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Visit Monterey's Historic Landmarks

23 Feb 2024

Here in Monterey, every street corner tells a story of its rich history. Whether you love learning about the past or simply want to experience the essence of Monterey, exploring its historic landmarks enhances your visit with a deeper appreciation of its heritage. Let's embark on a journey through time as we explore some of Monterey's landmarks, all within walking distance from our doorstep!


Cannery Row 

Cannery Row stands as a testament to Monterey's industrial past. Once a bustling hub of sardine canning factories, today it has transformed into a vibrant waterfront district filled with shops, restaurants, and the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Cannery Row also holds a special place in literary history as the setting for John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. Stroll along the row and immerse yourself in its lively atmosphere while imagining its bustling past.


Old Fisherman's Wharf

A leisurely 3-minute stroll from the hotel leads you to Old Fisherman's Wharf, where Monterey's seafaring history is still evident. Originally constructed in the mid-19th century by Thomas Larkin, the wharf served as the primary commercial port for Monterey, bustling with fishermen unloading their catches of the day. Over the years, it has witnessed many changes from maritime trade, including the boom of the sardine industry to the transition to a tourist destination. Today, Old Fisherman's Wharf is filled with seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and gorgeous harbor views. 


Custom House

Wander to Custom House, just a stone's throw from the hotel, and discover the oldest government building in California. Built in 1827, this adobe structure served as the primary port of entry for California during the Mexican period. Today, Custom House is a museum showing what may have come through during that time.


Colton Hall 

A 10-minute walk from Portola Hotel & Spa, Colton Hall holds a special place in California history as it was the place where the state was born. The building represents where California's first constitution was drafted in 1849. Step inside this historic adobe building and explore its exhibits Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.


Monterey State Historic Park 

Encompassing numerous adobe buildings and gardens, Monterey State Historic Park provides a captivating glimpse into the city's past. Explore historic buildings such as the Casa Soberanes and the Pacific House Museum, or the historic gardens like Memory Garden and Custom House Cactus Garden, each offering a unique glance into Monterey's history.

Casa Soberanes


Cooper-Molera Adobe 

A short distance from Portola Hotel & Spa, lies the Cooper-Molera Adobe. Built in the early 19th century, this adobe home represents the history of the families that inhabited and contributed to the development of Monterey, from Mexican Alta California to when it became the State of California. Take a tour to learn about the lives of these families who once resided here and explore the beautifully preserved interiors. The Adobe is also home to Alta Bakery + Cafe, a quaint eatery with delicious pastries and a wonderful coffee and tea menu. Don't forget to enjoy your time in the beautiful garden behind the Adobe when you visit!

Side of Cooper-Molera and Garden


Wander to Monterey

As you roam these storied streets, you'll find yourself immersed in Monterey's historic landmarks. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking to wander through our charming town, Monterey welcomes you to discover it all. From our quaint streets to the picturesque coastline, there's something for everyone to enjoy. To book your stay at Portola Hotel & Spa, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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