Self-Guided Northern California Beer Trail

The state of California has over 900 craft breweries, by far the most in any state and more than twice the amount of second-place Washington. We love our craft beer. California is home to some of the best craft beer brands in the nation: Sierra Nevada, Stone, Green Flash, Ballast Point, and Bear Republic. In 2016, craft breweries in California produced nearly 3.3 million barrels of craft beer, according to the Brewers Association. Which means craft beer accounted for $7.3 billion in sales that year. If you’re not already a self-proclaimed beer aficionado, now might be the time to hop aboard the phenomenon. Luckily for you, many of our Northern California vacation rentals are minutes away from some of the region’s best craft breweries.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has properties scattered throughout beautiful Northern California. Embark on a self-guided North Coast craft beer tour with stops at these exemplary breweries. Remember to plan a sober ride and to please drink responsibly!

Eel River Brewing – Fortuna

Start your craft beer journey in the growing city of Fortuna. Exit off US-101 for a beer flight and an organic grass-fed burger at Eel River Brewing. The brewery is steps from the Eel River, which flows northwest into the Pacific Ocean. Eel River Brewing is the first certified organic brewery in the U.S. The interior is reminiscent of an unpretentious Irish pub thanks to hanging flags, tin signs, green paint, and a long bar. You’ll likely want to enjoy your flight and burger in the inviting attached beer garden. The locals consider Eel River Brewing the best restaurant in the city. You can also try their creamy macaroni and cheese or the fish and chips. Don’t leave without sipping on their Raven’s Eye, a creamy and roasty 9.5% ABV imperial stout with hints of espresso and dark chocolate.

Lost Coast Brewery – Eureka

Choose from many beers on tap.
Choose from many beers on tap.

Your next stop should be at the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka. Lost Coast was named a top 50 U.S. brewery in 2017 by the Brewers Association. Their taproom is connected to the brewery and distribution center. Stop in for free brewery tour where they bottle over 135,000 beers a day. Meet the giant Lost Coast shark and finish the tour with a delicious pint of the Revenant, a refreshing, full-bodied Citra IPA. Lost Coast also has a popular brewpub on the north end of Eureka, if you happened to skip a meal at Eel River Brewing. They offer some of the best fish tacos and jambalaya in town!

Redwood Curtain Brewing – Arcata

A pint at Redwood Curtain Brewing on the south side of Arcata is an absolute must. The taproom has concrete floors, hanging bulbs, comfy stools, and repurposed whiskey barrels. Of all the breweries on this North Coast beer trail, Redwood Curtain has the best overall beer. Their well-balanced signature IPA utilizes three hop varieties to provide hints of honey, orange, citrus, and pine. Redwood Curtain brews a new flavorful IPA nearly every month, so check back often to see what’s on tap. Regardless of the season, don’t skip the dry nitro Irish stout. This velvety, roasty and chocolatey stout may end up being the best beer of the trip.

Humboldt Regeneration – McKinleyville

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Beer flight with pretzels and nuts.

Finish your journey in McKinleyville, seven miles north of Arcata. The premier brewery in McKinleyville is Humboldt Regeneration, the first California brewery since 1933 to brew a 100 percent home-grown and malted beer. This entirely organic and sustainable brewery is equal parts family-farm and brewery. Humboldt Regeneration grows every ingredient that goes into the finished product. Taste the incredible difference by visiting their taproom, complete with 19 taps of homegrown beer. Don’t worry about what’s on tap, simply show up, say hello, and guzzle one of the best beers in California!

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All four breweries are a short distance from US-101, covering 35 miles in total distance. The breweries have been chosen, the day has been picked, and the sober ride has been arranged. Now it’s time to determine which charming accommodation is right for your beer-loving ensemble.

Cottage Americana

Cottage Americana, Fortuna, CA
Cottage Americana, Fortuna, CA

Cottage Americana is a quick one-mile drive from Eel River Brewing in Fortuna. This quiet, clean, and cozy cottage has a lovely back patio with a built-in koi pond. Cottage Americana is the ideal cottage for a romantic weekend escape or a Redwoods honeymoon.

611 Flat in Old Town Eureka

The 611 Flat in Old Town Eureka
611 Flat in Old Town Eureka, Eureka, CA

611 Flat is one block from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Old Town Eureka and two blocks from the scenic Arcata Bay. Most of our Northern California vacation rentals have a quiet elegance, modern amenities, and are walking distance from all of the best area shops, restaurants, and beaches.

Plaza Casita

Plaza Casita, Arcata, CA
Plaza Casita, Arcata, CA

Stay in downtown Arcata at this fresh and modern cottage, one of the best Northern California vacation rentals on the market. The Plaza Casita is a Spanish-style modern home with a charming, contemporary interior and a secluded backyard. Cozy up by the fireplace, crack open a beer on the patio or stroll through downtown Arcata.

Visit our website to view our entire list of Northern California vacation rentals, many of which are conveniently located on the North Coast beer trail. You can always give us a call at 1-707-834-6555 for more information.

The Cutest California Beach Cottages

If you are looking for the cutest California Beach Cottages to rent for your next coastal getaway, Northern California is one of the best places to start your search. The Redwood Coast region of NorCal not only boasts 100+ miles of coastline & pristine beaches galore, it also offers some of the most spectacular vacation cottages in the entire state. With the recent addition of several new beach cottages Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the ultimate selection available to you.

California Beach Cottages
Alder Cottage, Trinidad CA

Alder Cottage @ Oceanside Lodge is by far one of THE cutest California Beach Cottages we have found yet. Situated on 5 Acres with stunning Ocean Views, Alder Cottage is gorgeous and relaxing – both inside and on the acres of ocean view grounds.

 

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Alder Cottage, Trinidad CA

Enjoy the views of the Pacific from the inviting, naturally lighted living & dining area and spacious bedroom with your king bed! Or spark up the grill and relax outside over a wonderful dinner on your own private deck. We highly suggest taking a stroll down to the bluff to see the sunset over the Pacific, or perhaps play a little game of horse shoes and make some amazing memories!

