3 Places to Spot Migrating Gray Whales

There are very few sights on Earth that are more jaw-dropping than witnessing a mammoth 40-ton gray whale leaping into the clear blue sky above the Pacific Ocean. Not only is Northern California blessed with awe-inspiring Redwoods, but our coast fills with migrating gray whales every winter as they journey from the Arctic Ocean to the sunny, warm waters near Mexico. Northern California whale watching ranks among the best in North America because these majestic beasts swim so close to our sandy shorelines. You don’t even need to head out onto the sea to witness families of whales heading south for the winter. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has homes, condos, cabins, and cottages minutes from Northern California’s best whale watching locales.

Northern California Whale Watching

Most migrations span over 10,000 miles. The same whales that grace our bays in December and January make the same journey northward from March through May back to the chilly Arctic Ocean. If you’re intent on getting up-close-and-personal with a gray whale, we suggest voyaging on an ocean charter or sea kayaking tour. Gray whale migrations can also be witnessed from the beautiful bluffs in Eureka, Trinidad, and Shelter Cove.

Shelter Cove on the Lost Coast

northern california whale watching 4To spot a beautiful gray whale from land, you’ll need these five things: patience, high-quality binoculars, clear skies, early-morning sunshine, and calm winds. Shelter Cove rests 87 miles south of lively Eureka on California’s Lost Coast. Shelter Cove is home to Black Sands Beach and the northbound Lost Coast Central Stretch trail. Not only is this stretch of coastal wilderness genuinely breathtaking, but it’s one of the best places to spot migrating gray whales. The Lost Coast Central Stretch is a difficult hiking trail, but it provides sweeping ocean views. On a bright morning, Black Sands Beach is the perfect spot to relax and patiently wait for families of whales. Orcas are also often spotted near the black shores!

Trinidad Bay Kayak Adventures

Kayaking in the vast Pacific Ocean is fun enough, but Kayak Trinidad has brilliantly added gray whales into the fold. Embark on a kayak tour in Trinidad Bay, and discover the breathtaking beauty of Northern California. You’ll likely see orcas, seals, sea lions, and shorebirds on the journey to meet a 40-ton gray whale. Each tour meanders through rock islands and sea-stacks before and after your North California whale watching adventure. Each tour is led by expert naturalists who’re equally charismatic and knowledgeable.

Patrick’s Point State Park

northern california whale watching 4It’s worth noting that there are many more than three premier Northern California whale watching locations. The last one we’re going to discuss thoroughly is Patrick’s Point State Park, but we also love Table Bluff and Trinidad Head. Patrick’s Point State Park earns the nod because it offers nearly a dozen overlooks. This beautiful state park has views from Rim Trail, Mussel Rocks, Agate Beach, Wedding Rock, Palmer’s Point, Rocky Point, and Patrick’s Point. Each lookout provides gorgeous ocean vistas and advantageous whale watching on clear mornings. Patrick’s Point State Park is only five miles north of Trinidad.

Northern California Vacations

Shelter Cove Vista Cabin

northern california whale watching 4The ocean-view Shelter Cove Vista Cabin is minutes from Cape Mendocino Lighthouse and two miles south of Black Sands Beach. This lovely cottage is steps from fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. The sunsets at Shelter Cove are particularly beautiful (as are moonlit evenings). You’ll have 1,610 square feet of space, outdoor lounging, and a full kitchen all within walking distance of the ocean.

Famous Pink Lady

northern california whale watching 4Spend the whole week inside a classic Victorian mansion one mile from Humboats Kayak Adventures in charming Eureka. You’ll have the opportunity to take a step back in time during your Northern California whale watching getaway. This three-story manor was built in 1889 and has been meticulously preserved ever since. The Famous Pink Lady is a popular wedding, anniversary, and honeymoon destination, so please call well in advance to book a reservation.

Seawoods Farmhouse

northern california whale watching 4A quiet farmhouse in the lush Northern California wilderness rests within walking distance of Patrick’s Point State Park. Seawoods Farmhouse, a cozy, affordable, and secluded paradise, has an onsite hobby farm, enchanting pond, and organic vegetable garden. You’ll genuinely feel at home in this peaceful single-family home that sleeps eight comfortably. Whale watching and hiking adventures are always a short walk away!

There’s no better time than right now to book an unforgettable Northern California whale watching trip through Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We offer a variety of vacation rentals for groups and families of all sizes. You’re guaranteed to find a Eureka or Trinidad vacation home that’s ideal within our extensive catalog of accommodations!

