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The Mendocino Coast’s C.V. Starr Community Center & Spath Aquatic Center



 Leisure Pool Featuring a 146 ft. Water Slide and Lazy River

The dream began more than 30 years ago about building a new pool for everyone in the community and visitors alike. It was back in 1978, using Park Bond Act monies obtained a 5 acre parcel known as Green Memorial Field in central Fort Bragg.

It took many years of fundraising and in addition large donations from local resident Harry Spath, and the Starr Foundation that construction began in 2006. In a course of 3 years and 25 million dollars in August 2009, the C. V. Starr Community Center and Sigrid and Harry Spath Aquatic Facility opened to the public.

In March 2012, the city of Fort Bragg partnered with the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District (MCRPD), and with the passage of Measure A, the C. V. Starr Center operation and Maintenance was fully funded by the half-cent sales tax. The C. V. Starr Center is owned by the city of Fort Bragg and operated by the Mendocino Coast Recreation Park District in accordance with the operating agreement between the 2 entities.

Having fun at the Fort Bragg Skate Park #1   Petanque at CV Starr

Outside Activities Include Skate Park, Petanque Courts, Dog Park, and Picnic Area

Starting with the facilities outside the C. V. Starr propertyyou will find what every community wants or needs is a skateboard park which is opened in November of 2010 and is the perfect place to practice and sharpen your skills. The skate park is FREE, and open to the public from 9:00 am – sunset. Full protective gear is required, and bicycles are not permitted. Park patrons who skate without helmets and pads risk receiving hefty fines from local police who regularly patrol the park. Click here for skate park rules and regulations. In addition the C. V. Starr Community Center also offers multiple petanque courts. You will find such clubs like the Noyo Yoyos that get together every Thursday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 pm. Also for mans best friend is the new off-leash dog park which is located at the northeast corner of the property. There are 2 fenced areas for large and small dogs to run around in. Plus you will find a barbeque picnic area which has 3 charcoal grills, with seating for 50 people. The large grassy area also has a horseshoe pit. 

      Weights and Cardio Fitness at CV Starr Exercise Studios at CV Starr

Weight Training and Cardio Fitness Center plus Exercise Studios and Classes

Their newly remodeled weight training and cardio fitness center, offers a 500 square foot free weight station with equipment for cardio such as treadmills, stairsteppers, elliptical machines, and bikes. There weight machines include leg press, leg extension/curl, inner/outer thigh, biceps/triceps, shoulder press, bench press, last pull down, seated row, adjustable cable and attachments. Their free weights include squat rack, bench press, preacher curl, weight benches, dumbbells up to 100 lbs., swiss balls, bosu balls, medicine balls, plyometric boxes and resistance bands.

There are 2 exercise studios. Their dance/aerobics room was designed with high-energy group exercises that offers hardwood flooring, mirrored walls with a state of the art sound system with the capacity for over 30 participants. Also they have a multipurpose exercise room that regularly hosts 18 star trac spin bikes, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and youth movement-based fitness classes.

A kayaking class at CV Starr

One of Two Pools at The C. V. Starr Community Center and Spath Aquatic Center

The C. V. Starr Center offers two pools. The Leisure Pool which features a 164 foot water slide and lazy river. Also the Laps Pool which has 8 lap lanes and a diving board. They have an abundance of water related activities and services, centered around their 2 indoor pools. Also for a fee they offer swimming lessons and lifeguard training. They also offer services such as FREE WI-FI available inside the building, and also the KIDS CORNER for your 18 month to 5 years which they will have a fun with creative programs for your youngster to enjoy while you use the facility. 

Pool Hours

Lap Pool

Mon-Fri 5:00am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:30 pm
Sunday Noon – 4:30 pm

Leisure Pool

Mon-Fri 8:30am – 1:00pm
& 4:00pm -7:30pm
Sat-Sun 1:00pm – 4:30 pm

Resistance Walking

Everyday Noon – 1:00 pm
M-W-F 8am – 9am
Tu-Thu 5:30 – 6:30pm

Slide and Lazy River

Sat & Sun 1pm – 4pm
Friday 4 pm – 7pm

Fitness Center Hours

The Fitness Center hours are:

  • Mon–Fri: 5:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sun: Noon – 5:00 pm

They are located at 300 South Lincoln Street, Fort Bragg, California. 707-964-9446.

