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—Posted Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 12:24 am—
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

South Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA (Map)

MAPA Abalone Cook-Off tickets available now

Information about the cook-off competition: One ticket allows the purchaser to serve as a cook-off competition judge with up to 10 tastes of the competing cooks’ recipes and to vote for the tastiest dish. Abalone is rich and 10 are sufficient. ‘Up to 10’ means that MAPA cannot guarantee 10 tastes because of ocean conditions that might affect the divers finding abalone or for personal emergencies. The abalone prepared in the cook-off is wild-caught, not farm-raised, making this a unique experience. The cook-off provides an opportunity to taste a variety of delicious recipes.

Each ticket will be assigned to one of three cook color-groups that will have up to 10 cook booths. By dividing the cooks into three groups, the cooks only have to provide 200 tastings instead of 600 (the maximum # of tickets sold).


Make It A Winesong Weekend At The Atrium
—Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 11:41 pm—
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If you love gourmet cuisine, excellent wines, live music, beautiful gardens, and the thrill of a spirited auction, then Fort Bragg is the place to be this weekend. Book your reservations now and make the Atrium your home base for Winesong, the annual charity event benefiting Mendocino Coast District Hospital, takes place Saturday, September 8.

Set in the spectacular Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, the event this year features Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden, who will prepare lunch for VIP ticket holders. As part of the Winesong auction, Chef Ogden has also donated a chance for 10 lucky individuals to help him prepare and enjoy one of his signature meals.

Following the wine and gourmet food tasting, the festivities continue with Winesong’s live and silent auctions. Bay Area celebrity Narsai David will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the auction. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit

Plan To Be Here For First Friday

You’ll want to plan on arriving September 7 to take in Fort Bragg’s First Friday activities. On the first Friday of every month local galleries and shops extend their hours into the evening, and a number of them offer complimentary beverages and nibbles. This is a great opportunity to experience the excitement of our local art community, and discover unique finds in the quaint shops of downtown Fort Bragg.

Don't Miss First Friday At Fort Bragg Galleries And Shops

We’re In The Heart Of It All

It’s an easy walk from the Atrium to First Friday shops and galleries, and a short drive to Winesong at the Botanical Gardens. Did we mention our breathtaking coastline, spectacular sunsets, redwoods and rivers? When you stay with us, you’re in the middle of it all! We hope to see you this weekend.

It’s 100 Degrees Where You Are … Ocean Breeze Cool Here
—Posted Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 6:38 pm—
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Just another beautiful day in paradise. That’s how many of us view life on the Mendocino Coast and in Fort Bragg.

One of  the really cool things about Fort Bragg is just how cool it is during the summer when folks “over the hill” (Ukiah, Willits, Redding, Sacramento and all points east) are suffering sweltering heat waves.

Call it an oddity of nature: when the weather is really hot elsewhere, the cooling fog is sucked in to Fort Bragg coves and beaches.

In reality, Fort Bragg is a steady 55 degrees year around. While  you might shiver at the thought, when the sun is out, the day will often feel more like 70.  True, Fort Bragg does have an occasional heat wave with temperatures soar into the 70’s for a day or two, but you can depend on being just plain comfortable outdoors anytime you visit.

If you’re looking for a really cool vacation, book a room at the Atrium and check out all there is to do, from hiking the redwoods to riding the waves in a kayak or fishing for salmon on a charter boat out of Noyo Harbor.

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ – 41 and Still Going Strong
—Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 5:26 pm—
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Filling the grills at the World's Largest Salmon BBQ

Just because July 4 falls on a Wednesday, doesn’t mean you have to miss two great annual Fort Bragg events: the fireworks show and the salmon BBQ.

You start your day with a big breakfast at the Atrium, then plan on loading up on Salmon, lots of sides and dessert in the afternoon. The parking is easy: Todd Point at the south end of town has plenty of space and a shuttle takes you to the BBQ site for free. There’s also music to entertain you, if all the people watching (3,000-strong last year) isn’t enough.

