom House Plaza and the Monterey Bay to sea otters and penguins, we have a few majestic views you can…

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Big Sur, Bixby Creek Arch Bridge

Movies and TV Series You Can Stream at Home

You’ve binged some of your favorite series and movies, and now you need some new ideas? Well, we polled our Portola Hotel & Spa team and have some fun recommendations for all, each with an ode to the Monterey Peninsula. So grab your favorite snacks and beverages (we love a glass or two of Monterey County wine)…

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Best Items To Have In Food Storage With Chef Danny

As people everywhere are staying home more – whether it’s a self-quarantine or government mandated – due to COVID-19, the need to have food storage is becoming more important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests having a 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Portola Hotel &…

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Peter B’s Brewpub: Home to Some of Monterey’s Tastiest Craft Beers

When visiting the Portola Hotel & Spa, one might think that the location, Monterey Bay views, fabulous accommodations, and award-winning restaurants, would be enough – but how about having an onsite craft brewery? Peter B’s Brewpub, located behind the Portola, houses some of the region’s most coveted and tasty craft beers.   RELATED: Meet the Brewers…

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4 Things To Do During Spring Break In Monterey

Spend Spring Break in Monterey Spring break is right around the corner, so why not begin planning a visit to the coast?! As the weather is becoming a bit warmer and the sun is shining bright, Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit the Monterey Bay Area. Local species of wildflowers like the…

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Jacks Monterey

Fresh Catch

Welcome to Monterey, California. Located on the coast of Central California, our culinary team is quite fortunate to have the opportunity to source some of the finest and freshest seafood in the world. As a proud member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, each of our onsite restaurants feature, locally caught, sustainable seafood…

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Wake Up & Smell The Coffee at Peet’s Coffee at the Portola

When you wake up in Monterey, Ca at the Portola Hotel & Spa, guests can now enjoy strolling through our downstairs lobby to our on-site, Peet’s Coffee. Featuring all of Peet’s original coffee and tea specialty drinks, this unique location serves house-made sandwiches and salads, made by our own, Portola Culinary Team. Treat yourself to…

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Festival Life

The Monterey Bay area has always been a mecca for the creative. Home of the original Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, musicians and artists from around the world flock to the local area for inspiration and for many, to perform and share their art. Today, Monterey hosts many of California’s most popular music festivals. With…

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Isn’t It Romantic?

Happy February! As spring is just around the corner, this special month reminds us of all things L-O-V-E themed. Now is the perfect time to surprise that special someone in your life with a romantic getaway AND if you need some inspiration during the planning process, we have got you covered with two Monterey vacation…

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