Archive for May, 2011

World’s Oldest Staghorn Fern? … An Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn Curiosity
—Posted Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 12:02 am—
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When you consider that Fort Bragg’s year-around temperature averages a balmy fresh 55 degrees, you have to wonder how the Atrium Bed and Breakfast’s Staghorn Fern, a native of tropical climes like the Philippines, Indonesia and Florida, manages to survive. However, not only has it survived, but it has thrived for 20-25 years in the Inn’s Atrium, a warm and peaceful covered garden area between the main house and adjacent rooms. Atrium Guests, by the way, also love hanging out here to read a book, eat breakfast, sip a cup of tea or enjoy a evening glass of Yorkville Organic Sauvignon Blanc.

When we Googled “Staghorn Fern” to see if the Atrium’s is possibly the oldest in the world, we didn’t find any lifespan statistics, but did learn that Staghorns like bananas. It’s true. We discovered that one woman in South Africa feeds her Staghorn Fern bananas twice a month. As it turns out, the plants apparently do like bananas but need them only a couple of times a year (the reason hers wasn’t doing so well). Innkeepers Mary and Gail only provide a little water as this rootless “air” plant – as it is called – hangs happily onto a wooden post in the Atrium Garden.

 

 

Quilt Show a ‘Must-See’ on Memorial Day Weekend
—Posted Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 10:00 am—
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One of the things we look forward to during Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) is the annual Quilt Show sponsored by the Fort Bragg Soroptimists.  They showcase antique or otherwise special quilts throughout the city, many in our bed and breakfasts.

This year’s theme is “Journey to California.”

Preview Party ~ Friday night, May 27th 6 – 8 pm
Admission: $12 for Preview Party (includes admission for the entire weekend show)
$7 for Sat. and/or Sun. show ~ Children under 11 free
Quilt Show ~ Sat & Sun May 27 -29
10 – 5pm ~ Town Hall, Fort Bragg

Northspur – Skunk Train Turnaround a Place for Fun and Food
—Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 4:11 pm—
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The daily Skunk Train trips in the summer take you to Northspur, the halfway point between Fort Bragg and Willits.

At Northspur you get off the the train, stand under the redwoods, eat  barbecue and enjoy musical entertainment. To get to the train, you just walk two blocks from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn.

We saw this video made by a visitor to Fort Bragg and thought you might enjoy it. More than 11,000 people have viewed it on YouTube.

Night History Walk in Downtown Fort Bragg
—Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 10:56 pm—
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Guest House Museum

Guest House Museum

Among the more interesting events during the 2011 Heritage Days of Mendocino County is the night history walk in downtown Fort Bragg.

On May 7, 14, and 21, Docent Derek Hoyle from the Guest House Museum ($5 donation) will show you historic buildings and share the major events that built Fort Bragg since its founding in 1857.

To make your tour more interesting, Gail and I will give you a copy of  Street Corners of Fort Bragg, a Historical Walking Tour map.

Meet at 7 pm at the Guest House, on the West side of Main Street between Laurel and Redwood, just three blocks from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn.