Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds, also known as the Refuge by the Sea, is a unique and historic wedding venue located on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California. Asilomar offers both indoor and outdoor sites for your ceremony and reception, with outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean. Asilomar is an expansive California State Park. The ceremony site, reception site, and lodging are all located together on our 107 acre property. This eliminates driving from place to place and makes for a wonderful stress-free event for both you and your guests.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 150 guests at this coastal venue. Their diverse settings include:
Asilomar State Beach - a gorgeous stretch of soft, sandy beach, featuring rocky coves and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s ideal for outdoor ceremonies.
Grand Cypress Meadow - features majestic, Monterey Cypress trees and an abundance of native California flora. It’s the perfect place to exchange your vows.
Grace Dodge Chapel - was designed by the famous architect, Julia Morgan, and features a fireplace and expansive windows with views of the ocean and meadow.
Surf & Sand Dining Room - boasts a large fireplace, wraparound deck and big windows. It can accommodate up to 32 guests for an intimate affair.
Seascape Dining Room - boasts stone columns, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large wraparound deck. It’s great for an indoor/outdoor celebration.
Asilomar has been a part of the wedding industry for over 20 years. We offer all-inclusive packages to ensure every detail of your special day is taken care of. Each package includes a celebratory toast, cake cutting, tables, chairs, china, glassware, flatware and linens. Each couple will also receive a complimentary night stay the day of their wedding. Additional services include:
Recommended by 84% of couples
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Alycia · Married on 02/24/2019
A Picture Perfect Venue
The minute my husband and I saw Asilomar, we knew we had to have it for our wedding venue! We loved the rustic look of the polished wood, fireplaces, and all the natural light let in by the many windows in the Chapel and reception hall. Natascha was a big help at walking us through everything and was not only a great venue coordinator, but also a day-of coordinator. We had a morning wedding and the brunch menu designed by chef Greg Lepesh was delicious! We got so many compliments on the food and the venue in general.Sent on 04/14/2019
christine · Married on 10/24/2018
Best Day Ever.
When my then fiancé (now husband) and I were in our early stage of wedding planning, after seeing couple venues, we knew Asilomar was THE venue because of the convenience of having both ceremony and reception sites in one vicinity. We love the ocean and nature so Asilomar was the perfect location for our special day. We had our ceremony at the Asilomar State Beach and reception at Seascape Room. We were very lucky & privileged to have Natascha VonThiele as our event coordinator. I can’t tell you how thankful we are for her. She was very responsive to any form of communication from start to finish. She is reliable, organized and on top of things. Our wedding day ran so smoothly all thanks to her. I give Natascha so much credit for how our wedding day turned out. My husband and I couldn’t be happier having Natascha as our coordinator. She is truly a gem.Sent on 10/30/2018
Brittany Benson · Married on 10/20/2018
Perfect location, perfect wedding!
When my husband and I began looking for venues we knew we wanted to get married somewhere in Monterey. Neither of us had been to Asilomar before and as soon as we got there we knew we had found our venue. Not only was it convenient to have the ceremony and reception all at one place, we also had the pleasure of working with Natascha!! Seriously, she deserves an award for being so awesome and amazing. Natascha was so responsive and made sure everything turned out perfect the day of our wedding. We had our ceremony in the meadow area and it was absolutely beautiful! Also made it super convenient for our guests to walk a few steps to cocktail hour and then right to the reception. They also have a wonderful service, the jitney, that would offer rides if anyone needed to go back to their rooms. We are so happy we chose Asilomar for our wedding. Our guests kept commenting on how beautiful everything was. It was the perfect day and we could not have done it without Natascha!Sent on 11/03/2018
One of my favorite wedding venues around! An amazing location with fabulous views and a one of a kind atmosphere seeped in California History make this place a special place for a wedding. -David Royal Photography
Professional, very accommodating and all around a fabulous hotel ~Michele@CoutureOccasions~Event Planner