Preserving an Artistic & Cultural Monterey Landmark

Many are fond of the tile mosaic that graces the side of the Monterey Conference Center adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa. The “Monterey Mural” features 663 individual tiles, depicting 150 different scenes, illustrating the timeline of Monterey’s rich history. Created by artist, Guillermo Granizo and installed in 1984, the “Monterey Mural” is an…

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Sour Ales at Peter B’s Brewpub

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin Clark, Brewmaster at Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub here at the Portola Hotel & Spa and ask him a few questions about his most recent and unique release, Prehistoric Animal Sour Ale, ready to wake from its year-long hibernation in Cabernet Barrels.  …

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Diving Into Solar Power

Guest post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa we are constantly implementing ways for our entire hotel and spa operations to be greener and more energy efficient. By utilizing alternative sources of energy such as solar power, we are able to save energy and greatly…

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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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The Outdoors Just Got a Little “Cooler” at Peter B’s

Guest Blog Post, Janine M. Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa The Portola Hotel & Spa is already off to a busy start in 2016! With multiple renovations kicking off throughout the property, our team is working hard to add some fabulous new features not only to our guestrooms and main areas of the…

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Pigskin Palooza at Peter B’s Brewpub

The Big Game is just over a week away and Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, will be celebrating in style! All are invited to honor 50 years of Pro Football’s Pigskin Classic on Sunday, February 7th starting at 2pm, during Peter B’s first ever PIGSKIN PALOOZA private party! Watch the Carolina Panthers take…

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A Monterey Bay Valentine’s Day Weekend

It may be cliché, but who doesn’t like a little extra romance on February 14th?! Whether it be a small token of appreciation like chocolates or something sparkly, a massage, special dinner or even a getaway –  I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t turn it down! Well, here at the Portola Hotel…

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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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