Big Sur Coastline

A Change of Scenery

Explore California’s Central Coast Stay at home orders continue to stir the wanderlust in us all. Whether your vacation plans have changed, or you are planning your future travel excursions now, we are here to help inspire your trip. We are sharing five must see central coast stops for a change of scenery and fresh…

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Monterey Road Trip

When the Time is Right

Safe & Responsible Travel As 2021 begins to unfold, we look forward to once again opening the hotel doors to all travelers and hosting meetings, weddings, and special events. Welcoming back staff and re-opening the hotel last month for essential travelers was the first step in transitioning the Portola Hotel & Spa toward offering full…

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New Year. New Possibilities.

What is it about starting over? Starting fresh. Is it the possibility for something better to come around or happen? The New Year brings a wave of positive energy and excitement as many of us set new goals, plan for future travel, and focus on our health and wellbeing. While the hotel is currently open…

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Holiday Cookies to Bake & Enjoy at Home

In honor of National Bake Cookie Day, we are sharing two of our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you! There is something special about the smell of cookies baking in your oven. The aroma seems to fill your home, and everyone is happy to volunteer and sample the first batch. Now that we are spending…

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Blueberries and measuring spoons

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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Portola Hotel

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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