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The Perfect Valentine's Getaway in Monterey

09 Jan 2024

As Valentine's Day approaches, it's time to plan a romantic escape for you and your special someone. Nestled in the heart of downtown Monterey, Portola Hotel & Spa is the perfect base for your central coast adventure. Our curated Valentine's itinerary is a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and romance. So, let's dive into an unforgettable getaway filled with love and adventure.


Day 1: Arrival and Dinner at Jacks Monterey 

Start your romantic retreat by checking into our coastal-inspired accommodations at the Portola Hotel & Spa. After settling in, visit our on-site restaurant, Jacks Monterey, for some California Cultural Cuisine. From fresh seafood to savory entrées, Jacks has delicious meals to help welcome you to your retreat. After dinner, take an evening stroll down Alvarado Street to find dessert or an after dinner drink. Portola Hotel & Spa is located just at the end of the lively street, and it's definitely worth exploring.

Dine at Jacks Monterey


Day 2: Spa Day, Wine Tasting and Sunset Cruise 

Spend some quality time with your sweetheart with a relaxing massage at our award-winning spa, Spa on the Plaza. Choose from one of their couples' massages designed for togetherness and wellness. Visit their website to get more information or to make a reservation. Afterwards head to wine tasting to savor the flavors of the region. Sovino Wine Bar, Puma Road Winery, and Albatross Ridge are great options and just steps away from our hotel. You can also visit Salinas or Carmel Valley for other popular wineries in the area. In the evening, head to Old Fisherman's Wharf for a romantic sunset catamaran cruise at Sail Monterey. Enjoy the spectacular view of the bay and witness Monterey's marine life as you sail into the sunset. Afterwards, enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the charming waterfront restaurants.

Wine Flight at Sovino Wine Bar


Day 3: Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive

Embark on a day of adventure by exploring the iconic Monterey Bay Aquarium. Immerse yourselves in the marine wonders of Monterey, and learn about the incredible life that lies beneath. After exploring the aquarium, walk down Cannery Row and visit the many shops and restaurants that line the street. End the day by taking a scenic sunset drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, where awe-inspiring coastal views await.

Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium


Day 4: Breakfast and Farewell 

Wrap up your romantic getaway with breakfast at one of the many restaurants on Alvarado Street. From cute cafes to family owned breakfast spots, there is so much to choose from downtown. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Monterey Rec Trail, hand in hand, and relish in the scenic views of the harbor. 

View from the Monterey Rec Trail

Plan Your Valentine's Vacation

At Portola Hotel & Spa, we invite you to celebrate your love in beautiful Monterey. This destination is the perfect blend of luxury, romance, and adventure. We look forward to seeing you soon! To book your stay, visit our website or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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