By Lorianne S. Riley
My childhood friend, of 39 years, and I decided that we wanted to take a girls trip away from our husbands to Monterey, CA. We wanted to stay at a hotel that was central to all of the key attractions, plush, and last but not least, GREEN. We did our homework and found a jewel of a resort, the Portola Hotel & Spa, which boasts a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Portola Hotel & Spa also possesses a 4 diamond rating with AAA. According to Green Lodging News, “Portola Hotel & Spa becomes one of only three hotels in all of California and one of only six hotels in the United States to earn this level of accreditation in the Existing Building (EB) category.