Inspiration serves to drive innovation — and Monterey inspires on many levels.
With its 99 miles of stunning Pacific coastline, Monterey County, California, offers an inspirational setting, top-tier sustainability initiatives and a local culture rich in innovative firsts.
Good to Know
Conference Center. Monterey Conference Center; exhibit space, 30,000 square feet; total square feet, 40,000+; (831) 646-3388
Taxes. Sales tax, 8.75%; room tax for hotels adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, 14.3% plus $2 per night; most other Monterey County hotels, between 10.2% and 12.2% plus $2 for full-service hotels
Airport Transit. Monterey Regional Airport, three miles southeast of downtown Monterey; transfer by taxi, $15-$20; the airport is also served by Uber and Lyft
• The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau recently intensified the organization's dedication to eco-friendly initiatives: The CVB joined Positive Impact, a not-for-profit devoted to creating a sustainable events industry, and the Global Destination Sustainability Index initiative, an alliance that helps destinations and businesses promote best green practices.
• The 379-room Portola Hotel & Spa, which is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, has launched a sustainability program of its own. A new reduced-waste conferences program aims to produce green meetings at the hotel by minimizing both food- and paper-based garbage. Portola will promote the program to meeting attendees through its group reservation system as well as recommend environmentally conscientious vendors, source organic and sustainable ingredients from local farmers and suppliers, avoid using disposable cups and utensils, and more. Planners will receive a post-meeting summary of their waste-reduction efforts.
The Barns at Cooper-Molera offer a slice of Monterey history on their grounds in downtown Monterey. The Cooper-Molera Adobe was originally built in 1827, in what was then Mexico’s Alta California — before the state of California existed. A recent renovation refreshed the barn complex to a state of rustic elegance and opened the venue up for events, accommodating as many as 600 attendees. The indoor/outdoor venue still has many features that date back to the 1800s, and serves as a beautiful backdrop for corporate gatherings or weddings.
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, (888) 221-1010