Picnics & Pirates

I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling with the kiddos, I always appreciate destinations that value families and fun!  The Monterey Peninsula, is known not only for its proximity to some of the world’s most iconic landscapes, but it has quickly become a favorite among families, for its endless abundance of activities for…

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Tween & Teen Summer Family Fun

For many of us busy moms and dads, summer is upon us and it’s time to find new and attention-grabbing activities for our tweens & teenagers – especially when traveling! If you are planning a Monterey Bay vacation and looking for something a little different to keep the kiddos busy and smiling (and off the…

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It’s BBQ Season!

Some say after Memorial Day it’s OK to wear white, well around our house, it’s time to BBQ!  Cookouts are a summertime family tradition and I’m always on the hunt for new ways to put a twist on old favorites!  When I asked the Executives Chef at the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jason Giles for…

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Monterey Bay Marine Life

With temperatures rising from the winter’s chilly embrace, the sun shining just a little bit brighter and a flowers bloom beginning to show its colors like a painter’s palate, it does not take a weatherman or a groundhog to let us know that spring has arrived. Spring has always meant rebirth across the earth and…

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August Happenings On & Around the Monterey Bay

No matter what weekend you decide to make Monterey your summer getaway, chances are there’s a festival just waiting for you to enjoy.  With everything from the Scottish and Greek Festivals to the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, there’s no shortage of good food, fun entertainment and great excitement to be had! Start off with a weekend…

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Live Music By The Bay

The Monterey Peninsula has always been known for its musical roots. Festivals have been an integral part of Monterey Bay culture since the 1950’s and the region is quickly becoming a must-visit for some of the biggest names around!  With headliners playing nearly every single weekend, why not make the trip to Monterey and not…

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2014 Monterey Beer Festival

Somehow the picture of summer isn’t quite complete without the idea of a cold beer in hand, and in that vein, a summer on the Monterey Peninsula isn’t complete without the annual Monterey Beer Festival. Featuring over 30 breweries, the Monterey Beer Festival will allow you to take a spin around the world, taking a…

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Unforgettable Beach Picnics on the Monterey Peninsula

For many people summertime means lazy days in the sun, kicking back with good friends and good food!  In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate this tradition then heading to the beach for an old fashioned picnic.  The Portola Hotel & Spa has some fun tips to create you perfect beach picnic!…

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Summertime Chillin’ & Grillin’

Nothing says summertime like a backyard BBQ. From the first sizzle of a perfectly seasoned steak on the grill, everyone enjoys one of the most revered of summer pastimes. Chef Jason Giles, Executive Chef at the Portola Hotel & Spa and the brains behind the menus for Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub,…

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The Annual Monterey County Fair – At the Heart of It All

August 28 – September 2, 2013 Nothing quite says summer like a trip to the fair. Whether it’s a local, county or state fair, the smells of cotton candy and kettle corn mixed together with laughter and music make for an experience that is both familiar and new at the same time. The fair is…

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