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Contents

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Humboldt County California Volume 33, No. 7, 2019 2383 Myrtle Ave. Eureka, California 95501 707-443-1234 • FAX 707-443-5309 Email: info@101Things.com

Ale & Spirits Trail: Breweries, Cideries & Distilleries ...................... 11-13 Events & Festivals ................... 14-15 Farmers’ Market & Farm Stands ....... 19 National, State & County Parks ........ 10 Performing Arts ........................... 16 Relocating to Humboldt ................. 20 Welcome ....................................7 Wineries in Humboldt County ........ 8-9

On the Cover:

“Big Tree” at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, photo by Richard Stenger, see page 84

Cover Inset photos:

Top: M.V. Madaket, Humboldt Bay,

photo by Steve Hammons, see page 63 Middle: Rafting Trinity River, photo by Serendipity

Snapshots, courtesy of Redwoods & Rivers, Redwoods-Rivers.com, see pages 85-86 Bottom: Victorian Inn and VI Restaurant,

VIRestaurant.com, see pages 42-43

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Denise Comiskey Creative Director

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All Around the Area page # Humboldt County Wines .............. 8 Humboldt County Breweries, Cideries & Distilleries ................ 11 3 Disc Golf ................................ 17 4 Bicycling & Running ................... 17 5 Guided Nature Adventures .......... 17 6 Six Rivers National Forest ............ 17 7 Humboldt Bay Trail ................... 18 8 Historic Crew Car Speeder Rides ... 18 9 Beads, Stones, Gems & More ........ 19 1 0 Casinos in Humboldt .................. 19 1 1 Humboldt’s Motorcycle Scene ....... 19 1 2 Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands ... 19 1 2

Shelter Cove 13 14 15 16

Richardson Grove, Piercy, Leggett 1 7 Campbell Bros. World Famous

Confusion Hill .......................... 27

1 8 Richardson Grove State Park ........ 27

Garberville 1 9 Southern Humboldt

Community Park ...................... 28

2 0 Benbow Valley Golf Course .......... 28

Avenue of the Giants: Miranda, Myers Flat, Weott, Redcrest

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Cape Mendocino Lighthouse ......... 24 Punta Gorda Lighthouse ............. 24 Pacific Ocean Fishing ................. 25 King Range and Lost Coast Trail .... 25

2 1 Humboldt Redwoods

State Park .............................. 34 Eel River Swimming Holes ........... 34 Shrine Drive Thru Tree ............... 35 Redwood Hiking Trails ................ 35 Cuneo Creek Horse Camp ............ 36 Redwood Visitor Center’s Travel Log .............................. 36 2 7 California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone .................... 36 2 8 The Eternal Tree House .............. 38 2 9 The Immortal Tree .................... 38

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Ferndale 3 0 Historic Victorian Village

of Ferndale ............................. 43 3 1 Historic Ferndale Cemetery ......... 43 3 2 Centerville County Park and Beach ............................... 43

City & Area Sections

Humboldt Maps

All Around Humboldt ..................8-19 Arcata.................................. 70-76 Avenue of the Giants Miranda, Myers Flat, Weott, Redcrest ........................... 30-38 Blue Lake .................................. 76 Eureka ................................. 51-69 Eureka Dining ......................... 54-55 Ferndale ............................... 42-43 Fortuna ................................ 44-48 Garberville, Benbow & Redway .... 28-29 Humboldt Bay ........................ 61-63 Hwy 96 ~ Bigfoot Scenic Byway ........ 87 Hwy 299 & Trinity County ........... 85-86 Loleta .................................. 49-50 McKinleyville .......................... 77-78 Orick ................................... 83-84 Piercy, Leggett - Southern Entrance to Humboldt County (Mendocino Co.) . 26-27 Scotia and Rio Dell ....................... 39 Shelter Cove & The Lost Coast ..... 24-25 Trinidad ................................ 79-82

Ale & Spirits Trail ......................11 Arcata................................72-73 Arcata Plaza ............................75 Avenue of the Giants ..............32-33 Eureka ...............................52-53 Eureka Hwy 101 ........................59 Eureka’s Old Town .....................57 Ferndale .................................43 Fortuna ..................................44 Fortuna Riverwalk .....................47 Garberville ..............................29 Humboldt County ....................... 5 Hwy 36 ...................................48 Hwy 96 ...................................87 Hwy 299 .................................86 Loleta ....................................49 McKinleyville ............................78 Orick .....................................83 Piercy, Leggett ~ So. Entrance to Humboldt County .....................26 Redway ..................................29 Scotia ....................................39 Shelter Cove ............................24 Trinidad ..................................81 Wineries .................................. 9

Outside The County Del Norte Co., CA / Southern OR .. 89-91 Mendocino County, CA................... 88 Sonoma County, CA ...................... 92

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3 3 Fortuna Rodeo ......................... 45 3 4 Korobi Stables ......................... 46 3 5 Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop 36 37 38 39

and Museum ........................... 47 Scenic Highway 36 & Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park ................. 48 Rohner Park ............................ 48 Fortuna Depot Museum .............. 48 Salmon Pass Trail in Headwaters Forest Reserve ........................ 48

