How Sweet It Is!

If you have ever dined at any of the onsite restaurants at the Portola Hotel & Spa or experienced a special on-property event, there’s a good chance you have tasted the sweet creations of Pastry Chef, Marcos. Cheesecake with a Fresh Berry Glaze Chef Marcos started from humble beginnings at the Portola, where he began…

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Pucker Up – New Sour Beers at Peter B’s! Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub

Here at Peter B’s, Monterey’s original craft brewery, we’re on the cusp of developing some truly funky barrels. For over a year, our brewery operations team has been working on creating some of the best sour beers in Monterey! After some trial and error, all the barrels have developed their funky character all on their…

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A No Stress Valentine’s Day

Now we all know that sometimes Valentine’s Day can quickly turn into a stressful day. Whether someone forgot, reservations weren’t made or a gift wasn’t purchased – the expectation of this holiday can sometimes be overwhelming. So… for all you guys and gals out there, here are some sure-fire ideas that can all be arranged…

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Soak Up the Culture in Downtown Monterey

Besides its intensely rich history, Downtown Monterey is a literal cultural hub with wonderful museums, live music venues and more. You can walk your way through some of the region’s most amazing museums and by night stroll along the main streets and listen to live music in both small and large venues. Here’s a short…

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Monterey Conference Center Hard Hat Tour Guest Post by Nancy Williams, MCC Director of Sales and Events

The renovation at the Monterey Conference Center (MCC) is underway, with demolition complete and the steel beam infrastructure in place, the state of the art facility will be back in business by Spring 2017.  After a recent hard hat tour of the facility I am here to provide you with a sneak peak of the…

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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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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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Spa on the Plaza’s Holiday Gift Ideas

The Holiday Season is almost upon us and Spa on the Plaza has created some amazing, holiday inspired specials! Soooo…. for all you spouses out there, friends and bosses – take a peek at what Spa on the Plaza is offering this season and purchase gift cards for those special people in your life that…

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Get Your 10,000 Steps Monterey Bay Style

We all know that pedometers, Fitbit and other step tracking devices are all the rage – and we also know that while on vacation it’s easy to forget about fitness. So…we thought it might be fun to map out a walking plan in and around Monterey, so you can earn those steps, all while taking…

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