Join Us for the Grand Opening of the New Fort Bragg Coastal Trail!

The view just got a little better here in Fort Bragg, CA!

Those who have visited the area in the past know that other than a few access points, such as Glass Beach or the Noyo Harbor beach, getting a good look at the gorgeous Pacific Ocean could sometimes be a challenge.  Soon enough though, the barriers that once lined the Georgia-Pacific Mill site will be gone, giving us all an opportunity to enjoy the coastline up close and personal!

On June 4, 2016, the new Fort Bragg Coastal Trail will have its official grand opening, according to the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee.

Fort Bragg California Coast

Taking in gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean will be a lot easier as visitors will have access to a half-mile long trail on 10 acres of land near the Georgia-Pacific Mill site. The new trail is expected to attract visitors from all across California who will be able to bask in breathtaking views and enjoy physical activities such as walking, biking and skating. Pets on a leash are welcome, too! Guests will also have easy stairway access to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing.

The best part is everyone can access the Pacific Coast from downtown Fort Bragg – it’s as easy as that.

Once the second phase is completed and the full trail is officially open to the public, visitors and local residents will be able to hike or bike the entire length of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Horseback riding will also be available, allowing visitors to ride into MacKerricher State Park or onto the beach, all while enjoying the great outdoors.

From the scenery to the hand-crafted benches made by local artists and woodworkers, organizers have included something for everyone to enjoy at every corner. The Fort Bragg Coastal Trail has come a long way in allowing the public to enjoy lands that haven’t been accessible for more than a century, and we look forward to the completion of this trail that has opened the doors to such a beautiful part of California.

So what will you be doing June 4th? We hope to see you at the grand opening! Book a stay today at Cleone Gardens Inn and make the grand opening a grand weekend for you and your family.

Call us today at 800-400-2189 for reservations.

Pet-Friendly Activities in Mendocino County

Given the great weather and all of the amazing things there are to do during your Fort Bragg vacation, we can’t blame you for wanting to bring your pet along for the fun!

By now we’re sure you’ve realized that Cleone Gardens Inn is a pet-friendly hotel, but don’t be shy about venturing outside of these walls with your furriest family member to take in the sites.

Things to Do With Your Dog in Fort Bragg, CA

Check out some of our favorite pet-friendly activities throughout the area:

Noyo Beach

Because what would a visit to California be without a trip to the beach? The great thing about Noyo Beach is that is accessible all year round for you to let your pet roam off leash. He’ll love an opportunity to dip his paws in the water!

Skunk Train

There’s no doubt about it – the Mendocino Coast is gorgeous, and there’s always something to be seen at every turn. For a $10 dog fee, you and man’s best friend can take a ride on this world famous train, taking in miles of coastal beauty, vineyards and California redwoods. Just make sure your pup won’t be spooked by the loud whistle blow!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

There’s no shortage of these. As we mentioned, Mendocino County tends to be gifted with some pretty great weather most days, which means there will be plenty of times when you can grab a bite with your pet in tow at any number of local restaurants with outdoor seating. If you’re looking for a few solid suggestions, catch breakfast at Café One, check out Nemo’s Fish Market & Grill for dinner, and definitely stop by either Mendocino Cookie Company or Cowlick’s Handmade Ice Cream for dessert!

Of course, these are just a few of the things you can do and see with your pet during your upcoming vacation, so don’t forget to talk with the staff at Cleone Gardens Inn for more awesome information!

We look forward to seeing you and your furry friend during your next stay!

In 2016 Experience the World at Cleone Gardens Inn

Man and Woman in ForestWe hope you and your family had a pleasant holiday season and New Year’s Eve. Now that it is the New Year, our eyes are wider than any other time in the year when it comes to the future. Our pupils are dilated on all the hope and excitement. That said, all of us are compiling a laundry list of resolutions for 2016 in the effort to better ourselves and hopefully the world around us. A popular resolution is spending more time outside than inside. Nowadays we are inside creatures, as if we’re vampires scared of the light.

Ari Phillips of Fusion writes, “These days the average American spends 93% of their life inside; 87% in buildings and 6% in vehicles. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that American adults do indeed spend less time outside on average, less than 5% of each day, than they do in vehicles. As humanity gathers in cities and around screens, time spent outdoors is likely to get squeezed even further to the margins.”

