Fall Essentials – Packing for Your Monterey Bay Getaway

Fall Essentials – Packing for Your Monterey Bay Getaway
Fall is upon us and if you’re like us, we love any excuse to wear a comfy sweater and a great puffy vest! As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes a bit brisker, packing for your Monterey Bay getaway to the Portola Hotel can actually be fun! With moderate temperatures and the gentle ocean breeze – we are here to help you remember some of the essentials needed for your next visit.

For the Day

Whether you’re planning to hit the trail for a hike or a take a casual stroll on the Coastal Recreation Trail or around Downtown Monterey, we recommend:
– Comfortable athletic shoes suitable for walking, jogging, or hiking
– Leggings or joggers
– A hoodie or sweatshirt
– A light windbreaker or vest (layering is key here in Monterey, as the temperatures will range slightly from early mornings to the late afternoon)
– Sunscreen
– Your favorite baseball cap & sunglasses
All these essentials are great for beach walks, bike rides in, and around the Monterey Peninsula.

Let’s Go Shopping

If you’re like us, shopping can be great cardio! With a variety of shopping destinations on the Monterey Peninsula, the perfect outfit is key! Discover charming boutiques and galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea; independent, small shops in Downtown Monterey; larger retails at Del Monte Center; or quaint shops in Downtown Pacific Grove. So now, let’s get some inspo on what to pack:
– Comfortable shoes (boots, sneakers, flats)
– Let’s make sure to layer: a cute leather coat or lightweight jacket
– A scarf
– Your favorite jeans, leggings, or comfortable pants
– Reusable shopping bags – being green is always a good idea
– Let’s accessorize – remember a handbag and sunglasses

For the Evening

Choose to dine on site at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Jacks Monterey or Peter B’s Brewpub. Or…head out on the town. Many local restaurants feature indoor and outdoor seating areas, so depending on the evening and availability of tables – it’s good to dress accordingly and be prepared. Also, if traveling with your dog, most pet-friendly seating areas are outside.
– Layering will be key if you are dining out, especially if you want to sit al fresco under the stars
– A warmer jacket and scarf
– Your favorite “going out” outfit
– Your favorite PJs for bedtime
Book your next visit to Monterey today! Visit www.portolahotel.com.

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