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!

NYE Events Near Cleone Gardens Inn

NYE Events Near Cleone Gardens InnIf you’re spending the New Year’s holiday with us at the Cleone Gardens Inn, we know you’ll love viewing the breathtaking scenery of the Mendocino Coast on our relaxing walking trails, strolling through our gardens and sipping local wine next to your private fireplace in your luxuriously decorated room.

We’ve been known to spend our New Year’s Eve enjoying a glass of champagne on our boutique property, but for those who like to get out and about for a festive evening, the Mendocino Coast has some great options for celebrating.

Do you like live music?

A mere six-minute drive from the Cleone Gardens Inn, you can ring in the new year with popular rock and top 40 tunes covered by area favorite Highway One at the Masonic Center in Fort Bragg. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Bash are $50-$55, and include delicious food, New Year’s Eve party kits, a no-host full bar and a midnight champagne toast.

Want to show off your dance moves?

If you want to cut a rug, you only need to travel 16 minutes from the Cleone Gardens Inn to the Caspar Community Center for a rollicking dance party. There, you’ll find delicious appetizers, tempting libations and the groovy tunes of the Mixed Nuts. The party starts at 8 pm and goes until 12:30.

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve to remember, check out one of the area’s festive events, just a short drive away from the Cleone Gardens Inn. When you book your room with us, you’ll find an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Mendocino Coast, celebrating the season and ringing in the New Year!

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!

Unique Shopping Experiences and Walking Tours in Fort Bragg

 

The Fort Bragg area offers some fun reasons to pack up the family, and get away from it all. Spring is almost here; the perfect time for vacations and spring breaks from school. Cleone Gardens Inn is just minutes away from the beautiful Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast area, so there is plenty for our visitors to enjoy during their stay.

 

Since it never really gets uncomfortably hot on the Mendocino Coast, the weather is great for sightseeing tours, leisurely walks, and shopping at boutiques and local vendors. Throw on a sweater and some comfortable shoes and take advantage of one of the many walking tours along the Mendocino coast.

 

Unique Shopping Experiences and Walking Tours in Fort Bragg

 

The Fort Bragg area offers a few different walking tours; one of them is the Fort Bragg Oddities Walk. The Fort Bragg Oddities Walking Tour, created by local, Ron Bloomquist, is a fun self-guided tour to all the “odd things” located in the Fort Bragg area that would otherwise go unnoticed if it were not for Ron Bloomquist’s unusual natural inquisitiveness. You will find things along the way like a misspelled bronze plaque, a bar and church that date back before the 1906 earthquake and hitching rings. You can start the tour anywhere, but the best place to start is the Guest House Museum at Main Street, between Redwood Avenue and Laurel Street. While at the Guest House Museum, you can find information on other interesting walking tours in the area.

 

Fort Bragg is an ideal place for shopping lovers. Minus the big national chain stores and the obnoxious crowds that usually frequent most shopping districts, Fort Bragg boasts a quaint small town atmosphere filled with local boutiques and family-owned businesses. You can find just about anything your heart desires; from clothing and art, to jewelry and lingerie, and this is the perfect area for hand-crafted items you won’t find anywhere else in your travels.

 

Shops like Mendocino Vintage and Por Richards are sure to attract those looking for rare collectible items, and a true vintage shopping experience. If you’re a huge foodie, a shop called Cooking Up Ideas may be just the place for you. Specializing in gourmet mustards, jams, and a gigantic BBQ sauce selection, Cooking Up Ideas is a major foodie paradise.

 

One of the best ways to shop and be kind to the environment at the same time is to go thrift shopping. Buying and re-purposing used clothing items is a positive and popular trend these days. The Paul Bunyun Thrift Shop and the Mendocino Coast Hospital Hospice Thrift Shop are two ways to enjoy thrifting in the Fort Bragg area.

 

From bookstores to old-fashioned record shops, the Fort Bragg area has something to suit every shopper’s interest and style. The mix of temperate climates and local hospitality makes this area worth exploring for a peaceful, yet fun spring shopping get-a-way.

 

 

Come Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Nature at The Whale Festival in Fort Bragg

 

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 Come Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Nature at The Whale Festival in Fort Braggmammal. 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.

The Perfect Romantic Getaway In California For Valentine’s Day

 

The Perfect Romantic Getaway In California For Valentine’s DayValentine’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.

 

 

Things To Do While Staying At The Cleone Gardens Inn

 

Although winter has arrived and fishing may not be a priority for many people right now, there is still plenty to do while staying at the Cleone Gardens Inn. Northern California is known for its beautiful landscapes, beach communities, dense redwood forests and laid back attitude. Fort Bragg and Cleone is no different. Beautiful state parks, lakes and landscapes can be found all within a short traveling distance of our California coast hotel. Anyone who enjoys a nice calming place to stay, with the ability to go out and explore the terrain and beauty of the Mendocino Coast, will love Cleone and the places to visit nearby.

 

MacKerricher State Park, just 1.3 miles to the north hosts a variety of habitats. You can find seals living on the rocks of the park’s Mendocino coastline and more than 90 species of birds call the park home in nearby Cleone Lake. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching.

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Alongside an isolated stretch of beach is the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve. It’s a great place to walk on the beach and view a number of species and co-habitation taking place in the dunes. Because the temperatures remain moderate throughout the year, there is always a chance to get out and visit MacKerricher State Park and all of its wonderful beauty.