Plan A Winter Spa Day at Spa on the Plaza

‘Tis the season to be jolly and for many of us a little stressed out – so why not treat yourself or someone special to a much-needed and well-deserved Spa Day! Monterey’s Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel & Spa is offering some amazing Spa Specials all season long – each with a…

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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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Fall Festivities

Falling Leaves & Festivities Cool mornings and sunshine-y afternoons means Fall is upon us here on the Monterey Peninsula. Leaves are changing and fall flavors are making their appearance. Everywhere you turn in Monterey, you are reminded of the season, from décor, to foliage – it’s absolutely gorgeous during this time of year! In addition…

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Plan Your Next Monterey Moment

Summer may be underway, but there’s still plenty of time to plan that much-needed vacation to beautiful Monterey! Easily accessible by car or plane, the Monterey Peninsula is the ultimate playground for kids and grown-ups alike! Whether you’re seeking a peaceful getaway focused around food, wine and spa days or one for the family full…

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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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Guest Post: Tennison Long, Dali17 Museum, Monterey, CA

Dali17 is the first West Coast permanent exhibition of surrealist, Salvador Dali. Located in Custom House Plaza behind the Portola Hotel here in beautiful Monterey, Ca, the exhibition features iconic work and local history with over 570 works, including etchings, mixed media, lithographs and rare sculptures and is the first to display exclusive pictures from…

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A Hop, Skip & a Jump – Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf

One of Monterey’s most cherished landmarks is Old Fisherman’s Wharf, located just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa. Home to gift shops, galleries, seafood restaurants and markets as well as numerous boat tours, exploring family-friendly Fisherman’s Wharf is a must stop during your next Monterey Bay getaway. As you walk along the Wharf make…

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Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

Tucked away just 12 short miles from Highway One in Carmel, California, is Carmel Valley.  Home to some of the region’s finest boutique wineries, Carmel Valley is a hidden gem. One of the eight smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the larger Monterey County appellation, Carmel Valley is the perfect region for grape growing, in…

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