Portola's Lobby Library

The Library at Portola Hotel

When we remodeled the Portola Hotel lobby, we knew the expanse space needed to offer our guests more than a place to rest and relax. One addition, our guests of all ages enjoy is our library. The nook, located off the middle of the lobby, once was home to the Hotel business center, but now offers an oversized table with outlets, six chairs, and a variety of books our guests can enjoy. Today, we share four book selections from our library worth checking out when you visit us in Monterey, CA.

The Salinas Valley: A History of America’s Salad Bowl

By Burton Anderson

In the heart of Monterey County is the Salinas Valley, known as “America’s Salad Bowl” for the abundance of produce grown in the region. “The Salinas Valley,” is a Monterey County Historical Society Publication and dives into the history and development of this vital industry.   

Otters Love to Play

By Jonathan London & Illustrated by Meilo So

Enjoy an adorable story about one of Monterey’s most adorable sea creatures, the sea otter.  In this educational book, kiddos can learn about otter’s one “ka-splash,” we mean page, at a time. With beautiful illustrations on every page, learning about otter dens, food, playing, and more is fun for the whole family.


The History of Surfing

By Matt Warshaw

Whether you are the type to catch a wave and hang ten or enjoy the watersport from the shore, surfing has the ability to capture the attention of many.  “The History of Surfing” explores surf culture, world competitions, showdowns, big wave surfing, and much more.

Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America

By Darius Oliver & Foreword by Ben Crenshaw

The Monterey Peninsula is home to 18 world-class championship golf courses, some of which are captured in “Planet Golf USA.” For golf enthusiasts, this book offers beautiful photography and insight into numerous golf courses throughout the country.

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