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Peach Orchard Little Home – One of the Darlingest Vacation Rentals in CA

This Fall, fall in love with this sweet little home on a gorgeous farm setting in the remote mountains of Northern California. Nestle alongside the Trinity River in Hawkins Bar, just outside of the town of Willow Creek, you will find one of the most darling vacation rentals in CA.

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Peach Orchard’s Home

Peach Orchard’s Little Home a wonderful country escape situated on a working ranch in the private riverside community known as Trinity Village just outside of Willow Creek, CA. Unlike many vacation rentals in CA, this home is just a short walk to a pristine private river spot on the wild and scenic Trinity River. For those visiting the coastal Redwood forests of Northern California, the Trinity River is also a must see. Just a short distance inland from Redwood National Park, fishing, river rafting, kayaking, and swimming holes are all abundant on this 165-mile watershed that runs through Trinity and Humboldt Counties.

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Fall Harvest

During the summer months, the Trinity is a sought-after spot for some serious river fun in the mountain sun, but fall is a very special time of year here as well. The colors within the Six Rivers National Forest are beginning to turn to gorgeous yellows, oranges, and reds. There is a slight chill to the air in the evening but the days remain warm and pleasant. And harvest time is here. In addition to peaches, the orchard produces an abundance of apples, grapes, pears, and in October the farm is beginning to harvest their delicious kiwis. Guests staying at Peach Orchard’s Little Home can find freshly harvested goodies in their rental, courtesy of the owners. And from time to time guests staying at the home might even have the potential possibility of taking part in the harvest, depending on what the farm has going on during their stay.

Livestock at Peach Orchard
Livestock at Peach Orchard

You will absolutely love vacation rentals in CA like this. The rural setting at this magnificent tiny home with all the orchards and livestock make for the perfect country escape. Currently, the ranch has two milking cows and a brand new calf that is being trained to become their next milking cow. Several chickens call the ranch home too. From time to time tours of the ranch may be available so guest can get up close and personal with the animals that reside there. Just inquire with the host upon arrival to see what opportunities are available.

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Peach Orchard’s Little Home, Willow Creek CA

Vacation rentals in CA just got a bit sweeter with Peach Orchard’s Little Home on the Trinity River. This and several other vacation homes in the Willow Creek area can be found at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. They offer fantastic coastal vacation rentals in Northern California near the Redwoods as well. When staying at their Willow Creek properties you are only about an hour away from Redwood National and State Parks to the west and an hour to the east you can find the town of Weaverville where there is a rich history and amazing hikes such as the favorite Boulder Lakes Hike which offers impressive scenery of the Trinity Alps.

While many vacation rentals in CA require a minimum stay of 2 nights, Peach Orchard’s Little Home in now accepting 1 night stays, making it the perfect place to stop and rest if you are just passing through the area of Willow Creek on your Northern California adventure. Escape to the real Northern California and experience the perfect country getaway this fall. Peach Orchard awaits you!

Peach Orchard's Little Home on a Working Ranch Awaits You
Peach Orchard’s Little Home on a Working Ranch Awaits You

 

An Autumn Redwood Forest Vacation

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Autumn brings a sense of cozy sweaters, pumpkin flavored everything, and comfortable cabins that you’ll want to stay in on your redwood forest vacation getaway. This harvest season bring your loved ones on a trip of a lifetime to Northern California where you’ll want to set out on a beautiful scenic path to catch a glimpse of all things fall!

There is nothing better during the fall season than a cozy getaway, and Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has all the necessary cabins, cottages, and vacation homes to keep you and yours busy exploring the coastal towns and checking up on all the local fall flare. This season, as the leaves begin to change, the crisp autumn breeze whips around you, head out on a fabulously scenic drive, which is a perfect fall activity to do on your redwood forest vacation. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on the photo-worthy colorful foliage!

From Green to Yellow

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Northern California Landscape. Scenic Vista East From Eureka, Humboldt County, California, United States.

Spring and summer bring a vibrancy of lush, greenery to the Northern California coast. Whether it’s deep in the forest, high above the canopy, or along the walls of Fern Canyon, autumn makes the bright chartreuse and gorgeous viridescent shift to a stunning kaleidoscope of wonderful warm browns, rich purples, and vivacious reds, oranges, and yellows. One of the best times of year to experience this immaculate change is during the harvest season. With California having one of the longest and most diverse fall colors than anywhere else you’ll be surprised to find that at any point during autumn, you can come across a wide array of fall foliage.

While some might assume that the East Coast is where you should be for the fall foliage, truly everywhere along the Northern latitude has the chance to make a memorable impression. The difference in California is that as the elevation drops the colors begin to turn, which means you’ll be able to experience beautiful colors from September through November. The best part is that if you miss peak season on the east, all you have to do is just drive to a lower elevation for you to experience peak season on the west.

According to California Fall Color, right now, the Northern Coast hasn’t begun the transformation into fall, but that means it’s a perfect time to book your redwood forest vacation to ensure you’re here during that peak foliage time! Keep updated with all the fantastic fall foliage reports of California, here!

Are you a Leaf Seeker?

