Toast Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Drink Recipe

Let’s toast to the season with a holiday-inspired cocktail, created by our Mixologists at Jacks Monterey, right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Tradition may say one must give a kiss under the mistletoe, but in this case, why not a sip?!   Introducing your new favorite holiday libation – The Mistletoe   Ingredients…

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Plan A Winter Spa Day at Spa on the Plaza

‘Tis the season to be jolly and for many of us a little stressed out – so why not treat yourself or someone special to a much-needed and well-deserved Spa Day! Monterey’s Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel & Spa is offering some amazing Spa Specials all season long – each with a…

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Monterey International Pop Festival, Guest Post by Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal

It was right before the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 that I realized I wanted to be a rock and roll photographer.  I had been experimenting in my dark room with a photo technique that added texture to the image, which rendered it slightly abstract. I read about the Festival coming to town and set…

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Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Season is upon us and for many of us, this time of year means   lots of shopping. It’s always fun to give gifts that are unique and of course, the “perfect fit” – so here at Central Coast Living, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite, Monterey Bay-themed…

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry this Holiday Season: Holiday Dining at the Portola Hotel & Spa

‘Tis the season to unbutton that top pants button after a great meal! And making it easier than ever to enjoy the holiday season to its fullest – is the Portola Hotel & Spa. Leave the cooking to the professionals while you dine in the heart of Monterey, California. Ideal for the entire family, and…

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5 Art & History Must Do’s in Monterey

Cultural Spotlight: Monterey, CA Art & History Monterey, California is a cultural hub here on the Central Coast, boasting a rich history and serves as “home” to numerous galleries, museums and historical monuments. In fact, just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa, visitors and locals alike can immerse themselves in days gone by, as…

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Fall Festivities

Falling Leaves & Festivities Cool mornings and sunshine-y afternoons means Fall is upon us here on the Monterey Peninsula. Leaves are changing and fall flavors are making their appearance. Everywhere you turn in Monterey, you are reminded of the season, from décor, to foliage – it’s absolutely gorgeous during this time of year! In addition…

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Celebrating 5 Years of Pub Talk – Guest Post by Chris Nelson

“You know what that music means…” When KRML’s Jeff White utters these familiar words on November 8th, we will be celebrating the five year anniversary of our radio show, Pub Talk. Broadcasting every Wednesday evening from the patio of Peter B’s Brewpub, Pub Talk is labor of love for those involved in its production.  …

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Fall Recipe: Coke Farm Beet Salad

Around this time of year, we all begin planning our Thanksgiving Day/Weekend menus and sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with something new! This year, the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing one of his favorite, Fall-inspired salad recipes, featuring local, organic produce and the season’s finest ingredients. Happy cooking!…

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