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Looking for a way to unwind from the holidays and start the New Year off fresh? The first annual Girlfriends Getaway Month this January in Morro Bay, CA is the ideal location to bring your BFFs to getaway, burn some calories, get creative and regroup for the New Year. Located on Hwy 1 along California’s Central Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is dedicating January 2015 to Girlfriends Getaways offering a plethora of fun art classes, energy healing sessions and docent led tours along with discounts on outdoor adventure, wine tasting, shopping, lodging and attractions. From golfing and hiking, to dining, shopping, wine tasting or just plain relaxing, girlfriends will love their getaway to Morro Bay, with its charming waterfront and dreamy beaches. There is quite a variety of lodging options in Morro Bay, offering BFFs the opportunity to stay in beach front vacation rentals, luxurious bay side inns, leading brand hotels, reliable budget and specialty accommodations that fit any style and budget. Many lodging properties are offering discounts for the month of January. No matter where you stay, you’ll want to start the morning off with a nice BFF speed walk down the Embarcadero and out the bayside harbor walk to Morro Rock. Or start at the rock and walk along the two mile stretch of beach for a great way to burn some calories before the day begins. What’s next? Breakfast? Shopping? Kayaking? Bay cruises? Golf? There are so many special offers on activities during January that it will be hard to decide the itinerary! Here is a list of specialty classes, tours and discounts for Girlfriends Getaway Month throughout January 2015: CLASSES Schedule a Painting Party! January 1-31, 2015 Forever Stoked, 1164 Quintana Rd. Bring your besties and paint alongside the artists of Forever Stoked. These special Paint Parties create lasting memories while traveling on a creative paint journey guided by a member of the fun loving Forever Stoked crew. Receive as much or as little instruction as you prefer. No artistic experience is necessary, just a good attitude. All necessary materials and supplies are provided and participants keep their canvas creation. Bring your favorite food or drink that makes you comfortable. Let’s have fun with paint! makes and have fun with paint! Call 805-772-9095 or 805-772-9096 to reserve your spot ($40/person). Private Parties can be reserved by purchasing all 18 slots. January is Girlfriend Getaway at Beads by the Bay, Our Classroom in the Garden January 1-31, 2015 Beads by the Bay, 333 Morro Bay Blvd. Create your own necklace and earrings, $15 per person plus materials. Bring your old jewelry to repurpose! Learn to make the popular beaded, leather wrap bracelets for $20 per person plus materials. Or build your own fairy garden for $20 per person. Open seven days a week. Call 805-772-3338 to schedule a January Girlfriend Getaway at our classroom in the garden (three person minimum, six person maximum.) Wine About Art January 29, 2015 | 6pm-8:30pm Suite 1 Gallery, 601 Embarcadero The backdrop of Morro Bay is definitely a masterpiece, but how about creating your own? Suite 1 Gallery is offering an art class taught by award winning local artist Dana Kimberly Hixson. Not only will you enjoy exploring your creative side, but your taste buds too. Morro Bay Wine Seller is partnering up with them to offer different tastes of wine during the class. Reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 805-464-1917; cost is $75/person. Oil Painting Mondays January 5-26, 2015 | 9am-1pm Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St. Sign up for a drop in oil painting class with Jason Mayr at the Morro Bay Art Center. If you are drawn to creativity and a canvas, come with your paints and get ready to create a masterpiece you can call your own. Register by emailing Jason at email@example.com. Creativity Wednesdays January 7-28, 2015 | 10am-3pm Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St. FREE, informal and open to the public. Meet in the activity room of Art Center Morro Bay. Bring your own artwork, in any medium, and join others working in various mediums. Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time, or come and go as you please. No pre registration needed. Strip Club Workshop January 17, 2015 | 9am-4pm The Cotton Ball, 1199 Main St. Don’t go to pieces, just learn how to sew them together to make a quilt! Yes, you can learn strip piecing using several different patterns from our Strip Club. Bring your machine, sewing supplies and your creativity to this fun class. The cost to sign up is $45/person (deadline: January 14th). Which Archetype Are You? January 18, 2015| 10am-4pm Ruby Dragon, 875 Main St. Which archetype are you? Come and explore this experiential class working with the major arena of tarot to empower and enhance your soul journey in 2015. Cost $88/person. Call 805-772-1100 for more information. Astrology Reading & Personalized Birth Chart January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 & 28-31, 2015 | 11am-5pm Ruby Dragon, 875 Main St. What is in the stars for your future? Will 2015 be good, bad or ugly? Get the New Year predictions for your life, plus receive a hand drawn Birth Chart with your reading from Catherine Kincaid. Call 805-801-9690 or 805-772-1100 to schedule your session. Email your birth information to Catherine at least three days in advance. Cost $60/hour. 20% Off Tarot Readings & Palmistry January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 & 