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Violinist Kay Stern & Pianist Joan Nagano Playing In Mendocino


Will Be Performing on January 19, 2014

Kay Stern, Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and pianist Joan Nagano have delighted audiences for 12+ years with their passionate performances of classical repertoire for violin and piano.

Biography: The extraordinary pairing of violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano dates back to over a dozen years ago, when a musical “blind date” accidentally brought these two musicians together. They recognized an immediate, natural and dynamic chemistry with one another. This close bond is evident as they play, mutually inspiring each other and their audiences with each passing concert season. 

This duo brings an extremely focused, serious commitment to music-making. They communicate, powerfully and intimately, the magic, strength, and inner essence of each piece that they choose to share. In concert, Kay and Joan speak with the audience about the repertoire, noting interesting historical contexts, intriguing connections, and the composers’ frame of mind. Every year, they enjoy offering new programs comprised of beloved standards, as well as re-introducing out-of-print works culled from the splendors of an older era of traditional violin masterpieces. The duo’s infectious energy and their vivid, thought-provoking, and refreshing musical interpretations bring music to life for enthusiastic audiences wherever they perform. Critical acclaim has described their playing as “rapturous”, “sassy”, and “electric”, combining “dash and elegance” with “impossibly impressive technique”, “delicate nuance”, and “magnificent bravado”.

Kay and Joan both nurture a philanthropic side, so within their performance schedule, whenever possible, they lend their musical skills and drawing power to fundraiser events. Their most recent events have raised money for organizations such as the Napa Valley Opera House, the Golden Gate Philharmonic, Pacifica Performances, The Spindrift Theater, the Peninsula Youth Symphony, and Composers Inc., as well as for private and public schools around the Bay Area. The Cazadero Summer Music Camp and the Ladera Music Program have also been recipients of proceeds generated at the duo’s fundraiser performances.

There performance will be held on January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Preston Hall, located at 44831 Main Street, Mendocino. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  Click link to order tickets. 707-937-1018.

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City of Ten Thousand Buddhas


Two miles east of Ukiah, which is the county seat of Mendocino, in Talmage, is The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. This is an international Buddhist community and monastery founded by Hsuan Hua, an important figure in western Buddhism. This is one of the first Chinese Zin Buddhist temples in the United States, and one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere.


Hsuan Hua

The founder of The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Hsuan Hua was born on April 16, 1918 at Jilin Province, China. His parents were devout Buddhists, and Hsuan Hua at an early age, became a vegetarian like his mother, and decided to become a buddhist monk. At the age of 15, he took refuge in the Triple Gem under the Venerable Chang Zhi. That same year he began to attend school and studied texts of various Chinese schools of thought, and the fields of medicine, divination, astrology, and physiology. At 19 years of age, Hua became a monastic, under the Dharma name An Tzu.

In 1959, Hsuan Hua sought to bring Chinese Buddhism to the west. He instructed his disciples in America to establish a Buddhist association, initially known as The Buddhist Lecture Hall, which was renamed the Sino-American Buddhist Association before taking its present name: The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. Hsuan Hua founded The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) which is a Buddhist organization with chapters in North America, Australia and Asia. Hsuan Hua traveled to Australia in 1961 and taught there for one year, returning to Hong Kong in 1962. That same year, at the invitation of American Buddhists, he traveled to the United States, his intent was to “come to America to create Patriarchs, to create Buddhas, to create Bodhisattvas”. Hsuan Hua resided in San Francisco, where he built a lecture hall. Hsuan Hua began to attract young Americans who were interested in meditation. He conducted daily meditation sessions and frequent Sutra lectures.

The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association  purchased the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas site in 1974 and established an international center there by 1976. The City of Ten Thousands Buddhas in Ukiah, California is one of the first Chan Buddhist monasteries in America.

Because of the increasing numbers of people who wished to become monks and nuns under Hsuan Hua’s guidance, in 1972 he decided to hold ordination ceremonies at Gold Mountain Dhyana Monastery. Two monks and one nun received ordination. Subsequent ordination platforms have been held at the City Of Ten Thousand Buddhas in 1976, 1979, 1982, 1989, 1991 and 1992, and progressively large numbers of people have received full ordination. Over two hundred people from countries all over the world were ordained under him. 

