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Accessible Nature Travel: A travel guide for folks with wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or strollers

Recommended Accessible Getaways

Recommended Getaways:   Mendocino   Fort Bragg   Weaverville

A Stepless Guide to Fort Bragg Downtown

To visit the compact and historic Fort Bragg downtown, turn west off Highway 1 at Laurel Street to access recommended parking and convenient accessible restrooms. The large public parking lot is located between the Skunk Train Depot and the Depot Mall and Museum.

Fort Bragg is the western depot for the Skunk Train (SkunkTrain.com), a rail excursion that climbs through the coastal redwoods, winding over trestles and through tunnels; providing guests with a spectacular experience of creeks, forests and historical relics. Be advised that while handicapped restrooms are available during a thirty-minute layover in rustic Northspur, the one hour and forty-five minute train ride there offers only original train restrooms.

Guest House Museum in Fort Bragg

Enter the Depot Mall from Laurel Street to find a local's favorite eatery, Laurel Deli & Desserts. Enjoy Scott and Cindy's savory homemade fare, being sure to save room for piece of their coveted pie and some local Thanksgiving Coffee. The Depot Building has large handicapped restrooms, historic railroad and logging memorabilia, captivating art shops, and even Pacific Star wine tasting.

Upon leaving the Depot Building, proceed south on Main, and be sure to visit The Guest House Museum (707-964-4251). A scenic path leads past an ancient slab of redwood and up to a patio that overlooks the downtown. Be sure to notice the incredible stained glass bay window. The bottom of the Guest House is wheelchair accessible and worth the visit.

Just south of the Guest House, the historic Union Lumber Company Store beckons with the Mendocino Cookie Company, the Living Light Center, art shops, and a massage center. For an excellent dinner, don't miss the quality and charm of Mendo Bistro, located in the upstairs of the Company Store. An elevator accesses this local treasure, and diners will enjoy the exceptional cuisine while enveloped in comfortable elegance. This restaurant is a personal favorite! If the weather is chilly, The Company Store and the Depot Mall are perfect indoor locations for a hot bowl of chowder or an espresso and cookie, accessible restrooms, and people watching.

After visiting these establishments, cross Main Street and visit the cozy shopping district bordered by Laurel, Main, Franklin and Redwood Streets. Ice cream cravings can be satisfied at the seductive Cowlick's Ice Cream Parlor, if you haven't already indulged in a cookie and coffee at the Mendocino Cookie Company! Fort Bragg's downtown has recently been renovated, and features wide sidewalks, broad storefront doorways, and ample handicapped parking. Be sure to visit the only remaining building from the original Fort Bragg, and rest in the small garden bordering City Hall.

Finally, don't miss Roundman's Smoke House, located across the street from the Depot Mall. Their smoked fish, meats and cheeses are perfect for that idyllic picnic by the ocean, but the delightful aroma and friendly owner are almost worth the visit alone.

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