 

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Cozy Coastal Cottage, Arcata CA

Cozy Coastal Cottage just minutes to the beach and the Manila Dunes is giving California Beach Cottages a run for their money. This clean, comfy and conveniently located two-bedroom cottage features vaulted ceilings, inviting skylights, stained concrete floors, a full kitchen, and patio garden with a pretty sweet little sitting area.

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Pristine Northern California Beaches

Situated on a peninsula that runs between the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Bay, Cozy Coastal Cottage is the perfect location for a Redwood Coast adventure. It is only a short beautiful drive to the state or national Redwood Parks. And the drive from nearby Eureka CA boasts some of the most amazing views of Humboldt Bay as you cross over the Samoa Bridge.

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Crystal’s Cottage, McKinleyville CA

Crystal’s Cottage offers 2 bedrooms and 2 Baths in a nice quiet neighborhood located near California’s most beautiful beaches and coastal hiking trails. This spacious cottage with large kitchen, great dining room, and spread out living room is perfect for 6 guests.

The cottage’s garden is full of flowers and is beautifully maintained. And as an added bonus, just through the garden’s gate, you will also find a hot tub that is available for your use! California beach cottages don’t get much better than this. The location is nice and central for heading up to the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Lagoons, Beaches of McKinleyville & Trinidad, or to the downtown districts of nearby Arcata or Eureka.

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C Lily Cottage, Trinidad CA

Trinidad’s “C” Lily Cottage is a cozy, 2 Bedroom Cottage w/ nice yard, just a short walk to beaches, parks, museums, trails, cafes, wine tasting and shopping. Relax and hear the beach birds, ocean, seals, and the bell of the buoy. This cottage is comfortable, clean, and cute! Located towards the end of a private drive adjacent to the bluff overlooking the ocean and beach, this quaint little cottage is a great place to call home while you explore everything the town of Trinidad, CA has to offer.

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Shell Cottage, Eureka CA

The Shell Cottage is a cute little one-bedroom right on a canal in King Salmon, a fishing village just south of Eureka, CA. If you are looking stay and relax at a pet friendly cottage by the beach this is your spot. And the major bonus is that Shell Cottage has its very own floating dock! Dock access is gated and offers a slip for canoes, kayaks, and row boats if you choose to bring them.

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Private Dock at Shell Cottage

A nearby public, dog-friendly beach with gentle waves is a wonderful place for walks, picnics, and sand castles. Other nearby attractions include the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (which experienced kayakers can reach by bay) and the Avenue of the Giants.

 

To view more of the cutest California Beach Cottages and tons of other vacation rentals along the Northern California Coast visit www.RedwoodCoastVacationRentals.com

 

3 Unique Guided Tours in Northern California

There are many traditional ways to experience the majestic Redwood National Park and the breathtaking North Coast of California. We suggest thinking outside the box on your upcoming visit to Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Our newly renovated and meticulously cleaned vacation homes are always a short drive from one of northern California’s premier guided tours. Whether you’re aiming to spend time on the beach, in the Redwoods near Orick CA, or rafting down the Trinity River, we have the ideal property to suit your group or family.

Just as important as selecting the perfect vacation home is discovering the ideal way to spend each day here in northern California. We suggest spending an unforgettable afternoon on horseback through the Redwood National Park, whitewater rafting down the Trinity River, and voyaging on the only oyster farm boat tour in California.

Horseback Riding in the Redwoods

orick caWe don’t want to oversell this once-in-a-lifetime experience, but horseback riding through the Redwood National Park with Redwood Creek Buckarettes is one of the premier guided tours in the world. The tours begin in Orick CA; we recommend the four-hour Picnic Tour. Hop aboard a gentle, beautiful horse and trek under the world’s tallest trees. You’ll learn local history, witness tranquil wildlife, and discuss the stunning flora. Though not guaranteed, your group may be lucky enough to spot a bald eagle, elk, fisher, coyote, bobcat, or river otter. There are dozens of mammals, birds, and fish in this region, so keep your eyes peeled! Lunch will be provided at the midway point. Each guest will have the opportunity to get a picture taken inside a redwood on horseback.

Oyster Tours in Humboldt Bay

orick ca oystersEmbark on a two-hour oyster boat tour in the oyster capital of the world: Humboldt Bay. Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours, based out of the port city of Eureka, collaborates with two nearby restaurants and Captain Sebastian to provide the only oyster boat tour in California. Captain Sebastian from Aqua-Rodeo Farms will guide the two-hour tour, and each participant will have the opportunity to harvest fresh oysters from Humboldt Bay. Participants then return to Humboldt Bay Provisions or Mazzotti’s to try three prepared oysters. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has multiple properties in the Eureka area, perfect for a lovely day harvesting oysters, shopping, and surfing.

Whitewater Rafting on the Trinity River

orick ca raftingFor the most extreme northern California experience, seek out a local rafting company for an afternoon run down the Trinity River. Redwoods and Rivers, the most extensive rafting company in the area, provides guided whitewater rafting tours on five rivers. Whether you’re a first-timer looking for a moderate class I run or a seasoned pro aiming at an exhilarating class V run, Redwoods and Rivers have the best tours possible. Six Rivers Rafting Company operates mainly on the Trinity River, one of the best whitewater rafting river in the state. They have tours that range from very relaxing to “you will get soaked.” Also operating out of the Trinity River, Bigfoot Rafting Company offers mostly beginner-friendly tours.

Deciding Where to Stay

Now that you have three afternoons planned, it’s time to choose where to finish each day. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has properties all over the coast, in the mountains, and on lakes and rivers. Explore our expansive vacation home catalog or read below for our favorites.

