Please Join Us - January 27th Thursday at 5PM 
Open to the public with wine served 
in the Carpenter Hall of Sunset Center 


CRA Hosts John Sanders who will share new insights on the Historic Hotel Del Monte on this notable destination in Monterey from the early years.  For those of you who may just may be curious learn more about:

  • Who was the architect of the original Seventeen-Mile Drive?
  • Did Charles Crocker really buy the land for Hotel Del Monte?
  • What did it take to build the world's most elegant seaside resort in 120 days during a winter of flooding rains?

Some of John's research findings will surprise you. John will reveal interesting and important details about the hotel's origins that historians have missed.  You will hear how the widely accepted and repeated statements by historians on Crocker's development of the resort now needs to be rewritten.  And of course, he includes how the hotel was a significant factor in putting Monterey on the "destination" map for travelers of means.

This storied Hotel Del Monte still operates on the campus of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). From someone who knows, our speaker, John Sanders worked at NPS for 31 years, introducing many visitors and dignitaries to the historic Del Monte.   And for those of you looking for more pre-session research, visit https://library.nps.edu/hotel-del-monte for more.