On June 7, 1995, Hsuan Hua died in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His sudden passing came as a shock to most of his disciples. His funeral went from June 8 to July 29. On June 17, Hsuan Hua’s body was taken from Southern to Northern California, returning to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. All major services during the funeral were presided over by Venerable Ming Yang, abbot of Longhua Temple in Shanghai and a longtime friend of Hsuan Hua’s. On July 28, monks from both Theravada and Mahayana traditions hosted a memorial ceremony and cremation. The two thousand and some followers from the United States and Canada, and various Asian and European countries, including many of Hsuan Hua’s American disciples, came to CTTB to take part in the funeral service. Letters of condolences from Buddhist monks and dignitaries, including from President Bush, were read during the memorial service.

A day after the cremation, July 29, Hsuan Hua’s remains were scattered in the air above the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas by two disciples, Reverends Heng Sure and Heng Chau, one of Master Hua’s first disciples, in a hot air balloon.

After the funeral, memorial services commemorating Hsuan Hua’s life were held in various parts of the world, such as Taiwan, China, and Canada. His sarira (relics) were distributed to many of his temples, disciples and followers.

An Aerial View of The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Born from the pure vision of a great sage, conceived with great compassion, realized wit intense vigor, and dedicated to the spiritual upliftment of all beings, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas became a reality in 1976. Situated at the foot of Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain, the song of the Dharma and the light of the truth shines throughout this 488 acre valley.

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas originally was the site that housed the Mendocino State Hospital founded in 1889. There were over seventy large buildings, over two thousand rooms of various sizes, three gymnasiums, a fire station, a swimming pool, a refuse incinerator, fire hydrants, and various other facilities. A paved road wound its way through the complex, lined with tall street lamps and trees over a hundred years old. The connections for electricity and pipes for water, heating, and air conditioning were all underground. Both the architectural design and the materials used for the buildings were state of the art. The heating and air conditioning were centrally controlled.

Hua visited the valley three times and negotiated with the seller many times. He wanted to establish a center for propagating the Buddhadharma throughout the world and for introducing the Buddhist teachings, which originated in the East, to the Western world. Hua planned to create a major center for world Buddhism, and an international orthodox monastery for the purpose of elevating moral standards and raising people’s awareness.

The city comprises 488 acres of land, of which 80 acres are developed. The rest of the land includes meadows, orchards, and forests. Large institutional buildings and smaller residential houses are scattered over the west side of the campus. The main Buddha Hall, monastic facilities, educational institutes, administrative offices, the main kitchen and dining hall, Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant, and supporting structures are all located in this complex.

  • The Jewell, Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas: This beautiful building was finished in 1982, and is adorned with streamers, banners, lamps and a 20 foot statue of a thousand-handed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, popularly known as Guan Yin Pusa in Chinese. Rows of yellow bowing cushions are lined upon the red carpet. The walls are adorned with 10,000 images of the Buddha, molded by Hua.
  • Tathagata Monastery: These are the dorm rooms for monks and male lay persons persuaded toward the monastic lifestyle.
  • Tower of Blessings: Hua allocated the Tower of Blessings as a home for the elderly monastics residing in the city.
  • Five Contemplations Dining Hall: Also completed in 1982, it is where the monastics and resident lay community follow the formal monastic style in taking their lunch meal. Only pure vegetarian food is served there, and the hall can seat over 3, 000 people. 
  • Dharma Realm Buddhist University: This university emphasizes the activation and development of one’s inherent wisdom and compassion. Founded in 1976 this university raises the level of education among Sangha members and trains people to propagate Buddhism. The university aims to educate students to become wise and virtuous leaders in the world. Instead of merely transmitting academic knowledge, it emphasizes foundation in virtue, which expands into the study of how to help all living beings discover their inherent nature.
  • Jyan Kang Vegetarian Restaurant: Serves only vegan food, with the goal to serve healthful nutritious food full of the good karma on non-harming. Food is prepared with heart that cherishes life, nourishes the body, the mind, and the spirit.
  • 10 Acre Organic Farm: This farm is a CCOF certified organic farm, whose produce supplements the meals in the dining hall.
  • Wonderful Words Hall: This site is for daily gatherings to listen to Hua’s taped lectures in the 10,000 Buddhas Hall.
  • Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools: The elementary (kindergarten through 6th grade) and secondary (7th grade through 12th grade) schools were founded by Hua in 1976. The schools are divided into two divisions, Boys and Girls, and teach such classes as meditation, yoga, Buddhism, and World Religions. Many foreign and non-local students also reside on campus in school dorms for the duration of the school year (excepting Winter, Spring, and Summer vacations). As of Spring 2006, there were about 130 students in both divisions.

In addition there is a Library, Book & Gift Shop, Wisdom Hall, Cottages and also the Great Compassion Courtyard and Bell and Drum House.

