Talk of the Town • Recent Posts

This page shows the most recent blog posts. You can also access blog archives by Month or by Keywords—select these in the sidebar. You can also use the Search Box in the page header to search for blog posts or anything else.

Coastal Trail Construction to Begin

Posted on: July 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Julia Conway No Comments
View of the mill site and  Coastal Trail

View of the mill site and Coastal Trail

 

We are excited to announce that the contract for the build out of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail has been approved and awarded to Granite Construction (www.graniteconstruction.com) of Ukiah.  This trail, which will be built on former GP mill site land, will connect the Noyo Headlands with Glass Beach, and run the length of the coastal frontage of the property.

The City of Fort Bragg has been working for several years to complete the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail project which will provide public access to Fort Bragg’s coast for the first time in over a century. The project is funded with a $1.36 million grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, $4.8 million from State Parks Proposition 84 funding, and $348,000 in Caltrans funding. The City has all of the funds in place to construct the trail. The project will be constructed in 2014 and 2015, with expected completion in the fall of 2015.

For more information and environmental documents, visit the page on the City’s new website at http://ca-fortbragg.civicplus.com/163/Coastal-Trail

 

Share Button

Fireworks, Salmon BBQ and Good Old-Fashioned Fun in Fort Bragg for July 4th Weekend

Posted on: June 30, 2014 at 3:01 am by bruce

It’s not too late to head to Fort Bragg for big Fourth of July Weekend doings, including fireworks and the World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue. Those events, plus the cool coastal weather, should be reasons enough to gas up the car and head north.

fireworks

World's Largest Salmon Festival, Fort Bragg, CAOn the July 4th Weekend, expect fireworks and the World Largest Salmon BBQ in Noyo Harbor.

Both events take place on Saturday, July 5.

Check out our lodging page to find a room for the weekend.

Did we mention shopping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and horseback riding (woods and beach) as other things to do during your visit?

Share Button

Summer Fun in Fort Bragg: Garden Lover’s Escape

Posted on: June 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm by bruce

Mendocino Coast Botanical GardensWho would ever guess that a former lumber town and small fishing village would be a mecca for garden lovers?

Celeri & Son Rhododendron Nursery

Celeri & Son Rhododendron Nursery

Depending on the time of the year, you’ll find a steady supply of dungeness crab or fresh fish, just off the boat, in Noyo Harbor. You can even catch a whale watching boat and head out to sea.

But we also have one of the most beautiful and unusual coastal gardens in the world right down the road at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. There are 47 acres of rare, exotic and popular flowers stretching from the entrance off Highway 1 to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a wonderful walk, full of birds, cozy winding paths and quiet spots to picnic. You’ll even find a small cafe to fuel your passion for the plant world.

Two other gardens are of note: Simply Succulents, which is a haven for succulents from around the world, and Celeri and Son, a giant rhododendron nursery. Both are worth a visit.

Share Button

Summer Fun in Fort Bragg: Friendly Family Get-Away

Posted on: June 20, 2014 at 3:30 am by bruce

 

It’s time to hit the road for a summer family get-away. But where can you go that has something for everyone in the family? The answer: Fort Bragg, CA situated on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. Here are just a few of our attractions:

The C.V. Starr Center

Fun for the whole family at C.V. Starr

Fun for the whole family at C.V. Starr

There are few places in California that boast a recreation center the size and scope of Fort Bragg’s C.V. Starr / Spath Aquatic Center. Here at this spectacular facility you’ll find an eight-lane pool, workout areas, fitness equipment, water slides, and meeting rooms for community events and group gatherings.

Opened in 2009, the C.V. Starr Center is a destination for families, couples and singles to swim, workout, or take classes in everything from pilates to kayaking. Just outside the building are picnic benches, a dog park and a skateboard park and a petanque court.

Skunk Train

The historic Skunk line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits on US Highway 101. Along the way, the tracks cross some 30 bridges and trestles and pass through two deep mountain tunnels as it wends its way through the area’s beautiful redwoods.. The half-way point of Northspur is popular lunch spot, giving passengers a chance to snack before continuing to Willits or heading back to Fort Bragg. This is an experience the whole family will love. All aboard!

All aboard the Skunk Train!

All aboard the Skunk Train!

 Glass Beach

From trash to treasure! From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were unceremoniously pushed over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for centuries. Mother Nature responded to this abuse with a nice surprise in the form of smooth, colored sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colors.

There are actually three glass beaches  — all former city trash dump sites — that continue to turn up beautiful sea glass. One of the beaches is part of MacKerricher State Park. Take the family for an afternoon of exploring. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover.

Sea Glass Treasure At Glass Beach

Sea Glass Treasure At Glass Beach

Haul Road And 10 Mile Beach: A Great Place To Walk, Ride A Bike, Or Catch A Spectacular Sunset

The Old Haul Road (once used as the truck route for hauling redwoods from the to the mill in Fort Bragg) offers miles of easy bike riding, walking, and ocean views along 10 Mile Beach. The trail starts in Downtown Fort Bragg and ends at Cleone Lake in MacKerricher State Park. Or you can park at Cleone Lake and walk north. Pack a backpack and plan to spend a few hours!

