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.
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:
25 Reviews for Asilomar Conference Grounds
Recommended by 87% of couples
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Lauren · Married on 02/16/2020
So Glad We Found Asilomar
We happened upon this venue one day and fell in love with its historical charm and beautiful natural surroundings. Grace Chapel was perfect for a small indoor wedding where my dad could still walk me down an aisle, and on top of that it was walking distance from the Seascape Room reception area.
The site coordinator Marisa was my hero. Her patience with people far surpassed mine, and I'd even call it superhuman. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, I always felt like we were in good hands. Even when I had no idea what I was doing (which was most of the time), as soon as our check-in calls were done I'd feel like I was okay without hiring a planner and could probably pull this wedding thing off.
Having a rehearsal the day before was absolutely essential. On the day of our wedding Marisa helped everything run rather smoothly. The ceremony timing and music went pretty much according to plan, plus the Chapel's built-in sound system worked perfectly. It was truly a beautiful place to have a ceremony and it felt so right for us. Many of our guests later expressed how beautiful the architecture was. When we all meandered to Seascape, we also utilized the jitney service for our older guests with mobility difficulties. We were only able to use the Seascape deck for cocktail hour because the patio had been reserved, but it worked out fine with the number and age range of guests we had.
The reception area had been set up as planned, with ample room for guests, buffet and dessert tables, and dancing. It was absolutely gorgeous.
The entire staff was just lovely, friendly, and so helpful. I heard that the food was very good, too. (Besides that incredible mushroom appetizer and a bit of salad, husband and I didn't get to sample much of dinner. Oops.)
Accommodations for us were cozy and we loved the thoughtful little care package. The view of the ocean and the dunes outside our window the next morning was amazing, and it was so peaceful.
Some minor cons: Guests should not expect luxury hotel rooms. They are definitely historic (To Asilomar I would recommend weather stripping on the doors-it got windy!) but they're clean and have their own charm.
Overall we highly recommend Asilomar Conference Grounds.
We are looking forward to coming back on our anniversary and hopefully before then, too. We are so grateful for all of the help and hard work that went into such an unforgettable experience.Sent on 05/07/2020
malli kirschner · Married on 02/15/2020
I had the most beautiful wedding at Asilomar. I had a beach ceremony followed by cocktail hour across from the meadow and the reception on the seascape room. Marisa the wedding coordinator at Asilomar is great at what she does. She was very responsive to mine and my mother's millions or questions and requests. She was always willing to work with us and make sure we had exactly what we wanted. Asilomar is the most beautiful combination of forest and beach. The staff there works very hard to meet every need. The only real downside to Asilomar are the rooms. A handful of the rooms did not have heat (and it was pretty chilly when we were there) They worked hard to try and fix the problem and I believe everyone with room trouble did receive a refund. It really is the best venue in the area for the price!Sent on 02/15/2020
Elaine Collins · Married on 09/22/2019
Would do it all again!!
Marisa and her team were wonderful to work with. They made sure things were exactly as we wished them to be.Sent on 10/15/2019
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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