This was my territory for some work trips and is my FAVORITE PLACE IN AMERICA. Hope this helps, @anneclark! I'll add if anything else comes to me.
  1. Top Dog Coffee
    Cute local "chain" good for coffee and a snack
  2. Dorn's
    Brunch with a view. There will be a wait on weekends. They have mimosas.
  3. Rent a kayak
    You can rent them along the bay and paddle out to the rock and the sandbar.
  4. Elephant seals
    You can see them along the 1 en route to Hearst. Ridiculous animals.
  5. Novo (SLO)
    In downtown SLO. Sit outside along the river.
  6. High St Deli (SLO)
    Sandwiches and beer. Write your order on paper and pay once they call your name.
  7. The Galley
    @sally and I ate at the bar and made some fun friends. There's a camera on the kitchen. Definitely get a reservation. Go early to watch the sunset on the water.
  8. Brown butter cookie company
    Go hungry
  9. Tognazzinis (morro bay)
    Seafood on the embarcadero. When I went there was a guy playing guitar.
  10. Drink
    Pick a dive bar. It's all they have around there!
  11. Salt water taffey
  12. Windows on the Water
    $.75 oyster Tuesday starts at 5pm! Also they have excellent homemade ice cream
    Suggested by @anneclark