Humboldt County Fall and Winter Travel Tips

The Redwood Coast receives an influx of tourists year round, but Humboldt County Fall and Winter travel offer visitors some special perks that you just won’t get during the other seasons. Here we have compiled a short list of some of our favorite Humboldt County Fall and Winter Travel advantages. So get your rain boots on, umbrellas out, and get ready to explore the Redwood Coast with these fun Humboldt County fall and winter travel tips.

1. Redwood National Park have few visitors.

475P4trail.bmpFor those seeking solitude and more desolate trails, the fall and winter months are the time to visit. In 2014 alone Redwood National Park received 429,166 visitors. That translates to roughly 1,175 people per day exploring the park. However, the majority of these visitors come during the summer months, leaving many of the park’s trails wide open in the winter. Weather in the redwoods during winter remains moderate and although rain is likely in the fall and winter months, the dense forests provide a marvelous canopy that acts sort of like natures umbrella.

2. Waterfalls are flowing.

2015 Marked an extremely dry year all Trillium4across the globe. But with El Nino heading toward California in the months to come it is being predicted that this winter will be a wet one. For many reasons this is wonderful news, but it also makes for great waterfall viewing opportunities throughout Humboldt County & Six River National Forest. Some of our favorite Humboldt County coastal waterfalls include Trillium Falls, Fern Canyon, and Mill Creek Falls located in McKinleyville, CA.

3. Fall Colors Are Popping

Big Leaf Maple 11/2/2015 Max Forster

Max Forster pretty much summed this up on his recent trip to photograph Avenue of the Giants in Southern Humboldt. Although there are many places in the county to catch the fall splendor, it is here at Avenue of the Giants where the best maples can be seen. Check out the rest of Max Forster’s Avenue of the Giant fall photo shoot here.

4. The Great Migration 

humpback-whale-436115_640 November – January marks the peak of the southern migratory season for whales. As they make their way toward Baja California an estimated 15,000 whales pass by the shores of Humboldt County. Head out in the early morning hours to any cliff overlooking the ocean and your chances of sighting them are very good. Patricks Point or Trinidad Head are great places to start. Also for you birders out there, many species of migratory birds can be sighted during winter months in the Humboldt Bay. December’s “Christmas Bird Counts” are are said to be the top 20 in the entire nation. Check with the Redwood Region Audubon Society for more great info about bird walk and birdwatching tours.

 5. Forest Foraging for Fungi 
Craterellus_tubaeformis_500x332Along with with the first rains comes mushroom hunting season in Humboldt County. From November and on you can find a plethora of species in the forests throughout the region. Humboldt County’s mild yet wet winters allow for optimal picking well into the cooler winter months also. Boletes, matsutakes, hedgehogs, and candy caps tend to pop out earlier in the hunting season, while black trumpets and yellowfoot chanterelles appear in the later part of winter. If you are not sure exactly how honed in your identification skills are, The Humboldt Bay Mycology Society has filed trips schedule throughout December and beyond. These trips are a great way to get out into the field with experts who can show you some of Humboldt’s foray sites. Definitely something yummy to look forward to on cold, wet Humboldt County winter days.


Humboldt County Guided Tours

2014-03-11-09-27-50-e1425501932467You have decide to vacation on the Redwood Coast. You’ve heard all about the majestic redwood forest, the rugged Northern California coastline, and scenic waterways of Humboldt County and you want to find the ideal way to explore them all. Where to start? With so much to see and do on the Redwood Coast sometimes it is challenging to plan it all on your own.

475P4trail.bmp-660x495Whether you are seeking an exhilarating whitewater river adventure, a mellow paddle on the Humboldt Bay, or a serene stroll through the giant redwoods, having a guide who knows and loves these natural features is sometimes key to getting the most out of your visit. Well Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has recently teamed up with a local Humboldt County guided tours service in order to provide our guest with the optimal Humboldt County experience.

