Our Festivals Deserve Fort Bragg-ing Rights

 

As the holiday season approaches, the Mendocino Coast turns into a wonderland of festivals. Whether your getaway is a week or a weekend long, Fort Bragg has many events to get you into the holiday spirit! Your fun-filled vacation awaits you beyond the inn doors and our lavish garden landscapes in the popular Northern California destinations, Fort Bragg & Mendocino.

 

The Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair will be held this year on November 29th and 30th this year. This weekend is an annual tradition in Northern California where the Mendocino Art Center is transformed into a two-day holiday fair, filled with a vast array of unique jewelry and high-quality masterpieces. Other specialties include souvenirs, gifts, ceramics, handmade bath and body products, original artwork and much more.

 

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., where you can begin your holiday shopping and find unique gifts for those special people on your Christmas shopping list! There will also be plenty of food vendors for when you work up an appetite after all that holiday shopping!

 

Another must-see event held the weekend of November 29th and 30th is the Festival of the Trees. This free event is held at the Guala Arts Center and is a great way to kick-off your holiday season! The two-day event will have handcrafted pieces for purchase, demonstrations in the auditoriums and will host a display of handmade works by residential craft-makers such as Basket Makers and Beads n’ Beyond.

 

The Festival of the Trees is also a great place to bring the children. The upstairs portion of the Center will feature a Magical Gingerbread House with crafts and activities for the little ones as well as a visit from Santa Claus! Other highlights include: holiday treats for sale, coffee & hot chocolate, holiday adult beverages and wonderful musical entertainment!

 

Kick-off your holiday season during your stay in the beautiful Fort Bragg, where we have the right to brag about our festivals.

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

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Join us for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train Event!

 

As we delve deeper into the autumn season, it’s time for us to indulge in some of our seasonal favorites: local wines, craft beers and of course, mushrooms! Sound like a good time to you, too? Well then make a trip out to Mendocino County in a couple of weeks for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train event, which will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

 

Join us for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train Event!

As a part of the 14th Annual Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival held to benefit the Mendocino County Museum, this event has proven to be a real highlight of mushroom season. So what exactly do you do at this event, you ask? Well for starters, guests will be treated to a delicious catered breakfast at both the Skunk Train Willits and Fort Bragg Depots before they even board the train. Once you do board the train at 10am, you’ll be treated to even more goodies, such as entertainment from traveling musicians and historians while you sip on sparkling wine and mimosas.

 

At noon, the train will stop at Camp Mendocino where guests will be greeted by a variety of local brewers and wine-makers who are all too eager to offer you a taste of their tasty beers and fine wines. You’ll be able to enjoy this all afternoon long as you enjoy the Annual Mendocino County Mushroom Cook-Off Contest, where local chefs will prepare mouth-watering bites as a panel of celebrity judges selects the winning dishes. Looking for more? Well you’re in luck; throughout the day, be sure to wander around and enjoy a number of additional activities, such as mushroom walks and talks, cooking demos, book signings and more!

 

When it comes time to board the train again, you’ll be able to relax from your long day of fun with more entertainment, some scrumptious chocolates and port and Mendocino County brandy. You’ll be back at your original departure location no later than 5:30pm, full of delicious treats and fond memories!

 

Purchase your tickets today on the official Mendocino Museum website, and then head back here to Cleone Gardens Inn to book your reservation and make a weekend out of it!

 

(Posted by Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

 

The Mendocino Coast Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

 

“Come embrace life, death, family, community and the art of the ritual” is the statement defining the  Mendocino Coast’s 2013 Day of the Dead Celebration, which will run from October 4th through November 3rd. This Day of the Dead celebration, also known as Dia de los Muertos Festivities, has a schedule full of educational seminars, craft classes and free events.

 

The main goal of the festival is to provide education on the meaning and tradition behind the Day of the Dead Celebrations. Most of the festival’s events are free to the public and support local community organizations.

