Explore the Colors and Wonders of The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg, CA is a very beautiful place. A coastal city located in Mendocino County, you have the benefit of the Pacific Ocean at your fingertips for astounding scenery and fun.

Most of what brings visitors to the California coast is the ability to experience the outdoors, and visiting the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is one of the most spectacular ways to do so.

Explore 47 acres of beautiful botanical bliss along the Pacific Ocean. The sights and sounds found at the Botanical Gardens provide an opportunity to enjoy all that nature has to offer.

While strolling through the gardens along the trails, you will be amazed at how much beauty you will encounter.

From the vibrant colors of featured plants and florals, to the birds and butterflies that frequent the gardens, it will be hard not to fall in love with your surroundings.

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens boasts a variety of California native plants, as well as seasonal blooms that highlight the paths and illuminate the scenery. You can spot the wildlife and flowers along the coastal forest and the coastal bluff.

You can take as much or as little time as you want in the gardens. If you wish to take a break from walking, there are a few places situated along and within the Botanical Gardens to stop at, such as the Nursery on the Plaza, The Garden Store, and Rhody’s Garden Café.

One thing that the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has in common with Cleone Gardens Inn is that we are both pet-friendly.

As long as your dog is leashed, you can bring him with you for a walk along the foliage. We’re sure he’ll enjoy the walk as much as you will. Just remember to bring your own pick-up bags for your dog!

After a day of walking the gardens, you and your pup can come back to Cleone Gardens Inn for a relaxing evening.

We look forward to seeing you both!

Get Ready for a Whale of a Good Time!

Fort Bragg’s biggest event of the season is almost here and we at Cleone Gardens Inn could not be more excited! Held on March 18 and 19, 2017 the Whale Festival is an event that draws locals and vacationers alike, as it is completely unique and incredibly fun way for families to spend their weekend!

A celebration of the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from Baja to the Bering Sea, the Whale Festival occurs as 20,000 or so whales pass by Mendocino Coast on their way to their ancestral feeding grounds.

The biggest events of the weekend take place on Saturday, March 18, and there are plenty to choose from depending on what your family is looking to do!

Chowder Tasting Contest

Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., this event is the perfect one for food connoisseurs and lovers of craft brews alike. Taste-test chowders made by all the best local restaurants and sample some delicious local craft beers before helping to name the contest’s winner.

There is lots of coastal cuisine to indulge in at this oceanic event! Purchase your tickets here.

21st Annual Beer Festival

The 21st Annual Beer Festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is a great opportunity to enjoy ales, porters and IPAs alike. Hosted by the Fort Bragg Rotary Club, this is a great opportunity to sample some unique brews while enjoying live music and barbecue as the whales return to Mendocino Coast.

MacKerricher State Park  

The perfect location to watch the whale migration from along the coast, MacKerricher State Park is home to a myriad of ocean-themed events throughout the day on Saturday. We recommend starting at the park’s Visitor Center to learn more about whales, make arts and crafts and enjoy some live music.

There is even a free hotdog lunch for children to take part in!

Whichever Whale Festival events you decide to participate in, we at Cleone Gardens Inn look forward to seeing you here!

Book your March 2017 stay by phone at 800-400-2189. 

It’s that Time of Year! The Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is Back!

If you are a regular visitor of the Mendocino Coast area, then you have probably been counting down the weeks until the Crab, Wine & Beer Festival. If you have never stayed with us in Fort Bragg before, you are about to be introduced to one of the country’s Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals.  

Happening along the Mendocino Coast from January 20 to 29, this year’s big event has a little bit of something for everyone.

With food and wine tastings, dinner events and more, there are almost endless opportunities to indulge in flavorful seafood creations, local wines and lots of fun.

It’s that Time of Year! The Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is Back!

The week-long celebration begins this Friday, January 20 with the Frey Wines & Crab Bites event in Redwood Valley. Here you can try some locally crafted organic wines, seafood appetizers and live music. Other events we are looking forward to attending include Barrel Tasting 101 and the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition.

Barrel Tasting 101 takes place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday January 22 and is the perfect event for those who are always looking for a new favorite blend of wine.

All along Highway 101, local winemakers will be opening barrels of brand new wines for guests to sample as they munch on appetizers crafted by some of our favorite local restaurateurs.  

Then, the next Saturday (January 28), the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition gives you another opportunity to sample the best crab cakes of Mendocino County, as well as some of the most incredible wine. Benefiting Mendocino Coast Clinics, this gourmet event is one that no foodie in Fort Bragg should pass up.

