No fireplace, porch, or view like in pictures on the website. It turned out to be the best meal that I had all week. The woman I spoke to said there was no record of the reservation. We had scheduled our visit for a weekend specifically so that we could go on the tour, and it was a big disappointment. Finally, I like that the grounds themselves are public access as a state park for free by anyone. The vegetarian and vegan dinner entre has improved in the last few years, as they are actually doing something interesting, not just pasta; instead, you find stuffed squash, the use of eggplant, etc.
This attitude was the complete opposite of what we had expected from such a cozy and friendly looking place. My only quibble is with the onsite food service, which requires either buying meal tickets from the front desk or lining up at a small cafe in the Social Hall with a limited menu. One bad apple, I tell you. Also, the vibe of the whole place is really great. I looked at my bank records and was able to tell her when I had booked and paid for the room and how much I had paid.
My room at the Asilomar gave me flashbacks. The newer buildings are similarly designed and fit in well. Minutes passed, my unable to recover really, shocked. My buddy didn't get his food for another 20 minutes. Love this place--- it is rustic, a State park, incredible.
Most of the paths have boardwalks, which makes it super-easy for the elderly and handicapped - really a nice touch. This has become my family's new favorite restaurant. The salad was so fresh with delightful bites of sweet squash. I'm sure there were seasonings in the dish, but they were too subtle to recognize. If someone tells you it is, like I was told, you will have a shock when you arrive. Renovated in keeping with the original intention, and with taste, with colorful apolsetry and fine woodwork, these rooms are pleasing esthetically. I absolutely loved the yellow coconut curry as well.
The soup of the day we had was flavourful too. Our waiter hardly looked us in the eye and spoke to us as he walked around the restaurant. The rooms would be best suited for 2 adults max plus maybe 1 or 2 small children. When we mentioned jokingly that we had driven 80 miles just for this restaurant, we got no warm or genuine conversation in response. That's all of the bad. We stayed here for about 5 or 6 nights in early July, arriving before the 4th of July and leaving after the busy weekend. Every dish we ordered was indeed substantial as well as delicious.
Hence the somewhat austere accommodations. There are walking paths all around, and the beach access is awesome. It would make a great bonfire except for the cheap plastic furniture on the deck since that wouldn't burn. Portion sizes were very satisfying, and taste was great. He is not vegetarian, But I am. They serve large portions for modest prices.
I think this place is probably about 3. The buildings are still beautiful and well maintained. Asilomar management was very courteous and professional, as was the forest ranger aka Pine Swine, lol who came to take the burglary report. The seating in the dining room looks like a conference hall. Click the x next to this line.
This is a beautiful place that has a very interesting history. The wi-fi might be weak far from the center of the property unless you can connect to one of the hot spots that are set up. She ended today's tour at an overlook of restored dunes supported by native plants maintained by an onsite nursery. Although they weren't vegan themselves, they chose Julias because we were, and we were very much looking forward to dining there. I would definitely stay there again - it's a great place for the price and a way to enjoy nature.