Antiques, collectibles, crafts, souvenirs, jewelry, boutiques, mini-malls,
galleries, glass blowing, tatoos, jams, jellies, wines, micro-brews,
smoked meats and fish, etc.
Coast Botanical Gardens
The Gardens has a bird watching hike once a month. Beaches, coastal
trails and parklands are all beautiful and rewarding areas for bird
watchers whether spending a few hours or a few days.
November through April the whale migration is viewed from the rugged
coastline. Catch a glimpse of a tail or a whale spouting from the
headlands, your balcony or a whale watching boat out of Noyo Harbor.
Where the commercial sport fishing fleet anchor. There are also whale
watching, coastal cruises, salmon fishing, crabbing, and home to
the Coast Guard. Many fine sea food restaurants in this the, largest
harbor between San Francisco and Eureka. See below
Boats/Ocean Fishing - All
Aboard Adventures with Captain Tim
These boats, all based out of Noyo Harbor, will take you out for
any number of excursions. salmon, rockcod, albacore, ling cod,
bottom fishing, crabbing, and sunset cruises with karaoke.
Valley Wine Country
A narrow winding road through a beautiful secluded valley of small
world-class wineries. Stop and smell the roses and experience your
Excursion Skunk Train
Don't miss the next beer/wine festival. Coast Vacation
Trailers can set up
a trailer for you at the wine/beer festival they have in Anderson
Valley. Hendywoods State Park and a small county park are there for
people to stay during the festival. Please contact us for more details.
Known to locals as the Skunk Train, this railroad is like no other
in California. Started in 1885 as a logging railroad it now operates
passenger trains through the Redwood Forest, along the Noyo River and
over the Coastal Mountain Range. The “All Aboard!” call
starts you on either a half day or a full day trip through natural
beauty you won’t soon forget. Visit the Skunk Train web site.
Trees one hundred years old are six to eight feet tall with
a diameter the size of a quarter. The “soil” is
grey and hard as cement.
What once was the town dump is now an attraction for both visitors
and residents. A beach unlike any other you are likely to find, for
this beach is covered in small, now smooth bits of colored glass.
Tiny bits of glass, like those you might find in an aquarium, now
fills the beach from one end to the other. You can walk for hours
picking up different colors, and some have even been known to keep
a couple of interesting pieces they find.
Class Micro Brewery
The Brewery opened in 1988. We couldn’t be more proud of
them. Our North Coast Brewery has been named One of the Ten Best
Breweries in the World by the American Beer Association. Needless
to say, no trip to Fort Bragg would be complete without sampling
a little home brew and maybe catching a tour of the brewery itself
(located right in the middle of town).
Want to take a horse back ride along the beach at sunset? Or meander
through the woods at a cowpokes pace? How about a brisk trot through
the foam on a beach while the waves crash right next to you? Ricochet
Ridge Ranch in Fort Bragg can make all your horse-based dreams come
true. The ranch offers both English and Western riding. Half hour
to all day private rides, as well as scheduled half hour rides. What
about a week-long riding vacation? Ricochet
Ridge Ranch can set it
all up for you.
and Lumber Museum
In the middle of town, on the west side of Main Street, perched
atop a small knoll sits a beautiful old Victorian home known
as the Guest House Museum. Within the museum walls you will
find display after display on local history, including logging,
fishing, trains, and even pictures of those families who used
to reside in our fair city many years ago. So take a step back
through history and explore the birth of the largest town on
the Mendocino Coast.
Ever wondered what would happen if you surrounded people with natural
beauty for years and then asked them to express it? We know
what would happen… a small town only four miles long
would be gifted with enough artisans to fill more than six
galleries. And how would a small town go about celebrating
those artisans? Why, it would hold parties on the First Friday
of every month to open the new exhibits at all those local
The last remaining wooden train trestle of an era when logging
trains ran along the shore, then inland along the Ten Mile River
to pick up redwood logs for return to the Union Lumber Company
mill. The tracks were torn up in 1954 and logging trucks continued
to use the trestle to deliver logs to what is now Georgia Pacific.
Headlands, Secluded Beaches,
The state parks have miles of beaches and rock formations. With
endless interest you could be spending many pleasurable hours
studying the many and various colorful life forms along the shore
and coastal inlets.
Want to take to the rivers and explore? What better way then
in a kayak or canoe? Visit Noyo Harbor from the water level,
explore the peaceful intertidal environment of Noyo River,
paddle up Big River and picnic on a spot of beach, or brave
the currents and paddle right into the ocean! See sights you
can’t get to
on foot and would never dream of from a car. Are you a novice to
paddling around? No problem! Lessons and safety equipment are available
(including wetsuits). The Coast offers two places for rentals.