With some 20,000 gray whales migrating North along our coastline from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from boat or shore through April. Come witness these amazing and beautiful mammals first hand. It is an experience you will not soon forget.
Whale Watching Package:
Package include: Lodging, two tickets for a two hour whale watching cruise aboard Telstar, and unlimited mini golf passes Friday-Sunday.

2 Night Discounted package starts at only $188 plus tax* for single queen
*Room upgrades and weekends will be higher. Rates are based on dbl occupancy.

Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy even bigger savings!
3 Night Discounted package starts at only $226 plus tax* for single queen
*Room upgrades and weekends will be higher.
Rates are based on dbl occupancy.

**Please note: Discounted packages are not available during holiday weekends, however, Whale watching tickets can still be booked!
Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 16-17, 2013
FORT BRAGG, Calif. –—Enjoy Wine, Chowder and microbrew tasting while visiting our local shops and Inns, and whale watch from the Pomo Bluffs Park in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches.

Soroptimist of Fort Bragg Annual Whale Run Saturday, March 16, 2013 8 AM- 10K, 5K Run * 5K Competitive Walk * 5K Run Walk * Kiddie Race 7:40 am

Passport Wine Tasting Event (Saturday only): $25 advance tickets and $30 at the door. Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals in shops and galleries in Historic Downtown Fort Bragg. Purchase wrist bands and a glass from Town Hall beginning at 1:00pm

Chowder Tasting $10 (Saturday only). Sample chowders from some of the best chefs on the coast! Tasting will be held at Town Hall (363 N Main Street) between 11:00am–1:00pm or until chowder runs out, so get there early!

Microbrew Beer Tasting: $30 (Saturday only). Taste beer like you’ve never tasted it before, right here in your own backyard at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg (210 N Corry); 12:00–4:00pm.

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast Guard Auxilliary will give lens tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories about the Station and its history.
MacKerricher State Park: Scavenger hunt, paint the whale skeleton and more.
Whale slide show 7 pm (3/15) at the Mendocino Coast Photography Guild and Gallery in Fort Bragg.

For more information and a schedule of events visit:
Amazing 2 hour cruises are only $35 per person!
www.mendowhale.com/events
Mendocino Whale Festival March 2 & 3, 2013
MENDOCINO, Calif. — Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of
whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park,
while tasting chowder and wine, and discovering art exhibits, local shops and Inns.

MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDE: Wine Tasting (Saturday only) Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals.
Chowder Tasting $10 (Saturday only) Sample chowder from some of the best chefs on the coast.
The Coast presents the Mendocino Whale Festival Concert - Gene Parsons & David Hayes - Saturday March 2nd - Crown Hall Mendocino. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8 . Order tickets online through the link at http://www.kozt.com . Phone orders (with credit card) 1-800-838-3006
Whale Watching Docent-led whale watch walks are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are available. Meet at the Ford House.
Wildlife Art Exhibit The exhibit can be viewed at the Mendocino Art Center (45200 Little Lake Street) 10:00am–5:00pm daily.
Plein-air Artist Display (Weather permitting) See artists in their natural habitat and in action.
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast Guard Auxilliary will give lens tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories about the Station and its history.


Whale Festival Attractions THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:

· Whale Watching Charter Boat Tours (Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg) · Point Cabrillo Lighthouse · Horseback Riding
· MacKerricher State Park Docent led Whale Walks · Walking Whale Watching Tours at the Botanical Garden
· “Whale Tales” Exhibit and whale watching tips from Docents at the Ford House Visitor’s Center
The Whales!
The celebration is all about the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with their newborn calves from the protected lagoons of western Baja to their ancestral feeding grounds in the cold waters of the Bering Sea. The migrating whales, numbering 18,000 - 23,000 individuals, pass by the Mendocino Coast twice each year: once going south between the months of November and February, and again going north between the months of February and June. Since they don't migrate simultaneously, not all the whales make it all the way to Baja. Some linger off shore and observations suggest that these are primarily the younger males. Newly pregnant females lead the northward migration, followed by males.

The California Gray Whale travels the longest distance on migration of any mammal. This species is the only whale whose year-round habits and whereabouts are well known.

Examinations of the stomachs of whales during the whaling days indicated that gray whales eat very little while migrating and while in calving areas. Thus, many whales may go without food for three to five months.

The animals travel south to the three major breeding and calving lagoons on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico: Laguna Ojo de Libre, San Ignacio Lagoon (also known as Scammon's Lagoon), and Magdalena Bay. Captain Charles Scammon charted many of these areas in the mid-1800s as he hunted gray whales.

The northbound migration begins with immature animals (some of which may not have gone all the way to Mexico), adult males, and females without calves. Breeding sometimes is observed at this time.

Calves usually are rambunctious but stay close to their mothers as they become more coordinated and develop an insulating blubber layer. Calves are at least a month old before they migrate north with their mothers. Mothers and calves are the last to leave the lagoons and move somewhat more slowly.

During the spring migration, if the weather is good, you can see whales within a few hundred yards of coastal headlands.

The full round-trip migration from the Baja calving lagoons to the Bering Sea and back is 10,000 miles (16,000 km), the longest known for any mammal. Other whales also are known to migrate between summer high latitude feeding grounds and more temperate low latitude breeding and calving areas. However, researchers know more about the gray whale because it moves so close to shore. This near-shore movement has led to speculation that gray whales navigate by staying in shallow water or keeping the surf noises to one side or the other depending upon their direction of travel.