Jacks Restaurant & Lounge – A Friendly Favorite

Almost everyone has their favorite restaurant or bar. For some, it’s the way the bartender mixes their favorite drink or the feeling they get sliding into their favorite seat. For others, it’s the smell from their favorite dish when it first hits the table or knowing the chef is sourcing his ingredients as locally and…

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Making the Most Out of Your Monterey Getaway: Family Travel

It’s always our goal at Central Coast Living to provide a local’s perspective with tips and ideas for the many types of travelers that visit the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel & Spa every year. So…we thought it might be fun to start a series on how all of our guests can get the…

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Blue Water

Turning Back the Hands of Time

Guest Post by Vanessa Delarrue, Spa Director at Spa on the Plaza We all want to look our best, youthful, healthy and happy and at Spa on the Plaza our team of skincare experts have discovered one of the industry’s best kept secrets – MDT5™ Technology (Molecular Dispersion Technology).  This revolutionary vitamin/protein delivery system is…

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Monty's Dogs

Pet Friendly Monterey Bay, Traveling with Pets has Never Been Easier

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most pet friendly hot spots in California.  A true paradise for those traveling with their pets, activities are endless and many hotel properties and restaurants, welcome pets, including the Portola Hotel & Spa and on site eateries, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub.  We…

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It’s BBQ Season!

  Some say after Memorial Day it’s OK to wear white, well around our house, it’s time to BBQ!  Cookouts are a summertime family tradition and I’m always on the hunt for new ways to put a twist on old favorites!  When I asked the Executives Chef at the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jason Giles…

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