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)

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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)

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)

 

 

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!

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.

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.