Best Autumn Hiking Adventures in Humboldt County

Autumn’s peak season is hurriedly approaching with summer in the rearview mirror here on California’s North Coast. Most tourists don’t realize that the temperatures in Northern California remain at ideal levels year-round – our oceanside paradise gleefully avoids sizzling summer afternoons and frigid winter evenings. We’re still blessed with refreshingly crisp air and colorful maples, ash, and alders every autumn. The Humboldt County wilderness is naturally painted a beautiful blend of forest green, amber, marigold, and crimson, which makes hiking in Northern California one of the premier outdoor activities every harvest.

Experienced hikers, backpackers, and nature photographers naturally choose Redwood Vacation Rentals as their autumn getaway headquarters because many of our cozy, private cottages are set deep in the heart of the vast, picturesque North Coast wilderness. Take hiking in Northern California to the next level with half-day adventures at these four Humboldt County trails.

Elk River Trail

hiking in northern californiaWhile we highly encourage everyone to hike for at least two days in Redwood National Park, sometimes it’s best to avoid crowds and backpack on a genuinely peaceful trail far from civilization. The Elk River Trail, located in the Headwater Forest Reserve near the charming cities of Eureka and Fortuna, is a 9.5-mile out-and-back trail that weaves underneath towering redwoods. This serene hike features unharmed plantlife, the rushing South Fork Elk River, and occasional wildlife sightings. Local coho salmon spawn every winter in the stream, beginning in November, and majestic northern spotted owls peer down from the branches above. Some choose to turn around at the river crossing, which cuts approximately three miles from the journey.

Arcata Community Forest Loop

If you’re searching for a convenient yet breathtaking early morning hike, look no further than the Arcata Community Forest Loop. Part of what makes the city of Arcata so sensational is its proximity to premier beach breaks and lush, preserved forestry. Redwood Vacation Rentals has properties steps from the loop’s trailhead! This 3.9-mile forest loop has mammoth redwoods, rare banana slugs, and diverse plant life. Hikers of all skill levels can easily conquer the occasional inclines.

Trillium Falls Trail

The Trillium Falls Trail rests in the heart of the Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, north of Orick. This moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop features some of the tallest and thickest redwoods in the national park. Hikers have spotted families of elk, deer, and occasionally black bears – it’s imperative to remember what to do if you encounter a black bear. The trilliums don’t bloom in autumn, but the waterfall is quite beautiful when the creek is flowing generously after heavy rainfall. If you’re planning on hiking in Northern California, please don’t skip Trillium Falls.

Tall Trees Grove Loop

hiking in northern californiaThe Tall Trees Grove Loop is one of the most popular trails in Redwood National Park, so expect small crowds of hikers during peak hours. In the morning, however, the trail is sublimely quiet. You can walk directly through many fallen redwoods that have been carved to create a path for hikers. The moss-covered maple trees transform into blazing amber spectacles, and the crystal clear Redwood Creek provides the perfect opportunity for an afternoon picnic. The hike is nearly five miles in total with occasional steep inclines.

Northern California Vacation Rentals

Park Avenue Guest House

hiking in northern californiaThe Park Avenue Guest House is the ideal lodging option for those aiming to explore the Arcata Community Forest Loop. This charming, four-person home has high ceilings, warm colors, and a private deck with sweeping views of Humboldt Bay. It’s also a short drive from downtown Arcata and Humboldt State University.

Berry Glen Redwood Park Loft

hiking in northern californiaWhen you stay at the Berry Glen Redwood Park Loft, north of Orick, you’ll be less than a mile from Trillium Falls and steps from the Berry Glen Trail. This stunning two-story barn loft sleeps two and is highlighted by the interior’s brilliant scarlet-clad walls and ceilings. Wild animals often say hello on the vast, lush countryside property.

Henderson Haven

hiking in northern californiaStay in lively Eureka if you’re planning on hiking in Northern California! The Henderson Haven on D Street is only nine miles from the Elk River Trail, and it’s steps from dozens of delicious dining options. This beautiful 1,800-square foot North Coast home sleeps seven comfortably and is loaded with modern amenities, a private backyard, and a lavish walk-in shower.

Visit our extensive website to peruse our catalog of charming North Coast vacation rentals, many of which are conveniently located to the region’s premier hiking trails. Dial 1-707-834-6555 for reservations or more information.

Self-Guided Northern California Beer Trail

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

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

Eel River Brewing – Fortuna

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

Lost Coast Brewery – Eureka

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

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

Redwood Curtain Brewing – Arcata

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

Mad River Brewing – Blue Lake

Hop off US-101 for a piney pint of Slammin’ Salmon Double IPA and a beer-battered Pacific cod burger at Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake. Mad River slings delicious fish tacos on occasion, although they aren’t on the everyday menu. The taproom is steps away from the scenic Mad River. In the summer months, patrons slip down the road and for a refreshing swim in the river or a beautiful riverwalk. Their spacious patio often has live music with the lush valley as a backdrop.

