Archive for April, 2011

‘Bleeding Heart’ Takes On New Meaning at the Botanical Gardens
—Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 am—
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Just 5 minutes from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn is the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of beautiful plants from around the world.

The latest edition of the Botanical Gardens newsletter notes that the ‘Bleeding Hearts’ are just beginning to bloom.

The name Bleeding Heart refers to Dicentra spectabilis, whose unopened flowers resemble a heart with a drop of blood beneath it. If you look closely at the open blossom, you can see how it earned its botanical name Dicentra, from the Greek words dis “twice”, and kentron “spurred”.

The newsletter article also notes that “despite the recent cold wet weather, the Garden’s native Dicentra formosa is springing out of dormancy, with fresh fern-like blue-green foliage and arching stems of delicate pink flowers. In a light rain, the slightly glaucous leaves catch and display raindrops like thousands of tiny shimmering pearls. It can be found thriving in the perennial garden, along the south trail and throughout the natural areas.”

The Botanical Gardens is on our list of “don’t miss” attractions.

Skunk Train Offers A Trip Into the Past
—Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:53 pm—
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Just two blocks from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast is the Skunk Train Depot, your launching pad for a trip back in time.

You’ll board an old steam train that has been operating for more than 100 years and travel to Northspur, located 21.3 miles east of Fort Bragg. Northspur was one of the busiest logging camps in the Noyo River Canton, housing a store, post office, and the Noyo River Apple Company. Set on the banks of the Noyo River this large redwood grove has been welcoming passengers for well over a century.

The Skunk Train website history section probably describes what you’ll experience best:

“Except for the passengers’ high-tech cameras and modern garb, a time traveler from the last century would feel quite at home riding California Western Railroads Skunk Train in the 1990’s. The view from the restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged: towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman’s cabin peeking from the forest. With occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal “Redwood Route” as it has since 1885.

We can even help you with reservations and tickets.  All Aboard!

Check out the Skunk Train Schedule.