Viewcrest Retro Country Home in Orick CA

orick ca homeAll of our Orick CA vacation homes are in the breathtaking Redwood National Park area. The Viewcrest Retro Country Home has stunning deck vistas of the Redwoods and is a short distance from the Pacific Ocean. You’ll spend much of your time on the beautiful deck; spend your time grilling burgers, sunbathing, or basking in the mountain views. This country home sleeps six, has a large kitchen, and two bathrooms. Viewcrest is only 1.3 miles away from the Redwood Creek Buckarettes home base. Our new Orick Bungalow is also a short 1.2-mile drive from a horseback riding tour and always within walking distance of forest and ocean trails.

Boardwalk Loft

eureka ca homeOur modern Boardwalk Loft masterpiece is just two blocks from Humboldt Bay Provisions in the lively port town of Eureka. This loft apartment rests in the fantastic shopping and dining district of Old Town. Arcata Bay is visible through the windows. The Boardwalk Loft is ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway as it has one bedroom but a sizable living area, including a gorgeously modern fireplace. Spend a day harvesting oysters, shopping, and dining in Old Town. Then finish with a glass of wine by the cozy fireplace.

Hawkins Bar River Home

trinity lake ca homeWe’re very excited to share this majestic property with you. The Hawkins Bar River Home has the best deck in northern California. The deck overlooks the aqua blue Trinity River with covered outdoor seating, multiple grills, and a private riverside beach. This lovely country home rests in the quiet community of Trinity Village. It sleeps ten comfortably, making it perfect for a large group of prospective whitewater rafters. Hawkins Bar River Home is a quick 14-minute drive from Six Rivers Rafting Company and Bigfoot Rafting Company.

Northern California remains one of North America’s hidden gems. While the Redwood National Park is a world-famous crown jewel, our surrounding beaches, rivers, mountains, and towns are often overlooked. Locals and bright tourists know this region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Whether you’re whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or harvesting oysters, your next vacation to the North Coast will be a blast!

It’s time to book your northern California escape to the majestic Redwoods with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We offer a variety of supreme rentals for groups of all sizes. You’re guaranteed to find an Orick CA vacation home that’s ideal within our catalog of accommodations. Your next trip to northern California will be an unforgettable experience!

Escape From It All – Incredible Northern California Vacation Rentals

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life then these incredible Northern California Vacation Rentals are just for you. Embrace the calmness and serenity of California’s Redwood Coast, a land so magical that it absolutely must be on every travelers bucket list for 2018.

Towering trees, quint towns, epic beaches, scenic rivers, and parks galore. It is no wonder why Lonely Planet voted the Redwood Coast the #1 travel destination in the U.S. When looking to get away from it all, look no further. The Redwood Coast will make you feel like you are worlds away and these amazing accommodations will help you feel right at home.

Featured Northern California Vacation Rentals in Trinidad, California
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Seagull’s Bluff, Trinidad CA

Magical Ocean Views, Near Beaches, Redwoods & Parks. Sound good? If so, the brand new Seagull’s Bluff Vacation Home in Trinidad, CA is where it is at.

 

This beautiful seaside home immerses you in the natural beauty of Trinidad and California’s Northern Coast. The architectural design of the home lends to an open concept with skylights throughout and the full wall of windows bringing the outdoors in.

northern california vacation rentals Outside, you can relax and gather on the deck while watching the seals, sea lions, whales, porpoises, while seagulls, quail and the occasional bald eagle grace the skies above and below. Patrick’s Point State Park is also close by, (you can walk), with miles of trails and beaches. Seagull’s Bluff is by far one of the most amazing Northern California Vacation Rentals on the Redwood Coast.

FEATURED NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTALS IN CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA

Visit “The Real Northern California” by taking a trip to Crescent City, located on the far northwestern Pacific Coast about 20 miles south of the Oregon border.  Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach located at the south end of the city, this hidden coastal gem offers quite the stunning setting for the perfect Northern California getaway.

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Seaside Family Retreat,

The Seaside Family Retreat 5 Bedroom Home in Crescent City offers ocean views and is situated a mere 200 feet to the beach! Stroll along the miles of nearby coastal trails, comb the wide open absolutely pristine beach at Point St. George or take a quick drive to South Beach where the surf is spectacular.

There is also great fishing down the street from the Seaside Family Retreat off of the pier, as well as an 18 hole disc (Frisbee) golf at the park a few blocks away. And of course, the Redwoods National Park @ Jedediah Smith & the wonderful swimming in the Smith River, is only about 15 minutes away.

northern california vacation rentals This large split level home has 5 bedrooms making this one of the best options when searching for Northern California Vacation Rentals for large groups of travelers.

 

The gorgeous Seaside Family Retreat provides beautiful views of the sunrise over the hills and the sunset over the Pacific, as well as a pretty sweet gameroom. This home is now pet friendly as well so feel free to bring your fur babies along for the perfect Northern California getaway.

FEATURED NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTALS IN EUREKA, CALIFORNIA

northern california vacation rentals Oyster Suite was originally the master bedroom and library of the Ranch House at Oyster Beach. Its soaring ceilings, porch, saltbox roofline, and bay windows have all been restored to their historic glory.

The redwood trim and paneling are all salvaged from the house. Mid-century furnishings, and antique Wedgwood stove, and a subway tiled shower complete the vintage feel of the suite as well as the other unique Northern California Vacation Rentals at Oyster Beach.

northern california vacation rentalsOyster Beach is a beautiful, rustic 14-acre property that the owners lovingly restored. The homes at Oyster Beach are cozy and stylish, but simple by design. It is not a resort with manicured lawns, cabanas on the beach, or spa facilities. It is a secluded, wild, and scenic place. Sit around the fire pit, explore the private trail to the beach, or bath under the stars in a clawfoot soaking tub at the Bathhouse located at the center of Oyster Beach.

FEATURED NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTALS IN McKinleyville, CALIFORNIA

northern california vacation rentalsThe Beach Barn takes Northern California coastal getaways to a whole new level. This brand new, just built, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a quiet neighborhood is modern and oh so “EcoCool”.

