17 mile drive

24 Hours in Monterey

24 Hours in Monterey You finally have the reservation made – destination, Monterey. You have just 24 hours to relax, recharge and have a little fun – so what do you do with this golden nugget of time? How do you make the most of it? Let us help design your perfect itinerary during your…

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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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Historic Monterey

5 Art & History Must Do’s in Monterey

Cultural Spotlight: Monterey, CA Art & History Monterey, California is a cultural hub here on the Central Coast, boasting a rich history and serves as “home” to numerous galleries, museums and historical monuments. In fact, just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa, visitors and locals alike can immerse themselves in days gone by, as…

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Running feet

Get Your 10,000 Steps Monterey Bay Style

We all know that pedometers, Fitbit and other step tracking devices are all the rage – and we also know that while on vacation it’s easy to forget about fitness. So…we thought it might be fun to map out a walking plan in and around Monterey, so you can earn those steps, all while taking…

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Adventures by the Sea Kayaks

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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Shopping Guide on Fishermans Wharf

Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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Ghost Trolley Tour

Explore Monterey with a Boo!

With Halloween just a day away, the air is a buzz with ghoulish pranks, scary stories and a little extra BOO! Somewhat unassuming, it turns out Old Monterey is quite the place to get a little spooked. From the old canneries on Cannery Row to the site of California’s first capital here in Monterey, there…

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Kids playing at the beach

Making the Most Out of Your Monterey Getaway: Family Travel

It’s always our goal at Central Coast Living to provide a local’s perspective with tips and ideas for the many types of travelers that visit the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel & Spa every year. So…we thought it might be fun to start a series on how all of our guests can get the…

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Dogs at the beach

Pet Friendly Monterey Bay, Traveling with Pets has Never Been Easier

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most pet friendly hot spots in California.  A true paradise for those traveling with their pets, activities are endless and many hotel properties and restaurants, welcome pets, including the Portola Hotel & Spa and on site eateries, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub.  We…

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