Since 2014 Pacific Outfitters has been organizing and running tours to some of the north coasts most popular destinations. Their  well seasoned and highly trained professional guides lead hiking, kayaking & S.U.P., surfing, fishing, and hunting trips that will take you off the beaten path in a safe and supported environment. Some of the places these guides will take you to are not even marked on a map!

10479099_10203252344202313_7780821879346885407_o-e1425501349533Pacific Outfitters offers Humboldt County guided tours that suit nearly all ages and abilities. They can even provide transport to and from the tour location in their special tour van that seats up to 9 people making it easy to coordinate travel even for larger groups.

When stayihuntingaleutianjohnng with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals simply mention it upon booking a trip with Pacific Outfitters to receive special discounted rates on these amazing Humboldt County guided tours.

Hike amongst the world’s tallest trees, paddle the Humboldt Bay, catch yourself some salmon, or surf like a local on your next trip to the Redwood Coast!




Live Like a Local, Humboldt County Furnished Rentals

When seeking out a temporary living experience on California’s North Coast why not live as the locals do? North Coast Furnished Rentals allows you to do so easily in one of their fully furnished, high-end homes located throughout Humboldt County, CA. Whether you are in need of corporate housing for a large group or just a cozy place to call home during your stay, North Coast Furnished Rentals has the perfect Humboldt County furnished rentals for you. These affordable home rang from 1-6 bedroom and feature and array of amenities and perks.

Parkside Corporate Rental in Eureka, CA

Parkside Home in Eureka, CA located near Sequoia Park and Hospital in Eureka boasts hardwood floors, open and spacious living room, dining room, and kitchen, master bedroom with California King bed and bath and two queen bedrooms. Two full baths, office with a full futon, nice deck in the backyard overlooking the woods surrounding Sequoia Park.  Convenient location and great house to set up base on the Redwood Coast.

Eureka’s Premier Modern Loft

This furnished modern loft is located in a 1920s storefront near the waterfront in Old Town Eureka, California. The 1200 square foot loft crafted from salvaged redwood and industrial elements, equally inspired by modern design and the history of the North Coast.

Arcata Furnished Townhome near HSU.

Perhaps you are needing to be a bit closer to Humboldt State University? North Coast Furnished rentals offers homes in Arcata, CA as well. Take this 2 bedroom upstairs townhouse with a deck overlooking a coastal redwood forest. House has all of the needed amenities and is right next to the north end of Humboldt State University. Whether you’re a professional working in the area, a parent of an HSU student, or just exploring Humboldt County, you will love the convenience of walking to the campus, the Community Forest trailhead, or town, then return to your clean and quiet space.

There is a new way to stay in Humboldt County….

These and many more Humboldt County furnished rentals are available through North Coast Furnished Rentals.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Humboldt County Wedding Venues

The time has come at last! You are marrying the person of your dreams. You and your spouse-to-be decide there would be no better place to profess each others love in front of your friends and family than in a setting that many refer to as “nature’s cathedral”… California’s Majestic Redwoods Coast.
7a6a4920981b5117d8d6e3fd5fd092a9Perhaps you will wed on a pristine beach, or nestled in the redwood forest itself surrounded by the tallest trees in the world. But wait, Humboldt County has fabulous vineyards and gorgeous orchards as well. There are practically endless options for perfect Humboldt County wedding venues. Whether its beach, forest, or even a Victorian mansion, Humboldt has the perfect wedding venue for you and your sweetheart.

If you are needing a space for the actual ceremony, the reception, maybe both, or even just space to accommodate all of your out-of-town guests, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals is the perfect place to start your search. With some of the most breathtaking homes in Humboldt County many of their listings make for ideal wedding and reception locations. These upscale vacation homes offer privacy, spectacular ocean and forest views, and can also accommodate large groups such as your wedding party.

Great for large weddings of 50 or more people

Oyster Beach is a 14-Acres Historic Homestead that features a 1-Mile long stretch of secluded private beach and There are 3 separate vacation rentals on the property.




These spectacular units, featured in Sunset Magazine, can be rented together to accommodate larger groups & events.