 

The Mendocino Coast Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

 

Some Featured Festival Events:

 

The Fort Bragg Town Hall will be offering ongoing classes for the weekend of October 4th and 5th. The classes offered will include sugar skull decorating and paper flower making.

 

The art show opening, Mexico on My Mind, will take place on Thursday, October 4th at the Mendocino Art Center, Gallery 10, featuring artist Lida Penkova.

 

Artist Susan Gross teaches a Mini Shrine class on October 20th at Altar Hall, located at Fort Bragg Town Hall.

 

For those who like the idea of learning about altars, the “Openings” Remembrance Altars  Exhibit, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, is being held on October 5th- November 3rd.

 

Day of the Dead Celebration visitors will not want to miss the October 28th Special Candle Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony will be hosted by Reverend Tanya Wyldflower, joined by master harpist, Roberta Belson. Belson will be playing to honor the Day of the Dead Sunday, October 28th at the Mendocino Center for Spiritual Living. Members of all faiths are welcomed to this beautiful event.

 

For those looking to get involved, there are also a number of amazing volunteer opportunities at Altar Hall to help out with the Day of the Dead Festival events, and visitors can always participate by building their own altars and adding it to the altar trail.

 

Considering the fact that these Dia de los Muertos festivities will be going on for an entire month, you have plenty of time to book your trip to the Fort Bragg region. Take a look at the full event schedule to find the dates of your favorite activities and then call Cleone Gardens Inn to reserve your room!

 

(Posted by Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

The Scenic Mendocino Coast Hosts the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Ride

 

There are many exciting outdoor events going on along the Mendocino Coast right now! One event in particular that will be coming up on September 1st is the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race in Jackson State Demonstration Forest, sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Cyclists. The race begins at 10am along this beautiful California coastline and is sure to be enjoyed by cyclists, cycling fans and enthusiasts alike.

 

The Mendocino Coast Cyclists is a riding club that promotes responsibility and safety on bike trails and roads. The race starts at the Caspar Scales, off of Road 500 in Caspar, CA and avid riders will get the opportunity to race with the best riders in the area, including previous winners Brian Astell, Kevin Smallman and Mathias Berhends.

 

The course is 11 miles and the race has four levels depending on the experience level of the riders; the elite (which is a 3 lap race), the veterans (a 2 lap race) and the sport and juniors category (both 1 lap races). No rider needs to feel left out as riders of any level will be able to participate and enjoy the competition!

 

The Caspar Classic is a challenging ride for all participants. With high elevations and worthy competition, riders will definitely feel the burn and satisfaction once the race is complete! To celebrate, there will be a big BBQ and delicious refreshments for riders and race fans at the finish line.

 

The Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race is just one of the area’s exciting events happening in the area as the summer comes to an end, and the Cleone Gardens Inn is fortunate to be in the perfect location for riders and race fans to stay and enjoy the race.

 

The entire family can enjoy a delightful stay in the Fort Bragg, Mendocino area; visit the trails, walk through the lush gardens, enjoy the bike race and have the pleasure of a great night’s rest at Cleone Gardens Inn.

 

The Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race entry fee is $25, and for junior participants under 18, only $12.50. Come bring your family for a Labor Day weekend event at the scenic Mendocino Coast and celebrate the unofficial end of summer the Mendocino Coast way!

 

Outdoor Adventures in Fort Bragg

Since the town of Fort Bragg is just a short distance from our Inn, we thought to dedicate this post to all things visitors can do Outdoor Adventures in Fort Braggthere, while staying with us. Fort Bragg is really a must-see place, the town, as well as our Inn, is pet-friendly, making the decision to stay for couples or individuals with furry friends much easier.

 

Fort Bragg is located on Northern California’s rugged coastline and offers sweet solitude and a beautiful ambiance for its guests. People migrate to this area because it’s free of city traffic, pollutants from industrialization and it’s naturally gorgeous! Want more, okay here goes! Fort Bragg is Eco-friendly, pet-friendly and family-friendly! Don’t forget our Inn is pet friendly as well, so you can bring along your dogs to enjoy the entire vacation along with you and your family.

