Self-Guided Northern California Beer Trail

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

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

Eel River Brewing – Fortuna

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

Lost Coast Brewery – Eureka

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

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

Redwood Curtain Brewing – Arcata

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

Mad River Brewing – Blue Lake

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

Six Rivers Brewery – McKinleyville

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

Humboldt Regeneration – McKinleyville

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Beer flight with pretzels and nuts.

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

Northern California Vacation Rentals

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

Cottage Americana

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

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

611 Flat in Old Town Eureka

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

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

Plaza Casita

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

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

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

Hang Ten! Surfing the North Coast

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

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

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

Best Northern CA Surfing Beaches

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

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

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

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

Moonstone Beach Surfcamp

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

Pacific Outfitters

Surfing Lessons at Moonstone Beach
Morning surfing lessons at Moonstone Beach

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

Where to End Your Day

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

Seaside Meadow on the Bluff

Ocean Views from Seaside Meadow
Ocean views from Seaside Meadow

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

Waterfront #1 at Oyster Beach

Waterfront Cottage at Oyster Beach
Waterfront cottage at Oyster Beach

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

Seaside Family Retreat

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

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

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

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

Meet the Beer Gardens of Humboldt County

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With October just around the corner right now is the perfect time to book vacation rentals Northern CA style. Just like Germany, Humboldt knows how to celebrate a good Wiesn… Oktober Fest that is.

Every year 6 million people from around the world attend Germany’s 16 to 18-day beer festival held in October. While Humboldt County does not generate nearly quite as much buzz, we still put on our own annual “Hoptober Fest” modeled after the world famous Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the perfect vacation rentals Northern CA to get you up close and well acquainted with the fine craft beers of the Redwood Coast, not only in October but year round in Humboldt’s many beer gardens and tap rooms.

Like Germany, beer drinking is almost culturally ingrained in Humboldt County.

With so many local microbreweries including the U.S.’s first certified organic brewery as well as one of the first female owned breweries, Humboldt has come to be quite proud of our beer brewing heritage here. It is no wonder why the area pays homage to the art of beer brewing each October, but to be completely honest, beer is a year round celebration in these parts.

The beer gardens of Humboldt County are a place to gather, relax, and soak up some serious suds. Whether you are here specifically during the time of Hoptober Fest or not there is always a chance to sample some of the worlds finest craft microbrews while on the Redwood Coast. Here is a list of some of our local faves:

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Creating quality craft beer since 1989, these guys are cranking out some of my personal favorites. Jamaica Red, beers are Porter, and Redwood Stout are all quite unusual and unique. Mad River Brewery truly gives you the Northern California experience every time you raise your glass. Check out their tap room and pet-friendly outdoor beer garden in sunny Blue Lake CA to sample some of their award winning ales, grab a bite to eat, or play a round of cornhole.

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Dubbed “The Brew with a View” this is the place to be if you want to try some of Northern California’s best craft beers while overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Located in McKinleyville, CA the pet-friendly beer garden of Six Rivers offers not only sweeping views but also a full menu of quality and distinctive beer plus great food that features local and organic ingredients whenever possible. The Hammond Trail Ale is a must try and for something on the darker side be sure to try their Moonstone Porter. At Six Rivers you will find some of the best small batch craft beer coming out of the heart of Humboldt County.

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Humboldt Regeneration

Humboldt Regeneration

This is Humboldt’s only locally grown beer. That’s right.  Regeneration is increasing their own grains and hops and brewing up exceptional craft Farm to Glass beers and serving them up in their sweet little brewhouse and tasting room in McKinleyville, CA. Stop by and enjoy Pizza & Beer night with local fave Pizza Gago serving up some beautiful wood fired pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients. Or get the educational scoop at their Beer Farm Night where Regeneration’s harvesting combine and a tractor is on site along with some demonstrations.  Bring the whole family and the dog too. 

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Redwood Curtain

Redwood Curtain

Located in Arcata, CA, Redwood Curtain brews up multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types. Their Belgian Style beers are highly recommended as well as the very unique Oak-Aged Blackberry Saison. No food is served here, however, you can feel free to bring in your own while enjoying this fantastic beer garden. Also, you can catch their Happy Hour Monday through Friday for $1 off most pints and goblets. Children are welcome as well.

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Lost Coast Brewery

Lost Coast Brewery

Now one of the most famous breweries and beer gardens on the North Coast of California, Lost Coast first started brewing when there weren’t a lot of craft breweries in existence, especially in California. With their new facility located in southern part of Eureka CA, Lost Coast now bottles up to 135,000 beers and fill 1,000 kegs every day! Their Tasting Room serves up year round favorites such as Great White and Downtown Brown as well as seasonal specials. For the kids, they serve ice cream and floats, and everyone is welcome to join a free tour of the Lost Coast brewing facilities. Also located nearby is the Lost Coast Brewery & Café where their first beer was brewed, and they still serve up some of the best food and beer along the California coast.

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Eel River Brewing Co.

Eel River Brewery 

Eel River Brewing Company has been blazing a trail in the craft brew industry over the past twenty years. America’s first Certified Organic brewery is located in Fortuna CA, only 15 minutes from the famous Avenue of the Giants where you can see some of the worlds tallest trees. The beer garden and restaurant at Eel River was voted “Best Brewery of the North Coast” in 2006, 2009 and 2010! They serve up great pub style food along with amazing pure, naked and clean brews. Join them for a beer and a meal, or a horseshoe game in our outdoor beer garden where you can catch some of that wonderful Fortuna sunshine. Eel River’s Tropical Blonde is definitely one of my personal favorites on a warm sunny day.

