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.

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!