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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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Pamper Someone Special: Holiday Spa-Themed Gift Ideas

The award-winning Spa on the Plaza located right here at the Portola Hotel has created a holiday gift guide that will pamper, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Available in the Spa’s gift shop, pair these wonderful products with a gift certificate for one of the Spa’s signature European facials or a massage/facial combination package and…

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Return of the Pumpkin Spice Cookies! Here is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes created by my friends at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Pumpkin Spice Cookies Yields: 4 dozen Ingredients ¾ C Butter, Softened 2 C Sugar 2 Eggs, Beaten ½ C Molasses 2 Tsp White Vinegar 3¾ C Flour 1½ Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tbs + 1 Tsp…

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