Whispering Ferns is a three bedroom two bath home on five acres of mature forest. It sleeps ten in three queen beds and two twin beds and two on two separate foldaway beds. Children and pets are welcome, and the home offers easy access for wheelchairs. The property is 3/4's mile from the beach and one mile from the center of Fort Bragg.
Romance. Escape. Adventure. Relaxation. When we think of Fort Bragg, these words describe our state of mind. We love this quiet corner of California where the ocean greets the rugged Mendocino coast and the Pacific fog nourishes the lush forests.
Nothing calms the busy mind or rests a tired soul more than the harmony of waves washing on the sandy beach or pounding off the jagged rocks, or a hike amongst the towering ancient Redwood trees carpeted in emerald green ferns. Families, couples, and friends will find the perfect get-a-way here. The attitude is as laid back or as adventurous as you feel in the moment. We firmly believe that our favorite place on the planet can become one of your favorite places as well.
Nestled in its own five acres of towering forest, a heart beat away from the ocean – far enough for extra sunshine yet close enough to hear the roaring waves on a quiet night – Whispering Ferns offers the best of the Mendocino coast.
Enjoy your time outside as you savor the private retreat into nature. Watching ravens soar through the forest canopy, the year-round stream, acrobatic hummingbirds feeding on flowers, and deer nibbling tender grass is a delightful way to relax in this Certified Wildlife Habitat (by the National Wildlife Federation).
You can stroll through the dancing ferns and trees, just over the wooden bridge, to read in the gazebo by the stream. Continue meandering the path through the Whispering Ferns woods of mature redwoods, oak and cypress across another wooden bridge and back to the house.
Take a moment, or many, to daydream in the hammock under the redwoods, join friends and family for a game of horseshoes, find a comfy spot to sip a warm drink on the 600-square-foot deck, play a game or have a snack in the hidden picnic area, or watch the rain through the glass ceiling of the enclosed sun room.
At night, roast s’mores over the open fire pit, relax in the soothing bubbles of the sparkling hot tub, or observe the awesome expanse of stars.
The home itself is an enchanting escape from the every day. You and your loved ones can relax together in the large, yet cozy living space with vaulted ceilings punctuated with pine wood, playing board games, reading and watching movies from the 18 feet of deep, comfy couch scattered with pillows and blankets. Cable, WiFi, and a 60-inch television offer entertainment and a connection to the outside world if you desire.
Preparing a meal or a snack is a joy in the well-appointed kitchen that boasts the newest amenities for your culinary adventures. Open kitchen design with custom hickory cabinets, five-burner double oven, extra large refrigerator, heavy-duty Kitchen Aid mixer, stainless pots and pans will delight the cooks of the vacation. Or you can barbeque on the large propane BBQ on the deck. Let us know if you have any culinary equipment requests and we can confirm it is available or make it so.
Special attention has been taken to assure a lush and sumptuous night’s rest (that could take you into most of the day if you allow yourself). Our mattresses, the same as offered in the finest hotels, are the foundation to a relaxing and yet rejuvenating night's sleep. Made with a multiple-inch layer of built-in gel memory foam, they are supportive and plush. All beds are furnished with brushed microfiber sheets, faux-fur plush down blankets, and fluffy duvets in silky soft materials. An array of pillows are available for all sleepers, so picking and choosing is encouraged. Extra blankets available as well as a myriad of throws.
Downstairs are two bedrooms. The “Wave” bedroom has two closets and an en suite bathroom. The queen bed is a unique, one-of-a-kind metal wave with driftwood-like four posters. The “Forest” bedroom is a luxurious and enchanting room with a deep, wood four-poster queen bed.
Up the stairs, just off the loft, is the third bedroom. The “Sky” room has a queen bed as well as a trundle day bed that makes up into two twin beds, and will make you feel like you are sleeping in a tree house.
There are also two additional foldaway beds.
Whispering Ferns was designed for wheelchair access, allowing wheelchairs to move fully underneath bathroom counters and a wheel-in shower. Easy access to the grounds via both front and back of property is offered and a ramp is located on the back from the deck. Wide doorways and hall allow easy maneuvering. Please ask for more information if necessary.
Although the home and grounds offer a beautiful get-a-way, it’s Fort Bragg and the Mendocino coast that are the lure. Fort Bragg is an oasis from the summer heat of the valley, but year round the Mendocino coast has much to offer. With its temperate Mediterranean climate, Fort Bragg has something for everyone any time of the year. The calendar is full of events and festivals, so be sure to plan your visit if there is something that you don’t want to miss.
The center of Fort Bragg is a quick five-minute drive from Whispering Ferns, convenient for amenities as well as fun. The village of Mendocino is 20 minutes south.
The area is a surrounded by redwood forests, fern canyons, and a beautiful rugged coastline with the most stunning beaches in the world. If you are adventurous, there is plenty to do – hiking, biking, kayaking, diving, fishing, horseback riding and whale watching. Outdoor magazine just named Fort Bragg one of 64 of the best cities in America for outdoor adventure.
Shopping in Fort Bragg and Mendocino is off the hook - books, toys, art, bikes, specialty foods, unique or quirky gifts, clothing, and on and on and on.
The restaurants are simply scrumptious. You can get the yummiest steak you’ve ever had at The Restaurant or a vegan meal from The Ravens in Mendocino. Then sample world-class brews from North Coast Brewery or wine at Pacific Star Winery.
The Mendocino Coast is an artistic haven and is the quintessential spot for writing, painting, drawing, photography, and reading.
Art galleries, museums, an aquatic fitness center, Mendocino Botanical Gardens and the Skunk Train are other outstanding offerings. We love helping others find the fun and adventure (whether mild or wild) in Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast.
We think you'll find Whispering Ferns an ideal home to serve as hub to your adventures on the coast. Our goal is for you to feel like Whispering Ferns offers so much peace, relaxation and comfort that it becomes featured part of your vacation memories.