Archive for April, 2012

Jellies in Monterey

Friday, April 6th, 2012
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People travel for many different reasons. Some travel to relax, others travel to escape, and there are those that travel for adventure. It’s easy to relax, escape or get the heart pumping when you are traveling by yourself, with your significant other or with friends, but finding something exciting to do with your family that keeps your interest can become an adventure in and of itself.  You can find all that and more at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Not only is it located right on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, on historic Cannery Row, but it is chalk full of amazing and educational exhibits and interactive activities for kids and adults alike.

In the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s newest special exhibition, “The Jellies Experience”, the magical world of jellies comes alive in all its psychedelic glory. Plunge into a sensory extravaganza of experiences highlighting the intriguing lives of these unlikely animals with their graceful movements, beautiful symmetry, deceptive fragility and surprising survival skills. After experiencing the magical jellies, journey over to the popular Splash Zone which allows kids of all ages to engage with ocean inhabitants and feedings at each of the exhibits in addition to films, talks and interactive activities. If you are going to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Portola Hotel & Spa is within walking distance and offers fantastic packages.

With the Portola’s Aquarium for Two Package, you get a newly renovated, comfortably appointed guest room of your choice, two adult Aquarium tickets good for two consecutive days, express check-in at the Aquarium and the Portola’s famous warm homemade chocolate chip cookie.

You can also purchase additional tickets right at the front desk and the Portola’s friendly and knowledgeable staff has a host of other activities and family friendly things to do. It’s important to remember that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is more than just a place to look at the creatures of the ocean. They are one of the foremost research facilities in the world and are the stewards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.

So the next time you are looking for a fun-filled getaway that gives back, look no further that the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Aquarium for Two Package. You’ll be glad that you did, and so will the fish!

Looking to book a Monterey Bay Aquarium Package for the entire family?  Not to worry, they’ve got you covered – click here to view the Portola’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Family Package!

Easter Brunch

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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The Easter Bunny, egg hunts, jellybeans, spring flowers, and a delicious brunch with friends and family, nothing says Easter like great traditions.  If you want to start a new tradition or continue with an old favorite, choose Jacks Restaurant for your Easter Brunch.

 Perfect for the entire family, the famous Easter Brunch at Jacks, boasts a gourmet selection of traditional and specialty dishes.  Chef Jason Giles has created the ultimate brunch menu featuring: a made-to-order omelet station, traditional Eggs Benedict, Ricotta cheese blintzes, seasonal sliced fruit, artisan breads and pastries, assorted salads, imported and domestic cheeses, poached prawns and so much more. Make sure to visit the carving station featuring ginger and honey glazed ham, baked salmon with a tropical fruit relish and grilled chicken with a Pinot Blanc sauce. Last but not least…leave room for the heavenly dessert bar featuring assorted pies, cakes and European pastries! 

 And not to worry…the culinary team at Jacks Restaurant have thought of everything. This year, Chef Giles will be preparing popular, child-friendly options too!  The hungriest (and pickiest) of Easter Bunnies will be able to help themselves to creamy mac n’ cheese, classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yummy chicken nuggets, and one of our favorites, Jell-O!   Plus, this children’s brunch menu includes a soft drink, milk or juice.

The Jacks Restaurant Easter Brunch is Sunday, April 8th, 11:30am-4pm, children age five and under eat free and complimentary valet parking is being offered to all Jacks Restaurant customers enjoying brunch. To learn more, call (831)649-2698 or book your reservation today through Open Table.