Start Your Day Off at Peet’s at the Portola

The Most Important Meal of the Day! Your Monterey mornings just got a little bit brighter with the addition of our new Peet’s Coffee here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Start with your favorite Peet’s beverage, then add on a delicious, homemade breakfast sandwich or specialty quiche from Paris Bakery here in Monterey. Choose…

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Extend Your Monterey Bay Work Trip

Extend Your Monterey Bay Work Trip Sometimes you’re lucky enough to head to a beautiful destination for a conference or work trip. And when work travel has you ending up in a place like Monterey, California, there’s no reason not to extend that trip and turn it into a vacation! Here at the Portola Hotel…

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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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Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations

Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations When we say, “it’s all right here” at the Portola Hotel & Spa – we truly mean it! Located in the heart of historic downtown Monterey, California, our location lends itself to an abundance of unique, outdoor spaces, perfect for your next meeting or special event. From historic gardens, to…

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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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Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst

Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst We are so fortunate here at the Portola Hotel & Spa to have a such a talented and experienced team of culinary professionals and recently had the opportunity to visit with our Executive Sous Chef, Carl Ashurst and learn a bit more about his background. Carl is a…

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Craft Beer Pairings at Peter B’s Brewpub

Craft Beer Pairings at Peter B’s Brewpub Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub When I think about food pairings from our menu, along with our house made craft beers, I approach it very similar to the philosophy of Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer: Match (flavor) intensity Find harmonies (or similarities)…

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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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