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6 Things that Make Morro Bay a Perfect Holiday Destination

Drive about three hours or so from either Los Angeles or San Francisco, and you’ll find a hidden gem, a magical place called Morro Bay. Founded by Franklin Riley in 1870, this breathtaking picturesque city is rich in history, and evidence of its first inhabitants dates back several centuries. Here are six reasons you and your family should visit Morro Bay for the holidays.

1. Migratory Birds

The winter season is just around the corner, and it happens to be the best time to visit Morro Bay. More than 200 species of migratory birds visit every year to roost and feed in the estuary. For this reason, a portion of the city has been designated as a national and state bird sanctuary, making it an ideal place to visit, especially for avid bird-watching enthusiasts.

2. Morro Strand State Beach

Morro Strand Beach is one of the city’s most popular places to visit, no matter the season. Walk along the beach to revitalize by immersing yourself in nature. The picturesque views of Morro Rock will certainly inspire excitement and adventure. 

3. Morro Rock

Morro Rock, which contributed to the name of this unassuming and delightful town, is a 581-foot volcanic plug that’s said to have formed 23 million years ago. Early tribes that inhabited Morro Bay considered the formation to be a sacred site, and it’s one place you and your family should experience this holiday season. When you arrive at Morro Rock, you’ll find locals and tourists alike visiting this location for both the views and the chance to practice the art of stone or rock balancing.

4. Black Hill Trail

If you’d like to go on a short, pleasant hike, this trail is the one for you. At the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city and Estero Bay. The entire hike can be completed in less than 20 minutes from the parking spaces at the top. With the cool air that comes along with the season, you won’t want to be anywhere else.

5. Centennial Parkway

Centennial Parkway is a small park where you and your family can take a break from all your adventures. You can grab lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables in the park while your children play a game of chess on the park’s life-sized chessboard. Centennial Parkway is also surrounded by a variety of boutique shops where you can buy gifts and souvenirs. After your day of fun at the park, you’ll be ready to grab some hot cocoa and head back for a relaxing evening at your hotel in Morro Bay.

6. Sailing

Morro Bay almost never gets snowfall, which means you can enjoy sailing in this town even during the winter season. Sail to your heart’s content and make exciting new memories this holiday season by renting a vessel or going on a private chartered adventure. Before you know it, visiting Morro Bay may become your family’s new annual tradition.

Disclaimer: As of the date of this posting, California’s stay-at-home orders advise against leisure travel. The information above is to be provided for future reference.


No matter what kind of holiday fun you’re looking for, Morro Bay is the ideal spot. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with your sweetheart or enjoying the yuletide season with the whole family, you’ll find the perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and relaxing atmosphere at Ascot Suites. From rooms with cozy fireplaces and balconies featuring views of the bay to the rooftop sun deck overlooking Morro Rock, we can provide you with the perfect holiday getaway experience. If you’d like to reserve a room at one of the most charming Morro Bay hotels available, call us today at 800-887-6454.