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!

Discover the History Brewing on the Mendocino Coast

Planning a trip to the Mendocino Coast?

Are you looking for fun things to do, new places to go, or to give your taste buds something new to explore? Visit Fort Bragg! It’s the premier destination for breathtaking sights, a chance to soak your toes in the water, be adventurous and to try new food. Best of all? Sample glass after glass of some delicious, frothy, local beer!

Mendocino Coast boasts history around every corner, but one place that has brewed its way into the hearts of many is the North Coast Brewing Company.

Here you can enjoy all the stouts, bocks and specialty beers that you want in a rustic, laid back environment! Honestly, is there anything better than the taste of a craft beer brewed to absolute perfection?

If there’s one brewery to visit when exploring the Fort Bragg area, it’s North Coast Brewing Company. Why, you ask? From humble beginnings to its undeniable growth and success as a nationally recognized brand, there’s so much pride and excitement bursting from this place that draws so much inspiration from the coast.

Here’s the breakdown:

In 1988, North Coast Brewing Company opened its doors on the Mendocino Coast in California and ever since, they’ve become one of the leading breweries for out-of-town tourists to visit. Boasting an incredible amount of national and international awards – more than 70 to date – and an impressive selection of beers to discover and fall in love with, there’s no other brewery quite like this one. Today, North Coast Brewing sends beers to 47 states throughout the country, and as far away as Europe and several Pacific Rim countries.

North Coast Brewing Company, like many other companies specializing in craft beer, obviously cares about what their finished product tastes like. More importantly however, they care how each and every batch is made.

Their brewmasters are passionate about the beer that makes its way into your glass and the quality of each sip you taste, leaving you craving more.

Check out the video provided here to learn more about the history of this renowned brewery, then be sure to hop back over to our site to book your next Fort Bragg vacation at Cleone Gardens Inn. We’re a quick 5 minute drive from the North Coast Brewing Company, as well as many other vacation hotspots, making us the ideal place to spend your time exploring this beautiful California region.

To learn more or to book your stay, call us today at 800-400-2189.

The Best Places to Watch Fireworks in Fort Bragg this 4th of July!

We can’t believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner! It’s that one summer holiday where you can gather with friends and family, enjoy the beautiful weather, have a cookout, and simply relax. Once the sun goes down, it’s time to light up the sky with fireworks, and what better place to see them than along the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg!

July 4th 2016 in Mendocino County

In our last blog post, we encouraged you to stay tuned for our list of the greatest places to catch the fireworks this year – and here it is! From the time and place to everything there is to see and do before (and during) the fireworks show, we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive fireworks coverage.

Main Post Parade Field

AAFMAA presents the Fourth of July Celebration at the Main Post Parade Field. This free event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. There will be all sorts of entertainments and fun for the whole family, including parachute free-fall demonstrations, musical acts, the popular flag ceremony, food and beverages and, of course, fireworks! There will also be a Kiddieland full of fun activities like rock climbing walls, bounce houses and slides that will be open from 3-8 p.m. Admission is $10 per child, and the last wrist band will be sold at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Mendocino Fourth of July Parade

Take in the Mendocino Parade, complete with horses, floats, fire trucks and more! If you want to be in the parade, join Little River Inn’s entry this year: Pups on Parade! Take part in the parade with your favorite four-legged friend. The parade kicks off at noon. Call 707-961-6300 for more information.

Kelley House Museum Lawn Party & BBQ

Listen to free music by Kevin and the Coconuts while watching the Mendocino Parade stroll down Main Street. The lawn party event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food and beverages available, including hot dogs, sausages, ice cream, beer and wine. For more information, call 707-937-5791.

Annual Celebration at Friendship Park

This year’s largest fundraiser starts right after the Mendocino Parade, so the fun never stops! There will be three bands, food, entertainment and activities for the kids. Contact Ellen Anderson at 707-964-0897 if you are interested in renting a booth, volunteering or wish to donate to the park.

Point Arena Centennial 

This event kicks off the celebration of Point Arena’s centennial (officially July 6) with a weekend full of street dancing, fireworks, a parade and a street fair. To keep the fun going after the Fourth of July celebrations, stop down to Point Arena!

To learn about even more fun things to do in Mendocino for this Fourth of July, visit Mendocino.com and don’t forget to make reservations for your stay to enjoy all there is to enjoy it all! Call Cleone Gardens Inn at 800-400-2189 today. We can’t wait to see you!

You Don’t Want to Miss the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ!

Have you ever been to The World’s Largest Salmon BBQ?

If you haven’t, make sure you add it on your list of places to go this summer!

This annual event attracts visitors to Fort Bragg from all throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad. It’s a fun event for people of all ages, so be sure to mark it on your calendar!

2016 Fort Bragg CA Events: World's Larges Salmon BBQ

Each year, The World’s Largest Salmon BBQ is held on the first Saturday in July. This year it falls on July 2, with festivities running from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the beautiful Noyo Harbor. It’s a finger-licking good time for kids and adults alike!

The best part is, it’s all for a great cause, as it funds the Salmon Restoration Association.

The SRA is non-profit organization made up of a group of fishermen, biologists and concerned businesses and community members who are dedicated to restoring the supply of salmon in Mendocino County, California. All of the proceeds from the event go toward improving the population of salmon on the Northern California coast.

The World’s Largest Salmon BBQ has become a nationally recognized event you might’ve even seen on the Food Network!

Check out this video with Food Network’s star, Bobby Flay!

The annual event has been held for years in Fort Bragg and continues to grow in size year after year. With two tons of salmon, live music and good company, why stay at home July 2?

