The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway from Inspirations & Celebrations

Inspirations & Celebrations is exited to announce its partnership with several incredible, award-winning businesses including: Portola Hotel & Spa, Restaurant 1833, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Adventures By The Sea, Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Bay Sailing, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to present “The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway” in celebration of the 4 Year Anniversary of Inspirations & Celebrations.

Christina-Lauren Pollack, the Lifestyle Blogger & Creator of Inspirations & Celebrations states, “Since launching the website in October 2011, it’s been a rewarding experience inspiring and educating thousands of loyal readers through my site’s series of lifestyle guides.

This incredible giveaway is a way to thank my readers, subscribers, and followers for their continued support. This exclusive giveaway affords my followers the opportunity to win a fabulous getaway to The Monterey Peninsula. From exhilarating outdoor adventures to award-winning restaurants and deluxe accommodations, The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway features an array of incredible prizes (valued at over $1500). Thanks to the generosity of these premiere businesses, the winner of this giveaway will experience several must-see places and must-do activities in Monterey Bay.”

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Activities at Portola Hotel and Spa

About The Monterey Peninsula

The captivating Monterey Peninsula is a world-renowned destination located on the Central Coast of Northern California (just 2-hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area). Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean and surrounded by lush forests and rolling hillsides, the must-visit area is exalted for its awe-inspiring natural environment, world-class events, a plethora of outdoor adventures, and memorable fine dining. The spectacular area and its many hotspots have won prestigious awards (from Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, TripAdvisor, etc.) as a premiere travel destination. For those who desire the best experiences, there’s no shortage of explanations why the Monterey Peninsula is the ultimate vacation getaway.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Portola Hotel and Spa - Downtown Monterey

How To Win The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway:

To be eligible to win, entrants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and be a legal resident of the United States at time of entry. The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway runs from October 1, 2015 – October 31st, 2015. To enter, follow the easy entry instructions listed via the Gleam-powered widget below.

Don’t miss the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries by sharing this fabulous giveaway with your friends (by email and social media)! The share link option can be found in the list of entry options below.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway

A random winner will be selected on November 1st, 2015. The winner will be contacted by email, and is required to reply within 5 business days to claim the prize and to provide Inspirations & Celebrations with their full contact information. To redeem the gift certificates and prizes, the winner will coordinate arrangements (for accommodations, bookings, and reservations) directly with Inspirations & Celebrations.

If the original winner fails to respond in that time frame, their winning entry will be disqualified, and another winner will be chosen. The prize is non-transferrable, and cannot be sold or used by any person(s) other than the designated winner. To read the full Giveaway Rules, click here.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway Prize Package:

This prize package includes all below sponsored accommodations, activities, and amenities. Total prize value is approximately $1,500.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Portola Hotel and Spa

2-Night Accommodations (in a Deluxe, Harbor View Room) at Portola Hotel & Spa: This 4-Star, AAA Four Diamond hotel is located in historic old Monterey, overlooking the picturesque Monterey Bay. The Portola Hotel & Spa is ideally situated in downtown Monterey, in walking distance to bustling restaurants and lounges, a scenic recreational trail, boutiques and retail stores, and the legendary Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row tourist attractions.

As part of this Giveaway package, also included: Complimentary Overnight Parking & WIFI. [Accommodations Package Value: $820]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Portola Hotel and Spa Harbor View Room

About Portola Hotel & Spa

The Portola Hotel & Spa reflects the captivating spirit of a rich, historical setting surrounded by everything that the Monterey Peninsula is known for. The award-winning hotel offers 379 elegantly appointed residential-style guest rooms and suites, 50,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent Monterey Conference Center, a full service spa and a variety of other amenities, perfect for both groups and leisure customers.

The Portola Hotel has received several honors including: the U.S. Green Building Council Silver LEED®-EB CertificationCalifornia Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Award for “Good Earth Keeping”, the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold Level.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Jacks Restaurant and Lounge

In addition, Portola Hotel features two distinguished on-site eateries – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, a spacious, full-service, three-meal restaurant and lounge, featuring a casually elegant, private dining room and presenting an array of California coastal cuisine selections sure to please every taste, and Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey’s original craft brewery and a great local favorite. Plus, it’s a pet-friendly hotel!

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Portola Hotel and Spa

Overnight guests have access to the hotel’s spa and fitness facilities, complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. In addition, the spa features separate men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, a relaxation lounge, and a separate salon facility for manicures, pedicures and hair services.

Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel

The Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa was named the ‘2015 Best Place for Skin Care’ by the Monterey County Weekly, in addition to receiving being voted ‘Best Spa in Monterey County’ (2008, 2009, 2010) by Monterey County Weekly readers. The 6,000-square-foot facility offers 10 treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu of more than 30 signature treatments, including massages and facials.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Portola Hotel Fitness Center

For those who want to stay in shape while traveling, Portola Hotel also offers guests access to a state-of-the-art fitness center. The fitness center features the latest in Cybex cardiovascular and Nautilus resistance weight training equipment.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Breakfast at Jacks Restaurant

Breakfast for 2 (for 2 Mornings) at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge: Located within the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge features both outdoor and indoor dining, with a pet-friendly heated patio and comfortable indoor dining room. The restaurant offers fresh, California coastal fare featuring regional, sustainable ingredients. Jacks Restaurant is a proud participant of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program. From decadent Cinnamon Swirl French Toast to Omelets-To-Order, breakfast at Jacks is the best way to start the day.