All across the county friends and families will be getting together to shake off the winter blues during the Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, and you should too! Click here to view the entire event calendar, then pack up your bags and head to the Northern California Coast to participate in gourmet festivities!

We at Cleone Gardens Inn look forward to seeing you here!

How to Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas in Fort Bragg this Year!

California may not be known for its white Christmases, but that doesn’t mean that the Mendocino Coast doesn’t know how to get in the holiday spirit! For guests staying at Cleone Gardens Inn this December, there are plenty of festive activities to participate in during your visit.  

You can spend a weekend evening watching The Nutcracker ballet, take a ride on The Magical Christmas Train, or watch in wonder as the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens light up during their annual Festival of Lights event! Regardless of how you enjoy your December stay in Fort Bragg, it is sure to be a memorable one.

The Nutcracker

Everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker is a classic part of every Christmas season. Individuals of all ages will enjoy the festive music and the beautiful sight of ballerinas dancing across the stage. Presented by The Mendocino Ballet, The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 463-2290.

Festival of Lights

A wonderful, glowing celebration of the holiday season, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ Annual Festival of Lights takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 18. Watch the gardens light up with colors of red, gold and green as you listen to live Christmas music and enjoy food and drinks. The show takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with adult tickets costing $10 each. Children age 16 and under are welcome to join in the holiday celebrations for free.

Magical Christmas Train

Take your children on a magical train ride that starts right here in Fort Bragg! The Skunk Train will be starting its hour-long celebration each evening at 5 p.m. Jump on board to experience all the best of the season with your little ones, singing Christmas carols, playing holiday-themed games and visiting with Santa himself! With hot cocoa, cookies and stories to enjoy, this is an evening your children will never forget.

Choose the date of your Christmas train experience and purchase your tickets online here.

Happy Holidays from Cleone Gardens Inn! We hope you have an incredible holiday season and look forward to seeing you here.

This Local Brewery Just Launched a New IPA for a Great Cause

Just off the Mendocino Coast of California, we in Fort Bragg have a special place in our hearts for the marine mammals that grace our coastal waters, including the Stellar sea lion. In support of this magnificent creature, one of our favorite local breweries – North Coast Brewing Company – recently introduced a new IPA to their craft lineup.

Called the North Coast Stellar IPA, this hoppy brew draws awareness to the declining population of Stellar sea lions.

Often seen off the Northern coast of California, these marine mammals are an intrinsic part of the coastal ecosystem and our home.

North Coast Brewing Company will make a contribution to marine mammal research for every bottle, case and keg of North Coast Stellar IPA that’s sold, giving you a very good reason to sample this beer during your coastal California stay.

Brewbound.com describes this craft brew as having, “bright notes of grapefruit, muscat, pennyroyal and spruce tips.” To us, it sounds like a truly refreshing yet hoppy beer to enjoy on a fall or winter afternoon!

Proceeds of this India Pale Ale will be going to two local organizations: The Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg and The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, as well as the Marine Mammal Research Unit at The University of British Columbia.

Located less than ten minutes away from Cleone Gardens Inn, North Coast Brewing Company is a highly recommended tourist stop with a rich history.

The brewery also boasts more than 70 national and international awards, which give us confidence that any stout or ale you taste is sure to be exceptional.

Now that we have you dreaming of a relaxing dinner on the coast with a crisp specialty brew in hand, all that’s left to do is book your stay at Cleone Gardens Inn and grab a case of Stellar IPA.

We look forward to seeing you here on the Mendocino Coast!

Who Doesn’t Love a Soup and Chili Cook-Off?

Have you been craving a hearty bowl of flavorful soup or chili jam packed with your favorite ingredients? If you’re visiting the Fort Bragg area during the weekend of October 22nd, you’ll definitely need to check out this one event that will satisfy that craving once and for all!

This year marks the Fifth Annual Soup and Chili Cook-Off in Fort Bragg, CA and it’s always been a favorite fall event for both local residents and visitors to the area. After all, when you think of fall, what else comes to mind besides apple picking, pumpkin carving and wine tasting? Soup and chili, of course!

The great thing about this event is that participants can come from all different backgrounds.

Whether that’s a beloved restaurant defending its title, a local business throwing its hat in the ring for the fun of it or just a good-spirited lone ranger looking to show off his edible creations, everyone has a shot at being crowned number one! Sample one or all of them – the choice is yours!

