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.

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Mendocino: a Prolific Dose of Earth

Mendocino CountyThe Northern California coast offers the most unique environment anyone could want in a vacation or quick getaway. Breathtaking, but almost otherworldly, the untamed Pacific Ocean reaches and crashes on beachfront as equally wild. In Mendocino County, in particular, Mother Nature has gifted us a terrain unparalleled with any other across the country.

 
A young earth consistently raising from beneath, with very active fault activity not far below the surface, this magnificent corner of earth is constantly shifting and changing. Dotted with 20 foot boulders, this coastline is a spectacular wilderness to truly behold. Inspiring, rugged and intimidating, the Mendocino County Pacific coast is to be reckoned with.

 
But the Pacific coastline isn’t the only thing distinctive about this fantastic plot of California. These spectacular surroundings make for an environment yielding of not only amazing serenity and power, but some of the finest growing conditions in the world. And because of this, Mendocino County offers cultivators among the greatest wine growing conditions ever experienced.

 
The steadily sloping dips and cols blanketed by a steady westerly breeze of the Pacific Ocean, consisting of some of the most nourishing soil this side of the Mississippi River, combine for a grape farmer’s dream. A component to the world renowned North Coast American Viticulture Area (NCAVA), our humble county turns out the best of California wines. Visitors from across the globe pay homage to the region for the opportunity to enjoy the greatest wines in the world.

 
So if you have a wanderlust which can only be quenched by the opportunity to explore nature at its most expressive, you need to take a trip to the northern most reaches of the Golden State. For the best of what earth has to offer all around, hike, drink and swim in Mendocino County at the first chance you can!

Beer Bison and Bluegrass – What More Could You Ask For?

For a festival to be considered a success, it generally needs to meet all of the following criteria: great food, great drinks and great music. So when you come across a festival that’s called, Beer Bison and Bluegrass, you already know that you’re in for quite a treat. So if you plan to be in the Mendocino County region in the next couple of weeks, we would highly recommend that you make arrangements to attend this second annual event.

Beer Bison and Bluegrass – What More Could You Ask For? | Cleone Gardens Inn

Taking place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Catholic Church Hall in Fort Bragg, CA, the Beer Bison and Bluegrass festival is guaranteed to be a good time! Event attendees will be have the pleasure of sampling beer from a least seven different Northern California microbreweries. Included amongst them are North Coast Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas Brewing and many more.

While you sip on your frothy brews, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy bison burgers straight off the grill from J Bar S Bison Ranch along with all of the trimmings. For our vegetarian friends, no worries – there will also be plenty of options for you!

While everyone satisfies their appetite, both The Mendocino Quartet and Lafe Crick will be hitting the stage to satisfy your ears, as well! Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor!

Presale tickets to the Beer Bison and Bluegrass festival can be purchased for $45 for general admission, or $21 for designated drivers and those under 21 years old. Children under 10 years old are also welcome at $15 per ticket. If you choose to purchase your tickets at the door, a $5 charge will be added to your ticket price.

Come on out and support Parents and Friends, a coastal non-profit organization that provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to fully participate in the Mendocino County community. For more information, click here!

Celebrate Summer with the Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival

What better way to celebrate the summer than with a delicious glass of wine? Well why stop there? Why not celebrate with an entire festival? That’s right, the Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival is making its return to the hills of southern Mendocino County and we can’t wait to welcome all of you out-of-towners who will be stopping on through for the fun! Plan to be in the area during the first weekend of August but don’t know much about the YHGVA Festival? Well allow us to fill you in!Celebrate Summer with the Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival | Cleone Gardens Inn

The 2014 Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival will celebrate its 12th year on Saturday, August 2nd at the gorgeous Meyer Family Cellars. Hosted by the Yorkville Highlands Growers and Vintners Association, those who attend the event will likely find themselves stunned by the view. Both the venue and scenic hills of this region have been praised by visitors, often referred to as the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. So if you’re searching for something to do while vacationing with your significant other, we’d say that there’s no need to look any further.

Not only with the festival include tastings of some of Yorkville and Mendocino Ridge’s award-winning wines, grown right here in the region, but you’ll also have the opportunity to sample some mouth-watering local cuisine, take part in a silent auction, a bit of grape stomping and a number of other fun games and activities.

