Family Activities for Your Summer Vacation in CA

Family sitting in the car's trunk resting after hiking in gorgeous Redwood National Park
Family sitting in the car’s trunk resting after hiking in gorgeous Redwood National Park

Summer is slowly upon us, and we’re dreaming of the ultimate family getaway to the Redwood forests of Northern California. There is nothing like heading out on a family road trip and ending up at one of the best cabin rentals Northern California has to offer. When you book with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, you’ll get access to fantastic accommodations, and you’ll be close to all the family-friendly fun of the Pacific Coast!

Family fun in California isn’t just at Disneyland Park; when you’re in Humboldt County, you’ll be among some of the coolest, little fishing towns and coastal cities that bring a different type of amusement for all ages. Whether it’s hiking, seeing the famous redwoods, checking out the educational attractions, spending time at your cabin rentals Northern California is known for, enjoying the beach or near the water, there is no shortage of FUN when you’re here on the Golden Coast.

The Mighty Redwoods

The Redwoods are where you’ll want to be, whether it’s driving through the Redwood National Parks, there is so much to do here in Northern California that you won’t miss out when you’re here among the trees. For the forests bring a vibrant setting where trails and stunning landscapes collide. The redwoods allow for families to view the world’s tallest trees at a leisurely pace because you can see what you want too when you want to before heading back to the best cabin rentals Northern California offers. Check out these Visitor Centers for lots of information on the Redwoods!

Trails & Scenic Views  

Redwoods National Park - A trail through a stand of Redwoods on a sunny summer day
Redwoods National Park – A trail through a stand of Redwoods on a sunny summer day

When setting out on a scenic hiking tour or just checking out the trails, you’re going to want to have fun along the way. What better way to start your journey among the trees than Lady Bird Johnson Trail as it’s a scenic 1.4-mile stretch that is great for families! Located in the uplands, this trail tends to get a lot of fog, but it can be a unique experience for children!

 

Other Trailheads:

Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

The Tall Trees Grove

The Trillium Falls

College Cove Trail

 

Learn more about trails and hiking, when you plan your family hike through the Redwoods!  

Museums & Educational Opportunities

Two cute little sisters watching animals in the zoo on warm and sunny summer day. Children watching zoo animals through the window.
Two cute little sisters, watching animals in the zoo on a warm and sunny summer day. Children are watching zoo animals through the window.

Museums bring lots of opportunities for education, and there are plenty of museums to visit here along the coast! We’ve got everything from house museums, to lighthouses, and all sorts of excellent marine and wildlife refuges that everyone in the family will love! Museums such as Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, One Log House, the Carson Mansion, Ferndale Museum, Phillips House Museum, the Trinidad Museum, the Kinetic Museum in Eureka, Clarke Historical Museum, and the HSU Natural History Museum are engaging options to attend with your kiddos. With so many possibilities to choose and each boasting their own fantastic history, you’ll be able to go home with a vast wealth of new knowledge!

Don’t forget to see the beautiful animals at the Sequoia Zoo and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

Beaches & The Coast & Humboldt Bay

View of Trinidad State Park and Beach in California from Trinidad Head
View of Trinidad State Park and Beach in California from Trinidad Head

The Pacific coastline is always a hotspot to go in the summertime! You’ll find surfers riding the waves, and you can see some of the famous sea lions that dot the shore. For family fun, we recommend you check out Humboldt Bay, Gold Bluffs Beach, Trinidad State Beach, and Big Lagoon. All of these locations will get you to enjoy a day on the water! You might consider looking into Kayak Zak’s rentals, where you can kayak on the waters of the Pacific. Operating out of the Stone Lagoon, you’ll love a day at the beach with your kids!

 

However you decide to spend your days with your family, we know that you’ll be right home in one of the best cabin rentals Northern California has to offer, especially when you choose Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have a large selection of fabulous cottages, homes, and cabins for every family size, plus, you’re only minutes away from the fun and city-action that you’ll find in our beautiful coastal towns! View our all our rentals or by a city, then begin your summertime vacation search, you won’t be disappointed with RCVR!  

 

This summer when the weather warms up, the waters look cooling, head to the Pacific Northwest along California’s Golden Coast for a phenomenal family getaway of a lifetime!

The Wine Trail of Northern California

 

Two glasses of white wine on table overlooking California wine country on sunny, cloudless day
Two glasses of white wine on table overlooking California wine country on sunny, cloudless day

California and wine go hand-in-hand, almost synonymous with one another because the wine scene is quite vast, traveling the entire length of our state. With plenty of spots for you to stop and tour along the way when you book one of the best California vacation rentals with us this spring and summer season, you’re sure to find something sweet along the way.

