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Spring is for Flower Blooms and Secret Gardens
04/05/2019

Spring is for Flower Blooms and Secret Gardens

Spring is here and the flowers are blooming. Now is the perfect time to check out the infamous California wildflowers nearby and the secret gardens of downtown Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay - Central Coast Bicycling Headquarters
04/01/2019

Morro Bay - Central Coast Bicycling Headquarters

Bike riding in this county is so splendid that world-class riders seek us out.  On chilly days in the early spring, you might run across any of a dozen professional bike racing teams training on backcountry roads around Morro Bay – riding on Highway 1, Old Creek, Santa Rosa Creek Roads and a training favorite: Huasna Road.   

And when the internationally renowned AMGEN Tour of California cycling road race holds its Stage 4 finish line in Morro Bay on May 15th, you’ll find even more.  Their route includes traveling along Highway 1, which the California legislature designated the Pacific Coast Bike Route.  It has been called a “challenging route that passes some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery.”
 

Experience the world class biking from behind your handlebars with the City to Sea Loop.  This route begins and ends in Morro Bay and provides an opportunity to visit nearby cities and to mix and match various segments to tailor the route to suit you!  If you experience any problems during your ride, visit Morro Bay’s The Bike Shop.  Additionally, there are two bike kitchens in close proximity to town – Cambria Bike Kitchen and Bike SLO County’s Bike Kitchen in San Luis Obispo. 

Bike SLO County is currently running bike education at a local Morro Bay school, as well as numerous other programs you can check out here.  They are also the non-profit beneficiary of both the Community Bike Ride and the Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet auction on May 15th at the AMGENTOC Morro Bay finish.

If events and group trips are more your style, there are numerous organized bike rides that start or pass through Morro Bay.  The Morro Bay Triathlon challenges participants every November with a swim in the bay, bike ride along Highway 1, and a run on Morro Beach.  Additionally, local bike clubs conduct multiple rides a day, and the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club sponsors the Lighthouse Century ride in September. 

Mountain biking is another premier activity in our county.  Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) is a local organization that builds and maintains mountain biking trails in Montaña de Oro and Morro Bay State Parks.  Further outside of Morro Bay, there are also great trails at the Pismo Preserve, the Irish Hills, Cerro Alto, Poly Canyon and Cuesta Ridge east and west of Highway 101, High Mountain Road, Garcia Ridge and the La Panza area east of Pozo.  Local tip: Many of these locations also have great paths for hiking and trail running too.

Wherever you go in San Luis Obispo County, you will see bicyclists – from Cal Poly’s Wheelmen to SLOBC’s SLO Pokes to brevet riders training for Paris-Brest-Paris – and sometimes a professional racing team.  Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about. #multisporthub

Contributing writer: Red Davis
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5 Sports made for our Big Blue
03/28/2019

5 Sports made for our Big Blue

Springtime means playtime in Morro Bay. Blessed with the beach, sandspit, calm bay and pristine estuary, there are many ways to play in the sunshine. See some of our most popular activities.
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Morro Bay Ecotourism: Protect & Preserve the National Estuary
03/19/2019

Morro Bay Ecotourism: Protect & Preserve the National Estuary

Many things that make Morro Bay a nature lover’s paradise are tied to the Estuary. Both on land and from the water there are numerous ways to experience the Morro Bay Estuary during your visit.
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Treasure Hunting at the Citywide Yard Sale
03/14/2019

Treasure Hunting at the Citywide Yard Sale

Mark your calendars April 4-7th for Morro Bay’s 16th Annual Citywide Yard Sale.
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The Luck of the Irish is in Morro Bay
03/07/2019

The Luck of the Irish is in Morro Bay

Rolling green hills, pub crawls and live music around every bend – Morro Bay is a no brainer for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
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Sea Glass Season
03/01/2019

Sea Glass Season

Our beaches are endless playgrounds, and the perfect place to find every day treasures.  Here, collecting sea glass is a popular hobby.  The ocean, its salt and its waves creates smooth, colorful and cloudy ‘stones’ that can be made into jewelry, crafts or used as decoration. 

Myth holds that these pieces of weathered glass are actually mermaid tears.  King Neptune, god of the sea, would ban mermaids who fell in love with sailors to the depth of the ocean.  The result is the sea glass we find washing up our shore. 

Here’s some practice…do you see it too?






Sea Glass Hunting tips:
1. Check the tides.  Low tide is the best time to find sea glass along the shore.  And a full moon means that the tides are even more extreme.
2.  Winter for the win.  Between bigger waves and winter storms, this is the perfect time to collect what has been washed on shore.  
3.  Walk away from the sun.  This helps you to see glass along the sand, as well as reduces the need to squint.
  
4.  Take your time.  Sometimes sea glass is hidden in plain sight and slowing down helps to insure the best results. 

And now is the perfect time to try your hand at sea glass hunting with the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival right around the corner.  The Festival is an annual event that celebrates all things sea glass.  This year’s event falls on March 9 & 10.  There will be sea glass art for sale, a mermaid ball, and food and beverage to discover.  New this year are live demonstrations on how to wrap sea glass presented by Morro Bay’s own Beads by the Bay.   

Spend the day collecting along the beaches in Morro Bay and then head to the festival to learn how to create your glass into wearable jewelry.  Or maybe you’re more interested in a different kind of hunting for sea glass and would rather explore the shops of Morro Bay for one of a kind pieces to take home.  However you prefer to hunt for sea glass, find your coastal treasure in Morro Bay.  

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Public Invited to Ride across Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish at the Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event and Party at the Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet
02/27/2019

Public Invited to Ride across Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish at the Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event and Party at the Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet

Cycle through the Stage 4 Finish Line on Race Day, Meet Former Professional American Cyclist and Author Bob Roll and other Pro Cyclists at The Siren, Volunteer and Watch the Race Front and Center, Book Race Day VIP Lodging Packages or Hotels along the Race Route
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Morro Bay 'Sea'lebrities
02/22/2019

Morro Bay 'Sea'lebrities

The otters are an important part of the Morro Bay ecosystem, playing a crucial role in keeping the estuary’s sea grass healthy. But these furry creatures are also just cute to watch grooming, sleeping, and hunting their day away. And now they’re famous – recently making international news.
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Shop our Downtown Makers
02/14/2019

Shop our Downtown Makers

Just two blocks from the water in the heart of Morro Bay you’ll find a walkable downtown filled with original makers, boutiques, and intimate dining options. The shops here are unique – an extension of the cities’ vibrant artistic community. Many owners craft the very goods and services they sell, making your shopping experience truly one of a kind.
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