Six Rivers Brewery – McKinleyville

Six Rivers Brewery is unique for many reasons. Firstly, it’s 500 feet from our offices at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. It’s fair to say we’ve tried each of their delicious craft beers more than once. Secondly, this brewpub is known to locals as the “brewery with the view,” because of the sweeping pasture vistas from the back patio. The Pacific Ocean is visible in the distance! Six Rivers recently upgraded their outdoor seating, for those who’ve visited this McKinleyville staple before. Their Moonstone Porter, which was named after nearby Moonstone Beach, is a robust English-style porter worth savoring.

Humboldt Regeneration – McKinleyville

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Beer flight with pretzels and nuts.

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

Northern California Vacation Rentals

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

Cottage Americana

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

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

611 Flat in Old Town Eureka

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

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

Plaza Casita

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

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

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

3 Unique Guided Tours in Northern California

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

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

Horseback Riding in the Redwoods

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

Oyster Tours in Humboldt Bay

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

Whitewater Rafting on the Trinity River

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

Deciding Where to Stay

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

Viewcrest Retro Country Home in Orick CA

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

Boardwalk Loft

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

Hawkins Bar River Home

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

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

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

Hang Ten! Surfing the North Coast

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

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

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

Best Northern CA Surfing Beaches

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

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

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

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

Moonstone Beach Surfcamp

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

Pacific Outfitters

Surfing Lessons at Moonstone Beach
Morning surfing lessons at Moonstone Beach

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

Where to End Your Day

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

Seaside Meadow on the Bluff

Ocean Views from Seaside Meadow
Ocean views from Seaside Meadow

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

Waterfront #1 at Oyster Beach

Waterfront Cottage at Oyster Beach
Waterfront cottage at Oyster Beach

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

Seaside Family Retreat

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

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

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

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

Educational Adventures for the Whole Family!

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

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

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

Why the Redwoods?

Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail
Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail

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

HSU Marine Lab

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Father and Son looking at Tide Pools

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

HSU Marine Lab Visiting Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm

Saturdays and Sunday: 10:00am – 5pm

(Summertime hours may vary)

Junior Rangers & Educational Programs

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

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

Redwood Ed-Ventures

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

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

California Vacation Rentals in Eureka

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

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

Sequoia Cottage

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

Boardwalk Loft

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

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

The View at Snug Alley

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

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

 

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

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

Essential Items for a CA Hiking Trip

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Hiker in the Redwood Forest at sunset

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

Redwoods

Redwood National Forest
Redwood National Forest

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

Recommended Trails to Hike:

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

What you need

Hiking Gear
Hiking Gear

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

Hiking Item Checklist

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

Where to stay

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

Ranch House #5 At Oyster Beach

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

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

Carson Cottage

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

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

Shadilay Flat

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

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

Hike with Redwood Coast

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

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

Family Activities for Your Summer Vacation in CA

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

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

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

The Mighty Redwoods

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

Trails & Scenic Views  

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

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

 

Other Trailheads:

Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

The Tall Trees Grove

The Trillium Falls

College Cove Trail

 

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

Museums & Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

Beaches & The Coast & Humboldt Bay

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

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

 

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

 

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

The Wine Trail of Northern California

 

Two glasses of white wine on table overlooking California wine country on sunny, cloudless day
Two glasses of white wine on table overlooking California wine country on sunny, cloudless day

California and wine go hand-in-hand, almost synonymous with one another because the wine scene is quite vast, traveling the entire length of our state. With plenty of spots for you to stop and tour along the way when you book one of the best California vacation rentals with us this spring and summer season, you’re sure to find something sweet along the way.

Here in Northern California, winemaking is somewhat of a new concept but it’s growing, and if you join us here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals we’ll help you find the perfect Northern wine trail! From the best locations and tasting rooms, to what pair with your wine, restaurants that utilize wine in their menus, or if you’re in search of the best spring rental, we’ve got it all rooted in the Redwood forests and along the Coastal Cliffs.

Finding the Best Wine

Closeup portrait of young female customer drinking red wine with eyes closed.
Closeup portrait of young female customer drinking red wine with eyes closed.

