The Ultimate Couples Getaway on the Monterey Peninsula

The Monterey Peninsula is a beautiful location, great for all visitors, but there are just some attractions that are perfect for two. If you’re planning a romantic getaway soon, check out our list of things to do with your significant other here on the Peninsula.   Tandem Kayaks If you’re a couple looking for adventure,…

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What are the Best Spa Summer Treatments?

Even though Monterey summers are not as intense as other places around the world, it is still important to protect and take care of your skin during these months as we spend more time outside. We asked Camille Malcom, from Spa on the Plaza, how to keep our skin happy and healthy during this time…

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7 Instagram Worthy Places in Monterey

Monterey, California is such a beautiful and special place with scenic views and cute corners wherever you go. It’s a place where you can make lasting memories, saved by the most Instagram worthy snapshots that you will take. Here’s our list of the most Instagram-able locations to visit throughout the Monterey Peninsula.   Monterey State…

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Capturing Your Perfect Wedding Day Moment

Were you recently engaged, or did you have a long engagement, and you are finally ready to start planning your special day? Monterey, CA, is a gorgeous location for any size wedding with several venues, vendors, and experiences that can each contribute to making your day the most memorable experience of your life. One keepsake…

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BBQ Grill with flames

The Perfect Summer BBQ: 10 Questions with Chef Carl Ashurst

The weather is getting warmer, and it’s that time of year to bring family and friends over and feast on the perfect summer BBQ. Chef Carl Ashurst, our Executive Sous Chef, is a BBQ enthusiast. In fact, he has two smokers, and three grills, so we knew we had to interview him on how to…

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Golden sky of Asilomar in the evening

48 Hours in Monterey

If you’re traveling to Monterey, you could easily vacation here for a week and have a full schedule, but if you only had a weekend to visit, we planned your perfect two day stay. After checking in to the Portola Hotel & Spa, get a good night’s rest for a fun weekend in the charming…

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Meet Our New Head Brewer at Peter B’s Brewpub

Peter B’s Brewpub, our very own onsite craft brewery has a new head brewer! Meet Natalie. She formerly assisted Justin Rivard with brewery operations contributing to several award-winning craft beers. She’s passionate about brewing and is sure to make you laugh! Get to know her a bit better through this fun Q&A.   Natalie Mika,…

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Family Friendly Summer Vacation in Monterey

Looking to plan your summer getaway soon? We have you covered! Check out our family friendly list of attractions for your perfect stay in Monterey.   Monterey Bay Aquarium Only 1.5 miles away is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium! This attraction is a must-see, and perfect for the whole family. There you will see…

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Jacks is Back!

We are thrilled to share Jacks Monterey is re-opening for the first time in over a year! Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Jacks, located inside the Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey, CA will open for breakfast and dinner, serving fresh local ingredients, and guest favorites like the Monterey Bay Salmon, Portola Burger, and Seasonal…

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Small Changes Make a Big Difference

If travel is on your horizon with spring break plans and summer around the corner, you may already have your travel itinerary underway. However, how often does your planning process include your strategies to travel sustainably? The Portola Hotel strives to lead the way for sustainable hospitality by making the best decisions to support the…

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