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“Fort Bragg in September” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento
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“Fort Bragg in September”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

We attended a soccer tournament in the little town of Fort Bragg, California in early September. The ambiance of this town is great.

We were able to swim in the ocean, visit botanical gardens and have wonderful seafood all in a span of a few blocks! It's a must see area if you are looking for a weekend get away!

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Chico, California
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6 reviews
“Fort Bragg-Mendocino California”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2010

We had the pleasure of making a short trip to Fort Bragg and Mendocino, Calif. Our lodging was at the newly remodeled Beachcomber Motel located on Main Street, just north of Pudding Creek outside of the main town. The accomodations are quite beautiful. The view right off our room was of the cliff and ocean beyond. The sunsets are gorgeous from our room and the hiking trail is just beyond our porch.
The trail leads from Fort Bragg to the McKerricher State park. Many bicyclists and hikers are seen making very good use of the trail.
There are beautiful shops in both Ft Bragg and Mendocino allowing a great variety of places for shopping.

The food in the different eateries have vast menus for any who are dining. We especially love the seafood..there is nothing better for the diners that enjoy fresh sea food.. Needless to say we are anxious for our Winter break to once again travel to a favorite respite from the Valley.

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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
“Our favorite place to stay in Fort Bragg: Sea Cove!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

Sea Cove!

This house was amazing! It was very roomy and comfortable. The ocean views were stunning. The two story layout of the house was very functional. The kitchen was large with everything you need to cook and enjoy meals inside or out. There is cable TV and high speed wireless internet for additional entertainment and if you have to use your computer to work on line. Unfortunately, I was able to work remotely very effectively. When it came time to do laundry, the completely stocked service porch included a new washer and dryer.

There’s plenty to do while relaxing at Sea Cove, the house is stocked with books, music and videos. But, if you want to journey outside on a local hike, we found the walk to “Belinda Point” safe and easy. While walking down Pacific Way we were accompanied by a family of wild turkeys. Also, the Botanical Gardens are walking distance from Sea Cove. The drives, sightseeing and hiking at MacKerricher State Park and the city of Albion are great.

Back at Sea Cove, we took a hike at low tide navigating the trails on the cliffs and walked on the rocks exploring the tide pools. When you get down to sea level you really get a different perspective of the surf. The crashing waves at times are enormous! The sea does get calm at times and I’ve heard the ocean kayaking and seasonal hunting for abalone is terrific. Ya better be licensed though if you decide to take an abalone home for dinner! Fish and Game wardens are on patrol for poachers.

Every day before sunset, we would rush to the Sea Cove deck. Armed with cameras and glasses of wine we watched the sunset every night, wagering bets on if tonight’s sunset would give us a glimpse of the famed "Emerald Flash”. In the evenings, we would sit in the living room on a very comfortable and large couch enjoying a roaring fire while watching the stars disappear in the sky. We would play a guessing game of “is it that one a planet or a star?” The area is not near a big city so the night sky is filled with stars.

A real treat was to walk outside from the downstairs bedroom on to the deck to a warm and clean spa. Removing the cover was easy and the privacy exceptional. We were lucky enough to be there when the moon was full and at its perigee, making it look rather large. It was hard to leave the spa on those nights.

Off to bed where I have never slept better… listening to the constant comforting sounds of the sea and the occasional croaks from the frogs that live in the calla lilies that surround the pond.

We were also lucky to be at Sea Cove during the gray whale migration. Almost any time in the afternoon was good for making a sighting. You look for the “spouts”… and without fail it seemed like every minute someone was yelling with excitement “there’s one!”

We did our shopping at Harvest Market and mostly had our meals at the house, but once we found a few restaurants a short drive from Sea Cove, we ate out a few times in our short stay. Viraporn’s Thai Café is close and its fantastic! The best fish and chips ever is at cheap ‘n’ cheerful Captiain Flint's in the Noyo Harbor. Sunday brunch at the Mendocino Hotel in Mendocino is elegant but also family friendly.

The staff at Shoreline Vacation Rentals were all very friendly and efficient. Check in and checkout was a breeze. The only problem we had (ants) was taken care of immediately… even though it was our fault leaving stuff on the kitchen counters and not cleaning up after dinner one night!

We loved our visits to Ft. Bragg and staying at Sea Cove!

David and Judy Diamond
Phoenix, Arizona

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Big Bore by the Sea”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2010

If you're thinking this town might make a good layover enroute somewhere, think again. Very boring place that's pretty dead by 9pm. Downtown taverns full of trolls.

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Montana
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30 reviews
19 helpful votes
“Mendocino's homely sister is coming out of her shell”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2010

We camped at McKerricher State Park, and spent a little time in the nearby town of Fort Bragg. Until recently it was a mill town. Now it appears they are working hard to be a tourist town, and they are doing a good job of it. It's sort of Mendocino's homlier sister, but it really has a lot to offer. Much of its beachfront seems to be closed off for some reason, but the area that is open is spectacular. We had good coffee and free wifi at a nice place I think was called the Cookie shop? It's on the main drag. My husband had finished the book he was reading and was ready for a new one, so we visited a nice little bookstore called the Cheshire. The two people there were very knowledgable and fun to talk with. My husband found a great book to read, and we were off to dinner at D'Aurelio's, an Italian family restaurant. I live in a town with lousy pizza, so I may be easy to impress, but this was AMAZING pizza and reasonably priced. Good salad too. Great beaches, great food, nice people. No crowds. My kind of place!

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