The wildlife at The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas has many animals that roam the grounds of the city, including peacocks, deer, squirrels, and numerous other species. During special Dharma Assemblies, a Liberating of Life Ceremony is held where many animals, especially pheasants and chukars brought from hunting preserves are set free. 

Traditions held at the Monastery are two distinguishing features of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas are that unlike many other Chinese Buddhist monasteries, the monastics always wear their kasaya sashes (long sashes that are worn outside the monastic clothing), and they eat only one meal a day and only before noon.

At night most of them sit up and rest, not lying down to sleep. Monastics at the city do not have any social lives, nor do men and women intermingle. Whereas many ordinary Chinese monks go out to perform rituals for events such as weddings or funerals, none of these monks do so. Some monastics even choose to maintain a vow of silence, for varying periods of time. They wear a tag saying “No Talking” and do not speak with anyone.

There are monks and nuns who maintain the precept of not owning personal wealth and not touching money, thus eliminating the thought of money and increasing their purity of mind.

Largest Temple in the Western Hemisphere: It is unclear which is the largest temple. The temple known as Hsi Lai Temple, located in Hacienda Heights, a city in Southern California has claimed since 1988 that they are the largest temple in the western hemisphere. However, The City Of Ten Thousand Buddhas has over 80 acres of built up land on 488 acres of property compared to the Hsi Lai Temples which occupies 15 acres, but rather than a temple as is Hsi Lai Temple, The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is more of an entire community with several large buildings clustered together. Therefore, it is unclear which is the larges, as there is a significant difference between the structure location of the two buddhist organizations.

As a parting note, the Master Hua often reminded his disciples“In cultivation, we have to stick to our principles! We can’t forget our principles. Our principles are our goal. Once we recognize our goal, forward we go! We’ve got to be brave and vigorous. We can’t retreat. As long as we are vigorous and not lax in ordinary times, we could become enlightened any minute or any second. So by no means should we let ourselves be confused by thoughts, and miss the opportunity to get enlightened.”

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“Five enthusiastic stars”


“My wife and I took our daughter and her boyfriend here for a birthday getaway.  After a three hour drive, we realized that we were a day early (our mistake).  Michael cheerfully made accommodations for us by giving us two beautiful rooms, and changing our reservations.  (I believe he paid the maid overtime to clean on of the rooms!) The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. The lodge was decorated for Christmas, and it was like visiting family.  We loved our stay and will definitely return.

Five enthusiastic stars”

Thank you again.

Brad and Carron Rosaschi

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Start The Year With First Day Hikes On The Mendocino Coast


The Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) will be offering hikes on January 1, 2014 New Year’s Day, with four planned hikes around the Mendocino Coast. 

  • Spring Ranch Headlands: The beautiful Spring Ranch Headlands located right across Stevenswood Lodge. Meet at the dirt parking lot on the west side of Highway 1 at Gordon Lane south of Mendocino starting at 10:00 am through (noon) 12:00 pm. Learn about the annual gray whale migration. Walk 3/4 mile down a moderate to steep dirt trail to the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Trail is not wheelchair accessible. Bring binoculars. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and above. 
  • Mendocino Headlands: Meet at the Ford House Museum, located at 45035 Main Street, Mendocino. This hike will start at 1:00 pm and you will walk along the cliff trail. This is an easy hike, so adults and children 3 years and up are also welcomed. This is not an ADA Trail, so no wheelchairs or no strollers. The length of this trail is 1 mile. Dress in layered clothing and bring binoculars, water, wind-breaker and camera. Additional information about the Mendocino Headlands walk please phone at (707) 937-5397.
  • MacKerricher Beach State Park: Meet at the MacKerricher Visitor Center/Whale Skeleton starting at 11:00 am. Look at the whale skeletons and learn about the annual gray whale migration. Then drive less than a mile to the Laguna Point parking lot. Easy 1/3 mile walk to the ocean overlook to search for gray whales. Program is wheelchair accessible. Bring binoculars. 
  • Russian Gulch State Park: Meet at the Recreation Hall at the bottom of the hill starting at (noon) 12:00 pm. Moderate to strenuous hike to waterfall along Fern Canyon Trail. Naturalist Dave Jensen will point out interesting birds and plants along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, water and snacks. Wear layered clothing. Recommended for adults and children 12 and up. 

Moderate to heavy rain or high winds will cancel these program. For more information call (707) 961-0471.

