The Garden Nurse

  I wasn’t actually walking in my garden when I saw the Comfrey. I was making my way to the laundry room. Diminutive fuchsia and pink conical blooms were pushing their way from under the center of the plant. The flower’s color stood out brazenly against the green veined leaves. They signaled me to come…

Villa Cipriani, la dolce vita Italiana

The hills between Venice and Treviso roll and turn like corkscrews. Serene and exhilarating at the same time; rolling hills, green valleys, villages and woodlands landscape the road to Asolo and the divine Hotel Villa Cipriani.   Click to see full story and photos

Marina? What Marina?

…Marina Boulevard enjoys Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Sausalito and Fort Mason as a backdrop. A soundtrack of lines pinging and clanking musically against the masts of sailing vessels blends with seagulls and songbirds. Marina District is a bit off the beaten path for some sightseers, but the vistas are worth the visit……

A real San Francisco find – free hotel parking

San Francisco is known for some of the most luxurious hotels on the planet & some of the most expensive. Be kind to your wallet and stay in Cow Hollow/Marina District. The neighborhood is handsome, invting and full of iconic destinations. While there, make Coventry Inn (or one of her sister properties) your homebase. TIP: Parking is included…

HappyHappyHappyHour

“Conversation and laughter. Glasses clinking, ice cubes tinkling, delightful aromas. Small plates of delectable bites being shared. It’s the time of day we move into evening, leaving our worries behind.”  –MaryGo Click to see full story and photos

Wildlife, waves, wind & wine

…on the edge of Pudding Creek Estuary and across the Highway One from the Pacific Ocean, Beach House Inn is a serene setting with access to wildlife, waves, wind and wine.

A SUPER Market

Picnic HQ… Located on bustling Chestnut Street in San Francisco’s Marina District, Marina Supermarket presents an abundance of fresh, local; bread, fruit, veg, poultry, meat, dairy and so much more. A stellar selection of wine and spirits, a deli bursting with house made salads, entrees, desserts, sliced meats and sandwiches make this THE place to fill your picnic…

Coming To A City Near Me

It would be un-American to say I’m not a Super Bowl fan… …but honestly, attending a Super Bowl game is not on my bucket list. I usually avoid the huge crowds such an event attracts. Watching from the comfort of my recliner with a bowl of chips is what I think of as an NFL…

On Assignment – San Francisco

The ferry was crowded. Moms, dads, grandparents, gaggles of teenaged girls, couples and a few, like myself, solo travelers. Not the usual crowd you’d see at 9:30 am on Friday. But it’s the day after Thanksgiving and many Americans are on holiday. The usual business commuters are recovering from food coma, Black Friday shopping or…

Progress Report

The meeting room at the Denver Grand Hyatt was a long narrow rectangle. Fifteen round tables with ten chairs each where covered in white linen, water glasses, notepads and pens. 150 travel writers would soon fill the room. I felt certain I was out of my league, but that wouldn’t stop me from learning all I…

New Publisher #3

Today my first story with brand new publisher, Trip 101, was posted on their global travel website. My story describes Harbor Court Hotel in San Francisco, California. The wonderful hotel was my home during a recent three day working trip in my favorite city. Read the full article with photos at ~ Harbor Court Hotel: Perfectly Located Comfort…

THE SAFEST ROUGH SPOT IN TOWN

Not rough or tough, no rowdy customers and no fights breaking out at Django’s Rough Bar Café… Hear Django’s music – See Django’s October 23, 2015, Django’s Rough Bar Café opened serving small plates, chowders, fresh seafood, cool salads and sandwiches served on house made bread. Owners Linda and Dusty Dillon have employed Odile Perkins…

Pink Pangea – My Newest Publisher

I’ve recently been accepted as a Feature Writer for Pink Pangea, a website for women that love & write about travel. Early in the morning of November 23, 2015 an email arrived with the subject line “You’re published on Pink Pangea”. My first piece with my new publisher was live online. What a thrill, what a…

Poppies & Bees

Originally posted on MaryGo:
One of my favorite places to GO is my garden just outside my front door. I hope you enjoy this tranquil garden moment. It’s only a minute, but represents 2.5 hours among California Poppies and coastal honey bees. Time lapse is so much fun. Dedicated to my Poppy, Nicole. http://youtu.be/wPMk4lCECuY

