Locally Inspired: Discover Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Jacks Monterey Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese

Inspired by fresh ingredients grown locally throughout Monterey County, we have been able to incorporate what we are calling California Cultural Cuisine into every dish here at Jacks Monterey. Featuring ethnic flavors with a California twist, our specialties for both lunch and dinner service include palate pleasing artisanal pizzas, sustainable seafood and a variety of…

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Monterey Bay’s 7 Wonders

This week, marks the celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, saluting travel, and tourism in America and for us here at Central Coast Living, we are of course celebrating all things Monterey.  Though some of us may never have the opportunity to experience the Seven Wonders of the World – we are pretty confident…

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Renovation Update: Inspired Art at the Portola Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

At most hotels located in the United States, the lobby is a utilitarian space, designed to maximize the hotel’s business of checking guests in and out or, providing a meeting place before venturing outside. Lobby decoration or “art” is usually an afterthought and is at best a blur as guests quickly circulate through to their…

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Catering Events for 5 to 25 Attendees Guest Post by Eddie Guice, Catering & Convention Service Manager

As an event professional, I know that planning meetings can have stressful moments. Often, when planning smaller events as opposed to events larger than 25+, it can be easy to overlook small details like AV, start times, morning coffee, etc. I am excited to share with our Central Coast Living Blog readers, some of my…

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Portola’s Second Honeymoon Facebook Contest Returns!

Always wanted to plan that second honeymoon, but just haven’t? Starting today, January 4, 2017, enter the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Second Honeymoon Contest for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two! Post a favorite picture from your wedding on the Portola Hotel & Spa Facebook page  and in just 50 words or…

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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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