Wine & Cheese + Monterey-Yes, Please!

Art, fabulous wine and gourmet cheese – sounds like a dream to me! Why not make that dream come true during your next visit to the Portola Hotel & Spa. Whether planning to get out of town, or just making it a day trip – the Portola has three amazing options, that will leave your…

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Get Groovy & Ring In 2018

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your New Year’s Eve fun – gather your friends, your best Go Go boots and party like it’s the 60’s! This New Year’s Eve the Portola Hotel & Spa is rolling out the tie dye carpet and putting on the most far out party in all of…

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Plan Your Next Monterey Moment

Summer may be underway, but there’s still plenty of time to plan that much-needed vacation to beautiful Monterey! Easily accessible by car or plane, the Monterey Peninsula is the ultimate playground for kids and grown-ups alike! Whether you’re seeking a peaceful getaway focused around food, wine and spa days or one for the family full…

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Holiday Party Planning

I know it’s only October, but before we know it the holiday season will be upon us and the hustle and bustle’ of the season will be in full swing! Before it sneaks up, my motto is, “it’s never too soon to plan ahead” and with the help of some of the best event pros…

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Sip, Savor & Relax

Now if someone told me I needed to plan a trip this Fall around sipping wine, savoring good food and relaxing, it would not take any convincing for me to book that getaway immediately! Well…guess what, the Portola Hotel & Spa has designed a brand new package, that includes all three of these wonderful concepts…

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An Unforgettable Bridal Shower

Any of us that have ever been bridesmaids or been delegated as the “planner” of a bridal shower know how daunting it can be, BUT if you have a pro on your side, trust me, it makes all the difference in the world. At the Portola Hotel & Spa, a team of event professionals is…

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Summertime Inspiration at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Fresh caught, locally sourced and inspired by the summer season are the main ingredients in Jacks Restaurant & Lounge new seasonal menu. From fresh caught Monterey Bay Calamari to Filet Mignon, Day Boat Scallops to Alaskan Halibut, don’t miss out on trying the Summer Menu at Jacks! AND…make sure to take advantage of Jacks summer promo –…

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Getting to Know the New F&B Team

The management at the Portola Hotel & Spa is thrilled to announce the addition of Peter B’s Head Brewer, Justin Rivard, Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese and Director of Food & Beverage, Brian Hein. Each bringing their own individual experience, these three gentlemen bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to the Food & Beverage Operations…

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Chef’s Spring Cooking Tip: How to Blanch Vegetables

Spring is here and the bounty of local produce here in Monterey County is available in abundance. I am always looking for ways to incorporate fresh vegetables into all of my recipes (even sometimes sneaking some into my baking) and the culinary team at the Portola Hotel provided me with six quick steps to blanch…

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Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

Tucked away just 12 short miles from Highway One in Carmel, California, is Carmel Valley.  Home to some of the region’s finest boutique wineries, Carmel Valley is a hidden gem. One of the eight smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the larger Monterey County appellation, Carmel Valley is the perfect region for grape growing, in…

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