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Top ten things to do around Morro bay, Cayucos, Harmony...

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Top ten things to do around Morro bay, Cayucos, Harmony...

Hi all! My husband, myself and our corgi mix dog are planning a trip to the San Simeon etc. area. This May

We are staying at the Cayucos Beach Inn (pet friendly)

Cambria Shores Inn was booked :(

Planning on Hearst Castle, Phoenix Glass Studio in Harmony what else to do? Oh I know Hearst is a doggie situation, got it covered.

Any advice would be welcomed.


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1. Re: Top ten things to do around Morro bay, Cayucos, Harmony...

Go inland from Cambria to Paso Robles . Visit wineries. Walk on the sea shore path in Cambria and watch the otters play.

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2. Re: Top ten things to do around Morro bay, Cayucos, Harmony...

1. If you are here on a Thursday night you must not miss the 7 block long Farmers Market (running over 17 years now) in SLO.

2. Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park - take free docent led walks. Dine below at Bayside cafe.

3. Montana de Oro - perhaps the most beautiful coastline in CA. Stop at the Spooner Ranch House for exhibits and see if there are docent led free walks. See native plant gardens. All free! Walk the bluff down to Corallina tide pools. Play in shale beach. Hike. There are hundreds of trails. Finally, dine in Los Osos on your way back at Mare Blu. Or Jimmy Bumps for casuel Italian.

4. Wine tasting in Paso Robles - don't miss Tobin James, Bonny Doon, Clautiere, Penman Springs, Dunning, Grey Wolf and Zin Alley. These are just some of the best, but all have a great atmosphere with wonderful owners to entertain. Dine in Paso Robles at the very authentic Paris restaurant or the wonderful Bueno Tablo.

5. Another day wine tasting in San Luis Obispo, don't miss Domaine Alfred for the finest pinot noir, Edna Valley, Tolusa.

6. Golf? We have some of the most fabulous golf courses with views you just cannot get anywhere else. The course in Morro Bay state park is awesome.

7. Shopping is most fun in Cambria, and downtown SLO on Higuera.

8. Go kayaking for sure! Rent in marina in Morro Bay state park (below museum) and go out to see the birds up close and personal.

9. Rent a horse and ride in Montana de Oro state park.

10. Get a picnic lunch and sit on top of Black Hill above the golf course in Morro Bay and watch the sunset. Be careful - you have to get out of the area by 6 or 7 PM - watch signs. Park closes at night.

11. Watch them dance at Madonna Inn in SLO and have some of their famous cake - like Pink Champagne cake.

12. Dine at Black Cat Bistro in Cambria.

Have a wonderful time!

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3. Re: Top ten things to do around Morro bay, Cayucos, Harmony...

You'll want to include the Natural History Museum in Morro Bay - it's a wonderful small museum but recently updated to include awesome interactive exhibits. Inexpensive too - only $2.00. You'll also not want to miss a side trip to Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos, just south of Morro Bay (about 30 minutes south of San Simeon). This is the most gorgeous coastline, a little hidden treasure. Many easy walking paths as well as more challenging hiking trails. The view is remarkable and you'll want to take many many pictures.