Jacks Monterey Bar

Spooky Cocktails

Spooky Cocktails with an Extra Splash of BOO! The mixologists at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel & Spa have concocted some spooky cocktails recipes just in time for Halloween – each slightly ghoulish, yet scarily delicious! Now let’s get to serving up some drinks! The Ghoulish Martini ¾ oz. Vanilla Vodka ¾ oz….

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Fall Inspired Recipes by Chef Danny

Fall Recipe Feature: Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan & Sticky Toffee Pudding Fall is almost upon us and our Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing two of his favorite dishes of the season. Whether you’re looking for something comforting and hearty or a sweet treat, it’s all right here! Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan Yields:…

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Monterey Conference Center Alvarado Gallery

A Feast for the Eyes: Monterey Conference Center Alvarado Gallery Guest Post by Nancy Whitman, Director of Sales & Events, City of Monterey & Monterey Conference Center Known for our rich cultural history and appreciation of the arts, the City of Monterey is dedicated to highlighting the works of local artists throughout the community and beyond….

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Staying Healthy During Your Monterey Bay Getaway

Staying Healthy During Your Monterey Bay Getaway You work hard all week long, the weekend rolls around and your getting ready to take a little getaway…but how do you maintain your fitness routine and keep healthy? As many of you know it’s easy to fall off the fitness wagon when travelling, but when visiting the…

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Joyce Vineyards

Fall Inspired Team Building

Fall Inspired Team Building Guest Post by Terri D’Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales, Portola Hotel & Spa The bounty of the Monterey Peninsula is literally at our fingertips here at the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful Monterey. Home to some California’s most successful boutique wineries and vineyards, let the local region and season be…

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Pet Friendly Hotel in Hallway

VIP Portola Pet Amenities

VIP Portola Pet Amenities Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa we like to give all our guests a five-star welcome – well in this case a five paws welcome! We know how important it is for each member of your family to enjoy their vacation time and we don’t want anyone feeling left out…

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Top Five Instagram Worthy Hidden Gems at Portola

Top Five Instagram Worthy Hidden Gems at Portola We all know the feeling the moment that ideal Instagram-worthy backdrop or view has been spotted – I believe they call that satisfaction! From that perfect golden hour lighting or the view that will make all your followers jealous – we are here to help you get…

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National Relaxation Day

Relax – It’s National Relaxation Day Some say that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax and today is the day to adopt this philosophy fully. In honor of  National Relaxation Day, we are excited to share some ideas on how to take full advantage of this awesome holiday, not only today…

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Green Sheep Water

Green Sheep Water- Making Sustainable Choices When Traveling

One Million Plastics Bottles Are Used Every Minute…But Not Here! As one of the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotels in Central California, here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we are proud to announce the adoption of yet another progressive, green initiative. As we constantly research and pursue innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly…

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Wine and Jacks Monterey

All Things Wine & Beer

To wine lovers, Monterey County has known for its many boutique wineries and vineyards but, most recently, our local region is getting its props for an emerging craft beer scene. Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa our wine and craft beer programs are being recognized by industry leaders including the Wine Spectator Award of…

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