That is a very sad view of what life is these days. Only 7% of our lives is spent in the great outdoors, where the fresh air titillates our lungs and we breathe in a more exciting fashion. It seems like we’re selling ourselves short, limiting what we can truly see and experience. Clearly, the only solution for this predicament is to experience the outside as much as you can in 2016. It’s a beautiful world out there. No better an example than the area surrounding Cleone Gardens Inn, where our private forested path leads you off our property toward miles of sandy ocean beaches, MacKerricher State Park, the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve, Lake Cleone, and more!

Contact us today and start spending more than 7% of your life on the inside!

The Glass Beach of Fort Bragg, California

Visiting the BeachToday it may seem the Glass Beach by Fort Bragg is nothing more than a beautiful place perched on the California Pacific Coast. Just another California wonder bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. But there’s a lot more than meets the eye on these colorful shores.

In previous generations, what’s now known as Glass Beach was the polar opposite of what it’s seen as today. That’s because from 1948 to 1967, right off the shores of this sunny, pristine colorful corner of California was the largest garbage dumps in the region.

The Pacific Ocean served as the home for thousands of pounds of refuse for the residents of Mendocino County. And the dumpsite off current day Glass Beach was the third of its kind off the California coastline near Fort Bragg since 1906. But all this trash would eventually evolve into something much more useful than a waste site.

Fort Bragg California Glass BeachEffectively, this sea glass is composed entirely of peoples’ trash from the first half of the twentieth century. Everything biodegradable from these trash dumps dissipated into the sea while anything metal was removed under the order of the California State Water Resources Control Board. But everything from pottery to glass bottles to broken flatware was left behind.

It was this pottery, glass bottles, broken flatware, discarded glass housewares—and anything else resistant to the dissolving agents of the sea—to which we owe the existence of Glass Beach. Peoples’ trash from generations ago have become the treasure of today’s generation.

Tourism Is Everyone’s Business in California

Road in CaliforniaIt would be an understatement saying that California has been in rough shape the last few years, but we’re slowly building up the positivity and potential, which is dutifully carried by California’s tourism industry. When isn’t the state’s tourism industry buzzing?

We mean who doesn’t want to go to California at least once in their lives? It’s like the American Dream, the realization of it, a rite of passage that everyone (and we mean everyone) should have to go through. Remember that Americans had to go from to from east to west to realize their deepest dreams.

At Cleone Gardens Inn, we believe in that 100%. To really get California shooting skyward again, we have to continue to educate the public on the tourism industry, was recently covered by Fox & Hounds.

They report, “Tourism is everyone’s business in California. As the nation’s largest tourism economy, the industry is a major pillar of California’s success with more than $117.5 billion in direct travel spending last year. This supports more than 1 million jobs and generates nearly $9.4 billion in state and local tax revenues.”

That’s the thing about the tourism industry in California, it’s a democratic process that helps all of us, which means each of us has to play a role so that it thrives. Not only does it support the economy with jobs and revenue, it also gets the state’s message in the hearts and minds of the American people. At Cleone Gardens Inn, we are proud to be a cog that is part of this beautiful system. Contact us today and get going on your vacation.

Amazing Adventures Unique to Mendocino County

sea glassNorthern California is unique in and of itself. It offers an environment unlike any other carved from a rugged, virgin, ever evolving earth on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino county in particular is full of environmental subtleties all its own, with unmatched fauna, flora and landscape. If ever in the area, there is a laundry list of activities you must enjoy.

The Glass Beach

Probably the most colorful site you’ll see in nature, the Glass Beach by Fort Bragg is the highest concentration of sea glass on earth. Dazzling the senses, the sea glass runs the color spectrum from the deepest of reds to the brightest of yellows. Rounded by the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, the sea glass is composed of all kinds of elements.

What some may not realize, however, is this sea glass is a product of mankind and their trash from the early 20th century. It consists of everything from bottles to window panes to pottery and is a perfect example of nature reclaiming man’s impressions on earth.

