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Summertime Flavors at Home with Panna Cotta & Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Popular summer desserts often include ice cream, popsicles, and strawberry shortcake. At the Portola Hotel, we love a refreshing and light Panna Cotta with Blueberry Ginger Sauce. Take a trip to your local farm stand or grocery store for a basket of fresh, organic blueberries and lemons to create this delicate and balanced panna cotta…

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Ahoy, Portola Pirates! It’s Adventure Time!

If your summer plans have changed, and your Monterey beach vacation has been delayed, we understand how you may feel. We know home sweet home is a wonderful place to be, but we all need change and adventure sometimes. That’s why we put together a few fun pirate themed activity sheets you can enjoy at…

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Stay ‘Cool’ this Summer with Monterey Jazz

There is more than one way to stay cool this summer, and by cool, we mean in the know on all the best jazz musicians to perform in Monterey, CA. For more than 60 years, jazz music has influenced the Monterey Peninsula. Home to the longest continuously-running jazz festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, this destination…

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Portola's Lobby Library

The Library at Portola Hotel

When we remodeled the Portola Hotel lobby, we knew the expanse space needed to offer our guests more than a place to rest and relax. One addition, our guests of all ages enjoy is our library. The nook, located off the middle of the lobby, once was home to the Hotel business center, but now…

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Brunch Cocktails We Love

Weekends are made for brunching or so we like to think! At the Portola Hotel, The Club Room serves bottomless mimosas, and Jacks Monterey offers a variety of brunch cocktails, including a Tequila Sunrise, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.  We picked two simple recipes for you to make at home – until we meet again, that…

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Sustainable Travel

We love travel and experiencing all the destination has to offer, but we also understand the importance of preserving our home and the environment. As one of the central coast’s first green hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa strives to practice and promote sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives including sustainable travel. Ask our Front Desk team…

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Tips to Reduce Stress & Plan a Successful Meeting

Planning a successful meeting can have its challenges and we know with busy schedules, technology, and changing business needs it can be tough to plan a meeting AND take care of yourself! Anticipating upcoming travel plans can be exciting, but with travel, comes a bit of stress. At the Portola Hotel & Spa, we know…

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Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is one of Monterey’s most memorable landmarks, located steps away from Portola Hotel & Spa. The wharf was featured in the HBO series, Big Little Lies, and is notoriously known for locally made clam chowder in bread bowls and salt-water taffy. You will find a vast array of award-winning Italian and seafood…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we have a spectacular gift guide for you! Now is the time to show your Mom how much you truly care and appreciate all she does. We want to take the pressure off you and help find the gift your Mom will love. These gifts will be…

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BBQ Grill with flames

Repost: Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs Recipe

A BBQ FAVORITE Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs Long summer nights and weekends around the BBQ with family and friends are upon us! A popular barbecue recipe around the Portola Hotel is Chef Carl’s BBQ Spareribs. Pair these ribs with homemade cornbread, coleslaw, and Peter B’s Brewpub’s award-winning craft beer, and you have yourself the combination…

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