While the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast dominate much of Northern CA wine country, you’re going to want to enjoy some of the upper-most northern wines. Humboldt County is slowing becoming one with the vines! Hidden among the redwood trees and quaint coastal fishing towns you’ll find a surprising amount of mountain vineyards within our beautiful county. Within the last ten years, more and more wineries are beginning to pop up in our area and offer a pleasant place to test out wine in California. We’ve compiled a fun list of all the fabulous places to find wine in our humble Humboldt County!

 

Persimmons Garden Gallery & Wine Tasting

1055 Redway Dr., Redway

707/923-2748

http://persimmonsgardengallery.com/

 

Riverbend Cellars

12990 Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat

707/943-9907

http://riverbendcellars.com/  

 

Elk Prairie Vineyard

Call to schedule an appointment

707/943-3498

http://elkprairievineyard.com/  

 

Robert Goodman Wines

937 10th St., Arcata

707/826-9463

http://robertgoodmanwines.com/

 

Moonstone Crossing

529 Trinity St., Trinidad

707/845-5492

http://moonstonecrossing.com/  

 

Winnett Vineyards

Call to schedule an appointment

530/629-3478

http://winnettvineyards.com/

What to Pair with Wine

You can pretty much pair anything with wine these days but if you’re on the hunt for something specific, here’s our take on what works well!

Dry Rose – best with rich flavors and cheese

Chardonnay – best with fatty fishes and rich sauces

Champagne – best with sweet and salty

Cabernet Sauvignon – best with red meat

Grüner Veltliner – best with fresh flavors of herbs or citrus

Malbec – best with sweet and spicy flavors

Moscato d’Asti – best with fruit and sweeter desserts

Off-Dry Riesling – best with sweet and spicy flavors

Pinot Noir – best with earthy flavors

Pinot Grigio – best with light fish and light sauces

Rose Champagne – Best with hors-d’oeuvres

Sauvignon Blanc – best with tart flavors

Syrah – best with heavily spiced dishes

Zinfandels – best with pâtés or mousses

Restaurants Featuring Wine

You can’t plan the ultimate wine trip if you don’t include dining for two somewhere unique and you won’t find a better spot than at Restaurant 301, located in the Carter House Inn. Which features farm to table menus that are sure to delight any palette! But don’t miss out on the fantastically fresh coastal oysters at Moonstone Grill while sipping on fantastic wine from the area. Plus, how can you say no to a stunning ocean view?

 

Restaurant 301

301 L St., Eureka

707/444-8062

http://carterhouse.com/restaurant-301/

 

Moonstone Grill

100 Moonstone Beach Rd., Westhaven

707/677-1616

http://moonstonegrill.com/

 

Wine Meals for Two

Woman eating steamed mussels in white wine sauce.
Woman eating steamed mussels in white wine sauce.

Planning on staying at your favorite California vacation rentals, for the night? No worries, we’ve got you covered on what to make when you enjoy a night cooking a meal for two! Our favorite menu item to make and that we highly suggest is Mussels with White Wine. You’ll be able to spoon delicious aioli on freshly toasted bread while soaking up the ocean flavors in the white-white soaked meal. Learn more information about this recipe here at Bon Appetit.

California Vacation Rentals that are Perfect for Two!

Here in along the northern coast, you’ll find one of our California vacation rentals will be the icing on your cake during one of the best wine trips! You’ll want to view our featured locations and take a look at our Eureka and Trinidad spots which are sure to put you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of our coastal California lifestyle.

Oyster Suite on Oyster Beach

Osyter Suite on Osyter Bay Living Area
Osyter Suite on Osyter Bay Living Area

This stunning property will get you in the mood for a beautiful vacation full of vino. Located at the historic Ranch House at Oyster Beach you’ll find this private home an oasis. Originally built to as a guest quarters’ visitors have discovered this to be one of their most cherish locations to stay in Humboldt County. With historic touches and modern conveniences, this home makes for one of the best California vacation rentals for couples.

Buoy Bell

Bouy Bell View of the Ocean
Bouy Bell View of the Ocean

The Buoy Bell has to be another fantastic option for couples with its’ stunning panoramic views of the ocean right from the living room; this is truly an ocean lovers paradise. Along with close access to Trinidad State Beach which offers trailheads and more. To the fabulous restaurants, shops, and lighthouse within a short distance from this location, you’ll find this little harbor-side home a quaint retreat away from everyday life while searching for the best Humboldt County wine.

 

However you want to enjoy your time your time at one of our fabulous California vacation rentals, we’ve got everything you need when you book your stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Utilize our list of Humboldt County wine locations and create your tour, make a delicious wine-infused meal, or explore the city you’re vacationing in, with so much to do in and around our stunning coastline you’ll be in for one tasty treat this spring and summer season!

