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!

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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)

 

Don’t Miss Saracina Vineyard’s Old Soul Red Blending Party!

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a winemaker? If you really stop and think about it, there has to be so much involved with getting that one small bottle to your dinner table each night. Can you imagine what it’s like to produce millions of those bottles? Well now you can! On your next visit to the Mendocino Coast, why not participate in Saracina Vineyard’s Old Soul Red Blending Party?

 

Don’t Miss Saracina Vineyard’s Old Soul Red Blending Party!

Taking place at the Saracina barn on March 22nd from 10:30am-1:30pm, you’re invited to tap into your inner winemaker by joining Winemaker, Alex MacGregor at the first annual Old Soul Red Blending Party. So what exactly is this event all about? Well simply put, you will be learning the ins and outs of making one of Saracina’s most praised wines.

 

Upon your arrival, Alex will take you over to the barn where you will learn all about the art and science that goes into blending the famous Atrea Old Soul Red Wine. You’ll even get the opportunity to test your palate by using different varietals to experiment and create your own blend. Sounds like fun, right? Well that’s not all.

 

Once you’ve gotten past the learning aspect of the day and have been dubbed an “expert,” now the time you can start to relax and really enjoy yourself! Take a load off and enjoy some of Saracina’s best wines and a family-style lunch of wood-fired pizzas and gourmet sides, which will be prepared by farm-to-table Chef, Olan Cox.

 

Sounds amazing, we know! So don’t waste any more time; space is very limited for this incredible event, so make sure that you RSVP as soon as possible! The cost for attending this event is $55 for Saracina Wine Club Members, and $65 for guests, but trust us when we tell you that it is worth it!

 

Don’t miss out on this event! Call to make your reservation with Cleone Gardens Inn for the weekend of March 22nd today!

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

Come on Out to the Coast for the 2014 Fort Bragg Whale Festival!

 

One of the best festivals to take place during this time of year is the one that celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. Passing by the Mendocino coast only twice a year, this is a pretty exciting time for enthusiasts who track their journey each year but for others, it’s just another reason to get together and have a great time! So if you’ll happen to be in the area this upcoming month, make sure that you mark your calendars for the Fort Bragg Whale Festival!

 

Come on Out to the Coast for the 2014 Fort Bragg Whale Festival!

Being held in various locations from March 1st-16th, including Mendocino, Little River and Fort Bragg, CA, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the festivities! However, if you are able to make it out for the first weekend of the festival from the 1st-2nd, you’ll be treated to tunes from four of Mendocino County’s greatest musicians, including Gene Parsons, David Hayes, Gwyneth Moreland and Steven Bates. Doors to the Crown Hall Mendocino will open at 7:30 and the show will begin at 8pm.

 

While there are plenty of other incredible activities to look forward to both at the Mendocino and Little River Festivals, you surely won’t be disappointed if you can only make it out to Fort Bragg from March 15th-16th. Not only will you have the opportunity to get your fill of delicious samples, prepared by some of the best chefs on the coast during the chowder tasting event, but you’ll also be able to indulge in the beer tasting event as well! Enjoy all of this and more as you take in a bit of breathtaking whale-watching from the Pomo Bluffs Park and miles of sandy beaches!

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Harvest Market in the Boatyard Center, Out Of This World in Mendocino or online at kozt.com for $20, or at the door for $25. For more information on all of the fun that can be had at the 2014 Whale Festival, visit www.mendowhale.com and then head on over to the Cleone Gardens Inn to book your room for your preferred weekend getaway! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

Parducci Wine Cellar’s “Death by Chocolate” Celebration

 

Planning for a little romance in Mendocino County this Valentine’s Day? Well luckily for you, there is no shortage of activities throughout the area that weekend! No matter how long you and your significant other have been together, we know how important it is for you to find something to spice up the holiday and make each other feel special. So if you’re looking for some sort event that will blow him or her away, we would highly suggest that you come check out Parducci Wine Cellar’s 4th Annual “Death by Chocolate” Celebration.

Parducci Wine Cellar’s “Death by Chocolate” Celebration

So we’ve got “wine” and “chocolate” in one title; what could be better – especially for Valentine’s Day? Come plan your romantic getaway for two to the Mendocino Coast and enjoy a beautiful night of music, sensuous wines and exquisite chocolates! Just to tempt your taste buds a bit, some of the delicious pairings that you will be treated to include a combination of True Grit Cabernet and a full chocolate station, Paul Dolan limited production Sparkling Wine and fountain-dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles with Reserve Grenache, Chocolate covered bacon (yes, you read that right!) with Zinfandel and so much more! How could you possible pass that up?

 

This festively romantic event will be held at the Parducci Wine Estates and admission is complimentary. For more information about the event, call 707-463-5357 or visit the official Parducci website today. We here at Cleone Gardens Inn cannot wait to see all of our sweet valentines in a couple of weeks!

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

Crab, Wine and Beer: What More Could You Need?

 

Here in Mendocino County, we have a lot to be thankful for – and that includes fresh, succulent crab, rich wines and smooth brews. So in honor of all the great things that come along with living right on the California coast, come on out this way to celebrate the 15th Annual FUNdraiser for Community Health Care: Crab, Wine & Beer Days 2014!

 

Crab, Wine and Beer: What More Could You Need?

Sounds amazing, right? Well we couldn’t agree more! The big event will be held in a week and a half on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25, 2014, so be sure to come on out and join us in the fun! The festivities will start on Friday at the Historic Pentecost Hall for the Cioppino Dinner with ticket prices ranging from $35/adult and $15/kids between the ages of 6 and 12, while children under 6 years old eat free!

 

Dinner will be held at 4:30, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and will include a wide assortment of everyone’s favorites! From hundreds of pounds of perfectly seasoned, fresh Dungeness crab and tossed salad, to Café Beaujolais bread for dipping, tons of dessert and locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee, you’ll be sure to walk away more than satisfied! Just don’t forget to stop by the Crabby Bar for some North Coast Brewing Company beer and Mendocino Country wine!

 

But that’s not all – Saturday brings along the main event: the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition! Seriously, how could you miss this? Held in the Big White Tent from noon until 3:00 p.m., $85 will get you general admission as you sample deliciously hand-crafted crab cakes prepared by Mendocino chefs while you sip on that tasty Mendocino wines. What’s even more, you’ll get the chance to bid on private dinners, collector wines, lodging, gifts and much more in the live, silent auctions, and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a week-long getaway to a Costa Rican villa!

 

We don’t know about you, but this sounds like the perfect weekend trip to Mendocino County! Check out the official event page right now to learn more about purchasing your tickets and then head back here to the Cleone Gardens Inn to reserve your room! We can’t wait to see you!

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)