Extend Your Monterey Bay Work Trip

Extend Your Monterey Bay Work Trip Sometimes you’re lucky enough to head to a beautiful destination for a conference or work trip. And when work travel has you ending up in a place like Monterey, California, there’s no reason not to extend that trip and turn it into a vacation! Here at the Portola Hotel…

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Five Ways to Enjoy Monterey Like a Local

Five Ways to Enjoy Monterey Like a Local When it comes to living like a local in Monterey, California it’s all about appreciating the beauty of the local landscape and natural resources, taking advantage of all the amazing recreational activities available all year round, and savoring the local flavors available to us, whether from the…

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View of Wharf from Bike Path

Why Monterey Should be #1 on Your Travel Bucket List

Why Monterey Should be #1 on Your Travel Bucket List Some say the Monterey Bay is the greatest meeting of land and sea – and I have to say I agree! An inspiration for many famous poets, authors, and artists including John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, to name just a few…

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Cannery Row

Walk Your Way Through Monterey

Walk Your Way Through Monterey When visiting the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful, Monterey, California you are truly in the center of it all. With the popular Coastal Recreation Trail just steps from our doors, set your fitness apps, because there’s no doubt you will be exceeding all your daily goals. Walk, bike or…

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Family fun in Monterey

Kid’s Choice! Top Five Places to Play in Monterey

Kid’s Choice! Top Five Places to Play in Monterey Summer’s almost here and we polled some of our Portola Pirates about the five best places to play and explore in Monterey. Well, our swashbuckling Pirates have spoken, and we have a fun list to share with our readers. Portola Pirates 1. Dennis the Menace Park…

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Monterey Beach

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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Family having fun on the wharf

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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Big Sur Bridge

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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