Kristian had a couple of days leave he had to take before the end of this month, so he booked Monday & Tuesday off even though we had no plans. We had looked at a few places to go, but as I was out on Saturday night I wasn’t sure how much I would be up for driving anywhere on Sunday morning. After waking up only a *little* hungover, we decided to just book somewhere and get on the road. I have a lot of photos from this trip so will split this into a couple of posts.
The California central coast, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is gorgeous. We have driven the route before on our road trip here 5 years ago, but we had really limited time so didn’t make many stops. It’s amazing we now have the opportunity to truly explore the area. A few people we know have stayed in Morro Bay before, and we had heard it was really dog friendly, so we made this our base and brought Charlie on a little holiday too.
We booked the Harbor House Inn, which looked basic but nice, and great for taking the dog as it was the motel style with doors that go straight outside. I was really surprised, it was a lot nicer than I was expecting and it was only $59 a night.
The town of Morro Bay is lovely, I’m already planning when we can next go back. It has a really laid back, slightly old fashioned feel to it. We spent the morning wandering around the town looking in the shops.
The sun was shining and there are lots of places you can sit outside with the dog which made for a really nice morning. Sometimes it can be difficult taking Charlie away with us as we are really limited to where we can go, but it didn’t feel like this at all here.
As we were walking along the harbour we could hear strange noises coming from the water. At first I thought they were seals, but then realised there were loads of sea otters right next to us! I couldn’t believe how close they were – so cute!
Morro Bay is famous for Morro Rock, which is a big rock caused by a volcanic plug at entrance to Morro Bay harbour. The have built a causeway over there so you can go over to to it and walk around. It’s not actually that big when you get there, but you get amazing views back over the bay and out to sea.
We spent the afternoon at the beach. A couple of miles up the Pacific Coast Highway is a beach where you can let dogs off the lead, so Charlie had a great time racing around. I took hundreds of photos of him!
Charlie was exhausted after a couple of hours playing here, so we left him for a snooze and headed back down to the harbour area. This is Californian wine country, so there are lots of places you can do wine tasting in the town. We had heard good things about the Morro Bay Wine Seller and it didn’t disappoint. You get to pick 4 different wines to taste, and it’s only $8. The guy there is really friendly and very knowledgable. We got the table by the window which looks out over the harbour, meaning we got incredible views as the sun was setting. It was such a lovely evening. They had live music in the bar later on, so we stayed for a couple of more glasses of wine and enjoyed the music. It really was the perfect way to end a lovely day.