Whale Rock, Humboldt County Wedding Venue

Whale Rock is another beautiful property 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.



Whale Rock consists of 3 Separate Luxury 2 & 1 Bedroom Suites that can be rented together to accommodate smaller more intimate gatherings. This home features an expansive yard directly above the Pacific and a private stairway down to wild, rocky beach. You may even catch a glimpse of migrating whales on your special day at the right time of year!

Pink Lady, Eureka CA. Victorian Wedding Venue

The famous Pink Lady, a Victoria Era Mansion in the heart of Old Town Eureka, offers the classic charm that many envision for their wedding day. This immaculate Victorian home features all of the ornate detailing you would expect in a home from this era.


Outdoor-recetio-ideas-Tented-wedding-receptionThe Pink Lady also has a large, beautifully landscaped yard that is absolutely perfect for an intimate wedding. Talk about fairy tales!

Make your magical union even more magical with one of these perfect Humboldt County wedding venues!

Contact Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals for more information about additional Humboldt County wedding venues

Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals in Humboldt County

Photo: Richard Stenger, Redwood.Info

Many of us animal lovers know what it feels like to have our furry friends denied access to accommodations when traveling. Our companions, aka best friends, aka pets, simply do not share the same rights as their owners. “No pets allowed” they say. Or “a sanitation fee will be charged if animals enter the premise” they say. What’s with all the discrimination?

guilty_cute_dog_puppy_trouble_accidentLook we know our pets can get a little rowdy sometimes and there are even instances when they completely break the rules…however we still love them and in many cases simply can’t leave them behind when we travel. Next time you journey to the Redwood Coast you don’t have to because thankfully, there are great pet friendly vacation rentals in Humboldt County.

1885290194Take the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, CA for instance. This popular destination alone
has 5 spectacular vacation rentals that not only welcome pets but offer great outdoor spaces for dogs to run around in as well. Many of these pet friendly vacation homes even have trails that lead directly to the beach, which, 9960830118as any dog owner knows, is puppy PARADISE!  There is also many other pet friendly trails in Humboldt to explore with your four-legged friends located nearby these fully equipped, ocean view and pet friendly vacation rentals.

What dog wouldn’t choose something like this vs. the kennel?! These pet friendly vacation rentals in Trinidad make it easy for you to bring the entire family along to experience the California Redwood forest. So cancel the kennel, pack the leash, and check out this complete list of pet friendly vacation rentals in Humboldt County.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers all of the pet friendly vacation rentals in Trinidad, CA that are pictured here. All are excellent options if you are seeking accommodation for both you and your pet for your next visit to Humboldt.

Fully Equipped, Ocean View Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals in Trinidad CA /Humboldt County

The Famous “Pink Lady” – Eureka’s Victorian Vacation Rentals

10636055_454727321334084_8183420074854413979_nRedwood Coast Vacation Rentals strives to provide it’s guests with the most unique and diverse styles of vacation homes in Humboldt County. They literally have something to fit every taste and budget. Over the years guests have enjoyed their wonderful cottages, cabins, beach houses, condos, studios, and country estates. Whether it is beachfront, private woods, ocean views, downtown, or riverfront accommodations you are seeking they got you covered. Well this year RCVR has introduced a few Victorian vacation rentals in Eureka that really showcases the diversity that they feature…well this new one is sure to tickle you pink….

800px-Pink_lady_in_eurekaThe famous Pink Lady is a unique Queen Anne/Eastlake property overlooking the Humboldt Bay. This ornate victorian era home was built by the Newsom brothers, the same respected architects that constructed the iconic Carson Mansion which is the most well known and photographed victorian house in the 11143260_10207131550386263_395406706367577213_nUnited States and is located directly across from the Pink Lady. Originally built in 1889 as a wedding gift for local lumber mogul J. Carson’s son, the Pink Lady has since passed through a handful of owners that have meticulously maintained this national treasure.

Primarily used as office space over the years, RCVR is extremely excited for the opportunity to breath new life into this building. Their guests will now have the opportunity to stay in this super unique Victorian home on their next visit to Eureka, CA. This is sure to become one of the best Victorian vacation rentals out there!