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Girl open hands with yellow leaves in forest

That’s right, do you want to forge your own path to find the best leaf peeping tours around northern California? Then you’re in for a treat during your fabulous redwood forest vacation! There are so many scenic drives that you’ll want to check our while staying at one of our amazing rentals along the Pacific Coast.

An Autumn Prairie

Located right in the thick of North Humboldt County you’ll find the Redwood Scenic Parkway; this sweet route will take you through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. From Trinidad, head north on Hwy 101 towards Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, which happens to be the scenic Hwy 101, loop around to Hwy 101 again and head south back to Trinidad. This hour-long trip is perfect for a day trip. We recommend stopping at Larrupin Cafe in Trinidad for a delicious dinner for two. Try out their carpaccio for an appetizer, the thinly sliced tenderloin will melt in your mouth and their Cornish game hen for an entree, which is blackened and served with a lovely orange brandy glaze. Take a look at their menu for even more tantalizing options.

A Harvest Fern

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Fern Canyon Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Humboldt County California

If you want to spend some more time in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, opt to take the Davidson Road exit from Hwy 101, right around Berry Glenn and head north along the coast to Fern Canyon. You’ll head off the paved road for six miles on this path until you reach Gold Bluffs Beach, pack a picnic lunch and spend some time on the beach before hopping back in the car and continuing for an additional 3 miles. Once you reach the parking lot at the end, you’ll begin your journey to Fern Canyon, which is deep in the redwood forest. Before heading home, head north to Klamath, and dine at the Historic Requa Inn. Serving up family-style meals, you’ll able to fuel up after your trip through Fern Canyon before heading south on Hwy 101 back to your redwood forest vacation rental.

A Fall Giant 

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Groove of giant Redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens, stand in coastal forest wilderness of Redwood National and State Parks Northern California, CA, USA

Looking at seeing the giant redwoods, which have been calling your name? Head out on the beautiful Avenue of the Giants scenic tour for an unforgettable day trip. A must for anyone wanting to see the massive redwood trees. In South Humboldt County you’ll find this route on the southern portion of Hwy 101 which will put you directly through Humboldt Redwood State Park. You’ll want to make sure you park your car and explore the hiking and biking trails throughout the area. During the fall, even a change in elevation can have a significant change in autumn colors. For a bite before heading back to the coast, try the Avenue Cafe, located in Miranda, CA. Right by the Avenue of the Giants this quaint restaurant is known for their calzones and delicious pizza.  

Need even more leaf peeping tours? Take a look at this wonderfully curated list of scenic drives through Northern California.

Forge your picturesque path this autumn and experience the Northern California harvest season with your loved ones! Book your redwood forest vacation today with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals and begin planning your ultimate fall retreat.

Meet the Beer Gardens of Humboldt County

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With October just around the corner right now is the perfect time to book vacation rentals Northern CA style. Just like Germany, Humboldt knows how to celebrate a good Wiesn… Oktober Fest that is.

Every year 6 million people from around the world attend Germany’s 16 to 18-day beer festival held in October. While Humboldt County does not generate nearly quite as much buzz, we still put on our own annual “Hoptober Fest” modeled after the world famous Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the perfect vacation rentals Northern CA to get you up close and well acquainted with the fine craft beers of the Redwood Coast, not only in October but year round in Humboldt’s many beer gardens and tap rooms.

Like Germany, beer drinking is almost culturally ingrained in Humboldt County.

With so many local microbreweries including the U.S.’s first certified organic brewery as well as one of the first female owned breweries, Humboldt has come to be quite proud of our beer brewing heritage here. It is no wonder why the area pays homage to the art of beer brewing each October, but to be completely honest, beer is a year round celebration in these parts.

The beer gardens of Humboldt County are a place to gather, relax, and soak up some serious suds. Whether you are here specifically during the time of Hoptober Fest or not there is always a chance to sample some of the worlds finest craft microbrews while on the Redwood Coast. Here is a list of some of our local faves:

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Creating quality craft beer since 1989, these guys are cranking out some of my personal favorites. Jamaica Red, beers are Porter, and Redwood Stout are all quite unusual and unique. Mad River Brewery truly gives you the Northern California experience every time you raise your glass. Check out their tap room and pet-friendly outdoor beer garden in sunny Blue Lake CA to sample some of their award winning ales, grab a bite to eat, or play a round of cornhole.

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Dubbed “The Brew with a View” this is the place to be if you want to try some of Northern California’s best craft beers while overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Located in McKinleyville, CA the pet-friendly beer garden of Six Rivers offers not only sweeping views but also a full menu of quality and distinctive beer plus great food that features local and organic ingredients whenever possible. The Hammond Trail Ale is a must try and for something on the darker side be sure to try their Moonstone Porter. At Six Rivers you will find some of the best small batch craft beer coming out of the heart of Humboldt County.

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Humboldt Regeneration

Humboldt Regeneration

This is Humboldt’s only locally grown beer. That’s right.  Regeneration is increasing their own grains and hops and brewing up exceptional craft Farm to Glass beers and serving them up in their sweet little brewhouse and tasting room in McKinleyville, CA. Stop by and enjoy Pizza & Beer night with local fave Pizza Gago serving up some beautiful wood fired pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients. Or get the educational scoop at their Beer Farm Night where Regeneration’s harvesting combine and a tractor is on site along with some demonstrations.  Bring the whole family and the dog too. 