With summer days to look forward to, you’ll find plenty to do from riding the Skunk Train through the redwoods, horseback riding on the beach, exploring glass beach or hiking to the pygmy forest. Everything is close to the Atrium. To learn more, click here.

Memorial Day Weekend … Lots of Small Town Fun
—Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 11:12 pm—
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It’s not too late to book a room at the Atrium for Memorial Day weekend, the official summer kick-off event. Take a look.

•May 25-27: Fort Bragg Quilt Show, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm, Town Hall and Masonic Hall. Admission $7, children under 11 free. Preview party Fri. May 25, $12 (includes admission for entire weekend show). Fabulous quilts, quilting demos, quilts for sale. Presented by Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg. Contact information: Susan Bivins,

•May 25-28: Mendocino Waves and Caves Kayak Weekend. Experience camping and exploring the Mendocino Coast, enjoying areas only accessible by kayak. Dart into sea caves, glide down waves, and experience the incredible beauty of the wild Mendocino Coast. Three nights of camping and meals provided. Novice through Advanced paddlers will enjoy this trip.
Cost: $395/person (early registration discounts available). Contact Liquid Fusion Kayaking, 707-962-1623;

•May 26: Starry Night: Symphony of the Redwoods Annual Pops Fundraiser Concert, Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg. Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 7. $40 for concert and buffet, $20 concert only. A Starry Night of great music, singing and surprises, fantastic food and silent auction items, no host bar, and the Visual Violins drawing. Tickets available at 707-964-0898. Eagles Hall is located at 450 South Franklin Street.

•May 26: Chris Hillman Concert, Saturday, May 26th, 8 pm (doors open at 7:30) Cotton Auditorium, 500 N. Harold St, Fort Bragg. Tickets $25 ($30 at the door).H An unforgettable evening featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) with long-time singer and instrumentalist Herb Pedersen. Purchase advance tickets at . Proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation.

•May 26: Pre-Chris Hillman Concert Dinner. The Fort Bragg Senior Center (adjacent to the Cotton) is hosting a fantastic Mexican dinner (proceeds benefit the Senior Center) prior to the show so come early! For information call 707-964-0443.

•May 26-27: Fourth Annual Fort Bragg Sea Glass Festival, 10 am – 6pm, Sea Glass Museum, 1701 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. Local and out-of-town Sea Glass artists display their sea glass art. Fort Bragg has the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Come see what wonderful things artists create with it. Information: 707-357-1585.

Take A Walk Through Fort Bragg History: Learn How A Military Post Became The City’s Business District, Visit Our Pioneer Cemetery, And More
—Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10:16 pm—
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One of the things we enjoy when on vacation, is learning something about the history of our vacation destination. It adds so much when we understand the events that shaped the areas we visit. It’s fun to read historical markers, and even better when we can join in a tour led by a local historian. If you’re like us, and you’ve planned to stay with us during the next few months, then you’re in for a real treat.

This month the Mendocino Coast Historical Society begins a program of docent led walks through Fort Bragg’s historical business district (we’re just a few blocks away), and pioneer cemetery. This is a fun way to learn about Fort Bragg’s interesting past and and the pioneer families that helped develop the area.

Historic Downtown: On Saturday May 19, you’ll hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built; how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district (ironically triggering an economic boom); and learn about later events that shaped the Fort Bragg we know today. Meet at the Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main Street, for a 10 am departure. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.

Pioneer Cemetery: On Sunday May 20, listen to stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg  and the Mendocino Coast, as you gaze at weathered tombstones. You’ll learn about  tombstone symbols and what they tell us about area and family history. Meet at Rose Memorial Park, located at Franklin and Spruce Streets. The walk, led by David Foucheaux, starts at 2 pm.  A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested

Here are some walk dates after May:

