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Cool for Summer – Plan Your Perfect Summer Day

Cool for Summer – Plan Your Perfect Summer Day School’s out for summer and it’s time to take advantage of free time and lots of fun! No visit to the Portola Hotel & Spa is complete without enjoying all the Monterey Bay has to offer, especially during the summer months. Whether traveling with the family…

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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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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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24 Hours in Monterey

24 Hours in Monterey You finally have the reservation made – destination, Monterey. You have just 24 hours to relax, recharge and have a little fun – so what do you do with this golden nugget of time? How do you make the most of it? Let us help design your perfect itinerary during your…

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Say “Cheese” -Top 5 Spots for Taking Pics in Monterey

  Need that perfect pic for your next Instagram post? Looking to make your friends green with envy about your latest adventure? Well, if you’re looking for some recommendations on the perfect Monterey Bay backdrop for your next selfie or travel photo, then you check out our Top Five recommendations!   Bixby Bridge, Big Sur…

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Head Out to Sea – Fun Activities Out on the Bay

Head Out & “Sea” What Adventure Awaits Everyone needs a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea and that’s exactly what you’ll get during a visit to Monterey! Rather than just looking from afar, how about you get your toes wet experience the best of the Monterey Bay. It truly is all right here – and we…

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CC’s Rumtini

Cocktail Recipe – CC’s Rumtini   Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa is known for award-winning craft beer, but their talented bartenders also serve up some of the best specialty cocktails in Monterey, including the popular CC’s Rumtini created by Cecilia.  This martini was inspired by guests at…

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2018 Is All About Fun, Fun & More Fun

It’s All Right Here  Happy New Year! We are so thankful for all our readers and are thrilled to announce that we have officially changed the name of Central Coast Living to It’s All Right Here! And with that – we are about to focus on fun, fun and more fun in 2018! We polled…

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10 Resolutions for a Happy & Healthy 2018

Okay – so the 2018 will be here in just a few short days and it’s time to make those resolutions!  I don’t know about you, but I want 2018 to be all about being fit, fabulous and most importantly, happy. Being that my happy place is the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, I decided to use…

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Toast Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Drink Recipe

Let’s toast to the season with a holiday-inspired cocktail, created by our Mixologists at Jacks Monterey, right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Tradition may say one must give a kiss under the mistletoe, but in this case, why not a sip?!   Introducing your new favorite holiday libation – The Mistletoe   Ingredients…

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