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Redwood Curtain

Redwood Curtain

Located in Arcata, CA, Redwood Curtain brews up multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types. Their Belgian Style beers are highly recommended as well as the very unique Oak-Aged Blackberry Saison. No food is served here, however, you can feel free to bring in your own while enjoying this fantastic beer garden. Also, you can catch their Happy Hour Monday through Friday for $1 off most pints and goblets. Children are welcome as well.

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Lost Coast Brewery

Lost Coast Brewery

Now one of the most famous breweries and beer gardens on the North Coast of California, Lost Coast first started brewing when there weren’t a lot of craft breweries in existence, especially in California. With their new facility located in southern part of Eureka CA, Lost Coast now bottles up to 135,000 beers and fill 1,000 kegs every day! Their Tasting Room serves up year round favorites such as Great White and Downtown Brown as well as seasonal specials. For the kids, they serve ice cream and floats, and everyone is welcome to join a free tour of the Lost Coast brewing facilities. Also located nearby is the Lost Coast Brewery & Café where their first beer was brewed, and they still serve up some of the best food and beer along the California coast.

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Eel River Brewing Co.

Eel River Brewery 

Eel River Brewing Company has been blazing a trail in the craft brew industry over the past twenty years. America’s first Certified Organic brewery is located in Fortuna CA, only 15 minutes from the famous Avenue of the Giants where you can see some of the worlds tallest trees. The beer garden and restaurant at Eel River was voted “Best Brewery of the North Coast” in 2006, 2009 and 2010! They serve up great pub style food along with amazing pure, naked and clean brews. Join them for a beer and a meal, or a horseshoe game in our outdoor beer garden where you can catch some of that wonderful Fortuna sunshine. Eel River’s Tropical Blonde is definitely one of my personal favorites on a warm sunny day.

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Vacation Rentals Northern CA

When searching for vacation rentals Northern CA, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers vacation properties that provide the best way to experience all six Humboldt County Beer Gardens and Microbreweries. From Crescent City to Fortuna, CA they will provide you with the perfect home base for exploring all that the Redwood Coast had to offer, including the best microbrews of Northern Cali where locals and visitors alike are welcomed as old friends.

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Find the Best CA Coast Redwood Cabins

There is something about the harvest season that makes you want to book a vacation getaway to California’s Northern Coast. Maybe it’s the fact that when the season shifts and the weather cools down, you’re going to want to wear a cozy sweater and spend a few nights in the comfiest Redwood cabins.

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Split level home with master bed and bath upstairs with sitting room.

Here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we have the perfect selection of cabins to fit everyone’s needs. Plus, we are here to help you find the best option to fit your budget and any activities that you’re looking at accomplishing! So, stick around, and we’ll show you how to find top California coastal redwood cabins.

Finding what you’re looking for when it comes to a cabin is easy, do you want something in the countryside, do you want a cottage deep in the redwoods, or something right next to the Pacific Ocean? Three very different options, but depending on what you’re hoping for, we can help accomplish your dream cabin getaway this fall! It also means that you’re going to want to have an idea of what you’d like to do during your vacation. Each of these locations brings something special and will create a unique time along California’s Golden Coast.  

Country Coastal

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Porch of Two Story Country Cabin in Eureka

Eureka, is a great local city, with tons of shopping and restaurants, but many don’t realize that we offer cabin options set in Eureka’s countryside. So, if a country getaway is what you absolutely want, our beautiful Two Story Country Cabin is perfect for a family wanting to get away for a few days. We recommend that you enjoy spending time together on the property, especially if you’re a large enough group, you can make meals at your rental which can help save a bit on your budget. You can also spend a lot of time outside when at a country cabin. I bet the furry neighbors will enjoy you saying, “Hi,” while they graze on their pasture. Plus, this location has stunning meadow views, and we can promise that the ocean isn’t the only fantastic panorama you’ll want to capture while vacationing to California.

Surrounded by Redwoods

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Nicely landscaped and well-kept yard and dog-friendly at the Cabin near Moonstone Beach

Finding a cabin where you’re encompassed by Redwoods isn’t too hard, all you have to do is look in Trinidad! While there are lots of rentals and cottages in this forest town, you might want to check out this cute cabin near Moonstone Beach, that you’ll want to spend your vacation days. Secluded within the woods, there is a particular type of magical feeling you’ll get when arriving at the doorsteps to this haven. Not only will you be surrounded by giant Redwoods, the private yard, and stunning gardens will have you in your own oasis. It’s a great option for those interested in art, as you’ll find the wall and floor artwork intriguing, but it might just be the sculpture garden that places you in an artist’s home away from home. The sculptures are simply amazing, and a must see while staying on this property.

Near the Ocean

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You can hear the creek and wildlife from here at Forest Ocean.

McKinleyville is a sweet coastal town near the Pacific Ocean, so many of the cabins and rentals near this city are just steps away from the shoreline and water. Forest Ocean is both with a wooded backdrop and just a short walk to Clam Beach. You’ll find that this cozy and quiet cottage is perfect for a couple or small family. Secluded yet close to the beach and with two private decks, a large bedroom, and plenty of yard-space outside for your four-legged best friend, you and your loved one will be entirely happy with this option.

