Don’t Miss The Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

Mendocino County Events Attention all nature and art admirers: how does spending the day touring gorgeous gardens and appreciating art in its many forms sound?

If this is your idea of the perfect day, mark your calendars for the 26th annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour, taking place on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The yearly event kicks off with a Friday night Garden Tour Gala on June 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a private home on the cliffs of Little River. Soothing jazz and blues music by vocalist Sally Wells and accompanist Ira Rosenberg sets the tone as you fill up on some delicious hors d’oeuvres and relish sparkling wines. Get your much-anticipated tickets soon — space for the Gala is limited to 50 attendees.

Begin your Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Mendocino Art Center’s Garden Shop for handcrafted garden art and accessories, blossoming plants, and more. The Garden Tour starts at 10 with behind-the-scenes, self-guided tours of private gardens stretching from Fort Bragg to Albion. Choose your own path and discover locations filled with beautiful plant life and unique art, with some locations offering open studios and live demonstrations. Gardens for this year’s special tour include the Village Garden, Gazebo Garden, Dragon Rox, the Glass Art Garden, the Bridge House Garden, and the Digging Dog Nursery.

When your stomach grumbles for lunch, be sure to visit the renowned Ravens Restaurant, located at the Stanford Inn by the Sea, which plans to host a gourmet three-course benefit lunch from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The premier organic restaurant is nationally acclaimed for its delectable vegetarian cuisine and is a favorite among locals and visitors.

Tickets for the Garden Tour are $40, while lunch costs $20 and the opening night Gala costs $50. This unique event will take place rain or shine and proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center’s quest for bringing “exhibitions, classes, and studio spaces to teachers, students, and art lovers.”

For optimal Mendocino Coast hotel and lodging, book your stay for the Garden Tour at Cleone Gardens Inn, a boutique hotel encompassed in forested trails and lush garden landscapes and teeming with homey comforts and top conveniences. With luxurious amenities and relaxing features, Cleone Gardens Inn offers the perfect space to relax and prepare for the weekend events of the Garden Tour!

Catch the Rhododendron Walks This Spring!

Rhododendron Walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical GardensAt Cleone Gardens Inn, we strive every day to mix the comfort of great lodging with the beauty of Northern California. Nature plays a big part in the activities available for guests at the Inn, so any time there are local events happening that really speak to the sublime scenery of the Mendocino Coast, we make it known to our visitors.

So, of course we have to mention the rhododendron walks this spring!

Only a ten-minute drive from the Inn lies the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which, at any point in the year, really, is a pleasure to visit. But every Saturday in early spring, they offer walks throughout the grounds to see more than 1,000 rhododendrons coming into seasonal bloom, planted by some of the best growers in the area. Visitors will be able to see the Gardens’ signature collection, and wander through the maze of endless beauty.

The tours are free with Gardens entry—which costs $15, or free with membership—and are offered by two local “roadie” experts, as the Gardens call them. Every year, this is a must-see for our guests, and it never ceases to amaze them. For more information or photos on what to expect on the rhododendron walks this spring, check out the Gardens site today.

If you’re looking to book a quiet, spring retreat in the coming weeks, look no further than the Cleone Gardens Inn, a small boutique hotel on the Mendocino Coast that is pet-friendly, connected to a number of luscious trails and gardens, and only a short drive away from everything this region has to offer. Contact us today for your next stay!

Look Forward to the Whale Run and Walk in Fort Bragg!

If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the Mendocino Coast of California, you may consider going on a tour or maybe taking in the gorgeous views from the water. But what about experiencing this gorgeous destination with a brisk walk or run alongside 900 of your closest friends?Whale Run and Walk Event in Fort Bragg

The 34th Annual Whale Run & Walk is coming up on Saturday, March 17th in Fort Bragg, CA and it has something for everyone!

It’s a day made for the whole family! Whether you’re a competitive spirit or just want to run for fun, there are many options to choose from.

If you enjoy the thrill of the race, consider signing up for the 5K or 10K run. Not a runner, but still like the rivalry? There’s a 5K option for competitive walkers. If you would rather have your breath taken away by the amazing sights along the coast, then the fun walkers group is for you.

Plus, there’s a kiddies race! Stretching only a half mile down the road, kids are able to make the journey bright and early at 7:30 a.m. that morning, with the adult races following at 8:00 a.m. Registration is open online with prices ranging from $5-$45 and if you register by March 3rd, you’ll receive a 2018 Whale Run t-shirt!

Celebrating 34 years of the Whale Run

The Whale Run & Walk has come a long way since its conception in 1984. From 25 racers to well over 900, this annual event has become a California favorite. Each year, all proceeds are given back to the thriving community of Fort Braggs through high school scholarships and awards.

Starting and finishing in the heart of Fort Bragg, this staple event will give you and your family the ultimate experience you’ve been looking for. Want to make it a whole weekend occasion? Cleone Gardens Inn is located only seven minutes away from the starting line! Book your stay today by calling 800-400-2189.

