Family Fun in Monterey, California

Family Fun in Monterey, California There’s nothing more precious than time with the family, especially when you’re on vacation! With endless fun at your fingertips both indoors and outdoors, Monterey, California is one of the Central Coast’s most popular destinations for family travel. The moment you begin your family vacation 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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10 Things We Love About Monterey

10 Things We Love About Monterey As many of us know the Monterey Bay Area is one of those special places that many instantly fall in love with, but what really makes this destination so special, is the natural beauty and ease of getting around. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day with love a plenty…

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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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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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Packing Essentials for Your Monterey Bay Getaway

Whether stay for a weekend or a week, when it comes to packing for a Monterey Bay Getaway, there are some key “must haves” need to make your visit comfortable and fun! We polled our experts here at the Portola Hotel & Spa and came up with this easy to follow check list – to…

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Adventures by the Sea Bike

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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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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Biek Trail in Monterey

Bicycling Your Way Through Monterey

The Monterey Bay area is such a pedestrian and bike-friendly region and really, there is no better way to experience all the area has to offer than by bike. With a variety of trails for all levels along the coast or in the woods, you can experience the best of Monterey. If traveling without your…

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Portola Puppies

Woofin’ Around Monterey

The Monterey Peninsula may be known to many around the globe for its coastal charm, boutique wineries, world class golf courses, fine cuisine and more, BUT to dog lovers from near and far it’s cherished for the many canine friendly activities, restaurants and hotels located throughout the local area. The Portola Hotel is one of…

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