Beautifully built and decorated, this home features the use of reclaimed old-growth Redwood for the perfect Northern California feel. Soak in the hot tub or explore nearby beaches & Redwood Parks. You can even walk to Vista Point where you can see the whales! Beach Barn is the perfect base camp for your trip to the Redwoods and Humboldt County!

FEATURED NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTALS IN Arcata, CALIFORNIA

In case you are not already convinced to add one of these fabulous Northern California Vacation Rentals to your travel itinerary, just wait…. because we have one more for you and this one could quite possibly be yours for a full 3 nights FREE OF CHARGE!

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Arcata Views, Downtown Arcata CA

Step above it all at Arcata Views. New, fresh, inviting and right in the heart of Downtown Arcata, CA! Stay and relax in this brand new, 3 bedroom townhouse apartment less than a block from Arcata Plaza.

Enjoy the sunsets over the Humboldt Bay from your private balcony.  Enjoy the shops, restaurants and the farmers market on Saturdays (April- Oct) all just steps away.

northern california vacation rentals Situated on the 3rd floor at the Arcata skyline, the accommodation has much to offer. It faces south-south west for gorgeous sunset views. Upon entry to the home you’re greeted with a modern-contemporary aesthetic in the living, dining, and kitchen space. The living and dining space overlooks the private deck and is very relaxing and inviting. Stay, relax and unwind at Arcata Views!

- summer 2020 -

Now through July 9th you can enter a FREE 3-Night stay for up to 4 guests at Arcata Views! Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has teamed up with local area partners to bring you the “Ultimate Redwood Coast Vacation Giveaway”.

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Hang Ten! Surfing the North Coast

Surfing the North Coast at Dusk
Man surfing a North Coast wave at dusk

Widely known among outsiders for our breathtaking Redwood National Park, northern California is also home to one of the nation’s best surfing scenes. The North Coast has dozens of premier scenic beaches with first-rate peeling waves. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals is your summer surf headquarters as we have an abundance of options for your northern California getaway. All of our Trinidad CA rentals are close to many groundswell beaches.

Before you know it, you’ll be riding the barrel on the best beaches on the North Coast. For you beginner surfers out there, it’s important to seek out local outfitters and surf schools before braving the waves solo. Equally essential is having a cozy vacation rental for an evening of relaxation and surfing tales.

Best Northern CA Surfing Beaches

Carving a medium-sized wave
Carving a medium-sized wave at Moonstone

Patrick’s Point State Park, six miles north of Trinidad CA, is the quintessential combination of quality surf, breathtaking dunes, and towering redwoods. Agate Beach at Patrick’s Point is ideal for experienced surfers looking for gnarly waves and maximal thrills. Moonstone County Park, four miles south of Trinidad CA, has a populous beach with waves of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for speedy barrels or clean waves, Moonstone is a memorable North Coast oasis.

Some know it as the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, but to the locals, it’s North Jetty. These challenging waves, southwest of Eureka, are just a short drive from many of our rustic waterfront cottages at Oyster Beach. North Jetty is known for its large barrels, exclusivity, and beautiful sunrises for the “dawn patrol.”

Those lucky enough to book one of our Crescent City rentals will be steps away from the surf. South Beach is perfect for novices or surfers looking for conquerable waves and breathtaking ocean views. South Beach is yet another secluded beach with ideal conditions and breathtaking morning fog.

Moonstone Beach Surfcamp

Moonstone Beach Surfcamp offers an extensive four-day intermediate development and fundamentals surf camp. The surf camp is ideal for beginners, yet Instructor Jeffrey Steinkamp guarantees each student will ride a wave on the first day. Steinkamp’s surf school has been putting smiles on students faces for years. Steinkamp will teach you how to navigate waves safely, surf etiquette, and ocean awareness. You’ll also learn how to catch a wave break, find and ride a barrel, and other new maneuvers. Surfers of all skill levels are welcome!

Pacific Outfitters

Surfing Lessons at Moonstone Beach
Morning surfing lessons at Moonstone Beach

Learn insider knowledge about the area’s top secret surfing beaches, and a surfing trick or two, with a four-hour surfing adventure just outside Trinidad CA. Pacific Outfitters will accept reservations from anyone, regardless of skill level. You’ll be starting from Moonstone Beach, where guide Mike Owens will instruct and inform participants. Owens has inside knowledge of the area’s best nooks and coves. His goal is for every surfer to find the “green room.” Surfboards and wetsuits are readily available for each participant, which is accommodating for those traveling from long distances.

Where to End Your Day

You now have the inside track on local beaches, surf lessons, and a little bit of knowledge about our rentals. Let’s go more in-depth about our properties. We have hundreds of vacation rentals across the North Coast, many of which are perfectly suitable for large groups of surfing enthusiasts.

Seaside Meadow on the Bluff

Ocean Views from Seaside Meadow
Ocean views from Seaside Meadow

Located on a giant bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Seaside Meadow is a mile from beautiful Moonstone Beach. Being this close to Pacific Outfitters and some of the best waves in northern California is excessively convenient. Seaside Meadow is a charming home with sweeping ocean views, a spacious yard, and a comfy cottage-feel throughout the house.

Waterfront #1 at Oyster Beach

Waterfront Cottage at Oyster Beach
Waterfront cottage at Oyster Beach

Our homes at Oyster Beach, especially Waterfront #1, are ideal for those aiming to brave the surf at North Jetty. Waterfront #1 overlooks the bay on the Samoa Peninsula, less than two miles away from the Samoa Dunes and some incredibly gnarly waves. This lovely home bears a resemblance to a beach cottage. With only one bedroom it’s perfect for a small group of surfers looking for a quiet spot to watch the sunset and catch-up on some much-needed shuteye.

Seaside Family Retreat

Ocean Shoreline, Only 200 Feet Away
Ocean shoreline, only 200 feet away!

