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WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE AT ASILOMAR?
Spring and fall are clear and sunny, and the summer months bring morning fog that encases the landscape, burning off to clear skies in the afternoons. Winter ushers in a welcome average rainfall of 17 inches per year. Evenings are cooler, and sweatshirts or a lightweight top layer are recommended for outdoor activities as it can cool off quickly once the sun goes down.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING?
Casual! Layers! Casual attire is always appropriate. At Asilomar, “formal” simply means that you wear socks and your best pair of khakis. 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. Bring a bathing suit if you want to use Asilomar’s outdoor heated swimming pool. Walking shoes if you want to explore some of Asilomar’s gorgeous 107 acres; and a flashlight can be helpful if you think you’ll be walking around at night.
JITNEY SERVICE: Jitney service is provided 24 hours/day for registered conference attendees. Wheelchair (push type only) vans are available to transport guests to and from their sleeping or meeting rooms. Luggage assistance is available to the elderly or disabled only; “bell” service is not available from Asilomar employees. There is no charge for the service, which can be accessed by dialing “0.”
HOUSEKEEPING: One–day laundry service is available (for a fee) if items are brought to the Asilomar Front Desk in the Hearst Social Hall by 8:30 am (Monday – Saturday). Rollaway beds, cribs, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, and extra blankets or pillows can be delivered to guestrooms by Asilomar’s housekeeping staff. Call housekeeping extension 2276 for lost items. Articles left in rooms will be held for 90 days. For lost keys or meal tickets, go to the Asilomar Front Desk for assistance.
BUSINESS CENTER: The Business Center is located next to Asilomar Front Desk in the Hearst Social Hall and is open from 6:30am – 12 midnight daily. Wi-Fi service is offered complimentary in the Business Center and the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall There is also complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all our guest rooms at Asilomar as well. Safe deposit boxes are available at the Front Desk.
MAIL SERVICE: Post your letters at the Asilomar Front Desk in the Hearst Social Hall. Outgoing mail is picked up at 8:30 am (Monday – Saturday). Incoming mail is held at the Front Desk for pick up. Please have your mail addressed to you as follows: Your Name c/o List Your Group Name Asilomar Conference Grounds 800 Asilomar Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
PARK STORE: Located in the Phoebe A. Hearst Social Hall across from the Front Desk, the Park Store is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Store hours are subject to change). Here are just a few of the items that can be purchased at our Park Store: Bike Rentals, Beverages, Snacks, Sundries, Gifts, Clothing
PHOEBE’S CAFÉ: Asilomar has created an additional venue within the Hearst Social Hall which has quickly become a favorite place to gather and relax for guests and local residents alike. Phoebe’s Café has enhanced the Asilomar experience in a style that remains true to the historic nature of the entire grounds. Sit back in the comfortable, antique setting of the Café and the Social Hall to enjoy coffee and tea creations, fresh baked goods including Chef Danny’s Asilomar Cookie, lite bites, lunch specialties and for the first time in 100 years, beer and wine. Whether it’s a snack on the adjoining outdoor deck or a glass of wine and cheese platter by the roaring fire in the main hall, great moments begin in Phoebe’s Café. The Café’s Hours: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM - Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM - Friday and Saturday
PARKING: Please park in designated areas. Please be aware of one-way roads, the speed limit of 10 mph, and loading zones. Roads must be kept clear at all times for emergency and service vehicles. Violators are subject to citation under the California Vehicle Code and under California State Park Rules and Regulations. We request that you strictly observe the 10-minute parking zone next to the Hearst Social Hall.
EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, please dial “0” from any house phone and encourage all attendees to do the same. This process ensures that Asilomar staff knows where the emergency is located and are then able to direct emergency vehicles to that location.
SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT: Asilomar’s 107 acres are dedicated to a natural ecological environment. Please walk on paved areas only. The dunes are a particularly fragile environment, and we request that you use the boardwalk that leads you to a vista point and to the beach. Also, please be aware that Poison Oak is abundant on the Asilomar grounds.
