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Asilomar State Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove California


Asilomar means refuge by the sea. It was built for the YWCA in 1913 and designed by Berkeley architect Julia Morgan. In 1955 it was acquired by California state parks and has been managed as a conference center for educational institutions. The location in the dunes behind Spanish Bay is superb.

I once lived in a yellow brick house just two blocks from the Asilomar gates. Many times we walked through the Asilomar grounds to watch the sun set.



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Spanish Bay Beach in summer

(August 1, 2004)


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The gates to Asilomar State Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove

(December 12, 2005)


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Merrill Hall at Asilomar

(August 1, 2004)


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Monarch butterfly wintering area at the Butterfly Grove Inn

(December 12, 2005)


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