Say “Cheese” -Top 5 Spots for Taking Pics in Monterey

  Need that perfect pic for your next Instagram post? Looking to make your friends green with envy about your latest adventure? Well, if you’re looking for some recommendations on the perfect Monterey Bay backdrop for your next selfie or travel photo, then you check out our Top Five recommendations!   Bixby Bridge, Big Sur…

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Head Out to Sea – Fun Activities Out on the Bay

Head Out & “Sea” What Adventure Awaits Everyone needs a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea and that’s exactly what you’ll get during a visit to Monterey! Rather than just looking from afar, how about you get your toes wet experience the best of the Monterey Bay. It truly is all right here – and we…

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CC’s Rumtini

Cocktail Recipe – CC’s Rumtini   Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa is known for award-winning craft beer, but their talented bartenders also serve up some of the best specialty cocktails in Monterey, including the popular CC’s Rumtini created by Cecilia.  This martini was inspired by guests at…

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2018 Is All About Fun, Fun & More Fun

It’s All Right Here  Happy New Year! We are so thankful for all our readers and are thrilled to announce that we have officially changed the name of Central Coast Living to It’s All Right Here! And with that – we are about to focus on fun, fun and more fun in 2018! We polled…

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10 Resolutions for a Happy & Healthy 2018

Okay – so the 2018 will be here in just a few short days and it’s time to make those resolutions!  I don’t know about you, but I want 2018 to be all about being fit, fabulous and most importantly, happy. Being that my happy place is the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, I decided to use…

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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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