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.

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.

Pacific Outfitters also offers separate three-hour intermediate development and fundamentals classes. The fundamentals class is for beginners, yet Owens guarantees each student will ride a wave on the first day. After decades of perfecting a foolproof technique, he has been putting smiles on students for over 15 years. The intermediate development course takes things to the next level. Now that you’re standing with confidence, Owens will teach you how to navigate waves safely. You’ll learn how to catch a wave break, find and ride a barrel, and other new maneuvers.

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!

7 Remarkable Redwood National Park Cabins

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Get Cozy in 2018: 7 Remarkable Redwood National Park Cabins for the Ultimate Winter Vacation to California’s Northern Coastline…

Wintertime in Northern California calls for the best cozy cabins! As it’s a migratory period for animals, including whales, make your way to the west when you spend a few days along the Northern Coast of California. We’ve got seven fantastic Redwood National Park cabins that will get you close to all the trails and let you experience your vacation in the cozy comforts of your Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals!

Traveling to California in the winter has many perks. To start, with the temperatures remaining mild, and very little snow, if any, will allow for you to enjoy getting that coastal cabin for two! While winter brings not much snow, precipitation comes in other forms, such as rain. From December to April you can experience the rainy season. We recommend rain gear to ensure you have proper attire for any adventure!

Wintertime also brings fewer people out to the Redwood National & State Parks, which makes for the perfect opportunity to watch the remarkable waves crash along the shoreline, or catch a glimpse of the whales passing by on their way south, without the hassle of crowded beaches, trails, and outlooks. One of the other benefits of winter lodging in California are the fantastic rates. Many of our Redwood National Park cabins are discounted or offering reduced prices, so grab your bags, your best friend, and head to the Golden Coast.

Bayside Two Bedroom

Bayside cabin | Living Space
Bayside cabin | Living Space

This newly updated Bayside cabin is perfect for those looking for a secluded redwood getaway. Featuring two bedrooms, a cozy hot tub, and more, you’ll this location is excellent for a couples retreat or a small family. Bayside, is a short ten-minute drive from HSU where you can learn about the tidepools, and it’s close to the Arcata Plaza for all your shopping needs. Plus, one of the best options is that dogs are welcome, so you won’t have to worry about leaving your furry friend behind!

Cozy Craftsman

Cozy Craftsman | Porch
Cozy Craftsman | Porch

You and your sweetheart will fall in love with this craftsman style cabin right in Old Town Eureka. Featuring fantastic modern updates and convenience, you’ll love relaxing in the beautiful clawfoot tub, cooking a delicious meal in the kitchen, or pouring yourself your favorite drink at the hand-carved redwood breakfast bar. With lots to do within the home, don’t forget to get out and experience Old Town Eureka!

Scotty Point

Scotty Point Cabin | Exterior Side View
Scotty Point Cabin | Exterior Side View

Secluded and coastal is all you need at Scotty Point, on the outskirts of Trinidad. Surrounded by beautiful ocean views, and a quick bike ride to Patrick’s Point State Park you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet that this fantastic place brings for a vacation. Plus, you’re only a just 15 miles from the Redwoods National Park.

Creekside in Trinidad

Creekside Cabin | Main Bedroom & Seating Area
Creekside Cabin | Main Bedroom & Seating Area

Our Creekside Cabin for Two is a lovely rental right next to the Redwood National Park. Whether you plan to hike or bike, or just experience the coast, you and yours will enjoy coming back and recharging at this cozy cabin. Use the two bikes we supply and head down to the Prairie Creek Redwoods National & State Park for the day then relax and cozy up for a night in!

Shelter Cove

Shelter Cover Cabin | Exterior & Coastal View
Shelter Cover Cabin | Exterior & Coastal View

Our Shelter Cove Vista Cabin is indeed a quiet escape for two. Located right on the coast of Humboldt County’s southern end, you’ll find fishing, hiking in the nearby mountains, and of course, the Redwoods to fill your days. While nighttime brings whale watching and sunset viewing at Cove Beach, it’s an ideal option for couples or a smaller group of friends.

