Make the Most out of your Northern CA Vacation

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Dense fog rolls in over the Pacific Ocean at sunset over coastal California mountains

Ready to plan your northern CA vacation of a lifetime? So are we! Not only do we at, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals have some of the best and dare we say unique vacation rentals in CA, but we’re also here to help you make the most out of your stay. We’ve got plenty of activities, sights, and rentals for you to choose from which makes up why Northern California is a fantastic place to travel to, year round. You won’t want to miss out on these great reasons to experience something as spectacular as the magnificent Redwoods.

The Climate    

Perfect for year-round travels, you’ll be surprised that California, especially the Northern part makes an exceptional destination throughout all seasons. Year-round, this fabulous forest location on average is a pleasant, balmy 40-60 degrees! Which is great weather for practically any activity because it’s not too hot nor is it too cold, although it isn’t uncommon for there to be snow during winter and fog during warmer months. We like to say; it’s always the best bet to pack extra layers, just in case!

The Sights

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Walk in the Redwoods

The Redwood National Forest and State Parks dominate much of Northern California’s land, but there is much to see and do while visiting in this area. Plus, there is far more than just the massive Redwoods to draw your attention to our local treasure of Humboldt County.

First up, we’ll mention the Redwood’s because you can’t come to this location without spotting one or many of these tall trees. With only 5% left of the grand Redwood National Forest, conservation efforts continue to this day, but visiting these amazing redwoods is a photo opportunity you don’t want to miss. Standing next to them, you’ll find yourself dwarfed to the tiniest size imaginable. We also recommend keeping your head to the sky for gorgeous photos showcasing just how tall these trees are.  

When in the Redwood Forest, hike your way to the Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and see just for yourself the amazing wonders that coat the stone walls. Ferns of all different types grow in this hidden walkway. Many visitors to area bring waterproof shoes – in case they get wet from the damp conditions.

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Redwood Pacific Coast, California

You can almost spot the ocean from anywhere within the region, a nod to the coastal life, which is rooted in the area. The towering coastal fronts have observation decks in many different towns and locations for guests and visitors to check out. You’ll want to stop at one of these spots to view the panorama of the Pacific. Just like the photo, you’ll see the rocky ledges and beautiful blue waters below. You also might find some marine life if you keep your eyes on the sea. Animal like sea lions dot the coastal sandy beaches while whales are often spotted swimming farther off the coast. 

Finally, for the ultimate scenic experience, go for a drive along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.  One of the many coastal and scenic highways in throughout Humboldt County, you’re bound to see one of the prettiest drives of America’s roadways. The ten mile stretch of land is alternative for US 101, just keep your eyes peeled for the resident Roosevelt Elk herd! Not only are the scenic surroundings something visitors look forward too, but you’re able to experience more than just photographic panoramas. 

The Activities

There are quite a few activities that make Humboldt County unique and worthy of a visit. What comes to mind first are the spectacular hiking and biking opportunities throughout the area. With many trail locations running miles through the forest and coastline, such as the Hammond Coastal Trail, Redwood National and State Parks, and The Headwaters Forest Reserve you in for a treat with phenomenal biking at these three spots. You can also get out and hike these great locations at Richardson’s Grove State Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Salmon Pass Trail, or the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.

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Ten Mile Beach Horseback Riders

Try something new while at your vacation rentals in CA, with horseback riding through the woodland brush or along the beach. You’ll love seeing the area from a new perspective, especially while traveling. There are a few locations where horseback riding is a fun adventure for all, check out the Korobi Stables or Cuneo Creek Horse Camp, if you want to go for a ride on a different set of wheels or should we say hooves?

If you’re of age, you could try the several different breweries, distilleries, and wineries we have like, Moonstone Crossing Winery located in Trinidad, Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata, and the Humboldt Cider Company in Eureka. All of which offer fantastic spirits for any occasion!

Finally, with so much jam-packed adventure you might want to take it slow with a tour or two! There are lots of guided tour options to choose from like Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours in Eureka, M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise for a relaxing time in the harbor. You can also enjoy guided nature adventures with Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society, or see some awesome animals at Sequoia Park Zoo, and so much more, we promise you won’t ever get bored while staying in your vacation rentals in CA because the possibilities for entertainment are endless.

