Hotel at a Glance: North Cliff Hotel
Named among TripAdvisor's Top 10 Hotels for Romance in 2010, North Cliff Hotel is an idyllic retreat for couples. All rooms at the hotel have furnished, private balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and you can cozy up next to in-room fireplaces on cool nights. Some rooms even have oversized whirlpool tubs by the window where you can catch a spectacular sunset. It makes for a fine gift if you want to surprise a significant other.
- Continental breakfast: Breakfast served in the lobby with waffles, breads, bagels, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, juices, coffee and tea.
- Candlelit dinner for two: The Cliff House Restaurant serves up juicy prime rib, pan-seared salmon, and other fine dining fare in a waterfront dining room.
- Stroll hand-in-hand along Noyo Harbor for some of the best views of the California coastline.
- Premium in-room amenities: plush robes, Bath and Body Works products, and local coffee, along with ocean and harbor views, gas fireplaces, and balconies in king suites
Fort Bragg, California: Coastal Bluffs and Colorful Sea-Glass Beaches near Redwood Forests
Located on northwest California’s Pacific Coast, Fort Bragg was founded in the mid-1800s as a military port. Its rocky shores now welcome thousands of tourists each year. On the north end of town is the popular Glass Beach, named for the smooth, colorful sea glass strewn along the shoreline. While beautiful, the glass actually comes from automobile parts and glass bottles dumped into the Pacific Ocean between 1906 and 1967. Over the years, the ocean slowly eroded the trash, transforming it into the smooth glass that dots the beach.
To explore Fort Bragg, go for a bike ride along Ten Mile Beach Trail and over the Pudding Creek Trestle, a redwood bridge built in 1916 for local trains. Or, hop on the historical [Skunk Train] (http://www.skunktrain.com/), which chugs along the Mendocino Coast, past massive redwood trees. For another look at Northern California’s famous redwoods, drive an hour southeast to Montgomery Woods State Reserve, where trees have reached record-breaking heights of 378 feet tall.