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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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Exciting Upgrades at the Portola, Guest Post by General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The Portola Hotel & Spa is full of exciting changes as we close out 2015 and venture into 2016. The first project we are working on is the enhancement to all our guestrooms with a full bathroom remodel. This bathroom renovation is in its final stages of completion with 265 guestrooms already completed.  We plan…

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Turkey Melt

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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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Return of the Pumpkin Spice Cookies! Here is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes created by my friends at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Pumpkin Spice Cookies Yields: 4 dozen Ingredients ¾ C Butter, Softened 2 C Sugar 2 Eggs, Beaten ½ C Molasses 2 Tsp White Vinegar 3¾ C Flour 1½ Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tbs + 1 Tsp…

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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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