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Kitchen View of the Boardwalk Loft – on the Bay in Old Town Eureka

Plus, don’t forget to look at our excellent vacation rentals in CA! Along with a number of activities to choose from, many of our rentals offer great amenities like the Boardwalk Loft – on the Bay in Old Town Eureka! Located right on the boardwalk and within walking distance of all that Eureka has to give, this fabulous rental has spectacular views of the bay and a perfect choice just for two!

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Backyard view facing the house of Sanctuary Home on the North Coast

If you need a little more room for the whole family check out Sanctuary Home on the North Coast,  which is ideal for a larger family or group wanting to be in an architecturally stunning home and close to the beach! Located in Trinidad, this rental brings architecture, art, and Northern California together in a beautifully designed home featuring four bedrooms, beautiful views, and amazing craftsmanship.

No matter how you decide to spend your days, make sure you’re along California’s Northern Coast. With incredible scenery, remarkable forests full of life, and a never ending list of fun you won’t go wrong choosing your vacation rentals in CA with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Plan your trip out west for an unforgettable getaway, what are you waiting for, the coast is calling your name!

Northern California’s Best Kayaking Destinations

With 100+ miles of coastline, a sprawling bay, and pristine rivers, Humboldt County is definitely a premier kayaking destination…. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers coastal vacation rentals near some of Northern California’s best kayaking spots. 

When preparing for your redwood forest vacation be sure to scout out these top kayaking destination and the amazing coastal vacation rentals located nearby….  

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Freshwater Lagoon Nature Retreat

Humboldt Lagoons – Comprised of Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon, these large protected bodies of water are wonderful for kayaking, paddle boarding, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The lagoons provide many points of access and boat ramps for small craft. Visitors to the lagoons have the opportunity to see otters, elk, migratory birds, and much more. For guided tours and equipment rental stop in a Kayaks Zak’s located at the Stone Lagoon Visitor Center. 

All 3 of the Humboldt Lagoons are located just moments from Redwood National Park and the town of Orick. There are several coastal vacation rentals located nearby. The Freshwater Lagoon Nature Retreat is pretty spectacular if you are looking to be near the waterways and the national park. This property boasts sixteen private waterfront acres which sit at the entry way to Redwood National and State Park just minutes from the tallest trees in the world. The giant floor to ceiling windows throughout the house allows you to gaze out at the beautiful natural setting of scenic 200 acre Freshwater Lagoon. Beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean await you here!

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Trinidad Pier – Coastal Vacation Rentals

Trinidad Pier – Trinidad sits on one of the most phenomenal stretches of the entire northern California Coastline. You don’t want to miss out in launching out here for some sea kayaking. Located at the pier you will find a small beach launch for kayaks and other small craft. When exploring here you will get the chance to discover ancient kelp beds, lots of interesting rock formations, several types of migratory birds, seal colonies, and loads of other marine life.

Coastal vacation rentals in the town of Trinidad are abundant, but for the absolute best view of the Trinidad Pier and Harbor itself check out the Seascape Home. This 3 bedroom & 1 bath main house and 1 bedroom with 1 bath suite provide stunning views of the Trinidad Harbor and put you just steps from the beach launch.

Mad River Slough – Meander by boat along the channels where the Mad River diverts into the Humboldt Bay. This is hands down one of the best places for birdwatching in the area. Located at the North end of Manila, the Mad River Slough offers a ramp to launch off of and is a great place to set out to explore this local waterway. Pacific Outfitters leads a 2 to 4-mile tour of the Mad River Slough. This is truly a must see for all birders!

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Birders Paradise – Mad River Slough Kayak Tour
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Photo Credit: @eelriverestuarypreserve

Eel River Estuary – This is by far one of the richest areas for wildlife in the region. And with a new boat ramp at Pedrazzini Park in Loleta, this is a great place to launch your boat. Offering tidal wetlands, fresh water marshes, sand dunes, grass lands, beach frontage and a half moon bay on the Eel River, this is an excellent spot for viewing river otters, harbor seals, migratory birds, salmon and steel head. During the winter this estuary is also a refuge for tens of thousands of Aleutian Geese.

