The Tognazzini Family

10 Mar

You probably know them better for their restaurant’s daily fish specials and prime bay side location. The Tognazzini family, though, does much more than just serve up great seafood – they catch it, too.¬†From the decks of the Bonnie Marietta to the tables at Dockside Restaurant, the Tognazzinis have fresh fish covered. Mark juggles frequent fishing trips, a thriving restaurant and a fish market. He, along with wife Bonnie and son Marc, ensure that the only the freshest local seafood makes it onto the plates and into the kitchens of Morro Bay residents and visitors. Mark’s father, Wilmar Tognazzini, helps out as a greeter at the restaurant and is an advocate for the spot’s fresh fare.

Explore the Bay

1 Mar
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Step Back in Time at Morro Bay Aquarium

28 Feb


  • The Aquarium has been on the Embarcadero for 51 years
  • Some of the seals hail from the Sunshine State
  • Over 100 specimens await visitors

The Morro Bay Aquarium is hard to miss; if the sea-foam green signs don’t catch your eye, the barking seals will certainly grab your attention. Passersby often throw curious glances towards the brown building, clearly intrigued by the splashing and laughing from within.

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Morro Bay in Pictures

19 Feb

Excelling in Shells

18 Feb


  • The Shell Shop started in 1955
  • The shop’s signature sign is from an old Shell gas station
  • Generations of customers come back to find unique treasures

Decades ago, a fisherman’s son began selling abalone shells on a street corner in Morro Bay for ten cents¬†apiece. That first summer, he made around $100, and he hasn’t stopped selling shells by the seashore since.

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Harvest the Bay!

15 Feb

There are some great spots to eat in Morro Bay, but warm afternoons just beg for home cooking and great wine. I’ve pinpointed the best places to get fresh food to take home, much of it locally grown and harvested. For those who like to stick to the status quo, you’ll also find regional staples, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. “I usually go to Albertsons,” Morro Bay resident Loreen Mowell said, though she tries to purchase from local farmer’s markets as much as possible.

Books and Vows

11 Feb


  • Find a rare novel and get married, all in uptown Morro Bay
  • Coalesce has a bookstore, garden and chapel
  • The property and buildings have a fascinating history

Coalesce is on Main Street in Morro Bay.

Some people stop into Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay to pick up a last minute gift, snag the latest bestseller, or search the shelves for a rare first-edition novel. Others head out back to the stores’s quaint garden chapel and get hitched. It’s all in a day’s work for shop owner Linna Thomas.

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The Local Perspective

8 Feb


  • Locals explain their favorite activities
  • Audio interview by the bay
  • Work, kayak, boat, or just walk the town

Locals like to stroll through Anchor Park.

I had much grander aspirations for this particular audio project.

A combination of off-season closures and a few less-than friendly people left me high and dry on a warm January afternoon. Unwilling to waste the day, I switched tactics and decided to take advantage of the people around me. Rather than listening to business owners toot their own horns, I came up with a new idea and asked the real experts–the locals–about the best things to do in Morro Bay.

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Catch of the Day

27 Jan

Fishing is a huge part of Morro Bay, and despite new restrictions and flailing markets, it’s business as usual along the Embarcadero.

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Art By The Rock

27 Jan


  • The Gallery at Marina Square opened in 2003
  • A unique co-op of artists runs the Gallery
  • Two artists share what makes the Gallery unique

Tucked away above Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, The Gallery at Marina Square is decidedly different from most art galleries in that it’s literally manned and operated by the artists themselves. Sixty-two artists currently feature their work in the bright space, each displaying their wares on personal walls and trading off working shifts.

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