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January in Morro Bay

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January in Morro Bay

I am planning on spending a week in and around Morro Bay in January. Looking for suggestions of things to do, places to eat. Should I expect much rain or fog?

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1. Re: January in Morro Bay

Well, hard to predict the weather this far out. January along the coast can run from cold/wet to mild/sunny, etc. Check with www.weather.com 10 days out from your trip to see what's expected at the time of your visit.

Morro Bay is a sleepy fishing village with a nice harbor looking out toward the open sea and Morro Rock. Some possible activities here include renting a kayak and paddling over to the estuary along Morro Bay State Park. The water should be calm and the experience peaceful.

Morro Bay also has a really nice long beach for morning or sunset walks.

Montana de Oro State Park to the south of Morro Bay via South Bay Blvd (Drive through the state park. The road will end at South Bay Blvd. Turn right) to Los Osos/Baywood Park and make a right turn on to Los Osos Valley Road. Follow until it turns into Pecho Road, which will then lead in to Montana de Oro. Continue about 4-5 miles to a small cove and drive up the hill next to it. You'll probably see cars parked at the crest. There's a trail leading out to the jagged cliffs where the ocean waves break against them will full force. Keep an eye open for the stairs that lead down to a small beach. If the tide is out you'll be able to explore the tide pools for small marine animals that live in the jagged rocks.

Cambria/Hearst Castle/Elephant Seal Rookery: Cambria is a quaint artist community nestled among a pine forest up to the sea. Lots of charming shops, eateries and a lovely coastline make Cambria one of this area's best places to hang out and relax. Cambria is about a 15-20 minute drive north of Morro Bay.

www.cambriachamber.org/

Hearst Castle is a popular tourism draw here, as well. The views from Hearst' property is glorious whether the weather is clear or storm clouds are passing overhead. Hearst Castle is about 10-15 minutes north of Cambria.

www.hearstcastle.org

Elephant Seal Rookery: Located about 4 miles north of Hearst Castle near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, the Elephant Seal Rookery is a marvelous place to stop and see hundreds of large sea mammals laying on the beach. You'll also notice how prettier the coast gets the further north you go.

http://www.beachcalifornia.com/piedras.html

If you enjoy wine tasting, then Paso Robles is the place for it. It's approx. a 35-50+ mile drive to Paso from Morro Bay via Highway 1 north to Highway 46 east. You'll find several wineries off Vineyard Drive located among oak studded countryside. There's also olive oil tasting at Pasolivo.

www.pasowine.com

http://www.pasolivo.com/

Going south from Morro Bay you can head to San Luis Obispo where you'll find a lovely downtown core complete with an historical mission and a creek running through town. A 20 minute drive from Morro Bay.

If you like soaking in natural hot springs, head to Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach (Approx. 15 minutes from SLO) where you can rent a hot tub by the hour. The tubs at Sycamore are nestled on a wooded hillside and provide plenty of privacy to enjoy your soak.

http://www.sycamoresprings.com/

Avila Beach: This area's warmest and sunniest beach is also our most popular with locals. The beach area also boasts a pier and shops, eateries across the street. Old Custom House is a popular favorite here, as is The Olde Port Inn off the historical Hartford Pier.

Dining in Morro Bay: The Outrigger, Windows on the Water, Dorn's, Rosa's Landing, Hofbrau

Dining in Cambria: Robin's, Sow's Ear (consistently voted most romantic restaurant on the coast), Black Cat Bistro, Moonstone Bar & Grill, Mustache Pete's.

Dining in San Luis Obispo: Novo, Buona Tavola, Madonna Inn's Steakhouse or Copper Cafe, Woodstock's Pizza.

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2. Re: January in Morro Bay

Forgot to mention whale watching out of Morro Bay Harbor. Sub Sea Tours or Virg's Sportfishing.

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3. Re: January in Morro Bay

On the list of restaurants I would add The Galley and Taco Temple. For morning coffee and wifi go to Top Dogs.

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4. Re: January in Morro Bay

Take a friend with you. Doesn't really matter what the weather will be as it will be warmer the Alaska or ND in January.

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5. Re: January in Morro Bay

Kibblesmom really did a great job of covering many of your options. Another place you might like to spend time in is Cayucos...you can stop there to visit on your way north if you're going to Hearst Castle or Cambria. Plenty of antique stores if you like that kind of browsing, and the pier gives you a nice view of the coast.

I live in Morro Bay and enjoy breakfast at the French Bakery on the Embarcadero (just north of Beach Street, near the power plant) - very much a local hangout for coffee, delicious sweets and breakfast sandwiches. The best clam chowder is at Dorns, located at the end of Morro Bay Blvd. You can go and have a relatively inexpensive and filling meal of chowder, salad and french bread, not to mention great fresh fish. Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant - across from the power plant on the Embarcadero, is also great for fresh fish. They buy from the local fisherman and list which boat it comes from on their specials board. Plus you can stop there either on your way or returning from a walk on the boardwalk to the rock.

If you're kayaking, check the tide chart before heading out so you don't get out there when it's a low tide or between tides. The current is strong and makes the experience more work than fun if you time it wrong.

Fog is more of a problem in the summer, when it's hot inland. Like Kibblesmom mentioned, check the forecast a week or so before you come out.

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6. Re: January in Morro Bay

If you do go to Paso Robles, Artisan is a wonderful place to dine. In San Luis Obispo is the Sycamore Springs Resort where there is the Garden of Avila, a more formal venue with great food. If you make it to Shell Beach, check out both Lido @ the Dolphin Bay Resort and Mirasol @ the Cliffs Resort. www.cenralcoast.com isa nice website for this area. Have fun! :)

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7. Re: January in Morro Bay

Thank you for all the great information. It's going to be a great trip.

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