48 Hours in Monterey, California

48 Hours in Monterey, California

When planning a weekend getaway, every moment counts! From relaxing poolside, spa treatments, dining out (or in, who doesn’t love room service?), and just plain exploring, let us inspire some ideas for your next 48 hours in Monterey.

Being within walking distance to so many amazing activities and sites, leave the car in the garage and walk (or ride) your way through your weekend. Our travel experts here at the Portola Hotel are sharing some fun ideas that of course incorporate relaxation, fun, and even better – lots of food & drink!

Massage Anyone?

Book a massage, facial or both at our Spa on the Plaza. With both individual and couples’ options available, there’s no better way to start your getaway than with complete relaxation and of course, pampering.

beautiful woman in spa salon


Craft Beer Tasting

Home to Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, the Portola Hotel & Spa is the only hotel on California’s Central Coast to house their own brewery. Order a flight and taste some of Peter B’s flagship brews, as well as special seasonal blends and more. You can even take home your favorite, new brew in a souvenir growler or hydro flask. …And just so you know, Peter B’s also features a daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 6:30pm, and late-night Happy Hour, Sunday-Thursday from 9:30pm to 10:30pm.


Beer Flight from Peter B's

Healthy Hour

We all know how important it is to stay healthy while on vacation, and the team at Jacks Monterey definitely has your back! Jacks’ NEW Healthy Hour, offered, seven days a week from 5pm to 6pm showcases Ketel One Botanical Cocktails as well as healthy appetizers including a Hummus & Veggie Plate or the amazing Bo Ssam Wrap featuring grilled chicken, butter lettuce, and a Thai basil sesame sauce. Jacks Monterey also serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Plus, for those arriving on Fridays, make sure to check out TGIF at Jacks Terrace!

Healthy Hour at Jacks


Jacks Monterey also offers a Sunday brunch with breakfast favorites including pancakes, chicken and waffles, eggs benedict and more! While enjoying live music in Jacks tree-lined atrium sip and savor one of Jacks breakfast cocktails from the Booze Buggy Beverage cart including mimosas, bloody marys and tequila sunrises.

Booze Buggy Cart

Opt Outside

Lace-up your tennis shoes and hit the trail – the Coastal Recreation Trail. Rent a beach cruiser or mountain bike and cruise along the Pacific Ocean as you head down to Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row or the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Along the way, you are sure to spot seals, sea otters, sea birds and maybe even the occasional whale spout or dolphin tail. With plenty of shops and cafes along the way, make it a day as you take in the sights on two wheels. It’s all right here!

Soak Up the Sun

Whether you are choosing to lounge your way through the day poolside at the Portola, or head out to one of the amazing white sand beaches in Monterey, Pacific Grove, or Carmel by the Sea – make sure to take a moment or two to just soak up the sun, enjoy the view, and most importantly unwind.

Subscribe To Portola Hotel & Spa Blog