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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Continuing to “LEED” the Way

Guest post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa We are always excited to share what’s happening behind the scenes here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. As many know we were one of Central California’s first “green” LEED® Certified hotel properties having received our first certification in 2011 by the U.S. Green…

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Endless Ways to Experience the Bay

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has always been one of the world’s greatest natural experiences. It’s unique configuration, including the 10,000 ft. deep Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon creates an environment that teems with thousands of species of fish, birds and mammals and other ocean dwelling creatures. So beloved is this aquatic wonder, that the…

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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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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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Wedding Season All Year Round

There are several reasons the Monterey Peninsula is one of the most popular destinations for saying “I Do”. To begin, the scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary serving as the backdrop to a bevy of local, county, regional and state parks, as well as…

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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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Come One & Come All to the Fourth Annual Whalefest

If you are like me, you love the ocean. Whether it’s walking along the beach, visiting an aquarium or experiencing some nautically inspired art, the ocean and specifically the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary give each and every one of us so much to be thankful for. That’s why I’m calling all marine-life enthusiasts, from…

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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, “The Serengeti of the Sea”

For locals and visitors alike, the Monterey Bay offers something for everyone. Whether a source of income for local fishermen, recreation for kayakers and scuba divers, a muse for artists or an educational opportunity for students and scientists waters surrounding the Monterey Peninsula are near and dear us all. But who helps to monitor and…

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The “Best Weekend in Monterey”

With the holiday season and winter finally here the special events and happenings in Monterey are as plentiful as relatives and leftovers. Choosing what to do and where to go can be overwhelming, so your friends here at Central Coast Living have put together, in our humble opinion, an itinerary for what we would like…

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