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Valentine’s Weekend in Fort Bragg

Posted on: February 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm by Julia Conway
Glass Beach

Additional Glass Beach coves


Searching for a romantic getaway for the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend?  Look no farther than beautiful and historic Fort Bragg, on the spectacular Mendocino coast!  The weather forecast for the weekend calls for sunny skies, calm winds and mild temperatures, with the added excitement of some big winter surf.  You can choose a romantic room at one of our unique and charming B&B’s or book an ocean view room at one of our seaside motels.  Many of the local properties have special mid-winter packages or Valentine’s getaway specials, so don’t forget to ask when you book your reservation.

Spend the day walking the new Coastal Trail and explore the once forbidden southern coves of the Glass Beach complex, now accessible from the new trail and park.  The California gray whale migration is at its peak, and you can often spot the spouts and tails from the bluff top trail.  The new trail was opened just last month, and is available for walking, biking and boarding, and is wheelchair accessible from the new parking lot at the west end of Elm Street.

If you are looking for a more exciting activity, you can book a whale watching cruise in Noyo Harbor, rent kayaks at Liquid Fusion and explore the Noyo River or coastal rocks, or you can ride mountain bikes on the many logging roads in Jackson Demonstration State Forest.  The pool at the C. V. Starr Community and Aquatic Center is open, or you can explore the redwoods at Otis Johnson Wilderness Park.  The Skunk Train runs short half-day trips out to Northspur station leaving at 10:00A on both Saturday and Sunday.

Shopping is always fun in historic downtown Fort Bragg.  Check out the one-of-a-kind shops on Main, Laurel, Franklin and Redwood streets, or wander through the Union Lumber Company Store mall or the Depot mall.  Enjoy breakfast with the locals at the Laurel Deli, or the ultra-healthy salads and soups at the Living Light Culinary Institute’s Cafe.  Happy hour at Barbelow can be a fun way to wrap up a day of wandering around downtown visiting the shops and galleries.

Many of our local restaurants will have special Valentine’s menus, but call ahead, as some may require reservations.  Or, if you just want to sit and watch the waves, pick up a fresh Dungeness crab at Harvest Market or down in Noyo Harbor, a loaf of Fort Bragg Bakery’s crusty bread and a bottle of Mendocino County’s award-winning sparkling wines and have a picnic on the beach or in your room.

For those of you who have President’s Day off and can enjoy the three-day weekend, book an extra night!  The beaches are almost always deserted on Mondays, and you can sit and watch the waves undisturbed.  Take a drive up the coast to Ten Mile Beach and the Ingelnook Fen dunes, and you can walk for hours and see nothing but the sea, the sky, the sea lions and the birds.  If it is a really clear day, you can see all the way out to the King Range and the tip of Cape Mendocino, at the farthest west point of the Lost Coast.  A best-kept local secret are the margaritas at the Purple Rose restaurant in Cleone; a perfect way to finish another great weekend in Fort Bragg!

Hometown New Year’s in Fort Bragg

Posted on: December 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Julia Conway
The 47-acre gardens walk ends at the ocean.

The 47-acre gardens walk ends at the ocean.


Are you tired of all the holiday hustle and bustle?  Do you need a break, some down time, some peace and quiet?  Come to beautiful Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino coast and celebrate the New Year small town style!  Check into one of our cozy and romantic B&B’s or book a comfortable room at one of our coast-side motels and hotels.  Many feature special packages and amenities for your celebration.  Thinking about champagne in the hot tub overlooking the winter waves? Fort Bragg is the place for you.

Book a table at one of favorite local restaurants and enjoy an intimate dinner without the holiday hassle.  Locally caught Dungeness crab is on the menu, and tastes great with a bottle of Mendocino County sparkling wine.  Don’t want to dress up; no problem, as most of our restaurants have a casual dress code.  Or, you can pick up a freshly cracked and cleaned crab in Noyo Harbor, choose a great bottle of wine and a loaf of Fort Bragg Bakery bread at a local grocer, and enjoy an indoor picnic in your room or vacation rental.

Looking for a night on the town, then pick up tickets for the Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Black and White Ball.  Tickets are still available at their website for this festive evening at the Fort Bragg Eagles Hall.  Doors open at 8:00P, live music begins at 9:00P.  Advance tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple, $35 and $60 at the door and include appetizers, a midnight champagne toast and the necessary hats, crowns and noismakers to ring in the new year in style.  No host bar and a silent auction round out the evening, with dancing to live music from The Mixed Nuts.  Dress to impress or just check out the scene.  Must be 21 years of age to attend.

On New Year’s Day, start 2015 with a First Day guided nature hike at MacKerricher State Park.  Meet at the park visitor center at 11:00AM and park interpreter Fred Andrews will be your guide for an educational walk that includes the annual gray whale migration and other fascinating wildlife found near our shores.  Binoculars are available and the hike is also wheelchair accessible.   Young children are also welcome, dogs must be on a leash.  For more information, you can call 707-961-0471.

