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Inspired Meetings Come Easily in Monterey County

By See Monterey

In Monterey County, California, world-class accommodations, cutting-edge venues, and natural beauty come together to make an event experience like none other. From Big Sur to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Salinas Valley to Pebble Beach, there’s a rich legacy here of hosting successful gatherings. With more than 220 lodging properties, indoor and off-site facilities to fit groups of 10 to 3,000, year-round attractions, and award-winning food and wine, planners can easily find a perfect fit for all needs and budgets.

Imagine blue-sky brainstorming in a vintage car on a coastal drive, thinking up new ideas inspired by the creativity found in a local restaurant, or budget planning over a glass of wine in Carmel Valley. Monterey County offers diverse settings, as well as facilities and venues that are customizable for incentive, corporate, association, and social, military, educational, religious, and fraternal (SMERF) meetings.

Off-Site Experiences

When it comes to team-building activities and off-site experiences, Monterey County has plenty—from relaxing to adventurous. Some favorites include year-round whale watching, wine tasting, cycling, and kayaking. And don’t miss out on popular attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Golfers can take advantage of more than 25 public and private golf courses, including the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The Monterey Conference Center

The Monterey Conference Center (MCC) is a beautiful piece of modern architecture with more than 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space available. It’s one of only a few conference and convention facilities in North America to boast LEED® Platinum certification and GBAC Star certification. MCC offers easy access, walkability, and more than 1,200 centrally located rooms, including two adjoining hotels: the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay and Monterey Marriott. With flexible rates on needed dates, plus additional incentives, MCC offers flexible and affordable options.

Easy Access

Monterey Regional Airport has flights to more than 95 domestic and international destinations with just one connection and daily air service from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Burbank, and Orange County, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Denver, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Phoenix, Arizona. Catch an Amtrak into town at the Salinas Transit Center, only 25 minutes from downtown Monterey. Want to road trip it? Here are two scenic routes: state Route 1 runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles and offers fantastic views of the Pacific Coastline, and U.S. Route 101 runs down the valley corridor and features beautiful scenery of the region’s agricultural sites, including lettuce fields and vineyards along the Santa Lucia Highlands. When it comes to venue options, breathtaking backdrops, and all-around inspiration, Monterey County sets a new standard for meeting destinations.

$10,000 Savings, 100% Inspiration

Right now, meeting planners can save up to $10,000 if they book and host an event with 25 guest rooms or more between November 2023 and April 2024, and See Monterey will credit $20 per actualized room night. Terms and conditions apply. When it comes to taking meetings to the next level, Monterey County is all in.