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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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! 

Mountain Biker’s Paradise Near Arcata Vacation Rentals

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Humboldt County is a mountain bikers paradise. From coastal trails to mountainous ranges, the Redwood Coast’s wide variety of trail systems take riders through some of the most gorgeous and scenic parts of the entire area. Arcata, CA alone has something special to offer riders though….

Mountain bikers staying at any of our Arcata vacation rentals have a pretty sweet surprise nearby. In addition to the many boutique shops and restaurants located within walking (or riding) distance, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Arcata Community Forest. For mtb riders this means trails galore.

arcata vacation rentals, mtb trails The 790-acre Arcata Community Forest (ACF) takes riders through second-growth redwood forest on a wide variety of single track and fire road trails giving a glimpse into some of the best that the Redwood Coast has to offer. The north side of the ACF boast several trails for both beginner to advanced riders. Popular and easily accessed trails in this section located directly behind Humboldt State University include Trail 13 and the South Janes Creek Loop, a 2-mile multi-use trail that overlaps a 3/4 mile section of the also popular Arcata Ridge Trail. For more advanced riders the south side of ACF offers steeper terrain and technical rides.

Whether you are a rider visiting our Arcata vacation rentals looking for a mellow cruise through the forest or some serious downhill speed the Arcata Community Forest has a trail for you.

arcata vacation rentals, mtb trailsBiking through the ACF is a great way to see parts of Arcata unaccessible by car. This dense network of trails follow along amazingly beautiful old logging roads providing a variety of challenging mountain bike rides suitable for all skill levels. April is a great time to check out these rides too as spring has officially sprung and trilliums are popping out all over the place! The trails in the ACF are especially cool on rainy misty days too, but honestly, the natural beauty of the ACF is truly unparalleled at any time of year. If you are a rider from out of the area and have never ridden in a redwood forest, this is a must-do. For more about this extensive trail system, including access points, check out the City of Arcata Trail Maps.

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Save 15% off Bike Rentals

Guests staying at our Arcata vacation rentals can rent bicycles from Revolution Bicycles, located in Arcata with a second location in Eureka as well. Revolution Bicycles is owned by cyclists, staffed by cyclists and actively supports cycling in the community, making them an excellent resource for all thing cycling in Humboldt County. With proof of your stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, receive 15% of bike rentals with Revolution Bicycles. Road rider, mountain biker, daily commuter or just cruising with the family on the weekend, Revolution Bicycles has a bike to suit your needs! Be sure to check out their Northcoast Bike Rides blog too for more great info about other nearby trails.

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Mountain Biker’s Paradise

In addition to great trails, the Redwood Coast is also known for great bike friendly events. Some of of the most popular include the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race and the Tour of the Unknown Coast, both taking place in May. There are also some super fun weekend bike-and-hike days from October through May at Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. On the first Saturday of each month Redwood National & State Parks close the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to all motorized vehicles providing a great ride for both families with young children looking for a safe and easy ride, to those looking for a more physically-challenging route as well.

Search our Arcata vacation rentals now and start planning the ultimate bike trip to the Redwood Coast! 

Redwood Coast Group Getaway Destinations

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Discover the perfect group getaway destinations on the Redwood Coast with these unique rental homes great for friends and families traveling together.

When planning a group getaway it can sometimes be a challenge to get the accommodations just right. The correct number of beds, ideal amenities, property layout, and various other factors all become important things to consider. Let’s face it, when planning a trip for oneself finding the just right fit can even be difficult at times. Throw in a few more travelers and all of a sudden there is a lot more to take into account. Searching for groups getaway destinations can get to be a bit tricky.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals prides itself on being Northern California’s premier vacation rental management team with something to offer for almost any budget, taste, and you guessed, group size. Whether you are organizing a reunion, are a few families taking the kids to explore Redwood National Park during the summer, or are a couple of couples planning a little getaway, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the perfect group getaway destinations for you and your fellow travelers….

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Seawoods Farmhouse & Cottage

Seawoods Farmhouse & Cottage                     This spacious and beautifully renovated 2 1/2 bedroom, 2 full bath farmhouse offers serenity, seclusion and comfort.

Seawoods Farmhouse boasts a nice open living room, hardwood floors, and many fine amenities (including an organic garden!), all on a gorgeous farm setting.

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Seawoods Cottage

On the same property you also have Seawoods Cottage which can be rented for an additional cost. Together both homes accommodate a group of up to 12 people.

