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.