Stone Lagoon

Stone Lagoon | Authentic Cabin Interior
Stone Lagoon | Authentic Cabin Interior

Our authentic Stone Lagoon Cabin is privately located on 2 acres of land with perfect wild elk viewing. Keep the toasty cabin warm with the wood stove, by caring for the fire which is the only heat source for the whole home. There are two wood stoves which are sure to keep you plenty warm throughout the day and night. Don’t forget to check out horseback riding which is only a half mile from Stone Lagoon.

Private Redwood Cabin

Private Cabin | Exterior Front of Cabin View
Private Cabin | Exterior Front of Cabin View

Recently renovated, this Private Cabin in Orick is situated on over 40 acres, and about 20 minutes away from Trinidad. Sleeping up to 6, you’ll find walking trails around the property, outdoor seating near the firepit. The wood stoves will make sure you’re cozy and warm throughout your stay. As this location is a short drive from the Redwood National & State Park, you’ll have all your daytime activities ready for you. If you choose to relax onsite, you’ll enjoy the benefit of this coastal cabin.

It’s almost the New Year, but winter in California won’t be letting up anytime soon, so that means when you’re on the hunt for the coziest cabin around town, look to our Redwood National Park cabins at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We’ve got everything from cabins to homes, condos to cottages, and practically any other type of rental option you could dream of, all you have to do now, is book your Redwood vacation this winter season!

With so much going on in the winter, and not as many crowds, come enjoy a few days near the salty sea in the cozy comfort of your Redwood National Park cabins and see just why California’s Northern Coast is where you’ll want to be this 2018.

Our Top 3 Winter House Rentals in Crescent City CA

December is here and it’s time to start looking at getting into the festive spirit with a trip out to California’s Golden Coast. Looking for the best house rentals Crescent City CA has, seems like a daunting task, but with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we’ve got you covered!

As we begin to head into the rainy season (Oct-April), we suggest making way for a cozy getaway to the Redwood Forest. You’ll be surprised to find that the perfect time spent within one of the beautiful house rentals Crescent City CA has, will bring you peace, serenity, tranquility, and a much-needed break. Furthermore, you may even hear the sweet sounds of the pitter-patter of soft raindrops hitting the rooftop of your rental. As the rain caresses the land of Northern California this time of the year, there is still plenty of marvelous things to do around our peaceful, coastal cities. Engulf your senses this winter season, with the calming ocean breeze, the light rain, and the salty air. We promise you won’t be disappointed when finding the best home for your trip in Crescent City.

A City with Two Lighthouses

Battery Point Lighthouse, Califonia USAOne of the best things to do during your winter stay in Crescent City is to visit the two lighthouses. Beyond the stunning crescent beach that gives way to the city’s namesake, these two historic towers make for a great day out, traversing the landscape of this quiet town. Situated at California’s most northern point for a lighthouse, you’ll find the Battery Point Lighthouse. Built in 1856, this beautiful beacon of light is only accessible during low-tide. Visitors to this location will see that they will need to be here when the water recedes, to walk the small causeway that becomes exposed, and upwards to the top of the lighthouse. Featuring fantastic views that one can only truly experience if you see it for yourself. Don’t forget to stop by the museum while checking out the lighthouse!

 

Just a few miles away, you’ll find the second beacon in Crescent City, the Lighthouse at St. George Reef.Built-in 1865 after a disastrous shipwreck of the Brother Jonathan, just off the coast. This stunning place sits right at the bluffs of Point St. George Park, while it is an excellent location if you’re looking for walking trails and public beach access, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for a glimmer within the water. It’s rumored that when the Brother Jonathan sank to the bottom of the sea, it brought with it, quite a bit of gold coins and bullion.

Agate Hunting on the Beach

Agate and Rocks on Beach in CaliforniaAgate hunting is quite a favorite activity for family and groups. Many will scour the coastline in search of a gorgeous agate to bring home. We recommend, when vacationing at one of the house rentals Crescent City CA is known for, you should stop by Pebble Beach! Located right on the city’s west end, you’ll find the scenic Pebble Beach Drive which will bring you directly to the beachfront carrying the same name. Whether you’re on the hunt for a lovely agate or another semi-precious gem, you’re sure to find them all during your stop. As it is the rainy season, packing raingear and sturdy, non-slip boots are ideal for any Northern California vacation, so don’t forget to pack these items when planning on hitting the beach in search of rocks and stones to take home.  

