Consultants' Camp

Here’s a map showing the location of
Los Laureles Lodge, where Consultants’ Camp 2019 will meet.

You’re probably wondering about the details of meals, rooms, hiking, weather, Internet access, mobile phone reception, and all the rest. Look no further. This page is where you’ll find details about life at Camp. If there’s something you need to know, and you can’t find it here, let us know.

Hill House bedroomRooms

All guest rooms have private baths, air conditioning, electric heat, color TV, and Wi-Fi Internet access. Have a look. See the summary of Camp room rates.


Breakfast is served in the Lodge restaurant. The room rates include continental breakfast. There are three special dinners, described below, and which are hosted by Camp.

For lunch, we’re on our own, but there is an informal The Lodge Restaurant“lunch club” staffed by volunteer Campers who stock our kitchen with cold lunch items and snacks. Participation is voluntary and costs $40 for the week.

Other meals are not included, but there’s a full kitchen at our disposal for Campers to use at their leisure. And some of us will be exploring nearby restaurants. Here are some restaurants that are listed on a Google map; some that are on a list from TripAdvisor; and some that are on a list from Zomato (UrbanSpoon).

Special dinners

The three special dinners are the Welcoming Dinner (Sunday), Pizza night (Tuesday), and the Celebration Dinner (Friday).

The Welcoming Dinner is on the evening of the day we all arrive at Camp. Pizza Night is no ordinary order-in affair. It’s a festive design-your-own pizza celebration, in which Campers volunteer as pizza chefs to produce novel masterpieces unavailable anywhere else.

The Celebration Dinner is usually a conventional barbecue, but special dietary requirements will be accommodated to the best of our ability.

Special dietary requirements

If you have any dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, or low-acid, contact this year’s social director, Judy Montgomery, with details. The kitchen is not certified Kosher.


The Lodge has a 25-yard (23-meter) pool. Daytime activities available nearby include hiking, golf, fishing, and horseback riding. The city of Monterey, 20 minutes away, has many attractions and historic sites. It was the setting for John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel, Cannery Row. The city operates several museums and has dozens of restaurants. Explore Monterey.

The Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site has an events listing page. Events include the Monterey Bay Greek Festival, the Monterey County Fair, and the Monterey Grand Prix. Expect the last day of Camp to be pretty busy up in Monterey.

What to wear

Comfortable, casual clothes—jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and a sweatshirt or light jacket. For laundry service, Camp will have exclusive access to one washer and one dryer. There’s a swimming pool and a hot tub so bring swimwear. Los Laureles Lodge does provide pool towels.

Internet access

Free wireless Internet connections are available throughout the property. There is also a computer in the Business Center with Internet access.

Mobile phone reception

Reception is excellent for AT&T and Verizon throughout the property. There is reception for Sprint in limited areas. There is no T-Mobile reception.