Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds
"The waves come in slowly, vast and green, curve their translucent necks, and
burst with a surprising uproar, that runs, waxing and waning, up and down the
long keyboard of the beach ..."
--Robert Louis Stevenson
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds provides park visitors numerous opportunities for beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve as well as a variety of overnight room lodging and conference meeting room facilities. From its historic Julia Morgan architecture to the forest, the dunes and coastline, State Park staff takes the lead in protecting and educating park visitors about Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, and monitors the delicate balance between preservation
and public access.
Asilomar had its start In 1913 as a young womens' summer camp and conference facility - an outgrowth of the inspired vision of the resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA.
The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956.
Asilomar State Beach is a narrow, one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves.
A ¾ mile coast walking trail is open to pedestrians. The trail is accessible and a beach wheelchair is available upon request at the Registration Desk. Vehicle parking and a bicycle lane is adjacent to the state beach on Sunset Drive.
Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve.
All marine resources, animals and features are protected.
No collecting or fishing is allowed - your help is needed to maintain this coastal area as a healthy habitat for future visitors to enjoy! Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and be in the immediate control of the handler. PLEASE NOTE: There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.
Across the street from Asilomar State Beach is Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, where a landmark stile stands at the gateway to this preserve. A ¼ mile boardwalk meanders through 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem where visitors can discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species, have been grown and planted in the effort to preserve the dunes and coastal bluffs.
The boardwalk also leads park visitors to the heart of the Asilomar Conference Grounds where the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, Merrill Hall, the Grace Dodge Chapel Auditorium, and the Crocker Dining Hall form the core of the original historic Julia Morgan structures. The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall is a hub for park visitors - plan to spend some time relaxing in front of the impressive rock fireplace, refresh yourself with a cup of coffee from Phoebe's Cafe, shop for a special gift in the Asilomar Gift Shop, or book a stay in one of Asilomar's many guest rooms.
California State Parks contracts with ARAMARK Parks and Destinations to operate the Conference Grounds including conference group accommodations, overnight lodging and special events management. See sidebar to the right for contact information for Asilomar State Beach Office, and the Conference Grounds phone number for lodging reservations and special event scheduling.
Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive and Asilomar Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove.
Directions to Asilomar from the North (Santa Cruz)
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed to the entrance on your left.
Directions to Asilomar from the East (Salinas/Highway 101)
Take Monterey/Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed to the entrance on your left.
Dogs are allowed on leash at Asilomar State Beach. Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent Asilomar State Beach when walking dogs.
Asilomar Centennial Lecture: To Be Alive in Such an Age: Asilomar and the Women of Tomorrow
Centennial Lunch and Lecture Series: November 18, 2013 - Seascape Dining Room at Crocker Dining Hall, 12:00 lunch; 12:30 lecture
Join us for lunch at noon (optional - $18.00) to be followed by Asilomar Historian, Michael Meloy's lecture "To Be Alive in Such an Age: Asilomar and the Women of Tomorrow."
Michael Meloy is an historian whose area of expertise is California culture, society, politics, and environment. Mr. Meloy holds a PhD in United States History from U.C., Davis; a M.A. in History from Cal State Sacramento, and a B.S. from Indiana University. As the Historian II with California State Parks at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, Mr. Meloy leads the planning and implementation of the Cultural Resource program at Asilomar, and monitors projects and activities involving Asilomar's significant historical resources for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and the California Environmental Quality Act.
To attend, please reserve your space by calling 831-372-8016.
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- Park Office Telephone:
Address and Telephone
Asilomar State Park Office
804 Crocker Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations
For Overnight Lodging, Conferences and Special Events:
TOLL FREE RESERVATION LINE: (888) 635-5310
c/o Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
P.O. Box 537
Pacific Grove CA 93950