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!

Discover the Hidden Gems of Mendocino Wine Country

In our last post, we told you all about an awesome, local place, perfect for those who enjoy expertly brewed beer in a casual, relaxing setting – North Coast Brewing Company. Well, now we’d like to take you on a written tour of the finest stops to make in Mendocino Wine Country.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Mendocino Wine Country

If you enjoy drinking wine in the comfort of your own home, imagine how much more enjoyable it would be here in beautiful, sunny California!

There are hidden gems all over Mendocino County, but some of the best are scattered across the more than 500 vineyards that are just a car ride away from Cleone Gardens Inn. Each winery has something different to offer any palate!

Take A Tour!

The Pacific Star Winery is a hop, skip and jump way from the Fort Bragg area – just under 15 minutes, to be specific. Here, you can try wines with some of the most unique names out there, such as It’s My Fault, Dad’s Daily Red and Orange Muscat, to name a few. The best part?  You can enjoy a glass while taking in the gorgeous ocean views!

If you make it to the Parducci Wine Cellars, you won’t be sorry.

Family owned and operated for 80 years, Parducci has a history as rich as its wine! We love their dedication to the Mendocino community and their unprecedented passion for sustainable winemaking and farming. Chat it up with the always friendly staff in the tasting room and don’t forget to ask about their amazing water conservation project

Door-to-Door Wine Experience

Looking to taste great wine without worrying about how you’ll get there? Anderson Valley Wine Tour Express is the answer. The service offers pick up in Fort Bragg and travels to at least three premium wineries throughout Mendocino and the Anderson Valley region. Plus, tour riders get more than just shuttle service – guests receive complimentary snacks and water, discounts on wine purchases and a guided tour with drivers who can provide a great discussion of the area’s wineries and sights. Packages are available for couples and small groups up to parties of 18 or more, so plan a tour everyone can enjoy without needing a designated driver with Anderson Valley Wine Tour Express.

When booking a vacation in Mendocino County, make sure you reserve your stay at the Cleone Gardens Inn in Fort Bragg.

There’s no other place like our quaint and comfortable hotel. It’s conveniently located close to many of the Mendocino County wineries – not just the two mentioned here! Call us today at 800-400-2189 to make your reservations today!

Discover the History Brewing on the Mendocino Coast

Planning a trip to the Mendocino Coast?

Are you looking for fun things to do, new places to go, or to give your taste buds something new to explore? Visit Fort Bragg! It’s the premier destination for breathtaking sights, a chance to soak your toes in the water, be adventurous and to try new food. Best of all? Sample glass after glass of some delicious, frothy, local beer!

Mendocino Coast boasts history around every corner, but one place that has brewed its way into the hearts of many is the North Coast Brewing Company.

Here you can enjoy all the stouts, bocks and specialty beers that you want in a rustic, laid back environment! Honestly, is there anything better than the taste of a craft beer brewed to absolute perfection?

If there’s one brewery to visit when exploring the Fort Bragg area, it’s North Coast Brewing Company. Why, you ask? From humble beginnings to its undeniable growth and success as a nationally recognized brand, there’s so much pride and excitement bursting from this place that draws so much inspiration from the coast.

Here’s the breakdown:

In 1988, North Coast Brewing Company opened its doors on the Mendocino Coast in California and ever since, they’ve become one of the leading breweries for out-of-town tourists to visit. Boasting an incredible amount of national and international awards – more than 70 to date – and an impressive selection of beers to discover and fall in love with, there’s no other brewery quite like this one. Today, North Coast Brewing sends beers to 47 states throughout the country, and as far away as Europe and several Pacific Rim countries.

North Coast Brewing Company, like many other companies specializing in craft beer, obviously cares about what their finished product tastes like. More importantly however, they care how each and every batch is made.

Their brewmasters are passionate about the beer that makes its way into your glass and the quality of each sip you taste, leaving you craving more.

Check out the video provided here to learn more about the history of this renowned brewery, then be sure to hop back over to our site to book your next Fort Bragg vacation at Cleone Gardens Inn. We’re a quick 5 minute drive from the North Coast Brewing Company, as well as many other vacation hotspots, making us the ideal place to spend your time exploring this beautiful California region.

To learn more or to book your stay, call us today at 800-400-2189.

The Best Places to Watch Fireworks in Fort Bragg this 4th of July!

We can’t believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner! It’s that one summer holiday where you can gather with friends and family, enjoy the beautiful weather, have a cookout, and simply relax. Once the sun goes down, it’s time to light up the sky with fireworks, and what better place to see them than along the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg!

July 4th 2016 in Mendocino County

In our last blog post, we encouraged you to stay tuned for our list of the greatest places to catch the fireworks this year – and here it is! From the time and place to everything there is to see and do before (and during) the fireworks show, we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive fireworks coverage.