Loleta 4 0 Bear River Family Entertainment

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Wildlife Sanctuary .................... 71

7 1 Godwit Days Bird 72 73 74 75 76 77 78

Queso Kings Grilled Cheese Bar .... 50 4 2 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge ........................ 50 4 3 South Spit Humboldt Bay & Table Bluff County Park .............. 50

Eureka 4 4 Old Town Haunted History 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68

Ghost Tours ............................ 58 Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides ........ 58 Clarke Historical Museum ............ 60 Eureka’s Historic Buildings .......... 60 Fort Humboldt State Historic Park . 60 Eureka Summer Concert Series ...... 60 Woodley Island ........................ 62 Kayaking & Paddleboarding on Humboldt Bay ...................... 62 Samoa Cookhouse & Logging Museum ....................... 62 Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum ... 62 Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ... 62 M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise ..................... 63 Redwood Acres ........................ 64 Sequoia Park Zoo ..................... 65 Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park ........................... 66 Humboldt Botanical Garden ......... 66 Morris Graves Museum of Art ....... 66 Humboldt B52s Baseball ............. 67 Humboldt Roller Derby ............... 67 Parasol Arts Pottery Painting ....... 67 Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ...... 68 Auto Races & Motorcycle Races ..... 68 Headwaters Forest Reserve ......... 68 Eureka’s Murals ........................ 69 Eureka’s Public Sculptures ........... 69

Migration Festival ..................... 71 Public Activities at HSU .............. 71 Arcata Community Forest ............ 73 Humboldt Crabs Baseball ............ 74 Holly Yashi Handcrafted Jewelry ... 75 Skateparks in Arcata ................. 75 Mad River County Park ............... 76 Arcata Community Pool .............. 76

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69 Arcata’s Historic Landmarks ......... 70 7 0 The Arcata Marsh &

7 9 Clam Beach County Beach ........... 77 8 0 Azalea State Natural Reserve ....... 77 8 1 Hiller Park & Sports Complex &

Mad River Bluffs ....................... 78

8 2 Hammond Coastal Trail .............. 78

Trinidad 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse ....... 79 Big Lagoon County Park .............. 80 Trinidad State Beach ................. 80 Kayaking Trinidad ..................... 80 Moonstone & Luffenholz Beaches ................................. 81 Patrick’s Point State Park ............ 82 Agate Beach ........................... 82 Sumeg Village ......................... 82 Tide-Pooling ........................... 82

Orick 92 93 94 95 96

Redwood National & State Parks ... 83 Roosevelt Elk Viewing ................ 83 Humboldt Lagoons State Park ....... 84 Klamath River Jet Boat Tours ....... 84 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park .............................. 84 9 7 Amazing Fern Canyon ................ 84

Hwy 299: Blue Lake Willow Creek, Trinity County 9 8 River Rafting Trinity River ........... 86 9 9 Fishing the Trinity .................... 86

Hwy 96: Hoopa, Weitchpec, Happy Camp 1 0 0 Whitewater Rafting on the

Klamath River ........................ 87

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alifornia’s Redwood Coast was named Lonely Planet’s number one destination to visit in the US in 2018! For those of us who know and love the North Coast, it comes as no surprise. Humboldt County is a haven for travelers and residents alike. It features 160 miles of unspoiled coastline, hundreds of thousands of acres of coastal redwood trees, wild rivers, bustling seaports, quaint farming communities and fascinating historical areas. Travelers will find exceptional accommodations, fine restaurants, wonderful shops and numerous campgrounds and RV Parks in Humboldt County. They can explore the area’s rocky coastlines, warm inland communities and major rivers while taking advantage of the local businesses. The county is situated on the northern California coast 90 miles south of the Oregon border, and its largest towns are adjacent to Hwy 101. Eureka, the county seat, is about 300 miles north of San Francisco and just over 400 miles south of Portland, Oregon. In southern Humboldt, Hwy 101 is lined by some of the first large stands of redwoods encountered by northbound California travelers. Richardson Grove State Park is a magnificent 2,000 acres of redwoods, located 9 miles south of the town of Garberville. The state acquired the area in the early 1920s, making it one of the oldest state parks in California. A jaunt down smaller side roads that exit Hwy 101 will lead travelers to the King Range National Conservation Area and Humboldt County’s Lost Coast. This adventure leads to hamlets such as Hidden Valley and Whitethorn, eventually ending at the town of Shelter Cove. Further north on Hwy 101 after leaving the towns of Garberville and Redway is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile stretch of two-lane road, dotted with small unique towns. It winds through stands of huge redwoods along the Eel River; Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located along the Avenue, and covers more than 52,000 acres. After leaving the Avenue of the Giants, travelers will once again be on Hwy 101 and will pass the town of Scotia, located on a striking wooded hillside overlooking a giant bend in the Eel River. Further north is the sunny inland town of Fortuna, known as the jewel of the Eel River Valley. Friendly Fortuna has developed tremendous accommodations for visitors in recent years, including several hotels along the Eel River and an attractive conference center. East of Fortuna, along State Hwy 36, is Grizzly Creek State Park, a favorite for hiking, camping and summer sun. The Victorian Village of Ferndale is about 7 miles west of Fortuna and 16 miles south of Eureka. The entire town was designated a State Historical Landmark because of the strong preservation policies for its fine old commercial buildings and residences. Eureka also contains excellent examples of Victorian architecture, particularly in the Old Town section along the city’s waterfront. Old Town is home to the extravagantly ornate Carson Mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in California. Eureka’s population of nearly 28,000 makes it the largest coastal city between San Francisco and the Oregon border. It has a multitude of excellent restaurants, cafes, specialty shops

