The winter months are typically a slower time of year for tourism here on the North Coast. As the rain sets in and the colder weather patters prevail we see less and less out of area visitors trickling in. However making the journey the Humboldt County during this time of year can be great for many reasons. Some folks come to the area specifically during winter months for whale watching, which is best during late winter (December-January). Others come during winter in order to avoid the summertime crowds that are drawn to Redwood National Park and other local area State Parks. They come seeking the increased solitude that winter months offer as this is typically a quieter time of year for exploration in the parks. And if you happen to be a seafood lover, yet another great reason to visit the Humboldt County during winter is for the Dungeness Crab.
Yes, this delectable crustacean’s name may come from a port that is located in the state of Washington, but the Dungeness Crab is a world renowned delicacy heavily associated with the local seafood industry here on California’s North Coast. December 1st officially marked the first day of the 2014-2015 crab season and Eureka’s port, the largest between San Francisco and Puget Sound, is already alive and bustling with activity centered around its commercial crabbing boats. The season will run all the way through July 2015, but it is during the height of this year’s crab season in February, that Eureka Main Street will be celebrating this North Coast delicacy with their first annual Eureka Crab Crawl Festival.
This 3-Day event will be held in Downtown and Old Town Eureka from February 6th-8th, 2015. The first evening of the festival (Friday the 6th) will be organized somewhat like an extended happy hour with many different restaurants and businesses featuring seafood specials and crab-themed cocktails. Saturday February 7th will switch into full-blown festival mode. Street vendors will be offering a variety of food choices. There will be music, crab related education, activities and demos, and of course a beer and wine garden featuring many of our local award wining micro-brews and wines. On Sunday the 8th the festival will culminate with the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum’s annual crab feed being held at the Adorni Center which is located right on the waterfront in Eureka. This event will surely be fun for the entire family. It is so great to see this local treasure, the Dungeness Crab, being showcased in such fun and major way. Although this is only the first of what will be an annual event, I can already say with confidence that the Eureka Crab Crawl will surely be one of those “not to be missed” reasons to travel to Humboldt County during winter month in years to come.
And also, for those actually looking to go out crabbing, Eureka’s Woodley Island Marina offers many sport crab trips. These trips generally last two hours and departure times can vary depending on the tide. The following is a list of several available charters:
Reel Steel Sport Fishing (707) 442-7115
Green Water’s Shellback Fishing (707) 845-9588
Full Throttle Sport Fishing (707) 498-7473
So if you are planning a Humboldt County Vacation and would like to take part in the crustacean celebration and need a place to stay in Eureka that is close to Old Town Eureka, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several spectacular waterfront properties available, as well as many units right in the heart of historic Old Town Eureka. Some of our properties even have crab pots provided on site for guest use…all you have to do is bring the bait!
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Author: Dawn Marie
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