Highlights

Glass Beach access through November 2014 and Coastal Trail construction

Public access to Glass Beach will be restricted from August 18, 2014 until November 30, 2014.  The primary access is closed due to construction, but limited access is available on weekends only along a flagged alternate trail.  Follow signs from the main Glass Beach access.  The City of Fort Bragg is building a 93-acre park on a piece of the vacant industrial parcel south of Glass Beach, thereby opening up 3.5 miles of Fort Bragg coastline for walking. Key improvements include: 4.5 miles of new trails connecting Noyo Bridge with Pudding Creek Trestle; 2 new parking lots with welcome plazas and bathrooms. Other beaches to check out during the closure: Hare Creek Beach, Pudding Creek Beach, and most of MacKerricher SP. For more info about Glass Beach, see this update on the beach closure and the new park from the City of Fort Bragg.

Recent rains inspire dreams of wild mushrooms

What characterizes fall in our coastal forests?  Wild mushroom season!  November 8 through November 16th is the annual Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Brew Festival with numerous activities here in Fort Bragg.  Stay tuned for more details and the inside track on events and activities that are not to be missed.

 

Talk of the Town

Mushrooms in Fort Bragg?
[posted: October 30th, 2014]

Local boletes

Locally harvested boletes

The Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine and Brew Festival is right around the corner, and the local wild mushrooms have started to appear all over Fort Bragg.  Never tasted these delectable treats?  Not an experienced wild mushroom forager?  You can enjoy special mushroom-themed menus at local restaurants during the Festival, which runs from Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 16th.  From fine dining to a quick snack, the restaurants of historic downtown Fort Bragg are all gearing up for the event.  Here’s a list of local favorites where you can indulge your hunger for these special seasonal treats.  Reservations recommended at those marked with an asterisk (*).

Mendo Bistro and Barbelow:  seasonal menu items and their famous Candy Cap creme brulee * (for groups of 5 or more)

Luna Trattoria:  Italian dishes to warm the heart and the belly *

Cucina Verona:  Local mushrooms paired with local seafood and special pastas *

The Cliff House:  Fabulous views of Noyo Harbor and a lively happy hour *

North Coast Brewing Company Taproom and Grill:  Mushrooms and weekend dinner jazz with local brews *

Piaci Pizzeria:  A local hangout with some of the best pizza in town and a wide range of microbrews on tap

The Q:  Fort Bragg’s favorite BBQ joint, great for a quick bite for lunch or dinner

Cowlick’s Ice Cream:  Their Candy Cap ice cream can only be improved by the addition of a swirl of local North Coast Brewing beer brittle

Try one, try them all, and tell us about your favorite mushroom dishes in the comments!

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