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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Wedding Makeup

Wedding Day Glam from Head to Toe

Wedding Day Glam from Head to Toe You’ve picked the perfect partner, a picturesque location, your dream dress and the big day is finally here – now it’s time to get your glam on. Whether you’re here at the Portola Hotel for your destination wedding or have selected the property for your local nuptials, we…

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Portola’s Second Honeymoon Facebook Contest Returns!

Always wanted to plan that second honeymoon, but just haven’t? Starting today, January 4, 2017, enter the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Second Honeymoon Contest for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two! Post a favorite picture from your wedding on the Portola Hotel & Spa Facebook page  and in just 50 words or…

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dorothy and ivan wedding

5 Ways to Best Photograph Monterey’s Coastal Aesthetic, Guest Post by SimplyTwo Photography

SimplyTwo Photography is a destination wedding photography studio based in Southern California. With over 50% of their annual weddings being destination adventures, their principal artist John Yao is constantly exploring the photographic potential of new exciting places. Here are a few of John’s insider tips to getting amazing photographs on your special day.   1….

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Wedding bouqet

Planning Your Monterey Bay Wedding

There’s nothing more exciting than planning a wedding! I know for some it can feel stressful or overwhelming, but when you’re working with pros – that doesn’t need to be the case. The team at the Portola Hotel & Spa is comprised of event professionals ready to help plan and collaborate with YOU, to make…

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Love in Monterey

Second Honeymoon Contest Returns

Have you always wanted to plan a second honeymoon, but just haven’t had the chance? Well, now’s the time to share a memory from your own wedding day and enter to win a second honeymoon in beautiful Monterey, California at the Portola Hotel & Spa! Post a favorite picture from your wedding on the Portola…

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Message in a Bottle

Coastal Weddings On Trend

With so many online resources these days searching for the latest in wedding trends is just a click away. Whether looking to design a simple and elegant affair to something more rustic and shabby chic finding inspiration can be fun, but also daunting. I LOVE weddings and I LOVE DIY projects so I thought I…

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Wedding Couple

Win a Second Honeymoon in Monterey

Who doesn’t love a good contest, especially when it involves a romantic getaway in beautiful Monterey?!  The Portola Hotel & Spa has just released the contest details for their Second Honeymoon Contest* and I don’t know about you, but getting away with just the hubby sans kiddos sounds amazing!!! The lucky couple will win a…

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Wedding Season All Year Round

There are several reasons the Monterey Peninsula is one of the most popular destinations for saying “I Do”. To begin, the scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary serving as the backdrop to a bevy of local, county, regional and state parks, as well as…

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Weddubg at Memory Garden

A Memory Garden Memory

So… it’s not too often that I get personal on our Central Coast Living Blog, but every July I get a little sentimental!  Nine years ago, this month I was walking down an aisle dusted with rose petals at one of the most magical venues in all of Monterey (in my humble opinion)  – the…

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