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Restaurant 1833

Dinner & Wine Pairing for 2 at Restaurant 1833: Located in the former Stokes Adobe in Monterey, Restaurant 1833 resides in a national heritage site that is rich with historical elements from Monterey’s historical background. The two-story restaurant is a design-forward space with regal, turn-of-the-century elements that play homage to the buildings rich history in each of the six interior spaces. The restaurant’s outdoor space provides an intimate setting for outdoor dining, and a patio area with four fire pits which provide the perfect space for gusts to sit back and relax while enjoying various small bites and custom cocktails. [Gift Certificate Value: $250]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Monterey Bay Sailing

Introductory Sailing Lesson & Bay Cruises from Monterey Bay Sailing: Get ready to set sail on the Monterey Bay! From an introductory sailing lesson that shows you the ropes around a sailboat to relaxing bay cruises, Monterey Bay Sailing has been putting the wind behind people’s sails since 1998. Whether you’re a sailing novice or an experienced ocean explorer, enjoy American Sailing Association (ASA) classes taught to your skill level. If you love wildlife, be prepared for exciting encounters with whales, dolphins, sea lions and more. The prize includes a 1-Hour Bay Cruise, 2-Hour Bay Cruise, and 2-Hour Introduction to Sailing Class. [Gift Certificate Total Value: $207; Certificates provided for 1 person, 2 person-minimum booking is required for redemption.]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Monterey Bay Aquarium

2 Tickets to The Monterey Bay Aquarium: The world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium (located at ocean’s edge on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA.) is a remarkable showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the planet’s richest marine regions. More than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 spectacular galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean, and one of the most amazing adventures on the Monterey Peninsula. [Gift Certificate Value: $80]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Adventures By The Sea Kayaking

All-Day Kayaking for 2 from Adventures By The Sea: From up-close whale-watching to sea otter and dolphin sightings, there’s no better way to get your daily dose of exercise than by kayaking on the Monterey Bay. Renowned for its family-friendly outdoor activities, Adventures By The Sea has been entertaining and delighting tourists and residents on the Monterey Peninsula since 1991, by providing fun and exciting activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and bicycling. [Gift Certificate Value: $60]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Spa On The Plaza

Gift Certificate from Spa On The Plaza: This gift certificate can be used to purchase luxurious beauty products or towards spa services at the award-winning Spa On The Plaza in Monterey, California. They carry an array of deluxe spa and beauty essentials that will dazzle and delight the senses. In addition, they offer several relaxing services including massages, facials, and body treatments. Get ready to be pampered. [Gift Certificate Value: $50]

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation

About Inspirations & Celebrations:

Since launching in October 2011, Inspirations & Celebrations has become a daily source of inspiration and information for over 75,000 subscribers and followers (including celebrities, top brands, and popular bloggers).

The easy-to-navigate desktop & mobile-friendly site features hundreds of articles on a range of topics geared toward women (ages 18-40), including: fashion trends & style advice, health & beauty tipshome decorating & entertaining tutorials, travel guides, and special event coverage.

To date, the site has collaborated with over 100 leading lifestyle brands & retailers, including: Google, Tommy Bahama, Amazon, ESQ Movado, L.A.M.B., L’Oréal Paris, Bacardi, Intel, VW, Olay, HP, Dove, etc. In addition, the website and its Creator (Christina-Lauren Pollack) have been seen, quoted, and featured in several top publications and websites, such as,, Vogue, Babble, and The Huffington Post (to name a few).

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway - Monterey Gardens

The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win, entrants must be at least 18 years or older, and be a legal resident of the USA or Canada, at time of entry. Invalid entries will be excluded. Click here to read the Official Rules for this Giveaway; Terms & Conditions apply. [Note: blackout dates apply; travel expenses, taxes, and gratuities not included.]

[Images courtesy of Sponsors & Presenter: Portola Hotel & Spa, Jacks Restaurant, Restaurant 1833, Adventures By The Sea, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Spa On The Plaza, Monterey Bay Sailing and Inspirations & Celebrations]

  1. This would truly be a trip of a lifetime! I’ve never been to California and would love to take my mom. Monterey Bay looks beautiful and I’m sure it’s better in person. Thanks for the chance! and Happy Anniversary!

  2. This would truly be a trip of a lifetime! I’ve never been to California and would love to win and take my mom. Monterey Bay looks beautiful, I imagine it’s even better in person. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Everything about this looks absolutely amazing. I love all of the amenities and the food looks wonderful. The spa gift certificate is much needed. This is definitely an ultimate vacation! Excited to see who wins.

  4. I do cat rescue and live in the cold Midweest. This would be a dream just to get awaay for just a litte whiiile thanks for the chance.

  5. Debbie Maloney says:

    Could always use a relaxing vacation !! Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for putting this together & fir a chance to win..

  6. OH MY GOSH – what an incredible giveaway!! I’ve only visited the West Coast a couple times but it is absolutely beautiful! I would love to win the Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway! 🙂 Thank you so much for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!

  7. Dorothy Boucher says:

    WOW!!! such an amazing giveaway you have here for us,, Thanks so much for the chance 🙂 and Good Luck to all..

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