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Diving Into Solar Power

Guest post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa we are constantly implementing ways for our entire hotel and spa operations to be greener and more energy efficient. By utilizing alternative sources of energy such as solar power, we are able to save energy and greatly…

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Planning Your Monterey Bay Wedding

There’s nothing more exciting than planning a wedding! I know for some it can feel stressful or overwhelming, but when you’re working with pros – that doesn’t need to be the case. The team at the Portola Hotel & Spa is comprised of event professionals ready to help plan and collaborate with YOU, to make…

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The Outdoors Just Got a Little “Cooler” at Peter B’s

Guest Blog Post, Janine M. Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa The Portola Hotel & Spa is already off to a busy start in 2016! With multiple renovations kicking off throughout the property, our team is working hard to add some fabulous new features not only to our guestrooms and main areas of the…

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Continuing to “LEED” the Way

Guest post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa We are always excited to share what’s happening behind the scenes here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. As many know we were one of Central California’s first “green” LEED® Certified hotel properties having received our first certification in 2011 by the U.S. Green…

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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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Shopping Guide

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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