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15th Annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival 2014


Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is Held January 17 – 26, 2014

There is great anticipation for the commercial crab season this year because crab fisherman should find the crabs to be a little heavier compared to the last couple of years. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) conducted a pre-season crab quality testing crabs out of Eureka, Crescent City and Fort Bragg. Most years you would find the meat content around 20%, with the theory being that crabs generally will add 1% of meat each week and reach the 25% mark for the commercial season scheduled to open December 1. Crabs tested from Crescent City were at 24.5%, and Eureka at 23.2% and the Fort Bragg area tested the highest at 25.8%.

The highlight of the crab season is Mendocino County’s 10-day Crab, Wine & Beer Festival. Enjoy gourmet, crab-themed dinners, family-style crab and cioppino feeds, crab fishing adventures, a Wine Competition showcasing local wines that pair well with crab, and the ever popular Crab Cake Cook-off featuring Mendocino County chefs! With he many calendar of events scheduled for the festival, you’ll find it’s no wonder the Crab & Wine Festival was named one of the Top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals in the country by Coastal Living magazine.

Here at Mendocino county you will discover gourmet restaurants, unique inns, cute little picturesque villages perched above the rugged seaside, friendly award winning wineries & the majestic redwoods. Come enjoy our countrywide tradition of coming together as a delicious local seafood. With dozens of events and activities, there is something for everyone! Events take place throughout the County, from the inland valleys to the coast.

There are dozens of events for you to enjoy: Family-style crab and cioppino feeds, gourmet crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, crab fishing adventures, a Wine Competition showcasing local wines, and the ever popular Crab Cake Cook-off that highlights the talents of our county’s chefs. Enter our Very Crabby Social Media Contest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to enter to win a Very Crabby Prize Package! Use the hashtag #mendocinogonewild. There’s even a Passport event you can join in with a chance to win an amazing Mendocino County Grand Prize Package!

2014 Crab Cook-Off Judges:

  • Jimmy Im • Travel Personality/Writer: Based in Los Angeles, Jimmy Im is a contributor to top publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, Hollywood Reporter, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, Passport, Thrillist and more. Jimmy was a host on Confessions of a Travel Writer on the Travel Channel, and has hosted travel segments for TripOut Travel for LOGO (MTV Networks). He appears regularly on morning news shows as a travel personality and serves on panels as a travel expert. He’s also the spokesperson for Clear, a private company that allows fast-access through national airports, and video correspondent for Hotel Chatter.
  • Freda Moon • New York Times: Freda Moon is a New York-based travel and food writer. She is a contributor to the New York Times travel section and has written for National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Saveur, and Lonely Planet, among other publications. A graduate of Mendocino Community High School and UC Santa Cruz, Freda also has a master’s degree in magazine journalism from New York University.
  • Kat Odell • Eater LA: Kat Odell is the editor of Eater LA. The job combines her experience in journalism an insatiable love of food. She is also a cast member of Bravo series Eat Drink Love, a documentary series which follows five women in the Los Angeles food industry.
  • Mickey Rapkin • Elle, Bon Appetit: Mickey Rapkin is the author of Pitch Perfect, which inspired the movie of the same name from Universal Studios starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. He is a columnist for Elle magazine and a contributing editor to Bon Appetit. He has written for the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and GQ.
  • Alyssa Vitrano • Grapefriend, Cosmo: Alyssa is the founder of, a blog that interweaves wine and pop culture. After a career as a magazine entertainment editor and a producer at MTV, Alyssa got hooked on the grape. After getting certified in both Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting from the American Sommelier Association, she started grapefriend to give people a place to have as much fun finding out about wine as they do when they’re drinking it. She has written regular wine articles for Marie Claire and Cosmo, and has been featured in Bon Appetit, Edible Long Island, and Glamour.

15h Annual CRAB CAKE COOK-OFF & WINE TASTING Competition: A BENEFIT FOR MENDOCINO COAST CLINICS! SATURDAY JANUARY 25, NOON TO 3:00 PM. Savor crab cakes while sipping wines from America’s Greenest Wine Region! Mendocino County chefs each perfect their own recipes and prepare hundreds of crab cakes for your sampling pleasure. Mendocino wineries pour their very best! Vote your favorite Chef and Winery for the coveted Peoples’ Choice Award and see how your vote matches up with the Professional Judges’ Awards! Experience the best as you sample microbrews, spirits and wares from our fine food purveyors, all “Made in Mendocino!” Extraordinary wines, destinations, gifts offered in the Raffle, Silent & Live Auctions. Your contribution really makes a difference. Proceeds from the 2014 “Pass the Crab Can” are dedicated to the establishment of a Health & Wellness Program at MCC, focusing on building a healthy community for all coastal residents. At Mendocino Coast Clinics, “It’s about Health!” As you indulge in the Bounty of Mendocino County, raise a glass and raise funds for the only not-for-profit community health center on the North Coast. In the Big White Tent at the corner of Main & Spruce, Fort Bragg. $85/adult general admission; $125/adult Circle of Claws Reserved Seating (limited). Online tickets at; email; call 707.961.3463.