When searching high and low for a rustic rental you’re going to want to choose the right city to stay in, thankfully our vacation rentals are located in plenty of coastal towns, and all are within driving distance from one another. Plus, there are lots of fall activities in each of these places to enjoy during your stay! We know that the Redwood Forest brings lots of people to the coast, but there are other local hotspots you’ll want to check out!

First up, smoked fish off the Pacific coast sounds delightful. Katy’s Smokeshop, you can get just that! Katy’s has been serving up smoked, locally caught King salmon for over sixty years. With around 15 smoked items on their menu, you’ll have lots of options to choose, and we recommend you try some on your trip! You can even use their recipes for a delicious appetizer or meal the whole family will enjoy!

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California wine country isn’t entirely synonymous with the Northern counties, but we think you should try a sip of wine at Briceland Vineyards. Their family own operations use Humboldt County grown grapes. Local and known for award winning wine, you’ll really want to spend some time walking through their vineyard. Enjoy a taste of their Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Madaket Harbor Cruises will get you out on Humboldt Bay for a fantastic day trip while staying at one of our Redwood Cabins. Whether you’re looking to learning more about this history of Humboldt Bay, discovering the local eco system within the area, or sipping on a few cocktails while cruising around, there is a fun charter trip for everyone and every family size!

Whether it’s the ocean coast, access to downtown activities, or the great outdoors, our cabins are all over Northern California. Spanning Humboldt County all the way to the Trinity River, we know you’ll find just what you’re looking for when picking Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Book your quaint and cozy redwood cabins, fall getaway with us today, then start planning for a fantastic trip you won’t want to miss!

The Redwood Coast – A Foodie’s Paradise

For all you foodies out there searching for the perfect foodie vaycay, these Northern California Vacation Rentals will put you right at the epicenter of a true foodie’s paradise….

In the land where fresh, local, organic food is so easily accessible, the restaurants and eateries of the Redwood Coast are always stepping up their food game in order to bring their guests the absolute best that the region has to offer. We are talking the yummiest of the yummiest here. Fresh oysters pulled right from the Humboldt Bay, locally raised organic meat and dairy products, small batch craft spirits, beer, cider, kombucha, and wine, and locally grown fruits and veggies galore. Look no further for Northern California vacation rentals, if you are ready to have your tastebuds tantalized…your Redwood Coast foodie adventure awaits!

Featured Foodie Destinations on the Redwood Coast:

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Humboldt Bay Provisions-Eureka

We start this adventure in the heart of Old Town Eureka, CA at Humboldt Bay Provisions, an all-local tasting room and oyster bar. Sample Humboldt Bay oysters served raw or broiled with a variety of locally produced gourmet sauces. Or grab a seat at their gorgeous reclaimed redwood bar to sip on local beers, wines, ciders, or kombucha. Humboldt Provisions also serves up cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts that are all hand-crafted locally.

Just around the corner is a local fave, Five Eleven, a new restaurant and bar featuring farm fresh North Pacific cuisine, a fantastic wine selection, a diverse menu of signature cocktails, and great live music. When in season, you simply must try their Dungeness Crab “Cocktail”. So yum!

Another Old Town spot worth checking out for some fine dining is Humboldt Bay Bistro. This bay front restaurant  brings together the ambiance of gorgeous Humboldt Bay views and fabulous cuisine in a California-French fusion.  Their lounge also features excellent local craft beers, wine, and house-infused sake cocktails.

If you are looking for something with an Italian twist, Gabriel’s in Old Town Eureka offers fine Italian inspired dining using ingredients sourced from Humboldt. Also specializing in craft cocktails, local and imported wines.

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Local Spirits @SpeakEasy

A great place to drop in for a craft cocktail would be The SpeakEasy in Old Town Eureka. The SpeakEasy is a beautiful and cozy New Orleans inspired blues bar that plays jazz and blues music and have live artists nearly everyday. They offer a crazy selection of local spirits, cider, beer, and wine and have signature cocktail that are to die for. My husband I stopped in here on our last trip to Eureka and had some of the best margaritas in our lives and caught a really amazing jazz band with a full horn section too. This place is spectacular for a date night pre-dinner drink.

Perhaps my favorite foodie destination in Eureka though is located just outside of old town in Henderson Center. Brick & Fire Bistro skillfully blends Mediterranean tradition with fresh local harvest. From beautiful seasonal salads and fire-roasted polenta lasagna, to seafood-stuffed calamari and slow-roasted osso bucco, the menu runs from rustic casual to redefined Italian favorites. This place is a must try when in Eureka, CA.

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Cafe Phoenix Goodness

Now heading North to Arcata, pay a visit to Cafe Phoenix. Cafe Phoenix works directly with local farmers (meat, dairy and produce), as well as local beer and wine makers to create a menu for you that will be seasonally inspired, healthy and delicious. They have a gorgeous outdoor seating area in their onsite garden. Bonus: This is one of the only places I have found locally that make their own nut milk preparations for use in there smoothies and coffee. If you are health conscious and looking for some serious flavor this is the spot for you.

