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 and time again is the Portola Hotel & Spa. Even though it’s a Monterey Bay staycation for our family – there are two things that our kids always remember – the warm chocolate chip cookies and the Portola Pirates Program.
Designed for kids between the ages of three through twelve, the Portola Pirates Program includes a self-guided treasure hunt throughout the property, celebrating Monterey’s rich cultural and nautical history and upon each additional stay families can earn some cool perks and prizes.
Complete the Treasure Map to find the Buried Treasure
Voyage 1: Your first stay at the property includes a souvenir Portola Pirate Bag and self-guided treasure hunt map to buried treasure.
Voyage 3: Your third stay at the property includes a voucher for complimentary admission to MY Museum, the Monterey County Youth Museum in downtown Monterey.
Voyage 4: Your fourth stay at the property includes a Portola Pirate t-shirt.
Voyage 5: Your fifth stay at the property includes a Pirate Party in your guestroom for up to ten friends under the age of twelve years old. Enjoy pizza, sweets and pirate goodie bags with complimentary rental of a Wii gaming system. Parent supervision is required.
So in preparation for your next voyage to the Portola and in celebration one of our favorite National Days, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” celebrated every September 19th, here are a few pirate-themed sayings to help as you prepare to set sail and impress your fellow mates!
Ahoy – a friendly greeting
Arr! – an exclamation
Aye – yes
Bounty – a hefty reward
Blow me down! – when one is surprised or shocked
Buccaneer – a fellow pirate
Doubloons – gold coins
Landlubber – an inexperienced sailor or a clumsy person
Loot – stolen belongings or treasure
Matey – a friend
Old Salt – an experienced sailor or pirate
Sail ho! – when a ship is visible over the horizon or nearby
Seadog – an old pirate
Spyglass – a telescope
Scallywag – an inexperienced pirate/rookie
Thar She Blows – when one sights a whale
Yo Ho Ho! – an expression used to get one’s attention
Portola Pirates on a Treasure Hunt