The festival begins at 1pm, so give yourself plenty of time to make it out to the Meyer Family Cellars. Learn more about this can’t-miss event at Mendocino.com and purchase your tickets here. We can’t wait to see you!

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with RIVINO’s Wine & Swine Roast!

The first day of summer, aka the Summer Solstice is just around the corner and people everywhere are trying to figure out how they want to enjoy the longest day of the year. Well if you will happen to be in the Mendocino County area that day, why not stop out to RIVINO for the first annual Wine and Swine Roast? The name may raise a few eyebrows but trust us when we tell you that you’ll want to hear more about this great event.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with RIVINO’s Wine & Swine Roast | Cleone Gardens Inn

Taking place on June 21st, this boutique family winery located right along the Russian River will open its doors for an evening of wine, music, fun and of course, pork. But before any of that, there will be a ton of night-before preparation in order to ensure that all event-goers are presented with a delicious meal that next day. So what exactly does that entail? Well RIVINO is taking the roasting process to a whole new level, choosing to start the fire at around 2am the night before. That means that the whole Magruder Ranch pig will have an entire 14 hours to slow cook and tenderize. Is your mouthwatering yet? We know ours are!

Top that off with a side of wood-fired roasted vegetables, corn, salads and refreshing RIVINO wine and you’ve got the perfect way to welcome the Summer Solstice. After you’ve enjoyed your meal and settle into your food coma, just sit back and relax as you enjoy the fun-loving accordion and guitar playing of Monty & Jay. Hopefully it won’t take you long to get up on your feet and dance the night away.

This event will take place between 5pm and 8pm at the RIVINO Winery and is priced at $95 total, or $65 for Wine Club Members. For more information, visit the official RIVINO website. We hope to see you soon!

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

Indulge your Taste Buds this Memorial Day Weekend!

Have any plans for Memorial Day Weekend? If not, why not plan a trip to Mendocino County and enjoy all that the California coast has to offer? With the long weekend ahead of us, you can bet that there will be plenty of things to do, see and experience. One event that we can think of off of the top of our heads is the Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale – a must for those who enjoy some of the finer things in life.

Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale Event in Mendocino County, CA | Cleone Gardens Inn

Honestly, when is the last time you came across someone who wasn’t a big fan of one of these things, if not all? Taking place on Saturday 24, 2014 from 1-4pm, the Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale event is sure to satisfy each and every one of your taste buds!

Hosted by The Mendocino Art Center, this particular event brings some of the county’s greatest wineries, breweries and food purveyors together in one place for you to indulge in. Once you fill up however, don’t worry – there’s still so much in store, including live musical entertainment and a silent auction. Who knows, you may end up being able to take home some of your favorite food and wine products from throughout the day!

Tickets are being sold in advance for $30 and on the day of the event for $40, with all proceeds going to benefit the Mendocino Art Center. Interesting in learning more? Visit mendocinoartcenter.org and then head back over to the Cleone Gardens Inn website to book you reservation.

Trust us – you don’t want to miss this one!

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

Get Ready for the Legendary Boonville Beer Festival

Festival season is here in Mendocino County and if you haven’t booked your accommodations for early May, you are going to want to do so as soon as possible because the Legendary Boonville Beer Festival is coming to the fairgrounds!

Legendary Boonville Beer Festival in Mendocino County | Cleone Gardens Inn

The festival is celebrating its 18th year and this one is sure to be one to remember. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and will benefit many Anderson Valley non-profit organizations and the California Small Brewers Association. The beer taps will be flowing all day from 1p.m. until 5 p.m. with music to enjoy until 6 p.m.

The Boonville Beer Festival is $40 presale and $55 at the gate. Non-drinking tickets are also available for all designated drivers for the low price of $5. This entry fee covers your cost of admission, provides you with a wristband (essential for you to maintain access to the Mendocino County Fairgrounds), a souvenir sampling glass and of course, all-you-can-drink samples!

This festival definitely lives up to its “legendary” name and is a great event for couples or a gathering of old friends. This is a 21 and over event which also makes it an awesome celebration if you are turning the iconic drinking age. What better way to celebrate your 21st birthday than in Northern California at a beer festival?

There will also be delicious Californian cuisine from local vendors for purchase as well as merchandise and various sundries. For tickets and more information, call 707-895-2337 ext. 40. Don’t miss the kick-off to summer in Mendocino! Our inn is conveniently located close to the fairgrounds, so visit our website and reserve your room today!

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)