3 Places to Spot Migrating Gray Whales

There are very few sights on Earth that are more jaw-dropping than witnessing a mammoth 40-ton gray whale leaping into the clear blue sky above the Pacific Ocean. Not only is Northern California blessed with awe-inspiring Redwoods, but our coast fills with migrating gray whales every winter as they journey from the Arctic Ocean to the sunny, warm waters near Mexico. Northern California whale watching ranks among the best in North America because these majestic beasts swim so close to our sandy shorelines. You don’t even need to head out onto the sea to witness families of whales heading south for the winter. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has homes, condos, cabins, and cottages minutes from Northern California’s best whale watching locales.

Northern California Whale Watching

Most migrations span over 10,000 miles. The same whales that grace our bays in December and January make the same journey northward from March through May back to the chilly Arctic Ocean. If you’re intent on getting up-close-and-personal with a gray whale, we suggest voyaging on an ocean charter or sea kayaking tour. Gray whale migrations can also be witnessed from the beautiful bluffs in Eureka, Trinidad, and Shelter Cove.

Shelter Cove on the Lost Coast

northern california whale watching 4To spot a beautiful gray whale from land, you’ll need these five things: patience, high-quality binoculars, clear skies, early-morning sunshine, and calm winds. Shelter Cove rests 87 miles south of lively Eureka on California’s Lost Coast. Shelter Cove is home to Black Sands Beach and the northbound Lost Coast Central Stretch trail. Not only is this stretch of coastal wilderness genuinely breathtaking, but it’s one of the best places to spot migrating gray whales. The Lost Coast Central Stretch is a difficult hiking trail, but it provides sweeping ocean views. On a bright morning, Black Sands Beach is the perfect spot to relax and patiently wait for families of whales. Orcas are also often spotted near the black shores!

Trinidad Bay Kayak Adventures

Kayaking in the vast Pacific Ocean is fun enough, but Kayak Trinidad has brilliantly added gray whales into the fold. Embark on a kayak tour in Trinidad Bay, and discover the breathtaking beauty of Northern California. You’ll likely see orcas, seals, sea lions, and shorebirds on the journey to meet a 40-ton gray whale. Each tour meanders through rock islands and sea-stacks before and after your North California whale watching adventure. Each tour is led by expert naturalists who’re equally charismatic and knowledgeable.

Patrick’s Point State Park

northern california whale watching 4It’s worth noting that there are many more than three premier Northern California whale watching locations. The last one we’re going to discuss thoroughly is Patrick’s Point State Park, but we also love Table Bluff and Trinidad Head. Patrick’s Point State Park earns the nod because it offers nearly a dozen overlooks. This beautiful state park has views from Rim Trail, Mussel Rocks, Agate Beach, Wedding Rock, Palmer’s Point, Rocky Point, and Patrick’s Point. Each lookout provides gorgeous ocean vistas and advantageous whale watching on clear mornings. Patrick’s Point State Park is only five miles north of Trinidad.

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Shelter Cove Vista Cabin

northern california whale watching 4The ocean-view Shelter Cove Vista Cabin is minutes from Cape Mendocino Lighthouse and two miles south of Black Sands Beach. This lovely cottage is steps from fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. The sunsets at Shelter Cove are particularly beautiful (as are moonlit evenings). You’ll have 1,610 square feet of space, outdoor lounging, and a full kitchen all within walking distance of the ocean.

Famous Pink Lady

northern california whale watching 4Spend the whole week inside a classic Victorian mansion one mile from Humboats Kayak Adventures in charming Eureka. You’ll have the opportunity to take a step back in time during your Northern California whale watching getaway. This three-story manor was built in 1889 and has been meticulously preserved ever since. The Famous Pink Lady is a popular wedding, anniversary, and honeymoon destination, so please call well in advance to book a reservation.

Seawoods Farmhouse

northern california whale watching 4A quiet farmhouse in the lush Northern California wilderness rests within walking distance of Patrick’s Point State Park. Seawoods Farmhouse, a cozy, affordable, and secluded paradise, has an onsite hobby farm, enchanting pond, and organic vegetable garden. You’ll genuinely feel at home in this peaceful single-family home that sleeps eight comfortably. Whale watching and hiking adventures are always a short walk away!