Only 200 feet from a rocky shoreline and a short drive from breathtaking South Beach, Seaside Family Retreat is the premier vacation rental in Crescent City. Arguably the most charming city on the north shore, Crescent City has a wistful downtown, a spectacular beach, and is on the edge of the Redwoods—you cannot beat that!

The beaches on the North Coast are sequestered, stunning, and have positively flawless conditions. Whether you’re visiting merely to surf our beaches or planning on learning the craft, a day on the beach in northern California is paradise. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the very best properties at premier prices and locales. Make sure to check out the surf hotspots near Eureka, Crescent City, Arcata, McKinleyville, and Trinidad CA.

Now is the time to book your surfing escape to the North Coast with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We offer a variety of superlative rentals for singles, couples, and groups of all sizes. You’re guaranteed to find a location that’s tailor-made for your next vacation within our selection of accommodations. Don’t waste another second, a trip to the North Coast is what you need!

Educational Adventures for the Whole Family!

Father and son looking up at a Redwood Tree
Father and son looking up at a Redwood Tree

The Redwood Forest offers more than just beautiful California vacation rentals, as lush greenery envelops the area you’ll want to embark on an educational family adventure that everyone will love! Here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we’ve got plenty of options for your summer vacation stay in Humboldt County.

You’ll want to take the family out on day trips to forest locations where you can learn about the HSU Lab, Junior Ranger programs, the Red Ed-Ventures, and our gorgeous places for you rest your feet at night.

Why the Redwoods?

Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail
Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail

The ecosystem of the Redwoods is much to be cherished. With lots of diversity in flora and fauna, the area offers a unique environment for exploration. As the forest is home to ancient giants and breathtaking trail systems, your family will love seeing the different State Parks Northern California has to offer its’ visitors. Whether you’re along the Pacific coast or you’re deep in the forests, there is much to do here in Humboldt County.

HSU Marine Lab

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Father and Son looking at Tide Pools

One of the coolest places to bring your family is the Humboldt State University Telonicher Marine Laboratory. This lab provides a center for the study of marine and environmental sciences for those along the coast of California. You’ll love that anyone, even students, can learn about information of the rocky shores, sandy beaches, and tide pools. The Marine Lab offers summer programs for residents and visitors. If the whole family wants to join in your adventure, the Lab is open to the public throughout the week. You can explore with a self-guided tour of the facilities which include view tanks and touch tanks. Learn more information about guided tours, summer programs, and activities when you plan a trip to HSU!

HSU Marine Lab Visiting Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm

Saturdays and Sunday: 10:00am – 5pm

(Summertime hours may vary)

Junior Rangers & Educational Programs

Sunset silhouette of a Park Ranger
Sunset silhouette of a Park Ranger

The Redwood National Park’s offer excellent educational and Junior Ranger programs for kids! Your kiddos will want to stop at one of the Information Center’s to get their Junior Ranger Activity Book. You can complete these activities with the whole family, and when you’re done, you’ll get a badge! Beyond the self-guided programs that the Park’s offer, there are also Ranger Guided tours to try. Whether it’s crafts and games, or hiking and exploring, your children will love these Junior Ranger activities. Plus, a big draw for these types of family opportunities, is that you can continue the fun throughout the United States at 70 additional parks around the country.

Redwood Ed-Ventures

Two little girls walking by Redwoods
Two little girls walking by Redwoods

Much like the Junior Ranger programs, Redwood Ed-Venture Quests is a fun alternative to a simple hike through the forests. These quests take up to an hour, but they are a fun and interactive way of hiking and learning about the area. At the nearest Visitor Center, you can ask for a quest or you can download the quest you want to use before your trip. Following the directions will let you get to know more about the trees and the surrounding ecosystem. In the end, you’ll have to answer a clue, take that back to the Information Center and use your key (clue) to receive a badge! This family activity will get everyone thinking and learn new information about our park systems!

California Vacation Rentals in Eureka

Living Room View of Sequoia Cottage
Living Room View of Sequoia Cottage

Ready to plan your trip to the beautiful Redwood Forests? We’ve got just what you need to be able to explore Northern California by day and cozy up to our California vacation rentals in Eureka, at night. With plenty of area activities to choose, you’ll find lots of things to do while experiencing our coastal rentals. Here are a few locations in Eureka and Old Town Eureka that are great for families!

Sequoia Cottage

Recently built, the Sequoia Cottage in Eureka is sure to please any family! It’s within walking distance to Sequoia Park, and the Sequoia Park Zoo. Constructed with eco-friendly materials, you’ll love the modern feel of this cozy high-end cottage. This home by the coast makes for one of the best, new California vacation rentals on the block!

Boardwalk Loft

Living Room View of Boardwalk Loft
Living Room View of Boardwalk Loft

Located right in the heart of Old Town Eureka, The Boardwalk Loft is ideal for couples and small families looking for a Redwood Coast Excursion. This rental provides you with a lot within a smaller area, meaning that you can walk to restaurants, shopping, and more! It doesn’t hurt that this rental is in walking distance to so much throughout town, which makes driving in the city a bit easier. Due to the local of this property, driving to the state parks will be easy, as it’s only about an hour’s drive north and south!

The View at Snug Alley

Living Room View of The View at Snug Alley
Living Room View of The View at Snug Alley

Right in downtown, you’ll find The View at Snug Alley, an updated townhome perfect for a family of four. With the location being in the city, there is sure to be something to do in the evening, after the sun goes down! You’ll love walking down the boardwalk, day or night, and experience all that Eureka has to offer for the ideal redwoods getaway.

 

Whether you’re out on a stroll by the coastal shoreline, or you’re in Trinidad learning about the marine wildlife of Humboldt County, there is much to do here in Northern California this summer. From Junior Ranger programs to quests, and everything else in between our little slice of heaven along the Pacific Coast makes for one of the best summer trips. Learn about the area, the ecosystem, all while exploring and seeing first hand how stunning our Redwood National Forests can be.

Reserve your California vacation rental with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals and kick up your feet within the urban setting of Eureka after an educational day on the forest floor. View our wide selection of gorgeous cottages, apartments, cabins, and more when you choose the Redwoods as your next summer getaway!

