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Morro Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, California

Leisurely trip up the coast of California -- Suggestions?

A girl friend and I are starting in Santa Barbara and driving north with over night stops in Morro Bay, CA and Big Sur, CA.  We are planning on a week up and back.  Anything we MUST see or do?  Thanks to all.

3 Answers

answered by
Mimi from Los Osos

Morro Bay embarcadero is kinda tee shirt and souvenir touristy.  You can rent kayaks at several places along the way, but skip the food.  If you drive to the end of the tourist part you will come to Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant.  In the back is a patio with daily live music and fresh fish. Try the fish tacos or the barbecued oysters. This is where the locals go. It's dog friendly.  Also drive inland along Main Street and try Taco Temple.  It's called California Fusion food, and it's way good and cheap.  If you are hikers, drive south to Montana De Oro State Park.  The Museum of Natural History is also worth a visit.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Taco Temple (restaurant)
  3. Montana De Oro State Park (attraction)
  4. Museum of Natural History (attraction)
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answered by
Nancy from Morro Bay

I recommend the Inn at Morro Bayif you haven't booked a room yet, and also Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe or Windows On the Waterfor a nice water-view dinner. Bring your clubs if you play golf -- there are two nice courses, one in Morro Bay State Parkand one a bit inland at Dairy Creek Golf Course.

Of course, there's Hearst Castle, and lots of great wine tasting all over SLO County. Try Laetitia Vineyard & Winery right off Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande (my hubby works there) and also Harmony Cellars right off Highway 1 in well, Harmony.

Don't blink or you'll miss it, but Harmony is a charming tiny hamlet with a great glassblower and potter in residence with storefronts.

Oh, and don't miss Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur. Pricey but a real bucket list kind of experience.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Inn at Morro Bay (hotel)
  2. Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe (restaurant)
  3. Windows On the Water (restaurant)
  4. Morro Bay State Park (attraction)
  5. Dairy Creek Golf Course (attraction)
  6. Hearst Castle (attraction)
  7. Laetitia Vineyard & Winery (attraction)
  8. Harmony Cellars (restaurant)
  9. Nepenthe (restaurant)
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answered first by
Hayden from Cleveland

My two favorites in Big Sur are Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Parkand Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant. The state park is an extremely easy hike to a gorgeous view. Hopefully the drought hasn't hindered the little waterfall. Big Sur Bakery is perfect for brunch and surrounded by redwoods, great patio. 

Honestly, just driving California 1 is jaw dropping. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Big Sur (city)
  2. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (attraction)
  3. Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. California 1 (attraction)
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