The mild temperatures are setting in and we’re a few short weeks away from getting outside and really exploring the Northern California coastline. The Mendocino Coast and Fort Bragg, CA offer some great activities for weekend visits and getaways. No matter what your interests, the area has something to do and offer for everyone. Cleone Gardens Inn is a short stay away from Fort Bragg and secluded enough to get away and have a relaxing stay, but close enough to enjoy all the activities, shopping and dining of the area. We aim to offer a perfect accommodation for your weekend trip. Here’s a look at some of the things to do in Fort Bragg for those a looking for a little more adventure and exploration.
Horseback- You can ride a horse right on the beach! Lari Shea’s Ricochet Ridge Ranch has unbelievable beach and redwood forest riding vacations on Northern California’s magnificent Mendocino Coast. They offer weeklong riding vacations as well as weekend riding holidays and even daily trail rides along Ten Mile Beach, across cattle ranches and through majestic Redwood forests.
Mountain Bike and Hiking – Close by is the Jackson State Forest. With plenty of trails to explore, Fort Bragg cyclery can recommend the best options to enjoy the forests and see some amazing scenery. Even if you don’t want to bike, you can explore all the forests in the area by foot, like the Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest in Jug Handle State Reserve.
Kayaking- Grab a kayak and head out into the ocean. Jeff and Cate, from Liquid Fusion Kayaking, guide you on an unforgettable adventure through the Northern California Ocean. On their website, they describe the adventure. “Enjoy a mystical journey of the Mendocino Coast in a kayak. Explore dramatic geological features; be intrigued by marine wildlife, and inspired by rugged beauty. Explore the placid Noyo River estuary or the Pacific ocean with its sea caves, arches, sea stacks, and secluded coves.”
After a rugged day of adventure, come back and relax at the Cleone Gardens Inn. We’ll provide with the perfect sedation to come down after a long day.
Cleone Gardens Inn is located near many fun and unique events going on in the local Fort Bragg area. In March, the Fort Bragg Whale Festival begins on the 16th, which also includes a lot of exciting activities and exhibits to choose from.
Over 20, 000 gray whales are expected to show up for this two-day celebration. Pacific gray whales and their newborn calves, grace the waters of the Mendocino Coast twice each year during their migration. They journey from the lagoons of Western Baja to the waters of the Bering Sea. Their entire trip there and back is about 10,000 miles, which is the longest migration of any mammal. This festival offers onlookers the rare chance to be a part of this beautiful and natural process.
The festival also hosts an array of other activities to enjoy, such as chowder tasting at the Town Hall and the Passport Wine Tasting. At this wine tasting event, you can sip some of Mendocino County’s best vineyard offerings and there is also a microbrew tasting for the beer connoisseurs. After enjoying the delicious food and libations, you can work it all off by participating in the MacKerricher State Park’s scavenger hunt or the annual 5k run and walk-a-thon.
Cleone Gardens Inn is a great place to stay during the Whale festival, located within minutes of Fort Bragg, visitors can enjoy the festival and end the day with a relaxing stay in our peaceful and comfortable surroundings. If whale watching is not your activity of choice, there are many other interesting things to do in the Fort Bragg area, even if it’s just taking a scenic drive through Mendocino County or relaxing at the Inn and enjoying a walk through the gorgeous Cleone Gardens landscapes.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you may be still looking for a perfect gift, or place to visit with your special someone. Shame on you if you haven’t planned this out a year in advance, but still, we understand how it can get. Cleone Gardens Inn on the Mendicino Coast in Northern California is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway on Valentine’s Day.
Located just a few miles north of Fort Bragg, CA, our hotel and getaway is secluded enough to privately enjoy your weekend with your significant other, away from the hustle of big city living. Fort Bragg offers plenty of different options to accommodate all types of couples. They have bookshops for the bookish, thrift stores for the thrifty, shops for the shoppers, art for the artists, camping supplies for the campers. Best of all, you can walk to the beach and enjoy the pristine waters of Northern California and maybe catch sight of a whale or two.
Each one of our rooms offers private baths, and some have fireplaces, private decks, suites and kitchens. The weather looks to be mild and comfortable. We even have a private path leading you towards miles of sandy beaches.
The greatest thing about Northern California, Fort Bragg, and Cleone is the relaxed atmosphere and laid back attitude. It’s perfect for a romantic weekend. There are no traffic jams, no rush hour (no rushing of any kind) and no parking meters downtown. The air is some of the purest on earth; the blue-green ocean pristine. The only thing you have to focus on is your partner.