A Perfect Lodging For Fort Bragg Exploration

The mild temperatures are setting in and we’re a few short weeks away from getting outside and really exploring the Northern California coastline.  The Mendocino Coast and Fort Bragg, CA offer some great activities for weekend visits and getaways.  No matter what your interests, the area has something to do and offer for everyone.  Cleone Gardens Inn is a short stay away from Fort Bragg and secluded enough to get away and have a relaxing stay, but close enough to enjoy all the activities, shopping and dining of the area.  We aim to offer a perfect accommodation for your weekend trip.  Here’s a look at some of the things to do in Fort Bragg for those a looking for a little more adventure and exploration.

 

Horseback- You can ride a horse right on the beach! Lari Shea’s Ricochet Ridge Ranch has unbelievable beach and redwood forest riding vacations on Northern California’s magnificent Mendocino Coast. They offer weeklong riding vacations as well as weekend riding holidays and even daily trail rides along Ten Mile Beach, across cattle ranches and through majestic Redwood forests.

 

Mountain Bike and Hiking – Close by is the Jackson State Forest. With plenty of trails to explore, Fort Bragg cyclery can recommend the best options to enjoy the forests and see some amazing scenery. Even if you don’t want to bike, you can explore all the forests in the area by foot, like the Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest in Jug Handle State Reserve.

 

Kayaking- Grab a kayak and head out into the ocean. Jeff and Cate, from Liquid Fusion Kayaking, guide you on an unforgettable adventure through the Northern California Ocean.  On their website, they describe the adventure. “Enjoy a mystical journey of the Mendocino Coast in a kayak.  Explore dramatic geological features; be intrigued by marine wildlife, and inspired by rugged beauty.  Explore the placid Noyo River estuary or the Pacific ocean with its sea caves, arches, sea stacks, and secluded coves.”

After a rugged day of adventure, come back and relax at the Cleone Gardens Inn.  We’ll provide with the perfect sedation to come down after a long day.

 

Cleone Gardens Inn
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Come Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Nature at The Whale Festival in Fort Bragg

 

Cleone Gardens Inn is located near many fun and unique events going on in the local Fort Bragg area. In March, the Fort Bragg Whale Festival begins on the 16th, which also includes a lot of exciting activities and exhibits to choose from.

 

Over 20, 000 gray whales are expected to show up for this two-day celebration. Pacific gray whales and their newborn calves, grace the waters of the Mendocino Coast twice each year during their migration. They journey from the lagoons of Western Baja to the waters of the Bering Sea. Their entire trip there and back is about 10,000 miles, which is the longest migration of any Come Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Nature at The Whale Festival in Fort Braggmammal. This festival offers onlookers the rare chance to be a part of this beautiful and natural process.

 

The festival also hosts an array of other activities to enjoy, such as chowder tasting at the Town Hall and the Passport Wine Tasting. At this wine tasting event, you can sip some of Mendocino County’s best vineyard offerings and there is also a microbrew tasting for the beer connoisseurs. After enjoying the delicious food and libations, you can work it all off by participating in the MacKerricher State Park’s scavenger hunt or the annual 5k run and walk-a-thon.

 

Cleone Gardens Inn is a great place to stay during the Whale festival, located within minutes of Fort Bragg, visitors can enjoy the festival and end the day with a relaxing stay in our peaceful and comfortable surroundings. If whale watching is not your activity of choice, there are many other interesting things to do in the Fort Bragg area, even if it’s just taking a scenic drive through Mendocino County or relaxing at the Inn and enjoying a walk through the gorgeous Cleone Gardens landscapes.

The Perfect Romantic Getaway In California For Valentine’s Day

 

The Perfect Romantic Getaway In California For Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you may be still looking for a perfect gift, or place to visit with your special someone.  Shame on you if you haven’t planned this out a year in advance, but still, we understand how it can get. Cleone Gardens Inn on the Mendicino Coast in Northern California is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway on Valentine’s Day.

 

Located just a few miles north of Fort Bragg, CA, our hotel and getaway is secluded enough to privately enjoy your weekend with your significant other, away from the hustle of big city living.  Fort Bragg offers plenty of different options to accommodate all types of couples. They have bookshops for the bookish, thrift stores for the thrifty, shops for the shoppers, art for the artists, camping supplies for the campers. Best of all, you can walk to the beach and enjoy the pristine waters of Northern California and maybe catch sight of a whale or two.

 

Each one of our rooms offers private baths, and some have fireplaces, private decks, suites and kitchens. The weather looks to be mild and comfortable.  We even have a private path leading you towards miles of sandy beaches.

 

The greatest thing about Northern California, Fort Bragg, and Cleone is the relaxed atmosphere and laid back attitude.  It’s perfect for a romantic weekend. There are no traffic jams, no rush hour (no rushing of any kind) and no parking meters downtown. The air is some of the purest on earth; the blue-green ocean pristine. The only thing you have to focus on is your partner.

