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.
    5536PPInterpretive walks in HRSP

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


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.

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.

SUP on the Redwood Coast – Stand Up Paddle Boarding Humboldt County

1959866_10201729307376078_1661100295_nStand up paddling in some form or another has been around for thousands of years but there is no doubt that in recent years there has been a surge of interest in this activity. Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP, is a super fun and easy way to play on the water. It is family friendly, it requires minimal gear, and this sport provides an excellent way to explore ocean, lake and river environments, and in Humboldt County’s case, bays and lagoons as well.

SUP really is a perfect activity for the waters of the Redwood Coast region. Humboldt Lagoon State Park is by far one of the most popular places to paddle in the area, and for very good reasons. This park is made up of 4 distinct landlocked lagoons, Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, Freshwater Lagoon, and Dry Lagoon (which as the name implies has no water). These magical bodies of water are located right on the coast yet still protected from the ocean making for the perfect place to paddle. These marshland habitats support a rich variety of plants, birds and animals and the park also offers access to approximately 6 miles of beach which provides an opportunity for bird watching or whale watching too. There are day use picnic areas in the park making this an unlimited recreation spot for friends and families to come together to enjoy an epic water playground nestled amongst the majestic redwood forest.

JessicaSUPThere are a few places available locally that offer SUP rentals in Humboldt County. Kayak Zak’s, located at Stone Lagoon, is definitely an excellent resource for Humboldt County SUP rentals. Kayak Zak’s also offers guided trips and lessons in addition to rentals. They have one hour, half day and 24 hour rentals for SUPs, kayaks, and all other necessary gear required for a fun filled day of paddling. There is absolutely no need to worry either if SUP is something you have never tried before because every rental from Kayak Zak’s comes with a mini-lesson to help you get started. They even offer special clinics from time to time to help even the more experienced paddlers perfect their skills.

If you are more interested in exploring the Humboldt Bay on SUP, there are available SUP rentals in Eureka, CA. Humboat Kayak Adventures has a great waterfront location at Dock A on the Woodley Island Marina in Eureka. They too offer rentals, tours and lessons. From the bay you can access water trails that meander through the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge or paddle around nearby Indian Island to see an egret rookery. There are so many interesting things to see on this gorgeous bay and the surrounding scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

10632368_794350620625336_1159117140_nNow speaking from my own personal (and novice) experience, SUP is generally pretty easy to pick up. My husband and I went out for our first time recently. Our 4 year old daughter sat on the front of the board of our guide until we got the hang of it ourselves which made us feel comfortable. Once we got the feel for it ourselves we were able to cruise along with her on our boards just fine. We all came back to shore dry and with smiles from ear to ear. In addition to enjoying quality time with my family in the great outdoors, I knew I was getting a full body workout at the same time, which was a major bonus. We will be heading back for more SUP very soon to say the least.

So whether you are new to SUP like myself or are a more advanced paddler, the Redwood Coast is a great place to partake in the sport. There are great vacation rental options near some of the best paddling spots in the area too. If you are looking to paddle the lagoons, there is a really awesome Upscale & Authentic Cabin at Stone Lagoon and also a great Home at Prairie Beach with ocean views and beach access, both offered by Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. These vacation homes are great access points to the Redwoods National and State Parks also which you definitely wouldn’t want to miss if you are vacationing in the region. There are also several options for vacation rentals in Eureka that are super close to the Humboldt Bay, some even located right on the water. Humboldt County’s waterways are truly magnificent and any paddler at any lev  el of experience will definitely appreciate the many paddling opportunities available here on the Redwood Coast.

Map of the Movies – Humboldt County Meets Hollywood


When you think of big movie titles such as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial your mind may instantly wander to Hollywood, the land where any set can be made to look like the real deal. However, did you know many parts of these famous block buster hits where filmed on site in the actual Redwood forest? That’s right, those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park where actually roaming through Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek State Park. Oh and Planet Endor with its adorable Ewoks inhabitants? Well, Endor is actually Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park located just outside of Crescent City.

When filming a forest scenery nothing could ever compare to the true beauty of an actual real life California Giant Redwood forest. Perhaps this is why so many film makers of Hollywood have chosen to bring their productions here to the Redwood Coast. Here they are able to capture some of the most amazing scenery that nature has to offer. Many of the filming locations used in this Northern California region are so pristine and so stunningly beautiful that they at times can come across on the screen as being somewhat otherworldly. Scenery this breathtaking and unique simply can not be recreated, even in Hollywood.

Humboldt County and its neighbor to the north Del Norte County have actually been prime locations for films, television shows, and commercials for nearly a century. There have been countless nature documentaries made in the region, including many National Geographic & Discovery Channel programs. Several travel shows have highlighted the area. HGTV has featured Humboldt County in some of it programming. Even Food Network’s Guy Ferarri visited the area’s local eateries in his show “Good Eats”.

The-Majestic-jim-carrey-142049_450_299In addition to its beautiful forest sceneries, this Northern California region is also know for its Victorian Era architecture making it a excellent location to shoot films who’s plots take place during the turn of the century. Ferndale, CA is actually the best preserved Victorian village in all of California and several films have been filmed there including The Majestic, featuring actor Jim Carrey.

