Archive for the ‘Things to Do’ Category

Our Atrium In The Heart Of The New Coastal Monument “Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway”
—Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm—
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Todd's Point - Fort Bragg Gateway to California Coastal National Monument

Todd Point Gateway to California Coastal National Monument

It’s official, and we’re excited! The Bureau of Land Management has designated the City of Fort Bragg as the “Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway” for the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM).

We’ve always known this section of the breathtaking California coast is unique, and the Gateway designation is further proof. Redwoods, rivers, spectacular coastal vistas, great restaurants, shopping and more — we’re located right in the heart of it all, here in Fort Bragg!

Come make us your own cozy, comfy home for a “Gateway Get-Away”. And don’t forget to book soon for the 2012 Whale Festival in March. Our inn books early for this fun filled event.


No Crowds, Great Shopping and Friendly Locals – Perfect Holiday Getaway
—Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 3:26 pm—
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Holiday Lights at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

A vision just as sweet as sugar plums is a place where you can find holiday presents without the crowds, traffic and parking problems. Of course, the destination is Fort Bragg. And just two blocks from downtown is the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn. Not only do we have unique shops nearby with friendly locals, but at the end of the day, there are plenty of holiday events to light up your night. Shop Fort Bragg, from basics to boutiques.

Before shopping: tag along with a staff mycologist (mushroom expert) for a Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens mushroom walk. Or join the Audubon Society for some birding.

Locally Produced Dramatic Web Series “Sundays” Premiers Nov. 6 — You’re Invited To Join The Cast And Crew At The Red Carpet Screening
—Posted Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm—
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Some of the characters you’ll meet in the new web series “Sundays” may seem familiar, and the setting surely will. That’s because this new dramatic series for the Internet was produced and filmed locally in Fort Bragg and vicinity by Fog Line Films Writer and Director Forrest Naylor.

“Sundays” is a series of ten-minute webisodes with a new installment airing each week on the Internet and on local access television. According to Naylor, it’s a continuing story about “a hodgepodge of characters with intertwining lives in a small coastal town.”

A number of cast members have impressive theater, TV and motion picture experience, and some are local residents.

You’re invited to meet the cast and crew at a premier, red carpet screening. Here are the details:


Sunday, November 6th

10:30am – 1:30pm

Coast Cinemas, 135 S. Franklin, Fort Bragg

Tickets are available at Coast Cinema: $10 per person. Space is limited to just over 100, so early purchase is recommended.

To learn more about “Sundays”, visit

Noyo River Run Takes Place Saturday, October 29
—Posted Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at 3:15 am—
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The 2nd Annual Noyo River Run, sponsored by Mendocino Coast District Hospital, takes place Saturday, October 29.  Participants meet in front of the hospital, 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg, for a 9 am start time.

There are three options: a 5k run/walk, 5k competitive walk, and a10k run — all through scenic courses that take participants across the beautiful Noyo River through towering Redwoods.

Early registration is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 19 and younger. For those who register October 23-29, the cost is $30, (still $15 for ages 19 and under). Registration includes a t-shirt while supplies last.

Registration forms are available at the following: Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Outdoor Store, Company Store and Mendocino Coast Hospital lobby. Also online at www. MCDH.ORG/NoyoRun, and (search keywords: Noyo River Run).

For more information call 707-961-4670.

Candlelight Inn Tour
—Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 3:00 am—
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The Big Brothers and Big Sisters promise to make this year’s annual fundraiser for education their best candlelight inn tour ever.

Bed and breakfast inns along the Mendocino Coast will open their doors for tours and will offer food to warm you and boost your holiday spirit. Holiday lights, cool autumn air, hot cider, cookies and more are part of this wonderful event.

Tickets: $30 for all four nights

Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday –4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information about participating inns in Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Elk, Little River and Albion. Book your room at the Atrium now!

What’s Nearby: Virgin Creek Beach
—Posted Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 6:26 pm—
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Located at the north end of Main Street, the Atrium is walking distance to many attractions.
One of our favorites is Virgin Creek Beach. On big wave days, surfers love the ride along this big sandy beach, which is perfect for picnics, tidepooling or whatever you might like to do at the ocean’s edge.
Located about a mile north of the inn, ride your bike there along the Haul Road or drive to a parking area along Highway 1, walk across a field and a couple of hundreds yards to the beach.
Keep an eye out for the endangered snowy plover which nests here (but, of course, keep your distance so you don’t disturb them).
Virgin Creek Beach is part of MacKerricher State Park, but there are no day use fees.

MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center a Popular Destination
—Posted Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 3:25 am—
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MacKerricher State Park is huge — stretching along sandy beaches and rocky shorelines from near Downtown Fort Bragg to more than five miles north.

You can ride horses on the beach or ride your bike on the Old Haul Road that once carried logging trucks from the forest to the mill (now closed). You’ll find walking trails, a lake, wildlife viewing platforms (Laguna Point) and a visitor center.

We like the visitor center as a great place to get oriented: there’s a gray whale skeleton out front that teaches about the annual whale migration from Alaska to Mexico. Inside is a natural history museum of local animals. There is also a gift shop and a ranger or friendly park aide willing to share their knowledge of the park and the adventures awaiting you. We’ll help you get there.

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

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.

‘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.