From Seawoods Farmhouse & Cottage just walk out the door and in about 5 minutes you can enjoy the majesty of Patrick’s Point State Park. Walk the breathtaking Rim trail overlooking the rocky coast or walk down the steps to Agate Beach and hunt for treasures and agates! You are a 5 minute drive to the village of Trinidad as well as Big Lagoon State Park, an 8 mile estuary nestled on the coast. Just 20 minutes north to the Redwoods National and State Parks, home to the largest trees in the world!

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Humboldt Bay Social Club

Humboldt Bay Social Club & Oyster Beach                        These two adjacent properties are located at the southern end of the Samoa Peninsula on Humboldt Bay. To the West you have a boutique hotel located on the historic grounds of a WWII blimp base. The officers’ quarters were transformed into a fly-in bed and breakfast, which operated through the 1970s. Humboldt Bay Social Club recently renovated the abandoned building and reopened as Samoa Field in May 2017.

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Waterfront #1 Oyster Beach

To the East, vacation rental homes are scattered across 16 bayfront acres called Oyster Beach.  Oyster Beach is not a resort with manicured lawns, cabanas on the beach, or spa facilities….

It is a secluded, wild, and scenic place. The land was a family ranch established in the 1890s, and each home has been restored in homage to its historic roots. The homes at Oyster Beach are cozy and stylish, but simple by design.

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Suite #6 Samoa Field

Combined, the Humboldt Bay Social Club offers 4 separate suites at Samoa Field and 5 separate cabins at Oyster Beach. All guests have access to both properties as well as a Lobby Bar that sells Humboldt Bay oysters by the bag, picnic meals, beers and wine by the bucket, and charcoal and grilling supplies “to go.” Guests are welcome to use our outdoor picnic area to grill their own oysters, play bocce and cornhole, or just relax in Adirondack chairs and enjoy the view of the dunes.  The Lobby Bar also serves select craft cocktails and is available for private and semi-private events and parties. This is literally the ultimate of all group getaway destinations!

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Vacation Rentals Downtown Arcata, CA

Downtown Arcata What are the odds of finding three rentals that are connected in the heart of Downtown Arcata? Downtown Drift, Downtown Digs & Downtown Loft are just that…

All together these 3 separate rentals sleep up to 11 guests. The large yard is shared by all and there is also a shared sauna space! The location is great for walking to cafes, restaurants, theaters, lounges, parks & Humboldt State University, and is only about a 40 minute drive to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Lady Bird Johnson Trail, with over 100 miles of hiking trails.

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Cream City Cottage & Studio – Ferndale CA

Cream City Cottage & Studio                     Cream City Cottage, in the Victorian Village of Ferndale, is a Charming 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath home built in 1934. You’ll love the big, comfortable, living room, formal dining room, sunny breakfast nook, full-sized bathtub with updated shower, kitchen with 1930’s cabinetry, and antique Art Nouveau light fixtures sprinkled throughout. The cheery, private back patio contains an antique brick fireplace, now dubbed “The Marshmallow Cooker” for more unplugged family fun.

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Cream City Studio – Ferndale CA

The separate studio, at the back of this large property, is a converted carriage house with a full bath with standing shower, queen bed, landscaped yard with a handmade wooden playhouse, wifi, satellite TV, and sun room. Very cute, and perfect for one or two additional people. The main house plus the studio are a nice combination for families traveling together.

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Whalerock, Trinidad CA

WhaleRock                             This beautiful property sits right on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with stunning ocean views. Watching the migrating whales play out front!

The luxury residence on the top floor is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths home with privacy, expansive ocean views, large deck with outdoor seating, and a hot tub.  Downstairs, with separate parking and entry ways, are Suite 1 and Suite 2. All 3 are separate high end units in a luxurious two story home located on the exclusive Patrick’s Point Drive area which is about two miles north of the village of Trinidad, and 3 miles south of Patrick’s Point State Park. All together Whalerock sleeps 14 guests!

In addition to these amazing group getaway destinations, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals also has several separate homes located within a very short distance to one another. They also offer larger homes that can accommodate groups of up to 12 all under one roof. When seeking out ideal group getaway destinations on the Redwood Coast this management team truly has it all!

Most Magical Humboldt County Wedding and Event Space

wedding and event spaces humboldt countySearching for the perfect Humboldt County wedding and event space? Look no further…


Whether you are getting married on the Redwood Coast, organizing an upcoming corporate event or retreat, or were simply put in charge of planning the next family reunion, we have the absolute most magical Humboldt County wedding and event space for you.

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Host a truly one-of-a-kind and magical event at the famous Pink Lady of Eureka, CA., a fully restored and fabulously ornate Victorian era home.

