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 town of Monterey.
9am Breakfast at Jacks Monterey
Start your getaway off right with a hot breakfast and cup of coffee at our on-site restaurant, Jacks Monterey. Savory omelets, sweet cinnamon toast, and more, we have you covered for a delicious way to start off your day! Reserve a table through OpenTable or call Jacks Monterey at (831) 649-7830.
The dining area at Jacks Monterey
11am Monterey Rec Trail
After breakfast, get some exercise in and enjoy the beautiful harbor view by taking a walk on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. The Portola Hotel & Spa is a short walk away from the trail and roughly meets the trail in the middle. Head northwest towards Cannery Row and Lover’s Point or head east to the beautiful Del Monte Beach. Many guests choose to rent surrey or standard bikes from Adventures by the Sea (just steps away from the Portola Hotel), and explore the trail that way as well.
12pm Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is known for their mesmerizing exhibits of marine life that lives in our Monterey Bay. The aquarium will inspire wonder and will allow you to learn about what makes the Monterey Bay so special. The aquarium is also a great lunch spot and serves a variety of dishes in their café. For now, the aquarium is taking visitors under reservations, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance at montereybayaquairum.org
Jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo by Monterey Bay Aquarium
7pm The Magic Fusion Show at the Monterey Magic & Comedy Club
After a day on your feet, sit down, relax, and enjoy an evening at the Monterey Magic & Comedy Club. The Magic Fusion stars are award-winning magicians from all over the globe, and assembled a high energy, family friendly production. The theatre is located in the Stanton Center Building, which is only a 3 minute walk from the Portola Hotel and Spa. For tickets and more information visit montereymagicclub.com. Also, for those who go to the show, and Jacks Monterey in the same night, you’ll receive a 20% discount off your meal (not applicable on alcohol).
8am Breakfast on Alvarado Street
The Portola Hotel & Spa is conveniently located near many great restaurants here in Monterey. Alvarado Street, a local favorite, is lined with some of the best breakfast spots. Just to name a few, next door is Crepes of Brittany, a little café that serves sweet crepes and savory galettes, and just a little walk down the street is Old Monterey Café, serving classic American breakfast. There’s also a number of great grab and go breakfast spots on Alvarado. To find out more about historic downtown Monterey and Alvarado Street visit oldmonterey.org.
10am Cannery Row
After a warm meal to start your day, head to historic Cannery Row. Cannery Row came to be at the turn of the century when the booming fishing industry soon needed the fish canning industry. In the years to come, the canneries in Monterey increased rapidly and bordered the Row. However, after World War II, sardines were sparse in the Monterey Bay, and this eventually led to the collapse of Monterey’s fishing and canning industries. Today Cannery Row is a tourist and local favorite with beautiful views of the bay, fun shops, restaurants, and attractions. To learn more about what Cannery Row has to offer visit canneryrow.com.
2pm Asilomar State Beach
It wouldn’t be a trip to Monterey without visiting at least one beach. Asilomar State Beach is a gorgeous area with beautiful trails, and the most scenic shores. Walk the paths and visit the rocky beaches with tide pools, where you’ll find crabs, sea anemones, sand dollars and sea urchins. To learn more about this beach, visit parks.ca.gov.
Scenic rocky shores of Asilomar State Beach
4pm Peter B’s Brewpub
Before you head home, take time to enjoy some food and craft beer at Peter B’s Brewpub, our very own onsite craft brewery. There’s no better place in Monterey to relax around a fire pit with family and friends. To view the menu and find out more visit, peterbsbrewpub.com.
Guests enjoying food and beer at Peter B’s Brewpub
The coastal town of Monterey is a great place for any getaway. The Portola Hotel & Spa’s great location allows our guests to experience the best parts of Monterey with little to no driving. We hope to welcome you soon to enjoy our newly renovated guest rooms and this beautiful town. To book your upcoming stay visit portolahotel.com or call us at (888) 222-5851.