by Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman
The Inn at Newport Ranch owns over 2,700 acres for their guests to explore, to discover the mountains, coast and forest. Some guests like to hike by themselves while Corey Nielson, the Inn’s guide, shares his stories about the history of logging in historic Fort Bragg’s early years and finding exciting pathways through the wilderness. I enjoyed the smooth ride in their Polaris Ranger as Corey drove, this off-road, all-terrain vehicle was versatile much better than the rough movements of an ATV. It was a pleasure watching as we moved up to the top of the mountain and crossed creeks. The views of the Inn, cliffs and the ocean from high vantage points were outstanding. Corey stopped a few times for us to take short walks for close-up views of highlights of the tour and discuss the trails.
Some of the original logging trails, carved during the 1800’s, were still evident during my tour but Corey is ready to guide more adventurous tours for people who like to explore untouched natural surroundings. Corey explained, “Guests can customize their vacation. That’s what is special about staying at the Inn! This is a chance to have a picnic in the forest, on the cliff or even a party at the fire pit at night. I love meeting the guests, it is so refreshing for them to experience the beauty of this coast and forest.”
Corey invites guests to see what nature has to offer. The tours are available even for guests who arrange at the last minute. Corey’s love of northern California and ecology is apparent during the tour.
For information, call (707)-962-4818. The Inn at Newport Ranch is located at 31502 N. Highway 1, coastal road, Fort Bragg, California 95437. www.theinnatnewportranch.com
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