 

You might say that Fort Bragg is quaint, which the locals love to hear. Fort Bragg has various hot-spots to visit and we’ve included them here, courtesy of their site.

 

1. Glass Beach. There are actually three beaches in all and one word that comes to mind is: beautiful!

 

2.The Skunk Train. Shortly after departure, you’ll find yourself deep into miles and miles of stunning virgin Redwoods.

 

3. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The gardens consume 47 miles of lush gardens with colorful plants and various birdlife.

 

4. Port Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. The park has a total of 300 acres, which houses a beautiful lighthouse, two museums, gift shops, marine life exhibit, and walking trails.

 

5. California Coastal National Monument. This is an area that provides awe-struck views.

 

Other exciting and worthwhile outdoor activities include a horseback ride along the beach, kayaking in the ocean and mountain biking in Jackson State Forest. Here’s one more reason to bring your furry friend with you. Fort Bragg’s C.V. Starr Center and Noyo Harbor Beach give free ice cream cones to dogs!

 

If Fort Bragg sounds like a place you want to be, contact our Inn for reservation information. Our great location is ideal for quality accommodations and fun filled entertainment!

Unique Shopping Experiences and Walking Tours in Fort Bragg

 

The Fort Bragg area offers some fun reasons to pack up the family, and get away from it all. Spring is almost here; the perfect time for vacations and spring breaks from school. Cleone Gardens Inn is just minutes away from the beautiful Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast area, so there is plenty for our visitors to enjoy during their stay.

 

Since it never really gets uncomfortably hot on the Mendocino Coast, the weather is great for sightseeing tours, leisurely walks, and shopping at boutiques and local vendors. Throw on a sweater and some comfortable shoes and take advantage of one of the many walking tours along the Mendocino coast.

 

Unique Shopping Experiences and Walking Tours in Fort Bragg

 

The Fort Bragg area offers a few different walking tours; one of them is the Fort Bragg Oddities Walk. The Fort Bragg Oddities Walking Tour, created by local, Ron Bloomquist, is a fun self-guided tour to all the “odd things” located in the Fort Bragg area that would otherwise go unnoticed if it were not for Ron Bloomquist’s unusual natural inquisitiveness. You will find things along the way like a misspelled bronze plaque, a bar and church that date back before the 1906 earthquake and hitching rings. You can start the tour anywhere, but the best place to start is the Guest House Museum at Main Street, between Redwood Avenue and Laurel Street. While at the Guest House Museum, you can find information on other interesting walking tours in the area.

 

Fort Bragg is an ideal place for shopping lovers. Minus the big national chain stores and the obnoxious crowds that usually frequent most shopping districts, Fort Bragg boasts a quaint small town atmosphere filled with local boutiques and family-owned businesses. You can find just about anything your heart desires; from clothing and art, to jewelry and lingerie, and this is the perfect area for hand-crafted items you won’t find anywhere else in your travels.

 

Shops like Mendocino Vintage and Por Richards are sure to attract those looking for rare collectible items, and a true vintage shopping experience. If you’re a huge foodie, a shop called Cooking Up Ideas may be just the place for you. Specializing in gourmet mustards, jams, and a gigantic BBQ sauce selection, Cooking Up Ideas is a major foodie paradise.

 

One of the best ways to shop and be kind to the environment at the same time is to go thrift shopping. Buying and re-purposing used clothing items is a positive and popular trend these days. The Paul Bunyun Thrift Shop and the Mendocino Coast Hospital Hospice Thrift Shop are two ways to enjoy thrifting in the Fort Bragg area.

 

From bookstores to old-fashioned record shops, the Fort Bragg area has something to suit every shopper’s interest and style. The mix of temperate climates and local hospitality makes this area worth exploring for a peaceful, yet fun spring shopping get-a-way.

 

 

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.

 

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.