Cottages in the Redwoods That Will Melt Your Heart

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

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

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

 

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Brand new open studio with leeping loft.


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Enjoy some time by the fire-pit.
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Close the curtains and enjoy a hot soak amongst the redwoods in this gorgeous outdoor claw foot bath.
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“C” Lily Cottage in Trinidad                              

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West of Haven- Nestled in the Redwoods near Moonstone Beach

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Nicely landscaped and secluded and in its own beautiful environment amongst the Redwoods.
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Nestled in the giant redwoods at the end of a private lane.

 





 

 

 

 

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

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Vacation Rentals in Northern California Near Agritourism Operations

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

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

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

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

Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours – Oyster Farm tours on Humboldt Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List of Rentals Near Willow Creek Rentals and Wineries 

List of Rentals Near Arcata & Bayside Farms  

Soar Through the Forest Canopy on your Redwood Coast Vacation – Northern California’s Premier Nature Attraction, The Trees of Mystery

imagesYou are driving along Hwy 101 and on the roadside you suddenly come across a 49-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan and his 35-foot-tall blue ox, Babe. What is this, you may ask. Well it is the Trees of Mystery of course. For over 65 years, the Trees of Mystery have been welcoming visitor along this stretch highway. Whether you are vacationing in the area or just passing on by, this is a place you will want to pull over for.

Located in the heart of the Redwood Coast, near Redwood National and State Parks, Trees of Mystery is California’s considered to be the premier nature attraction in Northern California. After being greeted by Mr. Bunyan you stroll along a leisurely eighth of a mile long groomed interpretive trail through giant redwoods. The trail leads to an onsite museum, which boasts an extensive private collection of Native American art, crafts and tools, actually one of the largest collections of it kind.

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Although the trees themselves are indisputably the stars of Trees of Mystery, there is a lot more to this roadside attraction than can be seen by just passing by. Stop in on your next trip and don’t forget to wave hello to Paul and Babe.

See listings of Vacation Rentals near Redwood National Park and the Trees of Mystery attraction. Some of these Humboldt County vacation rentals are located approximately only 30 minutes from the Trees of Mystery.

Featured Rentals Include:
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Prairie Beach Home – Beautiful Farm Setting

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Upscale & Authentic: Stone Lagoon Cabin – Gaze at Wild Elk, Hike to Beach

There are also several Vacation Rentals in Trinidad CA,which is not far from this attraction either. See list of Vacation Homes in Trinidad CA or see a complete list of Vacation homes in Humboldt County.

Holly Yashi Jewelry Design Studio: Honoring the Craft of Jewelry Making in Arcata, California

HYStore_Studio_viewroomEver wondered what the story was behind a particular piece of jewelry you own? Perhaps you want to know where it was made and who actually made it. Often, the modern day jewelry industry provides little to no way to trace the origins of commercially produced adornments. Cheap jewelry imported from who knows where has definitely become the industry norm over the year. However, there is one unique Northern California jewelry design company that still values the handcrafting process of unique pieces. The company even offers tours of their state-of-the-art design studio so that customers have the chance to connect directly with the artisans themselves and learn more about the creative processes behind jewelry design.

Holly Yashi, a jewelry design company founded in Arcata CA in 1981, is known worldwide for their innovative styles and designs, particularly their work with Niobium, a metal that when bathed in electronically-charged water takes on radiant hues. Holly Yashi jewelry is sold at over 1,100 upscale vendors throughout the country. Though the company has grown exponentially over the years, the owners have remained true to their belief that every piece that they produce should be hand crafted and of utmost quality. They have also maintained that a close personal connection to each of their artisans is key.

HYStore_Studio_dippingVisitors to the Holly Yashi studio in Arcata CA have the chance to tour the facilities, meet designer, and see jewelry being made for them selves. The tour provides a glimpse at what goes into Holly Yashi’s unique designs. In addition to seeing the creative process unfold, visitors have access to an on site gift store featuring the only full collection of Holly Yashi’s latest styles, as well as other goodies. Tours are offered weekday at 11am free of charge but if you don’t have time for the full tour just walk on in to the studio viewing room any weekday from 10am-5pm. Call 707-822-5132 for more information or to reserve space for the tour in advance.

Vacation Rentals in Arcata Near the Holly Yashi Design Studio Include:

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Pacific Rim Home & Garden

Classic Restored Craftsman in Downtown Arcata

Arcata Townhouse in Redwoods

See a list of all Vacation Rentals in Arcata CA

In addition to vacation rentals in Arcata there are available Vacation homes in Humboldt County and Vacation homes in Crescent City as well as Vacation homes near Redwood National Park.

