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Memorial Day Weekend – Make New Memories in Fort Bragg, California
—Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 am—
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It’s not too soon to start making your Memorial Day weekend plans. Our suggestion: make the Atrium your home base for an exciting weekend that features kayaking, a quilt show, great food and music — even a sea glass festival!

This special weekend will be here before you know it, and rooms fill up fast. We’ve got the welcome mat out, and hope to see you!

Here are some Memorial Day weekend highlights:

•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. Contact: Susan Bivins,

•May 25-28: Mendocino Waves and Caves Kayak Weekend. Experience camping and exploring along the Mendocino Coast. For novice through advanced paddlers. $395/person (early registration discounts available). Contact:707-962-1623;

•May 26: Starry Night: Symphony of the Redwoods Annual Pops Fundraiser Concert, 7 pm, Eagles Hall. $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 at; 707-964-0898.

Chris Hillman Concert at Fort Bragg, California's Cotton Auditorium•May 26: Chris Hillman-Herb Pederson Concert, Saturday, May 26, 8 pm, Cotton Auditorium. Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) with long-time singer and instrumentalist Herb Pedersen. Advance tickets:

•May 26: Pre-Chris Hillman Concert Mexican Dinner at the Fort Bragg Senior Center (adjacent to the Cotton). For information call 707-964-0443.

Sea Glass from Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California•May 26-27: Fourth Annual Fort Bragg Sea Glass Festival, 10 am – 6pm, Sea Glass Museum, 1701 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. The highest concentration of sea glass in the world is in Fort Bragg. Marvel at what artists create with it. Information: 707-357-1585;



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.

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!

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.


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.