There’s no better time than right now to book an unforgettable Northern California whale watching trip through Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We offer a variety of vacation rentals for groups and families of all sizes. You’re guaranteed to find a Eureka or Trinidad vacation home that’s ideal within our extensive catalog of accommodations!

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!

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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.

The Cutest California Beach Cottages

If you are looking for the cutest California Beach Cottages to rent for your next coastal getaway, Northern California is one of the best places to start your search. The Redwood Coast region of NorCal not only boasts 100+ miles of coastline & pristine beaches galore, it also offers some of the most spectacular vacation cottages in the entire state. With the recent addition of several new beach cottages Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has the ultimate selection available to you.

California Beach Cottages
Alder Cottage, Trinidad CA

Alder Cottage @ Oceanside Lodge is by far one of THE cutest California Beach Cottages we have found yet. Situated on 5 Acres with stunning Ocean Views, Alder Cottage is gorgeous and relaxing – both inside and on the acres of ocean view grounds.

 

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Alder Cottage, Trinidad CA

Enjoy the views of the Pacific from the inviting, naturally lighted living & dining area and spacious bedroom with your king bed! Or spark up the grill and relax outside over a wonderful dinner on your own private deck. We highly suggest taking a stroll down to the bluff to see the sunset over the Pacific, or perhaps play a little game of horse shoes and make some amazing memories!

 

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Cozy Coastal Cottage, Arcata CA

Cozy Coastal Cottage just minutes to the beach and the Manila Dunes is giving California Beach Cottages a run for their money. This clean, comfy and conveniently located two-bedroom cottage features vaulted ceilings, inviting skylights, stained concrete floors, a full kitchen, and patio garden with a pretty sweet little sitting area.

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Pristine Northern California Beaches

Situated on a peninsula that runs between the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Bay, Cozy Coastal Cottage is the perfect location for a Redwood Coast adventure. It is only a short beautiful drive to the state or national Redwood Parks. And the drive from nearby Eureka CA boasts some of the most amazing views of Humboldt Bay as you cross over the Samoa Bridge.

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Crystal’s Cottage, McKinleyville CA

Crystal’s Cottage offers 2 bedrooms and 2 Baths in a nice quiet neighborhood located near California’s most beautiful beaches and coastal hiking trails. This spacious cottage with large kitchen, great dining room, and spread out living room is perfect for 6 guests.

The cottage’s garden is full of flowers and is beautifully maintained. And as an added bonus, just through the garden’s gate, you will also find a hot tub that is available for your use! California beach cottages don’t get much better than this. The location is nice and central for heading up to the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Lagoons, Beaches of McKinleyville & Trinidad, or to the downtown districts of nearby Arcata or Eureka.

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C Lily Cottage, Trinidad CA

Trinidad’s “C” Lily Cottage is a cozy, 2 Bedroom Cottage w/ nice yard, just a short walk to beaches, parks, museums, trails, cafes, wine tasting and shopping. Relax and hear the beach birds, ocean, seals, and the bell of the buoy. This cottage is comfortable, clean, and cute! Located towards the end of a private drive adjacent to the bluff overlooking the ocean and beach, this quaint little cottage is a great place to call home while you explore everything the town of Trinidad, CA has to offer.

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Shell Cottage, Eureka CA

The Shell Cottage is a cute little one-bedroom right on a canal in King Salmon, a fishing village just south of Eureka, CA. If you are looking stay and relax at a pet friendly cottage by the beach this is your spot. And the major bonus is that Shell Cottage has its very own floating dock! Dock access is gated and offers a slip for canoes, kayaks, and row boats if you choose to bring them.

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Private Dock at Shell Cottage

A nearby public, dog-friendly beach with gentle waves is a wonderful place for walks, picnics, and sand castles. Other nearby attractions include the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (which experienced kayakers can reach by bay) and the Avenue of the Giants.

 

To view more of the cutest California Beach Cottages and tons of other vacation rentals along the Northern California Coast visit www.RedwoodCoastVacationRentals.com

 

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!

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:

Vacation Rentals Northern California
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!

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Mermaid Cove – Newly Remodeled Riverfront Beach Home Vacation Rental, McKinleyville CA

Vacation Rentals Northern California
Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

The newest addition to the Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals is quite a treat. This freshly remodeled beach home located in McKinleyville, CA has taken coastal homes to a whole other level. Vacation rentals in Northern California just got a whole lot better with this one.

