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Morro Bay: Central Coast Serenity

By on September 4, 2016

In Disney’ s latest movie “Finding Dory,” Dory (the forgetful fish) finally has a clue that she and her family are from “the jewel of Morro Bay, California.” Disney’ s effort to emphasize the real meaning of family has many kids already wanting to visit this quaint fishing village just to see Dory’ s origins. After seeing the movie, just maybe your children may want to do the same on your next family vacation. Hashtag: #FindingDoryinMorroBay.

     By Don & Ann Jackson

unspecified3And if your getaway theme is not family oriented – not to worry because romance, adventure, relaxation or business related vacations to Morro Bay can all be very positive experiences. Highway One from Big Sur south to Morro Bay, just a little over 100 miles, is probably the most famous scenic drive in California and a trip that should be on everyone’ s bucket list.

To be honest it’ s our favorite day-long driving excursion west of the Atlantic coast but be sure to check the weather forecast for a clear day! A wonderful new website offers visitors to most of this central coast along Highway One key recommendations on over 500 lodging possibilities, coming events, dining, arts, shopping, and outdoor activities. www.highway1discoveryroute.com.

Where to Stay and Dine
On a recent trip a few weeks ago we stayed at the charming Estero Inn featuring eight luxurious suites overlooking the active fishing harbor along the lively and bustling Embarcadero waterfront. Each room in this relatively new boutique property features a patio to take in beautiful bay views. Other amenities include complimentary breakfast, high speed internet, fireplaces and pillow-top beds. Checkout their website as they often offer special vacation packages.
www.esteroinn.com. On a previous trip a few years ago we stayed at the town’ s largest and only full 

On a previous trip a few years ago we stayed at the town’ s largest and only full service hotel: The Inn at Morro Bay.Based on our unannounced site inspection on this

Based on our unannounced site inspection on this trip we observed that the property had been newly renovated and appears to have maintained their sense of quality. www.innatmorrobay.com.

unspecified2One of the better dinners we experienced was at Dorn’ s Original Breakers Café onMarket Street, just above the Embarcadero overlooking the Bay. Opened in 1942, Dorn’ s boasts a rich history featuring warm family service, fresh local seafood, excellent steaks, pastas and salads. www.dornscafe.com.

Another great dining choice isDutchman’ s Seafood House, a family owned restaurant located on their own dock:Dutchman’ s Landing. We recommend trying their clam chowder, fish ‘ n’ chips or sand dabs and applaud their strong support of the local fisherman’ s sustainable fishing methods. www.dutchmansseafoodhouse.com

Our favorite lunch experiences were at the Bayside Café next to the Back Bay Marina and on the patio at Blue Sky Café, overlooking the harbor and Morro Bay Marina. Both spots are local favorites with relaxing casual atmospheres and tantalizing menus featuring seafoods, sandwiches and very friendly staffs.
www.baysidecafe.com and www.blueskyecafe.com.

What To See & Do
In Town: First and foremost you should consider buying a Morro Bay 3 Day Adventure Pass which includes food, wine and activity discounts. For full details go to: www.morrobay.org and click on Things To Do. And don’ t miss strolling the entire Embarcadero along their busy harbor where an active commercial fishing fleet takes anchor. This Embarcadero also features enticing shopping, art galleries, wine tasting and dining options.

Be sure to head out to the distinctive Morro Rock, a 576-foot tall mass of volcanic rock, at the mouth of the harbor for a close up view of this famous Historic Landmark seen from almost every vantage point in town.

Note: Climbing forbidden! Although much smaller than the Rock of Gibraltar at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, it’ s often referred to as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. And don’ t pass up swimming, sunbathing, walking or surfing along the many miles of Morro Bay’ s scenic uncrowded beaches.

unspecified5Into outdoor adventures? If so, excellent kayaking, sailing, fishing, hiking and biking are paramount activities found in the immediate area. Hiking or driving through the Morro Bay State Park is another must doouting. And for a wonderful whale watching expedition, boat tours or kayak and canoe rentals be sure to sign up with: www.SubSeaTours.com Close By: On the way into town or when leaving for home stop into the nearby town of Cayucas, also on the Highway One Discovery Route for a short stroll down their charming main street. Don’ t miss a decadent detour into the Brown Butter Cookie Company. Best cookies we’ ve tried in years. Stopping inHarmony, oneof the smallest towns in California, is another nice experience where we enjoyed wine tasting at Harmony Cellars and browsing the town’ s pottery shop and glassworks. Bottom line: Morro Bay is a perfect getaway for travelers seeking many vacation options in a beautiful natural setting. Andwe love this town slogan we read: Discover Your Better NatureinMorro Bay. Andwe did! www.morrobay.org (Publisher’s note:In keeping with our Highway One theme, next month our travel tandem will be bringing our readers their recommendations for a getaway to stunning Big Sur)

Close By: On the way into town or when leaving for home stop into the nearby town of Cayucas, also on the Highway One Discovery Route for a short stroll down their charming main street. Don’ t miss a decadent detour into the Brown Butter Cookie Company. Best cookies we’ ve tried in years. Stopping in Harmony, one of the smallest towns in California, is another nice experience where we enjoyed wine tasting at Harmony Cellars and browsing the town’ s pottery shop and glassworks. Bottom line: Morro Bay is a perfect getaway for travelers seeking many vacation options in a beautiful natural setting.

Stopping in Harmony, one of the smallest towns in California, is another nice experience where we enjoyed wine tasting at Harmony Cellars and browsing the town’ s pottery shop and glassworks. Bottom line: Morro Bay is a perfect getaway for travelers seeking many vacation options in a beautiful natural setting. And we love this town slogan we read: Discover Your Better Nature in Morro Bay. An dwe did!

www.morrobay.org (Publisher’s note:In keeping with our Highway One theme, next month our travel tandem will be bringing our readers their recommendations for a getaway to stunning Big Sur)

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