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A Celebration of the Holy Ghost: The Portuguese Spirit of Humboldt County

W1g1VBKCHDOQbOMdThe smell of sweet bread and linguica sausage will soon fill the air at the various Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebrations being held throughout the state of California during the upcoming summer months. Seeing as California has the largest Portuguese Azorean population in the entire U.S. it is no wonder why the Holy Ghost is so widely celebrated in the Golden State. From May into June in Northern California in particular, it is easy to find several Holy Ghost celebrations taking place. All over the San Francisco Bay Area and as far north as the small village of Ferndale, CA. Portuguese festivities will be in full effect this time of year.

CameraZOOM-20120527120656083Traditionally a religious gathering of which all are welcome to attend, the Holy Ghost Celebration is seen as somewhat of a gift to the community in which it takes place. In the spirit of the revered 14th century Queen Isabel of Portugal who was an advocate for the poor and always sought ways to help to feed citizens in need, any Holy Ghost festivities that you attend will feature an elaborate feast, as well as parades, dancing, and of course, Sunday mass. Over the 100+ years that this celebration has been taking place in California it has really morphed into a celebration that honors the Portuguese Azorean culture, food, music, dance and tradition that was brought here when the Portuguese began to immigrate to California in the late 1800s’. These festivals provide a great way to get out to meet your local Portuguese community members and truly get a taste of their unique traditions.

images2015 will mark the 91st annual Holy Ghost Celebration for the Victorian Village of Ferndale located to the far north of the state in Humboldt County. This small rural farming community became a huge agricultural center during the 1800’s and many hard-working Portuguese immigrants migrated to the region to work on dairy ranches and later in the areas prominent timber industry. The festival will take place May 23rd & 24th at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds & the Portuguese Hall in the town of Ferndale. If you live in the area or happen to be visiting during this time make sure to come out to experience the festival and learn more about this important group of people who make up the rich history of the Redwood Coast. Rosary, bean & linguica dinner will be held Saturday at 6:30 pm. Parade, mass, and noon dinner are being held on Sunday.

 view-from-the-cemeteryFor those who have never been, Ferndale is a quaint town in which you literally feel as though you have stepped back in time. The Victorian architecture of the town is well-preserved and definitely a feature that this village is known for. There are several nice vacation rentals in Ferndale to check out if you are looking to explore the area including Cream City Cottage in Victorian Village of Ferndale, 2 Bdrm & Studio as well as the Fernbridge House, a super cute bungalow just outside Victorian Village of Ferndale. Other things to do while in Ferndale could include catching a live show downtown at the Ferndale Repertory Theater, checking out the many interesting shops that line main street, or explore the various national and state parks of the Humboldt County region. As the Portuguese proverb says, “for each mouth, a different soup”… Humboldt County offers exactly that, something for everyone.

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HSU Center Activities – Your One Stop Shop For All Things Related to Recreation On the Redwood Coast

backpackEver wanted to learn how to roll your kayak like a pro? Or how about take a moonrise paddle or sail on the Humboldt Bay. Or how about learn some new climbing skills on one of our beautiful beaches here on the North Coast? When I first moved to the area over a decade ago I was so excited to start enjoying the great outdoors and all the great activities that became available to me here. I wanted to kayak the rivers and bay, I wanted to backpack in the wilderness, I wanted to rock climb, surf, river raft, camp, you name it. And all of this was possible except for the fact that in many cases I did not own all the gear possible to partake in some of these activities and at times I couldn’t find people interested in partaking with me. Luckily I quickly found out about the place to turn to and ever since I have been taking advantage of and telling others about a great community resource we have here… Humboldt State University’s Center Activities.

35101_444644622999_798661_n_0Maybe you are new to the area like I was or perhaps just passing through and are looking to take advantage of the endless opportunities for recreation we have here on the Redwood Coast. Well Center Activities is really your one stop shop for all things related to recreational outdoor and leisure activities. Whether you are looking for a certification program, a leisure activity, outdoor adventure or equipment rental, or if you are just wanting to take the first steps toward learning a new skill, Center Activities can help you reach your goal. In addition to a plethora of classes, camps, and special events they offer assistance with planning your own outings as well as privately guided trips in the area. If your skills are already adept and you want to venture out on your own but just need the equipment the Center Activities’ gear rental program is absolutely phenomenal and can provide everything you would possibly need for your aquatic, snow, camping and backpacking adventure on the Redwood Coast.

events-1If you find your self on the Northcoast in May and June of this year there are several great programs running through Center Activities including that Moonrise Paddle on Humboldt Bay mentioned above. They are offering a Mad River SUP Tour, and Intermediate Sailing Clinic and a Backpacking Trip in the Marble Mountains to name a few. Ongoing drop in and weekly classes are also available such as SUP Fitness, Woman’s Climbing Night, and Private Kayak Roll Pool Sessions. See the 2015 Summer Season for a full list of activities.

