Archive for June, 2013

Green Meetings at the Portola Hotel & Spa

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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Many organizations have taken the first step toward a greener workplace – switching out the traditional cases of break room plastic water bottles for a reusable one, offering rewards for those who carpool to work and many other initiatives.  The pressure for companies to be aware of their carbon footprint is only continuing to grow, which is why the Portola Hotel & Spa created its Monterey Green Meetings program.

The Monterey Green Meeting program at the Portola Hotel is designed to work closely with professional meeting and event planners, as well as private parties, to provide all the tools needed to ensure a successful event that will have a minimal impact on the environment.

Many event and conference facilities offer green options when it comes to menu and décor, but what makes the Portola a stand-out, is that they take it one step further, offering a truly unique event experience that is green from the ground up.  One of the most environmentally friendly places to stay on the Central Coast, the Portola Hotel is a U.S. Green Building Council’s Silver LEED®- EB certified hotel property.

 

The Portola Hotel’s LEED certification is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to providing a sustainable and eco-friendly conference experience. The Monterey Green Meetings team works closely with meeting and event planners to offer a delicious food and beverage selection from sustainably grown, organic and locally sourced ingredients. That includes fresh seafood from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program. Planners also have the option of selecting earth-friendly plastic and paper goods, or for a zero waste option, China, glassware and silverware can replace the use of to-go cups and other waste. All events “wrap-up” with the composting of all post-consumer items.

 

Many people don’t realize that technology and green conferencing go hand in hand. For guests that are unable to attend in person, the Portola Hotel is fully equipped with the latest in video conferencing technology. And for groups looking for innovative and green-themed team-building activities, the Monterey Green Meetings team can create fun and eco-friendly itineraries for guests and event/conference participants.

 

Green is good, and Monterey’s Portola Hotel is as good at it gets!

Become a VIP at Monterey’s Only Craft Brewery with Peter B’s Mug Club

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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Are you a fan of home brews? Would you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, or do you just simply love a nice cold one? Peter B’s Brewpub invites beer enthusiast of all kinds to join a great community of beer lovers! Whether you prefer sitting on their patio with your dog on a sunny day drinking Belly Up Blonde Ale, or enjoying the Stout Resistance beside the outdoor fire pits as the sun sets over the Monterey Bay, Peter B’s Mug Club Membership is perfect for you!

Peter B’s Brewpub invites both locals and visitors alike to sign up for their Mug Club, just $50 dollars upon signing-up and $15 thereafter for your annual membership renewal fee (what a great gift)! Every member receives a personal 25 oz. Beer Stein that can reside at your house or be hung inside the brewpub waiting for you to come in, relax and sip your favorite Peter B’s locally crafted beer. Once a member, you will receive discounts off regularly priced 25 oz. beers and special invites for exclusive tastings of new beers. Mug Club Members will always be kept up to date on upcoming events including monthly Brewer’s Dinners and Mug Club Mixers, celebrating the art of a good brew.

Can you hear that cold one calling you from Peter B’s after a long day of work or a relaxing Sunday afternoon?  Click this link for more info and to sign up for VIP status from the brewpub that makes the best craft beers on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond!

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Celebrate Father’s Day with Brews & Views

Monday, June 10th, 2013
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Peter B’s Brewer, Kevin Clark and his son L.J.

Mark those calendars! Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th and there is no shortage of activities to fill a day with Dad on the Monterey Peninsula!

Get away from the ordinary and bring Dad to stay at the Portola to recharge his batteries.  Explore the rich historical setting of Old Monterey and spend some quality time with Dad. Rent a bike or head out on foot to the Coastal Recreation Trail, just right outside our door and experience many of Monterey’s world-famous attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Hungry? The culinary team at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge will be hard at work in the kitchen providing you and Dad with the finest local cuisine from Central Coast farmers, fisherman, ranchers and dairymen. Or, head to Peter B’s Brewpub for delicious locally brewed craft beer, 15 high-definition TV’s, a pool table and a unique pub-style menu that Dad will surely love.

For the ultimate pre-Father’s Day gift, attend the Monterey Beer Festival on Saturday, June 15th between 12:30pm and 5:00pm with entertainment and beer galore. Fill your day and your belly with tastings from over 80 Central Coast breweries and local food vendors serving up Thai noodles, Korean and Southern BBQ, Cajun specialties, old-fashioned Bratwurst and more. Live bands include the Chicano All Stars, Powerage and Jack Nielsen’s Triple Threat, just to name a few. General Tickets are $45 and other ticket packages including V.I.P. are available. For more information visit www.montereybeerfestival.com.

