Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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Pamper Someone Special: Holiday Spa-Themed Gift Ideas

The award-winning Spa on the Plaza located right here at the Portola Hotel has created a holiday gift guide that will pamper, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Available in the Spa’s gift shop, pair these wonderful products with a gift certificate for one of the Spa’s signature European facials or a massage/facial combination package and…

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Return of the Pumpkin Spice Cookies! Here is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes created by my friends at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Pumpkin Spice Cookies Yields: 4 dozen Ingredients ¾ C Butter, Softened 2 C Sugar 2 Eggs, Beaten ½ C Molasses 2 Tsp White Vinegar 3¾ C Flour 1½ Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tbs + 1 Tsp…

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A California Winter Getaway…Yes, Please!

Though the winter months are still a bit down the road, now’s the time to start planning! Enjoy beach days, hiking, exploring the Monterey Bay and more even during the middle of the winter season. And by getting a jump start on your vacation planning, you can save a little $$ too, and put that…

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Winter-time Wonderland at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

In case you hadn’t noticed, winter has arrived. Yes, for most of the country, Winter means weather, but in California and specifically on the Monterey Peninsula, Winter is more about the holidays and wondering why scarves and gloves look cool, but are actually uncomfortable in 65 degree weather. Most importantly, however, winter and the holiday…

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Celebrate All Season Long at the Portola!

Nothing beats the holiday season, especially California Coast. Although, the only white Christmas you may experience are white sand beaches, the cheer of the season is everywhere, especially in Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa. If celebrating the holidays at home is a family tradition, then what do you do to work off Mom’s…

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Favorite Holiday Cookie Decorating Tips

Sprinkles, frosting, icing and love – all important components of decorating holiday cookies!  Our Portola Team has offered a few tips to help your cookies sparkle and shine! always make sure your cookies are cool and at room temperature before decorating to ensure your decorations don’t melt or run instead of using a colored frosting,…

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