Historic Downtown Fort Bragg Walks: 6/16, 7/21, 8/18

Cemetery Walks: 6/17, 7/22, 8/19


Mother’s Day Weekend At The Atrium: An Afternoon In The Botanical Gardens, A Fashion Show And Tea, A Mother’s Day Brunch On The Skunk Train — Can It Get Any Better!
—Posted Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 9:41 pm—
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Mothers deserve special treatment everyday, but we all know how that goes. It’s a good bet though, that all will be forgiven if she spends a leisurely, comfy Mother’s Day weekend at the Atrium. Our friendly local town folk have arranged some special activities sure to make this a Mother’s Day weekend to remember. Here’s the line up:

•Friday, May 11: National Public Garden Day, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 9 am–5 pm. This day of national recognition honors public gardens and their contributions in education, conservation, and ecology. In honor of all of our nation’s gardens and the people who support them, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is providing free admission for all visitors. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens,18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352;

•Saturday, May 12: “Hoity Toity” Fashion Show and Tea,1-3 pm (doors open at noon), at the Eagle’s Hall, 210 N Corry St., Fort Bragg. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. A fun event and a great fundraiser for Parent’s and Friends, Inc. Dust off your tea hat and join in for tiny sandwiches (with the crust trimmed off, of course) pots of tea, and a fashion show featuring the crème de la crème of the Paul Bunyan Thrift Shop. Bid on apparel worn by models; shop in the show boutique. 707-964-8542.

•Sunday, May 13: Skunk Train Mother’s Day Brunch, 10 am (4-hour round trip). Treat Mom to a relaxing morning riding the train and sipping Mimosas (juice for the kids), then enjoy a special brunch in the redwoods. Adults $70; children $40. Board at the Skunk Depot, Foot of Laurel St. 707-964-6371;

If Mom wants to stay tucked in on her day, no problem — we’re serving up a special breakfast just for her!

Stay With Us And Paddle Into The Spectacular World Of Coast And River Kayaking
—Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:43 pm—
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There’s so much we love about owning a B&B here on the Mendocino coast. One of them is being able to share the spectacular beauty and exciting activities that abound. We’re literally at the center of an amazing world of unforgettable memories — just waiting to be made!

Take, for instance, the exciting world of kayaking. Just minutes from our doors, nestled on the Noyo River, is Liquid Fusion Kayaking, a family friendly outfitter that introduces kayaking to beginners, and offers challenging outings to seasoned paddlers.

Here’s a look at some of the activities they’ve got planned through June. Pick an activity, stay with us, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Kayaking With Kids On The Noyo River

Kayaking With Kids On The Noyo River

An Afternoon on the River: May 6 from 2-5pm. Celebrate Spring with an afternoon on the tranquil Noyo river. Liquid Fusion Kayaking is hosting a benefit to support early literacy.  Kayak rentals are $10/person and the ladies of Delta Kappa Gamma will be having a bake sale.  All proceeds go to Books for Babies and Kits for Kindergarteners.

BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment: Saturday May 19.  This assessment is a great way to determine which skills you have mastered and which you need to work on to be a well-rounded, competent member of a paddling group.  Like many outfitters, Liquid Fusion wants paddlers to have this skill rating so they are prepared for intermediate level sea kayak trips.

Tracks to Kayaks – Liquid Fusion’s first Tracks to Kayaks trips with the Skunk Train are May 21 and 22.  They’re offering about 20 tracks to kayaks trips this summer.  It is a one of a kind way to see the Noyo River Canyon.

•Brent Reitz will be teaching his Forward Stroke Clinic on June 2. His clinics include video analysis and 1:1 feedback.  This instruction is highly recommended to any paddler looking to become more efficient on the water.

Mendocino Waves n Caves Weekends — There are still a few spaces remaining on Liquid Fusion’s Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend Trips.  These weekends are super high on the fun-meter and include camping and food.

Sunday Paddles —Sunday Paddles are a great way to explore the waters of the Mendocino Coast.  Each month, Liquid Fusion tours a different waterway or stretch of the coastline.  First Sundays are Estuary Paddles, Second Sundays Coastal Exploration, and Third Sundays Rock Garden Exploration and Play.  Sunday Paddles are $40/person ($60/person if you need to use one of Liquid Fusion’s kayaks).

