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OLD TOWN FORT BRAGG

(drive north 8 miles)
Antique shops, specialty stores, galleries, cafés and a brewery, can all be found within several historic blocks. To get there: (about 15 minutes north of the the MacCallum House) Take Highway 1 north through Fort Bragg. Old Town is between Redwood and Pine streets (streets running perpendicular to Highway 1, also known as Main Street). Laurel Street is a particularly charming place to start.

NOYO HARBOR

(Fort Bragg)
This harbor is low-key and simple; it is one of the few small town harbors in California that combines function with scenery. Take a fishing or whale watching excursion or enjoy lunch among the otters and ocean craft. Princess Seafood and Sea Pal Cove are particularly fun and rustic.
To get there: turn right on North Harbor Drive, the first street past Noyo Bridge, and follow it down to the harbor.

BOTANICAL GARDENS 

(Fort Bragg south)
This small-town botanical garden takes you through bowers of rhododendron and roses, through cacti gardens and towering heathers all the way to the ocean. Walk the many trails, enjoy lunch (April through September) at Rhody’s Cafe, buy a memento at the gift shop or an interesting plant specimen at the nursery. To get there: the gardens are just south of Fort Bragg. You will see a very large sign on the left side of the highway. Turn left at the sign and park.

THE COASTAL TRAIL AND GLASS BEACH 

(central & north Fort Bragg)
The recently opened headlands at the old mill site have wonderful walking, biking or jogging trail that winds along the ocean bluffs. This area has been closed to the public for half a century, and is now open with ecological markers that include some of the history of the area. Glass Beach is on this new trail, a former dump turned beach-glass haven. Since 1949, when this dump-site closed, the ocean has turned all the broken glass into beach glass, and a layer covers the sand. It is illegal to remove glass from the beach, but the view is spectacular and unique. To get there: for Glass Beach: turn left (west) at Elm Street – the last stop light in Fort Bragg. Elm Street dead ends at Noyo Headlands Park - park here and walk south along the trail. To reach the second trail, south of the Glass Beach trail, turn (west) on Cypress Street.

MACKERRICHER STATE PARK

(Cleone - 3.5 miles north of Fort Bragg)
This park has extensive tide pools and walking trails – including an accessible boardwalk along the headlands. The trail extends for several miles and has ecological markers and view points along the way. A Blue Whale skeleton is on view at the park’s entrance. To get there: the park is north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, 3.5 miles north of Fort Bragg in Cleone. You will see the entrance to the park on the left hand side of the road.

RICOCHET RIDGE RANCH 

(Cleone - 3.5 miles north of Fort Bragg)
Go horse back riding along Ten Mile beach, through majestic redwood forests or over a coastal mountain range.  Ricochet Ranch has exceptional horses, offers English & Western and can suit any riding ability. Private and longer rides are available; trail rides happen daily. To get there: the ranch is north of Fort Bragg about 3.5 miles directly across from MacKerricher State Park on Mill Creek Drive.

SKUNK TRAIN 

(central Fort Bragg)
Step back in time for a magical ride through the redwoods on the world-famous Skunk Train. Since 1885 the historic Skunk has made its way through old-growth redwood groves, over scenic trestle bridges, through spectacular tunnels, and into the heart of the Noyo River Estuary. Today’s riders enjoy the same pristine views that have remained largely unchanged for well over a century.

 

WESTPORT & BEYOND 

(about a 50 minute drive north)
If you don’t mind more car time, take scenic (windy) Highway 1 all the way  to the one-store-town of Westport (50 minutes north of Mendocino).  Order a deli sandwich or stop for a snack at the Westport Hotel. Then check out the beaches just to the north of the village. 


To book any activities please call your innkeeper by pressing “0” on your room phone or calling 707-937-0289. 

We hope you enjoy all Mendocino has to offer!