Here in Northern California, winemaking is somewhat of a new concept but it’s growing, and if you join us here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals we’ll help you find the perfect Northern wine trail! From the best locations and tasting rooms, to what pair with your wine, restaurants that utilize wine in their menus, or if you’re in search of the best spring rental, we’ve got it all rooted in the Redwood forests and along the Coastal Cliffs.

Finding the Best Wine

Closeup portrait of young female customer drinking red wine with eyes closed.
Closeup portrait of young female customer drinking red wine with eyes closed.

While the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast dominate much of Northern CA wine country, you’re going to want to enjoy some of the upper-most northern wines. Humboldt County is slowing becoming one with the vines! Hidden among the redwood trees and quaint coastal fishing towns you’ll find a surprising amount of mountain vineyards within our beautiful county. Within the last ten years, more and more wineries are beginning to pop up in our area and offer a pleasant place to test out wine in California. We’ve compiled a fun list of all the fabulous places to find wine in our humble Humboldt County!

 

Persimmons Garden Gallery & Wine Tasting

1055 Redway Dr., Redway

707/923-2748

http://persimmonsgardengallery.com/

 

Riverbend Cellars

12990 Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat

707/943-9907

http://riverbendcellars.com/  

 

Elk Prairie Vineyard

Call to schedule an appointment

707/943-3498

http://elkprairievineyard.com/  

 

Robert Goodman Wines

937 10th St., Arcata

707/826-9463

http://robertgoodmanwines.com/

 

Moonstone Crossing

529 Trinity St., Trinidad

707/845-5492

http://moonstonecrossing.com/  

 

Winnett Vineyards

Call to schedule an appointment

530/629-3478

http://winnettvineyards.com/

What to Pair with Wine

You can pretty much pair anything with wine these days but if you’re on the hunt for something specific, here’s our take on what works well!

Dry Rose – best with rich flavors and cheese

Chardonnay – best with fatty fishes and rich sauces

Champagne – best with sweet and salty

Cabernet Sauvignon – best with red meat

Grüner Veltliner – best with fresh flavors of herbs or citrus

Malbec – best with sweet and spicy flavors

Moscato d’Asti – best with fruit and sweeter desserts

Off-Dry Riesling – best with sweet and spicy flavors

Pinot Noir – best with earthy flavors

Pinot Grigio – best with light fish and light sauces

Rose Champagne – Best with hors-d’oeuvres

Sauvignon Blanc – best with tart flavors

Syrah – best with heavily spiced dishes

Zinfandels – best with pâtés or mousses

Restaurants Featuring Wine

You can’t plan the ultimate wine trip if you don’t include dining for two somewhere unique and you won’t find a better spot than at Restaurant 301, located in the Carter House Inn. Which features farm to table menus that are sure to delight any palette! But don’t miss out on the fantastically fresh coastal oysters at Moonstone Grill while sipping on fantastic wine from the area. Plus, how can you say no to a stunning ocean view?

 

Restaurant 301

301 L St., Eureka

707/444-8062

http://carterhouse.com/restaurant-301/

 

Moonstone Grill

100 Moonstone Beach Rd., Westhaven

707/677-1616

http://moonstonegrill.com/

 

Wine Meals for Two

Woman eating steamed mussels in white wine sauce.
Woman eating steamed mussels in white wine sauce.

Planning on staying at your favorite California vacation rentals, for the night? No worries, we’ve got you covered on what to make when you enjoy a night cooking a meal for two! Our favorite menu item to make and that we highly suggest is Mussels with White Wine. You’ll be able to spoon delicious aioli on freshly toasted bread while soaking up the ocean flavors in the white-white soaked meal. Learn more information about this recipe here at Bon Appetit.

California Vacation Rentals that are Perfect for Two!

Here in along the northern coast, you’ll find one of our California vacation rentals will be the icing on your cake during one of the best wine trips! You’ll want to view our featured locations and take a look at our Eureka and Trinidad spots which are sure to put you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of our coastal California lifestyle.

Oyster Suite on Oyster Beach

Osyter Suite on Osyter Bay Living Area
Osyter Suite on Osyter Bay Living Area

This stunning property will get you in the mood for a beautiful vacation full of vino. Located at the historic Ranch House at Oyster Beach you’ll find this private home an oasis. Originally built to as a guest quarters’ visitors have discovered this to be one of their most cherish locations to stay in Humboldt County. With historic touches and modern conveniences, this home makes for one of the best California vacation rentals for couples.

Buoy Bell

Bouy Bell View of the Ocean
Bouy Bell View of the Ocean

The Buoy Bell has to be another fantastic option for couples with its’ stunning panoramic views of the ocean right from the living room; this is truly an ocean lovers paradise. Along with close access to Trinidad State Beach which offers trailheads and more. To the fabulous restaurants, shops, and lighthouse within a short distance from this location, you’ll find this little harbor-side home a quaint retreat away from everyday life while searching for the best Humboldt County wine.