In my opinion all of their offerings are reasonably priced and they always provided me with a way to explore the region in greater depth. Visitors to the region may not always be traveling with bulky equipment but nonetheless it is always easy to obtain gear for yourself or friends and family visiting if you are a local. And when exploring somewhere new, one can always turn to Center Activities for expert information and guide services. Pre-registration is required for Outdoor Adventures, Aquatic Adventures, Leisure Activities and Youth & Teen Aquatic and Adventure Camps but everyone is welcome to register for these programs that are offered by Center Activities, even individuals coming from out of town. Take advantage of one of the most comprehensive university recreational activity programs available and create a memorable and rewarding recreational experience on the Redwood Coast today!

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A Fungus Is Among Us in Humboldt County. Local Artist Teams Up with Infected Mushroom EDM Duo

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For those residing in Humboldt County local artist Duane Flatmo is no stranger. Well known his Lost Coast Brewery label art, Flatmo’s interesting caricatures gave these locally brewed beers personalities of their own. His murals adorn various walls throughout the Redwood Coast region and his incredibly creative kinetic art sculptures can be seen annually at the Kinetic Grand Championship Race which takes place throughout Humboldt every Memorial Day Weekend. But this Spring Flatmo took his unique style to the stage, with the creation of Animatronica, a giant steam blasting, mechanical mushroom that some say will change stage design and production forever.

images-2In February 2015 Israeli born /Los Angeles based psy-trance duo known as Infected Mushroom kicked off their new tour which features this 10-foot tall installation designed and built by Flatmo himself. Much more than just an art installation, Animatronica is an innovative display of audiovisual mastery. Since the late 90’s Infected Mushroom have been captivating audiences around the globe with their unique blend of heavy metal and psychedelic trance music that infuses other EDM genres such as drum and base, dubstep, and electo as well. Ranked 2 of the world’s 10 Best DJs this group never ceases to amaze with their inventive sounds and you better believe their latest stage design will be blowing minds too. For a sneak peak of the making of this incredibly innovative production check out The Animatronica Live Tour 2015 Teaser.

burning-octopusFlatmo’s unique mechanical artistry first caught the eyes of the electronic dance duo at the Burning Festival in Black Rock city. El Pulpo Mecanico, a 26 foot tall Steampunk style flame throwing mechanical cephalopod, was crafted from scrap collected off of the beaches in Mexico and since unveiled in 2012 has become an infamous character of the “playa”. Duane possesses an artistic vision that literally breathes life into these mechanical beings. Such a blend of art and technology is really what the Burning Man gathering is all about. Infected Mushroom just knew they needed to team up with twisted minds behind this kinetic creation.

IMG_4002This new stage design is now bringing the Infected Mushroom vision to life and is the perfect visual complement to the audio experience that this group creates. This is not a show to be missed if you are looking for a completely new experience. Humboldt County was of course the first stop on the Animatronica Tour but don’t worry if you missed the debut because the tour goes on through the middle of May as the fungi criss crosses their way across North America. See Tour Dates and Locations

To see more of Fatmo’s work visit his official website at DuaneFlatmo.com or come to the Kinetic Grand Championship Memorial Day Weekend on the Arcata Plaza. For lodging right off of the plaza where all the kinetic contraptions are displayed prior to the start of the race see Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals for listings of the best vacation rentals in Humboldt County. The artistry of the Redwood Coast Region is phenomenal and the Kinetic Sculpture Race is a perfect example of this. It is really great to see these works stepping out from behind the Redwood Curtain and getting showcased across the county.

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Farm-to-Table: The Local Grinds of Humboldt County

9901The “farm-to-table” movement began gaining its popularity in recent years as more and more individuals become discouraged with current food industry and agricultural practices. Many people are opting against the consumption of fast food, GMOs, and chemically preserved products shipped from afar and are seeking more fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown and locally produced foods. Unfortunately the latter can at times be scarce in this day and age, particularly in urban areas. In my personal opinion I think it is great to see the momentum of a movement aimed at getting back to more ancient food production practices. Lets face it, before the farm-to-table concept became a “movement” it was basically just the way of life long ago. Luckily this way of life never really changed much in Humboldt County.

