Situated on the Central California Coast, Morro Bay is known as the Gibraltar of the United States. That’s thanks to Morro Rock, a 600-foot-tall volcanic plug that sits in the middle of the bay and is a monument to local tribes. However, there’s more to this San Luis Obispo County town, particularly as day slips into night. Here are some things to do in Morro Bay in the evening hours, brought to you by the people who know the area best, the friendly staff at Ascot Suites. Visitors looking for the best Morro Bay hotels will love our relaxed charm, and we’re within walking distance of a wide array of locations that are perfect for enjoying the city at night.
Watch the Sunset
There’s nothing better than packing a picnic dinner, spreading a blanket on the beach, and watching the sun dip below the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. On certain nights, the clouds turn orange, red, and pink. It’s a natural performance art show that doesn’t require an admittance fee or special clothing to attend.
Catch a Movie at a Historic Theatre
There are no metroplexes in downtown Morro Bay. Instead, movies are shown at the single-screen Bay Theatre. Opened in the 1940s, this iconic establishment was saved by the Jannopoulos family in 1975. Since then, they’ve maintained the historical integrity of the theater while making modern updates at the same time. For instance, they recently upgraded the viewing experience with a state-of-the-art digital film and sound system.
Take in a Live Theater Performance
By the Sea Productions is Morro Bay’s own live performance company. Starting in nearby Cambria in 1999, the troupe moved to its current location in 2017. Since then, they’ve produced over a dozen shows. They’ve varied among plays such as Twelve Angry Jurors and a production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.
Tour Hearst Castle
In the nearby town of San Simeon sits Hearst Castle, the former home of the publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. While the daytime tours are amazing, evening visits are more significant. At over 90 minutes, nighttime tours feature guides in 1930s attire who reveal the history of the palatial home in its illuminated glory.
Catch a Musical Performance
When visiting Morro Bay at night, you might hear music wafting from various locations. That’s because the city is home to several venues that hold live performances each evening. For instance, The Siren is a bar and bistro that features local performers and touring bands.
Partake in Wine Tasting
Napa Valley isn’t the only location for fine California wines. The Central Coast is also home to several wineries. Their products can be found at Morro Bay’s STAX Wine Bar & Bistro. Each evening, they offer close to 100 local and international wines. Samples are offered by the glass or can be paired with a meal selection from STAX’s menu.
After your night of fun on the town, you’ll be ready to relax in the elegance and comfort of your room at Ascot Suites. From cozy fireplaces and balconies featuring views of the bay to the rooftop sun deck overlooking Morro Rock, we can provide you with the ideal relaxing getaway. If you’d like to reserve a room at our charming hotel in Morro Bay, call us today at 800-887-6454.