Archive for January, 2012

Stay At The Atrium And Witness History
—Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 3:37 am—
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On Friday, January 27 there will be a ceremony officially recognizing the City of Fort Bragg as the “Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway” for the Mendocino Coast Section of the California Coastal National Monument.

This important occasion takes place at 10 am at the Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main in Fort Bragg, a California Point of Historical Interest — just a few blocks away from the Atrium Bed & Breakfast Inn. Start your morning with our gourmet breakfast, and then join us as we witness a history-making event that helps protect the beautiful coast we all love.

A National Treasure At Your Doorstep
In 2000, President Clinton proclaimed most of our state’s exposed reefs, offshore rocks, pinnacles and islands (more than 20,000 in all) “The California Coastal National Monument”.

Staying at the Atrium, you’ll be right in the heart of the newly designated Gateway, minutes away (by foot, bicycle, car, kayak, even horseback) from this national coastal treasure.

Book now, witness history, and start exploring!

Whale and Tails Everywhere
—Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 2:58 pm—
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Yesterday we saw four pods of Gray Whales off our coast. The sea was calm with skies blue and visibility for 50 miles to the King Range Mountains and Lost Coast.  Some days, you can see whale spouts everywhere.

Each year, an estimated 20,000 Gray Whale migrate past Fort Bragg from the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Mexico to give birth.  The migration begins in December and tails off in April as the new mothers and their calves work their way slowly north, hugging the coastline to better protect the babies from killer whales.

When you come for a visit, we’ll help you arrange a whale watching cruise out of Noyo Harbor. Or tell you the best spots to view them from shore.

Crab and Wine Days Approach
—Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 8:11 pm—
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Crab season is here and there is plenty for everyone.

In Fort Bragg this month you can enjoy three major crab feeds. All are fundraisers and all promise lots of food — in addition to crab. Best of all, they will take place within a few blocks — easy walking distance — from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast. Here are the details:

January 20, 2012: Cioppino Dinner — A Benefit For Mendocino Coast Clinic

Tomatoes, onions, garlic & seasonings are blended during a long simmer. Fresh Dungeness crab caught off the North coast fills the pot. T

he Cioppino Dinner is served family-style with Café Beaujolais’ artisan bread for dipping, tossed salad, plenty of bibs & extra napkins. Dessert & locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee are included. Treat yourself to North Coast Brewing Company beer & Mendocino County wines in the Crabby Bar.

Silent auction and raffle prizes. Three seatings: 4:30, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. $35/adult; $15 kids 12-6; under 6 – on us.

Pentecost Hall at the corners of Stewart & Spruce Streets, Fort Bragg. 707-961-3463

January 21, 2012: Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition — A Benefit For Mendocino Coast Clinics Succulent Crab Cakes and select wines from America’s greenest wine region — a winning combination.

Taste handcrafted crab cakes prepared by Mendocino chefs while sipping Mendocino wines. Participants in the competition compete for the Professional Judges’ Awards bestowed by renowned food, wine and travel writers, while vying for your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Awards.

Bid on specialty wines, lodging, artwork, spa packages, and more in the silent auction. Raffle prizes, too. 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

Under the big white tent, corner Main and Spruce, Fort Bragg. 707-961-3463

January 28, 2012: Crab Feed By Fort Bragg Rotary And Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation Fresh locally caught cracked crab is brought to your table along with salad, salad dressing, French bread, coffee or tea.

Beer (some local brewed medal winners), wine from local area wineries and soft drinks are also available for additional charge. There are also hot dogs for the kids.

All proceeds go to local Rotary projects and the Timberwolf Stadium project.

Advance Tickets can be purchased locally at Sport Dodge, Pyorre Insurance Agency, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Harvest Market or Curves of Fort Bragg. 12 – 6 pm. $40 per person advance, $45 at the door.

Fort Bragg Firehouse, 141 Main Street. Call 707-964-2402 for reservations.