Skip to main content

Five Historic Gardens to Explore in Monterey

29 Mar 2024

With spring here and plant life sprouting everywhere, spending a sunny afternoon exploring Monterey's historic gardens, is a wonderful way to take in the city's beauty. Just a short stroll from Portola Hotel & Spa, these enchanting green spaces invite you to immerse yourself in the charm and character of Monterey.

1. Sensory Garden

Nestled behind Peter B's Brewpub, the Sensory Garden delights visitors with its array of aromatic herbs, vibrant flowers, and tactile textures. Designed to engage the senses of sight, smell, touch, and even sound, this charming garden provides a peaceful experience for all who wander its way. 

2. Memory Garden

Explore the charming space of Memory Garden, located right behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. Originally designed in 1927 by Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., this beautiful garden is a lovely place to visit in the spring and summer. Meander through pathways lined with trees, and pause to admire the delicate beauty of the flowers. With its peaceful ambiance and surrounding beauty, it's no wonder why this garden is a popular spot for weddings and events in Monterey.

View from Memory Garden


3. Casa del Oro Herb Garden

Experience the Casa del Oro Herb Garden, a hidden gem in downtown Monterey. This charming garden is home to a diverse collection of culinary herbs, including basil, rosemary, and lavender. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery and appreciate the fragrant scents of fresh herbs.

4. Custom House Cactus Garden

Discover a unique oasis of desert beauty at the Custom House Cactus Garden, located just steps from Portola Hotel & Spa. Amidst the historic grounds of Custom House Plaza, this captivating garden showcases a stunning array of drought-tolerant succulents and cacti from the southwest. When you visit, marvel at the striking shapes and colors of these resilient plants. 


5. Casa Soberanes Garden

Experience the charm the Casa Soberanes Garden, another beautiful garden just a short walk away from our hotel. Surrounding the front of the historic Casa Soberanes adobe, this enchanting garden is lush with foliage, flowers, and pathways. Wander through this picturesque outdoor space, and take a moment to appreciate this delightful retreat amidst the bustling streets of downtown Monterey.


Plan Your Visit

As you explore Monterey's historic gardens, take time to stop and appreciate the beauty of these secret gardens. Each garden is conveniently located in downtown Monterey, with easy access from the Portola Hotel & Spa. To book your stay, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

Find more readings








Form Sucess Message will Come Here