11707313_10207131538145957_5467045474852523583_nThis home has the type of beautiful details that you just do not see in homes these days. The fabulous woodwork, tiles, plaster moldings, and fireplaces make this a super special place. The exterior also has elaborate period-defining details including sharply pitched roof lines, stained glass windows and a prominent 11666087_10207131546946177_7269417301959081017_nfront turret. A true Victorian era gem!

If you are interested in the opportunity to be the very first guest to stay at the Pink Lady please contact Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. They will soon be accepting bids from the public for this special opportunity.

11063536_10207131532745822_8447596911762444944_nVictorian vacation rentals at this caliber are rare and many travelers will be excited to call the Pink Lady their home away from home on their next trip to the Redwood Coast.

Be sure to follow Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals on Facebook to take part in the interior design process and to receive special information about their upcoming  “Pink Lady” Promotions.





5 Humboldt County Day Trips You Will Love

With so many things to see and do on the Redwood Coast it is sometimes a challenge to try to decide what all to do during your stay here. Well don’t worry because in order to help we have compiled this short list of our Top 5 Humboldt County Day Trips….

1) Avenue of the Giants

avenue-frontThis 31-mile scenic stretch of Hwy 101 just south of Fortuna, CA runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park alongside the Eel River.  This route features the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.  Right from the highway you can see some of the largest and oldest Redwood Trees in existence today. These towering giants shade the winding road and provide for a spectacular cruise through the forest…quite literally too since there is actually a drive-thru tree on this road. The Avenue of the Giants route offers several parking areas and picnic sites, as well as excellent swimming holes to explore.

2) Horse Back Through Redwoods National Park

around-the-bend_0May through November your can experience some the the world’s tallest trees on horseback with the Redwood Creek Buckarettes who offer guided tours through Redwoods National Park. These are approximately 2-hour interpretive tours that include a lot of great information on Coastal Redwoods, as well as local wildlife, flora and history. These trips are really great for families also.

3)  Rafting, Kayaking, or SUP on Humboldt’s Scenic Waterways

trinity-river-near-burntWhether you are seeking a soft adventure or a more adrenaline driven one Humboldt County’s scenic waterways offer something for you. Head out with Six River Rafting for a 1/2 Day, Full-Day and Multi-Day Whitewater Trip on beautiful Trinity River out of Willow Creek, CA. Or take a more mellow paddle around Humboldt Lagoons State Park located just North of Trinidad, CA. Kayak Zak’s located at Stone Lagoon is a great resource for kayak and stand up paddle board rentals and they also offer guided trips as well. The Humboldt Bay is a great place to explore by kayak or stand up paddle board also.

4) Beer and Wine Tours

id6637683_med_hr-2With 6 breweries it is no wonder why Humboldt Beer Tours uses the slogan “drink Humboldt”. Taking a tour with these guys is best way to experience each of the breweries’ unique history and world class craft beer. Public tours are offered 5 days per week and depart from the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center located at 205 G St. in Old Town Eureka. Private tours are available upon request.

Whether you head south, north or east you will find wine tasting options throughout Humboldt. Briceland Vineyards, located in southern Humboldt near Avenue of the Giants, has an excellent tasting room that is open Tuesday-Friday 1-6pm.  To the north be sure to visit Bergeron Winery’s Tasting Room in the seaside village of Trinidad, CA.  And if you plan to head east toward Willow Creek, CA phone ahead to schedule a tour with either Winnett Vineyards  or Dogwood Estates Winery.

5) Take a Cruise on Humboldt Bay Aboard The Madaket 

sternm-295x255On Humboldt Bay since 1910, the Madaket is an important part of local history. This vessel sets out 7 days a week (times vary) from the foot of “C” street in Eureka, CA. Whether you are wanting to learn more about the history of the bay and Eureka, local plants and wildlife, or just take a relaxing evening cocktail cruise, the Madaket has a tour for you. This is a really great way to take in all the sights and sounds of this spectacular bay. Be sure to book your tour in advance.