With nearly a thiimagesrd of the total land area in Humboldt County being used for some type of agriculture, including dairy, cattle, and wine, as well as produce, sourcing fresh from the farm ingredients locally has never been a problem in this region. And lets not forget Humboldt County has direct access to the Pacific Ocean also, a food source that yields local delicacies such as Dungeness Crab, Oysters, and other seafoods. The area  happens to be a great place to forage for food as well, with wild edible mushroom hunting being a popular activity during autumn, as several gourmet varieties can be found after the first rains of the season here.

beef_0Humboldt County restaurants are most definitely taking advantage of their unique location and all its agricultural prowess.  Many local area restaurants proudly feature locally grown /raised and mostly organic ingredients on their menus,  highlighting seasonal options throughout the year. The following is a list of a few places to check out if you are wanting to sample the local fare:

  • Folie Douce in Arcata, CA – Mediterranean-French cuisine inspired by the abundant, seasonal and mostly organic treasures from Humboldt County’s farms, forests and surrounding waters.
  • La Trattoria in Bayside, CA – A small traditional italian restaurant where “every month is eat local month” The menu changes frequently but always features an array of organic ingredients from several small farms in the area including Humboldt Grass Fed Beef, Organic Matters Pork and local pasture raised lamb.
  • Japhy’s – Located in Arcata, CA. this is basically a soup kitchen and asian noodle house that features different soups daily, all created with as many organic local ingredients as possible. A great place with a more casual atmosphere where on can get a taste of some of the local flavor.
  • Taste – Located in Old Town Eureka this is a great place to taste what Humboldt has to offer. They boast an oyster bar featuring oysters delivered fresh weekly from the Humboldt Bay (literally just step away), as well as several locally produced beers, wines, cheese, breads, chocolates, and deserts.
  • Brick & Fire Bistro in Eureka, CA – As the name implies, the wood fire stove is the heart of this restaurants inventive menu. The chef here skillfully blends Mediterranean tradition with fresh local harvest.
  • Restaurant 301 – Located in the Carter House in Eureka 301 is not to be missed if you are seeking a fine dining experience with all the local flare. The garden to table philosophy is a constant source of inspiration for the culinary team at Restaurant 301. In their own words, “What we don’t raise ourselves, we’re always searching for among the best of our local purveyors (which we are lucky to have so many of in Humboldt County)”

Purple-Haze-for-blogAlthough farm-to-table is year round here, it is September in Humboldt County that has officially been dubbed local food month. if you happen to be in the area during the end of local food month several independent restaurants and local farmers team up for an entire week of delicious dining local style. You can catch pre-fixed menus ranging from $5 to $30 at participating restaurants, with all plates specially designed to showcase locally grown, raised or produced food. For a detailed list of participating restaurants visit Humboldt County Restaurant Week.  

So if you are looking to come tantalize your tastebuds and sample the delectable delights of the Redwood Coast region and you are in need of a place to stay in Humboldt while you are enjoying our restaurants go to Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals to find lodging. They offer the best vacation rentals in Humboldt County with something for nearly every taste, budget and group size. Several of the units that they offer are within short walking distance to many of Humboldt County’s premier restaurants. Old Town Eureka vacation rentals include a beautiful French Apartment as well as a gorgeous European-style flat in Historic Building, among many other. They offer spectacular vacation rentals in Arcata and Trinidad too where you can find more great restaurants.

Bon Appetit!  

Redwood Fun in the Summer Sun

images-2Year round the Redwood Coast offers endless opportunities for recreation and fun. With its National & State Parks galore, ocean, rivers, mountains, world renowned festivals and more there is never a dull moment on the Redwood Coast from January all the way through December. Summer however is a very special time of year here. The summer season in particular is jam packed full of things to do. The following is list of some of our favorite North Coast summertime offerings from Memorial Day and Beyond:

  • imagesThe Kinetic Grand Championship – Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd, 24th, & 25th Celebrates 47 years of Human Powered Art Racing in Humboldt. Otherwise known as the “Triathlon of the Art World”, this is a 3-day, 42-mile race along California’s northern coast from Arcata to Ferndale. Over land, sand, mud and water racers compete for glory in all variety of people-powered kinetic contraptions, pedaling along roads, the beach… even through the Humboldt Bay! Words can’t fully describe…see for yourselves Kinetic Grand Championship Video
  • Cruise Humboldt Bay Aboard the Madaket – First launched in 1910, the Madaket is the oldest passenger carrying vessel in continuous service in the United States and the boat boasts the smallest licensed bar in California as well. Sit back and relax on a slow paced leisurely Cocktail Cruise along Eureka’s scenic waterfront or learn about local history, industries, activities, points of interest, and local wildlife of the Humboldt Bay during the 75-minute narrated Eco-Cruise. The 2015 Harbor Cruise Season Begins on May 14th.
  • Arcata Bay Oyster Festival – For some “Fun, Food and Frolic” in Humboldt County join the 25th Annual Oyster images-1Festival Saturday, June 20, 2015. This is a prized pearl of summer festivals, where food lovers will have the opportunity to tantalize their taste buds with fabulous oysters and food. Drink local beer and wine, and dance the day away to local music. Come get your shuck on for the complete Humboldt County experience.
  • Fortuna Rodeo Week – Happening every third weekend in July this is the oldest and longest running annual rodeo on the North Coast with a long-standing history of attracting some of the top livestock and rodeo cowboys on the West Coast. In addition to traditional rodeo events you can enjoy a carnival, barbecue, parade, and friday night motorsports entertainment featuring freestyle motocross jumper Julian D’usseau. All taking place July 13th-19th of 2015 in the Friendly City of Ferndale.
  • Hops in Humboldt – The year marks the 12th Annual Hops in Humboldt festival which will feature over 35 of the best breweries from across the country. For one price you can try unlimited samples of hundreds of different micro-brews, listen to 4 bands as they rock the stage throughout the day, cruise different art and craft vendors selling everything from Humboldt clothes to local hand blown glassware. All attendees also receive a cool commemorative glass to keep.
  • Humboldt County Fair – Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned fair? Especially one that featurUnknownes live and satellite horse racing, mule racing, carnival rides and games, death defying stunts, live entertainment, competitive and interesting exhibits, plenty of livestock events, great fair-time foods, special programs, and all the fun of a county-wide “family” reunion. Taking place the last week of August in the Victorian Village of Ferndale, 2015 marks the 119th year for the Humboldt  County Fair making it the oldest uninterrupted county fair in all of California. With tons of fun for everyone, this is definitely one of the North Coast most exciting event of the year.  raft_paddle_up
  • Outdoor Recreation – When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors summertime on the North Coast provides practically any opportunity imaginable for one to get outside and play in the sun. Hiking in Humboldt County offers a seemingly endless amount of trails with literally something for every age and ability. There are over 100 miles of trails in Humboldt Redwoods State Park alone to explore. There are also great trails for bicycling and mountain biking in Humboldt County. Or head inland just a bit where temperatures soar in summer months and cool off in the water with some world class whitewater river rafting on the Trinity River with Bigfoot Rafting Company out of Willow Creek, CA. Humboldt Lagoons State Park and Humboldt Bay are both great places for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding too. Surf the dozens of Humboldt County surf spots, which range from beginner to advanced. There are even surf camps in Humboldt County held at the popular Moonstone Beach during July & August.
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Fishing, Birdwatching, you name it. The list could go on and on. The point is if you a wanting to recreate this summer (as most of us do) this is a great place to do so. It truly is a magical time of year on the Redwood Coast, but then again so is every other time of year. Either Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, the Redwood Coast really has it all.

The Microbrew Mecca

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With its approximately 500 breweries it is safe to say that for the past decade or more now California’s craft beer movement has been booming. Beer even seems to be the latest rage in California wine country, with wine-producing regions such as Napa quickly becoming excellent places to sample craft brews. Nowhere in the state though is there a greater concentration of award-winning microbreweries than here on California’s Redwood Coast.
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Humboldt County is known for more than just its big trees and beautiful coastline. Located within 30 miles of one another, Humboldt boasts 6 world-famous craft microbreweries, including the first certified organic brewery in the United States. There is even an entire tour dedicated to exploring the various breweries and tasting rooms dotting the north coast region. The following list of Humboldt County microbreweries can all be visited on the Humboldt Beer Tour.