Main Post Parade Field

AAFMAA presents the Fourth of July Celebration at the Main Post Parade Field. This free event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. There will be all sorts of entertainments and fun for the whole family, including parachute free-fall demonstrations, musical acts, the popular flag ceremony, food and beverages and, of course, fireworks! There will also be a Kiddieland full of fun activities like rock climbing walls, bounce houses and slides that will be open from 3-8 p.m. Admission is $10 per child, and the last wrist band will be sold at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Mendocino Fourth of July Parade

Take in the Mendocino Parade, complete with horses, floats, fire trucks and more! If you want to be in the parade, join Little River Inn’s entry this year: Pups on Parade! Take part in the parade with your favorite four-legged friend. The parade kicks off at noon. Call 707-961-6300 for more information.

Kelley House Museum Lawn Party & BBQ

Listen to free music by Kevin and the Coconuts while watching the Mendocino Parade stroll down Main Street. The lawn party event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food and beverages available, including hot dogs, sausages, ice cream, beer and wine. For more information, call 707-937-5791.

Annual Celebration at Friendship Park

This year’s largest fundraiser starts right after the Mendocino Parade, so the fun never stops! There will be three bands, food, entertainment and activities for the kids. Contact Ellen Anderson at 707-964-0897 if you are interested in renting a booth, volunteering or wish to donate to the park.

Point Arena Centennial 

This event kicks off the celebration of Point Arena’s centennial (officially July 6) with a weekend full of street dancing, fireworks, a parade and a street fair. To keep the fun going after the Fourth of July celebrations, stop down to Point Arena!

To learn about even more fun things to do in Mendocino for this Fourth of July, visit Mendocino.com and don’t forget to make reservations for your stay to enjoy all there is to enjoy it all! Call Cleone Gardens Inn at 800-400-2189 today. We can’t wait to see you!

It’s Almost Time for the Annual Mendocino Whale Festival!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Mendocino, CA, you know firsthand that the town has an absolute whale of a good time this time of year! All kidding aside, we love all of the fun and excitement that floods the coast as the Mendocino Whale Festival makes its annual return – and we know you will, too!

Planning to make your first trip out next month? Allow us to fill you in on the details!

You see, this particular region of the Golden State is notorious for its whale watching excursions from the months of November to April. Why? Well like many others, whales prefer to migrate South during the harsh winter months. As the temperatures continue to rise from now until April, however, we have the pleasure of being in a prime location to witness their return back North to Alaska. So what better way to take in the breathtaking view than with beer and chowder in hand?

Now in its 33rd year, the Mendocino Whale Festival will take place once again this March 5, 2016 at Crown Hall.

If you’re interested in taste-testing some of the best chowder from nVisit Fort Bragg, CAumber of local restaurants (for a mere price of $10), we would highly recommend you make plans to get to the festival as early as possible that day! The pouring begins promptly at 11 a.m. and though the tasting is scheduled to go until 1:30 p.m., that’s only if the vendors don’t run out of chowder before then, so don’t miss out!

Then, of course, you’ll need something to wash it down with! For $12, you’ll be able to sample some of the tastiest craft brews Mendocino has to offer. Have a bit of a finer pallet? Just $35 pre-sale (or $40 day-of) will allow you to fill up your commemorative Mendo Whale wine glass as you walk around to various pouring stations throughout the charming Mendocino village.

All of this with a stunning view of California Gray Whales off in the distance? How could you possibly stay away!

For more information on how to purchase tickets for this exciting festival, visit mendowhale.com, and don’t wait any longer to reserve your stay with us at Cleone Gardens Inn. We can’t wait to see you!

Amazing Adventures Unique to Mendocino County

sea glassNorthern California is unique in and of itself. It offers an environment unlike any other carved from a rugged, virgin, ever evolving earth on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino county in particular is full of environmental subtleties all its own, with unmatched fauna, flora and landscape. If ever in the area, there is a laundry list of activities you must enjoy.

The Glass Beach

Probably the most colorful site you’ll see in nature, the Glass Beach by Fort Bragg is the highest concentration of sea glass on earth. Dazzling the senses, the sea glass runs the color spectrum from the deepest of reds to the brightest of yellows. Rounded by the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, the sea glass is composed of all kinds of elements.

What some may not realize, however, is this sea glass is a product of mankind and their trash from the early 20th century. It consists of everything from bottles to window panes to pottery and is a perfect example of nature reclaiming man’s impressions on earth.

Pygmy Forest

Unusual soil composition and pH combine to stunt the growth of the trees and shrubs in this secluded section of forest. Low growth is thanks to a poor water table, fast drainage and inhospitable naturally occurring chemicals have allowed the foliage to sustain here for hundreds of years but certainly not flourish. And the culmination is much more interesting than a bunch of short trees. Rather, the conditions have created an almost alien landscape thanks to a phenomenon replicated few other places on earth.

Mendocino Headlands

A designated California state park, the Mendocino Headlands is a coastal hiker’s paradise. Completely secluded from the ‘advances’ of civilization, the park is a perfect cross segment to the Northern California landscape. Easy-to-hike yet rugged trails span the coastline to provide perfect vantage points for amazing vistas over the Pacific Ocean and the beaches hugging the shores. And you don’t have to be an expert hiker or climber to traverse the pioneering—yet welcoming—trails.