Even if you are only able to make just one of these special trips during your stay you will get a great glimpse at some of things Humboldt County is know best for.

For vacation homes near the Humboldt County day trips listed above visit:

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals 

Find your perfect home away from home on the Redwood Coast today!

California’s Best Beach Vacation Cottages


That is correct, the Redwood Coast has recently been dubbed one of “California’s Best Vacation Spots” by Sunset Magazine and one of our vacation rentals was featured in their Beach Vacation Guide. Oyster Beach is a 14-acre historic homestead located just outside of Eureka, CA on the Samoa Peninsula. This fantastic beachfront location is home to 3 unique and stylish cottages that blend the use of reclaimed materials with modern touches. Lets take a look at these Northern California beach vacation cottages that are getting all the attention:

Oyster Beach Escape:

9356400511This 1 Bedroom tastefully remodeled cottage features water views from every room. Highlights include a full kitchen, gas fireplace, plus sleeping loft for 2.


6550970641Clawfoot tub on the enclosed porch so you can soak with a view.




2330620803Simple & Chic Vintage furnishings.





Next we have the Mid-Century Beach House:

2759080362This 2 Bedroom Cottage is just steps away from 1/4 Mile of Private White Sand Beach. The private deck features a soaking tub and 180 degree views.



5607070976Reclaimed, natural materials are used throughout. Highlights include herringbone redwood walls, period and reproduction furnishings.




Open layout with full-size modern kitchen with antique features including a vintage Wedgewood stove.

There is also The Loft at Oyster Beach:


The Loft is a stunning mix of an antique, industrial look with a modern, open interior.


Wooded views and reclaimed materials used throughout.

The loft sleeps 4. There is a king sized bed in the upstairs loft and a sleeper sofa in the living room.

You can rent each of the Oyster Beach vacation cottages separately or all together to accommodate larger groups or special events. The location feels remote, but downtown Arcata and Eureka are a 10 minute drive or even a long bike ride away. Wake up to the sound of the waves, enjoy an evening outdoors by the fire pit or stroll along a 1/4 of private white sand beach. Oyster Beach vacation cottages are perfect for a simple seaside getaway in a beautifully lush, rustic, wild and natural place.

Visit Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals to check rates and availability for Oyster Beach Vacation Cottages or to make reservation online today.

Cottages in the Redwoods That Will Melt Your Heart

Trinidad, CA is a small fishing village on the shores of the Pacific. If you have ever been to this area you know that this is the place where the redwood trees meet the sea. The backdrop that is created by these giants against the bright blue water of the ocean is simply gorgeous. This little fishing town comes alive in the summer. Midday temperatures stay around 70 degrees and the cool summer nights are perfect for gathering around the campfire. One of the best part of this tiny seaside town is that sweet little vacation cottages in Trinidad, CA are abundant and they are only minutes away from Redwood National and State Parks. Stroll down the quiet streets of Trinidad and find literally everything there is to love about cottages. Rambling fences, blooming gardens, and quaint little homes tucked-away in the trees. Some people refer to this area and many of the homes and gardens here as “magical”.

Here are a few of these dreamy vacation cottages in Trinidad. These quaint seaside vacation homes located near California’s Coastal Redwoods will melt you heart.

Seawoods Cottage

Situated on a beautiful farm setting just a short walk to Patrick’s Point State Park.


Brand new open studio with leeping loft.

Enjoy some time by the fire-pit.
Close the curtains and enjoy a hot soak amongst the redwoods in this gorgeous outdoor claw foot bath.
Beautiful finishes everywhere in this custom studio cottage.












“C” Lily Cottage in Trinidad                              

Cute and cozy cottage style beach home.
Located towards the end of a private, dead end drive adjacent to the bluff overlooking the ocean and beach.
Private fenced in yard great for barbecuing.













West of Haven- Nestled in the Redwoods near Moonstone Beach

Nicely landscaped and secluded and in its own beautiful environment amongst the Redwoods.
Pathways leading through garden.












