August is for Aston Martins at RM Sotheby’s Monterey-Guest Blog by RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will again hold its crown jewel Monterey auction this 18–19 August at the Portola Hotel & Spa. This year’s auction features an envious grouping of Aston Martin competition cars spanning some 70 years of British motorsport, including the most important Aston Martin ever built—the 1956…

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Plan Your Next Monterey Moment

Summer may be underway, but there’s still plenty of time to plan that much-needed vacation to beautiful Monterey! Easily accessible by car or plane, the Monterey Peninsula is the ultimate playground for kids and grown-ups alike! Whether you’re seeking a peaceful getaway focused around food, wine and spa days or one for the family full…

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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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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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Spa on the Plaza’s Holiday Gift Ideas

The Holiday Season is almost upon us and Spa on the Plaza has created some amazing, holiday inspired specials! Soooo…. for all you spouses out there, friends and bosses – take a peek at what Spa on the Plaza is offering this season and purchase gift cards for those special people in your life that…

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A Monterey Bay Valentine’s Day Weekend

It may be cliché, but who doesn’t like a little extra romance on February 14th?! Whether it be a small token of appreciation like chocolates or something sparkly, a massage, special dinner or even a getaway –  I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t turn it down! Well, here at the Portola Hotel…

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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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Picnics & Pirates

I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling with the kiddos, I always appreciate destinations that value families and fun!  The Monterey Peninsula, is known not only for its proximity to some of the world’s most iconic landscapes, but it has quickly become a favorite among families, for its endless abundance of activities for…

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