In the past, this event has featured loaded baked potato soup, chicken noodle soup, and even crab chowder. It’s always a treat learning what new concoctions will be presented each year. In addition to good food and company, the event also features door prizes, a silent auction, and a no-host bar.

This local event benefits the Fort Bragg Food Bank, a nonprofit organization known for distributing food to those in need throughout Mendocino County.

Th Cook-Off is fun for people of all ages to attend, so feel free to bring the whole family along! If you thought your grandmother’s famous chicken noodle soup was the best you’ve ever tasted, or your mother’s chili blew everyone else’s out of the water, you might want to think again.

For those staying at the beautiful Cleone Gardens Inn during the weekend of the big event, you’re in luck!

We boast beautiful, comfortable, and homey rooms for you to relax in after filling up on soup and chili. The best part is, you won’t have to travel far to get from our Inn to the Cook-Off! Pentecost Hall (where this event is being held) is a less than 10 minute drive!

Enjoy Barrels of Fun at the Beer, Bison & Bluegrass Fundraiser!

The Fourth Annual Beer, Bison and Bluegrass Fundraiser will make its way to the Fort Bragg area once again, and it’s expected to be another great year.

We have no doubt that they will keep the beer flowing, the music playing and the bison sizzling on the grill for your enjoyment.

Be sure to mark this event down in your calendar! On October 8th, this annual fundraiser event will kick off for Parents and Friends, a non-profit organization that allows adults with developmental disabilities to become involved in the local community. The organization strives to promote independence among each developmentally disabled adult, which is certainly a cause that we believe everyone could get behind.

What we and the rest of the Mendocino community love so much about this event is that aside from the wonderful cause you’re supporting, it won’t be just any old kind of food and drink you’ll be enjoying throughout the day.

As the name suggests, you can enjoy beer from local breweries, such as the famous North Coast Brewing Company, the Lost Coast Brewery and Mendocino Brewing to name a few.

As for the food, this triple B fundraiser features an organic bison burger BBQ, which (in our book) makes it a bit more special than your average burgers and brats event! Last but not least, for those with a sweet tooth, you don’t want to forget to grab yourself a tasty treat from Cowlick’s Ice Cream – a must-have any time you’re stopping through the Fort Bragg area!

After giving yourself plenty of time to digest all of that deliciousness, be sure to hit the dance floor and show off your best moves as you dance to the music of The Mendocino Quartet and the opening act, The Green Fields. Not much of a dancer? That’s OK! Just bob along as you buy your tickets and wait to see if your number is called for the raffle or silent auction. Who knows – you could walk away with the best prize of the night!

Ring in the fall by attending this amazing event for an even better cause!

All-inclusive tickets are $45 and tickets for music and food only are just $25. To ensure your weekend stay is full of fun and exciting adventures, be sure to book a room at Cleone Gardens Inn and enjoy all that the Fort Bragg area has to offer!

 

Who Will Be This Year’s Abalone Cook-Off World Champion?

Who doesn’t love a good cook-off?

The smells, sights, and sounds of an abalone cook-off in particular are simply unbeatable. So which of the cooks registered for the challenge will win this year’s Abalone Cook-Off? You’ll have to stop by Fort Bragg, CA and see for yourself!

The World Championship Abalone Cook-Off participants will go head-to-head on Saturday, October 8, 2016 for their chance to take home the big trophy and/or another grand prize.

We’re eager to see which of the cooks has what it takes to compete! The challenge is almost underway and we don’t know about you, but we’re ready to take serious part in the sampling portion of this amazing festival.

Before we get too carried away with this fun and exciting event, we want to give you an idea of what it entails and why it’s held each year. The World Champion Abalone Cook-Off helps raise money for the nonprofit organization, Mendocino Area Parks Association , which works to support the state parks of California. The cook-off portion honors Ken Tallman, late owner of Sub-Surface Progression Dive Shop, who was a friendly and familiar face to divers from all over the U.S.

Bringing the community together to enjoy good fun, music, drinks, and a nail-biting competition in the name of a great cause is what this grand event is all about.

If this sounds right up your alley, stop by in just a few weeks during your visit to the Mendocino Coast! The judging tickets may already be sold out, but you can still enjoy wine tastings, beer from North American Brewing Company, food booths with clam chowder, silent auctions, a craft fair and much more!

If you’re visiting the Fort Bragg area the weekend of October 8th, this is one event that you want to mark down on your itinerary!

