Venture off-grounds and discover how the attractions of the Monterey Peninsula complement your stay at Asilomar. Surrounded by the neighboring communities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Pebble Beach, Asilomar puts you at the heart of one of the country's premiere vacation destinations.
Here is a list of our favorites to get you started:
Pacific Grove: is a picturesque seaside village that invites you to stroll it's downtown streets past Victorian homes, quaint shops, bakeries, local artist galleries and gourmet restaurants. A perfect Pacific Grove vacation. Pacific Grove Weddings are also most sought out for.
Monterey: Monterey was first settled by the Spaniards in 1770 and served as California's first capital for the Spanish and Mexican governments. Today, Monterey melds its past with the present, offering a mecca of culture and fun - with wine tasting events, festivals, superb dining and boutique shopping. Here you'll also enjoy golf, biking and deep-sea fishing. Pebble Beach: that wanders beside the water and through the 5,000-acre Del Monte Forest. Stop for a photo at the Lone Cypress or visit Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of five U.S. Open Golf Championships.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Famous for its movie stars, shopping and art, wedding venues, resorts and accomodations, Carmel-by-the-Sea is also a gorgeous place to spend a day. Further inland is Carmel Valley, an enchanting combination of sunshine, countryside and the agricultural charms of rustic barns, fresh produce fields, vineyards and grazing animals. Our hotel is a few miles away from the hotels in Carmel by the Sea.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium boasts an annual attendance of nearly two million visitors and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing over 600 species. The aquarium is a must-see when visiting the area. Tickets can be purchased at our Park Store. Our hotel accommodations are 3 miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Hotels.
Old Fisherman's Wharf: A visit to Monterey Peninsula isn't complete without including Old Fisherman's Wharf on your agenda. The wharf offers a variety of restaurants, shops, whale watching tours, fishing excursions, bay cruises and theatre.
Historic Cannery Row: A waterfront street in Monterey, Cannery Row is the site of now-defunct sardine canning factories converted into shops and restaurants. The street name, formerly a nickname for Ocean View Avenue, became official in January 1958 to honor John Steinbeck and his famous novel, Cannery Row.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. It encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 6,094 square miles of ocean and supports one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel" of the California State Park System. Pets are not allowed in the state preserve.
Lovers Point Park: is a landscaped community park used for picnicking, fishing, swimming, water sports and surfing. Amenities include a large lawn area, a beach volleyball court, a children's swimming pool, sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, a concrete pier structure, a restaurant and a snack bar.
Big Sur Coastline: Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the central California coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande," meaning "the big south." The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur Coastline a popular tourist destination.
Located between Lighthouse and Asilomar Avenues, in Pacific Grove, the Point Pinos Lighthouse beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning to captains off the rocky California coast since February 1, 1855 - making it the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway) is a paved road-racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing. Originally constructed in 1957 near Monterey, the racetrack is 2.238 miles in length with a 300-foot elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew." A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway.