Explore Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg HotelsIf the bright lights of San Francisco become too blinding and the usual tourist mecca of Napa Valley is not to your taste, then an escape to one of Northern California’s lesser known coastal resorts is sure to revive your senses and take you back to nature. On a trip to Fort Bragg you can stand on the shore, and look out over the glittering Pacific whilst beneath your feet twinkles a multicolored beach. Being just a few miles from bohemian Mendocino, this old fashioned Victorian town still aches with splendid restaurants and trendy art galleries. Things to seeFort Bragg’s proximity to California’s hotspots doesn’t stop it having a unique landscape and atmosphere that is all its own. The Glass Beach is a highlight of the town; this rough piece of shoreline used to be a dump, now the old shards of metal and glass have been worn down by the sea and turned the trash to treasure, creating a shoreline full of green, blue, and red. Many local artists flock here to paint the unique coast and many examples of art are for sale in the town. From Glass Beach, you can also rent a boat and partake in one of Northern California’s oldest past-times, seal watching, one of the largest colonies in California nests just north of Fort Bragg. The nature lover’s tour can continue with a visit to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where you can spot California’s native flowers and take in the unspoiled, rugged coastal scenery. The influence of arty Mendocino is never too far away in the downtown area, and the distinctively retro-vibe is visible with the plethora used bookstores, antique shops, and the Triangle Tattoo Museum, one of the few museums in the world dedicated entirely to tattoo artifacts. Hotels in
Fort BraggEntirely independent in its hospitality industry, hotels in Fort Bragg are virtually non-existent. In their place however, are a wealth of eclectic and avant-garde lodges and guest houses. In many of Fort Bragg’s high-end options you will find sumptuous 4 poster-beds, and cozy fires, in front of which you can snuggle with glass of local Merlot. Even the mid-range guest houses include en-suite bathrooms, spas, and parking within the grounds. Where to stayIf you want luxury, rent one of the lodges on the plunging cliffs over looking Pudding Creek Beach, here you’ll find spectacular views over the Pacific coast and you’ll feel totally removed from the rest of the world. If you want to stay in town, you’ll be within easy reach of trendy alfresco restaurants, galleries, and museums and just a short walk from the beach. If you choose to use Fort Bragg as a base, you will be just 20 minutes from the national parks and local state reserves, of which the Otis R. Johnson Park is a highlight. How to get to Fort BraggInternational visitors can fly in to San Francisco or Sacramento International airports, Fort Bragg has a small airport for local domestic flights, from which you can reach larger airports. The town is served not far from the popular 101 tourist route, off which you take the 128 straight into Fort Bragg. It is also possible to sail into the harbor of Fort Bragg on the Noyo River and there are trips from San Francisco regularly.