WAYS TO ENJOY ASILOMAR
ASILOMAR WALKING TOURS: The 4 self-guided walking tours on various aspects of the park are Julia Morgan Architecture, Living Dunes, Coast Trail and Forest Walk. These tours will help bring a new perspective and renewed appreciation to the park's natural and cultural history.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Asilomar has a volleyball court just waiting for you on the beach. Bring your own volleyball or stop in the Park Store to borrow one of ours. The court can be reserved through our Front Desk. Court usage is complimentary but a $5 refundable deposit is required for the use of our volleyball.
BIKING: Trail riding or beach riding - why not do both? If you don't have your own bike, we have bikes
available for rent at the Park Store.
BIRD WATCHING: Asilomar is a great place for grabbing your binoculars and heading out to one of our trail for some great bird watching. Check with our Front Desk to learn about some of the best places to catch a glimpse of our local species. A list of birds you can find in the park is available.
HIKING & WALKING TRAILS: We have park trails to offer hiking and walking enthusiasts. With 107 acres of land at Asilomar,there's plenty of terrain to explore.
SHOOTING POOL: We have two antique pool tables located in the Hearst Social Hall. Use of these pool tables is complimentary.
SUNBATHING: Asilomar State Beach, a precious mile of sandy beach and rocky coves along the Pacific coast, provides the perfect balance of public access, preservation and glorious sunshine. Bring your beach towels and/or chairs for a relaxing time at the beach. Beach supplies are available for purchase at the Park Store.
SWIMMING: Park guest can unwind in Asilomar's outdoor heated swimming pool, open from dawn to dusk
each day, year-round. Towels are available for use at the pool only. Please note: There is no life guard on duty at the pool.
SURFING: Grab your board and hit the beach. Asilomar is one of Monterey Peninsula's best places for
catching some waves.
RANGER-GUIDED TOURS / EXPLORE BEYOND THE SHORE: Our complimentary Ranger-guided tours invite you to discover the natural and cultural history of Asilomar. Come wander among the historic buildings nestled in the Monterey pine and coast live oak forest. Stroll along our accessible boardwalk through the tranquil Dune Natural Preserve. Or explore the rocky coastline teaming with life. We welcome both groups and individuals on these one-hour tours. Please call the California State Park’s office at (831) 646-6443 to schedule a tour!
BEACHWALK: Join us for a walk along Asilomar’s rocky shores and sandy beaches. State Park staff will share some innovative and fascinating ways life has adapted to survive in this unique environment. The Asilomar shoreline is within the Asilomar Marine Reserve. All plants and wildlife is protected by law.
ARCHITECTURE/HISTORY: Discover what life was like here in the early days of Asilomar. Stroll through the historic buildings and grounds as State Park staff share stories of the grounds.
DUNE EXPERIENCE: Come experience the Dunes Natural Preserve and see the native wildlife thrive. State Park staff will share natural and cultural stories of the dune ecosystem.
ASILOMAR RAMBLE: Join State Park staff on a mix and mingle of each of the above programs. Staff will share tidbits of the history, architecture, forest ecology and dune ecosystem as we explore the state park.
ASILOMAR RECYCLING PROGRAMS
RECYCLE! There are recycle bins all over the property including in your room. Did you know that you can recycle both the thermal sleeve on your coffee cup (if you didn’t bring your own reusable one) as well as the top? In addition Asilomar can recycle all plastics #’s 1-7 which means plastic shopping bags, plastic wrap, plastic bottles AND lids – pretty much anything that is plastic! Asilomar participates in a co-mingled recycling program which means that anything recyclable can go into a BLUE recycling container including paper, cardboard, glass, and aluminum.
REUSE! We encourage everyone to have a reusable coffee mug or water bottle – and there is a variety
available in the gift shop. But if you do purchase a bottle of water, we encourage you to reuse that by filling it up at any water fountain. All of the public water fountains and faucets in the meeting rooms have water filters.
COMPOST! Asilomar has a composting program where all pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste is
composted. You can participate by putting your food waste into the compost section of the 3-way container outside Phoebe’s Café. This includes any to go containers or service ware that you may end up using from Phoebe’s Café and the dining hall.