Redwood National Park Lodging for Two in Eureka

Dates, Eats, and Cozy Redwood National Park Lodging for Two in California’s Coastal town of Eureka

When February comes around, there is always this sense of love and life, and you can find just that when you stay at our Redwood National Park lodging this season. We’ve got plenty of options just for two, and there are endless opportunities for adventure (and even date nights) that you’ll love spoiling one another while on vacation.

Whether it’s a sweet cafe in town or a hike through the rugged territory, you’ll be surprised by all that you can do around California’s Northern Coast. Learn more about a few places you can enjoy a date, where to dine on the best food in town, and where you can rest your tired feet at the end of the day when you appreciate our dates, eats, and cozy Redwood National Park Lodging in Eureka.

Date Ideas around Eureka

Eureka a sweet and unforgettable coastal town right in the heart of Northern California’s Humboldt County and you’ll just love experiencing the fantastic activities and attractions that visitors can try. When planning a getaway for two in Eureka, you’re going to be with one another the whole time and while quiet, alone time is much needed and deserved, at night, get out on the town with your loved one.

Hands of two unknown women holding cocktails with mint in restaurant
Hands of two unknown women holding cocktails with mint in restaurant

Whether you dance the night away or you just want to cherish each others company under dim lighting and delicious beverages, you’ll want to check out Five Eleven which serves up some seriously tasty crafted cocktails as you lounge in style.

During the daytime with the marvelous Redwood National Park nearby, you’ll want to embrace a fantastic hike through the woods to the Fern Canyon or see the Avenue of the Giants. After spending the day away from the shore, make sure you experience the ocean and all its glory with some time on the beach or at an overlook. Plus, keep your eyes open for whales swimming south to the warmer waters surrounding Mexico.

If you’re an art lover, Eureka is the place to be! You almost can’t walk down a street in downtown without spotting an art gallery, museum, or studio. Peruse the galleries, and fine art collections then make your masterpiece at Parasol Arts or Lavender Rose Paint Nights.

Best Restaurants for Two

Dining for two can be comfortable, just stop by a local cafe in the morning and dine on some delicious breakfast fare. At night, you’ll want to dine at one of the best places to eat dinner in Eureka.  Perfect for a party of two, Restaurant 301 is located in a quaint Inn, Hotel Carter, and offers seasonal menus that feature items from farm-to-table. Dinner here is sure to surprise your loved one’s palette with the melody of flavors and tastes.

Heat up your night with a trip to Brick and Fire Bistro, one of Eureka’s unique pizza locations. Utilizing a brick over for than just dough and sauce, you’ll want to taste the brick fries and the wood-oven roasted oysters!

If your loved one in need some creamy pasta? You’ll want to try Gabriel’s which is a bi-level eatery located right on 216 E St in Eureka. Trust us, this Italian restaurant’s menu is delectable, and you’ll be able to amp up the romance with a glass of vino and some calming, live music.

Cozy Rentals In Eureka

0385260129Finding the ultimate Redwood National Park lodging for two, come easy when you work with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have plenty of options in Eureka from modern lofts, to cottages, and even Victorian homes, so whatever you are in the mood for, we’ve got it!

Many of our rentals are historical renovations like our The view at Snug Alley, situated in the heart of Old Town. This spectacular 2 bedrooms offers Marina views, newly designed kitchen and common areas, and pretty much all new everything. The mix of old and new bring to life the history and current nature of the Northern Coast of California. Plus, you’ll love how cozy the California King bed is when it’s just you two curled up next to one another. This city location is great for those who don’t mind traffic and all the incredible noise that a city brings.

2435170884If you do not quite want to be immersed within the city limits, check out our Bay Landing rental. This contemporary getaway is right on Humboldt Bay. Featuring modern amenities, updated bathrooms, and cozy beds, you’ll just cherish the time spent together in this apartment or anywhere you choose to go during your vacation.

3610480216We’ve spoken about the modern and contemporary side of Eureka and there is plenty of that to go around, but if you’re looking for a little more charm and character, The Pink Lady is an elegant choice. With stunning views of the Eureka Harbor, you’ll be able to savor the ornate architecture of the building while finding information on the fascinating history of its original owner.

No matter the season or time of year, you and your sweetheart will love visiting Northern California. With our wide selection of Redwood National Park lodging, you’re sure to embrace the month of love and the rest of the eleven months with your best friend by your side. Travel throughout the charming town of Eureka and experience a coastal city that offers anything and everything your heart desires.

Book your trip with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, and we’re sure to find the best Redwood National Park lodging for two!