1864 to War's End: Central Coast Civil War Conference 

Welcome to Monterey County!

Please accept our warmest welcome to Monterey County and the1864 to War's End Central Coast Conference to wonderful Monterey History & Art Association's Stanton Center!

Visitors from all over the world have come to appreciate our natural beauty, historical sites, and mild climate. We hope you become a fan of Monterey County personally and return many times over, or perhaps extend your stay to make the most of being in this amazing destination.

Our breathtaking destination will allow you to relax, rejuvenate and refocus. We invite you to explore this distinctive and diverse region. Experience the world-renowned attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, galleries and shops of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, our multitude of wine tasting roomsOld Fisherman’s Wharf and Historic Downtown Monterey, plus enjoy the many wonderful restaurants and scenic diversions found throughout the county.

Please call upon See Monterey for any needs during your stay.

Rob O’Keefe
President & CEO

Rob O'Keefe 2022

Food & Wine in Monterey County.

An abundance of locally procured ingredients and a year-round growing season set the stage for truly unforgettable dining experience in Monterey County. And wherever you find amazing food, you're bound to find great wine here. The viticulture in the area is world-renowned and makes every meal an opportunity to challenge even the most refined olfactory skills and palates. Bon appetit!

Stay and Play in Monterey.

There is plenty to see and do in Monterey County outside of meeting room walls. Whether it’s sipping your way through Carmel Valley's boutique wine tasting rooms or hopping on an unforgettable whale watching excursion, Monterey County provides meeting attendees with a variety of extracurricular activities.

Within its 12 towns, there’s so much to discover in Monterey County! Explore more than 60 restaurants in downtown Monterey, numerous vineyards and tasting rooms, ten major museums, and wide array of attractions—from the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium to 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. 

Monterey County History & Heritage

Throughout the county, Monterey has a rich and complex history, from the time of its original inhabitants, the Ohlone (formerly Costanoan), Esselen, and Salinan groups, to the time of the first California Constitutional Convention at Colton Hall in 1849. The story of Monterey's history is evident in adobes, gardens, mission bells, and lighthouses. The allure of this historic area continues to enthrall visitors. You can explore the history of Monterey County through guided or self-guided tours. Search below and discover more historical attractions in Monterey County. 

For more information on local history, visit the Monterey County Historical Society, and for more on historic attractions in Monterey visit www.MSHPA.org, the official website for the Monterey State Historic Park Association.