North Coast county of Humboldt
is filled with vast and noble stands of redwood and fir, graceful
Victorian architecture and dramatic, forested Pacific coastline.
Primarily due to sheer force of geography, one thing it doesn't
have - even at summer's peak - is crowds. Humboldt County
may be the most removed piece of the California Countryside;
those who make the effort to see it are rewarded with a very
In planning a "Redwood Coast" adventure, keep in mind that
the three largest towns, Eureka, Arcata and Fortuna, are centrally
located on Humboldt Bay, from which nearly anywhere in the
county can be reached in about an hour.
With its central location and proximity to numerous attractions,
Eureka is the ideal hub from which to roll out a Redwood
Coast adventure. A broad range of accommodations from classic
hotels to quaint B&Bs and familiar national chains are available.
There are numerous great places to eat, plus ample shopping
for everything from picnic supplies to that special gift.
Eureka retains many reminders of its bustling past. Magnificent
houses built of enduring redwood line the orderly streets.
One of them, the Carson Mansion at 2nd & M Streets,
has been called the most photographed Victorian in America,
and is truly a wooden fairytale castle. Across the street
is another well-known Victorian, the Pink Lady. Visitors
can learn how these architectural treasures were built and
restored at the remarkable Blue Ox Millworks at the
foot of X Street.
Old Town and Downtown district is one of Eureka's greatest
assets. These blocks of vintage commercial buildings have
been lovingly restored, and now contain bookstores, restaurants,
coffee houses, galleries, museums and a variety of unusual
boutiques. Eureka's Old Town has retained its Victorian character
and is truly a delightful place to shop, stroll and dine--or
take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Many of Eureka's frequent
fairs and festivals take place on the streets of Old Town.