Located just minutes from the estuary and beaches you can find several coastal vacation rentals. The Eel Valley Guest House in Fortuna offers 2 Month Minimum Stays for explorers looking for an extended vacation in the region. This 3 bedroom home is perched on a hillside overlooking the gorgeous Eel Valley and is the perfect place for an extended play /stay on the Redwood Coast. More short term coastal vacation rentals are also available in Fortuna and the nearby Victorian Village of Ferndale, one of “America’s prettiest towns.”

 

Vacation Rentals Northern California Style

Vacation Rentals Northern California just got better… And just in time for summer too!

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New Lake & Riverfront Vacation Homes

With the recent expansion of Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals into the Trinity Lakes and Alps region, it’s time to start planning your perfect Northern California lake or riverside getaway. From upscale cabins, unique accommodations completely off the grid, to private river beaches, these wonderful homes offer the perfect place to make memories together… Vacation Rentals Northern California Style!

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Trinity Lake, Northern California

Relax and getaway right on the beaches of Trinity Lake! Sit Riverside on the gorgeous Trinity River. Explore all of the hiking trails in Trinity Alps. Catch a Steelhead from the backyard! Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has just the place for you….  From the coast to the inland lakes and rivers.

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Kayak & Rafting on the Trinity River

The Northwestern area of California is stunning. Trinity Lake is serviced by three marinas and is an excellent destination for fishing and watersports and the Trinity River is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and is a popular whitewater rafting and kayaking river. Surrounded by national forests, the opportunities for outdoor recreation here are seemingly endless.

If you are searching for perfect Vacation Rentals Northern California, there is no doubt that Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the most comprehensive collection in the region. With over 100 properties on the coast and several newly listed homes in  Trinity County, you are sure to find something for every taste. Or perhaps you would like to experience the best of both worlds?…

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“Surf & Turf” The Best of Both Worlds…..

This summer Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals is offering a special for guests wanting to spend some time on the Northern California Coast (home of Redwood National and State Parks) but are also looking to head inland for some fun on the pristine rivers and lakes in the hot summer sun. The Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals’ “Surf and Turf” special will allow guests to rent two of their entirely separate Northern California vacation rentals for a discounted rate so that the can experience the best of both worlds.

The lake and river are only about a 1 to 2-hour drive from the coast making it easy to plan to see both regions during your trip. And it is worth it to split the trip up this way as there is so much diversity between the two locations and again they are not that far from one another. It’s a great way to get to know the entire northwestern area of the magnificent golden state.

Featured Vacation Rentals Northern California:

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Trinity Alps Getaway!

Trinity Alps Getaway is a fresh and unique accommodation that’s completely off the grid. Situated in the foothills of the Trinity Alps, this fabulous accommodation has an “upscale cabin” aesthetic that offers upper and lower decks each with lakefront views. Relax on your deck or your living room and take in the breathtaking views of Trinity Lake. The home is entirely self-sufficient with solar and gas power, it’s the perfect getaway. Relax and Unwind!

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Beautiful Home on the Trinity River!

This truly Beautiful Home on the Trinity River boasts a private, in ground swimming pool and is situated right on the Trinity River. Catch a Steelhead from the backyard or, relax by the pool, or go down to the river for a dip. Perfect location to explore all of the hiking trails and to visit Trinity Lake for more fun! And, the historic village of Weaverville is a beautiful destination for ice cream, shops, and restaurants.

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Private Riverfront Home

Hawkins Bar River Home – Private Riverfront Beach, River Views, 4 Bedrooms & Multiple Decks. There is even a trail down to the beach where you have private access and a sandy Court where you can play volleyball! This home is perfect for an extended family, a couple of families, or a group of friends to come and have a great time!

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Vacation Home Near the Redwoods!

Newly Listed Coastal Vacation Home Near Redwood National Park! Rainbow’s End Country Home with Ocean, River & Pasture views and backs up to the popular Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Spacious home with Living Room, Sunroom, Den with TV, Full Kitchen and Dining Area, covered porch to take in the beauty and wildlife.

Contact Booking@RedwoodVacations.com for more info on this seasons “Surf & Turf” Special or visit www.RedwoodCoastVacationRentals.com to book your Northern California Summer Getaway today!

The Creamery District – Arcata’s Premier Arts Destination

“Of the 58 counties throughout California, Humboldt County boasts more artists per capita than anywhere in the state.”