Situated in Old Town Eureka on the Humboldt Bay, the Pink Lady offers all the comforts and amenities of an accommodating mansion and is perfect for weddings, special events, and large groups of 50 people or more. This famous Victorian home provides a wonderful space for ceremonies, receptions, corporate events, and almost any other special occasion.

magical wedding venues wedding and event spaces humboldt countyPink Lady is a late 1800s  Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian Mansion perched right along the Humboldt Bay offering gorgeous views of the Eureka Harbor. It was originally built by William Carson, the infamous lumber baron who erected the world famous Carson Mansion, the most well-known and photographed Victorian house in the United States located directly across from the Pink Lady.

wedding and event space humboldt countyThe Pink Lady features 4 bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms & 2 half baths, a modern Kitchen with all the necessary  essentials, and a formal dining room.magical wedding venues wedding and event spaces humboldt county

Also, two spacious parlors for entertaining guests, a breakfast nook, sun room, period specific antique furniture throughout, and a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The large, private yard features a beautiful garden and ample space for seating and a dance floor. The two main parlors offer enough space to seat 50 for a private dinner.  Four bedrooms offer space to accommodate your party as well.

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Add touch of Victorian Elegance to your wedding or special event with this historically famous and fully restored Pink Lady…


This famous Queen Anne Victorian home is so full of rich history and immense charm throughout that you simply couldn’t find a more unique and magical Humboldt County wedding and event space. Contact the Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals reservation team today to reserve the Pink Lady for your special occasion or to learn more about this and other great Humboldt County wedding and event spaces.

Call (707) 834-6555

or Email Booking@RedwoodVacations.com

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Unlock Secrets To The Perfect Redwood Forest Vacation

kids-2810999_960_720There is a new way to stay. Vacation like a local.

Which hiking trails are most suitable for a family with small children? What is the best local restaurant for a romantic dinner for two? Are there any places to rent kayaks nearby? How about fishing charters? Can you tell us about some of your favorite beaches? And where can I catch a great happy hour? Getting the answers to these questions can help greatly when planning the perfect Redwood Forest vacation….

Being a reservatiPlan A Perfect Redwood Forest Vacationon manager for years, I have personally heard all of these questions and more at least a thousand times over. When it comes to a Redwood Forest Vacation, or any vacation for that matter, people want the inside scoop.

Most travelers don’t want to just show up to a destination and totally wing it on vacation. Even if you are a fly by the seat, completely spontaneous type, it’s usually best to have some sort of idea of what an area has to offer before arriving there. Sure, you can scour the internet for hours looking for things to do and places to see, but what if you could access a completely hand curated selection of all the local area faves all in one convenient place?

Look no further cause we have the goods for you…. A complete insider’s guide to the best Redwood Forest vacation is here!

 

thumbnail-2The folks at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals are as invested in your vacation as you are practically. It’s not only their job to accommodate you in the most comfortable homes in Humboldt County, it is also their interest to ensure that you have the best time possible while visiting the area. For this reason the RCVR team has taken the time to design the ultimate insider’s guide to the Redwood Coast. Best of all, it fits in the palm of your hand.

Hospitality By Glad to Have You™ is a new app that is free for guests of RCVR to download. Once inside the app, you can access  all the secrets to having a great time on your vacation.

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The fully customized local suggestions categories include restaurants, activities, points of interest, and even local events. You can also find special VIP offers exclusive only to RCVR guests. Whether you are looking for the best beaches, things to do with kids, hiking trails, happy hours, or all of the above, the Hospitality by Glad To Have You™ app has tons of great info for you.

Perhaps most important, guests can also find all their check in info, driving directions, and important details about their reservation on the app making it a one stop shop so to speak for all your vacation info needs. So spend less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation with Hospitality by Glad to Have You™, a personalized travel guide with all the information you need to know about your vacation rental and trip.

redwood forest vacationSimply download the app using the clickable links below and login with your arrival date and email address.

Start unlocking all the secrets to having a great time on your next Redwood Forest vacation.

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A Winter Redwoods Vacation Up to 40%

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Plan the Perfect Winter Redwoods Vacation

Hot Tubs, Fireplaces, and Low Winter Rates… Oh My! Just cozy up beside that fire. Submerge yourself in the hot tub under a starry winter sky. Or better yet, lounge in the sauna, warming yourself to the core, letting all of your tension melt away on your perfect winter redwoods vacation.

