For all you foodies out there searching for the perfect foodie vaycay, these Northern California Vacation Rentals will put you right at the epicenter of a true foodie’s paradise….
In the land where fresh, local, organic food is so easily accessible, the restaurants and eateries of the Redwood Coast are always stepping up their food game in order to bring their guests the absolute best that the region has to offer. We are talking the yummiest of the yummiest here. Fresh oysters pulled right from the Humboldt Bay, locally raised organic meat and dairy products, small batch craft spirits, beer, cider, kombucha, and wine, and locally grown fruits and veggies galore. Look no further for Northern California vacation rentals, if you are ready to have your tastebuds tantalized…your Redwood Coast foodie adventure awaits!
Featured Foodie Destinations on the Redwood Coast:
We start this adventure in the heart of Old Town Eureka, CA at Humboldt Bay Provisions, an all-local tasting room and oyster bar. Sample Humboldt Bay oysters served raw or broiled with a variety of locally produced gourmet sauces. Or grab a seat at their gorgeous reclaimed redwood bar to sip on local beers, wines, ciders, or kombucha. Humboldt Provisions also serves up cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts that are all hand-crafted locally.
Just around the corner is a local fave, Five Eleven, a new restaurant and bar featuring farm fresh North Pacific cuisine, a fantastic wine selection, a diverse menu of signature cocktails, and great live music. When in season, you simply must try their Dungeness Crab “Cocktail”. So yum!
Another Old Town spot worth checking out for some fine dining is Humboldt Bay Bistro. This bay front restaurant brings together the ambiance of gorgeous Humboldt Bay views and fabulous cuisine in a California-French fusion. Their lounge also features excellent local craft beers, wine, and house-infused sake cocktails.
If you are looking for something with an Italian twist, Gabriel’s in Old Town Eureka offers fine Italian inspired dining using ingredients sourced from Humboldt. Also specializing in craft cocktails, local and imported wines.
A great place to drop in for a craft cocktail would be The SpeakEasy in Old Town Eureka. The SpeakEasy is a beautiful and cozy New Orleans inspired blues bar that plays jazz and blues music and have live artists nearly everyday. They offer a crazy selection of local spirits, cider, beer, and wine and have signature cocktail that are to die for. My husband I stopped in here on our last trip to Eureka and had some of the best margaritas in our lives and caught a really amazing jazz band with a full horn section too. This place is spectacular for a date night pre-dinner drink.
Perhaps my favorite foodie destination in Eureka though is located just outside of old town in Henderson Center. Brick & Fire Bistro skillfully blends Mediterranean tradition with fresh local harvest. From beautiful seasonal salads and fire-roasted polenta lasagna, to seafood-stuffed calamari and slow-roasted osso bucco, the menu runs from rustic casual to redefined Italian favorites. This place is a must try when in Eureka, CA.
Now heading North to Arcata, pay a visit to Cafe Phoenix. Cafe Phoenix works directly with local farmers (meat, dairy and produce), as well as local beer and wine makers to create a menu for you that will be seasonally inspired, healthy and delicious. They have a gorgeous outdoor seating area in their onsite garden. Bonus: This is one of the only places I have found locally that make their own nut milk preparations for use in there smoothies and coffee. If you are health conscious and looking for some serious flavor this is the spot for you.
For fine dining with some serious foodie flair, Folie Douce in Arcata is a fully farm to table restaurant serving seasonal, organic, and local meals. They believe that great meals are made from locally-sourced ingredients, and since 1991, have breathed life into our farm-to-table philosophy by cooking with organic and local produce from the Redwood Coast Region. You really can not go wrong with anything at this place. Just take a peak at their menu and you will see what I mean.
Yet a little further to the north in Trinidad CA is another local fave, Larrupin Cafe. A popular choice for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions, this upscale, enduring venue offers eclectic decor & locally sourced New American dishes. For a special evening out in Trinidad CA this is where it is at.
Visiting the actual farms where many of the afore mentioned restaurants source their ingredients is another great way to experience the foodie bounty of the Redwood Coast. Harvest time on the Redwood Coast offers a fun way to get the whole family involved in the food selection process. Visit the apple orchards of Clendenen’s Cider Works in Fortuna during harvest time in the fall to see the old school cider press in action and sample some of the best cider on the planet. Drop by Wolfsen Farm in Mckinleyville CA to pick bucket after bucket of juicy ripe blueberries. Or stop by Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside to check out their sweet little farm stand and take an educational tour of the farm itself.
But perhaps the best way to really feast you eyes on some Redwood Coast foodie fare is by visiting one of the many local Farmers Markets.
Found on most days throughout the week, local area farmers and producers gather to set up shop and bring you the best the area has to offer. Get your hands on some perfect local ingredients then head back to the perfect northern california vacation rentals to prep something extra special in the comfort of your very own home away from home.
With harvest season just around the corner, now is the time to start looking for Northern California Vacation Rentals to house you during your Redwood Coast foodie vaycay.
Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, the premier Northern California vacation rentals company, has something for every budget and taste….yes, pun intended. From modern lofts in the heart of Old Town within walking distance to many of the restaurants mentioned in this piece, to large, upscale homes great for families and larger groups. Get your foodie travel on in style on the Redwood Coast with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Just like the food from the area, these Northern California Vacation Rentals are done right.
Be sure to tag #RedwoodCoastVacation on your foodie travel pics from the region. We would love to see what flavors you stumble upon during your time on California’s Redwood Coast.
Author: Dawn Marie
Travel Passionista, Marketing Maven, and Guest Contributor.