Things To Do While Staying At The Cleone Gardens Inn

 

Although winter has arrived and fishing may not be a priority for many people right now, there is still plenty to do while staying at the Cleone Gardens Inn. Northern California is known for its beautiful landscapes, beach communities, dense redwood forests and laid back attitude. Fort Bragg and Cleone is no different. Beautiful state parks, lakes and landscapes can be found all within a short traveling distance of our California coast hotel. Anyone who enjoys a nice calming place to stay, with the ability to go out and explore the terrain and beauty of the Mendocino Coast, will love Cleone and the places to visit nearby.

 

MacKerricher State Park, just 1.3 miles to the north hosts a variety of habitats. You can find seals living on the rocks of the park’s Mendocino coastline and more than 90 species of birds call the park home in nearby Cleone Lake. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching.

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Alongside an isolated stretch of beach is the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve. It’s a great place to walk on the beach and view a number of species and co-habitation taking place in the dunes. Because the temperatures remain moderate throughout the year, there is always a chance to get out and visit MacKerricher State Park and all of its wonderful beauty.

 

Cleone Gardens Inn
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Take a Trip On The Skunk Train When You’re In Cleone, CA

 

The Skunk Train is a great attraction to check out when you’re visiting Cleone, California. The train runs from Fort Bragg to Willits, CA, much farther inland. There’s also a midway point in Northspur, California. The Skunk Train is a true trip back in time. Everything about the train is relevant to the century old tradition of travel. People can bring their cell phones, cameras and modern clothing, but aside from that, everything resembles a trip back to the olden days of traveling by rail.

 

Here’s a description from the Skunk Train website. “The view from the restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged: towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman’s cabin peeking from the forest. With occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal “Redwood Route” as it has since 1885.”

 

“Moving at a leisurely pace, the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars—perfect for capturing photographs of this truly exhilarating journey.”

 

Right now is the perfect time to get on the train and take a trip through Northern California’s forest. You can ride the Christmas train, a 90- minute train ride including a visit from Santa and the Elves, music, cocoa and cookies. It departs from both ends in Fort Bragg and Willits.

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There are other trips throughout the rest of the year and you can check it out on their site here. Fort Bragg is just south of the Cleone Gardens Inn. After a relaxing night in our bed and breakfast, you can take a day trip checking out all the beautiful landscapes of Northern California then come back to Cleone for great fishing or relaxation.