28-31, 2015 | 11am-5pm Ruby Dragon, 875 Main St. Intuitive reader, Catherine Kincaid uses the traditional Rider Waite Tarot Deck to provide clarity and meaningful reading of the cards. Palmistry also available. Email or call to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins welcome. Cost $30/half hour, $60/hour. Intuitive Readings & Energy Healing Sessions January 6-9, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 2015 | 11am-5pm Ruby Dragon, 875 Main St. What does the future hold for you? How can aromatherapy impact your life? Is there such a thing as healing energy? What is the deal with the crystal skull? If you want the answers to any of these questions and more, you may want to schedule an intuitive reading, consultation or energy healing session at Ruby Dragon. Call 501-655-9272 for more information and be sure to mention Girlfriend Getaways to receive $10 off your session. RECREATION DISCOUNTS Two for the Price of One! January 1-31, 2015 Morro Bay Golf Course, 201 State Park Rd. Buy one, get one free golf day at Morro Bay Golf Course. You and your gal pals will enjoy a round of golf, with your own cart, plus lunch for two, for the price of one. Call 805-772-1923 to learn more or to set up your tee-time. 50% Off Surrey Rental! January 1-31, 2015 Farmer’s Kites & Surreys, 1108 Front St. Want to explore Morro Bay on wheels verses heels? During Girlfriend Getaways month in Morro Bay, Farmer’s Kites & Surreys is offering 50% off a surrey rental. Mention Girlfriend Getaways when reserving to receive the discount. Call 805-772-0113 to make your reservation. 10% Off Kayak Rental January 1-31, 2015 Kayak Horizons, 551 Embarcadero What a great way to celebrate Girlfriend Getaways Month with a group kayaking adventure in the bay. Get 10% off your kayak rental with our friends at Kayak Horizons. Be sure to mention Girlfriend Getaways when calling 805-772-6444 to make your reservation. Read more about your kayaking experience in Morro Bay! Docent Led Hikes & Walks January 1-31, 2015 Morro Bay State Park & Montana de Oro Don’t let nature pass you by when walking through the beautiful Morro Bay State Park or Montana de Oro. There are so many things one can miss when on a nature walk or hike in this breathtaking part of the world. Let Faylla Chapman, experienced docent, lead you and teach you about geology, plants and animals in their various habitats. Set up your walk with her by calling 805-528-6333. Buy Two, Get One FREE! January 1-31, 2015 Sub Sea Tours, 699 Embarcadero Great things come in threes! Purchase two regular priced tickets on Sub Sea Tours and get the third ticket of equal or lesser value for FREE! Mention Morro Bay Tourism Bureau when making your reservation. Call 805-772-9463. Buy One Cruise, Get One FREE! January 1-31, 2015 Captain Stew’s Bay Cruise, 1213 Embarcadero Get your group of gal pals together and take a scenic 45-minute bay cruise with Captain Stew’s Bay Cruise. Captain Stew has a great deal for you: buy one cruise at regular price and get one FREE! Call 805-995-3019. 10% Off All Group Tours January 1-31 Central Coast Outdoors, 10 State Park Road Central Coast Outdoors specializes in incredible California Central Coast vacations for individual travelers, small group tours or large group tours kayaking, biking or hiking in our natural playground. If you are looking for distinctive adventure travel in the USA or group adventure travel or wine country tours. Take 10% off during January’s Girlfriend Getaways Month in Morro Bay! EVENTS Winter Bird Festival January 16-19, 2015 Morro Bay Bird Festival, 1001 Kennedy Way The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is a yearly eco-tourism event promoting an understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife and an awareness of environmental and conservation issues of the Central Coast, while contributing to the well-being of the Morro Bay community. The 2015 Festival will be the 19th year of this annual event. It all begins with the Morro Bay Community Center opening reception on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. SHOPPING Private Wine Tasting & Shopping January 1-31, 2015 Hwy 41 Antique Emporium, 520 Atascadero Road (Hwy 41) What? Wine & shopping? Now that is one of the best combos I have seen in a long time! Call 805-771-8000 to set up your own private wine tasting and shopping event at this 12,000 square foot of antique retail heaven in Morro Bay! 20% Off One Item January 1-31, 2015 Summer Cottage, 863 Main St. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Summer Cottage is offering 20% off one item in their quaint store filled with vintage items, collectibles and cards on Main Street. DINING AND WINE TASTING Buy One, Get One FREE! January 1-31, 2015 Stax Wine Bar & Bistro, 1099 Embarcadero You can’t come to Central Coast Wine Country without tasting some delicious wines. Stax Wine Bar & Bistro is offering a Buy One, Get One Free Wine Tasting throughout the month of January. Stick around and order some of their tasty food to make it a full experience with your favorite girlfriends. We’ve just scratched the surface on all there is to do this January during this first annual Girlfriends Getaway Month. For a full listing, please visit www.morrobay.org/girlfriend. About Morro Bay This seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. Recently named as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone. Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit http://www.morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on its Facebook, twitter or Pinterest pages.