Coastal Vacation rentals Northern California
Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

Perched aside the Mad River and featuring amazing, unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this modern beach house is nothing short of a truly magical getaway.

Mermaid Cove
Mermaid Cove

Officially dubbed “Mermaid Cove”, this gorgeously and appropriately decorated 3 bedroom, 3 bath vacation rental in Northern California is located in a desirable neighborhood of McKinleyville and would be fit for Ariel herself! The special care for details throughout the entire home add a whimsical touch that is sure to melt your heart. From the recycled sea glass countertop, to seashell shaped sinks, you truly get the sense of being whisked away by the tide in this beautiful vacation home.

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Coastal Vacation Homes

Mermaid Cove boasts modern amenities, riverfront access, private deck with hot tub & gas firepit, spacious and inviting living spaces, all new furnishings, and much more. You will not find any other vacation rentals in Northern California like it.

Vacation Rentals Northern California
Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

Enjoy the views of the ocean from your living room or bedroom. Dine in style at the grand dining table. Enjoy breakfast or evening drinks at the bar. Pamper yourself in one of three amazingly tiled and decorated baths. Warm up next to the gas burning stove. Curl up and watch a movie in any bedroom or the living room. Cook a five-course meal for the whole family in a modern kitchen with all the amenities, (and all turquoise cookware to boot). Play a game of 9 ball on your private pool table or play some ping pong. Take the Kayaks to the river and head to the dunes. Take a bike ride on the bikes provided down the Hammond Trail. Enjoy the hot tub or fire on your private deck and look over the pacific. By now, you may have gathered… Mermaid Cove Beach Home is the perfect home to retire to during your Redwood Coast Adventure. Vacation Rentals in Northern California are generally pretty amazing but Mermaid Cove is definitely unique and very special.

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The Kinetic Sculpture Race of Northern California

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Kinetic Sculpture Race, CA

Memorial Day weekend on the Redwood Coast is not quite like any other. For over 45 years now a human powered art race makes it way through Humboldt County over this 3 day holiday weekend. The Kinetic Sculpture Race of Northern California features huge pieces of unique and interesting people-propelled art. These contraptions travel 42 miles along land, sand, water and mud, to compete for nothing more than glory. It is quite the spectacle to be seen.

It all began back in 1969 when artist Hobart Brown challenged Ferndale artist Jack Mays to a race down Ferndale’s Main street. Since, the Kinetic Sculpture Race event has grown and has now became an annual attraction that draws people from all over the world every Memorial Day weekend.

13179266_987195534649955_2144936198630747155_nDay 1 of this Kinetic Grand Championship, otherwise known as the “Triathlon of the Art World, begins at noon on Saturday in downtown Arcata. This kick off is a great opportunity to spectate as all of the racers make their way around the plaza square so you can get an up close and personal view of these unique vehicle (a great way for families with children to attend). The Kinetic Sculpture race then make its way to the Manila Dunes for a sand trek!

Kinetic Sculture Race, Humboldt County CA
Kinetic Sculture Race, CA

Day 2 begins at the waterfront in Eureka, CA on the Humboldt Bay, where “Kinetic Pilots” put their crafts floating abilities to the test. And finally, on Day 3 the racer make their way from the mouth of the Eel River, through Morgan slough, and back onto dry land where they then cross the finish line on historic Main street of the Victorian Village of Ferndale, CA.

228129_204784606224389_2827416_nAnybody can sign up to participate in the Kinetic Sculpt Race as long as they have an idea, the ability to make it come to life, and a good team to help it all move along. But honestly, it is almost equally as fun to just watch these works of art pedaling along roads, the beach, and Humboldt Bay! As Hobart Brown himself put it, it’s all about “Adults having fun so children will desire to grow older.”

Arcata, CA Vacation Rentals
Arcata, CA Vacation Rentals

Words can’t fully describe so see more at Kinetic Grand Championship Video or better yet started planning to see the race in person this Memorial Day Weekend which falls on May 27, 28, 29, of 2017. Check out vacation rentals Northern California style for the perfect Memorial Weekend getaway.

Eureka, CA Vacation Rentals
Eureka, CA Rentals

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers a wide array of northern California vacation homes from Arcata, CA vacation rentals to Eureka, CA vacation rentals and more.

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Kinetic Sculture Race, Northern California