Fort Bragg.... paradise by the sea.
Amazing Dining.... here are just a few.
MENDOCINO COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS - 47 breathtaking acres. An easy 1/2 mile walk takes you from well tended gardens through a fern covered canyon to spectacular vistas at the ocean's edge. Summer hours: 9-5pm,
Winter Hours: 9am- 4pm. Located just minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.
18220 North Hwy 1. (707)-964-4352 www.gardenbythesea.org
POINT CABRILLO LIGHT HOUSE - and state park offers a spectacular fresnel lens, new museum exhibits, nature preserve, and gift shop. Visit the lighthouse that has been in operation since 1909. It is only 6 miles from the Emerald Dolphin. Open daily 11-4. Free to the public! Please note: it is an easy 1/2 mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot. For more information visit: www.pointcabrillo.org
RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK - This park is known for the heavily forested Creek Canyon, a headland that features the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and a beach that offers swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving and rock fishing. Inland,(about 5 mile round trip hike) there is a 36-foot high waterfall. Hikers will enjoy miles of hiking trails. The park also has a paved three-mile bicycle trail. Located approx. 8 miles South of Emerald Dolphin Inn on Highway 1.
MONTGOMERY WOODS - Mendocino County's Coastal forests are home to some of largest, tallest, and oldest redwoods in the world. Some of these trees touch the sky at nearly 300 feet tall. Montgomery Woods, located 1 hour East of Fort Bragg on the Comptche Ukiah Rd between Mendocino and Ukiah, is a small alluvial flat that's hidden away in a remote, steep-sided valley, where you'll find one of the most scenic redwood groves in existence. At one time, Montgomery Flat contained the tallest measured tree in the world at 367'. While its location is secret, and taller trees have since been found in other parks, that distinction still gives the grove a certain cachet.
JACKSON STATE FOREST - Covering over 55,000 acres, Jackson State is another beautiful, redwood and animal rich forest located 1/2 hour E. of Fort Bragg on Hwy 20 .
AVENUE OF THE GIANTS - This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Hwy 101, next to 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves.
DRIVE THROUGH TREE - There are three "Drive-Through" Trees located on the North Coast. All are privately owned and a fee is charged to drive through. The closest one to Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, four miles south of the park visitor's center. Another is in Leggett, only 50 minutes from Fort Bragg and the junction of Hwy One and Hwy 101. Open from 8am to dusk, it offers a gift shop, picnic area, & nature walks. #67402 (Hwy 271) Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett.
MACKERRICHER STATE PARK-
A park that has it all. Come, visit the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, feed the ducks or fish in the lake, Bird Watch, take a walk on the boardwalk to explore the tide pools or watch sea lions. Don't forget to look for whale spouts!
If you have time to venture through the camp ground area, you will also find a replica of a life size whale skeleton. If you only have time for one park on this trip... this is the one not to miss. Located on Highway One, just 3 miles North of Fort Bragg and just 10 short minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.
And the best part is... park entrance is always free to the public!
THE GUEST HOUSE MUSEUM- Located on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg, you will see an amazing piece of history. Inside the Museum one will find pictures and artifacts telling the history of the forest products industry on the Mendocino Coast and the city of Fort Bragg. Pictures include water shipping, railroads, mills and wood scenes and the earthquake of 1906.
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10:30am-2:30pm (closed Tu-Th April-Oct)
Admissions: Adults $2, Students 13-16 $1, Under 13yrs free
GLASS BEACH- One of the most unique beaches in the world. The sand is covered in smooth beach glass glistening in the sun. Located on West Elm street in Fort Bragg, just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn.
The Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf is located at 1211 South Main Street, Fort Bragg, on the corner of Hwy One and Ocean View Drive, just South of the Noyo Bridge and North of the Hwy 20 intersection on the Ocean side.
From Hwy 20: Turn right onto Hwy One and left at the next light onto Ocean View Drive. Look for the Motel Entrance sign on your left.
From Hwy One: Turn west off Hwy One onto Ocean View drive and look for
the Motel Entrance sign on your left.
Just a short walk (1/4 mile) from your guest room door will take you to the
ocean cliffs and gorgeous paved walking trail at Todd's Point and Pomo Bluffs.
This is an excellent place to watch for whales, see the sun set, walk, run, and bike ride.
Adjacent to the property you will find the 18 hole Miniature Golf course, Arcade area, Family Hair salon, and a large grassy field perfect for sports, kite flying, and dog running.