You can purchase your tickets in advance at the Harvest Market or online (up until 5 p.m. July 1). You can also purchase tickets at the door for $30, or $10 for children 12 and younger. Keep in mind, however, that dogs aren’t allowed in the dining area.

With such an incredible event drawing you into the Mendocino Coast so close to the 4th of July, we hope you’ll stick around for the long weekend!

Stay tuned for next month’s blog post, where we’ll give you a rundown of the best places to catch the fireworks during your stay here at Cleone Gardens Inn!

Join Us for the Grand Opening of the New Fort Bragg Coastal Trail!

The view just got a little better here in Fort Bragg, CA!

Those who have visited the area in the past know that other than a few access points, such as Glass Beach or the Noyo Harbor beach, getting a good look at the gorgeous Pacific Ocean could sometimes be a challenge.  Soon enough though, the barriers that once lined the Georgia-Pacific Mill site will be gone, giving us all an opportunity to enjoy the coastline up close and personal!

On June 4, 2016, the new Fort Bragg Coastal Trail will have its official grand opening, according to the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee.

Fort Bragg California Coast

Taking in gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean will be a lot easier as visitors will have access to a half-mile long trail on 10 acres of land near the Georgia-Pacific Mill site. The new trail is expected to attract visitors from all across California who will be able to bask in breathtaking views and enjoy physical activities such as walking, biking and skating. Pets on a leash are welcome, too! Guests will also have easy stairway access to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing.

The best part is everyone can access the Pacific Coast from downtown Fort Bragg – it’s as easy as that.

Once the second phase is completed and the full trail is officially open to the public, visitors and local residents will be able to hike or bike the entire length of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Horseback riding will also be available, allowing visitors to ride into MacKerricher State Park or onto the beach, all while enjoying the great outdoors.

From the scenery to the hand-crafted benches made by local artists and woodworkers, organizers have included something for everyone to enjoy at every corner. The Fort Bragg Coastal Trail has come a long way in allowing the public to enjoy lands that haven’t been accessible for more than a century, and we look forward to the completion of this trail that has opened the doors to such a beautiful part of California.

So what will you be doing June 4th? We hope to see you at the grand opening! Book a stay today at Cleone Gardens Inn and make the grand opening a grand weekend for you and your family.

Call us today at 800-400-2189 for reservations.

It’s Almost Time for the Annual Mendocino Whale Festival!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Mendocino, CA, you know firsthand that the town has an absolute whale of a good time this time of year! All kidding aside, we love all of the fun and excitement that floods the coast as the Mendocino Whale Festival makes its annual return – and we know you will, too!

Planning to make your first trip out next month? Allow us to fill you in on the details!

You see, this particular region of the Golden State is notorious for its whale watching excursions from the months of November to April. Why? Well like many others, whales prefer to migrate South during the harsh winter months. As the temperatures continue to rise from now until April, however, we have the pleasure of being in a prime location to witness their return back North to Alaska. So what better way to take in the breathtaking view than with beer and chowder in hand?

Now in its 33rd year, the Mendocino Whale Festival will take place once again this March 5, 2016 at Crown Hall.

If you’re interested in taste-testing some of the best chowder from nVisit Fort Bragg, CAumber of local restaurants (for a mere price of $10), we would highly recommend you make plans to get to the festival as early as possible that day! The pouring begins promptly at 11 a.m. and though the tasting is scheduled to go until 1:30 p.m., that’s only if the vendors don’t run out of chowder before then, so don’t miss out!

Then, of course, you’ll need something to wash it down with! For $12, you’ll be able to sample some of the tastiest craft brews Mendocino has to offer. Have a bit of a finer pallet? Just $35 pre-sale (or $40 day-of) will allow you to fill up your commemorative Mendo Whale wine glass as you walk around to various pouring stations throughout the charming Mendocino village.

All of this with a stunning view of California Gray Whales off in the distance? How could you possibly stay away!

For more information on how to purchase tickets for this exciting festival, visit mendowhale.com, and don’t wait any longer to reserve your stay with us at Cleone Gardens Inn. We can’t wait to see you!

Amazing Adventures Unique to Mendocino County

sea glassNorthern California is unique in and of itself. It offers an environment unlike any other carved from a rugged, virgin, ever evolving earth on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino county in particular is full of environmental subtleties all its own, with unmatched fauna, flora and landscape. If ever in the area, there is a laundry list of activities you must enjoy.

The Glass Beach

Probably the most colorful site you’ll see in nature, the Glass Beach by Fort Bragg is the highest concentration of sea glass on earth. Dazzling the senses, the sea glass runs the color spectrum from the deepest of reds to the brightest of yellows. Rounded by the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, the sea glass is composed of all kinds of elements.

What some may not realize, however, is this sea glass is a product of mankind and their trash from the early 20th century. It consists of everything from bottles to window panes to pottery and is a perfect example of nature reclaiming man’s impressions on earth.

Pygmy Forest

Unusual soil composition and pH combine to stunt the growth of the trees and shrubs in this secluded section of forest. Low growth is thanks to a poor water table, fast drainage and inhospitable naturally occurring chemicals have allowed the foliage to sustain here for hundreds of years but certainly not flourish. And the culmination is much more interesting than a bunch of short trees. Rather, the conditions have created an almost alien landscape thanks to a phenomenon replicated few other places on earth.

Mendocino Headlands

A designated California state park, the Mendocino Headlands is a coastal hiker’s paradise. Completely secluded from the ‘advances’ of civilization, the park is a perfect cross segment to the Northern California landscape. Easy-to-hike yet rugged trails span the coastline to provide perfect vantage points for amazing vistas over the Pacific Ocean and the beaches hugging the shores. And you don’t have to be an expert hiker or climber to traverse the pioneering—yet welcoming—trails.