FORT BRAGG, CA

DIVE INTO NA­TURE!

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

For ex­plor­ing the red­woods, bluffs, beaches, and coves of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s rugged Men­do­cino Coast, Fort Bragg (pop. 7,300) is a per­fect, lo­cal-fla­vor base camp. Head to Mack­er­richer State Park to look for starfish and anemones at low tide and to watch for har­bor seals (year­round) and gray whales (De­cem­ber to April). Don’t miss Glass Beach—a nat­u­ral marvel of sparkling col­ors, thanks to the ero­sion of glass bot­tles that were dumped into the ocean decades ago. Try a bike ride on the Coastal Trail, which tra­verses the early-1900s Pud­ding Creek Tres­tle Bridge, or ride horses surf­side with lo­cal fa­vorite Ric­o­chet Ranch.

HID­DEN GEM

For a kid-friendly snap­shot of Fort Bragg’s lum­ber, fish­ing, and rail­road­ing past, check out the minia­ture-train dis­plays at Men­do­cino Coast Model Rail­road and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

EAT & SLEEP

At Cowlick’s on Main Street, scoops are made in small batches with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. (Take a leap and try the Mush­room, which scores rave re­views). The bun­ga­low-style Shore­line Cot­tages have fam­ily suites that sleep up to four, plus you can walk to the beach; rates start at $149 a night.

GET MORE INFO

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The beaches are great for wad­ing but too cold for swim­ming with­out wet suits.

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