Kid Friendly Hikes Northern California

If you are anything like me, one of your main goals for the summer is to get the kids outdoors. Pulling children away from their screens and getting them connected to nature is a theme I often hear other parents discussing. From experience I know that exploring the many kid friendly hikes Northern California has to offer is by far one of the best ways to get our children engaged with the great outdoors. The magnificent kid friendly hikes both in and around Redwood National and States Parks have the tendency to instill a sense of awe and wonder for nature and her beauty, not only for the children, but the entire family as well.

We have compiled a list of some of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California offers….

While the Redwood National & State park system boasts some pretty amazing trails, the surrounding area of the entire Redwood Coast has some spots to explore that you and the family really do not want to miss. Starting from the North and working our way South, these hiking trails are some of the local favorites for families with children.

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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Named after the late environmental activist and former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson Grove is easily one of the favorite and most popular kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. You can walk among ancient redwoods on this 1-mile loop that lies near the top of a ridge in Redwood National Park.

One of features of the trails that families seem to like most is the brochure provided at the trailhead which corresponds to marked posts along the trail guiding you along this historically significant trail making it an education experience for all.

Featured Vacation Rental Near Lady Bird Johnson Loop Trail:

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Trinidad Head Loop

kid friendly hikes northern california Ocean views, spouting whales, and endless coastline. Trinidad Head Loop is an 1.3 mile trail located just outside of the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, CA. The trailhead parking is found at Trinidad State Beach and Trinidad Pier, which are also great places to explore with little ones. Trinidad head is actually one of the most accessible kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. It also boasts one of the best views along the entire pacific coastline. Grey whales, sea lions, and dolphins are often spotted from the trail’s numerous viewpoints.

Featured Vacation Rentals Near Trinidad Head Loop:

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The Hammond Trail

Often referred to as the “best place to walk, jog, or bike” by Humboldt county residents, this popular trail cruises along spectacular bluffs that allow you to gaze out over onto the Pacific ocean. This is a well maintained, smooth trail consisting of a combination of dirt and asphalt. It starts off at Clam Beach State Park and ends at the Mad River Bridge in McKinleyville, CA.  In total the trail is 5.5 miles but can easily be done in smaller sections. If you are wanting to take the family on a bike ride while visiting the Redwood Coast this is the trail for you. There is a great little park located direct on the trail as well. There are also several places along the trail where you can spot whales.

Featured Vacation Rental Near The Hammond Trail:

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The NorCal Garden Casita

 

Humboldt Bay Trail

kid friendly hikes northern california While only sections of this trail are complete at this time, you do not want to miss out on one of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California and the Redwood Coast offers. At the moment, the northern 3- mile portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail seems to be the most popular section. It runs through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a variety of migratory birds and native plant species.

Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center located at the Marsh. There’s lots of great interactive exhibits for kids and educational info about the marsh and its inhabitants.

The southern-most potion of the Humboldt Bay Trail is a 1.5 mile stretch known as the Hikshari’ Trail. This section winds along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. This is paved trail which makes it great for biking and skating. It is also pet friendly for those of you traveling with fur babies. Eventually the Humboldt Bay Trail will trace the length of the bay, connecting these two section of trail, spanning some 13 miles between Eureka and Arcata, CA. For now the various sections are all worth exploring.

Featured Vacation Rental Near The Humboldt Bay Trail:

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Yashi Stay, Arcata CA

Cheatham Grove

kid friendly hikes northern california Heading away from the coastline and a bit deeper into the redwood forest, Cheatham Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park offers a wonderful kid friendly trail that the whole family will enjoy. This 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located just off of Hwy 36 near Carlotta, CA. Chatham Grove features beautiful wild flowers and a particularly beautiful stand of ancient Redwoods. The beauty of Cheatham Grove is famously reflected in the movie Return of the Jedi which was filmed here.

Featured Vacation Rental Near Cheatham Grove & Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park:

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Cream City Cottage & Studio, Ferndale CA

 

With trails like these it is easy to get the whole family out this summer to explore the serene splendor of the Redwood Coast. As we all know, kids grow up entirely too fast. Making memories to cherish for a lifetime is what it is all about. And trust us, you and your family will never forget the natural beauty that exists along this most magical stretch of the Northern California coastline.

See More Kid Friendly Activities On Northern California’s Redwood Coast

5 Best Spots for Salmon Fishing Northern California

May through November marks a special time of year on the Redwood Coast. Salmon season is officially here and people from all over the world flock to the area for the world class salmon fishing Northern California has to offer.

Whether you are seeking out Chinook, Coho, Sockeye or Pink, salmon fishing Northern California has it all. With the areas proximity to the Pacific Ocean as well as many pristine wild & scenic rivers, prime salmon habitats are not hard to find. Here are just a few of the local favorites:

Ocean Charter Trips Out of Trinidad, CA

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Photo: Trinidad Bay Charters

Ocean fishing for salmon is popular during early summer. The 2018 Chinook (“King”) Salmon Season is open June 1st – September 3rd.  

 

Trinidad offers some of the best opportunities for fishing on California’s beautiful Northcoast.  Located 30 miles north of Eureka, the rugged coastline provides miles of perfect salmon habitat.

Trinidad Bay Charters has years of  experience taking individuals and groups of all experience levels on successful salmon fishing Northern California. They offer 2 trips daily leaving out of Trinidad Harbor. All fishing gear is supplied.  Fish are cleaned for you on the boat.  All you need are warm clothes and food, if desired.  Don’t forget your camera!

Vacation Rentals Trinidad CA

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Vacation Rentals Trinidad CA

Seascape House and Suite

Best location possible! At harbor and right next to beaches and Trinidad Head.

 

Salmon Fishing on Humboldt Bay

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Photo: HumboldtBay.Org

Some of the best spots are right out of Eureka, CA. King (Chinook) salmon are found in abundance just outside of Humboldt Bay and even inside it at times.

