At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic

At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic There’s nothing we enjoy more than helping our guests create memorable experiences during their time in Monterey. Often, we have couples visiting for a romantic getaway, celebratory occasions, or just some down time to decompress and recharge. Whatever the reason, a beach picnic always seems to put…

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5 Ways to Romance Your Valentine

Love is in the air and so is the panic that ensues around this time of year of how to best spoil your Valentine! Leave it to the pros here at the Portola Hotel & Spa to help give you a bit of inspiration. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help create a…

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Say “Cheese” -Top 5 Spots for Taking Pics in Monterey

  Need that perfect pic for your next Instagram post? Looking to make your friends green with envy about your latest adventure? Well, if you’re looking for some recommendations on the perfect Monterey Bay backdrop for your next selfie or travel photo, then you check out our Top Five recommendations!   Bixby Bridge, Big Sur…

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Head Out to Sea – Fun Activities Out on the Bay

Head Out & “Sea” What Adventure Awaits Everyone needs a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea and that’s exactly what you’ll get during a visit to Monterey! Rather than just looking from afar, how about you get your toes wet experience the best of the Monterey Bay. It truly is all right here – and we…

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10 Resolutions for a Happy & Healthy 2018

Okay – so the 2018 will be here in just a few short days and it’s time to make those resolutions!  I don’t know about you, but I want 2018 to be all about being fit, fabulous and most importantly, happy. Being that my happy place is the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, I decided to use…

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5 Reasons to Visit Monterey This Summer

We know for many of our Central Coast Living readers, needing a reason to visit the Monterey Bay Area isn’t even necessary, but if you need a handful of really good reasons to plan a visit – we thought we would help you out! 1.The Weather For anyone trying to escape the hot, the Monterey…

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Get Outdoors in 2017!

2017 is now here, and it may sound a bit cliché – but I’m committed to following through on my list of New Year’s resolutions. With life being so crazy busy, my goal was to keep my list to a minimum, but have each of my resolutions be meaningful and realistic to maintain. So, in…

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Experience Monterey & More in 2016!

As 2015 is winding down, and the New Year approaches, we all start to jot down our mental list of resolutions. We know that New Year’s is a time of reflection on the past and a time to look toward improvement in the future, but I challenge you to use 2016 to embrace the now…

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Endless Ways to Experience the Bay

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has always been one of the world’s greatest natural experiences. It’s unique configuration, including the 10,000 ft. deep Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon creates an environment that teems with thousands of species of fish, birds and mammals and other ocean dwelling creatures. So beloved is this aquatic wonder, that the…

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Coastal Weddings On Trend

With so many online resources these days searching for the latest in wedding trends is just a click away. Whether looking to design a simple and elegant affair to something more rustic and shabby chic finding inspiration can be fun, but also daunting. I LOVE weddings and I LOVE DIY projects so I thought I…

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