  • Eel River Brewing Company located in friendly Fortuna along the banks of the Eel River is the first all organic brewery in the entire country. They feature a tap room and grill where you can sample their full selection of award winning brews and chow down on a delicious Humboldt Grassfed burger. They brew an amazing acai berry wheat and a great Raven’s Eye stout as well for those who prefer the dark side.
  • Lost Coast Brewery, one of only 6 women owned breweries in America, is just north on Highway 101 in Eureka. Lost Coast is well know for its famous brews such as Great White, Downtown Brown and Indica Pale Ale, all featuring interesting and unusual characters on the labels which are designed by local area artist Duane Flatmo. Lost Coast Brewery is a great place to meet, eat and sip as they also offer a full restaurant menu. Stay tuned as they will also be opening a new tasting room and brewing facility in the near future.
  • Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. lies just a bit further to the north in Arcata. Established in 2010 Redwood Curtain offers an impressive spread of craft beers including many seasonal and specialty styles. Their tasting room provides a fun and hip atmosphere for sampling and just chilling out. This is also a great place to catch local musician jamming from time to time.
  • Six Rivers Brewery, another woman owned brewing facility, is situated atop “Granite Hill” in Mckinleyville overlooking the gorgeous scenery of the Mad River, Arcata Bottoms and the Pacific Ocean. Given this, Six Rivers has also become known as the “brew with a view“. This brewery provides not only great views but quality and distinctive beer and menu items, utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. You definitely want to try the sampler here. My personal favorites are the Hammond Trail American Ale and the Chili Pepper Spicy Ale. Catch local musicians, karaoke and other special events here most nights.
  • Mad River Brewing Co. located just east in sunny Blue Lake. Since 1989 Mad River Brewing company has been crafting award winning beers. Their Steelhead Extra Pale Ale and John Barleycorn Barleywine have received gold medals at The Great American Beer Festival, the most prominent award in our industry. Their tap room features a full pub style menu and a great outdoor patio with plenty of seating making this for a great place to hang out catch some rays while sipping a brew. Mad River Brewing Co. hosts musical performances regularly as well as several special beer events throughout the year as well. This is truly the perfect place to stop at for a brew after a long day of playing in the river.

hops-in-humboldtSpecial beer event on the Redwood Coast happen fairly regularly given its strong culture of brew enthusiasts. Microbrew lovers either living in or visiting the area will not want to miss the following Humboldt County Beer Events:

Humboldt Home Brew Festival  – Taking place in April Over 100 beers have been registered to be poured at this years festival!

Hops in Humboldt – This is the biggest beer fest in Humboldt. Happening in August, it features over 35 of the best breweries from across the country. For one price you can try unlimited samples of hundreds of different brews in your own cool, commemorative glass, listen to live bands as they rock the stage throughout the day, and cruise different arts and crafts vendors selling everything from Humboldt clothing to locally made jewelry.

Humboldt Beer Week – This is an celebration of the craft brew industry taking place in October, that is focused on but not limited to local and regional craft beers. Its purpose is to celebrate the tight knit beer community of the Redwood empire and beyond. Beer Week highlights all of the local breweries of the North Coast by holding a marquee event at each brewery all on different nights.

Hoptober Fest – Also taking place October this exciting Redwood Coast festival features regional breweries, local food vendors and an impressive lineup of talented musicians to provide a full day of beer, music and merriment. With so many outstanding local breweries to showcase, this successful event provides a unique interactive opportunity for individual participants and has become a major cultural event for Humboldt County.

Strange Brew Festival – Held in November, this event challenges local brewers to create the strangest and most delicious concoctions for the folks of Humboldt County and beyond. Previous showings have included everything from whiskey barrel aged beer, to vegetable/fruit/herb/plant ales, to multi-yeast and bacteria fermented libations. Even beer slushies, bloody marys, shortcake and jello shots have made an appearance.

In addition to great craft breweries and special brew festivities, Humboldt County also boasts some of the top beer bars in northern California including The Local Beer Bar, Siren’s Song Tavern, Humboldt Brews, and Bar-Fly Pub & Grub. If you are doing the pub crawl in Old Town Eureka there are several excellent choices for vacation rentals within walking distance to popular bars there making it easier for one to sample away. Check out the comprehensive list of Eureka vacation rentals on the Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals website. In addition to rentals in Eureka they offer several vacation homes in Arcata, Ferndale, and Trinidad, as well as other parts of the county.

Hidden away at the very top of the state, Humboldt County is an area like no other in humboldt-county-breweriesthe world for several reasons. Home of the tallest trees, gorgeous coastlines, beautiful rivers, and majestic mountains, and as this article outlines, some of the best beer in the world. With beer tourism on the rise Humboldt County has definitely made its mark on the scene and is now proven to be a destination not to be missed by any true beer enthusiast.