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Creamery District, Arcata CA

For all involved, converting a 100 year old cheese factory into a bustling art district has been a pure act of love. Love, that is, for  the city of Arcata, CA and the lively community of artists and freethinkers which reside there.

In the 1970’s what were then the new owners of the once California Central Creamery had a vision of turning this ran down, yet very industrial chic part of their quaint little Northern California town into a full blown art district. Over the years, what started off as a few artist and musician studios, eventually blossomed into a very special arts and business district within Arcata. The Creamery District, which is located just blocks away from the downtown Arcata plaza, now boasts all sorts of unique and interesting offerings, including wonderful community events and festivals.

Street-MuralOver the last few years specifically, the Creamery District of Arcata has undergone its greatest metamorphosis. Starting in 2012 the Arcata Playhouse, a live performance theater located in the district, began its efforts to revamp this vital art “neighborhood”. Thankfully, due to the Playhouse’s efforts and their commitment to building community through the arts, the city’s zoning laws for the district were eventually changed from solely industrial to mixed use commercial thus inviting an even more types of businesses to set up shop. The Creamery District is now home to not only the Arcata Playhouse, but dance studios, fiber artists, a stained glass studio, the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, jewelry factories, a self defense academy, a cider brewery, retail shops, a yoga studio, and a wide array of other creative enterprises. Also for the first time, the district is beginning to see restaurants and cafes pop up around in the hood.

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Tasting @ Wrangletown Cider Co.

When asked why she chose to open her business in the Creamery District, Patricia Knittel, owner of the district’s very own Wrangletown Cider Company, said in a interview with Times-Standard’s Tabitha Soden “The zoning was appropriate for it as well as the fact that there are a lot of interesting places here”. Wrangletown Cider Company produces small batch hard ciders made from select apples sourced from a variety of Northern California Orchards. Wrangeltown craft ciders honor the rich history of apple farming in Humboldt County and it seemed very fitting to Knittel to house her business in such a historic Humboldt County location. Be sure to drop by Wrangletown Cider Co. for a tasting during their business hours on Fridays and Saturdays or call them directly to schedule an appointment for a private tasting and tour!

Presto Cafe by Holly Yashi
Presto Cafe by Holly Yashi

Another sweet little spot that has opened its doors to business in the district recently is Cafe Presto, a coffee cart housed in a one-of-a-kind, fully restored Piaggio vehicle. Holly Hosterman and Paul Kibitz, owners of Holly Yashi, an artisan jewelry company also located in the Creamery District, feel in love with a similar mobile espresso cafe while on vacation in Italy and decided to recreate the cafe in the Arcata’s very own arts district. This is the perfect place to visit after taking a tour of the Holly Yashi design studio. Apparently Cafe Presto prepares all of its drinks with a La Speziale S40 Suprema espresso machine which was specially imported and is the only one of its class in all of North America!

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Saturday Arts Market, Arcata CA

Perhaps the best way to check out the Creamery District is by visiting the Saturday Art Market on the last Saturday of each month from June through September. This free, outdoor, family-friendly event showcases local artists selling high quality arts and crafts and a flea market where folks sell other treasures. The market is usually features live music from local musicians as well. A super fun thing to check out especially after the Saturday Farmers Market on the Arcata plaza just a couple of blocks away.

Creamery District Art Festival, Arcata CA

Creamery District Community Arts Festival features “pageantry, music, art, comedy” as well as a big top circus each year. This super fun event is great for the entire family. Arcata’s revived Creamery District and its multitude of businesses present this three-day festival every August and invites outdoor spectacle performers, Vaudeville Variety shows, and a plethora of vendors and live musicians to celebrate the arts with them in the amazing little community that they have created.

So if you are exploring downtown Arcata don’t forget to mosey a little ways off of the Arcata Plaza and visit the Creamery District and all of its liveliness, just a few blocks away. Catch a show at the Playhouse, take a tour of a design studio or brewing facility, sip on some cider or a latte, or attend a fun outdoor summer festival or event. The Creamery District is truly one of the many gems of the Redwood Coast.

Downtown Arcata's Very Own Art District
Downtown Arcata’s Very Own Art District