Posts Tagged ‘Monterey’

Peter B’s Craft Brews – The Best In Monterey

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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 Fire Pits at Peter B’s Brewpub, behind the Portola Hotel & Spa.

 

Whether you’re a local or a visitor enjoying a luxurious Monterey getaway at the Portola Hotel & Spa, you won’t be disappointed when you walk through the doors of Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub.  Serving house-made, craft beer created by Head Brewer, Kevin Clark, as well as a brand new pub menu stocked with inventive, not to mention delicious favorites, Peter B’s Brewpub is the location among Monterey watering holes.

Located just behind the Portola, Peter B’s offers an awe-inspiring array of some of the best craft beers available on the Central Coast. Toss in 18 high-definition televisions and a pet-friendly, heated patio surrounded by historic adobes and the sounds of the nearby Monterey Bay – you have the recipe for greatness.  More than just a top-notch place to eat, Peter B’s is the perfect place to unwind after a full day of work, meetings, a round of golf or sightseeing.

Peter B’s has maintained its outstanding level of service throughout the years, providing a great place to meet new people and enjoy food, good friends and fun.  With the recent debut of a new menu as well as a renovation, Peter B’s offers a diverse and delicious menu including beer-inspired dishes, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as local coastal-inspired favorites with a twist (AND they even have a kids menu).

With an amazing Happy Hour, seven days a week from 4pm-6:30pm, munch on anything from American Buffalo Chili; Warm Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip; the Brew-House Rueben, to House-Made Sausage and so much more yumminess.

Spring Packages

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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With much of the country still frozen in Old Man Winter’s icy grip, the Monterey Peninsula has been experiencing a milder than usual season and with Spring’s official arrival only a few short days away, thoughts of locals and visitors alike are turning to sunny skies, blooming flowers and any number of reasons to get back outside and enjoy the great outdoors. The Portola Hotel & Spa is embracing the return of the Spring Season with a couple of packages that are sure to put a spring in your step.

Nothing says spring like watching the earth’s largest mammals frolic and play with their calves, as they migrate from their mating and birthing grounds along the Baja Coast north to their feeding grounds around Alaska. March is high season for the whales and the Portola has you covered with a fantastic Whale Watching Package that gets you up close and personal with these fantastic creatures. Guests will receive 15% off a nautically-themed guest room and enjoy a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. The package also includes two tickets to a four to five hour whale watching tour embarking from Fisherman’s Wharf.

If the thrill of the open ocean does not tempt you, then how about the thrill of locally-sourced award winning cuisine with the Portola’s Breakfast for Two Package? Guests who opt for this package will receive a breakfast buffet for two with unlimited Mimosas for breakfast at Jacks Restaurant, in addition to nautically-themed accommodations and a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie on arrival. The breakfast buffet features a fresh, seasonal European style buffet with made-to-order omelets, assorted petite pastries, muffins, sliced cold cuts, fine artisan cheeses and more. And if any youngsters have accompanied you on your journey, not to worry; Kids 6-12 eat for only $5.95 and 5 and under eat for free! Families or couples can dine fireside in the Jacks dining room or if the mood suits, in the fresh coastal air on the outdoor, pet friendly, heated patio.

So if Spring has put a “spring” in your step and you are itching to get back into the great outdoors, why not enjoy the season on the unforgettable Monterey Peninsula!

Family Fun – Monterey Style

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
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Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium

A treasure trove of outdoor adventure, Monterey is the perfect location for a family vacation.  With unparalleled beauty at every turn, the Monterey Peninsula and beyond promises endless opportunities for fresh-air fun and adventure for the whole family!  Whether you’re a land or sea body, the Monterey Bay area has something for everybody.

Develop your sea legs and take off on an ocean safari with Princess Monterey Whale Watching. Offering year-round whale watching trips, you can take in the majestic view from the midst of the bay while making some fluked friends along the way!  Maybe getting wet isn’t quite your style; get your under-the-sea fix at the Monterey Bay Aquarium instead.  Located on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium promises to inspire wonder and learning through its innovative exhibits and unparalleled variety of aquatic wild life.  With more than 35,000 creatures, and representing over 550 species in nearly 200 exhibits, the Monterey Bay Aquarium promises a full day of fun for the whole family.  By the end of your excursion you’ll have just about sprouted fins of your own!

Home to some of the world’s most majestic ocean views indeed, the Monterey Peninsula is more than just a marine-lover’s mecca.  With Adventures by the Sea you can explore local sites by land or by sea.  Just pic your mode of transportation, bicycle, kayak, or guided tour and experience all that the Peninsula has to offer.  Looking to head to the hills, a hiker’s paradise awaits.  Check out legendary Point Lobos for unmatched views and a chance to run into some pretty feisty wildlife or explore Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley.

