It’s no secret that other than Palm Springs, one of my favorite other vacation spots is San Luis Obispo County! Our first weekend trip together as a couple was up to the Madonna Inn with some wine tasting and sight seeing in Paso Robles. It’s such an easy drive, about 3 to 3.5 hours north of Los Angeles and there is so much to do! In fact, there is so much to do and see in San Luis Obispo County, that I decided to break my travel guide into a series (SLO Travel Guide) and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Pismo Beach. But today I’m starting with a weekend trip to Morro Bay since that was our most recent trip for our weekend babymoon about a month ago!
Where to Stay // Well, I didn’t take any photos of the hotel room – sorry – I blame being pregnant and just not having the energy to tell the Mister not to touch anything. But I did get some shots of the view! We stayed at the 456 Embarcadero Inn and I definitely recommend it … well, I recommend a suite. The suites are on the third (top) floor, so they’re a bit quieter, and they don’t allow dogs in the suites (SLO County is VERY dog friendly). Plus the view can’t be beat! What to Do // On our first morning, the husband was just getting over a cold and had a coughing fit at 6am. He was trying so hard not to wake up his pregnant wife, so he grabbed his pillows and went to try and sleep in the bathtub! Well, I was wide awake … and I wasn’t going to allow him to sleep in the bathtub! So I looked up a local donut shop on my phone to see when it opened and told the mister to get ready, that we were going to get donuts for breakfast and then drive over to Morro Rock to watch the sunrise! And it was so cool! We parked at the rock and I noticed that there were a ton of sea otters floating in the bay! It was really fun sitting in the car, eatting fresh, warm donuts, drinking hot coffee, and watching the otters and the sunrise. We then took a short walk to the other side of the rock. What to Do // After a mid-morning nap, we decided to drive up the coast to Cayugos, a small little beach community with some delicious Clam Chowder and dangerously addictive Brown Sugar Sea Salt Cookies! What to Eat // Lunch was at Duckie’s Chowder House. The Mister had the clam chowder and I had a burger. Both were very good! He kept comparing the clam chowder to the clam chowder at Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach (another favorite spot) and I think he decided that the Duckie’s chowder is better, but the bread bowl is NOT as good. What to Eat // And dessert was at the Brown Butter Cookie Company. I love how they offer you a sample as soon as you walk in the door and I’m always like, “Yes, please!” We bought a dozen cookies for us (which I rationalized as 9 for me and the babies, 3 for the Mister), and a few smaller pack of cookies for the neighbors and parents. Although, I didn’t get one of the packs to my in-laws fast enough and ended up stress eating them one night. Sorry guys! Also, you can order cookies. Just click the link above. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! What to Do // We then drove up the coast a bit more to check out the small town of Cambria. I knew there were some good antique stores up there and we found a few little things. I didn’t end up taking any photos because my fingers and feets were completely swollen by this time of day and I was DONE. When we go back next time, I’ll take photos and add them here. So after two antique stores, we headed back to the hotel for a second nap before dinner. But before dinner, we watched the sunset. Where to Eat // And then for dinner we drove to Woodstock’s Pizza in San Luis Obispo because this pregnant lady was not feeling the smell of fish, but we’ve had dinner at Tognazinni’s Dockside before and I highly recommend it! There are 3 different Dockside restaurants, and all have different menus, so take a look before you pick one of them! What to Do // And if you want to walk along the water and check out the docks, it’s not a bad walk back to the hotel, especially if you’re not pregnant. What to Do // We spent the next morning checking out the rest of Morro Bay’s offerings with a first stop at The Shell Shop. What is it about a touristy tzotchke shop that just sells shells? Or rather, “excells in shells”? We picked up a few things for my “Under the Sea” inspired bathroom and the Mister’s future Tiki Bar. What to Do // We then hopped across the street to the Aquarium. Now, the Aquarium is closing. Part of me is sad about this because I hate to see old businesses close, especially small town random places like the Aquarium, but after going through it, it NEEDS to close. The tanks and holding pools are tiny. Too small for these animals. But I did enjoy feeding the seals, especially one of them that basically burped for attention and food! Once you’re done feeding the seals, you go inside to the tanks and it’s both awesome and old-timey and sad because the tanks are too small and depressing. I did a little photo series taking portraits of the fish. What to Do // And then we walked down a bit to the Skateboard Museum to see the World’s 2nd Largest Skateboard! What to Eat // And then we stopped on the way out of town to pick up some Saltwater Taffy and fudge for the road!
If you’re planning a trip to the San Luis Obispo County area, be sure to check my other SLO Travel Guide series for San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Pismo Beach, all coming soon!