Weekend Escape: Morro Bay

by Jo Anne Disney
October 2, 2013 • 298 views

Morro Bay


Looking for the perfect weekend escape?  Morro Bay offers a picturesque view of the ocean, rolling hills, the wonderful harbor with its gulls and of course, the magnificent “Morro Rock.”  The rock is at the entrance to Morro Bay and history tells us that “it has been an important landmark for sea-going vessels for centuries.”

As you walk along the Embarcadero, there are many shops to browse through offering many one-of a-kind items. One of my favorite shops is the Garden Gallery. Interestingly enough, the owners, Barbara and Richard Baynham, left Arcadia in 1957 and moved to Morro Bay. They originally operated a small marina and sold it in 1970 and opened the Garden Gallery. Then, in 1974 they expanded the business and added a new section called the Gallery Square that their son Raymond now runs. One thing for sure, you will find something unique for your home or garden at this wonderful place.

Besides shopping, there are many quaint places to eat at in Morro Bay, among them the Hofbrau on the Embarcadero. It is so refreshing to order fish & chips and sit by the window and watch the sail boats, seals and gulls along the water with the backdrop of “The Rock.”

Also, Morro Bay is home to Morro Bay State Park which houses the Museum of Natural History and “highlights the Chumash Indians and the environment of the Central Coast.” It is a wonderful place to explore both inside and out, as walks along the bay are not only fun but the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, especially at sunset. It is a great place to unwind and relax.

So if you are looking for fresh air, blue skies and beautiful scenic views, check out Morro Bay. This historic fishing village offers many unique characteristics that entice its visitors to return year after year.

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