Ten Mile Beach

Ten Mile Beach

 

Share Button

Summer Fun in Fort Bragg: Miles of Beaches and Private Coves

Posted on: June 16, 2014 at 3:48 am by bruce

Beach

Over a 12-mile stretch of Northern California’s Mendocino Coast, our beaches offer more things to do, more rugged coastline, more hidden coves and sea caves, more interesting rocks, more birds, more clear water and more solitude than anyplace else we know of.

You can picnic, run, beach comb, explore tide pools, watch whales, go birding, ride horses, or photograph big waves … and even bigger sunsets. Three of our beaches are world renown for colorful frosted sea glass, tumbled into myriad fanciful shapes by majestic waves.

Fort Bragg also is proud to be the official “Gateway” to the California Coastal National Monument along the Mendocino Coast. Located off the 1,100 miles of California coastline, the California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. All those beautiful rocks are home to sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans, gulls and abundant marine life.

This summer, pack up the car and come see what we’re talking about. For more information visit http://www.fortbragg.com/explore/beaches.

More Simple Pleasures

Need more ideas for a fun time in Fort Bragg?  Check out these simple pleasures. http://www.fortbragg.com/explore/simple-pleasures/

Share Button

Father’s Day in Fort Bragg: Skunk Train Special

Posted on: June 12, 2014 at 3:41 am by bruce
All Aboard For The Father's Day Special!

All Aboard For The Father’s Day Special!

Father’s Day is just a few days away, but it is still not too late to book a room in Fort Bragg, California and take Dad on the ride of his life!

We’re talking about the Father’s Day Barbecue And Skunk Train Ride Sunday, June 15th. The train travels from Fort Bragg to Northspur, the midpoint of the railroad located 21.3 miles east of Fort Bragg and 18.7 miles west of Willits. This is the turnaround point for every train. Back in the day Northspur was one of the busiest logging camp in the Noyo River Canyon, housing a store, post office, and the Noyo River Apple Company. Set on the banks of the Noyo River this large redwood grove has been welcoming passengers for well over a century.

Northspur, Your Father's Day Destination

Northspur, Your Father’s Day Destination

Share Button

Summer Fun in Fort Bragg — Ride Horses On The Beach And In The Redwoods

Posted on: June 10, 2014 at 3:25 am by bruce
This could be you!

This could be you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of destinations offer horseback riding, but few offer rides on beaches and in the redwoods. One of these special places is Fort Bragg’s Ricochet Ridge Ranch, located about one mile north of Historic Downtown Fort Bragg, and across from McKerricher State Park.

Plan now for an unforgettable summer experience for you and the whole family!

Riding on the spectacular Mendocino Coast

Riding on the spectacular Mendocino Coast

 

 

Share Button

World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue July 5th in Fort Bragg

Posted on: June 6, 2014 at 3:07 am by bruce

Salmon BBQ T-Shirt for saleThe World Largest Salmon BBQ is set for Saturday, July 5th in Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor. You don’t want to miss this Fort Bragg favorite!

Tickets for the barbecue are $30 at the door or $23 at Harvest Market. Admission to the festivities is free. Come and listen to the music and enjoy the afternoon in Noyo Harbor.

The barbecue starts at 11am and goes to 6 pm. No dogs allowed in the dining area.

It’s All For A Great Cause: Restoring The Local Salmon Fisheries

The annual BBQ benefits the Salmon Restoration Association (SRA), a group of fishermen, biologists, and concerned businesses and citizens of the area, started in 1971 to raise funds to improve the salmon fisheries of the region.

The SRA now works to restore streams and creeks to their once healthy habitats where Coho salmon can spawn on their own and their young can live and grow until its time to return to the ocean.  Many local non-profit environmental organizations, as well as Trout Unlimited, the California Conservation Corps, NOAA, California Fish and Game and other government entities are involved in these projects.

For More Information And A Tasty Grilled Salmon Recipe: Check out the SRA website.

Share Button

Fourth of July Fireworks Show Set for July 5, 2014

Posted on: May 27, 2014 at 3:58 am by bruce
There's something magical about fireworks on our Mendocino Coast!

There’s something magical about fireworks on our Mendocino Coast!

The annual fireworks show attracts hundreds of locals and visitors to see the explosion of light and color over Pomo Bluffs Park (also called Todd Point) in Fort Bragg.

Show up early to get a good parking spot and be sure to bring blankets and snacks – the event is packed. Fireworks can be viewed from the park, the parking lots, College of The Redwoods, Noyo Beach, the Noyo Bridge and other spots on the south end of town.

This favorite annual event is sponsored by City of Fort Bragg and the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee.

Share Button

Memorial Day Weekend: History Walk in Downtown Fort Bragg on Sunday May 25

Posted on: May 22, 2014 at 3:44 am by bruce
Mission Baptist Church, famous for its architecture

Mission Baptist Church, famous for its architecture

Mendocino Coast Historical Society offers a regular docent led walk of Fort Bragg’s historical business district. The next walking tour is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25.

Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich and historic commercial past. Hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built, and how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district, and learn how the area has changed throughout Fort Bragg’s history.

 A scene from by-gone days.

A scene from by-gone days.

A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.

Meet at Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg.

For details on other scheduled walks, contact the Mendocino Coast Historical Society; 707-964-4251.

Share Button