For fine dining with some serious foodie flair, Folie Douce in Arcata is a fully farm to table restaurant serving seasonal, organic, and local meals. They believe that great meals are made from locally-sourced ingredients, and since 1991, have breathed life into our farm-to-table philosophy by cooking with organic and local produce from the Redwood Coast Region. You really can not go wrong with anything at this place. Just take a peak at their menu and you will see what I mean.

Yet a little further to the north in Trinidad CA is another local fave, Larrupin Cafe. A popular choice for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions, this upscale, enduring venue offers eclectic decor & locally sourced New American dishes. For a special evening out in Trinidad CA this is where it is at.

northern california vacation rentals, foodie travelVisiting the actual farms where many of the afore mentioned restaurants source their ingredients is another great way to experience the foodie bounty of the Redwood Coast. Harvest time on the Redwood Coast offers a fun way to get the whole family involved in the food selection process. Visit the apple orchards of Clendenen’s Cider Works in Fortuna during harvest time in the fall to see the old school cider press in action and sample some of the best cider on the planet. Drop by Wolfsen Farm in Mckinleyville CA to pick bucket after bucket of juicy ripe blueberries. Or stop by Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside to check out their sweet little farm stand and take an educational tour of the farm itself.

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Arcata Farmers Market, Every Saturday

But perhaps the best way to really feast you eyes on some Redwood Coast foodie fare is by visiting one of the many local Farmers Markets.

Found on most days throughout the week, local area farmers and producers gather to set up shop and bring you the best the area has to offer. Get your hands on some perfect local ingredients then head back to the perfect northern california vacation rentals to prep something extra special in the comfort of your very own home away from home.

With harvest season just around the corner, now is the time to start looking for Northern California Vacation Rentals to house you during your Redwood Coast foodie vaycay.

northern california vacation rentals. foodie travelRedwood Coast Vacation Rentals, the premier Northern California vacation rentals company, has something for every budget and taste….yes, pun intended. From modern lofts in the heart of Old Town within walking distance to many of the restaurants mentioned in this piece, to large, upscale homes great for families and larger groups. Get your foodie travel on in style on the Redwood Coast with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Just like the food from the area, these Northern California Vacation Rentals are done right.

Be sure to tag #RedwoodCoastVacation on your foodie travel pics from the region. We would love to see what flavors you stumble upon during your time on California’s Redwood Coast.

 

Make the Most out of your Northern CA Vacation

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Dense fog rolls in over the Pacific Ocean at sunset over coastal California mountains

Ready to plan your northern CA vacation of a lifetime? So are we! Not only do we at, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals have some of the best and dare we say unique vacation rentals in CA, but we’re also here to help you make the most out of your stay. We’ve got plenty of activities, sights, and rentals for you to choose from which makes up why Northern California is a fantastic place to travel to, year round. You won’t want to miss out on these great reasons to experience something as spectacular as the magnificent Redwoods.

The Climate    

Perfect for year-round travels, you’ll be surprised that California, especially the Northern part makes an exceptional destination throughout all seasons. Year-round, this fabulous forest location on average is a pleasant, balmy 40-60 degrees! Which is great weather for practically any activity because it’s not too hot nor is it too cold, although it isn’t uncommon for there to be snow during winter and fog during warmer months. We like to say; it’s always the best bet to pack extra layers, just in case!

The Sights

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Walk in the Redwoods

The Redwood National Forest and State Parks dominate much of Northern California’s land, but there is much to see and do while visiting in this area. Plus, there is far more than just the massive Redwoods to draw your attention to our local treasure of Humboldt County.

First up, we’ll mention the Redwood’s because you can’t come to this location without spotting one or many of these tall trees. With only 5% left of the grand Redwood National Forest, conservation efforts continue to this day, but visiting these amazing redwoods is a photo opportunity you don’t want to miss. Standing next to them, you’ll find yourself dwarfed to the tiniest size imaginable. We also recommend keeping your head to the sky for gorgeous photos showcasing just how tall these trees are.  

When in the Redwood Forest, hike your way to the Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and see just for yourself the amazing wonders that coat the stone walls. Ferns of all different types grow in this hidden walkway. Many visitors to area bring waterproof shoes – in case they get wet from the damp conditions.

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Redwood Pacific Coast, California

You can almost spot the ocean from anywhere within the region, a nod to the coastal life, which is rooted in the area. The towering coastal fronts have observation decks in many different towns and locations for guests and visitors to check out. You’ll want to stop at one of these spots to view the panorama of the Pacific. Just like the photo, you’ll see the rocky ledges and beautiful blue waters below. You also might find some marine life if you keep your eyes on the sea. Animal like sea lions dot the coastal sandy beaches while whales are often spotted swimming farther off the coast. 

Finally, for the ultimate scenic experience, go for a drive along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.  One of the many coastal and scenic highways in throughout Humboldt County, you’re bound to see one of the prettiest drives of America’s roadways. The ten mile stretch of land is alternative for US 101, just keep your eyes peeled for the resident Roosevelt Elk herd! Not only are the scenic surroundings something visitors look forward too, but you’re able to experience more than just photographic panoramas. 

