"Take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea" - Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and historic lodges - and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life."
At Asilomar, "formal" simply means that you wear socks and your best pair of khakis. Bring your comfortable clothing and leave the business outfit at home - casual attire is always appropriate at Asilomar! If you plan to be outside in the morning or evening (take a walk on the beach, for example) you'll want to bring a jacket or warm sweater. Be prepared for temperature fluctuations.
Making Your Way
No matter where you're coming from, it's easy to get to Asilomar from area highways, as well as numerous airports. The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is just 8 miles from Asilomar, while Mineta San Jose International (SJC) is 80 miles to the North and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 110 miles to the North. The airports in San Jose and San Francisco are also served by the Monterey Airbus, an airport shuttle service that can bring travelers right to our door.
From San Francisco / San Jose
Asilomar is approximately 120 miles south of downtown San Francisco (about 105 miles from San Francisco International Airport) and about 75 miles south of San Jose. Take 101 South to 156 West. Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach/Pacific Grove exit, turn right on Holman Highway/68 West. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway for 3.5 miles until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.
From Los Angeles
Asilomar is approximately 325 miles from downtown Los Angeles (about 310 miles from LAX). Take 101 North though Salinas to 156 West. Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, and Highway 68 West. For about 3-1/2 miles you will then be on a portion of Highway 68 West that is also called the Holman Highway. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.
Quiet and scenic, Pacific Grove - often called "America's last hometown" - is also home to Asilomar. Since the entire city of Pacific Grove including Asilomar is only 2.7 square miles, you're always just a few steps from the ocean, pine forests and many award winning Monterey Peninsula restaurants. Check out some local eats and grab a drink at one of the many local breweries.
things to do
Kayaking, sky diving, deep-sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula. Click here to check out some ways to spend your days enjoying the area.
Want to do some shopping and wine tasting ? Explore Monterey's Cannery Row that features an array of historic, cultural and natural experiences.
Venture off-grounds and discover how the attractions of the Monterey Peninsula complement your stay at Asilomar. Surrounded by the neighboring communities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, and Pebble Beach.
Must See- The Monterey Bay Aquarium located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row boasts an annual attendance of nearly two million visitors and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing over 600 species.