Guest Blog Post from Chef Andrew Hunter

The secret to finding an awesome restaurant By Chef Andrew Hunter Here’s a little-known secret among professional chefs and foodies for discovering a great restaurant.  Start by ordering the turkey sandwich. The all-time lunch favorite is the best indication about the care and passion a restaurant owner or chef puts into creating a memorable eating experience. Simply put,…

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Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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Pamper Someone Special: Holiday Spa-Themed Gift Ideas

The award-winning Spa on the Plaza located right here at the Portola Hotel has created a holiday gift guide that will pamper, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Available in the Spa’s gift shop, pair these wonderful products with a gift certificate for one of the Spa’s signature European facials or a massage/facial combination package and…

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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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Let’s Raise a Glass

Sophisticated elegance, yet warm and inviting is what you get when you walk into Jacks Restaurant & Lounge here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. With an impressive menu featuring starters and entrees from the water, land and ranch, Chef Jason Giles has designed a menu that features locally sourced, fresh ingredients from all around…

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Golf Tips

On the Monterey Peninsula, golf is king. Whether you are a lifelong resident or first time visitor, golf is probably near and dear to your heart. It’s no surprise that the game starts with the Pebble Beach Resort and its four courses which include the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill. Pebble, as…

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A Special Thank You

Ingrid and Reina at the Portola Hotel & Spa Often times when traveling, we take for granted those crisp linens, fluffed pillows, sparkling clean restrooms and turn down service, but this week I urge you to take a moment, and if you are staying in a hotel, say “thank you” to the property’s housekeeping team!…

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