Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Day In San Luis Obispo, California

This ancient Spanish city located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles was a weekend getaway for us on a fine day in April. I call it ‘romantic city’ due to its attractive beaches and luscious scenery that boasts of rekindling and adventure for the young at heart. If you are like my husband & me who love hiking, spend quality time hiking in the midst of nature and wildlife in the rugged hills of Montana De Oro StatePark.

 Coves and marine coastllines

On a cloudy and breezy day, we simply adored the solitude and freedom along the several trails at Montana De Oro State Park.  This place has some gorgeous beaches like Spooner’s cove and the sun kissed yellow wildflowers that bloom in spring. It is a great place to camp and witness some wonderful wildlife like the black tailed deer or even the elephant seal although we did not see any that day.
Laguna Lake

This park is the largest state park in California and has some ravishing rocky cliffs, marine coastlines, splendid coastal mountains and includes all sorts of activities like horse riding, hiking, nature trails, wildlife, fishing, camping and biking. You can bring your bikes or rent them as there are several bike trails that you can enjoy. A good option is to go horse riding for the adventurous.
 Morro Rock (above) and Morro Bay (below)

We found the city reasonably affordable with attractive list of places to stay and dine. A pit stop should be at Embarcadero in Morro Bay where you can appreciate an exquisite meal at Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant and also visit the fish market adjoining the restaurant. While at Tognazzini’s for lunch we indulged in delicious Dungeness crab cakes and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and entrees were Dungeness crab sandwich melt and Shrimp Scampi for lunch. The beautiful Morro Rock in the background painted a fine picture for our lovely lunch setting. After a good meal we stretched our legs in the cool waters of Morro Bay and just strolled along Dog Lovers Land and enjoyed the air around us with some salt water taffys.
Lunch @ Tognazzinis

Although we took off to Solvang from here due to time constraints, you could include a trip to Hearst Castle in your itinerary. An enjoyable and self-discovery trip nonetheless.

Links to discover more in San Luis Obispo, please visit the official site at

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