Archive for August, 2012

Breakfast for Two

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Ahhhh breakfast. It starts you off right and gets you ready for the day ahead. Such a popular meal, that many restaurants now offer it for dinner! What’s better than enjoying a vacation on the Monterey Peninsula when you’ve just had one the finest breakfasts around? Nothing, unless that breakfast is part of the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Breakfast for Two Package.

Begin your morning with a scrumptious breakfast buffet at Jacks Restaurant. The fresh, seasonal, European style buffet features made-to-order omelets, assorted petite pastries and muffins, sliced cold cuts, fine artisan cheeses and much, much more. Not to mention bottomless mimosas! Dine in our cozy fireside dining room, or breathe in the fresh coastal air on our outdoor, pet-friendly heated patio.

Along with breakfast buffet for two, this fantastic package also includes accommodations in a nautically inspired guest room and a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie on arrival. So start your day and your vacation off right with the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Breakfast for Two Package.

Click here for package details!

Growlers & Growlettes

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Whether you are a diehard aficionado or someone who likes the occasional cold one, beer is synonymous with many different things. Most of us can agree, however, that beer is best enjoyed in its tapped form; fresh and foamy, served in a chilled pint glass or mug. You’d be hard-pressed though, to get that “straight from the tap taste” at home. Sure, some companies have tried to market the “take home keg” but most have sorely missed the mark. What’s a beer lover to do?

Thank goodness we have Kevin Clark in our midst. The visionary Brewer from Peter B’s Brewpub located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa has graced our taste buds with his wonderful creations for a couple years and now he is offering the perfect way to enjoy them at home. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to the Growler & Growlette!

The six pint Growler ($25 or $10 for refills) or two pint Growlette ($10 or $5 for refills) allow fans of Clark’s wizardry to choose their favorite flavor and enjoy the taste at home. The brown glass bottles keep the beer fresh and can be returned for refills as needed, but must be consumed off property. Clark is constantly debuting small batch craft brews to go along with his regular offerings so contact the folks at Peter B’s Brewpub to see what’s on tap!

Spa On the Plaza Fall Specials

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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As summer starts to turn to fall, don’t you deserve a little break from the end of summer/back to school madness? Whether you are rushing to pack in that last bit of fun in the sun or sprinting to fill your kid’s school supplies list everyone could use some “me” time. That’s why Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel is offering a full line-up of relaxing and rejuvenating specials sure to soothe even the most harried mom or dad.

Always inventive with their offerings, Spa on the Plaza has infused the tropical favorite, coconut into several of its treatment packages. The Mini-Vacation includes a coconut balm massage and a pedicure for only $129. The coconut helps with disease prevention and anti-aging and when coupled with the Spa’s other award winning services can make your visit something more than just a simple spa service.

The Refresh ($175/120.00 minutes) includes the coconut balm massage as well as the CEO Facial and hand treatment. The CEO emphasizes essential oils, while it relaxes, helps to diminish fine lines and improve facial circulation. If that was not enough, you can also request the Rejuvenation Package ($190/180 minutes) which also includes the Coconut Balm Massage, a Spa Mani-Pedi and an exhilarating hand and foot scrub.

Spa on the Plaza is one of the largest spas in the country with over 6,000 square feet dedicated to spa services, health and fitness. It is also one of the most decorated with numerous “Best of” awards from local and regional publications. So if the end of summer has you going a little “nuts”, slow things down at the Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Relaxed, Refreshed and Rejuvenated are the three “R’s” for moms and dads! Call (831) 647-9000 or visit to book your well-deserved spa day!



Top 10 Automotive Activities

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
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With so many events scheduled during the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week Monday, August 13 through Sunday August 19th is an automotive fan’s head might start spinning like the wheels on one of those amazing machines trying to decide what to see. There is something for everyone, but since the fun is just around the corner, we thought we would give you a little primer.

Here are the unofficial Top 10 Automotive Activities (in random order) during Classic Car Week:

10. The Portola Hotel & Spa – All week long

A fan favorite among enthusiasts taking part in Classic Car Week, the Portola is home to the famous RM Auctions. Known as a hot spot during the festivities to locals, return visitors and collectors, the Portola is a great location for casual viewing of some awesome autos.

9. Legends of the Autobahn – Friday, Aug. 17, 9am-5pm at Rancho Cañada Golf Club, Carmel Valley

Guttenta! BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes-Benz’s are on display for owners, enthusiasts and aficionados of these distinctive German cars.

8. McCall’s Motorworks Revival – Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5pm-10pm at the Monterey Jet Center, Monterey

This exclusive party for the elite held at the Monterey Jet Center, features exhibits ranging from motorcycles and cars to deluxe jets,

7. The Little Car Show – Wednesday, Aug. 15, Noon-5pm, Downtown Pacific Grove on Lighthouse Avenue

Showcasing the small, but mighty, this event in historic Downtown Pacific Grove includes “little cars” up to 1,601cc engines and electric cars.

6. Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours of the Avenue – Tuesday, Aug. 14, 10a-5pm – Ocean Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

An annual event featuring classic, sporting, luxury, hot rods and muscle cars gathering on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

5. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering – Friday, Aug. 17, 10am-4pm at Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley

A mixture of fantastic sporting autos and food on the Quail Lodge Golf Course.

4. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Aug. 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey-Salinas Highway

Motorsports history is on display with authentic racecars competing on a Mazda Laguna Seca’s world-class track.

3. Tour of LeMons – Saturday, Aug 18, 10am-1pm along 1234 Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Seaside

Relaxed and fun. This alternative event showcases misfits, lemons and junkers.

2. Concourso Italiano – Friday, Aug. 17, 9am-3pm at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey-Salinas Highway

This celebration of Italian style, culture and craftsmanship is sure to get your motor running.

1. Pebble Beach Concours d ‘Elegance – Sunday, Aug. 19, 10:30am, Pebble Beach Golf Course, 18th Hole

Around since 1950, the Consours is known to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile.

Events on the Monterey Peninsula

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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Everyone knows that the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula is without question. Whether you are walking along the Coastal Recreation Trail, driving the scenic 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach or hiking the winding trails of Big Sur, the sights and sounds of this wonderful area are there to behold on a daily basis. But what to do when you are done with all nature has to offer? How about experiencing any one of the numerous local and world-class events held right here on the Central Coast. Check out what’s on tap this August and September:

  • Monterey Auto Week – August 13 – 19
  • Pebble Beach Concours d ’Elegance – August 15 – 19
  • “Beauty & the Beast” at the Forest Theater – August 16 - 19
  • Sand City West End Celebration – August 24 – 26
  • Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover at the Monterey Fairgrounds – August 25
  • Turkish Festival – August 25
  • Monterey County Fair – August 29 – September 3
  • Monterey Bay Greek Festival – September 1 – 3
  • Tri-California Triathlon at Pacific Grove – September 7 – 9
  • Fiesta Italia – September 7 – 9
  • Continental Sports Car Festival – September 7 – 12
  • 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden – September 22
  • Blue Ocean Film Festival – September 24 - 30
  • Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival – September 28 – 30