The Adventure Continues… Asilomar
The Central Coast of California (as well as the rest of the state) has been getting pounded recently by a series of storms — bringing powerful ocean waves, torrents of rain causing flooding, and strong gusts of wind that are knocking trees over and causing extended power outages. Right now is definitely not a good time to visit the coast, especially around the area of Santa Cruz and Monterey, as the beaches are closed. But once all this heavy winter weather has passed, you might want to go check out Asilomar State Beach, not only for the beautiful natural surroundings but also to experience the historic conference center. This episode of California’s Golden Parks originally aired back in January 2004.
Huell travels to the city of Pacific Grove located on the Monterey Peninsula to visit Asilomar. Meaning “a refuge by the sea,” Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds sits on 107 breathtaking acres. The conference grounds began in 1913 as a camp and conference site for the YWCA, and its historic buildings were designed by the California architect Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle. Today, among other activities, the facility is home to the California State Parks training facility.