Five Must See & Do Spring Activities

Five Must See & Do Spring Activities Spring is almost upon us and that means now is the perfect time to begin planning for some fun activities to partake in during your next visit to the Monterey Peninsula. Though, there are endless activities and adventures available throughout the Monterey Bay Area and beyond, we narrowed…

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Q & A with Chef Danny – Culinary Terms Explained

Q & A with Chef Danny – Culinary Terms Explained Sometimes being in the kitchen can be a little intimidating, especially when embarking upon a new technique or recipe. We recently had the chance to sit down with Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese and had him answer a few culinary questions that…

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10 Things We Love About Monterey

10 Things We Love About Monterey As many of us know the Monterey Bay Area is one of those special places that many instantly fall in love with, but what really makes this destination so special, is the natural beauty and ease of getting around. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day with love a plenty…

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Travel Tips from the Portola Hotel Team

Travel Tips from the Portola Hotel Team When visiting the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel & Spa, the possibilities for fun, food, recreation and even relaxation are endless. We recently collected some “insider travel tips” from our team here at the Portola – not only about things to do in and around Monterey, but…

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Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations

Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations When we say, “it’s all right here” at the Portola Hotel & Spa – we truly mean it! Located in the heart of historic downtown Monterey, California, our location lends itself to an abundance of unique, outdoor spaces, perfect for your next meeting or special event. From historic gardens, to…

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Brunch Booze Buggy Essentials

Brunch Booze Buggy Essentials Planning on hosting brunch or dining out with friends for a fabulous brunch date? Well, let us help you in choosing the best combinations for your favorite brunch cocktails. Inspired by our rolling Booze Buggy Beverage Cart at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we’ve got all the…

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A Healthy Start to 2019

A Healthy Start to 2019 Guest Post, Jen DeVillars, Wellness Coach, Spa on the Plaza The Detox Program at Spa on the Plaza’s new Wellness Center at the Portola Hotel & Spa is a six-week immersion program that teaches effective, easy-to-follow tools in the areas of detoxing, nutrition, mindset, sleep, stress, and joy to make…

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Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst

Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst We are so fortunate here at the Portola Hotel & Spa to have a such a talented and experienced team of culinary professionals and recently had the opportunity to visit with our Executive Sous Chef, Carl Ashurst and learn a bit more about his background. Carl is a…

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Popular 70’s Style Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Popular 70’s Style Cocktails You Can Make at Home Inspired by the Portola Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party, December 31, 2018 In keeping with the theme of our upcoming very groovy, New Year’s Eve Party at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we have whipped up some tried and true cocktail recipes that have stood the…

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Monterey Bay Winter Activities

Monterey Bay Winter Activities ‘Tis the season for lots of holiday fun! The Monterey Bay area is just the place to make winter memories and create in new traditions! Celebrate the season with a dose of good old fashion California fun! Ice Skating by the Bay, Monterey Now through January 6, 2019 ice skate in…

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