Five Must See & Do Spring Activities

Five Must See & Do Spring Activities Spring is almost upon us and that means now is the perfect time to begin planning for some fun activities to partake in during your next visit to the Monterey Peninsula. Though, there are endless activities and adventures available throughout the Monterey Bay Area and beyond, we narrowed…

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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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10 Things We Love About Monterey

10 Things We Love About Monterey As many of us know the Monterey Bay Area is one of those special places that many instantly fall in love with, but what really makes this destination so special, is the natural beauty and ease of getting around. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day with love a plenty…

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Travel Tips from the Portola Hotel Team

Travel Tips from the Portola Hotel Team When visiting the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel & Spa, the possibilities for fun, food, recreation and even relaxation are endless. We recently collected some “insider travel tips” from our team here at the Portola – not only about things to do in and around Monterey, but…

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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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Getaway to Monterey!

Getaway to Monterey! Often times in the midst of holidays we forget about making time for ourselves. Perhaps a weekend getaway is just what the doctor ordered to reset and recharge and just plain, have a little fun! Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we have a variety of fantastic seasonal packages, each highlighting…

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10 Fun Facts: Featuring the Monterey Conference Center

10 Fun Facts: Featuring the Monterey Conference Center Guest Post by Nancy Whitman, Director of Sales & Events, City of Monterey & Monterey Conference Center I’m often asked, about all the upgrades and features here at the NEW Monterey Conference Center (MCC), as well a bit of the history about our facility. I believe it…

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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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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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Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins

Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and why not add in a new recipe for friends and family to enjoy! This season, Portola Hotel & Spa Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing a family favorite, Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins. So, preheat…

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