Park History

Park History


Nature & Architecture - A Love Story

Park History

Nature & Architecture - A Love Story

Asilomar Visitor Guide

Asilomar Visitor Guide

Asilomar's rich history dates back to its origins as a YWCA Leadership Camp built in 1913. Known as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea," the state park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928.

Preservation Magazine Article

Preservation Magazine Article

Thirteen of Morgan’s original structures remain today and constitute her largest collection of Arts & Crafts style architecture in one location. Thirty years later, John Carl Warnecke (best known for John F. Kennedy's gravesite memorial), created seven more complexes that make up the conference grounds. In 1987, the original Morgan buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Warnecke buildings will likely follow. While updates have been made throughout the decades, the tranquility and harmony found at Asilomar have been preserved.

This special heritage inspires an ongoing commitment to the care and protection of Asilomar’s facilities, flora and fauna – enabling our guests to enjoy the unspoiled surroundings of this tranquil retreat for many years to come.