Archive for February, 2012

Blog Manager: Lisa Thomas

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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Lisa Thomas, the editor of Central Coast Living, is a native Californian with a passion for travel and adventure. After growing up in Pacific Grove, CA, Lisa traveled and experienced life before returning to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to begin her career and family.  Lisa is a freelance writer, entrepreneur, mother and volunteer and loves nothing better than giving visitors to the area tips, insider info and ideas on how to best enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 As someone who has experienced travel with both friends and family, Lisa brings a unique perspective to her insights and is as comfortable describing a fabulous girl’s weekend, as she is giving advice on the best place to take your family.  With so many diverse activities, events and attractions to highlight, Lisa is inspired by the beauty of the area and readers of her Central Coast Living blog are sure to find some great info to make their trip to the Monterey Peninsula that much more exciting.

Lisa lives on the Monterey Peninsula with her husband Steve, almost four year old twins, Mackenzie and Phinn AND a bevy of pets.  There is never a dull moment in the Thomas household!

Whale Watching Package

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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One of the best things about visiting the Monterey Peninsula is the wealth of wildlife and sea creatures that you can experience firsthand. If the urge for a little adventure strikes you, take advantage of the Portola Hotel & Spa’s fantastic Whale Watching Package.  Winter is the high season for sighting theses “big guys” and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the stopping points on their migration. The amazing depths of the Monterey Submarine Canyon provide the culinary fuel for their long journeys and this is a journey you want to experience.

Each whale watching tour is four to five hours long aboard a fully-equipped large vessel and is led by an experienced Marine Biologist from Portola’s partner and neighbor the Monterey Bay Whale Watching Center. The guide is there to answer questions and to help point out the multitude of marine wildlife you might see depending on the season. That may include; Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Killer Whales and Dall’s Porpoise.

Portola Hotel & Spa’s Whale Watching Package includes a night in a newly renovated guest room of your choice (based upon availability) two tickets to the tour, and Portola’s famous homemade chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. What’s even better is the chance to see your kids be truly amazed, create some awesome memories, all while taking part in their education.

Intro to Central Coast Living

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Welcome to Central Coast Living, the newest spot for info, insider tips and events on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond, brought to you by the Portola Hotel & Spa. My name is Lisa Thomas and I’ll be your guide. From great packages and specials to new activities and menu additions, I will make sure that you have the best information, with a cool twist!

As a well-traveled, 30-something I have had the best of both worlds – traveling before kids – and now traveling with kids! Along with inspiration from local travel experts, friends, colleagues and guests of the Portola Hotel & Spa, Central Coast Living will feature tips and more on how to make the most of a romantic weekend with someone special, the ultimate getaway with good friends, affordable family adventures and more.

Central Coast Living will bring you inside the Peninsula’s hottest events like the Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The Red Bull Moto GP and the Monterey Jazz Festival and let you know the best ways to enjoy one of the most wonderful places in the world.

Cheers!