Why You Should Visit Fort Bragg

Why You Should Visit Fort BraggIf you’ve booked a stay with us at the Cleone Gardens Inn, you might never want to leave our property. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Mendocino Coast, strolls along our greenery-filled walking trails, relaxing in our gardens, sipping local vintages next to your private fireplace … there’s a lot to do here!

We encourage you to venture out, however, and discover all that Mendocino County has to offer. A quick drive down the coast from the Cleone Gardens Inn, Fort Bragg is an excellent place to begin your explorations.

Fort Bragg was originally a military garrison, and then a gritty lumber town. Today, however, it’s a jewel of the Mendocino Coast, with shops, attractions and plentiful places to eat and drink. Its attractions include:

Glass Beach and the Sea Glass Museum

Glass Beach, in MacKerricher State Park, draws visitors for its unusual rainbow of sea glass that has been smoothed and polished by the Pacific. At the International Sea Glass Museum, you can learn about how different colors of sea glass are created, view rare finds, and buy souvenirs to take home.

The Company Store building

Generations ago, lumber employees flocked to this building to buy provisions. Today, you can browse shops and galleries, snack on local cheeses and produce, and sip California wines.

The Skunk Train

This 131-year-old train line offers tours through redwood forests and vineyards, and along the California coast.

Don’t hesitate! Plan your dream California vacation – visit Fort Bragg and book a room at the nearby Cleone Gardens Inn today!

NYE Events Near Cleone Gardens Inn

NYE Events Near Cleone Gardens InnIf you’re spending the New Year’s holiday with us at the Cleone Gardens Inn, we know you’ll love viewing the breathtaking scenery of the Mendocino Coast on our relaxing walking trails, strolling through our gardens and sipping local wine next to your private fireplace in your luxuriously decorated room.

We’ve been known to spend our New Year’s Eve enjoying a glass of champagne on our boutique property, but for those who like to get out and about for a festive evening, the Mendocino Coast has some great options for celebrating.

Do you like live music?

A mere six-minute drive from the Cleone Gardens Inn, you can ring in the new year with popular rock and top 40 tunes covered by area favorite Highway One at the Masonic Center in Fort Bragg. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Bash are $50-$55, and include delicious food, New Year’s Eve party kits, a no-host full bar and a midnight champagne toast.

Want to show off your dance moves?

If you want to cut a rug, you only need to travel 16 minutes from the Cleone Gardens Inn to the Caspar Community Center for a rollicking dance party. There, you’ll find delicious appetizers, tempting libations and the groovy tunes of the Mixed Nuts. The party starts at 8 pm and goes until 12:30.

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve to remember, check out one of the area’s festive events, just a short drive away from the Cleone Gardens Inn. When you book your room with us, you’ll find an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Mendocino Coast, celebrating the season and ringing in the New Year!

Enjoy Holiday Fun at the Seasonal Model Train Show

There’s nothing like the holiday season. Everything is cheerful and cozy, and the town is all dressed up in bright, festive lights! But, if you had a toy train track that motored around your Christmas tree when you were a kid, then it’s not really the holidays until you’ve checked out a few cool trains. Luckily, the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society is sponsoring a model train show at the Botanical Gardens!Enjoy Holiday Fun at the Seasonal Model Train Show

1930s and 1950s Trains

You may take a train to work, but that vehicle looks nothing like the cool, classic trains of the past. Come check out model trains from the 1930s through 1950s, and get a taste of the old-fashioned locomotives! From the first invention of the train to the latest, and from the smallest models to the largest, this show has it all.

Model Sizes to Full Scale

That’s right, you don’t get to just look at the tiny toy trains—you can climb aboard a life-sized model!

Play Date

Kids who love trains can check out the Thomas the Tank engine models on display, and spend a while choo-chooing Thomas around the track. This event is great for kids of all ages, so even if your little ones are too old for toy trains, bring them by!

Piece of History

If you’re familiar with the Skunk Train, come see what it looked like between 1915 and 1930!

The seasonal model train show will take place at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens from December 15th through December 24th, 11 am to 4 pm. When you’re done checking out the trains at the Garden entrance, take a tour of the impressive botanical gardens.  

If you need a place to stay while you’re visiting the show this December, Cleone Gardens Inn has the perfect room for you in Fort Bragg. View our specials and packages, and call us today at 800-400-2189 to make your reservation. Happy Holidays!

Halloween Events on the Mendocino Coast

Halloween is just around the corner, and there is plenty of spooky fun to be had on the Mendocino coast! Here at Cleone Gardens Inn we have some favorites for you to consider.

Haunted Hall of HorrorsHalloween Events on the Mendocino Coast

Check out the 12th annual Haunted Hall of Horrors on October 27 and 28 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and October 31 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, hosted by The Fort Bragg Leo Youth Club! This is a high-tech, very scary haunted house! Therefore, it is not recommended for young children, and children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

This year, check out the new Escape Room Experience. For an additional $5 per person, teams of up to 5 people are trapped in a room and must solve clues in order to escape. Each night, the team that escapes the fastest will win a prize! This game is very intense and clues change several times per evening.

