Renovation Update: Fusing Monterey’s Maritime History with Contemporary Public Art Guest Post by Nancy Williams, Monterey Conference Center Director of Sales & Events

Slated for completion this summer, the highly anticipated, newly renovated Monterey Conference Center will soon be boasting a spectacular new piece of public art. Greeting visitors as they walk onto the sparkling new plaza at the Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa, will be a new, contemporary stainless steel sculpture featuring a school of…

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Searching for “Buried Treasures”

There’s nothing more precious than a child’s imagination. Whether it be pretending to soar to the moon or search for buried treasure, I always love listening to my children as they describe the many adventures they have created in their colorful little minds. So, when they had the opportunity to experience their first Portola Pirates…

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How Sweet It Is!

If you have ever dined at any of the onsite restaurants at the Portola Hotel & Spa or experienced a special on-property event, there’s a good chance you have tasted the sweet creations of Pastry Chef, Marcos. Cheesecake with a Fresh Berry Glaze Chef Marcos started from humble beginnings at the Portola, where he began…

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Pucker Up – New Sour Beers at Peter B’s! Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub

Here at Peter B’s, Monterey’s original craft brewery, we’re on the cusp of developing some truly funky barrels. For over a year, our brewery operations team has been working on creating some of the best sour beers in Monterey! After some trial and error, all the barrels have developed their funky character all on their…

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Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel

Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel Spring will soon have sprung and there’s no better place to be than the Portola Hotel & Spa, especially when it comes to Easter-themed festivities. From a visit from the Easter Bunny to an adult-only Easter Egg Hunt, make sure to set your plan in motion, for Easter in…

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Renovation Update: Inspired Art at the Portola Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

At most hotels located in the United States, the lobby is a utilitarian space, designed to maximize the hotel’s business of checking guests in and out or, providing a meeting place before venturing outside. Lobby decoration or “art” is usually an afterthought and is at best a blur as guests quickly circulate through to their…

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A Springtime Bucket List of Fun

With wildflowers in full bloom and rolling hills bursting with the greenest grass you’ve ever laid eyes on, Springtime in Monterey is not a season to be missed. Though there is a slight chill in the crisp coastal air, this time of year on the Monterey Peninsula is refreshing and invigorating. There is much fun…

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A Boutique Shopper’s Paradise – Alvarado Street, Monterey

As a self-proclaimed shop-a-holic, I have to say, one of my favorite things to do when travelling is checking out the independent, mom and pop boutiques in every town/city we visit. Luckily, for me, being a local gal and all, I feel pretty lucky to have some amazing shopping resources within minutes of each other…

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A Dog’s View

Pet Friendly Perks at the Portola & Around Monterey Guest Post by Charlie the Labradoodle Woof! My name is Charlie and I’m a 3 ½ year old Labradoodle and I live on the Monterey Peninsula with my bark-tastic family! I’m a very happy dog because I got to check out the coolest pet perks at…

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Catering Events for 5 to 25 Attendees Guest Post by Eddie Guice, Catering & Convention Service Manager

As an event professional, I know that planning meetings can have stressful moments. Often, when planning smaller events as opposed to events larger than 25+, it can be easy to overlook small details like AV, start times, morning coffee, etc. I am excited to share with our Central Coast Living Blog readers, some of my…

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