Pygmy Forest

Unusual soil composition and pH combine to stunt the growth of the trees and shrubs in this secluded section of forest. Low growth is thanks to a poor water table, fast drainage and inhospitable naturally occurring chemicals have allowed the foliage to sustain here for hundreds of years but certainly not flourish. And the culmination is much more interesting than a bunch of short trees. Rather, the conditions have created an almost alien landscape thanks to a phenomenon replicated few other places on earth.

Mendocino Headlands

A designated California state park, the Mendocino Headlands is a coastal hiker’s paradise. Completely secluded from the ‘advances’ of civilization, the park is a perfect cross segment to the Northern California landscape. Easy-to-hike yet rugged trails span the coastline to provide perfect vantage points for amazing vistas over the Pacific Ocean and the beaches hugging the shores. And you don’t have to be an expert hiker or climber to traverse the pioneering—yet welcoming—trails.

California North Coast: The Final Frontier

Mendocino When settlers first went west to arrive at the rugged, intimidating Pacific Ocean coastline, they were met with thick, ancient redwood forests and unexplored wilderness. Thick with unspoiled flora and fauna, the thick, humid air hung low with ocean fog, loosely blanketing hillside rainforests abundant with lace ferns and moss as soft as carpet.

 
The population boom subsequent to the gold rush of 1849 and the oil grab soon thereafter was the beginning of the end for the serenity discovered throughout the this western edge of North America. Fast forward through the industrial era and rapid urbanization resulting from ship building in the Bay Area and drilling throughout southern California and that thick ocean fog is replaced with oppressive smog. This is only made worse with the lack of mass transit, massive traffic volume daily and valleys surrounding the Los Angeles area.

 
The final vestige from the madness and population explosion to which most of the state is bearing witness can be found in the furthest reaches. Beyond the hustle, bustle, horns and exhaust lies an oasis where you can get away from the noise and air pollution. You can take a break from the pushing, shoving and yelling and take in California for what it was intended; the land to breathe easy and feel small on the eastern shore of the largest ocean in the world.

 
Technically just north of San Francisco, the North Coast of California stretches up the coast toward Oregon. It is where you can cleanse yourself of all the modern-day burdens and stresses plaguing society. But to truly find yourself, you’re going to want to head about 3 hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge until you find yourself in the small town of Mendocino.

 
With parks throughout the area showcasing the unmatched regional natural wonders, Mendocino is known for its integration with the surrounding rugged natural landscape. So much so, this to where many residence have fled the burdens and ills of society and urban living. And despite the vast wilderness across the northern coastline, the region is still steeped in rich history and culture all its own. From the redwoods forests to the rugged Pacific coastline, Mendocino County is truly a gem to behold.

Preparing For A Vacation With Your Pet

pets travelingBringing your four-legged friends on your family vacation can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a lot of work and take a lot of extra planning. Right off the bat you’ll have to ensure that the place you intend to stay is pet friendly. After you confirm pets are welcome, then you can prepare your pup for the adventure.

 

If your dog isn’t used to traveling, you should make it a point to take them on car rides or spending time in a crate so they get comfortable. Take them to parks and walks on leashes so they can get acclimated with new places and how to properly behave. Since any new place can be overwhelming to a dog, make sure to pack things that bring the comfort of home with you on your trip. Blankets, toys and food are familiar and can help keep a dog calm during travel and the vacation.

 

When you arrive at your destination, take the dog for a long walk around the grounds. Give them the time to sniff around and mark their territory. When you give your dog this time to explore up front, they will be less distracted when you take them out to use the bathroom or on an excursion. The more familiar they are with their temporary surrounding the calmer and more behaved they will be throughout the duration of the trip. Dogs should never be left alone in a hotel room or cabin; they should always be with you.

 

Since they will be with your throughout the day, in addition to packing for the trip you should also pack for the dog each day. In a small bag make sure to bring a leash, food, treats, toys and doggy bags to clean up after your pup. Most importantly you have to bring water and a water dish. Dogs are easily dehydrated especially in warm climates or during activities like hiking or playing at the beach. To keep them healthy and comfortable, water should be accessible to them at all times.

 

If you intend on frequently taking your dog on vacations, you should consider getting the dog micro-chipped. Even the most well behaved dogs can get curious and get lost. In a new town, surrounded by strangers, its difficult to return dogs to their rightful owners. However, if the dog has a microchip and is taken to an animal shelter, the chip can be scanned and your dog can be returned to you safely and securely.