Also within walking distance: The Cliff House Restaurant, David's Deli, McDonald's, College of the Redwoods, Harvest Market, Rite Aid, Boatyard Laundry, Pizza Factory, & Subway.
Only 1-2 miles from downtown, beaches, parks, Botanical Gardens, Charter Boats & the Skunk Train Depot.
Just 5 miles to the Point Cabrillo Light house & 7 miles to Mendocino.
Views: Emerald Dolphin is nestled among a quiet residential area and within 1/4 of the ocean cliffs. Views from most upper floor rooms will have distant ocean views, the beautiful Miniature golf course, grassy field, and the surrounding area.
Heron's By the Sea is a little hole in the wall located in the Noyo Harbor under the bridge and has an amazing seafood menu not to disappoint. 32100 N Harbor Dr. 962-0680
The Cliff House restaurant is within walking distance to our Inn and has a nice selection of seafood, steak, and pasta with amazing ocean views & full bar. 961-0255
Silvers by the Wharf- A great choice especially for lunch. Fresh seafood, American cuisine in the Harbor. 964-4283
North Coast Brewery- best known for their award winning beer, amazing thick beer battered fish and chips, and killer nachos.
444 N. Main St. 964-3400
Little River Inn Restaurant- Hwy One, Little River
Albion River Inn- Hwy One, Albion 937-1919
MacCallum House, 45020 Albion St, Mendocino 937-0289
Cafe One- 753 N Main ST
Ravens Restaurant- 10051 S Big River Rd., Mendocino 937-5615
Lee's Chinese- 154 E Redwood Ave- 964-6843 (daily lunch plates too!)
Off the Hook- Sushi too! 118 E Redwood Ave 964-3788
Taka's Grill- 250 N Main Street 964-5204
Asian Buffet- 450 S Franklin- cafeteria style all you can eat. 964-8938
Edi's Mini Golf snack shack. Corn dogs, hot dogs, ice cream & candy!
Cowlicks Ice Cream Parlor: 250 N Main Street
Mendocino Cookie Co- located in the Company Store on 301 N Main St.
Mendocino Chocolate Co. 232 N Main ST
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THE SKUNK TRAIN - Take a step back in time on a slow paced relaxing ride into the redwoods and coastal mountain range. The Emerald Dolphin Inn offers discounted tickets for the Skunk Train. Book your tickets with us by phone or online! Ask about BBQ and event trains. Just a short 1.5 mile drive to the train with plenty of free parking!
For more information visit: www.skunktrain.com or call: 866-457-5865
WHALE WATCHING & FISHING - Enjoy an amazing Sport fishing or Whale watching adventure on Telstar Charters Departing from Noyo Harbor. Emerald Dolphin Inn offers discounted vacation packages including Charter Boat Tickets. Please call to book a trip you will never forget. Just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn.
If you wish to book directly with the boat, you may visit www.gooceanfishing.com or call 707-964-8770 for reservations & information.
HORSE BACK RIDING - Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers Trail Rides on the beach & in the redwood forest. Join a group or reserve a private trail ride at: 10am,Noon, 2pm,
or 4pm. English or Western horses for all experience levels. Also offers 3, 4, or all day rides on Ten Mile Beach, in the Redwoods, or both! Just 10 minutes from Emerald Dolphin. For more information visit: www.horse-vacation.com or call 707-964-7669.
Location, Area Attractions, Beaches, Shopping, & Dining
Location & Property Amenties
Beaches, Parks, Hiking, & Bird Watching
POMO BLUFFS AT TODD'S POINT- Among the Emerald Dolphin Inn's most beautiful assets is Pomo Bluffs park just a short walk away. A gorgeous 25-acre blufftop park with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Noyo Bridge, and the mouth of the Noyo River and harbor entrance. People come here to walk or to ride their bikes on a level trail that winds around Todd's Point with benches and interpretive panels along the way.
JUGHANDLE STATE PARK: The watershed of Jug Handle Creek holds a rare natural phenomenon— an “ecological staircase”—that attracts scientists and nature lovers from all over the world. The staircase is composed of 5 terraces, each about 100,000 years older and about 100 feet higher than the one below it. The hike: Head west on the signed trail out onto the grassy blufftops. The trail loops toward the edge of the bluffs, offers a view of Jug Handle Cove, then returns east to dip under the highway bridge. Located on Hwy One just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn. on Highway One.
