Winter-time Wonderland at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

  In case you hadn’t noticed, winter has arrived. Yes, for most of the country, Winter means weather, but in California and specifically on the Monterey Peninsula, Winter is more about the holidays and wondering why scarves and gloves look cool, but are actually uncomfortable in 65 degree weather. Most importantly, however, winter and the…

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Winter Ice Skating

Celebrate All Season Long at the Portola!

Nothing beats the holiday season, especially California Coast. Although, the only white Christmas you may experience are white sand beaches, the cheer of the season is everywhere, especially in Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa. If celebrating the holidays at home is a family tradition, then what do you do to work off Mom’s…

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Favorite Holiday Cookie Decorating Tips

  Sprinkles, frosting, icing and love – all important components of decorating holiday cookies!  Our Portola Team has offered a few tips to help your cookies sparkle and shine!   always make sure your cookies are cool and at room temperature before decorating to ensure your decorations don’t melt or run instead of using a…

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Runners Lounge

Portola Debuts Runner’s Lounge – Ready, Set, Relax!

As the Big Sur Half Marathon runners, sponsors, fans and family members arrive this week, the Portola Hotel & Spa is launching a Runner’s Lounge in their lower lobby.  Featuring cool seating and a designated area for a lucy Activewear Pop Up Shop, as well as a healthy snacks and beverages; AND for after the…

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Bonsai Ballroom

And the Winner is…

Known as one of the premier venues in in Central and Northern California for conferences, meetings and corporate events of all sizes, the Portola Hotel & Spa was recently named a winner of the Smart Meetings Magazine 2014 Platinum Choice Award. I am thrilled to share with the followers of our Central Coast Living Blog,…

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Savoring the Holiday Season

Guest Post by Sonny Petersson, Portola Hotel & Spa Food & Beverage Director Food and wine are my passion. I think, breath and live it, every single day.  Whether at work, at home, at a party or restaurant, I literally savor every bite and sip I take, appreciating the process, creativity and time one takes…

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Locally Inspired

Executive Chef Jason Giles, doesn’t only talk the talk, he walks the walk.  Committed to incorporating as many locally sourced and sustainable ingredients as possibly in his menu development at the Portola Hotel & Spa’s two onsite restaurants, Peter B’s Brewpub and Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Giles is definitely making it happen. I was…

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For the Love of Pumpkin

 Fall is upon us and that means it’s time for all things pumpkin.  This weekend as I strolled through the grocery store pumpkin flavored goodies filled the aisles.  Pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin scones, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ravioli – you name it! So I thought I would repost one of my favorite Autumn-inspired baked…

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Fun Fall Activities for the Kids

Although California’s warm weather continues, there is the unmistakable feeling of Fall in the air. While we don’t have the same explosion of color that the trees in New England have, our incredible growing climate allows the Monterey Peninsula to have Halloween themed farms and events aplenty this time of year. The kids and especially…

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