The C. V. Starr Community Center will have an admission-free open day on New Year’s Day, from 12:00 noon to 5:00P.  Take a swim the beautiful indoor pool or catch a workout or class (class fees will apply).

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will also be open for walks.  Winter hours are 9:00A – 4:00P, and the heaths and heathers are starting to bloom.  You can also view the large and varied bloom of wild mushrooms in the Gardens’ many habitats, or just walk out to the cliff house and watch the booming surf below.

Wild or mild, Fort Bragg has something for everyone, and is a year-round destination that’s just a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay area.  Start your New Year off right, in Fort Bragg.

More Fun with Liquid Fusion Kayaking

Posted on: July 6, 2013 at 11:19 am by bruce

Cate Hawthorne and Jeff Laxier, owners of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg understand how to create a memorable kayaking adventure whether you’re a beginner or a advanced “rock gardener.”
Here their latest summer line up:
Upcoming Classes/Events:
Daily Tours – For those that are not aquatically inclined, we have Dry and Mild tours that are comfortable and easy, but rich with experience.  For those that are adventurous and willing to get wet, our Whitewater of the Sea (rock gardening) is wet and wild and accessible to beginning through advanced paddlers.  
We also have started running our tandem sea kayak trips along the coast.  They can be dry and mild or wet and wild.  Check out this 15 second video clip from last week.

Sea Kayaking –
7/6 Essential Kayak Skills – dial in the basic strokes and rescue skills for sea kayaks. (check out our repeat customer special)
7/13 Sea Kayak Rock Gardening Class – learn the skills for paddling the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast
7/14 Second Sunday Coastal Tour – Explore the Mendocino Coast under our guidance and coaching.  Each month, we do a different stretch.
Whitewater Kayaking –  California is really dry.  GOOD NEWS – there is never a shortage of whitewater on the Mendocino Coast.  Our rock gardens always hold fun and adventure so come play with us.  Our Whitewater of the Sea Adventures are available several times/week.  Each trip is different and catered to the skill levels and interests of the group (typically 2-4 paddlers).  

Labor Day Waves and Caves Weekend.  Want 3 days of Ocean Rock Gardening in Whitewater Kayaks? Register by July 1 and save $$$.
Surf Kayaking – Develop the skills for performance surfing.  Private lessons and custom classes available.  Call us for more information.
Many of you know that kayak surfing is one of our favorite things.  Cate writes about it quite a bit in her Woman on Water blog.  Dawn Patrol was her most recent post.

Kayaking in Fort Bragg in the Fall? You Bet! You Can Go Mild or Wild

Posted on: November 20, 2012 at 8:52 am by bruce

Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne of Liquid Fusion Kayaking are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, they are patient teachers and they plan great kayaking adventures. We’re always enthusiastic to see their latest offerings.  Jeff and Cate will teach you basic kayaking skills in the big swimming pool at the C.V. Starr Center, lead you on a mild paddle along our coast or take you on a wild ride through the rock gardens. Here’s what they are up to the next six weeks (and for Martin Luther King’s birthday).

Gift Certificates – treat your friends and family members to adventure with an LFK gift certificate.

11/24-11/25 BCU 3* Sea Kayak Training – do you have the skills to be a competent member of a paddling team? LFK’s 3* Sea kayak training will give you a check-up and tune-up in skills that include personal skills (boat control/handling), rescue skills, safety and group skills, and knowledge for planning, navigation, and incident management.

11/24-11/25 Intro to Kayaking I in the CV Starr Swimming Pool – learn basic kayak skills in the CV Starr Swimming Pool.  This is a perfect first kayak class to learn basic maneuvering strokes and safety skills.  Intro to Kayaking II will be held December 15/16.

12/1-12/2 Whitewater River Kayaking II –  Take your basic kayak skills to the river.  Learn how to use your boat control skills in current and whitewater, river-proof your roll, and apply swiftwater safety skills.

12/8 & 12/9 Rock Garden 101 and Second Sunday Coastal Paddle – Come learn and play for a weekend in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast with LFK.  Gain confidence and skills in Saturday’s Rock Garden 101 Class then paddle, play, and explore on Sunday’s Coastal Tour.

12/15-12/16 Whitewater River Kayaking I – Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking to safely enjoy and paddle whitewater rivers.

Holiday Whitewater n Surf Safari (December 28-30) – Bring your whitewater kayak and/or surf kayak (or rent one of ours) and join us for 3 days of maximum whitewater and surfing fun.  Depending upon river flow and ocean surf conditions – we will choose the best spots for river running, river play, ocean surfing, and/or rock gardening.

Precision River Running Weekend – (Martin Luther King Weekend 2013) 2 days of whitewater river running skills and drills followed by a 3rd day of a class II/III whitewater river run.  Perfect your eddy turns, ferrying, boofing, water reading, scouting, rolling, and swiftwater safety.

