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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Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations

Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations When we say, “it’s all right here” at the Portola Hotel & Spa – we truly mean it! Located in the heart of historic downtown Monterey, California, our location lends itself to an abundance of unique, outdoor spaces, perfect for your next meeting or special event. From historic gardens, to…

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A Healthy Start to 2019

A Healthy Start to 2019 Guest Post, Jen DeVillars, Wellness Coach, Spa on the Plaza The Detox Program at Spa on the Plaza’s new Wellness Center at the Portola Hotel & Spa is a six-week immersion program that teaches effective, easy-to-follow tools in the areas of detoxing, nutrition, mindset, sleep, stress, and joy to make…

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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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Popular 70’s Style Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Popular 70’s Style Cocktails You Can Make at Home Inspired by the Portola Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party, December 31, 2018 In keeping with the theme of our upcoming very groovy, New Year’s Eve Party at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we have whipped up some tried and true cocktail recipes that have stood the…

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Monterey Bay Winter Activities

Monterey Bay Winter Activities ‘Tis the season for lots of holiday fun! The Monterey Bay area is just the place to make winter memories and create in new traditions! Celebrate the season with a dose of good old fashion California fun! Ice Skating by the Bay, Monterey Now through January 6, 2019 ice skate in…

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Portola’s Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

Portola’s Eco-Friendly Travel Tips As one of Central California’s first green hotels, here at the Portola Hotel & Spa we strive to be as eco-conscious and eco-friendly as possible –here on property, as well as in our day to day lives. We recently asked some of our amazing team members to share their tips and…

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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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Winter Specials at the Portola

Winter Specials at the Portola With the holiday and winter months fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to begin planning for a Winter Getaway! Why not experience a California winter with sunshine, surfing, sunsets, beach walks and Monterey Bay fun? Two new, just released, Winter Specials are now available starting at just $199. If a…

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Top Five Places to Play Fetch on the Monterey Peninsula

Top Five Places to Play Fetch on the Monterey Peninsula Guest Post by Charlie the Doodle by the Bay This one is for all you doggies out there! We all know that getting outside and running around is simply the best – but when there’s a ball is involved – well that’s just woof-tastic! Being…

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