Ocean Views for the Family

This winter season we have three amazing properties that will let you explore the coastal life throughout many of the seaside towns all while spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. Let the festivities begin and help ring in the new beginnings of 2018 with a trip to Northern California.

View off of deck at the Seaside Family RetreatBringing the whole family? No problem! We’ve got the perfect house rentals Crescent City CA has to offer when you pick our fabulous Seaside Family Retreat! This beautiful home is not only a short 200ft from the beachfront, but with four bedrooms and spacious living areas, it’s great for a large group! You’ll be able to host any festive party this holiday season when you book this stunning seaside home, and we’re sure you’ll come to realize it’s entirely your home away from home.

The Perfect Beach Home

Living room view of the Crescent City Beach HouseBeing right on the beach can mean a few different things, especially along California’s Pacific coast. If you’re looking for a smooth access to the beach, you almost can’t get any closer than our newly renovated Crescent City Beach House! With an extensive field in front of the house, which leads you to the beach, you’ll find more than just sand, driftwood, and deep blue water. Hop on the 6-mile trail that runs north along Pebble beach, where you can walk all the way to Point St. George Park or even further to Garth’s Beach. It’s an excellent neighborhood rental for a family or two, searching for a getaway that will put them right near the sandy shores.

Spend Your Days On the River

Hot tub view, off of deck overlooking Smith River
Hot tub view, off of deck overlooking Smith River

Crescent City offers more than just beachfront and seaside access, with the town playing host to the Smith River, you’ll find your remarkable getaway at our incredible Redwood Coast River House. Whether it’s a sweet dip in the hot tub to warm up after a day exploring the Jedediah Smith Redwood National Park or you’re gearing up to ring in the New Year with your family and friends. This location has it all for your northern California vacation of a lifetime!

You’ll find that there are some lovely options to choose when it comes to all the house rentals Crescent City CA has, especially when you opt for one of our three local hot spots to rent. Book your vacation getaway this winter with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, and you’ll see just what makes these homes worthy of a winter trip.

 

Don’t let the rainy season get you down, make the most out of your getaway by seeing all that there is to do within Crescent City and the surrounding coastal towns. We look forward to hosting you this season, and we can’t wait for you to experience a jolly good time along the Pacific Ocean.

EMBRACING A COZY FALL & WINTER GETAWAY

Located in the heart of Eureka, Cozy Craftsman Cottage is centrally located on the Redwood Coast.
Located in the heart of Eureka | Cozy Craftsman Cottage | Centrally located on the Redwood Coast

EXPERIENCE THE COZY SEASON WITH A FALL AND WINTER GETAWAY FOR A REDWOODS VACATION

Autumn has definitely arrived at the coast of Northern California, and we’re looking for forward to one of the best seasons this year. With lots to do around the shoreline, we know you’ll be busy and want to get away for a relaxing redwoods vacation this fall and winter.

The light-filled space is a a great choice for families, couples, or professionals.
This light-filled space is a great choice for families, couples, or professionals | Bay Light on First Street  | Eureka

The coziest season is upon us, with cooler temperatures at night and milder ones during the day. With Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals we have fantastic options for you to choose from that will get you out exploring during the daytime and cozying up by the fire at night. Whether you’re looking to fall for a forest trip of a lifetime, searching for some amazing animals, or just the comfort and relaxation a trip can bring, we’ve got it all here, just for you! So it’s time to pack your bags for a fabulous fall getaway to one of the best locations along California’s Golden Coast.

