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Asilomar State Beach: A Refuge By The Sea

Asilomar State Beach boardwalk

If you are looking to get away from all the stress of everyday life, then Asilomar State Beach can be a perfect getaway.

The beach is a narrow one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves.  A ¾ mile walking trail is open to pedestrians.  The trail is accessible and a beach wheelchair is available upon request. Vehicle parking and a bicycle lane is adjacent to the state beach on Sunset Drive.

In addition the beach also hosts a conference ground that is ideally suited for large groups looking to host retreats, seminars, reunions etc.

Asilomar originated as a woman’s summer camp and conference facility out of the inspired vision of a handful of resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA in 1913.  Its historic buildings were designed by the renowned California architect Julia Morgan.   It has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956.

 Asilomar’s concessionaire offers a full service facility of year-round meeting rooms, overnight lodging, dining and catering for special events, including weddings.
There are 18 private conference and meeting rooms ranging from a 650-seat lecture hall to an intimate gathering space for up to 10 individuals. Fireplaces add a unique charm to
several of the meeting rooms. Lodging includes 312 guestrooms with private baths. Many rooms feature fireplaces, balconies or private decks. Some rooms are equipped with special accessibility features. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms.

It is advised to dress in layers as temperatures can vary.

The Asilomar State Beach and conference grounds are located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove.