Springtime is a perfect season to visit Monterey, when the many tended historic gardens and natural wildflower blooms come alive after the winter's rains. Check out these standout locations to spot the most jaw-dropping Monterey County gardens and blooms.
Memory Garden is located just outside Peter B's Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa. This serene, enclosed, historic courtyard is studded with flowers, as well as shady trees. With this space so beautiful, it's frequently the backdrop for weddings and private events.
Cooper Molera Gardens
A comfortable 7-minute walk away, down shop-lined Alvarado Street, you'll find the historic Cooper Molera Gardens. The grounds feature an herb garden, fruit orchard, and geranium garden, and is also the site of local favorite, Alta Café & Bakery. This space is also a wonderful place for weddings and private events. Visit The Barns at Cooper Molera for more information.
Known to locals as the "purple carpet" this striking springtime bloom covers the coastline in nearby Pacific Grove with vivid color that must be seen to be believed. This vibrant flower, called the ice plant, was planted by conservationists to help stabilize our sandy dunes from erosion. Come in April- May to see these stunning flowers at their peak.
Purple Carpet in Pacific Grove
Calla Lily Valley
Come February, a small canyon in Big Sur comes alive with bursts of milky heart-shaped calla lilies. Locals and travelers alike make the trek down through portions of Garrapata State Park for the chance to wander through this stunning valley.
Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata Park
Located just a 5-minute walk away from the Portola Hotel & Spa is Casa Soberanes. Built in the 1840s, this adobe has a lush garden with an arbor and stone walkway in the front yard. Beautifully manicured, it's the perfect place to stroll through in the afternoon light.
Casa Soberanes Gate
Visit While Monterey is Blooming
Ready to come see for yourself? Visit these locations, and more right her in Monterey. The Portola Hotel & Spa is in a prime, central location for all your floral excursions. To book your stay today visit our website or call us at (888)-222-5851.