Tag Archives: Morro Bay

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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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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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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Coffee & Nature

21 Jan


  • Got a free morning? Grab a cup of coffee and hit the trail
  • Three independent coffee shops brew up the best
  • Put that caffeine to use and enjoy what Morro Bay has to offer

After talking with the people behind some of Morro Bay’s favorite coffee spots, I paired their brews with great local hikes and adventures.

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