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Monterey Bay Marine Life

With temperatures rising from the winter’s chilly embrace, the sun shining just a little bit brighter and a flowers bloom beginning to show its colors like a painter’s palate, it does not take a weatherman or a groundhog to let us know that spring has arrived. Spring has always meant rebirth across the earth and…

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Monterey Bay Insider Hiking Tips

With breathtaking views around every corner and some of the world’s best coastal and forested hiking trails, I turned to the team at the Portola Hotel & Spa to get their insider tips on how best to explore the Monterey Bay by foot!  Whether hiking, strolling or heading out for a trail run, you’re in…

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Winter Fun, Monterey Style

For much of the country, winter fun means bundling up and heading out into the snow.  Whether it’s skiing in Utah, snowshoeing in Wisconsin or ice skating in New York, there is no shortage of traditional wintertime activities across the country. On the Monterey Peninsula, however, the mild temperature means a long trip before reaching…

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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…

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Downtown Monterey Shopping & Nightlife

Just steps outside the Portola Hotel & Spa, Downtown Monterey bustles with vibrancy and life. From the quaint shops, galleries and museums to live music venues and historic landmarks, Downtown Monterey has something for everyone. Centered around Alvarado Street, Downtown Monterey has a long and storied history. As California’s first capital, many of the buildings…

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August Happenings On & Around the Monterey Bay

  No matter what weekend you decide to make Monterey your summer getaway, chances are there’s a festival just waiting for you to enjoy.  With everything from the Scottish and Greek Festivals to the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, there’s no shortage of good food, fun entertainment and great excitement to be had! Start off with a…

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Best Beaches on the Monterey Peninsula

It’s common knowledge that the Monterey Bay has one of the most beautiful coastlines on the entire planet. But with all those miles of photo-worthy shore, how can you tell which beach is right for you? Central Coast Living’s team has visited them all and here are a few of our favorites! Located off of…

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Unforgettable Beach Picnics on the Monterey Peninsula

  For many people summertime means lazy days in the sun, kicking back with good friends and good food!  In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate this tradition then heading to the beach for an old fashioned picnic.  The Portola Hotel & Spa has some fun tips to create you perfect beach…

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Staycations are the Best!

  Calling all exhausted parents, worn out families, and couples in need of a romantic rendezvous in the 831; this post is for you! Just because there’s no time for an actual vacation doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a break.  Monterey’s Portola Hotel and Spa is here to provide the perfect solution!  Why not…

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The Monterey Bay Spring Foodcast – Guest Staff Member Post

  This spring, treat your taste buds to some of the most appetizing restaurants in Monterey. The neighboring Salinas Valley, fondly known as ”Salad Bowl of the World”, Monterey County yields a great portion of California’s rich agriculture. Savor, locally grown fresh strawberries, raspberries and the unique olallieberry and make sure peruse the amazing, fresh…

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