April Getaway At The Atrium: Learn Pioneer Gardening, Take In A Symphony, Find A Rummage Sale Treasure, And More
—Posted Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 4:57 pm—
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When Easter’s over and you need a break, we’ve got the perfect remedy — take a relaxing drive through the redwoods to the Atrium for a laid back weekend on the spectacular Mendocino coast. We’ll provide all the cozy comforts we’re famous for, while you unwind and live like a local. Here’s a sampling of April activities to choose from:

•April 14: 2nd Annual Fort Bragg Grange Rummage Sale and Brunch n’ Lunch, 26500 N Highway 1. 916-266-1142;
• April 14: Vegetable Gardening Demonstration, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 N Hwy One, two Miles South of Fort Bragg; 10 am – noon. Located in the historical section of the Gardens between an historic farmhouse and a pioneer cemetery, this garden demonstrates techniques that were used to supply early families of the Mendocino Coast area.
•April 14 & 15: Symphony of the Redwoods: Musical Grand Tour Spring Concert, featuring “Hall of the Mountain King”, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite #1, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #2 with featured guest pianist, Carolyn Steinbuck, Schumann’s Symphony #2. April 14 at 8 pm; April 15 at 2 pm. Cotton Auditorium, 500 N Harold St, Fort Bragg. $20 General, $18 Seniors (65+), youth free. 707-964-0898;
• April 14: Pre-Symphony Dinner, 5 pm, Redwood Coast Senior Center 490 N Harold St. 707-964-0443
•April 15: VFW Breakfast, 3rd Sunday each month, 8-11:30 a.m. Veterans Hall, Laurel & North Harrison, Fort Bragg. 
•April 21: Noyo Food Forest 6th Annual Earth Day Festival. Live music and entertainment, a Culinary Showcase featuring local chefs, spring plant sale, hands-on workshops and inspiring speakers, kids’ activities, local food, pedal powered smoothies, and more! Free. Supports the Organic garden and Farm to School program at Fort Bragg High School. Noon-6 pm. Takes place at The Learning Garden, Fort Bragg High School. 707-964-0218;
•April 21 & 22: Spring Plant Sale, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 N Hwy One, 2 Miles South of Fort Bragg, 9 am-5 pm. 707-964-4352; 

Our Glass Beaches … Where Mounds of Trash Turned to Treasure
—Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 7:36 pm—
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Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

We talk about Glass Beach, singular, but there are actually three. Each operated as a trash dump for the city during a different time: Glass Beach 1 – 1906-1946, Glass Beach 2 – 1946-49, and Glass Beach 3 in the state park – 1949-1967.

Just a few blocks north of the Atrium is the sign for just plain Glass Beach (actually Glass Beach 3), which is now part of MacKerricher State Park. A few years ago, all the old cars, batteries and other items were removed. Only beautiful sea glass and pristine tide pools were left behind.

Guests often ask if there is any glass left? There is … plenty.  However, because so many people visit Glass Beach 3 and remove buckets of glass, it is no longer ankle-deep like it once was.

So, first off we want to encourage you to hunt glass until your heart’s desire, but leave it behind for others to find. Actually, because it is considered a “cultural resource” by State Parks, it is against park regulations to remove it.

Just south, a couple of coves over from the State Park is Glass Beach 2. Because is hasn’t been plundered and fewer people visit (mostly accessible during low tides or by climbing down a steep cliff), your can literally swim in sea glass.

What To Do: Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto trail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Instead, go see all the great glass treasures assembled by Capt. Cass Forington’s Sea Glass Museum, on Highway 1, about a mile south of the Fort Bragg City Limits. Capt. Cass has created wonderful displays of sea glass and sells jewelry made mostly from discoveries he made at Glass Beach 1, which is accessible by kayak.

The Guest House Museum in downtown Fort Bragg is also working on a sea glass exhibit to capture this piece of Fort Bragg heritage.