Nestled among pine forests, sand dunes, and miles of protected coastline, Asilomar State Beach Resort is one of the most pristine and beautiful locations in California. The Asilomar State Beach is a 107-acre strip of preserved land that is located within the Asilomar Marine Reserve, where all animals, marine life, and natural features are protected. There is a ¾ mile walking trail winding along the mile-long coastline of sand and rocky coves that is available for pedestrians to enjoy. As of 2009, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds are celebrating 50 years as a proud member of the California State Park system.
Just across from the beach is the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve, where 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystems can be explored via a ¼ mile boardwalk. Here visitors can also explore the native plant greenhouse, where over 25 species of native plants have been grown and later planted along the dunes and coastal bluffs. While following the boardwalk here, visitors will eventually be led to the natural and beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds.
Located in the quaint city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar Conference Grounds offers the most scenic and relaxing accommodations on the Monterey Peninsula. Known by many as Monterey Bay's “Refuge by the Sea,” Asilomar Conference Grounds originated in 1913 as a women's summer camp by the committed women of the YWCA. California's first licensed female architect, Julia Morgan, designed the original 15 buildings at Asilomar between the years of 1919 and 1928. Of Morgan's 15 buildings, 13 remain standing today, all of which are classified as National Historic Landmarks. Thirty years later, the 7 additional buildings were designed by architect John Carl Warnecke, whose most well-known architectural design is the John F. Kennedy Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.