Portola Hotel

Sustainable Travel

We love travel and experiencing all the destination has to offer, but we also understand the importance of preserving our home and the environment. As one of the central coast’s first green hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa strives to practice and promote sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives including sustainable travel. Ask our Front Desk team…

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Tips to Reduce Stress & Plan a Successful Meeting

Planning a successful meeting can have its challenges and we know with busy schedules, technology, and changing business needs it can be tough to plan a meeting AND take care of yourself! Anticipating upcoming travel plans can be exciting, but with travel, comes a bit of stress. At the Portola Hotel & Spa, we know…

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Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is one of Monterey’s most memorable landmarks, located steps away from Portola Hotel & Spa. The wharf was featured in the HBO series, Big Little Lies, and is notoriously known for locally made clam chowder in bread bowls and salt-water taffy. You will find a vast array of award-winning Italian and seafood…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we have a spectacular gift guide for you! Now is the time to show your Mom how much you truly care and appreciate all she does. We want to take the pressure off you and help find the gift your Mom will love. These gifts will be…

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BBQ Grill with flames

Repost: Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs Recipe

A BBQ FAVORITE Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs Long summer nights and weekends around the BBQ with family and friends are upon us! A popular barbecue recipe around the Portola Hotel is Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs. Pair these ribs with homemade cornbread, coleslaw, and Peter B’s Brewpub’s award-winning craft beer, and you have yourself the combination…

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Our Favorite Monterey County Wines to Enjoy at Home

Monterey County Wines to Enjoy at Home Whether you’re engaging in a good conversation around the dinner table or enjoying a little rest and relaxation on your couch with your favorite movie — a glass of wine is often a perfect pairing! Monterey County is home to several award winning wines that you can enjoy while…

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Self-Care Tips Part 2

A Self-Care Toolkit, Guest Post by Camille from Spa on the Plaza Make a List Most of our routines have been upended. There is little structure, and it is easy to waste a day. If I make a list, not only do I create structure, but I accomplish tasks and feel better at the end…

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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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