WMCSA 2000 will take place in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Marriott. The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called one of the greatest meetings of land, sea and sky on earth and is recognized as an ideal vacation and business destination. This beautiful seaside community combines all the charm of small town America with an endless variety of recreational and cultural activities. From historic adobes and landmarks (and more landmarks) to Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey has something for everyone.
Nearby, the famous 17-mile Drive is a beautiful scenic route located in nearby Pebble Beach. It offers spectacular views of the ocean and the cypress trees as well as golf courses and beautiful houses.
(Picture courtesy CSU Monterey and used with permission.)
There are numerous golf courses in the Monterey area. The Laguna Seca Golf Course, designed by golf course archictects Robert Trent Jones senior and junior, is located at the end of York Road off the Monterey-Salinas Highway 68. The course, which is often called Monterey's "Sunshine Course", is a challenging 18-hole course situated among the California oak trees. The clubhouse offers stunning views of the coastal hills of the Monterey Peninsula.
(Photos courtesy of the Laguna Seca Golf Course and used with permission.)
John Steinbeck, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, grew up in Salinas and lived in nearby Pacific Grove where he gathered much of the material for Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat. The National Steinbeck Center is located in Salinas. In addition, The Steinbeck House, his boyhood home, is located only two blocks from the center. Salinas is located about 20 miles from Monterey.
(Photos courtesy of the National Steinbeck Center and are used with permission.)
Marine life abounds in the Monterey Bay. Many tour companies are available to take you out in boats to observe the numerous marine wildlife that inhabit Monterey Bay. The one we contacted, Monterey Bay Whale and Nature Cruises, offers year-round whale-watching trips. They tell us that the first part of December is a bit of an inbetween season and is toward the end of the humpback whale sightings. They tell us that it should be possible to see some gray whales and that it is always possible to see dolphins, sea otters, and various marine birds.
(Photos courtesy Monterey Bay Whale and Nature Cruises and used with permission.)
WMCSA 2000 has happened!