Five Ways to Enjoy Monterey Like a Local

Five Ways to Enjoy Monterey Like a Local When it comes to living like a local in Monterey, California it’s all about appreciating the beauty of the local landscape and natural resources, taking advantage of all the amazing recreational activities available all year round, and savoring the local flavors available to us, whether from the…

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Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm’s First of the Season Asparagus

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm’s First of the Season Asparagus As the rains begin to slow down and sunny days are returning, springtime in Monterey is lovely! In celebrating this time of year, our Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is excited to share one of his favorite, healthy, fresh and delicious recipes. Even better, it features,…

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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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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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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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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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Club Sandwich from Jacks

10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola

Summer’s Here – 10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola When in comes to dining in Monterey, the Portola Hotel & Spa has it dialed in. With three onsite restaurants, with three very distinct menus, Jacks Monterey, Peter B’s Brewpub and The Club Room –features the best of the Monterey Bay. Take a look at…

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View from the Monterey Bay

Summer Dates are the Best Time for Meetings

Summer Dates are the Best Time for Meetings There’s no better time to Meet in Monterey than mid-week during the summer months. There are many good reasons to consider booking your next conference during the summer months of June, July and August. Your attendees will not only find mid-week meetings to be a viable seasonal…

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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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