Bicycling Your Way Through Monterey

The Monterey Bay area is such a pedestrian and bike-friendly region and really, there is no better way to experience all the area has to offer than by bike. With a variety of trails for all levels along the coast or in the woods, you can experience the best of Monterey. If traveling without your…

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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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You’re Invited: Community LEGO® Build in Monterey!

Calling all kids…and grownups too, join in the Monterey Conference Center’s LEGO® Community Build! On Saturday, April 16th from 11am-3pm, all are invited to meet up at the Monterey Conference Center Pavilion (the big white tent) in Custom House Plaza and join in some LEGO® building fun in celebration of the Conference Center’s renovation. This…

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Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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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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Pet Friendly Monterey Bay, Traveling with Pets has Never Been Easier

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most pet friendly hot spots in California.  A true paradise for those traveling with their pets, activities are endless and many hotel properties and restaurants, welcome pets, including the Portola Hotel & Spa and on site eateries, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub.  We…

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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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Mother’s Day Memories

Mother’s Day is just a few short days away and with everyone’s hectic lives, finding the perfect gift might be hard to do. Sure there are the old standbys of flowers or a card, but what about something more to show mom just how much you care? Here are a few ideas that will take…

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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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