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.

The Best Fourth of July Celebrations on the Coast

If you are visiting the Fort Bragg area during the weekend of July 1 to July 4, we have plans for you! The patriotic long weekend is right around the corner and we want to make sure you are aware of the fun events happening on the coast.  

World’s Largest Salmon BBQIf you are visiting the Fort Bragg area during the weekend of July 1 to July 4, we have plans for you!

On July 1st, join the biggest and best event of the summer on the coast. If you purchase a ticket you can enjoy a giant plate of salmon, salad, corn on the cob and garlic bread. To quench your thirst, try a selection of award-winning microbrews from North Coast Brewing and to top off your meal, try some local Cowlicks ice cream. But don’t just go for the food, there will also be live music and fireworks after dark over the Noyo River Bay.

Mendocino Parade

Enjoy July Fourth in the streets of Mendocino where nearly 2,000 people come together and celebrate. Capture that old time feeling at the parade with fire trucks, floats, and horses beginning at noon.

Fort Bragg Fireworks

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks display? After the parade, head to the Fort Bragg Independence Day fireworks and watch the sparks fly. There should be great views at Todd’s Point and Pomo Bluff Park if there is no fog.

Plan your trip for the best Fourth of July celebrations and stay with us at Cleone Gardens Inn, we are located off of North Highway One in Fort Bragg. Book your room by calling 707-964-2788, we can’t wait to celebrate the festive weekend with you!

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! 

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!

Our Festivals Deserve Fort Bragg-ing Rights

 

As the holiday season approaches, the Mendocino Coast turns into a wonderland of festivals. Whether your getaway is a week or a weekend long, Fort Bragg has many events to get you into the holiday spirit! Your fun-filled vacation awaits you beyond the inn doors and our lavish garden landscapes in the popular Northern California destinations, Fort Bragg & Mendocino.

 

The Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair will be held this year on November 29th and 30th this year. This weekend is an annual tradition in Northern California where the Mendocino Art Center is transformed into a two-day holiday fair, filled with a vast array of unique jewelry and high-quality masterpieces. Other specialties include souvenirs, gifts, ceramics, handmade bath and body products, original artwork and much more.

 

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., where you can begin your holiday shopping and find unique gifts for those special people on your Christmas shopping list! There will also be plenty of food vendors for when you work up an appetite after all that holiday shopping!

 

Another must-see event held the weekend of November 29th and 30th is the Festival of the Trees. This free event is held at the Guala Arts Center and is a great way to kick-off your holiday season! The two-day event will have handcrafted pieces for purchase, demonstrations in the auditoriums and will host a display of handmade works by residential craft-makers such as Basket Makers and Beads n’ Beyond.

 

The Festival of the Trees is also a great place to bring the children. The upstairs portion of the Center will feature a Magical Gingerbread House with crafts and activities for the little ones as well as a visit from Santa Claus! Other highlights include: holiday treats for sale, coffee & hot chocolate, holiday adult beverages and wonderful musical entertainment!

 

Kick-off your holiday season during your stay in the beautiful Fort Bragg, where we have the right to brag about our festivals.

 

(Posted by: Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

Join us for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train Event!

 

As we delve deeper into the autumn season, it’s time for us to indulge in some of our seasonal favorites: local wines, craft beers and of course, mushrooms! Sound like a good time to you, too? Well then make a trip out to Mendocino County in a couple of weeks for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train event, which will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

 

Join us for the 2013 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train Event!

As a part of the 14th Annual Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival held to benefit the Mendocino County Museum, this event has proven to be a real highlight of mushroom season. So what exactly do you do at this event, you ask? Well for starters, guests will be treated to a delicious catered breakfast at both the Skunk Train Willits and Fort Bragg Depots before they even board the train. Once you do board the train at 10am, you’ll be treated to even more goodies, such as entertainment from traveling musicians and historians while you sip on sparkling wine and mimosas.

 

At noon, the train will stop at Camp Mendocino where guests will be greeted by a variety of local brewers and wine-makers who are all too eager to offer you a taste of their tasty beers and fine wines. You’ll be able to enjoy this all afternoon long as you enjoy the Annual Mendocino County Mushroom Cook-Off Contest, where local chefs will prepare mouth-watering bites as a panel of celebrity judges selects the winning dishes. Looking for more? Well you’re in luck; throughout the day, be sure to wander around and enjoy a number of additional activities, such as mushroom walks and talks, cooking demos, book signings and more!

 

When it comes time to board the train again, you’ll be able to relax from your long day of fun with more entertainment, some scrumptious chocolates and port and Mendocino County brandy. You’ll be back at your original departure location no later than 5:30pm, full of delicious treats and fond memories!

 

Purchase your tickets today on the official Mendocino Museum website, and then head back here to Cleone Gardens Inn to book your reservation and make a weekend out of it!

 

(Posted by Paula Christensen of Cleone Gardens Inn)

 

 

The Scenic Mendocino Coast Hosts the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Ride

 

There are many exciting outdoor events going on along the Mendocino Coast right now! One event in particular that will be coming up on September 1st is the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race in Jackson State Demonstration Forest, sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Cyclists. The race begins at 10am along this beautiful California coastline and is sure to be enjoyed by cyclists, cycling fans and enthusiasts alike.

 

The Mendocino Coast Cyclists is a riding club that promotes responsibility and safety on bike trails and roads. The race starts at the Caspar Scales, off of Road 500 in Caspar, CA and avid riders will get the opportunity to race with the best riders in the area, including previous winners Brian Astell, Kevin Smallman and Mathias Berhends.

 

The course is 11 miles and the race has four levels depending on the experience level of the riders; the elite (which is a 3 lap race), the veterans (a 2 lap race) and the sport and juniors category (both 1 lap races). No rider needs to feel left out as riders of any level will be able to participate and enjoy the competition!

 

The Caspar Classic is a challenging ride for all participants. With high elevations and worthy competition, riders will definitely feel the burn and satisfaction once the race is complete! To celebrate, there will be a big BBQ and delicious refreshments for riders and race fans at the finish line.

 

The Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race is just one of the area’s exciting events happening in the area as the summer comes to an end, and the Cleone Gardens Inn is fortunate to be in the perfect location for riders and race fans to stay and enjoy the race.

 

The entire family can enjoy a delightful stay in the Fort Bragg, Mendocino area; visit the trails, walk through the lush gardens, enjoy the bike race and have the pleasure of a great night’s rest at Cleone Gardens Inn.

 

The Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race entry fee is $25, and for junior participants under 18, only $12.50. Come bring your family for a Labor Day weekend event at the scenic Mendocino Coast and celebrate the unofficial end of summer the Mendocino Coast way!