Start off your first day with a cozy warm cup of coffee. We have quite an array of coffeehouses to choose from including: Headlands Coffeehouse, Mendocino Cookie Company, Laurel Deli, A-Frame Expresso, and Mara’s Coffeehouse. Once you are awake and warm, make your way to Downtown Fort Bragg where you’ll find many unique shops from a quirky sock store, eco-friendly boutiques, world famous ice cream parlor and video games galore.
After exploring downtown, hop on the Skunk Train’s Magical Christmas Train. FromDecember 3rd-23rd, tickets include a 1 hour train ride with stories told along the way, delicious cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and visiting time with Santa Claus himself. Put your Christmas pajamas on and get ready for this train ride of a lifetime! Click here for tickets.
It’s time for some lunch, and so many options to choose from. Enjoy seafood in the Noyo Harbor, Italian food downtown, authentic Mexican cuisine and so much more, click here for the full list.
Rain or shine, you’ll be blown away by our endless stretch of alluring headland trails. Indulge yourself in MacKerricher State Park, located roughly three miles North of Fort Bragg on the West side of Highway 1. With miles of vast headlands and boardwalk trails, MacKerricher is high up on our list of most beautiful places in the world. If you are still craving ocean views, wander over to our Coastal Trail, located off the West end of both Elm Street and Cypress Street. Here you will find a total of over 7 miles of breathtaking headland trails.
For Dinner, enjoy a warm home cooked meal in downtown Fort Bragg, or take in the views from the Noyo Harbor while you eat. Click here for dinner venues.
Goodnight, and get ready for another memorable day in beautiful Fort Bragg, CA!
Deciding where to go for breakfast can be one of the most difficult decisions in life. Check out our restaurant page for some ideas. For a traditional American breakfast, head over to Homestyle Cafe located about 2 miles South of downtown Fort Bragg. Here you will experience warm, friendly service and delicious home cooked food. If you’re looking to channel your inner child, check out Egghead’s Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Fort Bragg. They are a Wizard of Oz themed breakfast and lunch venue, stocked to the brim with Wizard of Oz memorabilia and even a yellow brick road.
After breakfast, visit the Noyo Harbor to watch the sea lions and “sea” the fishermen. The Noyo Harbor is also home to different Charter Boats, fishing supply stores, fresh caught seafood and a dog friendly off-leash beach. If you’re feeling up to it in this chilly weather, Liquid Fusion Kayaking offers tours up and down the Noyo River, suitable for all ages and experience levels.
If it’s rainy outside, cozy up and enjoy an afternoon movie indoors at our local movie theatre, Coast Cinemas. Check their website for movies playing now and coming soon!
After that, sit down for a nice dinner at North Coast Brewing Company. If you go on Friday or Saturday,you won’t want to miss Jazz at the Sequoia room. Jazz artists both local and from around the globe perform as you enjoy your dinner. Tickets for the jazz are sold separately from dinner so be sure to book those fast, they are very popular and sell out quickly.
Well, it’s your last day! What will you choose for breakfast? We don’t mind if you go back to the same restaurant you went to yesterday, it’ll be our little secret. If you want to try something new, Cafe One just 1/2 a mile north of downtown serves up all organic, vegetarian cuisine with non-vegetarian options and Mexican fusion. You could also try Cucina Verona on Laurel Street in downtown Fort Bragg which offers brunch every day. Enjoy some bottomless mimosas and french toast, then bring your jacket and wander around town for some last minute souvenir shopping.
In the afternoon, we recommend you spend some time at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens located about 2 1/2 miles South of Fort Bragg on the West side of Highway 1. Rain or shine, this Winter wonderland will stay in your memories forever as you wander through redwoods and ferns, vast meadows, and peer at the open sea across the rocky headlands. If you visit from late November to mid-December, you’ll want to stay until the evening to see the twinkling lights from their Annual Festival of Lights display.
Since it’s your last day, you can’t leave without visiting Glass Beach. This was our former dumpsite until the late 1960’s. Since then, the broken glass pieces from bottles and dishware tumbled in the waves as they hit against the rocks, becoming beautifully polished sea glass. Be sure to visit at low tide, that’s when you will see the most glass. Click here for tide charts. Also, please leave the glass for others to enjoy as this is a sight people travel long distances to see!
For dinner, stick with a favorite dinner venue from one of the previous days, or choose a new one! Click here for full list. After dinner if the skies are clear, visit Pudding Creek Beach to watch the sunset. You can either watch from down below on the beach, or from above on the Pudding Creek Trestle. To access, drive West on Elm Street, then take a right onto Glass Beach Drive and at the very end is the parking lot for the trestle. You can also access the beach from here but it is a bit of a steep climb. For easy beach access, there is a parking lot on the west side of Highway 1.
Quick Itinerary Summary
- Skunk Train “Magical Christmas Train
- Walk the Headland Trails
- Noyo Harbor/Kayaking
- Coast Cinemas
- Jazz at the Sequoia Room
- Glass Beach
- Botanical Gardens/Festival of Lights
- Sunset at Pudding Creek Beach
Fort Bragg is full of activities and it is difficult to do them ALL in three days! You will just have to come back again soon 🙂
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