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Fort Bragg: New York Times 2014 Places to Visit
—Posted Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 3:45 am—

Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

It is true that the New York Times didn’t specifically name Fort Bragg as a place to visit, but they did say the Mendocino Coast (of which Fort Bragg is on the north end) was #3 on places to visit in 2014. And, Fort Bragg is an official gateway; in fact, the “Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument.”

If you’ve never visited Fort Bragg, then let us share a few links to bring our tiny seacoast town into focus. If you have been here, then this is just a reminder why you need to come again soon. And, we have a room waiting for you.

Glass Beach – one of a kind beach with beautiful sea glass.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse — restored to its 1909 glory.

Redwoods – they are everywhere, including in one of our city parks.


Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights a Treat
—Posted Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 7:33 pm—
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The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a special place whenever you visit with its heritage roses, begonia house, huge collection of rhododendrons and great bird watching. One of the best events held at the Gardens each year is the Festival of Lights, with holiday light displays creating a magical night-time tour. Trees and gardens are festooned with creative lighting.

Rhody’s Cafe sells soup and hot chocolate and casual dinner choices to warm you as you wonder the wide garden paths, which are wheelchair accessible.

Did we mention there is also live music?  The event continues through Dec. 22. Check here for details.

December in Fort Bragg: A Festival of Parades and Lights
—Posted Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 9:24 pm—
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Our town may be small, but we do things in a big way. Which is way when you consider the holidays throngs you’ll face at the local mall, you might consider Fort Bragg as an alternative: shop here (downtown is just a couple of blocks from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn) AND enjoy all the festivities. No traffic jams. No parking structures. No parking meters. Just friendly merchants with ocean views. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Festival of Lights: Dec. 6-22, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
  • 6th Annual Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 6, Noyo Harbor, 6 pm.
  • Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration: Friday, December 6 – sponsored by the Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department and the North Coast Rodders Car Club. 5pm: Festivities begin when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with the children and pass out cookies and candy at the Guest House Museum. 7 pm: The Holiday Lights Parade will illuminate downtown Fort Bragg.
  • Lighting of City Christmas Tree, – Dec. 7, 6 pm: local musicians and community groups entertain with carols and traditional Christmas music. The Mayor officially lights the giant tree on the lawn of the Guest House Museum.
  • 24th Annual Candlelight Inn Tour: December 12-14, 5-8pmVisit many lovely Inns along the Mendocino Coast — including Fort Bragg — enjoying refreshments plus art & live entertainment by youth musicians at each stop! For updated information on inns and tickets at

PS: did we mention that the Gray Whales arrive in December on their migration south to give birth in the warm lagoons of Mexico.

Beer, Bison and Bluegrass — not to be Missed
—Posted Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:28 pm—
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Get ready for an afternoon of music, a tasty bison burger meal with all the fixings, beer tasting, raffle and boutique. It’s all happening at the Beer, Bison and Bluegrass Festival, October 12, noon to 4 pm, at the Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road.

Among the groups performing are Harmony Grits, Parsons and Hayes, and The Dirt Floor Band.


Ride & Tie World Championships Coming August 24-25
—Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 4:43 pm—
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Ride & Tie combines trail running, endurance riding, and strategy.

If you love horseback riding, Fort Bragg is the place to be on the weekend of August 24-25, where you can compete in the 43rd Annual Ride & Tie World Championship, or enjoy the “Mendocino Magic” endurance ride along the spectacular coast and through the redwoods.


Ride & Tie: August 24

The 2013 Ride & Tie World Championship takes place August 24 over a 35-mile course that is both rugged and spectacular, positioned between the Pacific Ocean and the Redwood forest.

The sport combines trail running, endurance riding, and strategy. The goal is for three team members (two humans and one horse) to complete a cross-country course by alternating riding and running.

For more information about Ride & Tie, visit the web site at or call (509) 521-6249.

Seals, Sea Lions and More at MacKerricher State Park
—Posted Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 5:22 pm—
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We just received good news from MacKerricher State Park (about two miles north of the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn): every Saturday, from 2pm-3pm, through August 31, docents will lead a program about seals, seal lions and other mammals found in the Park.

Knowledgeable docents will discuss harbor seal and sea lion natural history from Lake Cleone parking lot.

A ten minute intermediate walk to an actual rookery is the grand finale!

Binoculars are provided.

While dogs are allowed on leash only, they must stay well back from the bluffs so as not to disturb the marine mammals.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival: Whales, Wine, Walks
—Posted Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 3:59 pm—
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For the past 30 years, the City of Fort Bragg has held a festival to celebrate the Gray Whale: the effort to save it in the 1970’s and 1980’s and the annual migration.

