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Spa on the Plaza’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Each year, our neighbors at Spa on the Plaza, Monterey’s award-winning day spa and salon curates a wonderful gift guide for our Central Coast Living readers and this year, might be the best yet! Peruse their top 10 list and surprise that someone special in your life with a one of a kind gift this…

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Let’s Build Together!

  Grab your hammer, hardhat and tool belt and get ready to PLAY, LEARN & GROW at the Portola Hotel & Spa! In partnership with the Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) and in conjunction with the Portola Hotel & Spa’s lobby renovation (currently underway), the Portola has created a hands-on construction zone for children…

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Portola Hotel & Spa Announces Plans for Exciting Enhancements!

The AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa, overlooking the Monterey Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf, announced plans for a complete renovation of its tree-lined atrium lobby, together with construction of a new $3.5 million entrance plaza and $60 million renovation of the 40,000-square foot Monterey Conference Center. The $6 million reimaged lobby will feature extensive…

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Yo Ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me!

Traveling with the kiddos can be a challenge, but through my personal experiences I have found if they feel comfortable and have a little extra entertainment, it seems to make traveling as a family a bit less stressful. Our family travels quite a bit, but the one place our kids ask to return to time…

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Bicycling Your Way Through Monterey

The Monterey Bay area is such a pedestrian and bike-friendly region and really, there is no better way to experience all the area has to offer than by bike. With a variety of trails for all levels along the coast or in the woods, you can experience the best of Monterey. If traveling without your…

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Renovation Update: Spa on the Plaza Upgrades

Guest Post by Camille Malcolm, Spa on the Plaza In our continued effort to operate as a green business, we are constantly looking at ways to become more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. Being a green business, we consider the environment in how we operate the business, as well as the products we use in…

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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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