Big Ideas for Small Meetings; Guest Blog Stephanie Corsino, Sales Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa

Small meetings can lead to big ideas, creating an atmosphere that promotes attendee focus, increases interaction and allows for more personalization from the facilitator. Smaller meetings tend to boost engagement through meaningful discussions and bonding between participants. At Portola Hotel & Spa, we offer a variety of meeting spaces and on-site venues ideal for small…

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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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Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel

Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel Spring will soon have sprung and there’s no better place to be than the Portola Hotel & Spa, especially when it comes to Easter-themed festivities. From a visit from the Easter Bunny to an adult-only Easter Egg Hunt, make sure to set your plan in motion, for Easter in…

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Renovation Update: Inspired Art at the Portola Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

At most hotels located in the United States, the lobby is a utilitarian space, designed to maximize the hotel’s business of checking guests in and out or, providing a meeting place before venturing outside. Lobby decoration or “art” is usually an afterthought and is at best a blur as guests quickly circulate through to their…

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Catering Events for 5 to 25 Attendees Guest Post by Eddie Guice, Catering & Convention Service Manager

As an event professional, I know that planning meetings can have stressful moments. Often, when planning smaller events as opposed to events larger than 25+, it can be easy to overlook small details like AV, start times, morning coffee, etc. I am excited to share with our Central Coast Living Blog readers, some of my…

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A Note From the Designer: A hospitality firm’s take on hotel reimagination – Guest Blog by Rob Polacek

At Puccini Group, we’ve been creating concepts, interior designs, and brand identities for nearly 20 years for hospitality projects around the world. Coming from a designer, it’s safe to say, hospitality design provides a spectrum of projects that range in client interaction. We create, see the process through its construction, and hopefully along the way…

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Meet in Monterey Guest Post, Terri D’Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales, Portola Hotel & Spa

Sunshine, ocean views, wine tasting, world class golf, kayaking – the activity list for attendee engagement during your Monterey meeting is endless. These are just some of the reasons to plan your next meeting or special events in Monterey, at the Portola Hotel & Spa! Flexible Meeting Space As the Central Coast’s largest and most…

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