An Unforgettable Bridal Shower

Any of us that have ever been bridesmaids or been delegated as the “planner” of a bridal shower know how daunting it can be, BUT if you have a pro on your side, trust me, it makes all the difference in the world. At the Portola Hotel & Spa, a team of event professionals is…

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Summertime Inspiration at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Fresh caught, locally sourced and inspired by the summer season are the main ingredients in Jacks Restaurant & Lounge new seasonal menu. From fresh caught Monterey Bay Calamari to Filet Mignon, Day Boat Scallops to Alaskan Halibut, don’t miss out on trying the Summer Menu at Jacks! AND…make sure to take advantage of Jacks summer promo –…

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Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

Tucked away just 12 short miles from Highway One in Carmel, California, is Carmel Valley.  Home to some of the region’s finest boutique wineries, Carmel Valley is a hidden gem. One of the eight smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the larger Monterey County appellation, Carmel Valley is the perfect region for grape growing, in…

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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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Sovino Guest Blog by Claire Sutton – Proprietor & Sommelier

  Sovino Wine Bar’s purpose has always been simple: to make wine enjoyable for the novice wine drinker or the expert sommelier and everyone in between. It doesn’t matter how many points something scored, which wine critic said what, or what varietal is in fashion.  Sweet or dry, tannic or fruity, we want everyone to drink…

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Sip & Savor Your Way through Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving being just days away, the prepping and cooking has begun. From grocery shopping to ordering specialty desserts and treats, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to sip, savor and enjoy every moment. With a little help from Peter Radler, Manager at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub’s Brewmaster, Kevin Clark, we have…

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Guest Blog Post: The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway Launches

Inspirations & Celebrations recently announced its partnership with multiple award-winning businesses in Northern California, including: Portola Hotel & Spa, Restaurant 1833, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Adventures By The Sea, Spa On The Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Bay Sailing, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The lifestyle blog and these premiere businesses are collaborating to create “The Ultimate Monterey Bay Vacation Giveaway” in honor of the 4 Year Anniversary of Inspirations &…

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