Shopping & Galleries
DOWNTOWN FORT BRAGG- Venture Downtown Fort Bragg and see why this small coastal town is so special. As you walk along Main Street to Laurel Street an then to Franklin Street, you can't help but feel the relaxed coastal charm. It is a fun place to spend the day walking and shopping.
You will find specialty shops, galleries, antiques, quaint coffee shops, and the Fort Bragg Bakery. For a special treat, visit Cowlicks Ice cream parlor on Main Street!
MENDOCINO- This gorgeous historical town sits right on the ocean bluffs and is the backdrop of many movies and TV shows such as Murder She Wrote. As well as it's historical coastal beauty, you will find an array of amazing shops, galleries, and restaurants. While there you may also want to visit the Kelly House or Ford House
For more information, visit the Mendocino coast chamber of commerce website at:
Diving, Kayaking, Canoes, & Bicycling
Sub Surface Progression - Diving and kayaking equipment rentals. 18600 Hwy One just South of the Emerald Dolphin Inn. (707) 964-3793
Liquid Fusion Kayaking- From Mild to Wild kayak adventure tours! www.liquidfusionkayak.com (707)962-1623 32399 Basin Street in the Noyo Harbor
Also ask about: The Skunk Train's Tracks to Kayaks adventure!
Lost Coast Kayaking- Sea Cave tours, Van Damme State park. No experience necessary. 8211 N Hwy One, Little River. (707) 937-2434
Catch a Canoe & Bicycles too- Rentals on Big River, Mendocino. 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino. (707) 937-0273
Mendocino Mountain Bike Tours/Guides - in Mendocino. (707)937-3069
Fort Bragg Cyclery - In the Company Store downtown Fort Bragg. (707) 964-3509
Best All Around!
D'Aurelios- Simply amazing Italian! Everything is made from scratch including their bread. Get there early because the locals are lined up waiting for a table by 6pm. Wonderful and huge salads, pasta, and of course pizza! Large portions and easy on the pocket book. 438 S Franklin Street (behind Rite Aid) 964-4227
Fort Bragg Steak House- If we want a steak, this is where we go. Don't let the ambiance fool you (a little rough), the food is amazing every single time! Tip- the petite New York is a very nice sized steak, served with garlic mashed, veggies, salad, and warm rolls for less than $19!
Laurel Deli and Desserts- by the Skunk Train Depot- is homestyle at it's best! 964-7812
Eggheads- A fun place (bit pricey) but nice benedict and omelets- 326 N Main St
David's Deli- within walking distance to Emerald Dolphin in Boatyard. 964-1946
Moosse Cafe in Mendocino- Great food and atmosphere. 390 Kasten St. 937-4323
Bernillos Pizza- 220 E. Redwood Ave. Wow... Now that's a pie! 964-9314
Piacci's Pizza - West Redwood Ave. Specializing in thin crust & specialty toppings!
D'Aurelios- see above
Round Table Pizza- Best for delivery right to your room! 964-4987
Purple Rose- Great Mexican and killer margaritas. Near Mackerricher 964-6507
Los Gallitos Mexican Restaurant- 130 S. Main next to CVS 964-4519
There are too many fabulous restaurants on the Mendocino coast to list.. So we have included some of our favorites and we hope they become yours too.
Wineries & Spirits
Pacific Star Winery- 15 minutes North of Fort Bragg on
Hwy One near Westport. Spectacular ocean views.. or
visit their tasting room in the Skunk Depot mall on Main St.
Fetzer Tasting Room- Mendocino
The Company Bar located in the Company Store is as beautiful as it is fun. Great food and specialty drinks.
The Caspar Inn - 4 miles South of Fort Bragg in Caspar.
Dancing, music (usually live) and spirits.
Mendocino Theater Co.- Wonderful plays all year round.
45200 Little Lake St. Mendocino 937-4477
Gloriana Opera Co.- Exceptional musical theater.
Fort Bragg 964-7469 *Call for program.
Fort Bragg Center for the Arts- Presents 5-6 classical concerts each year. Preston Hall, Mendocino
937-1018 or www.fbcamusicseries.com
Mendocino Music Festival- Annual Music Festival held in pavilions on the ocean cliffs. Magical classical, jazz, Latin and opera. Every July 7-21- call for more info 707-937-2044
Opera Fresca- Mendocino Counties premier professional opera company.
Mendocino Film Festival- over 70 filmmakers and celebrity guests attend the Festival from around the country and across the globe. June 3-5