 

Bringing your dog along on vacation can make it even better, especially if your dog interacts well with others. Friendly and exploratory in nature, dogs bring with them an extra level of excitement. Whether you’re venturing to the beach or camping, as log as your dog is with you, they’ll be happy. Being correctly prepared for a four-legged travel companion is the best way to make sure that both of you have a fun, safe and healthy adventure.

Experiencing Northern California Nature In The Spring

Cali CoastThe Northern California coast has a lot to offer visitors, especially in the spring. Whether you are interested in seal watching, hiking or spending time at the beach, you can find it here. Only three miles north of Fort Bragg is MacKerricher State Park. Located right on the coast, this park brings forests, wetlands, dunes, bluffs and the beach all together in one place for you to enjoy.

 

 

Upon arrival you can follow the Laguna Point Boardwalk for the best views that the park, and northern California, have to offer. On the ocean-side of the boardwalk, you can see the rocky, wavy coast stretch for miles. And year-round there is a seal watching station for visitors that want to catch a glimpse of seals and their pups in a natural habitat.

 

 

However in the spring, visitors have the added benefit of seeing humpback and gray whales. Breaching every hundred yards or so, these whales make their annual migration right past Laguna Point and its boardwalk. As you continue through the grasslands of the park’s interior, a 1.3-mile loop of the trail surrounds Lake Cleone, a perfect place for a picnic, complete with fire pits and grill.

 

 

This freshwater lake, which provides beautiful views of water and greenery, used to be a tidal lagoon. Today, it is the home or pit stop of more than 90 different species of birds. Keep an eye out while you rest at Lake Cleone for birds you may have never seen before that are only found in Northern California. After a stop at the lake, head north within MacKerricher State Park, to find Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve.

 

 

The dunes, which might appear desolate and isolated upon first glance, provide the perfect environment for unique eco-systems. Untouched (not unaffected) by human development, these habitats can sustain species of wildlife that are threatened or even currently endangered. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the beach admiring the dunes rather than walking on and through the places where sensitive species are trying to survive.

 

 

Springtime in Northern California brings with it endless nature and wildlife to visitors. From tiny insects to huge humpback whales, explorers can experience it all season long. Quality walking or hiking are a must as the terrain changes between wooden boardwalk, a sandy beach and grass paths. The second most important thing to bring along is your camera. The views and elements of spring along the Northern Coast of California should be captured to maintain memories for years.

March in Mendocino Jam-Packed with Activity

Mendocino CountyIn a country where the things to do never seem to run out, March 2015 in Mendocino County is no different. With extensive family fun and physical activity for those of all ages, Mendocino County is no slouch in the recreation department.

Saturday, March 21st-For the competitive or athletic type, there’s the 30th Annual Whale Run & Walk at Fort Bragg. The starter pistol goes off at 8am for adults to partake in a 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Competitive Walk and 5K Fun Walk and at 7:30am 1/2 mile Kiddie Race. Not only is this a fun way for a family to spend time and get back in shape, but all proceeds go to a good cause. Proceeds fund high school scholarships and awards female household heads further education.

Weekends until March 22nd- Guided MacKerricher Gray Whale walks not only allow you to take in all the beauty of Pacific Ocean whales off the California coast, but educate you on their ways as well. Starting 11am Saturdays and Sundays at the main entrance to MacKerricher State Park. From Laguna Point, among the most popular vantage points for whale watching in the entire country, your provided binoculars will allow you to enjoy the most spectacular show nature provides.

March 28th-29th- Mendocino County isn’t all just education and hard work; let your hair down, kick back and take in some culture. The Symphony Spring Concert at the Cotton Auditorium features such classics as Tchaikovsky and Swan Lake. A great way to get some culture and enjoy some great music, the Symphony Spring Concert is perfect for the whole family.

March 28th- More of a bluegrass than a classical music fan? Stop by the Hill House right in town to check out the Sweetwater String Band at 7pm. A high energy, cello-driven bluegrass band with soulful lyrics, the band formed in nearby Mammoth Lakes and remind fans of the sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass and Phish.