The Activities

There are quite a few activities that make Humboldt County unique and worthy of a visit. What comes to mind first are the spectacular hiking and biking opportunities throughout the area. With many trail locations running miles through the forest and coastline, such as the Hammond Coastal Trail, Redwood National and State Parks, and The Headwaters Forest Reserve you in for a treat with phenomenal biking at these three spots. You can also get out and hike these great locations at Richardson’s Grove State Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Salmon Pass Trail, or the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.

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Ten Mile Beach Horseback Riders

Try something new while at your vacation rentals in CA, with horseback riding through the woodland brush or along the beach. You’ll love seeing the area from a new perspective, especially while traveling. There are a few locations where horseback riding is a fun adventure for all, check out the Korobi Stables or Cuneo Creek Horse Camp, if you want to go for a ride on a different set of wheels or should we say hooves?

If you’re of age, you could try the several different breweries, distilleries, and wineries we have like, Moonstone Crossing Winery located in Trinidad, Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata, and the Humboldt Cider Company in Eureka. All of which offer fantastic spirits for any occasion!

Finally, with so much jam-packed adventure you might want to take it slow with a tour or two! There are lots of guided tour options to choose from like Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours in Eureka, M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise for a relaxing time in the harbor. You can also enjoy guided nature adventures with Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society, or see some awesome animals at Sequoia Park Zoo, and so much more, we promise you won’t ever get bored while staying in your vacation rentals in CA because the possibilities for entertainment are endless.

The Vacation Rentals in CA

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Kitchen View of the Boardwalk Loft – on the Bay in Old Town Eureka

Plus, don’t forget to look at our excellent vacation rentals in CA! Along with a number of activities to choose from, many of our rentals offer great amenities like the Boardwalk Loft – on the Bay in Old Town Eureka! Located right on the boardwalk and within walking distance of all that Eureka has to give, this fabulous rental has spectacular views of the bay and a perfect choice just for two!

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Backyard view facing the house of Sanctuary Home on the North Coast

If you need a little more room for the whole family check out Sanctuary Home on the North Coast,  which is ideal for a larger family or group wanting to be in an architecturally stunning home and close to the beach! Located in Trinidad, this rental brings architecture, art, and Northern California together in a beautifully designed home featuring four bedrooms, beautiful views, and amazing craftsmanship.

No matter how you decide to spend your days, make sure you’re along California’s Northern Coast. With incredible scenery, remarkable forests full of life, and a never ending list of fun you won’t go wrong choosing your vacation rentals in CA with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Plan your trip out west for an unforgettable getaway, what are you waiting for, the coast is calling your name!

Northern California’s Best Kayaking Destinations

With 100+ miles of coastline, a sprawling bay, and pristine rivers, Humboldt County is definitely a premier kayaking destination…. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers coastal vacation rentals near some of Northern California’s best kayaking spots. 

When preparing for your redwood forest vacation be sure to scout out these top kayaking destination and the amazing coastal vacation rentals located nearby….  

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Freshwater Lagoon Nature Retreat

Humboldt Lagoons – Comprised of Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon, these large protected bodies of water are wonderful for kayaking, paddle boarding, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The lagoons provide many points of access and boat ramps for small craft. Visitors to the lagoons have the opportunity to see otters, elk, migratory birds, and much more. For guided tours and equipment rental stop in a Kayaks Zak’s located at the Stone Lagoon Visitor Center. 

All 3 of the Humboldt Lagoons are located just moments from Redwood National Park and the town of Orick. There are several coastal vacation rentals located nearby. The Freshwater Lagoon Nature Retreat is pretty spectacular if you are looking to be near the waterways and the national park. This property boasts sixteen private waterfront acres which sit at the entry way to Redwood National and State Park just minutes from the tallest trees in the world. The giant floor to ceiling windows throughout the house allows you to gaze out at the beautiful natural setting of scenic 200 acre Freshwater Lagoon. Beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean await you here!

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Trinidad Pier – Coastal Vacation Rentals

Trinidad Pier – Trinidad sits on one of the most phenomenal stretches of the entire northern California Coastline. You don’t want to miss out in launching out here for some sea kayaking. Located at the pier you will find a small beach launch for kayaks and other small craft. When exploring here you will get the chance to discover ancient kelp beds, lots of interesting rock formations, several types of migratory birds, seal colonies, and loads of other marine life.

Coastal vacation rentals in the town of Trinidad are abundant, but for the absolute best view of the Trinidad Pier and Harbor itself check out the Seascape Home. This 3 bedroom & 1 bath main house and 1 bedroom with 1 bath suite provide stunning views of the Trinidad Harbor and put you just steps from the beach launch.

Mad River Slough – Meander by boat along the channels where the Mad River diverts into the Humboldt Bay. This is hands down one of the best places for birdwatching in the area. Located at the North end of Manila, the Mad River Slough offers a ramp to launch off of and is a great place to set out to explore this local waterway. Pacific Outfitters leads a 2 to 4-mile tour of the Mad River Slough. This is truly a must see for all birders!

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Birders Paradise – Mad River Slough Kayak Tour
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Eel River Estuary – This is by far one of the richest areas for wildlife in the region. And with a new boat ramp at Pedrazzini Park in Loleta, this is a great place to launch your boat. Offering tidal wetlands, fresh water marshes, sand dunes, grass lands, beach frontage and a half moon bay on the Eel River, this is an excellent spot for viewing river otters, harbor seals, migratory birds, salmon and steel head. During the winter this estuary is also a refuge for tens of thousands of Aleutian Geese.

