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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Pucker Up – New Sour Beers at Peter B’s! Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub

Here at Peter B’s, Monterey’s original craft brewery, we’re on the cusp of developing some truly funky barrels. For over a year, our brewery operations team has been working on creating some of the best sour beers in Monterey! After some trial and error, all the barrels have developed their funky character all on their…

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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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A Springtime Bucket List of Fun

With wildflowers in full bloom and rolling hills bursting with the greenest grass you’ve ever laid eyes on, Springtime in Monterey is not a season to be missed. Though there is a slight chill in the crisp coastal air, this time of year on the Monterey Peninsula is refreshing and invigorating. There is much fun…

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A Boutique Shopper’s Paradise – Alvarado Street, Monterey

As a self-proclaimed shop-a-holic, I have to say, one of my favorite things to do when travelling is checking out the independent, mom and pop boutiques in every town/city we visit. Luckily, for me, being a local gal and all, I feel pretty lucky to have some amazing shopping resources within minutes of each other…

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A Dog’s View

Pet Friendly Perks at the Portola & Around Monterey Guest Post by Charlie the Labradoodle Woof! My name is Charlie and I’m a 3 ½ year old Labradoodle and I live on the Monterey Peninsula with my bark-tastic family! I’m a very happy dog because I got to check out the coolest pet perks at…

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Catering Events for 5 to 25 Attendees Guest Post by Eddie Guice, Catering & Convention Service Manager

As an event professional, I know that planning meetings can have stressful moments. Often, when planning smaller events as opposed to events larger than 25+, it can be easy to overlook small details like AV, start times, morning coffee, etc. I am excited to share with our Central Coast Living Blog readers, some of my…

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Love is In The Air

Tired of the traditional candy and chocolates? How about getting out and experiencing something new with that special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s a hike finished with a romantic picnic or setting sail on a chartered sailboat. I’ve got some fun ideas for our Central Coast Living readers and it’s all…

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A Note From the Designer: A hospitality firm’s take on hotel reimagination – Guest Blog by Rob Polacek

At Puccini Group, we’ve been creating concepts, interior designs, and brand identities for nearly 20 years for hospitality projects around the world. Coming from a designer, it’s safe to say, hospitality design provides a spectrum of projects that range in client interaction. We create, see the process through its construction, and hopefully along the way…

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