 

 

Plan the Perfect Day

 

Plan the Perfect DayThe Cleone Gardens Inn offers just the perfect setting to plan the perfect day; nestled in the Redwood Forests, nature provides the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Start the day by waking up in one of Cleone Gardens’ uniquely designed comfortable rooms where guests have the best of both worlds, a home away from home combined with the feeling of a private getaway retreat. The inn is located in the quiet village of Cleone, and there are many attractions in the area to stimulate your curiosity and sense of history and adventure.

 

Start your day just a few minutes away from Cleone, in the gorgeous seaside town of Fort Bragg and visit one of the most unusual and unique beaches in the world, Glass Beach. Literally covered in round sea glass, Glass Beach has an amazing history. Previously, this beach was a public dump area for a lot of trash items, including tons of broken glass; but in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board, created another public dump, thankfully away from the ocean, which allowed good ole Mother Nature to wash away the remaining debris and clean up the existing glass. Now beautiful round glass stones lay piled up on this beach in all their sparkling splendor.

 

For some artistic and creative fun, just a few minutes away from Glass Beach, visit Fort Bragg’s famous International Sea Glass Museum and the Sea Glass Museum gift shop. You can take home a t-shirt or an amazing piece of glass beach jewelry. Loaded with over 3000 items for your viewing pleasure, the Sea Glass museum and gift shop is definitely a unique experience of the beauty of nature, art, jewelry, and history combined.

 

If this is a couples get-away sans the kids, you may want to have lunch or dinner at the North Coast Brewing Company right near Glass Beach. The North Coast Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery and pub located on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. They boast a taproom and grill, plus fun beer and food pairings perfect for beer enthusiasts. If this is a family outing and you don’t want the kids to join the brewery experience, there are many other places to lunch in the area that would be more suited for family dining, such as, The Q, BBQ Joint. The Q offers a wide variety of menu items from blackened rock fish to the more adventurous boar burgers, and of course a delicious menu of barbecue delights. They also have kid-friendly offerings just in case the little ones aren’t feeling so adventurous.

 

After a satisfying day of beach walking, glass beach jewelry shopping, and delicious dining, end your perfect day back at Cleone Gardens Inn by the fireplace with a glass of wine, feet up, and enjoying the memories of your Mendocino Coast experience.

Secluded Setting In The Redwood Forests

 

Image Courtesy Of: Mario D. VadenOur secluded setting offers our guests a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The Inn is surrounded by two and a half acres of gardens and redwood forests.  Redwoods or more commonly referred to as Sequoias are some of the most enchanting natural wonders in the world. They grow and stand along much of Northern Coastal California and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States.

 

The California Redwoods often grow to over 300 feet tall, and some of the trees deep in Redwood National Park have been measured as the world’s tallest living organism. Walking through the forest can make you feel small and give you even a feeling of being lost in the moment.  It’s a nice way to get away from everything. Seclude yourself from the world for a few moments.  The Cleone Garden’s Inn is tucked away nicely in Northern California surrounded by forested trails and lush garden landscapes.

 

We’re also pet friendly. Bring your dog along with you and have them join you along the trails. One word that comes to mind when describing Northern California and our Inn is cozy.  It’s hard to believe you can feel cozy exploring a forest with 300 foot trails, but it does give you a cozy feeling. It’s a humbling experience to be standing in a quiet grove surrounded by thousand year old species.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Season For Dungeness Crab Is Open

 

Season For Dungeness Crab Is OpenNorthern California has some of the best crab in the country and Dungeness crab season is now open.  It is the perfect time to take a trip to Mendocino County and start catching the crab.  “Crab populations appear to be strong coming off another record-setting year in the commercial fishery,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Senior Environmental Scientist Pete Kalvass, who oversees the Invertebrate Management Project.

 

Catching crabs does have regulations to follow.  Carsonnow.org mentions them as, “There is no limit to the number of pots or nets that can be fished recreationally, except when fishing from a public fishing pier where only two fishing appliances may be used. Recreational crabbers may keep up to ten Dungeness crabs per day, or six crabs if fishing from a party boat south of Mendocino County. No one may possess more than one daily bag limit, and no Dungeness crab taken from San Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important crab nursery areas.”

 

“Dungeness crabs generally prefer cooler northern and central California waters and are uncommon south of Point Conception. They are usually found on sandy or sand-mud bottoms at depths of less than 300 feet, although they can be found in almost any sea floor habitat, and have been documented down to 750 feet. For more information regarding recreational Dungeness crab fishing regulations and other crab species, please visit the DFG Marine Region website at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp

 

Cleone Gardens Inn is located about a quarter mile from the beach, MacKerricher State Park, and Ten-Mile Dune Preserve, just north of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County.  Being located so close to the shore makes us a perfect spot to quietly enjoy some fishing and crabbing on the Northern California Coast. People who are looking for a nice spot to go out and crab can stay with us and enjoy private bathrooms in a comfortable atmosphere.