Have a Whale of a Time…
At the Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals that happen on the first three weekends of March… there are activities and events for everyone!
Mendocino Whale Festival
On March 7 at the Mendocino Whale Festival, enjoy wine, chowder and craft beer tasting while you explore the picturesque village. Local wineries will be pouring at shops and galleries around town on Saturday March 7 so pick up a glass at the Ford House, and wave at the whales as you head off for your wine-tasting adventure.
If you like chowder, now’s your chance to chow down! On March 7, our coastal chefs will prepare delicious chowders for your tasting pleasure. You’re in for a treat in every bowl! And what goes better with chowder than a glass of beer. The crew from North Coast Brewing Company will have their latest and greatest spring beer release on tap, along with a selection of their very fine brews! Just $5 buys you a glass.
Tickets for the chowder, wine, and beer tastings are available from Brown Paper Tickets or the day of the event.
Throughout the weekend, the Ford House in Mendocino is home to “WhaleTales” an exhibit featuring bones from a Gray Whale and you can join a docent for a whale watch walk. For the seagoing adventurer, book a whale-watching boat tour to encounter the whales up close (leave from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg). Or stay on land and visit Point Cabrillo Light Station with its grandstand view of the annual gray whale migration.
Little River Whale Festival
Learn about what makes Van Damme State Park such a special place to visit… from its spectacular beach to the Pygmy Forest.
On Sunday March 15, head to the Little River Inn for the Bloody Mary and Bacon Competition… that’s brunch in a glass!
You’re going to need to take a nap after all this activity, so book a room today at one of the Little River inns offering Whale Festival Specials.
Fort Bragg Whale Festival
The this weekend of March brings beer, chowder, wine and more beer to Fort Bragg, along with a host of other fun events.
Chow down on chowder ranging from traditional to not so traditional from some of the best chefs on the coast and declare the winner at the Fort Bragg Whale Festival on March 21 from 11AM to 1PM. And every chowder needs a pairing… some of the best will be on tap from North Coast Brewing Company. Just $5 apiece! Spend the afternoon sipping fine wines poured by the very best Mendocino County wineries. $35 buys you wine from many local wineries and the opportunity to tour Fort Bragg’s downtown area.
If you fancy a life on the ocean waves, head to Noyo Harbor for a trip to meet the whales that cruise just a few minutes out to sea. Safely on land, the Noyo Center for Marine Science will be showing off their whale skeleton as well as other great marine exhibits.
Be Sure to Wave Back!
It’s one thing to stand on the bluffs and watch California Grey Whales spout and breach offshore as they make their annual trek south, but it’s quite another to board one of the whale-watching boats in Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor and take to the high seas in search of cetaceans. If you’re lucky, you might spot the Orca pod that trawls the seas as far south as Point Arena. Fancy something a little more hands-on? Try your hand at a crabbing adventure! Bait the pots on the way out and haul in the prize on the return to port. Come home with the legal limit of 10 crabs per person! Or if you’re a dedicated landlubber, visit the gals at Princess Seafood Market & Deli who haul in a catch every day they can!