For a comprehensive list of all the productions that have taken place in the Redwood Coast region visit The Humboldt Del Norte Film Commissions Filmography page. You will be surprised by some of the titles and the amount of works you will find on this list.

markerFor those interested in taking a tour through the Redwood Coast to see why the area has attracted film makers for so long, the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission also offers a printable PDF “Map of the Movies” which highlights various filming sites throughout both Humboldt & Del Norte counties. This is a  self-guided tour, but to help you along the way the film commission has set up markers (pictured to the left) at or near the actual filming location.

In addition to providing knowledge of and interesting facts about the filming locations of the North Coast, this tour will also inevitably lead you thorough some of the most beautiful and serene parts of the entire country. It is a super fun activity for all ages and would definitely be something interesting to do on your next trip to the Redwood Coast.



images-1Looking for a fun, family friendly way to explore some of the most beautiful places here on the North Coast?  As a parent I am personally always looking for new and exciting ways to get my little one engaged with the natural environment and also ways to really get her excited about learning more about nature. I feel very lucky to live on the North Coast, an area with so much opportunity to connect with nature. This is also an area where many local organizations create amazing programs that are specifically geared to get our youth outdoors and exploring the natural world around us.

The Humboldt County Office of Education recently created an exciting and interactive way for us families with children to to get outside and explore. Taking place at many of our many amazing local area parks here on the North Coast, Redwood Edventure Quests are basically scavenger hunts that are lead by interpretive clues. Participants can pick up brochures containing the clues at each of the participating park’s visitor centers. These clues lead participants through the park to where they eventually find the “final phrase” which can be brought back to the visitor center in order to receive an actual Redwood Edventures Patch. And let me tell you, having been a girl scout myself I personally know the significance of a patch and it is indeed great… but we all know the experience that comes with it is usually much greater. Redwood Edventure Quests offered exactly that, theexperience of the redwood coast.

These quests are easy, fun, and educational for all ages. They usually last about 30 minutes to an hour. The Quests take place at 17 different park locations throughout the North Coast ranging from as far south as Richardson Grove, all the way to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in the north. Participants, both children and parents alike, get the chance to really observe the natural environment here and get to know about the flora and fauna, geology, animals, and natural history of the area.

For a map of participating park locations or for more information visit:

If you are planning a Redwood Park vacation or a Humboldt County vacation in general and would like to take part in the Edventure there are several vacation rentals near participating parks. Available are several vacations rentals in Trinidad as well as Crescent City vacation homes located close to the northernmost Quest locations as well as others further to the south such as the vacation homes in Ferndale. There are many other Humboldt County vacation homes available throughout the entire North Coast region. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals even offers a couple of spectacular vacation homes super close to Redwood National Park which is definitely an Edventure Quest location not to be missed. Here are links to just a few of these Humboldt County vacation homes and Redwood National Park vacation homes…

Prairie Beach Home – Beautiful Farm Setting wth Ocean & Beach Views & Access

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

New Crescent City Beach House! Ocean & Beach Out Front Door! Great Views!

Trinidad Village Retreat – Great Sunroom and Patio – Walk to All

To see additional listings of Humboldt County vacation rentals that are available visit www.RedwoodCoast You can view photos of vacation homes, see maps, check rates and availability and make your reservations online today. Come and explore the Redwoods with us (and earn some super cool patches too)!




That is right! This now nationally known race which began as a winter training run for Humboldt State Track and Field runners many years ago will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming January 2015. This 8 ¾ mile run actually begins about 2 miles north of the town of Trinidad CA, which for those of you that are unfamiliar, is a quaint seaside village located directly off of Highway 101 about 285 miles north of San Francisco. This former whaling village sits poised atop a rugged stretch of the Northern California coastline and is recognized for its breathtaking scenery, its many pristine beaches and of course the majestic redwood forest that surrounds it.

396220_10151244055405182_1287427279_nThe setting definitely makes for a spectacular run location but the Trinidad to Clam Beach run also boasts a very unique course as well. The varying topography of this race includes paved road with zero incline, slight hills, packed wet sands, and even a river crossing at the mouth of the Little River at Moonstone Beach where runners ditch their shoes and go barefoot during the remainder of the race. After the river crossing, runners continues along Clam Beach to the finish line at Strawberry Creek where they are greeted by a huge bon fire which warms their toes just perfectly after having drudged through the chilly river water.