For the animal lover within, visit Vision Quest Ranch & the Monterey Zoo. Set on a 51-acre ranch and centrally located off the Monterey-Salinas Highway, the Monterey Zoo (formerly Wild Things) is home to over 100 wild, exotic, and domestic birds and animals.  Take a family trip around the world without having to drive a mile, and learn all that there is to know about these majestic creatures.

So, for your next family trip, look no further than the Monterey Peninsula.  With a little something for everyone, there’s no better place to make family memories that will last a lifetime.

Wine Down at Jacks with Monterey County Wine

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Home to many of California’s finest vineyards and known for its extensive array of wine tasting venues, the Monterey Peninsula is a premium destination for all things wine.  Recently named as one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 10 Best Regions for Wine”, visitors can find everything from vineyards and wine tours to tasting rooms and wine dinners. If you’re looking for the perfect place to relax with your favorite glass of vino or you’re interested in developing a more complex palate, there’s no better place for you than the Central Coast.  With multiple microclimates and varied soil types there are a number of award winning appellations within the Monterey County alone.

 

Featuring several wine tasting venues right outside its doors, the Portola Hotel & Spa is well equipped to fulfill all of your wine-related needs and is the perfect base for exploring all the region has to offer. In fact, you need to look no further than Portola’s own renowned Jacks Restaurant & Lounge to get your wine fix.  Jacks Lounge is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of work or sight-seeing. Wine Down at Jacks Lounge from 4-6pm, daily and receive 50% off all wines by the glass and 50% off their signature cheese plate.  Better than a “traditional happy hour”, Wine Down at Jacks Lounge provides the ideal atmosphere to relax and renew in style while experiencing the best of Monterey County’s wines.

 

If a sit down dinner is more your speed, visit Jacks for their Wine Dinner series. Every quarter, Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Jason Giles, pairs selections from Jacks menu with vintages from local wineries for an exclusive five course dinner. Each course is designed with the utmost care to perfectly complement the corresponding wine. To truly enhance the experience, each course is described and selected tableside by the wine team representatives.  At only $75 per person, Jacks Wine Diners are a wonderful value! To learn more about these fabulous dinners and events visit www.jacksrestaurantlounge.com

Venue Ideas for Your Perfect Monterey Bay Wedding

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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Memory Garden behind the Portola Hotel & Spa

World famous for its natural beauty, iconic history and incredible events, the Monterey Peninsula has amazed visitors for decades. More recently, however, wedding fever has caught on in this area and not just by the residents. As destination weddings have become as much of an option as more traditional ceremonies, couples are continually looking for something different. Places such as Hawaii and Las Vegas will always be popular, as will other tropical locations, but where else can two lovebirds and their families find such a wide variety of locations for their perfect day?

Whether big or small, simple or ornate, the Monterey Peninsula offers a venue for every type of wedding. If you are looking for a natural setting many of the local, regional and state parks offer locations that are beautiful and practical at the same time. Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove is continually voted as best wedding venue by local publications. It offers a grassy park overlooking the Monterey Bay and who can beat a place with Lovers in the name. But, if a true beach wedding is your desire, the Carmel State Beach or Asilomar State Beach are great choices that are serviced my many of the local event companies.

Meadow and forested themes are also gaining in popularity. Facebook founder Sean Parker went all out in Big Sur and there are several great locations at Pfeiffer State Park, as well as the Santa Lucia Chapel owned by All Saints Church. The outdoor chapel which is nestled in a grove of redwoods overlooks the Big Sur River offers a truly rustic experience. Breathtaking views are the hallmark of the Wedding Rock in Carmel, which sits high upon a bluff overlooking Monastery Beach. Simple yet unique, this site is managed by the California State Parks system.

One of the most popular wedding themes over the past decade is the Rustic or Shabby Chic event. While these weddings can be held at a traditional hotel or event space, their reliance on the thematic location has allowed many local historical landmarks to become something more, housing many couple’s special day. Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove, built in the late 1800’s, was once a place for religious events and artistic gatherings. Now, it sports a modern kitchen and a flowered garden outside.

If, however, you seek the best of everything, look no further than the Memory Garden located next to the Historic Custom House Plaza in Monterey (just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa). The adobe walled garden offers a fountain amid Southern Magnolia trees and a lush flower garden.  This California State Park venue, is attached to the garden is the Historic Custom House which offers 19th century Spanish Maritime architecture and authentic Monterey Bay charm. Continue the celebration converting the ceremony space into your reception or change it up a bit and head on over the Portola (just steps from the garden), dance the night away in one of their ballrooms or outdoor courtyard and let their amazing event staff take care of all the details.

From the beauty of the Monterey Bay and the history of Old California to the serenity of the coastal California Redwood forests, the Monterey Peninsula offers so much for regular visitors, but it offers the ultimate in destination wedding experiences.