Destination Hopland: The Heart of Mendocino Wine country. Visit all Hopland tasting rooms for BARREL TASTING 101 held on January 18 & 19 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. $10 price includes one commemorative wine glass. Each tasting room will room will be offering crab themed pairings. 

#MendocinoGoneWild: Join us in celebrating the wacky side of Visit Mendocino County’s 15th Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival! Visit to sign up to receive your very own googly-eyed crab hat! Take a photo of you or a friend wearing your hat in an iconic location where you live, and post it on Twitter, Instagram, or on our Facebook page using the hashtag #mendocinogonewild to be entered to win a fantastic Crab Festival package – including a two-night stay, a crab dinner, a guided bike tour with the Mendo Bike Sprites, and tickets to our signature crabcake cook-off!

2014 CRAB, WINE & BEER FESTIVAL PASSPORT: Throughout the Festival, stop in at one of the 45 wineries and breweries listed on the map, while you discover Mendocino County, “America’s Greenest Wine Region®.” Get your Passport stamped at each participating winery or brewery you visit. Collect at least three stamps to enter the drawing for a fabulous Mendocino County Grand Prize. Visit three or more wineries or breweries on both Wine & Beer Trails and your entries are doubled. Entries must be received no later than Friday, February 14. Drawing takes place in February and winners will be notified by e-mail or phone.

Crab, Wine & Beer Festival Grand Prize 2014: 2 tickets: 2014 Mushroom, Wine & Beer Train, donated by the Mendocino County Museum 2-night stay at Parducci Wine Cellars along with a tour and tasting. Dinner for 2: MacCallum House in Mendocino (excl. alcohol and gratuity). Horseback trail ride for 2: Ten Mile Beach in MacKerricher State Park, donated by Ricochet Ridge Ranch, 5-liter bottle of Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir.

Click this link for the brochure of all of the events for this 15th Annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival.

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“Need some tweeks to be a 5”

I like to just list my pro’s and con’s of where I stay as to not overwhelm folks with large paragraphs. So here goes……………..


1. Great secluded location
2. Pet friendly (if you like pets), they have a resident dog and cat on the premises but they are both well behaived.
3. Nice, clean rooms
4. Lobby kept up nicely
5. Customer service was great. Kuddos to Nelson. He is the best!!!
6. Great views
7. Free long distance calling
8. Free WiFi


1. Wasn’t too happy with the “pay when you reserve you room” policy
2. TV was really small (but if you’re not there to watch TV, then you’ll be okay with this)
3. Food choices or selection could have been way better
4. No cell service. But guess what, take a look at number 7 above, and good luck getting service anywhere around there.

All-in-all, I was pleased with this choice. I felt welcomed there.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple

Simone W
San Francisco, California, 
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Elk / Greenwood “The Town with Two Names”


Picture of the town of Greenwood / Elk  along the Pacific coast on Highway 1

Just 20 minutes south from Stevenswood Spa Resort is the quaint little coastal town of Elk also known as Greenwood. It extends along the secluded stretch of State Highway 1, south from the junction of State Highway 128 where the Navarro River spills into the Pacific. The heart of this community is perched atop steep cliffs above the ragged shoreline. Many of the residents live in nearby redwood forests, and are surrounded by orchards or vineyards, lodged along the river, reside above the fog on ridges, or occupy the ocean bluffs.

 First was Cuffey’s Cove

The current village of Elk is an outgrowth of the first local settlement about a mile north known as Cuffey’s Cove. It was settled in 1850 by two schooner shipmates, Frank Farnier and Nathaniel Smith. Frank and Nat were farmers and are credited with producing the famous Cuffey’s Cove red potatoes.

