The new Fort Bragg

Long overshadowed by Mendocino, this California lumber town remakes itself into a no-apologies-needed North Coast destination

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48 hours in Fort Bragg

Friday: Check in at Living Light Inn (from $110; two-night minimum; 707/964-1384). The grand 1912 Craftsman home is now a 10-room inn with a green ethos. Drop in at Studio Odd Hours during the First Friday Art Walk (5–9 Apr 2) or call ahead to visit (upstairs at 366 N. Main St.; 707/357-0338), then stroll to dinner at Piaci Pub & Pizzeria ($; 120 W. Redwood Ave.; 707/961-1133). Afterward, see who’s playing at V’Canto ($$; no cover; 124 E. Laurel St.; 707/964-6844).

Saturday: Grab breakfast at Fort Bragg Bakery (closed Sun–Tue; 360 N. Franklin St.; 707/964-9647). Treat yourself to a bit of shopping at Andrea Luna Design (closed Sun; 107 Laurel St.; 707/962-9180), Pippi’s Longstockings (123 E. Laurel St.; 707/964-8071), or Splendiferous (closed Sun; 115 E. Laurel St.; 707/964-8880).

Then take an afternoon walk across the Pudding Creek Trestle (from State 1, take W. Elm St. west to Glass Beach Dr.). Or grab a sandwich at the vegan, raw-food Living Light Café & Cuisine To-Go ($; 707/964.2420) at the Company Store (301 N. Main St.) and bike 3 miles north to MacKerricher State Park.

For dinner, try the new Franklin Street Café ($$; closed Sun; 223 N. Franklin St.; 707/964-1620).

Sunday: Take a dip at the new C.V. Starr Community Center ($8; 300 S. Lincoln St.; 707/964-9446), loved by locals for its faux river and fantastic gym. Then grab breakfast at Headlands Coffeehouse ($; 120 Laurel St.; 707/964-1987) before leaving town.


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