Harbor Sunrise

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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Sovino Wine Bar

Let the Wine Tasting Begin!

Did you know today is National Drink Wine Day? What better excuse do you need to book the NEW overnight wine package, Wine & Bites for Two, at the Portola Hotel & Spa? For a limited time, Portola is teaming up with our local wine shop and tasting room to offer a food and wine…

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Couple running on the coast

Celebrate your Love on the Coast

While this past year may have provided more quality time with the ones we love, Valentine’s Day offers a gentle reminder to show our significant other just how special they are to us. So celebrate your love on the coast with a romantic escape to Monterey. Portola Hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms and suites offer…

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Be Open

Guest Post By Camille Malcolm, Spa on the Plaza Be open for something wonderful to happen. Be open to the possibilities. Somehow this simple phrase became my mantra during COVID. There is has been plenty to worry about during these difficult times, and we are each experiencing our own unique problems. Some days seemed very…

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Enrich your Travel with History

Is learning about history and visiting historical sites high on your travel checklist? It is rather remarkable to think about the people and events before us, especially when visiting a new place. Did you know Monterey, California, is rich in history, from Spanish Adobes to the state’s “first” landmarks? The recorded activities and historical structures…

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Big Sur Coastline

A Change of Scenery

Explore California’s Central Coast Stay at home orders continue to stir the wanderlust in us all. Whether your vacation plans have changed, or you are planning your future travel excursions now, we are here to help inspire your trip. We are sharing five must see central coast stops for a change of scenery and fresh…

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