The growth of and prosperity of the town is credited to James Kenney who was an Irish immigrant. In partnership with John Kimball, in 1868 with their vision of establishing a distribution point for lumber products constructed a wharf and chute system to transfer goods down the cliffs to the rocks below, where they floated out to schooners waiting offshore.

By 1875 Cuffey’s Cove was a lively place. They established a Post Office in 1870. There were hotels, stores, a butcher shop, slaughterhouse, livery stable, multiple saloons, a church, two schools and of course homes. By 1886 there was an estimated 300 people living and working in town. Then in 1886 and 1892 fires struck destroying large portions of Cuffey’s Cove. The effect was devastating. The Post Office closed, and the town never recovered. Then in 1911 a fire struck again destroying the abandoned hotels, homes and barns.

 So what is the story of Greenwood: The town of Greenwood got its name from early settlers, the Greenwood brothers. William, Britton, James and Biggs, who settled along the creek south of town around 1852. The brothers were trappers and hunters, supplying mills and camps in Mendocino and Little River with venison, elk, and bear. They were sons of Caleb Greenwood, a trapper and hunter who also guided pioneers coming to Oregon and California. Britton is credited with helping rescue the Donner party. 

Now in 1875 Fred Heimke opened Greenwood’s first sawmill two miles up Greenwood Creek from the coast in a steep valley. But in the early 1880′s Hiemke’s mill on the creek was washed out with significant loss of life, and closed.

In 1887 L. E. White bought Heimke’s mill site and equipment. Following unsuccessful negotiations with James Kenney for exclusive use of the Cuffey’s Cove shipping facilities, he established a wharf on the line of rocks that connected with the bluff, 150 feet above. Then he built a large sawmill, a railroad and an entire company town. By 1890, everything was in full operation, including a fleet of 4 ships. The mill operated continuously through 1929.

In its heyday, Greenwood had all the trappings of a bustling town, which had a population that swelled to over 2,000. The town had 10 hotels, 15 saloons, several dance halls, 3 general and dry goods stores, a barber, photographer, butcher, candy store, creamery, jewelry store, blacksmith shops, livery stable and several busy brothels. After the turn of the century came a garage and auto dealer, movie house and an auto court (motel). Jack London visited Greenwood often in the early 1920′s renting an upstairs room at a hotel that later became a hospital.

After L. E. White died in 1896, his son took over the company, but that was short lived, because he died under somewhat mysterious circumstances from an overdose of alcohol. Mrs. White married Frank C. Drew, the mills accountant, who became president of the company. The mill continued to operate for another 31 years. It was sold to the Goodyear Redwood Company in 1916 and closed for good in 1930. Smaller mills and timber enterprises kept the local economy afloat until 1966 when the last 2 mills closed and the towns timber industry ended. 

So how did the town get 2 names: In 1887 was when the Post Office was opened and the town made and official request for the post Office to be called Greenwood, which they discovered the name was already taken. Caleb Greenwood, the brothers father, had received approval for a Greenwood Post Office in El Dorado County. So the coastal Greenwood was forced to choose another name. A herd of Elk in the area provided the inspiration. However, the hard-working and stubborn settlers of the town refused to give up its original name. And so, Elk become “The Town with Two Names” the name of the town was Greenwood and the Post Office was Elk. Today a sign still hangs near the old Post Office door reading “Elk Post Office”‘ Greenwood California.

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Mendocino Brewing Company Being Infused with 2 Million Dollars


Mendocino Brewing Company

The Mendocino Brewing Company, (also known as the Hopland Brewery) was the first brewpub opened in California in 1983 after the repeal of the 18th Amendment (by the 21st Amendment in 1933). It didn’t take very long for the Hopland Brewery located at Hopland on Highway 101 in Mendocino county, California to become a landmark.

It was in December 1983, the brewery introduced the worlds largest 6 pack featuring 6 magnums of Red Tail Ale. Within 5 years the distribution network increased to 300 outlets in Northern California. Red Tail, Blue Heron and Black Hawk had grown to 14 states nationally. By 1989, the demand of distributors made plain the need for 12 oz. bottles.

In the 1990′s, it was evident for a dramatic expansion. So they acquired a piece of property just 12 miles north on Highway 101 in the county seat of Ukiah. Architects were in charge in making the facility appealing to the eye in its surroundings as well as providing for efficiency and growth in the interior.

