here’s a lot of pure unadulterated cuteness going on in Morro Bay and they are called Sea Otters! What better time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat than this September in the quaint town of Morro Bay as they celebrate the 14th Annual National Sea Otter Awareness Week, September 18-24, 2016.
Otters are everywhere and easy to find and close enough for a good look, just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk that runs along Coleman Drive and start watching. This location is also a great viewing place from your vehicle as well. If there isn’t a family of them hanging out already, they will soon appear. Target Rock area located on the southeast side of Morro Rock is probably the best landmark to work from according to Eric Endersby, the Morro Bay Harbor Director. Mother’s or Coleman beach is another great location at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive.
“The many sea otters in Morro Bay are integral to the health of our harbor environment and to our enjoyment of bay waters,” says Eric Endersby, Morro Bay Harbor Master. But, he cautions, “When viewing otters be very careful as they are wild animals and may react if approached. If viewing from the water, best to stay at least five kayak lengths away at all times and enjoy them in a responsible manner.”
There are also safe viewing spots all along the Embarcadero in between the many restaurants, shops and wine bars where there are spots open to the public for viewing the wildlife. It’s hard to come to Morro Bay and not see an otter poke their head out of the water. Paddle out in a sea kayak or rent a boat at Bay Cruisers and Electric Boats and commune with California Sea Otters on the water. Visitors can also take a ride on the Lost Isle Tiki boat to see the California Sea Otters and the ever-barking Sea Lions with a quick detour to Morro Bay natural sand spit. Kayaks can be rented at Kayak Horizons and the Kayak Shack.
California Wine Month
Say cheers to California wine at Morro Bay hot spots like Chateau Margene, a boutique, micro-winery producing luxury Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux blends, Cuatro Dias Wine Testing Room, a small production winery located on the Central Coast of California, Morro Bay Wine Seller, a premiere wine shop and wine bar, providing exceptional service and a comprehensive selection of local and regional wines and STAX Wine Bar & Bistro, the hottest wine bar on the Central Coast with over 100 local and international wines.
September Lodging Deals
Get a Bottle of Wine Free or 10% Off at Participating Hotels. Go ahead and “wine” about the September Lodging Deals in Morro Bay. Get a free bottle of wine from MCV Wines, one of Morro Bay’s own urban wine tasting rooms, or get 10% off when you book two nights at participating hotels.
“We take celebrations seriously in Morro Bay, especially in September,” says Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. “During California Wine Month, we highlight our coastal culture and our state’s award-winning wines and visitors reap the benefits; the annual Avocado and Margarita Festival is one of the most popular events here located right on the waterfront.”
The Annual Avocado and Margarita Festival
This well attended Avocado and Margarita Festival takes place on Saturday September 10, 2016. This street-style festival offers a plethora of avocado and culinary delights, premium margaritas and ice cold beer stationed throughout the event. Sure to be a fantastic day of food and drink, the festival also features live music, arts and crafts, specialty vendors, and a sombrero contest. Plus play Jenga, corn hole and watch street performers while seagulls fly overhead and the rock and harbor are in view. Proceeds benefit the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters & Cheerleaders. Buy tickets here or purchase them at the door on the day of the event.
About Morro Bay
This seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. Recently named as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone.
For more information about Morro Bay contact:
MEDIA: Susan Hartzler – 818-585-8641
PUBLIC CONTACT: Jennifer Little
Discover Morro Bay – 805-225-1570
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