Moro Bay, a tiny beach town some where between Los Angeles and San Francisco is the perfect weekend get away from our smoggy city. I have amazing memories traveling here with my family and was happy to share this spot with my soon to be husband. Souvenir, vintage, and candy shops line the streets, but there are a few hidden gems in this quiet town. If you find yourself traveling the California coast and stopping here, this is what to do, where to stay, and of course what to drink.
W H E R E T O S T A Y
Morro Bay is a relatively small town with a slim selection of places to stay. Honestly I'm going to tell you that I based my decision purely on nostalgia and nothing more.
The Inn at Morro Bay // 60 State Park Road /
The Inn is newly remodeled in an understated elegant way that allows the bay and sea to take center stage. The cozy vibe makes you want to settle in for their great Happy Hour. Surprisingly, this is a pet friendly hotel for those who are lucky enough to have a dog (not me).
You'll find Libertine Pub in the heart of Morro Bay, not far from the ocean, tucked between souvenir shops. The pub has a trendy industrial feel with exposed pipe and brick walls lined with hundreds of signed dollar bills. With 28 rotating brews on tap ranging from double IPAs to experimental sours, they also have a few ciders. Skip your normal choice and go with a sour beer, you will be wonderfully surprised.
Otter Watching / Embarcasero Drive //
Unless you're a souvenir shop junkie there aren't many fantastic places to shop. A great alternative to shopping is walking up the bay in search for otters. Treat this activity like you would a whale watching tour, know your supposed to see sea life, but that doesn't always happen. My record of spotting animals isn't great, I could go to the zoo and not see a lion, that being said I did see a few otters in Moro Bay. Take a minute and stare out into the ocean, hopefully your spot some adorable furry creatures floating on their back.
Being a beach town it is no surprise that restaurants here are seafood focused. I'm not a fan of over fried, unflavored fish, after plenty of duds we finally found Giovanni's. There will be a line outside from opening to close, don't worry it moves quickly. This seafood is very fresh with a fair price point and wide varitiy. Order some BBQ Oysters and take a seat outside for a beautiful view of the rock.