Vijay Mallya

Dr. Vijay Mallya

It was in 1997 that Dr. Vijay Mallya, a global entrepreneur, took interest in the Mendocino Brewing Company. Dr. Vijay Mallya, the head of “The UB Group”, a worldwide manufacturer of spirits and beer, believed that given the capital, the Mendocino Brewing Company could remain in a position of strength for years to come. The addition of Olde Saratoga Brewing in New York state propelled the Mendocino Brewing Company into a East-Coast/West-Coast distribution, which brought a fresher product through dramatically shortened supply lines.The Mendocino Brewing Company 1983 production of about 400 barrels (5,500 cases) to the current production of about 75,000 barrels (over a million cases) from distribution over the bar in Hopland to nearly nationwide distribution in countless stores, restaurants, bars and tap houses.

Now the Mendocino Brewing Company has reported to have only $40,700 cash reserves, an accumulated deficit of $14.27 million and working capital gap of $7.2 millon. Subsequently the company is said to have slipped into losses in the July-September quarter.

The UB Group holds 68.1% in the company while United Breweries of America owns 24.5% in the company, it was reported. The UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya has decided to infuse $2 million into the cash strapped Mendocino Brewing Company. According to Mendocino’s regulatory filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the United Breweries Holdings Ltd. has agreed to commit an initial funding of $2 million in four half yearly installments with the first installment to be remitted immediately. This investment is being made to protect and enhance the value of its existing investments in the Mendocino Brewing Company.

The investment commitment has been communicated by United Breweries Holding Limited through a letter addressed to Mendocino Brewing Company CEO Yashpal Singh, a copy of which has been filed with the SEC. U B Group chief Mallya who also chairs the board of the Mendocino Brewing Company. United Breweries Holding Limited said it would prefer infusing money by way of ordinary voting stock and it has asked Mendocino Brewing Company to advise it on modalities for equity infusion after a board discussion.

Dr. Vijay Mallya is not only the Chairman of the United Breweries Group, but also Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, Force India F1 Team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, East Bengal FC. and URBB. Also Dr. Vijay Mallya in 1995, was nominated as a global leader for tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum, Davos, and over the years he has been conferred industry awards for his contributions. to business.

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Point Arena Stornetta Public Land


Waterfall Going Into The Ocean From The Stornetta Public Land

After long ownership by the Stornetta family, which operated it as a dairy, this remarkable property was acquired by the Nature Conservancy, which donated it to the federal government in 2004, on terms including a grazing lease that will expire in 2014. It has been managed since then by the Ukiah Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), whose responsibilities have been greatly complicated because of Stornetta’s intense seasonal use by recreational abalone divers, and thus requires substantial oversight by BLM staff and Department of Fish and Game wardens.

The Stornetta Public Land is located near Point Arena in Mendocino county, California and is a breathtaking coastal wonder. This beautiful 1,132 acres offer breathtaking scenic views with cypress trees that have been sculpted by the wind and meadows with wildflowers and shifting sand dunes, tide pools, sinkholes and blowholes, as well as two miles of the Garcia River and the Garcia estuary, a quarter mile of beach adjacent to Manchester State Park, and a five acre island called Sea Island Rocks, plus waterfalls that draw visitors to this area’s coastline, beaches and islands. By adding this unique area to the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) will protect and preserve this site while opening opportunities for additional resources to help manage this irreplaceable coastal refuge. The area can be designated part of the CCNM either through congressional action or through the President’s authority under the Antiquities Act. By doing this, the public will be able to access and enjoy the first onshore and to be added to the California Coastal National Monument.


U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured the Stornetta Public Lands in Mendocino County on Friday, November 8. (Picture Taken by Conner Jay / Press Democrat)

On Friday, November 8, Congressman Jared Huffman joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for a tour of the Stornetta Public Lands. They also held a public meeting to discuss the addition of the public lands to the California Coastal National Monument. “Today I had a chance to hike this spectacular coastline and to see first-hand how important this area is for the community and for its economy – from tourism to outdoor recreation,” said Jewell. “And this afternoon I heard from a community who is proud of their incredible landscapes and proud of the work they’ve done over the years to protect them for current and future generations. We have an opportunity here to not only support the community’s vision to conserve this land, but also to create a world-class destination for outdoor recreation and the study of coastal resources, and to strengthen the local economies.”

Friday’s public meeting was one of the last steps before the Obama Administration can use the authority under the Antiquities Act to add the public land to the CCNM. This designation would be the first land-based addition to the CCNM, which is currently made up of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks and reefs along the California coast. The designation would keep the current recreational, ranching, and research uses of the land, and Huffman believes also provide a boost to the tourism industry.

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