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!
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!
The Skunk Train is a great attraction to check out when you’re visiting Cleone, California. The train runs from Fort Bragg to Willits, CA, much farther inland. There’s also a midway point in Northspur, California. The Skunk Train is a true trip back in time. Everything about the train is relevant to the century old tradition of travel. People can bring their cell phones, cameras and modern clothing, but aside from that, everything resembles a trip back to the olden days of traveling by rail.
Here’s a description from the Skunk Train website. “The view from the restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged: towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman’s cabin peeking from the forest. With occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal “Redwood Route” as it has since 1885.”
“Moving at a leisurely pace, the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars—perfect for capturing photographs of this truly exhilarating journey.”
Right now is the perfect time to get on the train and take a trip through Northern California’s forest. You can ride the Christmas train, a 90- minute train ride including a visit from Santa and the Elves, music, cocoa and cookies. It departs from both ends in Fort Bragg and Willits.
There are other trips throughout the rest of the year and you can check it out on their site here. Fort Bragg is just south of the Cleone Gardens Inn. After a relaxing night in our bed and breakfast, you can take a day trip checking out all the beautiful landscapes of Northern California then come back to Cleone for great fishing or relaxation.
Northern California has some of the best crab in the country and Dungeness crab season is now open. It is the perfect time to take a trip to Mendocino County and start catching the crab. “Crab populations appear to be strong coming off another record-setting year in the commercial fishery,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Senior Environmental Scientist Pete Kalvass, who oversees the Invertebrate Management Project.
Catching crabs does have regulations to follow. Carsonnow.org mentions them as, “There is no limit to the number of pots or nets that can be fished recreationally, except when fishing from a public fishing pier where only two fishing appliances may be used. Recreational crabbers may keep up to ten Dungeness crabs per day, or six crabs if fishing from a party boat south of Mendocino County. No one may possess more than one daily bag limit, and no Dungeness crab taken from San Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important crab nursery areas.”
“Dungeness crabs generally prefer cooler northern and central California waters and are uncommon south of Point Conception. They are usually found on sandy or sand-mud bottoms at depths of less than 300 feet, although they can be found in almost any sea floor habitat, and have been documented down to 750 feet. For more information regarding recreational Dungeness crab fishing regulations and other crab species, please visit the DFG Marine Region website at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp”
Cleone Gardens Inn is located about a quarter mile from the beach, MacKerricher State Park, and Ten-Mile Dune Preserve, just north of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. Being located so close to the shore makes us a perfect spot to quietly enjoy some fishing and crabbing on the Northern California Coast. People who are looking for a nice spot to go out and crab can stay with us and enjoy private bathrooms in a comfortable atmosphere.
Stay tuned for the latest updates!