Located just minutes from the estuary and beaches you can find several coastal vacation rentals. The Eel Valley Guest House in Fortuna offers 2 Month Minimum Stays for explorers looking for an extended vacation in the region. This 3 bedroom home is perched on a hillside overlooking the gorgeous Eel Valley and is the perfect place for an extended play /stay on the Redwood Coast. More short term coastal vacation rentals are also available in Fortuna and the nearby Victorian Village of Ferndale, one of “America’s prettiest towns.”

 

Summer in the Redwood Forest


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Get your luggage ready, and grab the family this summer season, then spend your days along the Northern Coast of California for an amazing Redwood Forest vacation. With much to do in and around the Nation Forest that you’ll want to spend more than a few days visiting. Here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we offer beautiful vacation homes throughout Humboldt County. You’ll want to head out on an incredible summertime adventure through the forest while sitting back and relaxing at one of our wonderful retreats.

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Summer in the National Redwood Forest or Northern California is cooler than you’d expect. If you are not used to warmer, drier air, you’ll want to make sure you are prepare for that. You might also notice a thick fog that rolls through the forests. This summer fog is normal and a part of coastal California life. The fog helps the large redwood trees survive during the dry season by pulling moisture from the ocean inland to keep them alive.

Along with the drier season, many people have summer vacations as children aren’t usually in school and it’s a nice break when the days get longer. Meaning that there will be a lot of people at the National Forests and State Parks because summer always brings an influx of visitors to the coast.

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When choosing one of our rentals and planning your day trips out to the National Forests or State Parks, you’ll want to make sure you have the right clothing for summer hiking. Hiking boots, shorts, and tee-shirts are great options, especially items that are made of cooling material like cotton or lightweight moisture wicking garments. As there are over 170 miles of walking trails throughout the Redwood National Forest and State Parks combined, you’re exploring might take awhile and you will want to be comfortable the entire time.

Along with the right clothing, you’re going to want to either pack a meal or make sure to stop somewhere along the way. After burning all those calories from hiking, we’re sure you’ll be hungry! You’ll find great dining options in Eureka and Arcata as the parks, unfortunately, do not offer any restaurants (for a good reason). If you’re willing to spend a little more, try out Trinidad Bay Eatery and Gallery. Enjoy their famous clam chowder which is known as the best on the West Coast or their delicious blackberry cobbler. Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata is a great option for those hungry for picnic food to take on their trip. Lots of Deli selections and fresh local produce are perfect for lunch. Cafe Waterfront Oyster Bar and Grill is a fabulous, local restaurant in Eureka that sells excellent seafood dishes or head right to Living the Dream Ice Cream for an after adventure snack along the coast.

But, be warned, the small town joints can close as early as 8 pm. Whether you need the fuel before your hike or keep you going throughout the night, these restaurants are places to try out.

When visiting the forests, pack binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for Black Bears as they tend to come out of hibernation from spring to fall. Along with bears, you’ll find an abundant wildlife roaming the forests, everything from Roosevelt elk to marine animals both on and off shore. But you’ll also find that there are plenty of park activities for everyone. Park Ranger programs help guests throughout the parks with guided nature hikes, information on coastal tidepools and history about the culture and ecology of the area. Summer is a time to visit the state parks if you want a lot of information on the beautiful Redwoods and those that call the forest home.

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While there are plenty of animals who call the redwood national forest home, so can you this summer season when you vacation with us! Our beautiful and diverse set of vacation rentals offers a great option for families, couples, and groups traveling together. Centrally located in Orick, CA, a small town right on the coast of the Pacific. You’ll find one of our beautiful rentals at Viewcrest Retro Country Home. If you’re looking for a spectacular view, this is the place for you! Fantastic mountain views or watch the waves crash against the shoreline, all from the comforts of this homes’ patio. Featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms and surrounded by nature, and near the Redwood Forest, you’ll be set for your entire vacation!

Let your redwood forest vacation shine this summer season when you stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have just what you need to make North California your home away from home – even it’s just for a few days. You’ll get to experience everything from the massive sequoia trees to beach shores of the Pacific Ocean. So, what are you waiting for? Book your summer retreat with us and get ready for your redwood forest vacation!

 

Pet Friendly Vacation: A Dog Lover’s Destination

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Pet Friendly Vacation for Dog Lovers

Life before Curtis was simple. We traveled and we travelled a lot. All we ever had to do was packed up, head out, and enjoy the trip. Soon after adopting this sweet furry guy though, we realized there were going to be a lot more logistics involve with travel. A pet friendly vacation would be a little more involved. Was Curtis going to be able come along at all or were we going to have to board him. If we did bring him, most importantly, would we be able to find pet friendly accommodations that would live up to our standards.

Don’t get me wrong. I have never regretted for a second the decision to make this amazing pooch a part of our family. Like many dog owners, I refer to Curtis as my fur baby. I love him so and am beyond happy to have such a well behaved and handsome pup in our lives.