When you take incredible vacation homes with amenities like these and combine them with spectacularly low seasonal rates, winter may just be the best time of year to take a redwoods vacation.

It’s true. Redwoods National & State Parks do see the majority of their visitors during the summer month. Each year thousands upon thousands of travelers flock to the far northwest reaches of California to experience what it is like to be amongst the world’s tallest trees. While the weather may indeed be a bit milder, the crowds at the parks can be much larger in summer. For those seeking a redwoods vacation with a bit more solitude, winter months provide just that. And no worries, the forest canopy that towers above serves as an excellent umbrella for those rainier winter days on the redwood coast.

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The Perfect Winter Redwoods Vacation Cabin

Be sure to check out Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals for cabins set in the perfect locations –  in the redwoods and only a very short ride to Redwood Parks. This winter save 40% or more on bookings and beat the summer crowds. From as low as $150 /night rent the private and authentic Stone Lagoon Cabin, which sit on 2 gorgeous acres only moments away from Redwood National Park. A wood stove in the living room and another in the formal bedroom will keep you plenty warm and cozy during the winter!

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Truly Nested in the Woods

Stone Lagoon Cabin is a beautiful and authentic logger cabin (you can see the small holes in the floor from the tree climber spikes!). It is very private and definitely off the beaten path. You are surrounded by nature and can take a nice 1.5 mile walk to the beach and lagoons, walking by herds of wild elk and beautiful horses. At times you can even gaze at wild elk right on the property! This would be an amazing home base for a winter redwoods vacation.

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Ocean View Rentals Trinidad CA

Maybe exploring wide open, secluded beaches is your thing? A cloudy day at the beach is still a day at the beach, and honestly the  the Redwood Coast has something quite magical to offer year round. You will never forget the first time that you hear the roar and witness the power of the raging Northern Californian sea during a winter storm. Massive waves crashing onto the shores of absolutely pristine beaches. Dense fog rolling in around you. The beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of the ocean all set to the backup of an ancient redwood forest. It is absolutely stunning! When captivated by it all, do remember to never turn your back on the surf here though. The ocean can be hazardous. Always stay alert and have a great time…the gorgeous beach of the Redwood Coast are more than worth exploring.

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Vacation Rentals Trinidad CA with Hot Tub

Ocean view vacation properties in the quaint seaside town of Trinidad, CA are quite spectacular, especially when the offer magnificent views from the comfort of a private hot tub.

 

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Seascape Trinidad CA

The famous Seascape House & Suite is at the best location possible, right at Trinidad Harbor and next to Trinidad State Beach. This 3 bedroom vacation home provides the most incredible views and the pleasures of the sea with the coziness of home. Explore all the nearby beaches and coastal trails during the day and come back to relax in the Hot Tub in the evening. Pure Winter Time Bliss!

If your winter redwoods vacation happens to land you in Arcata though, you are also in for quite a treat. With Humboldt Bay on one side and pristine Redwood forest on the other, Arcata California is a truly unique and beautiful winter vacation destination. Everything is within walking distance in this small town including many boutique shops and restaurants. During winter the Downtown Arcata Plaza remains vibrant and you can still catch the year-round Arcata’s Farmers Market as well as various other winter events. Check out @VisitArcata for helpful info.

On the second Friday of every month from 6-9 PM, Downtown Arcata hosts Arts! Arcata. This free, self-guided, public art showcase features the work of dozens of local artists and live musicians at several locations around the plaza and throughout town. Many of the businesses showcasing art stay open late offering guests wine, beer and snacks for a donation towards local non-profit organizations. This is a great opportunity to meet local artists and enjoy Downtown Arcata. This is a family friendly year-round event that you must experience on your next redwoods vacation.

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Arcata Vacation Home with Sauna & Hot Tub

Located just 2 blocks North of the Downtown Arcata Plaza in the perfect central location is Arcata’s Classy Craftsman. This beautiful vacation home sleeps 6 guests and not only offers a Hot Tub, but a sauna as well…. not to mention a game room, a sun room and an inviting fireplace in the living room! Classy Craftsman in Downtown Arcata is literally the perfect home for a family, extended family, or a friend’s winter redwoods vacation.

Take advantage of the low winter rates when planning you visit to the redwoods. Vacation homes like these can be discounted as much as 40% during winter. The value is phenomenal and so is the Redwood Coast, no matter what time of year you visit.

Darling Little Vacation Rentals in CA

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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.

Peach Orchard's Home
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.

Peach Orchards Little Home
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

 

Meet the Beer Gardens of Humboldt County

Best Beer Garden Humboldt

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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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.