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.

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!

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.

June Events Near Fort Bragg

Grab your friends and family and visit Fort Bragg, there is always something fun to do! Are you looking to fill your summer days with exciting events and new places to explore? Grab your friends and family and visit Fort Bragg, there is always something fun to do! Here are just a few exciting events in the Fort Bragg area for the month of June:

Mendocino Film Festival

This event takes place June 1-4th and showcases independent filmmakers and their work of length, short, animation, documentaries and foreign films. The Mendocino Film Festival draws in people from around the world while still maintaining its commitment to the local community. This is the 12th annual festival featuring 5 Oscar nominees, 8 films from Sundance, 8 California Premiers and a U.S. Premier all at an unforgettable setting of seaside Mendocino. This intriguing event is only 20 minutes from Cleone Gardens Inn.

Mendocino Garden Tour

Start summer off right by embracing the outdoors and enjoying a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a diverse selection of some of Mendocino Coast’s most beautiful private gardens on a self-guided tour. The 25th anniversary coast garden tour takes place on Saturday, June 24th.

Circus Summer Camp

Do you have little ones constantly bursting with energy? The circus summer camp might be the perfect opportunity for them as they can experience the thrills of tumbling, swinging trapeze, tight wire, aerial skills, bounce juggling, hula hoop and partner acrobatics all in a safe and encouraging environment. This workshop runs from Monday June 26th until Friday June 30th. Students are able to create an end performance on June 30th. If you’re vacationing at Cleone Gardens Inn, this is also only a 20 minute drive.
From festivals to relaxing tours to summer camps, the options for summer fun are unlimited. We are a boutique hotel on the northern California Coast, surrounded by trails and lush garden landscapes making us the ideal place to spend your time exploring this beautiful California region. Now that we have you dreaming of summer, all that’s left to do is book your stay at Cleone Gardens Inn.

We look forward to seeing you!

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!

How to Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas in Fort Bragg this Year!

California may not be known for its white Christmases, but that doesn’t mean that the Mendocino Coast doesn’t know how to get in the holiday spirit! For guests staying at Cleone Gardens Inn this December, there are plenty of festive activities to participate in during your visit.  

You can spend a weekend evening watching The Nutcracker ballet, take a ride on The Magical Christmas Train, or watch in wonder as the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens light up during their annual Festival of Lights event! Regardless of how you enjoy your December stay in Fort Bragg, it is sure to be a memorable one.

The Nutcracker

Everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker is a classic part of every Christmas season. Individuals of all ages will enjoy the festive music and the beautiful sight of ballerinas dancing across the stage. Presented by The Mendocino Ballet, The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 463-2290.

Festival of Lights

A wonderful, glowing celebration of the holiday season, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ Annual Festival of Lights takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 18. Watch the gardens light up with colors of red, gold and green as you listen to live Christmas music and enjoy food and drinks. The show takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with adult tickets costing $10 each. Children age 16 and under are welcome to join in the holiday celebrations for free.

Magical Christmas Train

Take your children on a magical train ride that starts right here in Fort Bragg! The Skunk Train will be starting its hour-long celebration each evening at 5 p.m. Jump on board to experience all the best of the season with your little ones, singing Christmas carols, playing holiday-themed games and visiting with Santa himself! With hot cocoa, cookies and stories to enjoy, this is an evening your children will never forget.

Choose the date of your Christmas train experience and purchase your tickets online here.

Happy Holidays from Cleone Gardens Inn! We hope you have an incredible holiday season and look forward to seeing you here.