Book your stay at the Cleon Gardens Inn and make your way down to Noyo Harbor where all the fun will be held – just a quick 15 minute drive from us!

Wine, Dine and Enjoy – All for a Good Cause!

If you are visiting the Fort Bragg area during the weekend of Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, we have great plans for you!

Enjoy samples of wine from local wineries, food prepared by talented chefs, live music and a range of other attractions at the 32nd annual Winesong event at The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

32nd Annual Winesong Event | Fort Bragg, CA

For more than three decades, this annual event has brought local residents, businesses and tourists together to the Fort Bragg area, not only to enjoy a bit of fun, but to raise money for a great cause.

Every year, the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, as well as the Diagnostic Imaging Center, Medical Evacuation Helipad, Out-Patient Surgical services and Emergency Department Equipment each benefit from this event. We absolutely love that it is not only a great opportunity to enjoy local culture and wines, but for everyone to help make a noticeable difference in the lives of the local community.

What You Can Expect

Whether you’re just visiting or you are a longstanding resident, be sure to bring your friends and family to the signature event to close out the summer. Not only will your participation give back to the community, but you can also spend time mingling with the great men and women who make this beautiful region the destination that it is today!

Start your weekend by attending the Winesong pre-event, A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers, from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Continue the fun Saturday, Sept. 10 by taking advantage of the live and silent auctions and wine and food tasting portions of the event, along with music and so much more.

As you walk through The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where the big event will be held, enjoy breathtaking views as well as thousands of different plant life species. In the heart of the beautiful botanical gardens, you will find more than 50 vendors handing out samples from local breweries, wineries and regional chefs – a truly beautiful experience for all the senses!

Learn More About the Event & Get Your Tickets Today 

Plan your trip to Fort Bragg during the weekend of Sept. 9 to Sept. 11 and attend this year’s Winesong event. We have visitors who come back to the area each year for this rewarding benefit, and whether this is your first time attending or your 32nd, it’s easy to see why.

If you still need a place to stay during your trip, reserve your room at the Cleone Gardens Inn, located in the heart of Mendocino Coast.

Our comfortable, unique accommodations are the perfect place to stay during your trip at any time of year. To plan your stay for Winesong or to learn more about room availability, call us today at 707-964-2788 or toll-free at 800-400-2189.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Mendocino Wine Country

In our last post, we told you all about an awesome, local place, perfect for those who enjoy expertly brewed beer in a casual, relaxing setting – North Coast Brewing Company. Well, now we’d like to take you on a written tour of the finest stops to make in Mendocino Wine Country.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Mendocino Wine Country

If you enjoy drinking wine in the comfort of your own home, imagine how much more enjoyable it would be here in beautiful, sunny California!

There are hidden gems all over Mendocino County, but some of the best are scattered across the more than 500 vineyards that are just a car ride away from Cleone Gardens Inn. Each winery has something different to offer any palate!

Take A Tour!

The Pacific Star Winery is a hop, skip and jump way from the Fort Bragg area – just under 15 minutes, to be specific. Here, you can try wines with some of the most unique names out there, such as It’s My Fault, Dad’s Daily Red and Orange Muscat, to name a few. The best part?  You can enjoy a glass while taking in the gorgeous ocean views!

If you make it to the Parducci Wine Cellars, you won’t be sorry.

Family owned and operated for 80 years, Parducci has a history as rich as its wine! We love their dedication to the Mendocino community and their unprecedented passion for sustainable winemaking and farming. Chat it up with the always friendly staff in the tasting room and don’t forget to ask about their amazing water conservation project

Door-to-Door Wine Experience

Looking to taste great wine without worrying about how you’ll get there? Anderson Valley Wine Tour Express is the answer. The service offers pick up in Fort Bragg and travels to at least three premium wineries throughout Mendocino and the Anderson Valley region. Plus, tour riders get more than just shuttle service – guests receive complimentary snacks and water, discounts on wine purchases and a guided tour with drivers who can provide a great discussion of the area’s wineries and sights. Packages are available for couples and small groups up to parties of 18 or more, so plan a tour everyone can enjoy without needing a designated driver with Anderson Valley Wine Tour Express.

When booking a vacation in Mendocino County, make sure you reserve your stay at the Cleone Gardens Inn in Fort Bragg.

There’s no other place like our quaint and comfortable hotel. It’s conveniently located close to many of the Mendocino County wineries – not just the two mentioned here! Call us today at 800-400-2189 to make your reservations today!