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)

 

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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)

 

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)

 

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!