Hotel at a Glance: La Serena Inn
La Serena Inn is located in a postcard-worthy coastal setting, home to a number of great blue herons, pelicans, and condors. Naturally, the spot is ideal for bird watching, so the inn offers complimentary binocular rentals and is a member of the National Audubon Society. Just a few minutes from the inn, you’ll find Morro Rock, a nearly 600-foot rock in picturesque Morro Bay. You can see the rock from some of the inn’s guest rooms.
- Room with a view: Some guest rooms included in this Getaway feature partial views of the bay.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi, DirecTV, microwave, and mini fridge
- Notable nod: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Waffles, pastries, and fresh fruit are part of the expanded breakfast buffet.
- Hydrotherapy spa: Guests of the inn get access to a nearby sister property’s fitness center and spa.
Morro Bay, California: Bird Watching and Boutiques near Hearst Castle
It’s hard to miss Morro Bay’s defining landmark—a 576-foot monolith that stands as a reminder of a long-extinct volcano. This “Gibraltar of the Pacific” is also a protected sanctuary for peregrine falcons, making it a popular spot for bird watching. Head to Morro Bay State Park to spot herons or stroll along Morro Strand State Beach to see brown pelicans and other waterfowl. Rent a kayak to get a closer look at Morro Rock.
The seaside city’s Old Town area is full of bookstores, cafés, boutiques, and quirky art galleries. Travel down the road to San Simeon to see Hearst Castle, a massive hilltop estate that once belonged to publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. On tours of the castle and gardens, visitors interact with costumed performers and see lavish rooms decorated with antiques and tapestries.