Portola Hotel & Spa

Tips for Reducing Stress When Planning Your Meeting or Event

Tips for Reducing Stress When Planning Your Meeting or Event Guest Post by Terri D’Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales, Portola Hotel & Spa Being on the road for work can be exciting and often fun, but with travel, comes a bit of stress. By reducing stress before, during and after your meeting/event, you and your…

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Cocktails from Jacks Monterey

Cheers – It’s Almost Summertime!

Cheers – It’s Almost Summertime! With the official start to summer only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start planning for backyard barbecues and sunshiny days! Our bartending team at Jacks Monterey are mixing up some fun cocktails to celebrate summer and are excited to share one of their favorite recipes to help…

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Family fun in Monterey

Kid’s Choice! Top Five Places to Play in Monterey

Kid’s Choice! Top Five Places to Play in Monterey Summer’s almost here and we polled some of our Portola Pirates about the five best places to play and explore in Monterey. Well, our swashbuckling Pirates have spoken, and we have a fun list to share with our readers. Portola Pirates 1. Dennis the Menace Park…

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Turnip recipe

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips Created by Portola Hotel Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese   Locally grown, fresh produce is in abundance in our Tri County area, and here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we love featuring the bounty of the season in all our menus, whether it be catering or in our…

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Flowers in Monterey

Five Ways to Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day

Five Ways to Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day Of all the special joys in life, The big ones and the small, A mother’s love and tenderness Is the greatest of them all. – Unknown Whether making a grand gesture or just showing gratitude with a card or drawing, showing mom how much you love her…

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Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

B-Leisure: Incorporating A Bit of Fun Into Business Travel

B-Leisure: Incorporating A Bit of Fun Into Business Travel Many of us are too familiar with the grind of business travel – but why not incorporate a little fun into your next work trip?! We asked our Portola Hotel & Spa, Concierge extraordinaire, Naiomi Skiles, for some creative ideas and inspiration. Whether your next business…

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Monterey Beach

At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic

At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic There’s nothing we enjoy more than helping our guests create memorable experiences during their time in Monterey. Often, we have couples visiting for a romantic getaway, celebratory occasions, or just some down time to decompress and recharge. Whatever the reason, a beach picnic always seems to put…

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Scott Campbell Photo

Walk this Way – Must Visit Monterey Museums

Walk this Way – Must Visit Monterey Museums The centrally located Portola Hotel & Spa is in the center of a virtual, cultural hub – highlighting surrealism, history, play and all things art. With five of the best, museums in Monterey, within blocks of the Portola Hotel & Spa, you won’t want to pass up…

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Wedding Makeup

Wedding Day Glam from Head to Toe

Wedding Day Glam from Head to Toe You’ve picked the perfect partner, a picturesque location, your dream dress and the big day is finally here – now it’s time to get your glam on. Whether you’re here at the Portola Hotel for your destination wedding or have selected the property for your local nuptials, we…

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Jacks Monterey Eggs Benedict

Sunday Brunch at Jacks Monterey

Brunch Life! Sunday Brunch at Jacks Monterey There’s just something special about brunching. Is it the Mimosas, the gathering of friends on a late Sunday morning, or the comfort of eggs benedicts – whatever it is – brunch life is the good life! California Benedict AND NOW – Jacks Monterey is serving up one of…

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