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Fresh Looks and Meeting Opportunities in Monterey County

Your update on the must-see properties and meeting spaces in beautiful Monterey County

Monterey County's breathtaking coastline and pristine landscapes draw millions of visitors every year. Properties throughout the region have been investing in major renovations, upgrades and additions to meet increasing visitation and meeting opportunities.

Here's an update on a few properties to consider for your next event, inspired by Monterey County.

Pebble Beach Resorts

Pebble Beach Resorts introduced the new Fairway One at The Lodge in August 2017. Located along the first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, Fairway One is a distinctive addition to The Lodge. Fairway One includes 30 oversized guest rooms in three two-story buildings and two four-bedroom golf cottages, each with a 1,000-square-foot living room. A 2,500-square-foot main meeting room with floor-to-ceiling views of the first fairway is part of the new meeting facility. Pebble Beach Resorts has also invested in a major, three-year renovation of all 454 guest rooms at The Lodge, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The project will be completed in early 2019 for Pebble Beach’s centennial celebrations and the 2019 U.S. Open.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row is in its final phase of a $4.5 million renovation to the property’s guest rooms. The hotel recently completed an upgrade of the outdoor patio at its restaurant, with a new fire pit, furnishings and glass railing. There is also a new exterior staircase and a newly tiled lower terrace. In 2016, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa unveiled a new lobby, upgraded guest service stations, the new Helmsman Lounge, a new rooftop sundeck at the Vista Blue Spa and remodeled penthouse luxury suites.

Portola Hotel & Spa

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Adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, the Portola Hotel & Spa has undergone a $10 million full renovation of all 379 guest rooms. The hotel also recently completed a $6 million renovation of the lobby and its new lobby bar and restaurant. Improvements also included cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola's commitment to sustainability and LEED® Certified Status.

Ventana Big Sur

Perched high above the Pacific coastline, Ventana Big Sur has undergone a multi-million dollar re-imagination to coincide with its fall 2017 reopening. The intimate 59-room resort will introduce distinctive experiences that invite guests to discover, inspire and create. The opening of Ventana Big Sur also marks the North American debut of Alila Hotels & Resorts. Enhancements to the property include a refresh of the guest rooms, suites and villas, the new Glass House Gallery to showcase works of art, a new luxury glamping experience offering 15 safari-style, canvas tents spanning a 20-acre canyon and the new awe-inspiring Ocean Meadow Lawn for events and celebrations.

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Other significant renovation projects are ongoing at many Monterey venues, including the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Seaside (planned completion October 2017),  L'Auberge Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea (planned completion January 2018), and the Inns of Monterey's Spindrift Inn on Cannery Row (to start winter 2017). Recently completed projects include the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa in Monterey and Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina.

New properties in Monterey County include Springhill Suites by Marriott The Dunes on Monterey Bay, opened June 2017 and the Wave Street Inn, with historical touches in Cannery Row.

For more information on venue options in Monterey County, please visit And keep track of the re-opening of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge through Monterey's ongoing travel updates for complete access news.

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