Conferences

Travel to & About Asilomar

See map of Asilomar campus. The Merrill Hall building is location for ALL Conference Sessions & Posters. You will come to Merrill Hall beginning at 4pm on Friday Oct 7 to pick up your name badge and present your Covid protocol documents (see homepage for Covid protocol for this meeting.)

Arriving at Asilomar

Asilomar Conference Center is located at 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. All conference sessions take place on the Asilomar grounds in Merrill Hall. If you are lodging at Asilomar you will check in at the front desk in the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall. Parking is free on the campus as long as you are parked in a legal space (avoid the red curbs, this means 'no parking'.)

Great information on the Visit Asilomar website, too: https://www.visitasilomar.com/discover/getting-here/ 

Driving to Asilomar

If you drive to Asilomar from San Francisco or San Jose, make your way to California Highway 1 and go south. After you pass the Monterey exits, take the second Pacific Grove exit (Route 68 West). Travel west on Route 68 for approximately 10 minutes (watch for where Route 68 West turns left). Near the bottom of the hill, turn right on Asilomar Blvd. The main entrance to Asilomar is at the intersection of Asilomar Blvd and Sinex.

Air Travel to Asilomar

Try to book flight to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)

Due to extreme traffic from the Bay Area (SFO and SJC airports) on Friday afternoons, we suggest checking on flight availabilty into the Monterey Regional Airport located 9.3 miles from Asilomar. There is limited to no taxi service at the Monterey Airport, but rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft provide convenient transportation from this airport to Asilomar Conference Center.

San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) Airports are also an option

Asilomar is approximately 120 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 65 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC). Note the driving traffic from either airport to Asilomar Conference Center can be extreme on Friday afternoons.

From these airports to Asilomar you may choose to rent a car or take the Monterey Airbus shuttle.  From SFO to Asilomar the fee is $65 one-way and from SJC the fee is $55 one-way.  Save $5 per trip if you book online at www.montereyairbus.com. Their website has detailed pages on schedules (to airport and from airport).

Attire at Asilomar and the Weather

First, this is an INFORMAL conference. Many people will wear blue jeans! You will want to dress in layers (think vests, fleece jackets, etc.) The facility is a campus so you will be walking OUTDOORS and you will want to dress appropriately to stay warm. Temperatures are anticipated to be in the high 50 degrees Farenheit and lows in the low 40 degrees Farenheit. We might even suggest a knit hat and gloves. 

There is typically coastal fog which can intensify the cold feeling.

During breaks and on the Sunday free afternoon you will want to have comfortable walking shoes to explore the beach (just across the road!), visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or for the intrepid join a group to go kayaking on the Monterey Bay (wet suit comes with kayak rental!)