 

However you want to enjoy your time your time at one of our fabulous California vacation rentals, we’ve got everything you need when you book your stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Utilize our list of Humboldt County wine locations and create your tour, make a delicious wine-infused meal, or explore the city you’re vacationing in, with so much to do in and around our stunning coastline you’ll be in for one tasty treat this spring and summer season!

Redwood National Park Lodging for Two in Eureka

Dates, Eats, and Cozy Redwood National Park Lodging for Two in California’s Coastal town of Eureka

When February comes around, there is always this sense of love and life, and you can find just that when you stay at our Redwood National Park lodging this season. We’ve got plenty of options just for two, and there are endless opportunities for adventure (and even date nights) that you’ll love spoiling one another while on vacation.

Whether it’s a sweet cafe in town or a hike through the rugged territory, you’ll be surprised by all that you can do around California’s Northern Coast. Learn more about a few places you can enjoy a date, where to dine on the best food in town, and where you can rest your tired feet at the end of the day when you appreciate our dates, eats, and cozy Redwood National Park Lodging in Eureka.

Date Ideas around Eureka

Eureka a sweet and unforgettable coastal town right in the heart of Northern California’s Humboldt County and you’ll just love experiencing the fantastic activities and attractions that visitors can try. When planning a getaway for two in Eureka, you’re going to be with one another the whole time and while quiet, alone time is much needed and deserved, at night, get out on the town with your loved one.

Hands of two unknown women holding cocktails with mint in restaurant
Hands of two unknown women holding cocktails with mint in restaurant

Whether you dance the night away or you just want to cherish each others company under dim lighting and delicious beverages, you’ll want to check out Five Eleven which serves up some seriously tasty crafted cocktails as you lounge in style.

During the daytime with the marvelous Redwood National Park nearby, you’ll want to embrace a fantastic hike through the woods to the Fern Canyon or see the Avenue of the Giants. After spending the day away from the shore, make sure you experience the ocean and all its glory with some time on the beach or at an overlook. Plus, keep your eyes open for whales swimming south to the warmer waters surrounding Mexico.

If you’re an art lover, Eureka is the place to be! You almost can’t walk down a street in downtown without spotting an art gallery, museum, or studio. Peruse the galleries, and fine art collections then make your masterpiece at Parasol Arts or Lavender Rose Paint Nights.

Best Restaurants for Two

Dining for two can be comfortable, just stop by a local cafe in the morning and dine on some delicious breakfast fare. At night, you’ll want to dine at one of the best places to eat dinner in Eureka.  Perfect for a party of two, Restaurant 301 is located in a quaint Inn, Hotel Carter, and offers seasonal menus that feature items from farm-to-table. Dinner here is sure to surprise your loved one’s palette with the melody of flavors and tastes.

Heat up your night with a trip to Brick and Fire Bistro, one of Eureka’s unique pizza locations. Utilizing a brick over for than just dough and sauce, you’ll want to taste the brick fries and the wood-oven roasted oysters!

If your loved one in need some creamy pasta? You’ll want to try Gabriel’s which is a bi-level eatery located right on 216 E St in Eureka. Trust us, this Italian restaurant’s menu is delectable, and you’ll be able to amp up the romance with a glass of vino and some calming, live music.

Cozy Rentals In Eureka

0385260129Finding the ultimate Redwood National Park lodging for two, come easy when you work with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have plenty of options in Eureka from modern lofts, to cottages, and even Victorian homes, so whatever you are in the mood for, we’ve got it!

Many of our rentals are historical renovations like our The view at Snug Alley, situated in the heart of Old Town. This spectacular 2 bedrooms offers Marina views, newly designed kitchen and common areas, and pretty much all new everything. The mix of old and new bring to life the history and current nature of the Northern Coast of California. Plus, you’ll love how cozy the California King bed is when it’s just you two curled up next to one another. This city location is great for those who don’t mind traffic and all the incredible noise that a city brings.

2435170884If you do not quite want to be immersed within the city limits, check out our Bay Landing rental. This contemporary getaway is right on Humboldt Bay. Featuring modern amenities, updated bathrooms, and cozy beds, you’ll just cherish the time spent together in this apartment or anywhere you choose to go during your vacation.

3610480216We’ve spoken about the modern and contemporary side of Eureka and there is plenty of that to go around, but if you’re looking for a little more charm and character, The Pink Lady is an elegant choice. With stunning views of the Eureka Harbor, you’ll be able to savor the ornate architecture of the building while finding information on the fascinating history of its original owner.

No matter the season or time of year, you and your sweetheart will love visiting Northern California. With our wide selection of Redwood National Park lodging, you’re sure to embrace the month of love and the rest of the eleven months with your best friend by your side. Travel throughout the charming town of Eureka and experience a coastal city that offers anything and everything your heart desires.

Book your trip with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, and we’re sure to find the best Redwood National Park lodging for two!