Tickets are $8-$15 and proceeds go to local anti-bullying programs, scholarships, youth activities and more.

Pumpkin Night at the Gardens

On October 28, head to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for Pumpkin Night from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Go dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy an evening of carving gourds and painting pumpkins! Enjoy spooky games, haunting music, and fall treats. You can vote for your favorite pumpkin in the pumpkin contest, and you can even enter one of your own! Drop-off for the contest is between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm that day, and it is free to enter. Admission to Pumpkin Night is $10 for adults; children 16 and under get in free.

Make sure to book your room at Cleone Gardens Inn for a place to unwind after all of your frightful fun!

World Championship Abalone Cook-off and Festival

If you love Northern California as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this upcoming event. On Saturday, October 7th, the World Championship Abalone Cook-Off & Festival is taking place at Fort Bragg on the coast of beautiful Northern California.World Championship Abalone Cook-off and Festival

Each year, the Abalone Cook-Off & Festival brings mollusk-lovers to California from around the country. Chefs compete to win the title of best abalone dish at the festival!

Opportunity to be a judge

If you’re a snail-lover, and regularly indulge in a bit of abalone, you might be interested in attending the festival as a judge. You can buy a judging ticket and sample up to ten local chefs’ delicious recipes. Vote for your favorite, based on taste, texture, tenderness and presentation.

The abalone that’s featured at this event will be wild-caught, not farm-raised, which makes the whole festival a unique experience, one your taste buds are sure to enjoy.

Other activities to look forward to

If you don’t love abalone or have never sampled it, don’t worry! You can still come to the festival! Enjoy the day at the South Noyo Harbor and take in live music, drink a few ice-cold beers, participate in a silent auction, tour a craft fair and pick up some goodies to bring back home with you, enter a raffle, and participate in a wine tasting from Mendocino’s best wineries.

The event kicks off on Saturday, October 7th at 11am, and concludes around 4pm. Click here for more information on the festival, and to learn how you can purchase your tickets.

If you’re not local to the area, but still interested in attending, why not stay with us here at the Cleone Gardens Inn? Our comfortable and cozy rooms make the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, and there are plenty of things to do in the area after the festival! Give us a call at 800-400-2189 today to book your stay, and enjoy the beautiful California coast!

Don’t Miss the Winesong Wine and Food Tasting Event!

At Cleone Gardens Inn, you can experience the stunning scenery of the Mendocino Coast at our boutique property, surrounded by beautiful walking trails and verdant gardens. You’ll also enjoy relaxing in your uniquely appointed, comfortable room, perhaps by a warm fire in your fireplace, or with a glass of wine on your private deck.

But as lovely as our hotel is, we know you’ll want to get out and explore California wine country during your stay. That’s why we’re letting you know about the Winesong Wine and Food Tasting event on Saturday, September 9, held at the lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can stroll through the botanical gardens with a glass of your favorite red, white, rose or bubbly in hand, while enjoying the sounds of live jazz, classical, calypso, blues and folk rock music.

World-class wineries from Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and more will be pouring a variety of vintages for you to sample and enjoy. If you’d like a bite to pair with your vino, try a delectable snack from one of 50 regional fine food purveyors. From artisanal chocolates to locally made cheeses to California French cuisine, you’ll find it all at the Winesong Wine and Food Tasting Event. If you’re more into beer, spirits or coffee, you’ll find beverages to satisfy every taste.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets to the Winesong Wine and Food Tasting event today, and experience some of the best the Mendocino Coast has to offer. And don’t forget to book your room at Cleone Gardens Inn, the perfect base for exploring the region! Contact us today at 800-400-2189; we would love to hear from you!

Experience Art in the Gardens!

If you’re a fan of art and the outdoors, you don’t want to miss the upcoming Art in the Gardens event on August 5th from 11am to 5pm, at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in the Fort Bragg area. This day-long fine art affair is a celebration of art in all of its forms, including expressions on the canvas and in the garden.If you’re a fan of art and the outdoors, you don’t want to miss the upcoming Art in the Gardens event

Guests will enjoy the gorgeous botanical gardens, music, beer, wine, food, and local art. Walk through the stands and view all different medium and styles, discuss your favorites, meet the artists, and maybe take home a few pieces. Learn about how different kinds of art are created, and discover a new favorite form.

This year, the event will include a special focus on art in action: which means everyone will have a chance to try their hand at the creative process and witness art in the making.

Artists from all over California will be in attendance, displaying and selling their work to the locals. The featured artist for this year’s event will be internationally recognized sculptor, John Fisher, who spent 20 years in Italy perfecting his craft. He and his wife opened a studio in Northern California.

Call the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens at 707-964-4352 for more information, or visit the event’s website to learn more. For those of you visiting for the weekend, make sure to come back on Sunday for a tour of the gardens.

If you’re not local to the area, but want to check out this unique event, spend the weekend at the Cleone Gardens Inn. For more information about our rooms call us at 800-400-2189 to check availability. Cleone Gardens Inn is a comfortable, beautiful home away from home. Our boutique hotel is the perfect spot to spend a weekend on the Northern California Coast.