 

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there is steady action of salmon fishing here. Coastline Charters runs fishing and other charter trips out of Woodley Island Marina.  From spring through fall salmon fishing inside Humboldt Bay is a great option for those looking for a fun way to spend a half day on the calm waters inside the bay.

Vacation Rentals Eureka CA

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Vacation Rentals Eureka CA

Shadily Flat

Situated on the Humboldt Bay in Old Town, this newly finished 2 bdrm apartment is much more than your standard accommodation.

Salmon Fishing on the Eel River

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Photo: Green Water Fishing Adventures

Northern California’s Eel river is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the great success stories of salmon rehabilitation.

 

From the time of the first rains in October all the way through December the Eel River is a great place to salmon fish from a boat. Starting from the mouth of the river to up past Garberville on the South Fork, there are literally dozens of different “runs”. The Eel river provides tons of opportunities to fish ideal water conditions.

Green Water Fishing Adventures  is one of the premier guide services offering salmon fishing on the Eel river of Northern California. They provide all the gear and expertise you’ll need for success. Whether your a seasoned veteran or new to fishing altogether, Green Water Fishing Adventures can provide an outdoor experience you’ll never forget.

Vacation Rentals Fortuna CA

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Vacation Rentals Near the Eel River

Pacific Views Escape 

Relax and recharge at this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home situated above it all on Humboldt County’s sought after Table Bluff just minutes from the Eel River!

Salmon Fishing on the Trinity River

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Photo: Trinity River Adventures

Salmon season on the upper Trinity River starts in June with the arrival of the spring run Chinook. August brings the arrival of the fall run when in addition to Chinook, Cohos are also commonly caught.

Different spots all along the the river can be fished during the season but it is primarily the upper 90 miles of the Trinity River from Lewiston dam down to the Hoopa reservation that brings bright Kings in virtually every hole.

The water of the Trinity river is crystal clear and very peaceful this time of year. Trinity River Adventures is the areas most exclusive FLY-Fishing guide service for salmon fishing on the Trinity. They offer both full day and 2-Day trips.

Vacation Rentals Trinity River 

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Vacation Rentals on The Trinity River

River Front Cabin and Trail to your Private Beach on the Trinity River 

Walk down your private trail to the river for some morning fishing!

Salmon Fishing on the Klamath River

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Photo: Redwood Coast Fishing

The Klamath River is located at the very top of California near the town of Orick. Some say the salmon fishing on the Klamath is the best in all of Northern California. The king salmon here are bright, they fight hard, and are  wonderful for eating.

With the river’s close proximity to Redwood National & State Parks as well as the Pacific Ocean, there is a lot to see and explore in the area when your not “gone fishin”. Bears, eagles, redtail hawks, wild horses, seals, otters, and deer are all commonly spotted while fishing on the Klamath. Just south of the river is the largest Roosevelt elk herd in California, and you can view these magnificent elk almost every day.

Redwood Coast Fishing provides epic guided fishing trips on the Klamath River. A full day of fishing with these guys includes at least 8 hours on the water unless otherwise requested. All tackle and bait is included as well. Cruise in comfort in their heated drift boat or roomy jet sled and experience the stunning backdrop of Northern California’s Redwood Coast while fishing the hottest spots on the Klamath.

Vacation Rentals Orick CA

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Vacation Rentals Redwood National Park

Peaceful Creekside Cabin

Located toward the end of a quiet country road near Redwood National Park!

 

No matter where you choose to do some salmon fishing Northern California, don’t forget your fishing license. Licenses can be acquired at sporting goods stores located in many towns throughout the county. An annual fishing license is about $35, but there is also the option to purchase less expensive one or multiple day licenses as well.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers a large variety of vacation homes near the best salmon fishing Northern California has to offer.

Book Now… Just In Time For Salmon Season! 

Essential Items for a CA Hiking Trip

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Hiker in the Redwood Forest at sunset

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to get out and explore the Redwood National Forest! Our house rentals in Eureka CA will get you close to the giant Redwoods for a fun-filled vacation hiking through the vibrant foliage. Join us at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals for a fantastic stroll this spring season, all you need now are these essential items to make the most out of your trip.

Redwoods

Redwood National Forest
Redwood National Forest

Hiking the redwoods is something you’ll want to do when visiting Humboldt County. Our house rentals in Eureka CA, allow for you to have a comfortable stay while enjoying hiking during the day. With six major Redwood parks in our area, you’ll be sure to find a trail that everyone likes!

Recommended Trails to Hike:

Check here for a complete list of all the Coastal Redwood trails in the Redwood National Forest, and the Sequoia trails.

What you need

Hiking Gear
Hiking Gear

Packing for your hiking trip may seem a little daunting, but we’ve compiled a list of seven things you’ll want to have with you! Your footwear is essential to any trip, make sure you have comfortable hiking boots or shoes that won’t slip. When strolling through the trails, having a map with you in essential and you might want to have GPS as well. Spring and summer can bring rains through the Redwood Forest so having rain gear with is crucial to your hike. For your daypack or backpack, have a first aid kit, safety items like a lighter, flashlight, and a whistle, as well as a small multi-use tool or knife, plus, don’t forget your accessories such as sunscreen and sunglasses. Finally, you’ll want to ensure you have snacks and lots of water with you when you’re hiking.

Hiking Item Checklist

  1. Hiking shoes or appropriate footwear
  2. Trail map and GPS
  3. Rain Gear or extra clothing
  4. Small First Aid Kit
  5. Safety Gear
  6. Accessories
  7. Daypack or Backpack

Where to stay

We have plenty of locations for you to choose from when searching for house rentals in Eureka CA! Our wide selection of rental options in Eureka will get you in something cozy, so at the end of the day you can kick up your feet and relax. Eureka offers everything from home rentals, to charming boutiques hotels and lovely Victorian style accommodations.

