Sovino Wine Bar

Let the Wine Tasting Begin!

Did you know today is National Drink Wine Day? What better excuse do you need to book the NEW overnight wine package, Wine & Bites for Two, at the Portola Hotel & Spa? For a limited time, Portola is teaming up with our local wine shop and tasting room to offer a food and wine…

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Celebrate your Love on the Coast

While this past year may have provided more quality time with the ones we love, Valentine’s Day offers a gentle reminder to show our significant other just how special they are to us. So celebrate your love on the coast with a romantic escape to Monterey. Portola Hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms and suites offer…

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Be Open

Guest Post By Camille Malcolm, Spa on the Plaza Be open for something wonderful to happen. Be open to the possibilities. Somehow this simple phrase became my mantra during COVID. There is has been plenty to worry about during these difficult times, and we are each experiencing our own unique problems. Some days seemed very…

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Enrich your Travel with History

Is learning about history and visiting historical sites high on your travel checklist? It is rather remarkable to think about the people and events before us, especially when visiting a new place. Did you know Monterey, California, is rich in history, from Spanish Adobes to the state’s “first” landmarks? The recorded activities and historical structures…

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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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