FALL FOR THE FOREST

Fall and winter bring some of the lowest ratings of visitors to the Redwood National Forests and State Parks. That means you won’t be here during our busiest seasons like spring and summer. Peace, serenity, and calm are all integral parts of your redwoods vacation and spending the day hiking through the forest can bring you much of those feelings. You’ll love just how beautiful the green and browns of the stunning redwoods meld together. It’s honestly something you won’t want to miss out on this season. With lots of the forest floor for you to explore, precisely 132,000 acres to cover when you spend even a few days here make sure to stop and fall for the beauty of the forest.

 

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED

Seastars are found in a tide pool at Salt Point State Park in northern California.
Seastars are found in a tide pool at Salt Point State Park in northern California.

We know that during the autumn and winter months you’ll see many different types of animals on California’s Northern Coast, and you don’t want to keep your eyes shut, or you might miss something spectacular sitting in the trees or jumping through the ocean. Fall brings a lovely time for Tide Pool exposure, featuring lots of underwater life you’ll enjoy seeing sea anemones, mussels, crabs, and more. With the middle intertidal zone open for guests to explore many of these plants and animals find tide pools for food and shelter during low tides at Trinidad State Beach. Learn more about touring some of these great California tide pools at Humboldt State University Marine Lab.

While you’re at the beach, keep your eyes open and on the water for Gray Whales! These beauties call the Redwood Coast their home during the spring and summer months, but during autumn and the late winter months, they migrate to warmer waters from Alaska to Baja California. We recommend seeing them from one of the observation decks that dot Humboldt County’s shoreline. Plus, when you’re hiking, keep an eye out of the Black Bears! From spring to fall these large mammals can be seen throughout the forest they call home before they hibernate during the winter season!

 

A COZY EUREKA REDWOODS VACATION

Finding the perfect getaway can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re looking for an autumn or winter getaway. If you opt to choose our fantastic vacation rentals, you’ll find that we offer some beautiful cottages that will bring the ultimate coziness to your trip. And who doesn’t love being cozy when the temperatures begin to fall? Grab a sweater, your loved one, and sit by a fire… not only will it be romantic but you’ll find that the solitude of the area will bring you lots of peace and comfort, making it one of the most relaxing trips you’ll have.

Cozy Craftsman Cottage is perfect for getaway to the Redwood Coast.
Cozy Craftsman Cottage| Perfect for a getaway to the Redwood Coast

Cozy Craftsman’s Cottage – Two-bedroom in Eureka, is perfect for a redwoods vacation getaway this fall and winter season. Just minutes from the town of Old Town Eureka you’ll find this cottage is modern and features an inviting sense of privacy while highlighting the craftsman feel. Located just a short drive from the Sequoia Zoo & Park, Bayshore Mall, and only about an hour drive to the Redwood State and National Parks, there is so much to do when you book this fabulous cozy cottage.

This recently renovated two-story loft is conveniently located on the waterfront in Old Town Eureka.
Recently renovated two-story loft |Bay Lights on First Street | Conveniently located on the waterfront in Old Town Eureka

If you really want to light up the night with a cozy fire and good book, you’ll love the Bay Lights on First Street in Historic Old Town, Eureka.  Featuring an open floor plan with stunning 20-foot ceilings, and a gas fireplace in the living room, you’ll find that the modern touches mixed with a vintage-nautical feel will make you want to spend more time indoors during the coziest season. Cuddle up on the couch with a cup of coffee in the morning or head out and explore Old Town Eureka! Take a look at even more cozy Eureka rental options; we feature vacations that can be just for two or several people!

 

Let your redwood vacations bring you comfort, from the beautiful coastal cities to the comfy sheets where you’ll sleep. Make sure to spend some time this fall and winter season getting cozy along the Northern California coast, where your redwoods vacation will bring you peace and serenity.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals can help you find the perfect home for you to enjoy all through fall and winter, and embrace a calming getaway when you book your trip with us this season!

An Autumn Redwood Forest Vacation

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Family enjoying hike in a forest, California, USA

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

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

From Green to Yellow

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

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

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

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

Are you a Leaf Seeker?

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Girl open hands with yellow leaves in forest

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

An Autumn Prairie

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

A Harvest Fern

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Fern Canyon Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Humboldt County California

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

A Fall Giant 

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

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

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

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