Mary Charlebois, is a freelance journalist/photographer/editor. Her home base is Fort Bragg, California on the wild, remote, Mendocino Coast. Her writing and photography is published in print and web.
Avila Beach is a small and lively beach community on California’s Central Coast. Tucked into the crook of a fish-hook shaped cove, the seaside village has balmy weather most of the year. It’s the ideal combination of sandy beaches to the west and hilly woodlands to the east. A weekend here can be active or...
PUBLISHED 04/09/19 BY LINKS & LIBATIONS MAGAZINE
The shadowy opening at the base of the building bears a bright-orange sign, “WELCOME TO TATE MODERN.” Under the sign, a wide entrance slips down and out of sight. Descending into the concrete and steel maw of Tate Modern, you are reduced to pocket-size. The building is a massive sculpture filled with...
PUBLISHED 04/01/19 BY FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
“Come to our house; our food is about family.”, says Guillermo Medina, the Chef at Noyo River Grill.
Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor is undergoing a renaissance. New eateries, markets, and outfitters have found homes on the wharf. Established enterprises are seeing increased traffic. A busy spring and summer are eagerly anticipated. One of the new harbor businesses leading the way is, Noyo River Grill.
PUBLISHED 03/29/19 BY THE TRAVEL 100
Falmouth Harbor stretched before me. Blue and red dinghies, white sailboats, passenger ferries and fishing vessels moored in neat rows. In the distance, behemoth ships unloaded cargo. Seabirds called, soared and plunged. A water taxi’s shrill whistle sounded. The Flushing Ferry docked.
My room at The Greenbank was ...
PUBLISHED 03/20/19 BY trivago MAGAZINE
The sun rises over Pine Mountain. A dense layer of fog veils the end of San Simeon Pier. It’s mesmerizing as the fog retreats, and the beach comes to life. Gulls glide over thermals, then perch on wood pilings. Their penetrating calls will wake nearby campers.
PUBLISHED 03/15/19 BY FARM & LIVING MAGAZINE
Turn off CA Hwy 1 near Bodega Bay and head towards Bodega, home of Deerhaven, the sight of a very special photo shoot last May. My friend and Deerhaven Rancher, Ariana, kept a journal for a month and I took the photos to illustrate her words.
The April/May 2019 issue of Farm & Ranch Living published our combined work. The magazine is available in print only, so I’ve included scans of the article below so you read about day-to-day life on this exquisitely beautiful ranch on California’s Sonoma...
PUBLISHED 03/11/19 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Across the street, the marina was just beginning to stir. A family of otters dove for their breakfast of Pismo Clams. A lone paddle boarder floated by riding the fast-moving current lowering the harbor water level with the...
PUBLISHED 03/01/2019 BY FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
Did you know Mendocino was once known as ‘the town of water towers and windmills?’ How about why Mendocino looks like a New England village? Who was the first European settler? Have you heard about eleven-year-old Daisy Kelley McCallum’s acts of heroism?
These and many other bits of history are brought to life by a lively guide with a passion for Mendocino’s story. Kelley House Docents conduct weekly tours of historic downtown.
PUBLISHED 02/19/19 BY ByWAYS MAGAZINE
The fog and marine layer suddenly rolled out to sea just before our 10 AM departure from the tiny yellow Garibaldi station. A ride behind a historic steam engine along Oregon’s Tillamook coast would have perfect weather.
We rambled down the tracks passing lumber yards, marinas, fishing vessels, small towns...
PUBLISHED 02/11/19 BY THE TRAVEL 100
Eleven Twenty Two’s sign is small and easy to miss. You press a buzzer. A small hatch opens. With some speakeasy theater, you enter. Inside, it’s dark. Candles and sepia-tinted bulbs glow dimly...