So if you’re in the mood to celebrate this Father’s Day and make it one to remember,  than we’ve got it all, right here at the Portola!

 

An Awe-Inspiring Salt Creation at the Monterey Museum of Art

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Image: Motoi Yamamoto, Forest of Beyond, salt, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan 2011. Photo: Makoto Morisawa. Courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts.

 

This summer, adults and children of all ages are invited to visit the Monterey Museum of Art to view an interpretation of the awe-inspiring creatures in the rare form of salt installations in the Return to the Sea, Saltworks exhibit by Motoi Yamamoto.

 Starting on June 5th at 11am, the Museum invites the public for the rare opportunity to view the internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist, Motoi Yamamoto in action as he begins to cover the entire gallery floor in salt for his site-specific installation. During Mr. Yamamoto’s summer residency at the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street location, the public will have an opportunity to view this distinctive art form in action, interact with the artist and wander through the series of drawings and photography that accompanies his exhibit. With the opening of the exhibit, Yamamoto will begins his elaborate designs, which will conclude on August 25th with another important interactive experience for visitors to participate in the dismantling of the salt artwork.

Residing from Hiroshima, Japan, Yamamoto uses salt, one of the Earth’s oldest and most sought-after mineral elements, to create these elaborate words. Traditionally used as a symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, the Yamamoto’s use of salt emanates from a powerful personal experience in working through the death of his sister. His artwork is rooted in themes of life, death, and rebirth, and his process with salt has helped him cleanse his grief.

 The Monterey Museum of Art aspires to be a premier visitor destination of the evolving California artistic legacy and expands a passion for the visual arts. With two locations in Monterey, the Return to the Sea exhibit will be located at its Pacific Street location, an inviting, three-story landmark located across from the historic Colon Hall in the heart of Old Monterey. The Museum features eight galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art.  An art reference library offers a quiet space to read and research and a gift shop includes creative and unusual cards, jewelry and a fine selection of books about your favorite period of art or artist and more.

 

RETURN TO THE SEA LOCATION:

Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street
559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
831.372.5477
info@montereyart.org

COST: Members free, $10 Non-members

 

Exhibition schedule:

June 5-13, 11 am: Open to the public during regular museum hours.
Come observe and interact with the artist during the process of his installation.

June 13, 6:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception. Members Free Preview. $10 Non-members
Celebrate the completion of the installation and meet the artist.

August 25, 1-2 pm: Closing Community Ceremony, Return to the Sea
Come gather together in the galleries for a unique participatory experience to wipe away the installation and return the salt to the sea.

2 pm: Community walk from the MMA-Pacific Street to the Monterey Commercial Pier (Municipal Wharf II)

 

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, “The Serengeti of the Sea”

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
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For locals and visitors alike, the Monterey Bay offers something for everyone. Whether a source of income for local fishermen, recreation for kayakers and scuba divers, a muse for artists or an educational opportunity for students and scientists waters surrounding the Monterey Peninsula are near and dear us all. But who helps to monitor and protect this iconic part of the Central Coast?

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is 276 miles of coastline and 6094 square miles of ocean stretching from Marin in the north to Cambria in the south. The Sanctuary was established in 1992 by the Federal Government for the purpose of protection, education, public use and research. The area includes one of the United States’ largest kelp forests, one of North America’s underwater canyons which is part of the closest deep ocean to shore ecosystems in the continental U.S. This rich and diverse area which features 33 species of Marine Mammals, 94 species of sea birds and 345 species of fish and countless invertebrates and plants has earned the MBNMS the moniker, “Serengeti of the Sea”.

Visitors to the Sanctuary can experience its beauty in a variety of ways. Organized kayaking, boating, diving and camping are all available to the general public, as are wildlife tours and whale watching. A great way to experience the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is through a series of virtual tours and live web cams. The Monterey Bay Aquarium features a live cam from within its kelp forest exhibit as well as one from its observation deck. Educational opportunities also abound as classes, tours and exhibitions are featured year round through a variety of local, regional and national agencies and organizations.

So experience one of the most important ocean areas in the world as you visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It’s “fin-tastic”