It’s the – Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

  There’s no better place to be during the holiday season than Monterey, California. With amazing weather (no snow and even the possibility of enough sunshine for a beach day), experience an authentic California-style winter! Check out some of my favorite Monterey-centric holiday events that I highly recommend you plan your travel around! And don’t…

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Summertime Inspiration at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Fresh caught, locally sourced and inspired by the summer season are the main ingredients in Jacks Restaurant & Lounge new seasonal menu. From fresh caught Monterey Bay Calamari to Filet Mignon, Day Boat Scallops to Alaskan Halibut, don’t miss out on trying the Summer Menu at Jacks! AND…make sure to take advantage of Jacks summer promo –…

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Holiday “Cheers”

‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and good friends! So, why not step it up a notch this year with some festive signature holiday cocktails that will leave your guests impressed and begging for the recipe? Well, this year I enlisted the help of THE professionals from Jacks Lounge and after some very serious…

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Jacks Restaurant & Lounge – A Friendly Favorite

Almost everyone has their favorite restaurant or bar. For some, it’s the way the bartender mixes their favorite drink or the feeling they get sliding into their favorite seat. For others, it’s the smell from their favorite dish when it first hits the table or knowing the chef is sourcing his ingredients as locally and…

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Behind the Scenes at the Portola Hotel & Spa

This new feature on our Central Coast Living blog will highlight the amazing staff right here at the Portola! From food service to operations, here’s your chance to meet a great group of professionals, who not only love their job, but truly care about the experience each and every individual has, the moment they step…

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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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Wine Down at Jacks with Monterey County Wine

Home to many of California’s finest vineyards and known for its extensive array of wine tasting venues, the Monterey Peninsula is a premium destination for all things wine.  Recently named as one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 10 Best Regions for Wine”, visitors can find everything from vineyards and wine tours to tasting rooms and wine…

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The Portola’s Take on Valentine’s Day

It’s finally February, and you know what that means, Cupid’s arrow is flying high and love is in the air! Located in one of the most romantic destinations in California, the Portola Hotel & Spa is the perfect destination for you and your special somebody.  If you’re like me and need a little break with…

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