Resort with Golf Course Overlooking “Gibraltar of the Pacific”
Known as the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” Morro Rock rises from the shores of Morro Bay like the dorsal fin of an enormous beast. At 576 feet in height, the peak can be seen from the dunes surrounding the bay and the golf course at Sea Pines Golf Resort. Set in a quiet seaside village, the resort cultivates a tranquil vibe. Guests spend the day on the nine-hole golf course, visiting local wineries, or hiking the trails at neighboring Montana de Oro State Park.
Each hole at Sea Pines Golf Course boasts stunning views of the estuary, Morro Rock, and the coastal dunes. The course also has a skills area—which includes a driving range, putting greens, and chipping area—and the Clubhouse Grill, a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The classic American fare offered ranges from pancakes and omelets for breakfast to sandwiches and burgers for lunch.
Should you choose the wine tasting instead of the golf package, you’ll have the chance to explore two Edna Valley vineyards. One of them, Baileyana Winery, is located less than 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean—one of the best spots in the state for growing grapes for chardonnay and pinot noir.
Los Osos, California: Picturesque Fishing Town with Pristine Beaches
Los Osos is set along Highway 1 about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This tranquil fishing village has miles of unspoiled and uncrowded beaches that serve as prime launching points for sailing, surfing, and kayaking adventures. The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, which accounts for all the wineries as well as a thriving olive-oil industry. You can sample both at one of several tasting rooms.
Hearst Castle, located in nearby San Simeon, sits on a 250,000-acre estate once belonging to newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The design was so extravagant it took more than 30 years and $10 million to build. Today, you can tour the rooms, cottages, and kitchens, and leaf through Hearst's leather-bound sudoku books.