While a pet friendly vacation may require a bit more planning, it can be done…..

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Dog Lover Destinations

With the rise of independently owned pet-friendly vacation rentals such as those found through vacation rental management companies and sites like VRBO and Airbnb, pet-friendly vacation rentals are much easier to find. Gone are the days when traveling dog owners are limited to sub-par side of the road motels that basically only serves as a place to rest up for a night, but leave much to be desired.

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Redwood Coast – Dog Friendly

Humboldt County is a premier pet friendly vacation destination. Located in the far reaches of coastal Northern California and home to Redwood National and State Parks, Humboldt and its neighboring counties of DelNorte and Trinity, offer tons of dog friendly accommodations as well as outdoor activities that every pup will love. While dogs are not allowed in Redwoods National Park itself there are trails upon trails outside of the park that are dog friendly and also loads of dog friendly beaches as well. Here is a great list of pet friendly trails and beaches on the Redwood Coast. 

When staying in McKinleyville, CA don’t miss out on taking your dog to Hiller Park. This dog friendly county park features a huge off-leash area where dogs can run about and socialize before taking a walk on the 1.5 miles of trails that meander along bluffs overlooking the majestic pacific ocean. Hiller Park sits directly  on the larger Hammond Trail which is a really awesome 5 mile stretch of the California Coastal Trail that runs from the Arcata north to Clam Beach in McKinleyville. The Hammond Trail has been voted “best place to walk, jog, or bike” in Humboldt County and if they could, dogs would most likely vote the same.

Our little Curtis absolutely loves walking the trails at Hiller Park. When talking to other dog owners there many say Hiller Park is absolutely one of the best dog park they have EVER been too. I mean come on, there are even dog drinking fountains there! When in Arcata though, Curtis really enjoys the awesome on-leash trails found within the Arcata Community Forest as well as at the Arcata Marsh. And we can’t forget his fave in Eureka, Sequoia Park, location of the annual “Bark in the Park” event, which is a 5K walk/run to raise money for animal welfare groups in Humboldt County. Another fun annual event catering to canines that also held in Eureka is Woofstock, a family and dog friendly event with live music, food, shopping, doggie fun zone, and more doggie delights. When on a pet friendly vacation on the Redwood Coast these are all great stops to make with your furry friends.

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Pet Friendly Vacation Homes in Humboldt

Now that you know where to take your dog while on a pet friendly vacation on the Redwood Coast, let’s talk accommodations.

 

 

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, the regions premier vacation rental management co., offers a large selection of pet friendly vacation homes. Their featured pet friendly vacation rentals include a brand new studio near the Hiller Park and the Hammond Trail, Downtown lofts in Arcata, oceanview condos in Trinidad, as well as waterfront cabins on the Humboldt Bay at Oyster Beach. They offer around 30 different pet friendly vacation homes in total. See more Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals pet friendly vacation home listings here.

Thanks to pet friendly vacation homes like these, life with Curtis is still pretty simple. We continue to travel and we have a great time doing with our dog. We are pretty sure he enjoys a little vaycay from time to time too ;). Where will your next pet friendly vacation take you and your fur babies?

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Humboldt – A Perfect Dog Owner Destination

 

 

Top 3 Things to do in Trinidad CA

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Summer is here now along the Golden Coast. That mean’s it’s time to pack your bags and head to northern California for a vacation getaway unlike any other. When you book with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, you’ll find lots of coastal locations like Trinidad CA. Let your summer vacation come alive when you visit this amazing town.
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Beautiful Trinidad CA  Beachin’ it!

Beachin’ It!

There are plenty of beaches to travel to throughout California, and you’ll find many of them located right in Trinidad. Trinidad Head Memorial Lighthouse offers quite a bit of outdoor adventure. When you walk down to the beach, you’ll find gigantic driftwood pieces and walking paths. Trinidad State Beach Park is another great option to try. You’ll find lots of tidepools, surfers, and sometimes the whole beach to yourself! Patricks Point State Park is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. There are lots of opportunities to see whales, sea lions, and hunt for agates on the beach.

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Things to do in Trinidad CA

Underwater World

Get to know the amazing world underwater and its ecosystems when you visit the Humboldt State University Telonicher Marine Lab. This lab offers crazy, cool fun with their aquariums and the touch tank. Check out their list of tour options and plan a stop along the way!

If you’re looking for even more wildlife, grab a charter boat and experience whale watching along the shores of the Pacific. Many of the beaches also have tide pools and where delicate ecosystems grow. At HSU Marine Lab you can learn about being a great tide-pooler and how to keep the surrounding environment safe when searching for marine life.

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Redwood National Forest

Forest Fun

You almost can’t come to Trinidad California and experience the Redwood National Forest and State Parks. Get to see the big sequoia trees and stunning redwoods. You’ll also enjoy hiking or biking through the many State Parks. Explore through the rich fauna and view where the beautiful scenic river meets the Pacific Ocean.

No matter what you prefer to do while visiting, know that you’ll have a fantastic time in Trinidad California. Find your perfect getaway with us at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, and look at your next vacation in Trinidad. With lots to do, you’ll have a blast this summer; you may even want to come back next year! Book your rental today and start planning your Redwood adventure!