Ranch House #5 At Oyster Beach

Ranch House #5 at Oyster Beach
Ranch House #5 at Oyster Beach

Beautifully restored, our Ranch Home #5 is one of our houses rentals in Eureka CA that you’ll want to book! This stunning two bedroom home features historical characters, and gorgeous architectural details, from the reclaimed wood to its antique doors. It’s honestly a place you’ll want to go to relax, and it’s pretty close the beach!

Carson Cottage

Carson Cottage, outside deck is perfect for sipping on morning coffee
Carson Cottage, the outside deck, is perfect for sipping on morning coffee

This cute cottage is ideal for couples looking to hike the Redwood coast. Carson Cottage has a cozy feel to it with one bedroom, bathroom, dining nook and so much more. Just blocks from Henderson Center you’ll be able to experience Eureka from a local perspective, plus with a deck, you’ll be able to enjoy your morning coffee in peace.

Shadilay Flat

Shadilay Flat is a modern and sleek apartment
Shadilay Flat is a modern and sleek apartment

Located right in the heart of Old Town, this beautiful two bedroom rental, Shadilay Flat brings a modern twist to our historic town. A short walk to any of the local happenings you’ll love spending your mornings and nights in the comforts of this ultra-modern and chic apartment!

Hike with Redwood Coast

Whether you pick the Pink Lady, a historic Victorian home which is chalk full of history or you enjoy the modern conveniences of our newer house rentals in Eureka CA, we’ve got everything for you to enjoy some time along the Redwood Coast. Just a short drive to any of our six Redwoods parks, you’ll have access plenty of hiking trails for you to explore northern California and Humboldt County.

Book your getaway with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals and see just why our stunning house rentals in Eureka CA are some of the best in our area! We think It’s time for you to lace up your hiking boots and experience the beautiful California coast this season.

Family Activities for Your Summer Vacation in CA

Family sitting in the car's trunk resting after hiking in gorgeous Redwood National Park
Family sitting in the car’s trunk resting after hiking in gorgeous Redwood National Park

Summer is slowly upon us, and we’re dreaming of the ultimate family getaway to the Redwood forests of Northern California. There is nothing like heading out on a family road trip and ending up at one of the best cabin rentals Northern California has to offer. When you book with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, you’ll get access to fantastic accommodations, and you’ll be close to all the family-friendly fun of the Pacific Coast!

Family fun in California isn’t just at Disneyland Park; when you’re in Humboldt County, you’ll be among some of the coolest, little fishing towns and coastal cities that bring a different type of amusement for all ages. Whether it’s hiking, seeing the famous redwoods, checking out the educational attractions, spending time at your cabin rentals Northern California is known for, enjoying the beach or near the water, there is no shortage of FUN when you’re here on the Golden Coast.

The Mighty Redwoods

The Redwoods are where you’ll want to be, whether it’s driving through the Redwood National Parks, there is so much to do here in Northern California that you won’t miss out when you’re here among the trees. For the forests bring a vibrant setting where trails and stunning landscapes collide. The redwoods allow for families to view the world’s tallest trees at a leisurely pace because you can see what you want too when you want to before heading back to the best cabin rentals Northern California offers. Check out these Visitor Centers for lots of information on the Redwoods!

Trails & Scenic Views  

Redwoods National Park - A trail through a stand of Redwoods on a sunny summer day
Redwoods National Park – A trail through a stand of Redwoods on a sunny summer day

When setting out on a scenic hiking tour or just checking out the trails, you’re going to want to have fun along the way. What better way to start your journey among the trees than Lady Bird Johnson Trail as it’s a scenic 1.4-mile stretch that is great for families! Located in the uplands, this trail tends to get a lot of fog, but it can be a unique experience for children!

 

Other Trailheads:

Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

The Tall Trees Grove

The Trillium Falls

College Cove Trail

 

Learn more about trails and hiking, when you plan your family hike through the Redwoods!  

Museums & Educational Opportunities

Two cute little sisters watching animals in the zoo on warm and sunny summer day. Children watching zoo animals through the window.
Two cute little sisters, watching animals in the zoo on a warm and sunny summer day. Children are watching zoo animals through the window.

Museums bring lots of opportunities for education, and there are plenty of museums to visit here along the coast! We’ve got everything from house museums, to lighthouses, and all sorts of excellent marine and wildlife refuges that everyone in the family will love! Museums such as Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, One Log House, the Carson Mansion, Ferndale Museum, Phillips House Museum, the Trinidad Museum, the Kinetic Museum in Eureka, Clarke Historical Museum, and the HSU Natural History Museum are engaging options to attend with your kiddos. With so many possibilities to choose and each boasting their own fantastic history, you’ll be able to go home with a vast wealth of new knowledge!

Don’t forget to see the beautiful animals at the Sequoia Zoo and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

Beaches & The Coast & Humboldt Bay

View of Trinidad State Park and Beach in California from Trinidad Head
View of Trinidad State Park and Beach in California from Trinidad Head

The Pacific coastline is always a hotspot to go in the summertime! You’ll find surfers riding the waves, and you can see some of the famous sea lions that dot the shore. For family fun, we recommend you check out Humboldt Bay, Gold Bluffs Beach, Trinidad State Beach, and Big Lagoon. All of these locations will get you to enjoy a day on the water! You might consider looking into Kayak Zak’s rentals, where you can kayak on the waters of the Pacific. Operating out of the Stone Lagoon, you’ll love a day at the beach with your kids!

 

However you decide to spend your days with your family, we know that you’ll be right home in one of the best cabin rentals Northern California has to offer, especially when you choose Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have a large selection of fabulous cottages, homes, and cabins for every family size, plus, you’re only minutes away from the fun and city-action that you’ll find in our beautiful coastal towns! View our all our rentals or by a city, then begin your summertime vacation search, you won’t be disappointed with RCVR!  

 

This summer when the weather warms up, the waters look cooling, head to the Pacific Northwest along California’s Golden Coast for a phenomenal family getaway of a lifetime!