The annual migration of 20,000 whales — a roundtrip from Alaska to Mexico to give birth and find mates — takes place each December through April. A dozens whales were spotted off Point Cabrillo Lighthouse just this last weekend.

The celebration takes place the third weekend of March; this year March 16 and 17, as the female Grays escort their new calves north.

In or near downtown — and  just a few blocks from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn — will be a chowder tasting (offerings by some of our best chefs), wine tasting (Mendocino County wines) and beer tasting (more than 50 different microbrews).

Of course, between food and beverage samples, there are docent-led whale walks: at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse (the whales come closest to shore here), the Mendocino Botanical Gardens and MacKerricher State Park. To find out more, visit It’s a great time to be in Fort Bragg’s heavenly slice of the Mendocino Coast.

Sundance Film Festival Pick to Screen in Fort Bragg
—Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 3:46 pm—
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Want great storytelling and a big dose of inspiration? This film is for you and a definite “must see” for anyone who happens to live on this planet.

Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Isabelle Allende narrate this definitive film on the history of the environmental movement. A Fierce Green Fire is a dynamic documentary that explores grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from conservation to climate change, with vivid stories of people fighting and succeeding against enormous odds.

A Fierce Green Fire was honored as an Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, even though it was an early cut of the film. The Mendocino Film Festival is one of the first festivals to screen the final cut.

Tickets: Tickets are $10, and on sale now at Brown Paper and at the door.

Show Time/Place: Saturday, November 10, at 11 am, Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg.

Other Showings In The Area This Weekend: The film will also be shown in Mendocino and Point Arena this weekend. Visit for all screening dates, times, venues, and to see the film’s trailer.

Local Licks Live XIX Announced for November 17
—Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 11:38 pm—
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Blue Dudes Band

Blue Dudes

Attending a Local Licks Concert, where some of Mendocino County’s top musicians are featured, is a must-see if you’re in town.

Sponsored by our local radio station, KOZT, known as The Coast, tickets are a modest $15 (in advance) for an amazing show.  Here are the details:

Details: The Coast presents LOCAL LICKS LIVE XIX:, Saturday November 17 at 7:30p, our nineteenth benefit for Music in Our Schools.The premiere concert of the season with some of Mendocino County’s top musicians, all in acoustic performance. This year featuring – alphabetically – Blue Dudes (Nat Montoya, David Jonason, Doug Smith & Claudia Paige); Gwyneth & Monko, (Gwyneth Moreland & Michael Monko); Jamie & Hugh (Jamie Peters & Hugh Connolly); the Sourdough Loafers (Frannie Leopold, Chip Yerbic, Lee Rider & Peter Barg).

Cotton Audiitorium, corner of Harold & Fir, Fort Bragg. Doors open at 7PM, show at 7:30. Advance tickets $15 at Harvest Market in the Boatyard Center, Racines in Fort Bragg, Out Of This World in Mendocino and Dig Music in Ukiah. $20 at the door. To order online or for more information, go to


Crab, Wine and Beer Days Celebration Near the Atrium
—Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 10:39 pm—
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One of the benefits of staying at the Atrium is it’s location, just a couple of blocks to downtown Fort Bragg shopping and restaurants, as well as being walking distance to Glass Beach and MacKerricher State Park.

If you love good food – like crab — and the idea of doing a little wine and beer tasting without driving, then here’s the perfect event with plenty of time to plan ahead. Watch the video.

Pictured above: scenes from the 2011 events.

The Mendocino Coast Clinics announced today that its 4th Annual Crab, Wine and Beer Days will be held January 25 and 25 in Fort Bragg. Here are the details:

Click here to purchase tickets

Friday, January 25

  • Cioppino Dinner
  • Three Seatings: 4:30, 6:00 & 8:00 PM
  • Historic Pentecost Hall – 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg
  • Adults $35, Youth 6-12 years $15, Under 6 – on us!

Dip fresh-baked Cafe Beaujolais’ bread into piping hot bowls of Cioppino served family style with salad, dessert & locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee. Mendocino County wines & North Coast Brewing Company beer available in the no-host Crabby Bar. Silent Auction treasures at all three seatings!


Saturday, January 26

  • Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition
  • Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • in the Big White Tent at the corner of Main & Spruce Streets, Fort Bragg
  • $75/adult

Spend Saturday afternoon tasting succulent crab cakes and sipping wines from America’s greenest wine region.
New this year ~ Mendocino’s own Microbreweries!

Introducing the Circle of Claws!
$125/person for early entry and not-so-crabby perks!

Listed as one of the Top 10 Seafood & Wine events by Coastal Living Magazine!

Participants compete for the Professional Judges’ Awards bestowed by renowned food, wine & travel writers, while vying for your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Awards!

Silent Auction! Raffle Prizes!