All of this fun is sponsored by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce and profits from the run support the Chamber’s scholarship fund. Registration postmarked or paid online on or before Dec. 31 2014 is $25. Registration made Jan. 1-Jan.28, 2015 is $30 and the weekend of the run (Jan. 30-31, 2015) registration goes up to $35. And don’t worry if 8 ¾ miles seems like a bit too much for you, a 3 mile and 5 ¾ mile run have been added. The course starting and ending points vary slightly for the shorter runs but allow runners of differing levels a chance to participate in this great event. The start time as well as the date of the run is determined by the height of the tide but this year the race is being schedule for Saturday January 31st. For more detailed information visit

And remember if you are coming from out of the area to take part in this epic run and are still searching for a Trinidad CA vacation rentals, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several vacation homes in Trinidad as well as in the nearby surrounding areas. We can surely help you find a Trinidad vacation rentals that suits your needs best and conveniently locates you near the run’s course. As a leader in vacation rentals in Northern California, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers the most comfortable, luxurious, and breathtaking homes Trinidad CA has to offer. Below is a list of links to vacations homes in Trinidad. You can click on the links to get more information, see photos, check rates and availability, and make reservations online today. Let us surround you in the pristine splendor of the Redwood Coast during the 50th Annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run!

Clam Beach House 3 bedrooms, 2 ba, ocean and beach view, walk to huge beach!

Trinidad Village Retreat – Great Sunroom and Patio – Walk to All

Harbor Heights – Ocean & Bay Views with Beach Trail and Jacuzzi

Seawoods Farmhouse 2 Bdrm home on 5 acres, short walk to Patricks Point Park

Seascape – 3 Bedrooms at Trinidad Harbor + Suite

Westgate-Japanese A-Frame – Ocean Views, Hot Tub, Large Deck, Privacy

West of Haven-nestled in the redwoods near moonstone beach



TABLE_crabsThe winter months are typically a slower time of year for tourism here on the North Coast. As the rain sets in and the colder weather patters prevail we see less and less out of area visitors trickling in. However making the journey the Humboldt County during this time of year can be great for many reasons. Some folks come to the area specifically during winter months for whale watching, which is best during late winter (December-January). Others come during winter in order to avoid the summertime crowds that are drawn to Redwood National Park and other local area State Parks. They come seeking the increased solitude that winter months offer as this is typically a quieter time of year for exploration in the parks. And if you happen to be a seafood lover, yet another great reason to visit the Humboldt County during winter is for the Dungeness Crab.

Yes, this delectable crustacean’s name may come from a port that is located in the state of Washington, but the Dungeness Crab is a world renowned delicacy heavily associated with the local seafood industry here on California’s North Coast. December 1st officially marked the first day of the 2014-2015 crab season and Eureka’s port, the largest between San Francisco and Puget Sound, is already alive and bustling with activity centered around its commercial crabbing boats. The season will run all the way through July 2015, but it is during the height of this year’s crab season in February, that Eureka Main Street will be celebrating this North Coast delicacy with their first annual Eureka Crab Crawl Festival.

This 3-Day event will be held in Downtown and Old Town Eureka from February 6th-8th, 2015. The first evening of the festival (Friday the 6th) will be organized somewhat like an extended happy hour with many different restaurants and businesses featuring seafood specials and crab-themed cocktails. Saturday February 7th will switch into full-blown festival mode. Street vendors will be offering a variety of food choices. There will be music, crab related education, activities and demos, and of course a beer and wine garden featuring many of our local award wining micro-brews and wines. On Sunday the 8th the festival will culminate with the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum’s annual crab feed being held at the Adorni Center which is located right on the waterfront in Eureka. This event will surely be fun for the entire family. It is so great to see this local treasure, the Dungeness Crab, being showcased in such fun and major way. Although this is only the first of what will be an annual event, I can already say with confidence that the Eureka Crab Crawl will surely be one of those “not to be missed” reasons to travel to Humboldt County during winter month in years to come.

And also, for those actually lookingDawn-at-Woodley-Island-480 to go out crabbing, Eureka’s Woodley Island Marina offers many sport crab trips. These trips generally last two hours and departure times can vary depending on the tide. The following is a list of several available charters:

Reel Steel Sport Fishing (707) 442-7115

Green Water’s Shellback Fishing  (707) 845-9588

Full Throttle Sport Fishing (707) 498-7473

So if you are planning a Humboldt County Vacation and would like to take part in the crustacean celebration and need a place to stay in Eureka that is close to Old Town Eureka, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several spectacular waterfront properties available, as well as many units right in the heart of historic Old Town Eureka. Some of our properties even have crab pots provided on site for guest use…all you have to do is bring the bait!

We at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals pride ourselves on accommodating you in the most comfortable, luxurious, and breathtaking vacation rentals Humboldt County has to offer. Below are links to just a few of our many Eureka vacation rentals. Click to see photos as well as to check rates and availability and make your reservations online with us today …..

Oyster Beach Escape on 14 Private Acres & 1 Mile of Beach

The Loft @ Oyster Beach – on 14 private acres

Mid Century Beach House @ Oyster Beach

Bay Lights on First Street in Historic Old Town, Eureka

Old Town Eureka’s Only Modern Loft! Crafted with Salvaged Redwood – Inspiring

Shell Cottage on Humboldt Bay in King Salmon – Dock in Backyard! Clean & New

Euro Flat – Beautifully appointed, European-style flat in Historic Building

New! Elegant French Apartment in Old Town Eureka featured on HGTV