Continuing to “LEED” the Way

Guest post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa We are always excited to share what’s happening behind the scenes here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. As many know we were one of Central California’s first “green” LEED® Certified hotel properties having received our first certification in 2011 by the U.S. Green…

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Sovino Guest Blog by Claire Sutton – Proprietor & Sommelier

  Sovino Wine Bar’s purpose has always been simple: to make wine enjoyable for the novice wine drinker or the expert sommelier and everyone in between. It doesn’t matter how many points something scored, which wine critic said what, or what varietal is in fashion.  Sweet or dry, tannic or fruity, we want everyone to drink…

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Holiday “Cheers”

‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and good friends! So, why not step it up a notch this year with some festive signature holiday cocktails that will leave your guests impressed and begging for the recipe? Well, this year I enlisted the help of THE professionals from Jacks Lounge and after some very serious…

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“Ground Breaking” News, Guest Post by Portola Hotel & Spa General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The City of Monterey is going through some exciting changes and we are thrilled to have a front row seat! The Monterey Conference Center, adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa has started a $60 million renovation.  This is the largest project for the City of Monterey since they originally built the conference center back…

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Exciting Upgrades at the Portola, Guest Post by General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The Portola Hotel & Spa is full of exciting changes as we close out 2015 and venture into 2016. The first project we are working on is the enhancement to all our guestrooms with a full bathroom remodel. This bathroom renovation is in its final stages of completion with 265 guestrooms already completed.  We plan…

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Made in Monterey: Gifts & Favors with a Flair

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most majestic wedding venues, so why not celebrate its unique charm with locally made favors and gifts for your guests. The wedding and events team at the Portola Hotel & Spa has helped me compile a list of products that you will for sure, want…

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Guest Blog Post from Chef Andrew Hunter

The secret to finding an awesome restaurant By Chef Andrew Hunter Here’s a little-known secret among professional chefs and foodies for discovering a great restaurant.  Start by ordering the turkey sandwich. The all-time lunch favorite is the best indication about the care and passion a restaurant owner or chef puts into creating a memorable eating experience. Simply put,…

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Sip & Savor Your Way through Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving being just days away, the prepping and cooking has begun. From grocery shopping to ordering specialty desserts and treats, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to sip, savor and enjoy every moment. With a little help from Peter Radler, Manager at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub’s Brewmaster, Kevin Clark, we have…

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Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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