Written by Breck Hapner
If it’s time for a change of scenery, the seaside town of Morro Bay is ready to greet you. So, pack your bags, and prepare for a quality getaway enjoying countless amenities while basking under the sun on California’s coastline.
Make sure to visit the Morro Bay Maritime Museum to learn about area maritime history, science, and technology, with interpretive exhibits covering a wide spectrum of affiliated regional events and developments, such as the fishing industries, the boating in bays and inlets, and naval history.
Morro Bay boasts a vibrant artistic community, which is inspired by the surrounding natural beauty. Art Center Morro Bay is one of the largest California Central Coast venues for exhibiting original fine art by local artists, and offers classes while promoting special events.
You will also find privately owned galleries and art stores that provide a taste of local culture while enjoying 20 murals that celebrate the city’s artistic community along Main Street, The Embarcadero, and beyond. The Morro Bay Mural Mile offers a self-guided tour of the downtown and waterfront areas, with depictions of Morro Bay’s natural beauty, history, and array of sea life.
Of course, there are plenty of restaurants offering delicious food to sample, including Morro Bay’s unique oyster types, Pacific Gold and Grassy Bar.
You’ll want to try out the Morro Bay Oyster Company to shuck your own Pacific Gold Oysters that populate the Morro Bay waters, fed by streams that flow from volcanic aquifers.
Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant specializes in fresh BBQ oysters. As a long supporter of the Morro Bay commercial fishing fleet, a perk includes daily specials featuring locally caught seafood.
If you’re looking for a setting overlooking the Bay and Morro Rock, Dutchman’s Seafood offers burgers, steaks, and salads prepared with seasonal ingredients from area farmers.
Event-wise, Morro Bay recently celebrated the return of the annual Kite Festival for enthusiasts and families. This is a popular yearly free event just north of Morro Rock for all ages.
You won’t want to miss the Morro Bay Avocado Margarita Festival, running from Sept. 9 – Sept. 11, where visitors will be able to learn about indigenous Morro Bay avocados while enjoying homemade guacamole, margaritas, and other dishes to satisfy your avo-appetite.
There is so much to discover. Well, what are you waiting for? How much beachcombing, sea, sun, fun, and food can you stand? Morro Bay has it all, and is a ripe destination for your next great adventure.
“Utilizing Morro Bay as their anchor to explore the region, travelers can go beyond the calm of the coast and experience regional farms, taste exquisite wines, shop locally at farmers markets, learn to surf, discover incredible artwork, and so much more,” said Wambolt.
For additional information, visit https://www.morrobay.org