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Vacation Rule #56: Winter is for Wave Watching
01/17/2019

Vacation Rule #56: Winter is for Wave Watching

Take a trip to the Morro Bay coast over the next couple months to avoid the summer crowds and to enjoy the winter waves.
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Morro Bay Ecotourism: Winter Birding Your Way
01/09/2019

Morro Bay Ecotourism: Winter Birding Your Way

There are also so many reasons to come to Morro Bay for the Winter Bird Festival even if you don’t register. This weekend hosts activities that are open to the public, as well as festival attendees. Or get out in the field on your own schedule and at your own pace with self-guided tours.
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Morro Bay Ecotourism: Winter Bird Festival 2019
01/07/2019

Morro Bay Ecotourism: Winter Bird Festival 2019

The Winter Bird Festival, hosted by the Morro Bay Audubon Society, is coming to Morro Bay for its 23rd year—January 18-21st. This event promotes the understanding and appreciation of wildlife (especially birds), as well as, environmental and Central Coast conservation.
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Discover the culinary delights of Morro Bay in January
01/01/2019

Discover the culinary delights of Morro Bay in January

Treat yourself to a food filled retreat in Morro Bay and save. With fresh locally caught seafood, proximity to nearby vineyards, restaurant month celebrations, and hotel deals, now is the time to book your Morro Bay getaway.
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A Guide to Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Morro Bay
12/26/2018

A Guide to Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Morro Bay

With the new year just around the corner, where do you want to be when the clock strikes midnight? Here are five ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay Crabbing Families Keep Dungeness on the Table and in the Market for the Holidays
12/20/2018

Morro Bay Crabbing Families Keep Dungeness on the Table and in the Market for the Holidays

Every year from mid-November to late spring eight Morro Bay fishing families keep their traditions alive - here is a look at one such family.
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Direct to Morro Bay
12/19/2018

Direct to Morro Bay

With a new direct flight from Dallas to San Luis Obispo leaving daily, travel to Morro Bay has never been easier. Starting this spring, in a little over four hours, you can travel from Texas to Morro Bay.
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Migrating Monarch Butterflies in Morro Bay
12/12/2018

Migrating Monarch Butterflies in Morro Bay

Did you know that the coast of California is the only place in the continuous United States where you can find wintering monarchs? They fly thousands of miles every year to reach their winter home; which means it can take up to three generations to complete the entire round-trip journey.
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Maritime History Sails into Morro Bay
11/21/2018

Maritime History Sails into Morro Bay

From whale watching tours and sunset cruises, to fishing charters, to kayak and paddle board rentals, there are numerous ways to get on the water in Morro Bay.  November 28 – December 19 were adding one more to the list: The West Coast’s Tall Ships. 

 

Grays Historical Seaport, based in Washington, is bringing recreated historical “tall ships” identical to those that sailed more than 200 years ago. 

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain tour through several West Coast cities year-round to introduce the public to maritime history. This November and December, the two tall ships will dock in Morro Bay for public tours, adventure and battle sails, and to get festive in the annual
Lighted Boat Parade event as part of this year’s Winterfest. 


The Lady Washington will be arriving in Morro Bay on November 28, and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be arriving on December 1. Both ships will be departing on December 19. There will be free weekday tours open to the public from 4-5pm, closed on Mondays. On weekends, the ships will be hosting “adventure sails” and “battle sails” at sea. 

“Some people imagine a modern ship, or a Navy cutter,” says Execute Director Brandi Bednarik. “‘Pirate Ship’ comes pretty close, but it leaves out the truth of why ships like these sailed mostly for trade, exploration, and in military action. Our mission is to share this history with the American public.” 

Both ships have a unique history dating back to the 1700’s. The Lady Washington was the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788, as well as the first to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. The Hawaiian Chieftain is inspired by early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded amongst Atlantic coastal cities and towns.

In 1993, both replicas engaged in their first “mock sea battle” in San Francisco, blossoming a relationship that would perform for years to come. Dockside visitors can expect to tour the vessel and talk with the crew, while sailing passengers will experience the crew in-action and the ship under wind power. 

 

When they are not sailing, you can find the ships at the T-pier (near the Great American Fish Company). And there is even more maritime history to discover by walking across the street to the new Morro Bay Maritime Museum. The permanent outdoor instillation is accessible seven days a week, and the museum itself is open every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

 
For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets for the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington’s visit in Morro Bay, click HERE. 



Photo by Copper Carras via Gray's Harbor Historical Seaport
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A Morro Bay Thanksgiving 2018
11/14/2018

A Morro Bay Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is about three things: being mindful about what we have, spending time with friends and family, and eating food…lots of food. Here’s a list of restaurants open this Thanksgiving. Enjoy a traditional meal or try something new this year. You can even adventure on your own food tour – stopping at multiple locations to try various dishes. Whatever you choose to eat, it is sure to be delicious holiday in Morro Bay.
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