4 Tips For Staying Young Guest Post by Spa Director of Spa on the Plaza, Camille Malcolm

Move your body. It’s not just about burning calories; it’s about changing your self image. Am I a sedentary person prone to weight gain or an active person with a healthy lifestyle? How we see ourselves determines what we do.  My rule of thumb is that it takes three months of daily exercise before your workout begins…

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Locally Inspired: Discover Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Jacks Monterey Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese

Inspired by fresh ingredients grown locally throughout Monterey County, we have been able to incorporate what we are calling California Cultural Cuisine into every dish here at Jacks Monterey. Featuring ethnic flavors with a California twist, our specialties for both lunch and dinner service include palate pleasing artisanal pizzas, sustainable seafood and a variety of…

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Monterey Bay’s 7 Wonders

This week, marks the celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, saluting travel, and tourism in America and for us here at Central Coast Living, we are of course celebrating all things Monterey.  Though some of us may never have the opportunity to experience the Seven Wonders of the World – we are pretty confident…

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Welcome to Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Brian Hein, Director of Food & Beverage, Portola Hotel & Spa

Located in the Portola’s brand new lobby, Jacks Monterey serves the freshest locally sourced ingredients alongside an award winning wine list and features an exciting menu highlighting different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world. Now open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Jacks Monterey is quickly becoming one of Monterey’s…

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Renovation Update: Fusing Monterey’s Maritime History with Contemporary Public Art Guest Post by Nancy Williams, Monterey Conference Center Director of Sales & Events

Slated for completion this summer, the highly anticipated, newly renovated Monterey Conference Center will soon be boasting a spectacular new piece of public art. Greeting visitors as they walk onto the sparkling new plaza at the Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa, will be a new, contemporary stainless steel sculpture featuring a school of…

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Searching for “Buried Treasures”

There’s nothing more precious than a child’s imagination. Whether it be pretending to soar to the moon or search for buried treasure, I always love listening to my children as they describe the many adventures they have created in their colorful little minds. So, when they had the opportunity to experience their first Portola Pirates…

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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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