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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Sip & Savor Your Way through Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving being just days away, the prepping and cooking has begun. From grocery shopping to ordering specialty desserts and treats, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to sip, savor and enjoy every moment. With a little help from Peter Radler, Manager at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub’s Brewmaster, Kevin Clark, we have…

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Woofin’ Around Monterey

The Monterey Peninsula may be known to many around the globe for its coastal charm, boutique wineries, world class golf courses, fine cuisine and more, BUT to dog lovers from near and far it’s cherished for the many canine friendly activities, restaurants and hotels located throughout the local area. The Portola Hotel is one of…

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A California Winter Getaway…Yes, Please!

Though the winter months are still a bit down the road, now’s the time to start planning! Enjoy beach days, hiking, exploring the Monterey Bay and more even during the middle of the winter season. And by getting a jump start on your vacation planning, you can save a little $$ too, and put that…

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Guest Blog Post: The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway Launches

Inspirations & Celebrations recently announced its partnership with multiple award-winning businesses in Northern California, including: Portola Hotel & Spa, Restaurant 1833, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Adventures By The Sea, Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Bay Sailing, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The lifestyle blog and these premiere businesses are collaborating to create “The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway” in honor of the 4 Year Anniversary of Inspirations &…

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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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Making the Most Out of Your Monterey Getaway: Family Travel

It’s always our goal at Central Coast Living to provide a local’s perspective with tips and ideas for the many types of travelers that visit the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel & Spa every year. So…we thought it might be fun to start a series on how all of our guests can get the…

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Pet Friendly Monterey Bay, Traveling with Pets has Never Been Easier

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most pet friendly hot spots in California.  A true paradise for those traveling with their pets, activities are endless and many hotel properties and restaurants, welcome pets, including the Portola Hotel & Spa and on site eateries, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub.  We…

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Picnics & Pirates

I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling with the kiddos, I always appreciate destinations that value families and fun!  The Monterey Peninsula, is known not only for its proximity to some of the world’s most iconic landscapes, but it has quickly become a favorite among families, for its endless abundance of activities for…

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