I love this magazine…

…Word of Mouth Magazine, a Mendocino County homegrown treasure. To publish a print magazine in this ‘send it to my screen’ age we’ve created, takes nerves of steel. Giving unbiased coverage to the many, many sources of sustainable, organic, clean and local food is genius. Holly Madrigal and her team of magazine-producing heroes keep us in…

Hospitality + Hospital + Haunted

Grey Whale Inn Offers History Tours By: Mary Charlebois Originally published by Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Packet, February 1, 2017 Once a hospital, the Grey Whale Inn now welcomes visitors to thirteen spacious and distinctive guest rooms. Made entirely of old-growth redwood, the 3-story, craftsman-style building still sports all original hand-crafted interior walls, woodwork and ramps…

10 Surprising things to do on the Mendocino Coast

Over 100-miles of coastline form the west side of Mendocino County. Most is remote, skirted by CA Hwy 1 and inhabited only by Mother Nature. It’s said you come here for wildlife, waves, wilderness and wine and you return for the people. On the Mendocino coast, you’ll unplug, unwind and slow down. There’s lots to…

Riding a skunk to glory…

“All aboard for Rodgers, Summit, Crowley, Clare Mill, Burbeck, Shake City, Irmulco and Northspur.” On a cold and rainy January morning, in Willits California, I boarded the Northspur Flyer, otherwise known as Skunk Train. Diesel locomotive #64 pulled out of the depot with 11 passengers, one engineer, one conductor and one hostess on board. The…

Eat a neighborhood…

Only 3-hours in San Francisco? Eat a Neighborhood… Published in ByWAYS Magazine, December 19, 2016 – Words and photos by Mary Charlebois Food is the key to knowing any city. Submerge yourself in one of San Francisco’s 27 diverse neighborhoods and eat your way through. In three hours, you will learn about food, history, culture,…

Get your Masters in Bourbon…

Where do you start with over 250 bourbons to choose from? “Start with the A’s”… Click below to see the full story. Get a Masters in Kentucky Bourbon Tasting in New Orleans Published by Travel Post Monthly, December 1, 2016. Story & photos by Mary Charlebois, MaryGo  

Eden

We truly live in Eden on the Mendocino Coast…

Under the radar on Mendocino coast…

Wildlife, waves, wilderness, and wine. That’s why you go to the Mendocino Coast… Click below to enjoy my story published by GoNOMAD October 1, 2016. The story contains my words, photos, videos, sounds, and maps. I’m especially proud of this story, it’s my hometown. –MaryGo Mendocino Coast ~ Three Adventures In Nature Thanks for stopping by, MaryGo

Eye to eye with giants…

Thank you, Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Packet, for publishing my story about B Bryan Preserve in Point Arena, California. Locals can take the day and go for an African safari near home. Visitors to the area – make the spectacular B Bryan Preserve one of your stops. Here is the text of the story in a bit…

See you at the Fair…

89th Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show Sept 16, 17, 18 This story appears in the September issue of Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Packet. I’m pleased to use Debra Eloise’s photos to illuminate my words here and in the Packet. Each year this wonderful photographer focuses on a different part of the fair. Her photos are…

Arena Cove

A hoist is necessary to launch a boat into Arena Cove… Boats are driven to the hoist on trailers. The hoist lifts them up, swings over the water and lowers the vessel. Reverse to take a boat out. I loved watching this precarious looking operation from the deck of the Chowder House. It was good…

Now that’s a bridge…

Albion River Bridge crosses Albion River on Mendocino Coast, carrying Hwy 1 on its back… Built in 1944, it’s the last remaining wooden bridge on California Hwy 1. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced between 2018 and 2021. Some folks don’t want to see it go. A campaign to place the wooden deck truss bridge on…

Which do you prefer…

Two vehicles passing on Hwy 1, Mendocino Coast. Which would you prefer for a tour? Thanks for stopping by, MaryGo

Along Hwy 1

Summertime often brings fog to the Mendocino Coast… Fog moving in along Hwy 1, between Navarro River and Elk California. Photographer: Mary Charlebois, MaryGo   When the temperatures soar in the valleys to the east of the Coastal Range, our temps drop and the Marine Layer moves to shore. Some days are an ever-changing coastal…

10-Mile Bridge…

Mendocino Coast has many, many bridges. Old, new, scenic, and barley noticeable… 10-Mile River enters the Pacific about 10 miles north of Fort Bragg California. Hwy 1 crosses the bridge and meanders on to the north along the coast. This is one of the newest bridges in Mendocino County and one of the most scenic….

From My Garden

I guess this Lady Bug isn’t ripe yet… Someone told me this is a Potato Bug. Can you identify this beautiful green creature?

Walking through history

An almost forgotten mill town, Glen Blair, is the destination… … for the July 10, 2016 Glen Blair Walk in the Woods. Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society (FBMCHS) is sponsoring a guided/narrated walk NE of Fort Bragg, California. The walk passes through woods to the site. Glen Blair was a mill town from 1885 until 1923 when…

‘Views’ Are Welcome

I need your ‘views’, but not in an opinion-poll or survey. Don’t worry, I’m not selling anything or asking for money, but I would appreciate your clicks and eyes on my video entry in The Virtuoso Traveler Photo & Video Contest 2016. VIEW MY ENTRY I’ve entered a short travel video in the Virtuoso competition. By…

A Party Wherever You Park It

 Tow-ster is always the life of the party. People are drawn to her beautiful curves and classic looks… The 14’, remodeled, 1964 ‘Ideal’ travel trailer is a professionally equipped bar and lounge on wheels. Tow-ster is delivered and set-up at your private party or event, you add the alcohol and guests. The moveable bar is…

Spring

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! — Sitting Bull The headlands along the coast are a cross between prairie and desert in this part of Northern Coastal California. The dry salt air and powerful…

Embarcadero, End 2 End

…my plan to record time lapse of the Saturday Farmers Market was cut short. A security guard told me I needed a permit… November, 2105 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….

True Blue

Borage sports one of the few true-blue flowers in the garden. The vivid star-shaped blooms are plentiful, long lasting and taste like cucumber.   I planted Borage in a 10 gallon glazed clay container last year. It prospered in a partial shade spot by the laundry room door. The herb was prolific, providing a remarkable amount of leaves…

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 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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…