Empty Spools is held at an historic conference center called Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA, on the Monterey peninsula. Carmel is just minutes away. I'm from the land-locked prairie so I particularly enjoy any time spent at Asilomar.
If you've never heard of Empty Spools, I encourage you to check it out. Students take one 5-day class from one teacher. It's amazing what you can learn under these conditions. And the site is spectacular! It may be cold and rainy (I hope not but it is March after all) but I know it will be invigorating.