Nestled in the giant redwoods at the end of a private lane.






If you are looking for Cottages in the Redwoods these are great places to call home while you explore the beaches, sea life, parks and everything else that Trinidad and Humboldt County have to offer. Visit Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals to see more Cottages in the Redwoods and additional vacation rentals in the Humboldt County and Redwood Coast Region. 


Vacation Rentals in Northern California Near Agritourism Operations


Agritourism is an industry that is growing throughout the nation as farm operators are beginning to offer various activities to the public in order to channel new sources of revenue. Some farms let you pick your own produce, others set up farm stands that allow you to purchase directly from the producer. Many farms are now offering tours and some even offer farm stays. Events centered around agriculture such as festivals, workshops and classes, are increasing in popularity as well. The general population now has many unique opportunities available to them to witness the behind the scenes of food production and given the growth of this industry it is obvious that people are really enjoying having these opportunities.

RC-stats-e1428350918320Agriculture’s roots are deep in Humboldt County (no pun intended). According to the Humboldt Farm Buerea “approximately a third of the total land area in the County is directed to some type of agricultural use”. Given this fact It is no wonder why Humboldt County is a leader in the Agritourism movement. There are over 1,000 farms located throughout both Humboldt County and its neighbor to the North, Del Norte County! You can find nearly anything being raised in this region. There is tons of vegetable and fruit production, dairy and cattle farms galore, and even aquaculture operations. Floral and timber are other very large industries in the region. Oh and don’t forget the fantastic wineries that exist here. The climate, topography, and abundant waterways here seem to create the perfect place for this wide variety of agricultural based industries. Given this is the case for tourism in Humboldt County as well, combining the two (agritourism) seems pretty much like a no brainer for Humboldt County farmers.

9__MAR4051Many farm operations in the Redwood Coast region allow ways for the public to become involved. As you probably guessed, it is extremely easy to find agricultural happenings here. You can simply stop in at the year-round farmer’s market, or perhaps attend workshops or classes related to agricultural practices which can be found regular within the community. Or better yet visit one of the many Humboldt County farm stands or U-Pick operations. In addition there are several community gardens, CSAs, educational farms that allow visitors. Many restaurants and grocers serve locally produced foods as well. There are also great local area festivals that celebrate the rich agriculture influence of the region including the popular Arcata Oyster Festival and the Fortuna Apple Harvest.  There are practically countless ways to become better acquainted with the products and the producers of the Humboldt County area.

The following is a list of some of my personal favorite places for fun, educational agriculture related experiences in Humboldt County.You definitely do not want to miss out on these if you are and “agritourist” visiting the region:

Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours – Oyster Farm tours on Humboldt Bay

Wolfsen Blueberry Farm – A U-Pick small, family-owned organic Blueberry farm located in McKinleyville, CA. Open July 4 – Labor Day

Bayside Park Farm (Formerly Arcata Educational Farm) – A three-acre vegetable farm located in the City of Arcata’s Bayside Park, Tours available

Deep Seeded Farm – U-Pick flowers and berries, tours, picnics, recipes and more

Redwood Roots Farm – Several Educational Programs and Volunteer Opportunities as well as a great farm stand on this beautiful and diverse CSA and market garden

Winnett Vinyards – Family-owned and certified organic winery in sunny Willow Creek. Hand crafted estate-bottled wines. Tastings and Tours Available

The University of California’s Small Farm Centres defines Agritourism as ”the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or personal involvement in the activities of the farm or operation”. Humboldt County is really one of the best places to partake in this form of travel and there are plenty of vacation rentals in this part of Northern California that are within close proximity to agritourism ops. With such an extensive and diverse amount of agriculture here one can surely become educated and involved in these operations and most importantly enjoy a farm experience here on you next vacation to the Redwood Coast.


See the Following Lists of Vacation Rentals in Northern California Near Agritourism Operations in Humboldt County:

List of Rentals Near Willow Creek Rentals and Wineries 

List of Rentals Near Arcata & Bayside Farms