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Travel, Lodging & Weather Information for the PMP Pals Conference: October 7-8, 2017

The dinner Saturday is being held at El Torito on Cannery Row

The conference Sunday is being held at Bayonet and Black Horse, Seaside, California

How to get there:

By Car:

MontereyHarborSunriseSeaside is located on beautiful Highway 1 in Monterey County, California, minutes from the towns of Marina, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.  At non-peak drive times, it is about 1 ¼ hours south of San Jose, 2 hours south of San Francisco, and 5-6 hours north of Los Angeles.

By Air:

Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is about 20 minutes from the conference site.  Connecting flights are available from the following cities: San Francisco (unreliable, gets cancelled a lot), Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.  (  There is taxi service from the airport, with fares to most hotels around $25 each way.

San Jose International Airport (SJC) is about 1 ¼ hours from the conference site, with flights connecting to many cities in the US and beyond. Monterey Airbus and Main Event Transportation offer ground transportation between the airport and downtown Monterey.

San Francisco International (SFO) is about 2 hours north of the conference site. The buses which service San Jose International also run between SFO and downtown Monterey.

monterey-wharf-and-marina-monterey-bay-california-usa_mainBy Train:

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight stops in Salinas daily, about 30 minutes from the conference site, from which there is a free shuttle to downtown Monterey.

How to get around:

You will probably prefer having a car. Public transportation in Monterey County is very limited and does not serve the conference site area on weekends.  Taxis, though available, are pricey.

Where to Stay:

Tourism is the principal industry on the Monterey Peninsula. There is a wide variety of lodging options, from budget to deluxe, within 15 minutes of the conference site.

The closest hotel is the Embassy Suites in the City of Seaside.  The best budget options are with the major chains in Marina, which tends to be windy, and the motels on Fremont Street near the fairgrounds and on Munras Avenue in Monterey, probably the nicest of the three choices.

For lodging options in more walkable areas, look in downtown Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel. And if you really want to splurge the resorts in Pebble Beach and the historic hotels in Pacific Grove and Carmel are truly world class.


October tends to be cool and breezy with coastal fog in the mornings and evenings, clearing off mid-day, especially up on the hill where the conference is located. Average lows run in the low 50’s F, highs average in the high 60’s F, but 75 degrees F is not unheard of.  Rain, while possible, is very unlikely.

What to Wear:

Locals dress in layers because the temperature can change by 20 degrees or more within in an hour as the fog comes in and burns off.  The dress code tends toward the casual side, though as a tourist area you’ll see just about everything.

Other Things to Do While You’re Here:

Ocean sunsets (fog permitting), wine tasting, golf, shopping, restaurants, art galleries, the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, amazing hiking trails, a drive down the coast to Big Sur, and further south to Hearst Castle? Auto races?  Spa treatments? Let your imagination be your guide!