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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B-Leisure: Incorporating A Bit of Fun Into Business Travel

B-Leisure: Incorporating A Bit of Fun Into Business Travel Many of us are too familiar with the grind of business travel – but why not incorporate a little fun into your next work trip?! We asked our Portola Hotel & Spa, Concierge extraordinaire, Naiomi Skiles, for some creative ideas and inspiration. Whether your next business…

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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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Experience Monterey & More in 2016!

As 2015 is winding down, and the New Year approaches, we all start to jot down our mental list of resolutions. We know that New Year’s is a time of reflection on the past and a time to look toward improvement in the future, but I challenge you to use 2016 to embrace the now…

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A California Winter Getaway…Yes, Please!

Though the winter months are still a bit down the road, now’s the time to start planning! Enjoy beach days, hiking, exploring the Monterey Bay and more even during the middle of the winter season. And by getting a jump start on your vacation planning, you can save a little $$ too, and put that…

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Guest Blog Post: The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway Launches

Inspirations & Celebrations recently announced its partnership with multiple award-winning businesses in Northern California, including: Portola Hotel & Spa, Restaurant 1833, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Adventures By The Sea, Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Bay Sailing, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The lifestyle blog and these premiere businesses are collaborating to create “The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway” in honor of the 4 Year Anniversary of Inspirations &…

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Jacks Restaurant & Lounge – A Friendly Favorite

Almost everyone has their favorite restaurant or bar. For some, it’s the way the bartender mixes their favorite drink or the feeling they get sliding into their favorite seat. For others, it’s the smell from their favorite dish when it first hits the table or knowing the chef is sourcing his ingredients as locally and…

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Set Sail on an Adventure with Your Portola Pirate!

Springtime in Monterey is the perfect season for pirates of all ages to have some fun and experience all the Monterey Bay has to offer! The team at the Portola Hotel & Spa has put a list together of kid and family-friendly events throughout the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Check them out and mark those…

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Top 10 Reasons to Meet In Monterey

Monterey is many things to many people. For the locals, it’s home and a wonderful place to live. For visitors, it offers something for everyone. You can take a solo hike through the trails at Garrapata State Park, explore the many museums with the family, enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one or tee…

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Winter-time Wonderland at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

In case you hadn’t noticed, winter has arrived. Yes, for most of the country, Winter means weather, but in California and specifically on the Monterey Peninsula, Winter is more about the holidays and wondering why scarves and gloves look cool, but are actually uncomfortable in 65 degree weather. Most importantly, however, winter and the holiday…

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