A Day at the Beach + Tony Bennett
Paso Robles, California: We figured today
would be the best day to get away from the busy wine festival activities, so
drove over to the beach. We needed sweaters, as it was chilly and windy - but
the sky was blue. Route taken was Highway 46 west towards Cambria, then followed
Highway 101 south to Morro Bay, returning to Paso Robles on highway 41. Again, a very
It had been quite a long while (September 2014) since we
had seen an ocean.
Morro Rock from the north
Morro Rock from the east
We parked the (sometimes squealing) Honda and walked up and
down the main street. We could see a group of sea lions resting on a dock
out in the bay and watched a few swim around near shore.
Fresh Pacific Rock Fish, grilled at
The Galley in
Fresh Pacific Cod Fish & Chips from
The Galley in Morro Bay
After lunch and another good stroll, we went to the other side of the bay, at
the base of the rock, to see what we could see. Last visit (2001), we saw otters
today we saw a dozen or more - a few had babies floating on their chests.
Otters in Morro Bay
Great people watching at the beach. Kites, kite-boarders, paddle boarders,
surfers and random other activities. It was so windy!
We were able to visit both of the olive oil farms I wanted to visit this
week, so we
stopped at the last brew pub on DT's list so he could have a pint of
We found the brewery just south of Paso Robles in an industrial park
Rustic and charming - DT bought himself a pint
And then we came back to the bus for a rest!
We needed to rest-up for our hot date this evening - we were going to hear Tony
Bennett sing at the
Amphitheatre. Tony Bennett! Tony Bennett! Tony Bennett!
Open less than two years, the stunning amphitheatre is owned and operated by
Vina Robles Yineyards
and is just a few miles east of downtown Paso Robles and seats over 3,000.
Not only is the setting spectacular, the vineyard has set up charming
concession and dining areas. Wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, their own wine (I
tried their White4 and it was quite nice) and a nice variety of beers. The
venue was super-staffed - plenty of friendly folks to help you park, find your seat
or answer questions.
Mr. Bennett's 41-year-old daughter, Antonia, sang a few songs, then her Dad
came on stage. At nearly 89 years old, Tony Bennett has not lost a bit of
his honey-smooth voice. He appeared dapper as usual, in a champagne-colored
dinner jacket. He danced, he twirled, he cracked a few jokes. No
teleprompter, and he never forgot a word. Amazing. He brought the crowd to
their feet time and time again.
Large cameras were not allowed, so this is the best I
could do for you, Dear Reader. It was just a wonderful show. He sang for about
90 minutes, the temperature dipped into the 50's and occasionally we could hear
the wind whooshing across Mr. Bennett's microphone. Old guy didn't miss a beat.
Until my next update, I remain, your sentimental correspondent.
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We visited Morrow Bay in 2001 - the power plant has closed, but the Japanese
restaurant is still open.
RV PARK: Vines
RV Resort - a fairly new establishment with long pull-through and back-in
sites. Full hook-ups, cable and free wifi. Bathhouse, laundry, two pools and a
hot tub (all pools have handicap-accessible lifts), on-site lounge with happy
hour prices, ball room, outdoor gathering area with tables and fire pits. Pet
friendly. Sites are somewhat close together and there is some noise from Highway 101. Nice landscaping. Picnic tables. We paid
$87 per night (up-charged Wine Festival weekend pricing).
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