Wedding Day Bliss

Wedding Day Bliss – Plan Your Perfect Monterey Bay Wedding You said, “YES”, and now it’s time to begin the planning to say, “I DO”! Plan your perfect destination wedding in Monterey, California at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Begin with meeting with one of our onsite event and wedding professionals as they help navigate…

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48 Hours in Monterey

48 Hours in Monterey When planning a weekend getaway, every moment counts! From relaxing poolside, spa treatments, dining out (or in, who doesn’t love room service?), and just plain exploring, let us inspire some ideas for your next 48 hours in Monterey! Being within walking distance to so many amazing activities and sites, leave the…

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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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All Things Peet’s Coffee

Guest Post by Stacie Tarantino, General Manager of Peet’s Coffee at the Portola Hotel & Spa With the recent opening of the NEW Peet’s Coffee at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we wanted to share some of the very cool and most importantly, delicious facts about Peet’s Coffee in general, but also some special features…

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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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Portola’s Holiday Gift Guide

Portola’s Holiday Gift Guide ‘Tis the season for giving and receiving – but, often times holiday shopping can be overwhelming and a bit cumbersome. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to check off all the items on your holiday gift giving list – all at once and even treat yourself along the way? Well,…

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Jacks Monterey Bar

Spooky Cocktails

Spooky Cocktails with an Extra Splash of BOO! The mixologists at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel & Spa have concocted some spooky cocktails recipes just in time for Halloween – each slightly ghoulish, yet scarily delicious! Now let’s get to serving up some drinks! The Ghoulish Martini ¾ oz. Vanilla Vodka ¾ oz….

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Top Five Instagram Worthy Hidden Gems at Portola

Top Five Instagram Worthy Hidden Gems at Portola We all know the feeling the moment that ideal Instagram-worthy backdrop or view has been spotted – I believe they call that satisfaction! From that perfect golden hour lighting or the view that will make all your followers jealous – we are here to help you get…

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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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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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