Runners Lounge

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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And the Winner is…

Known as one of the premier venues in in Central and Northern California for conferences, meetings and corporate events of all sizes, the Portola Hotel & Spa was recently named a winner of the Smart Meetings Magazine 2014 Platinum Choice Award. I am thrilled to share with the followers of our Central Coast Living Blog,…

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Savoring the Holiday Season

Guest Post by Sonny Petersson, Portola Hotel & Spa Food & Beverage Director Food and wine are my passion. I think, breath and live it, every single day.  Whether at work, at home, at a party or restaurant, I literally savor every bite and sip I take, appreciating the process, creativity and time one takes…

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Locally Inspired

Executive Chef Jason Giles, doesn’t only talk the talk, he walks the walk.  Committed to incorporating as many locally sourced and sustainable ingredients as possibly in his menu development at the Portola Hotel & Spa’s two onsite restaurants, Peter B’s Brewpub and Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Giles is definitely making it happen. I was…

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For the Love of Pumpkin

 Fall is upon us and that means it’s time for all things pumpkin.  This weekend as I strolled through the grocery store pumpkin flavored goodies filled the aisles.  Pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin scones, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ravioli – you name it! So I thought I would repost one of my favorite Autumn-inspired baked…

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Fun Fall Activities for the Kids

Although California’s warm weather continues, there is the unmistakable feeling of Fall in the air. While we don’t have the same explosion of color that the trees in New England have, our incredible growing climate allows the Monterey Peninsula to have Halloween themed farms and events aplenty this time of year. The kids and especially…

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The Fourth Annual Monterey Beer Garden – Brews, Views & More!

It’s beer at its crafty, sudsy and tasty best; outdoors and all over! The Monterey Beer Garden is back for its fourth annual installment and this year is shaping up to be best yet. The hop-based festivities start at high noon and run until 4pm this Saturday, September 27, 2014. The event features 15 of…

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Shopping Guide

Downtown Monterey Shopping & Nightlife

Just steps outside the Portola Hotel & Spa, Downtown Monterey bustles with vibrancy and life. From the quaint shops, galleries and museums to live music venues and historic landmarks, Downtown Monterey has something for everyone. Centered around Alvarado Street, Downtown Monterey has a long and storied history. As California’s first capital, many of the buildings…

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