The Walls Have Art

Everywhere you look – walls, doors, windows, fences, signs, electric panels, gas meters – everywhere, there is art. A September 2015 outing to the Santa Fe Art District, Denver Colorado, revealed a feast of art for my eyes and camera. Everywhere I looked there was art, especially the walls. Alleys, fences, doors and buildings are…

Yodeling Woman Trapped Under Street Grates With Chickens And Gorilla

They jump up, then look down. Jump up, look down. The most common of fixtures captures the attention of a small boy in fluorescent orange shorts, a stylish hipster couple holding hands, a baby boomer pair with cameras. They bend over to listen. They stomp their feet. They pass over or stand on one of…

Queen of the Nile – A Tale of Two Trips

Standing on the floating dock I realized this photo session would be a challenge. Things were already bobbing up and down and I wasn’t in a boat yet… TRIP ONE – Rowing with Dusty Standing on a floating dock in Dolphin Isle Marina , I realized immediately this photo session would be a challenge. Things were…

Occupy Nature

A quick video tour of the park The spectacular Noyo Headlands Park has opened its coastline in Fort Bragg, California. You may now occupy land that has been inaccessible to the public for over 100 years. It’s a magnificent way to see the rugged, wild coast, its many habitats, inhabitants and thought-provoking historical sites. Within…

Sneak Peek – My Rowing Trip

For the past three weeks I’ve been working on a piece about rowing in my hometown, Fort Bragg, California. Last Saturday and this past Thursday I was lucky enough to GO aboard a lifeboat powered by humans at the oar – 8 of them to be exact. I was the passenger and photographer. The photographs, videos,…

GOing Solo – My Top 5 Reasons

So you are thinking about taking a trip by yourself, unaccompanied, single, solo, en solo, en solitario, enkelt, sengl. But everything you’ve looked into is based on ‘double occupancy’, has an added ‘singles supplement’ or some drawback for traveling unaccompanied. It often seems cheaper, safer and less lonesome to just give-in and GO with your…

Who I Am – Why I’m Here

Who I Am – I’m Mary Charlebois, travel writer, photographer and videographer. I live in wild, remote Northern California. My small town, Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. For me, the climate is perfect. A 62° mean temperature makes life quite comfortable. I started traveling, photographing…

Bob Fest – The Perfect Excuse For A Mendo Getaway

The Mendocino coast is its own excuse for getting away. Mediterranean climate, pristine nature, wild Pacific coastline, an abundance of local, clean and organic food of all types, small friendly communities, accommodations from camping to five star – What more could you want?  Check out the Mendocino Coast. But just in case you need an…

Sky On Fire

On June 25, 2015, record setting heat colored the evening sky a blazing fire scape over Middletown, California. This amiable little town is situated 20 miles south of Clearlake, 17 miles north of Calistoga and 1 hour east of Highway 101. Map of the area. No matter how you approach, the scenery traveling to Middletown…

Poppies & Bees

One of my favorite places to GO is my garden just outside my front door. I hope you enjoy this tranquil garden moment. It’s only a minute, but represents 2.5 hours among California Poppies and coastal honey bees. Time lapse is so much fun. Dedicated to my Poppy, Nicole.

2015 Is Spring Dance Concert’s 33rd Year!

The following article originally appeared in the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Packet, a monthly print publication covering entertainment, restaurants, shopping and other fun stuff on and around the coast. Camille Parsons and Second Story Studios present the – 33rd Spring Dance Concert, June 20th and 21st. The program is an annual highlight for the dance community….

Why I Travel

A while back I entered a travel writing contest. The required title and theme of the 200 word essay was Why I Travel. Grand Prize was 10 grand. Photos and videos illustrating the theme were encouraged. I marinated on the topic and finally wrote my 200 words. I spent hours creating a video and recording the…

Hello World – Let’s GO!!

My mother called me Mary Go. I was always eager to depart. Rattle the car keys, put on your coat, mention a destination – I was by the door ready and waiting. My passion for travel still qualifies me for the name MaryGo. This website is my way of sharing my experiences past, present, future, local…