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Mendocino Coast Fat Tire Festival October 7-9
—Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 2:16 pm—
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Bicyclists love the Atrium for its central location (close to hundreds of miles of biking trails) and warm hospitality before and after rides.

We’re proud to be among the recommended inns by the event sponsors (Mendocino Coast Cyclists) for the folks coming to participate Friday, October 7, to Sunday, October 9, in the Mendocino Coast Fat Tire Festival.

There will be a film festival (featuring bike-related movies), a poker ride, then metric century (62-miles) and half metric century (35 miles) rides during the weekend.

The metric century and half century will meander through the gorgeous, majestic redwoods of the Jackson State Demonstration Forest, the largest state forest in California with 48,652 acres of redwoods and Douglas fir.

Learn more at the official website. Don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook.

Join Us for Fourth of July Weekend … Great Fireworks and Big Salmon BBQ
—Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 4:26 pm—
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Since 1970, the Salmon Restoration Association has sponsored the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ in Noyo Harbor to raise money to restore salmon to local rivers and the ocean. This year, both the salmon barbecue and the City of Fort Bragg-sponsored fireworks will be held on the same day, Saturday, July 2.

The barbecue is from 2pm – 6pm in Noyo Harbor, about a mile south of the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn. There is parking at Todd Point with a shuttle bus. At around 9 pm near Pomo Bluffs Park and the Noyo Harbor bridge, you’ll see a great fireworks display. It will be a real old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration in Fort Bragg.

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.

Mild to Wild – Sea Kayaking for the Young and Young at Heart
—Posted Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 3:03 am—
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We can always count on Jeff and Cate at Liquid Fusion to show our guests a great time. Whether it’s a sunset bird paddle on the serene Noyo River, exploring sea caves outside the harbor or taking a wild ride on waves through a rocky ocean garden, there is something for every age and every member of the family. Dogs are welcome and even get their own life vests. You won’t be disappointed.

Visit the Liquid Fusion website for more information.


The “Atrium”: a Unique Experience on the Mendocino Coast
—Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 3:05 am—
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We call ourselves the “Atrium” Bed and Breakfast Inn because our atrium is the warm enclosed garden area that bridges the main inn and adjacent rooms. It’s a hideaway, place to taste wines, read a book, breakfast al fresco, enjoy the flowers or just do nothing. It also a reason to visit our inn because there is no place like it on the Mendocino Coast.

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.

‘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.