Picnics & Pirates

I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling with the kiddos, I always appreciate destinations that value families and fun!  The Monterey Peninsula, is known not only for its proximity to some of the world’s most iconic landscapes, but it has quickly become a favorite among families, for its endless abundance of activities for all ages and interests.

This summer, the Portola Hotel & Spa has thoughtfully designed some entertaining, overnight packages that not only help mom and dad out when it comes to planning, but aim to get everyone out and about! In addition, if you’re traveling with kids 12 and under, the Portola offers a treasure hunt and goodies for little ones with their Portola Pirates Program (my kids love it and look forward to their new voyage each time we visit)! PLUS, another bonus…kids five and under eat free in both of the Portola’s restaurants – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub (love it when I can save a little $$)!

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First on my list of favorites is the Portola’s Family Picnic Adventure Package!  Complete with a yummy box lunch prepared by, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, the Portola’s concierge will help you find your perfect location, where your adventure will begin! Whether you desire a laid-back beach picnic or something to take to one of the areas many parks and open spaces, this unique package is ideal for families on the go, looking to get out and take in the beauty of the Monterey Bay!



Now we all know the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the coolest places ever! The Portola’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Getaway Package, lets you spend your days surrounded by majestic marine life, while taking in the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Experience the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes” and explore a dozen live exhibits, including the world’s largest octopus. AND not only does this overnight package include Monterey Bay Aquarium discounts, but you will receive, two adult and two children’s passes Monterey Bay Aquarium “Two Day Special” passes, as well as breakfast for two at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge.

So if you’re looking for some inspiration to plan your next family vacation, the Portola Hotel & Spa has it all wrapped up and ready for you to enjoy!

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