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.

Explore the Colors and Wonders of The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg, CA is a very beautiful place. A coastal city located in Mendocino County, you have the benefit of the Pacific Ocean at your fingertips for astounding scenery and fun.

Most of what brings visitors to the California coast is the ability to experience the outdoors, and visiting the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is one of the most spectacular ways to do so.

Explore 47 acres of beautiful botanical bliss along the Pacific Ocean. The sights and sounds found at the Botanical Gardens provide an opportunity to enjoy all that nature has to offer.

While strolling through the gardens along the trails, you will be amazed at how much beauty you will encounter.

From the vibrant colors of featured plants and florals, to the birds and butterflies that frequent the gardens, it will be hard not to fall in love with your surroundings.

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens boasts a variety of California native plants, as well as seasonal blooms that highlight the paths and illuminate the scenery. You can spot the wildlife and flowers along the coastal forest and the coastal bluff.

You can take as much or as little time as you want in the gardens. If you wish to take a break from walking, there are a few places situated along and within the Botanical Gardens to stop at, such as the Nursery on the Plaza, The Garden Store, and Rhody’s Garden Café.

One thing that the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has in common with Cleone Gardens Inn is that we are both pet-friendly.

As long as your dog is leashed, you can bring him with you for a walk along the foliage. We’re sure he’ll enjoy the walk as much as you will. Just remember to bring your own pick-up bags for your dog!

After a day of walking the gardens, you and your pup can come back to Cleone Gardens Inn for a relaxing evening.

We look forward to seeing you both!

Get Ready for a Whale of a Good Time!

Fort Bragg’s biggest event of the season is almost here and we at Cleone Gardens Inn could not be more excited! Held on March 18 and 19, 2017 the Whale Festival is an event that draws locals and vacationers alike, as it is completely unique and incredibly fun way for families to spend their weekend!

A celebration of the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from Baja to the Bering Sea, the Whale Festival occurs as 20,000 or so whales pass by Mendocino Coast on their way to their ancestral feeding grounds.

The biggest events of the weekend take place on Saturday, March 18, and there are plenty to choose from depending on what your family is looking to do!

Chowder Tasting Contest

Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., this event is the perfect one for food connoisseurs and lovers of craft brews alike. Taste-test chowders made by all the best local restaurants and sample some delicious local craft beers before helping to name the contest’s winner.

There is lots of coastal cuisine to indulge in at this oceanic event! Purchase your tickets here.

21st Annual Beer Festival

The 21st Annual Beer Festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is a great opportunity to enjoy ales, porters and IPAs alike. Hosted by the Fort Bragg Rotary Club, this is a great opportunity to sample some unique brews while enjoying live music and barbecue as the whales return to Mendocino Coast.

MacKerricher State Park  

The perfect location to watch the whale migration from along the coast, MacKerricher State Park is home to a myriad of ocean-themed events throughout the day on Saturday. We recommend starting at the park’s Visitor Center to learn more about whales, make arts and crafts and enjoy some live music.

There is even a free hotdog lunch for children to take part in!

Whichever Whale Festival events you decide to participate in, we at Cleone Gardens Inn look forward to seeing you here!

Book your March 2017 stay by phone at 800-400-2189. 

It’s that Time of Year! The Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is Back!

If you are a regular visitor of the Mendocino Coast area, then you have probably been counting down the weeks until the Crab, Wine & Beer Festival. If you have never stayed with us in Fort Bragg before, you are about to be introduced to one of the country’s Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals.  

Happening along the Mendocino Coast from January 20 to 29, this year’s big event has a little bit of something for everyone.

With food and wine tastings, dinner events and more, there are almost endless opportunities to indulge in flavorful seafood creations, local wines and lots of fun.

It’s that Time of Year! The Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is Back!

The week-long celebration begins this Friday, January 20 with the Frey Wines & Crab Bites event in Redwood Valley. Here you can try some locally crafted organic wines, seafood appetizers and live music. Other events we are looking forward to attending include Barrel Tasting 101 and the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition.

Barrel Tasting 101 takes place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday January 22 and is the perfect event for those who are always looking for a new favorite blend of wine.

All along Highway 101, local winemakers will be opening barrels of brand new wines for guests to sample as they munch on appetizers crafted by some of our favorite local restaurateurs.  

Then, the next Saturday (January 28), the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition gives you another opportunity to sample the best crab cakes of Mendocino County, as well as some of the most incredible wine. Benefiting Mendocino Coast Clinics, this gourmet event is one that no foodie in Fort Bragg should pass up.

All across the county friends and families will be getting together to shake off the winter blues during the Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, and you should too! Click here to view the entire event calendar, then pack up your bags and head to the Northern California Coast to participate in gourmet festivities!

We at Cleone Gardens Inn look forward to seeing you here!