A Monterey Bay Valentine’s Day Weekend

It may be cliché, but who doesn’t like a little extra romance on February 14th?! Whether it be a small token of appreciation like chocolates or something sparkly, a massage, special dinner or even a getaway –  I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t turn it down! Well, here at the Portola Hotel…

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A California Winter Getaway…Yes, Please!

Though the winter months are still a bit down the road, now’s the time to start planning! Enjoy beach days, hiking, exploring the Monterey Bay and more even during the middle of the winter season. And by getting a jump start on your vacation planning, you can save a little $$ too, and put that…

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Your Perfect Spa Date

So, when it comes time to planning quality time with your significant other, we all know it can be difficult. Between the kiddos, work, volunteering and a myriad of other activities, it isn’t always easy. BUT, if you need an excuse to not only pamper your honey, but also treat yourself to some quiet adult…

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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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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…

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WISH YOU WERE HERE – Springtime VACATION deals at the Portola!

There’s no better time to getaway than the Spring in Monterey!  With moderate temperatures, wildflowers in full bloom and endless outdoor activities, your perfect Monterey Bay vacation is just a click away!  The Portola Hotel & Spa has just released their new seasonal packages, and trust me, the fresh coastal air and relaxed atmosphere, is…

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Tis’ the Season for a Little Me Time

Between holiday parties, shopping, decorating and cooking, this time of year is can be anything but relaxing. BUT, that can all change with a little “ME” time.  Whether it’s cozying up with a great book and a latte at home or your favorite coffee house or taking that much needed run, it’s easier than you…

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Winter-time Wonderland at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

In case you hadn’t noticed, winter has arrived. Yes, for most of the country, Winter means weather, but in California and specifically on the Monterey Peninsula, Winter is more about the holidays and wondering why scarves and gloves look cool, but are actually uncomfortable in 65 degree weather. Most importantly, however, winter and the holiday…

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Celebrate All Season Long at the Portola!

Nothing beats the holiday season, especially California Coast. Although, the only white Christmas you may experience are white sand beaches, the cheer of the season is everywhere, especially in Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa. If celebrating the holidays at home is a family tradition, then what do you do to work off Mom’s…

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Monterey Style

Surrounded by the beauty of nature ready to be explored, adventures waiting to be had and tasty meals at your fingertips, there’s no reason to look any further than the Monterey Bay for the perfect Father’s Day celebration.  Treat your father right this Father’s Day and give him the day of appreciation that he truly…

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