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!

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!

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!

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.

Benefits of Taking a Vacation

As kids, being out of school and seeing nothing but weeks of freedom and sunshine was what we lived for. But it’s easy to forget that carefree feeling we used to get when we become working adults. We have heavy workloads, deadlines, meetings and so forth. Many working professionals have a minimum of vacation days to use during the year, but a lot don’t actually take them. Not only are vacations good for your health, but they may also help productivity at work as well.

Productivity improvesNot only are vacations good for your health, but they may also help productivity at work as well.

Research suggests that when high-level professionals take time off, they are significantly more productive than those who spend more time working. When professionals take vacation time, they tend to foster their creativity, reconnect with themselves and return to work fully refreshed and refocused. Vacations prolong the ability to think clearly, thus improving at  job responsibilities and overall performance.

Relationships improve

I think we can all agree that vacations make people happy. When we return from a vacation, our bonds with one another are strengthened because we feel better. Relationships are able to improve when people rest, reduce their stress levels and relax. When we don’t take vacations we tend to be cranky, irritable and feel much older, experiencing both physical and emotional pain more often.

Stress reduces

We all need time off from work and our regular schedules. Breaking our daily routines can help relieve stress, so not having any plans, getting more sleep and simply doing nothing helps us more than we think. Leave the worries that occupy our minds everyday behind when on vacation and your body will feel light and carefree again.

When you go on your next vacation, visit us at Cleone Gardens in Fort Bragg, CA. You’ll fall in love with our cozy hotel and lodging surrounded by lush garden landscapes. Reserve your room with us today so you can look forward to a relaxing vacation! 

A Perfect Lodging For Fort Bragg Exploration

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.

 

Secluded Setting In The Redwood Forests

 

Image Courtesy Of: Mario D. VadenOur secluded setting offers our guests a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The Inn is surrounded by two and a half acres of gardens and redwood forests.  Redwoods or more commonly referred to as Sequoias are some of the most enchanting natural wonders in the world. They grow and stand along much of Northern Coastal California and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States.

 

The California Redwoods often grow to over 300 feet tall, and some of the trees deep in Redwood National Park have been measured as the world’s tallest living organism. Walking through the forest can make you feel small and give you even a feeling of being lost in the moment.  It’s a nice way to get away from everything. Seclude yourself from the world for a few moments.  The Cleone Garden’s Inn is tucked away nicely in Northern California surrounded by forested trails and lush garden landscapes.

 

We’re also pet friendly. Bring your dog along with you and have them join you along the trails. One word that comes to mind when describing Northern California and our Inn is cozy.  It’s hard to believe you can feel cozy exploring a forest with 300 foot trails, but it does give you a cozy feeling. It’s a humbling experience to be standing in a quiet grove surrounded by thousand year old species.