Yo Ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me!

Traveling with the kiddos can be a challenge, but through my personal experiences I have found if they feel comfortable and have a little extra entertainment, it seems to make traveling as a family a bit less stressful. Our family travels quite a bit, but the one place our kids ask to return to time…

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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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Renovation Update: Spa on the Plaza Upgrades

Guest Post by Camille Malcolm, Spa on the Plaza In our continued effort to operate as a green business, we are constantly looking at ways to become more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. Being a green business, we consider the environment in how we operate the business, as well as the products we use in…

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Preserving an Artistic & Cultural Monterey Landmark

Many are fond of the tile mosaic that graces the side of the Monterey Conference Center adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa. The “Monterey Mural” features 663 individual tiles, depicting 150 different scenes, illustrating the timeline of Monterey’s rich history. Created by artist, Guillermo Granizo and installed in 1984, the “Monterey Mural” is an…

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Exciting Upgrades at the Portola, Guest Post by General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The Portola Hotel & Spa is full of exciting changes as we close out 2015 and venture into 2016. The first project we are working on is the enhancement to all our guestrooms with a full bathroom remodel. This bathroom renovation is in its final stages of completion with 265 guestrooms already completed.  We plan…

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Woofin’ Around Monterey

The Monterey Peninsula may be known to many around the globe for its coastal charm, boutique wineries, world class golf courses, fine cuisine and more, BUT to dog lovers from near and far it’s cherished for the many canine friendly activities, restaurants and hotels located throughout the local area. The Portola Hotel is one of…

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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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Family time is now more affordable at the Portola

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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