Private lessons and custom classes in sea, river, and surf are available by appointment.

C.V. Starr Halloween Bash Saturday Night, Oct. 27 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Posted on: October 26, 2012 at 8:41 am by bruce

Looking for a great Halloween hang out for the kids, then check out  the Halloween Bash at C.V. Starr. Here are the details:

Event Description:

Come spend an evening of family fun! Decorate cookies, dabble in some Halloween Magic, show off your costume and let’s not forget… swim for your own pumpkin to take home in the Aquatic Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkins for the first 100 participants.

$5 per person or $15 Family
(3 pumpkins per family max)

300 S. Lincon St Fort Bragg CA

Skateboard Park Behind C.V. Starr Center A Big Draw

Posted on: May 31, 2011 at 3:30 am by bruce

Of course safety rules, including helmets and knee and elbow pads, apply at all times.

But the main rule at the new Stakeboard Park behind the C.V. Starr Center in Fort Bragg is to have fun. It’s become a popular home for kids after school and on weekends.

But you don’t need to be a kid — either as a participant or spectator — to enjoy  skateboarding. Older folks will remember fondly racing around city streets without pads or helmets with rollerskate wheels nailed to a board. That’s old school.

New school is dips, twists, drops, and jumps on custom boards racing over a course designed just for skateboarders. Regardless of your interest in the sport (the 2012 Olympics in London may officially make it a sport), watching a mostly younger group race around doing acrobatics non-stop is a blast.

Park hours are 9 a.m. to sunset daily. No admission.

PS. This is the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee’s 300th blog post!

10 Things To Do for a Great Fort Bragg Vacation

Posted on: May 12, 2011 at 10:12 am by bruce

1. Ride the Skunk Train with the engineer; eat BBQ at Northspur.
2. Take the “Street Corners of Fort Bragg” Tour.
3. Visit the Guest House Museum
4. Sign up for a class at Living Light Culinary Institute
5. Kayak the Noyo River with Liquid Fusion.
6. Hang out at Virgin Beach.
7. Spend the day at the C.V. Starr Center.
8. Hike to the Russian Gulch Waterfall.
9. Check out the lighthouse at Point Cabrillo Light Station.
10. Stroll the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

“Game On” at the C.V. Starr Community Center

Posted on: October 18, 2010 at 8:30 am by fbpc

The C.V. Starr Community Center is now offering something for the folks who like to watch professional sports… Monday Night football on the big screen in the community room, and it’s FREE.

The community room will have NCAA and NFL Football, Baseball playoffs and soon Basketball games on during regular SWIM, SLIDE, & SPLAS hours.

Go to to see times and dates.

On Sundays come in with the whole family or meet up with friends to watch 49er or Raider Games, and College football on Saturdays.  Games will be on when the Community Room is available, or you can book a private party to ensure the game is on for your group.

The C.V. Starr Community Center also offers FREE public WiFi, so bring your laptop and keep up on all the scores. Just check in with our Guest Service staff to access a connection code.

If you haven’t been to the center you’ll be amazed at everything they have to offer. Visit the next time you get a chance, 300 S. Lincoln, in Fort Bragg.

It’s Getting CREEPY at the CV Starr Center

Posted on: October 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm by fbpc

It’s getting pretty CREEPY at the C.V. Starr Center.

Watch as the Starr Center transforms over the next month and becomes a CREEPY, CRAWLY, CARNIVAL for Halloween.

Saturday October 30th will be Starr’s Creepy Crawly, Carnival and Return of the Aquatic Pumpkin Patch.  From 12-9:00 pm there will be swimming; a haunted house, games, food and pumpkins to pick from the aquatic pumpkin patch then decorate, for all ages.

For the Teens, 13-18 years old, the place will be come a teen pool party, swimming, music and dancing from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $3 or $5 at the door.  All students with ID will be $3.  Visit for details or call 707-964-9446.

Kick-Off The Summer Pool Party!

Posted on: May 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm by fbpc

CV Starr Pool PartyWhat better way to start off the summer than a Pool Party? And what a party it will be!

It’s May 30, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and the family-friendly price is just $3 each.

The day starts with individual races for all ages and abilities. The morning continues with family & friend relay races, followed by a bunch of fun pool games for kids & families.

The highlight of the day starts at 2:00 – the Community Pride Relay Races! Organizations, churches, businesses – even politicians will be competing for a “Boast of the Coast” trophy and most important of all – bragging rights!

Food will be available from local vendors throughout the day, so maybe this should be your first picnic of the season. The party starts at 10:00 and goes until 3:00. But don’t even think of leaving when the party winds down, because then the pool switches to open swim and the water-fun continues.

The event is a fundraiser hosted by Friends of the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District.  If you can help before-during-and-after the party call Susan at (707) 964-9446 to volunteer. Find out more at

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