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Vacation Rentals Northern CA

When searching for vacation rentals Northern CA, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers vacation properties that provide the best way to experience all six Humboldt County Beer Gardens and Microbreweries. From Crescent City to Fortuna, CA they will provide you with the perfect home base for exploring all that the Redwood Coast had to offer, including the best microbrews of Northern Cali where locals and visitors alike are welcomed as old friends.

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The Original Humboldt County Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel Experience in Humboldt County
Boutique Hotel Experience in Humboldt County

The Boutique hotel experience is one that has been sought after by travelers throughout Europe and major metropolitan cities in the U.S. for some time now. These typically smaller hotels offer upscale accommodations in unique settings that guests tend to flock to. With this consumer trend being evident, there has been a shift that has hoteliers moving toward more affordable or budget boutique hotels in recent years. Suddenly the tourism industry has begun to see these stylish and fun lodging options being created all around the world. Well Eureka, CA has jumped on the bus too as it is now home to the original Humboldt County Boutique Hotel experience.

California Cowboy - Eureka CA
California Cowboy – Eureka CA

First, you might ask what is it that makes a Boutique Hotel so special. What is it that sets them apart from your standard Holiday Inn? Well look no further for your answer to these questions, because the newest Humboldt County Boutique Hotel is a prime example.

117 West Boutique Hotel - Eureka CA
117 West Boutique Hotel

California Cowboy and 117 West are separate boutique hotel suites set in a historic Victorian-era Buhne Building in the heart of Old Town Eureka, just two blocks from the waterfront and boardwalk. The Buhne Building itself is a mixed-use artisan community, with shops and galleries on the first floor and artist studios, hotel rooms and loft spaces on the upper floors.

Buhne Buliding, Boutique Hotel - Eureka CA
Buhne Buliding, Eureka CA

The details of the Buhne Building are super unique in of themselves. Built in the late 1800s and named after the late Mate Henry Hans Buhne who discovered the Humboldt Bay’s entrance, the Buhne Building is a true architectural gem.

Burn Building, Eureka CA
Burn Building, Eureka CA

The style is Renaissance Revival and you will find exposed brick and cast iron throughout the building. The beautiful wood floors, arches, tall arched windows, mouldings, and large heavy doors are all original to the building and create a magnificently unique ambiance. And the walk to the rooms starts up a stunning beautiful Victorian staircase.

117 West, Eureka CA
117 West, Eureka CA

117 West and California Cowboy suites are light-filled, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Old Town and Humboldt Bay. The original hardwood floors and exposed brick celebrate the history of the rooms. The suites feature plush king-sized beds, microwaves, mini-fridges, tea kettles, and french presses providing all of the comforts of a modern hotel room. Yet, the antique furnishings and spectacular views offer that sought after Old World charm.

And part of that Old World charm includes shared bathrooms. Yes, the bathrooms are located outside of the rooms which is common for the Victorian era buildings and often times a popular option amongst travelers on somewhat of a budget. However, don’t let the shared bathroom dissuade you. The Buhne Building shared bathroom features a beautifully-tiled shower, antique sink and a modern dual-flush toilet. It is shared only with guests in the two other guest rooms in the building and kept immaculately. Towels and robes are provided for you in the room in a welcome basket, again providing all the comforts of a modern hotel room.

Old Town Eureka, CA
Old Town Eureka, CA

In addition to the Buhne Building being unique an interesting, Old Town Eureka definitely has the same feel. This Historic district on the Redwood Coast contains tons of buildings from the Victorian era, cobblestone streets, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and a waterfront boardwalk. Old Town Eureka is known as a fine arts mecca and for its monthly “Arts Alive” events (when local galleries stay open late and the streets are filled with music, food, and street performances). You’ll find galleries, museums, artist studios, live music, and theaters within a few blocks of the Buhne Building Boutique Hotel. All the more reason to visit.

Taste @ Humboldt Bay Tourism Center
Taste @Humboldt Bay Tourism Center

And it simply can not go without mention that the first floor of the Buhne Building itself is home to the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center, which also double as Taste, an all-local tasting room that features beers, wines, ciders, and kombucha, as well as cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts that are all hand- crafted locally. Oh wait, their is also an oyster bar that serves up raw and broiled oysters harvested from the Humboldt Bay and topped with a variety of gourmet sauces.

In addition to delicious local cuisine and craft spirits, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center features a curated collection of local tours and activities designed to help you choose your own adventure on the Redwood Coast. Whether it’s a romantic kayak paddle at sunset, a tour of one of local craft businesses, or an intense surfing session, their staff will have the perfect tour recommendation for you.

California Cowboy and 117 West are offered by Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. The rooms rent for as low as $75 per night, which provides an affordable way to attain the Humboldt County Boutique Hotel experience on the gorgeous Redwood Coast. Book your stay online or contact a reservationist directly at (707) 834-6555 for more information on these super unique accommodations right in the heart of Humboldt County.

California Cowboy Boutique Hotel, Eureka CA
California Cowboy Boutique Hotel, Eureka CA