1. Whales! The annual migration of the California gray whale begins in December and peaks in the winter months.
2. No crowds. On a winter day in Fort Bragg, there’s no waiting in line; not for a coffee, not for lunch, not for a parking space.
3. Walks. Whether it is along the ocean, in the redwoods or just down to the beach, there’s a walk for everyone.
4. Crab! Boats are bringing fresh Dungeness crab into Noyo Harbor daily. You can enjoy the delectable and seasonal treat in our local restaurants, or pick up one in the harbor or at a local grocer.
5. Waterfalls. A short walk through Otis Johnson Park or at Russian Gulch State Park and you can visit the magic of winter in the woods.
6. Mushrooms. Wild mushroom season is not limited to the fall months. Whether you forage or just hunt with a camera, there is still plenty of natures bounty to capture. You will see oyster, yellowfoot, black trumpet, candy caps and more, just look down along the edges of our roads and trails. Once you have the “mushroom eye” you will never look at the woods in the same way again.
7. Deals! Lodging rates in Fort Bragg have never been better. Check out our listings of cozy B&B’s or family-friendly motels and hotels for winter season specials.
8. Quiet! Did we say this was the quiet time of year? Other than the booming of the surf or the staccato tempo of the rain on the roof, there’s nothing to disturb the peace. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s nothing we like more.
9. Waves. Did we mention the spectacular winter surf in Fort Bragg? King tides and storm swells from the north Pacific combine to bring some of the most awe-inspiring ocean views you can imagine. Of course, watch from a safe distance and never turn your back on the ocean. For a sample, click on this link http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=841675705895809&set=o.176159877550&type=2&theater
10. Sunsets! Winter is sunset season on the Mendocino Coast, and Fort Bragg is no exception. Night after night of ever-changing rainbows. See if you can spot the elusive “green flash” or better yet, catch it with your camera. Visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fortbraggca to see the collection of sunset photos from our local photographers and fans.
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