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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Candy from Carosuel Candies

Monterey’s Sweetest Moments

Monterey’s Sweetest Moments Life’s short – make it sweet! And why not start with perusing and of course, tasting some of the sweetest of treats during you next visit to Monterey. With candy stores, ice cream shops and delectable dessert menus all within walking distance to the Portola Hotel – you’ll definitely want to lace…

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View of Wharf from Bike Path

Why Monterey Should be #1 on Your Travel Bucket List

Why Monterey Should be #1 on Your Travel Bucket List Some say the Monterey Bay is the greatest meeting of land and sea – and I have to say I agree! An inspiration for many famous poets, authors, and artists including John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, to name just a few…

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Yoga at Portola

Summer’s Here – Time for Yoga + Beer

Summer’s Here – Time for Yoga + Beer Peter B’s Craft Beers and Wine in Cottonwood Plaza The days are just a bit longer and the sun is shining through the early evening – which means it’s the perfect time for a bit of extra Namaste! Throughout the summer months, Peter B’s and the Portola…

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Cannery Row

Walk Your Way Through Monterey

Walk Your Way Through Monterey When visiting the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful, Monterey, California you are truly in the center of it all. With the popular Coastal Recreation Trail just steps from our doors, set your fitness apps, because there’s no doubt you will be exceeding all your daily goals. Walk, bike or…

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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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