Besides the spectacular coastline and flora, there are also great tide pool and bird watching opportunities here. Seals, sea lions, and whales can often be spotted off shore. But, please stay on the trail. Don't walk across the bluff flora to watch wildlife.
The 1940's Academy Award Winner Johnny Belinda, which featured Jane Wyman as a deaf girl, was shot on location at Belinda Point. The set is mostly gone, but the pond and natural setting remain. Access to Belinda Point is south of the main bridge, and difficult to find, so this place is a good off the beaten path bluff to visit but it remains one of the must see places in Fort Bragg. The initial part of the walk is through a carefully restored natural woodland, grasses, and flowers--adjacent to private property--so please don't trash the place or pick flowers.
Although crowded with tourists, this is a must see place in Fort Bragg as these images testify. Further up the coast, new housing also testifies to the growing popularity of Fort Bragg generally speaking.
Glass Beach is on the northern end of town. Turn right at the Denny's and follow your nose to the beach. It's a very popular place to go, and as a result the famed glass is now disappearing. Originally, the cove and beach were a dump where discarded metal and bottles were carelessly dumped. Then, the beach was cleaned up, but the broken glass remained and became worn smooth by wave action. Some rusty steel I-beams and twisted railroad rails are still part of the landscape. Until recently, the popularity of the particle glass resource was such that folks took the glass away by the bucket. There is lots of artwork sold around town that incorporates the glass fragments. Now, the beach is designated an "archeological preserve", and so it's actually illegal to take the glass fragments away. Nevertheless, the beach is poorly patrolled and tourists are faithfully cleaning up the beach such that soon it will be "glass beach" in name only. Even so, this is a beautiful seascape of tide pools, bluffs, and beach. Dogs on lease are allowed here.
This harbor is featured in the movie "Overboard" and is even more beautiful in person. It's a great place to watch the harbor seals and fishing boats. You can charter fishing boats, head out whale watching, or rent a kyack from here. Links to charter companies are on the contact website. There are also several nice restaurants with great views of the harbor.
Noyo Harbor is where Fort Bragg's fishing boats are based. And it has good seafood. This is a nice fishing village; you can enjoy yourself just watching the boats come and go. Chartered fishing tours are available. Check the website below.
Walking down to it from downtown is hazardous, as there are no sidewalks. The road is narrow, too. Better to drive.
Ft Bragg's downtown has numerous small museums, cafes, and shops. This picturesque coastal community is an interesting place to visit for a few hours. This town once had a thriving timber industry, and fishing as well. Today, tourism plays an increasing role in the economy.
These gardens were founded by Ernest and Betty Schoefer in 1961. The state acquired them in 1992, and transferred them to the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District. A non-profit organization operates them today.
This is a horticultural paradise. Covering 47 acres, it has examples of plants from all over. Habitats included manicured gardens, woodlands, a canyon, wetlands, and the seacoast. Not just for green thumbs--it's great for quiet, relaxing walks and simply getting away from it all.
With Miles of State Parks and beautiful scenery to explore there are a few rules about bringing your dog.
There are NOT any off-leash dog areas. Mendocino County also has a leash law. To avoid a fine and assure your pet's safety near the water or in the woods you need to leash your dog!
If you would like to leave your pet for the day while you play at the beach , there are several Pet Boarding Facilities in the area.
The Vet's in the area coordinate their off-hours, holidays and weekends to be available. Their answering service will state which Veternairian is on duty.
For Further information contact the Medocino Coast Humane Society (707) 964-7729
STATE PARKS POLICY ON DOGS
leash no longer then 6 feet
AREAS WHERE DOGS PROHIBITED
1. The beach North of Virgin Creek for 1,000 yards to the rock outcrop in MacKerricher State Park.
2. The beach north of Inglenook Creek all the way to Ten Miles River in MacKerricher State Park.
3. Posted locations adjacent to seal pup haul-outs at MacKerricher State Park.
4. The beach south of the AT&T facility all the way to the Garcia Rivere Mouth
Trail Rides on the Beach and in the Redwoods. Ride horses on wild coastal beaches or a Cattle Ranch overlooking the ocean.
1 1\2 hour to all day rides available
English and Western
lodging, fine dining
Mendocino county has the highest number of artists per capita in the U.S. You will find hundreds of jewelers, potters, Photographers, painters and other artist residing here. You can take painting workshops from well known and respected Arstist. Every where you turn you will see a Gallery filled with beautiful art.
This area just seems to bring out the artist in you.
39165 S. Hwy 1
Gualala (707) 884-4884
Artists Co-op of Mendocino
painting, sculpture, local artists
45270 Main Street Upstairs
Mendocino (707) 937-2217
Cletic Creations Mendocino
on the conrer of Main and Kasten, upstairs
Color & Light Gallery
10525 Ford Street Mendocino
Dark & Light Gallery
421-C N. Franklin St. Fort Bragg
Very unusal and weird art and objects
Edgewater Gallery open daily
356 N. Main St.
Fort Bragg Fabric Studio
122 E. Fir St. in the alley
(707) 961-1800 by appointment
TRIANGLE TATTOO & MUSEUM
If you have always wanted a tattoo, then this is the place to do it! Madame Chinchilla & Mr. G are two of the most respected tattoo artists in the country. They were featured on the Discovery Channel Documentry about the world of Tattoo. Check out the fascinating museum filled with tattoo artifacts and photos. Book your session early as they are very busy.
Mother Ocean is at her best in Mendocino & Fort Bragg. She will sing you to sleep at night and leave treasure upon her sand for you to gather; sea shells, glass, pieces of pottery from some sunken ship, driftwood and many other surpries. It is great to get a cup of coffee grab your camera and head for one of her numerous places to explore.
Her tides and currents are treacherous though so you must not turn your back to her or behave recklessly.
I suppose it is silly to tell you to go to the beach, but go to the beach. Take a picnic and a sweater (it can be a bit chilly even in the summer) and walk down any one of the area's beautiful beaches until you find a quiet spot to perch.
Mendocino Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Hwy. 1, Ft. Bragg (707)964-4352, open daily 9-5, Mar. thru Oct., 9-4 Nov. thru Feb.
Willits Skunk Train, Hwy. 1 & Laurel St., Ft. Bragg (707)964-6371. Half-day trip fm. Ft. Bragg to Northspur water station, $27/adultos/$14 menores/kids. Full day outing w/lunch stop in Willits, $35adultos/$18 kinder. 'Arf day runs daily March 1 thru Nov. 30. Full day Apr.15 Tax Day thru 4/30 & May 27 thru Oct. 28.
Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Whale Festival takes place 3rd weekend in March, features classic car 7 tour d'elegance, seafood tasting, Microbrewers' Beerfest, arts & crafts fair, and a fancy footrace for all you RUNNERS on the headlands. First weekend in March, Mendocino hosts like events, wine tasting and strolling troubadours. INFO: (800)726-2780.
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