The uniquely fascinating Downtown Districts of California’s North Coast are full of history and interesting things to see and do. Exploring these small towns by foot gives you the perfect opportunity to experience it all. Skip the car rental. Forego all the driving around. And book Northern California vacation rentals that put you right there in the heart of it all. “Walk To All” vacations on the Redwood Coast will show you a whole different side of the region.
When planning a vacation there are three little words that I love to come across. Walk. To. All. Being able to explore a place on foot makes for a more interesting and much slower pace vacation. Let’s face it, we go on vacation to relax and slow down a bit right? And what better way to do so than to take a stroll. So many of us are so used to hoping in our cars on the daily and zipping from here to there and then back again. Try taking a break on your next vacation by planning a car-free, walk to all adventure. Discover the old world architecture. bustling art scenes, peculiar shops, amazing restaurants, and rich history that exists in these offbeat, yet whimsical old towns and downtowns of Northern California… all on foot.
Old Town Eureka
Located on Humboldt Bay, Eureka is considered the capital of the Redwood Empire region of California. While the population is under 50,000 it is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland. A major commercial fishing port, Eureka was once the center of a booming timber industry. The historic downtown area includes spectacular Victorian mansions, such as the Famous Pink Lady, as well as a newly developed waterfront, marina and performing arts center.
Historic downtown offers many shops and restaurants as well as a Ghost Tour of historic buildings and even horse drawn carriage rides. For foodies and seafood lovers Humboldt Bay Provisions is a good place to start with an oyster bar on the waterfront as well as a tasting room offering local wines, beers, cheeses and much more. Then head over to The Speak Easy for some craft cocktails and live jazz and blues music.
Opening receptions for artists, exhibits and performances are held all throughout Old Town Eureka during Arts Alive on the first Saturday of each month. You can enjoy several outstanding art exhibits offered by the Morris Graves Museum or an evening of entertainment at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts which hosts the Eureka Symphony and a series of local and touring artists throughout the year. Eureka has many of the cultural offerings of a big city.
This newly finished 2 bedroom apartment is much more than your standard accommodation. Finished in 2018, this apartment has been completely refinished as the ultimate vacation accommodation. It’s the perfect accommodation to relax in after a Redwood Coast Excursion. It features everything from a breakfast nook overlooking the bay, designer kitchen, a modern-chic bathroom, an inviting common space, and a fresh, clean and inspiring atmosphere.
From $125 /night
With Humboldt Bay on one side and pristine Redwood forest on the other, Arcata California is a truly unique and beautiful vacation destination. Everything is within walking distance in this small town including many boutique shops and restaurants catering to Humboldt State University (HSU). Attend weekly farmers market on the main plaza, catch a movie at the Minor Theater (the oldest building in the United States designed for feature films), or head over to Humbrews for some live music and a wide selection of local craft beers.
Special events such as the worlds first and only Kinetic Sculpture Race and the North Country Fair, all take place in downtown Arcata as well. The Arcata Oyster Festival is by far a local favorite. It’s a celebration of culture where chefs, merchants, volunteers, and guests revel in award-winning oysters and other tasty non-oyster delicacies, local beverages, live local music, and art of North Coast. More than 15,000 people gather for this event, the largest one-day event in Humboldt County – the Oyster Capital of California.
This beautiful, loft-style 2 bedroom home is perfectly located; walking distance to downtown Arcata and next door to Arcata’s own world renowned ‘Holly Yashi’ Jewelers. Completely remodeled in March 2018, Northern California vacation rentals like this leave little to be desired. With a fresh, open and inviting aesthetic this home is the perfect accommodation to retire to after a Redwood Coast excursion.
From $125 /night
The Victorian Village of Ferndale
The Victorian Village of Ferndale has been dubbed one of America’s prettiest towns. It is a well-preserved turn of the century village with many attractions. The Historic Main Street District is full of boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops, all worth a visit. You can explore the rich history of the village by heading down to the Ferndale Museum, which even offers walking tours of the town. Also located on Main Street is the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, offering shows throughout the year, plus special music performances if you are looking for an evening of entertainment.
Ferndale is home to many famous annual events including the Humboldt County Fair. Taking place in August, this fun old fashion fair also feature popular horse racing events on the fairground’s historic racetrack. Ferndale also happens to be the end point for The Kinetic Sculpture Race, the very fun and unique 3-day human powered art race.
Main Street Craftsman is a gorgeous newly restored with all modern upgrades yet maintaining a period specific fashion. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is fresh, inviting, and perfectly located for a Family vacation on the Redwood Coast. The home is so cute with décor that takes you back in time yet them home offers all the modern touches of today’s demands. This property and several other Northern California vacation rentals are also pet friendly (fees apply).
From $175 /night