and lodging facilities. The city is also known for its large and active arts community. In fact, Humboldt County has the distinction of having more artists per capita than any other of the state’s 58 counties. Eureka is also a busy seaport with a large fishing fleet. A variety of activities can be enjoyed in and around the waters of Humboldt Bay, including kayaking, sport fishing, and spotting birds and other wildlife, including maybe even a harbor seal or two. There are tours of the bay aboard the M.V. Madaket, and the Woodley Island Marina is a great spot to take in a panoramic view of the waterfront. Seven miles north of Eureka is Arcata, home to Humboldt State University. It’s also known for its unique marsh and wildlife area that serves as a natural wastewater treatment filtration system. East of Arcata along Hwy 299 and Hwy 96 are sunny Willow Creek and Hoopa, and the Trinity and Klamath Rivers and their tributaries. Back along Hwy 101 the town of McKinleyville is home to the California Redwood Coast — Humboldt County Airport, the county’s only commercial airport. In northern Humboldt County visitors will find the coastal jewel of Trinidad, which overlooks a beautiful sheltered harbor with stunning scenery, and Orick, the gateway to Redwood National Park.

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All Around Humboldt Humboldt County Wines 1 Wine Tasting at the Winery Most Awarded Producer of Humboldt Wine

Humboldt County has become a destination for tasting unique, handcrafted wines. There is a dedicated community of artisan wineries and vineyards whose passion and enthusiasm for wine is matched by the taste and quality of their products. While in the area take time to enjoy some of these quality wines at one of the local tasting rooms and wineries.

90+ Points on 7 Current Wines Humboldt Grown Organic Handcrafted in Small Batches Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs Crisp, No Oak Whites Full Line of Whites & Reds “Maybe California’s best kept secret for reasonably priced, superbly crafted wines.” William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D. - princeofpinot.com

5959 Briceland Rd, 5.5 miles west of Redway Summer Sat & Sun 1-5pm or by appt. 707-923-2429 • Andrew@BricelandVineyards.com

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Briceland Vineyards Winery is the most awarded maker of Humboldt wine since 1985. Visit for a casual patio tasting and perhaps a tour. Enjoy a range of bright, no-oak whites and distinctive flavorful reds. Current offerings include five 90+ point Wine Enthusiast Scored wines plus Best Red, Best White and Best Pinot from the Humboldt County Fair along with numerous other award winners and high scoring wines. Open Summer weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5pm, and all year by appointment. WHERE: 5959 Briceland Rd., 5.5 miles West of Redway, 75 yards up Ferren Road. MORE INFO: 707-923-2429, BricelandVineyards.com

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Moonstone Crossing Winery has a tasting room in the beautiful coastal town of Trinidad. Enjoy its award winning wines while taking in the local art and historic photographs that adorn the walls. Wines are also available at local stores and restaurants. Open in the Winter: Wed, Thur (2 to 6pm), and Fri, Sat, Sun (noon to 6pm), in the Summer: daily (noon to 6pm), closed Tuesdays.  WHERE: 529 Trinity St., Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-845-5492, MoonstoneCrossing.com

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Thursday-Sunday | 1-7pm 1945 Hilfiker Lane | 707-834-2260 Instagram: OGCellars_Official

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Old Growth Cellars offers wine tasting in the south end of Eureka. A small, boutique winery, owners Jim Pastori and Bob Lima believe producing a limited number of cases allows the hand selection of the grapes at the optimum time. The grapes are crushed the same day they are harvested. Wines include a Sauvignon Blanc winning Best Overall Wine at the 2016-17 Humboldt County Fair; and a full-bodied Zinfandel and their flagship wine, Petit Sirah. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 7pm. WHERE: 1945 Hilfiker Ln., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-834-2260, OldGrowthCellars.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Welcome to the wineries, cideries and vineyards of Humboldt County — an artisan community whose passion and enthusiasm for wine and cider is matched by the quality of their products. Humboldt is a county of diverse growing and wine making areas scattered amongst the redwoods, winding rivers, forest canyons and Pacific Ocean landscape. Vintners open by appointment are happy to welcome guests and a few are open daily.

2. BERGERON WINERY

707-677-5177, BergeronWinery.com Owners: Thomas and Ann Vert _________________________________ 3. FLOR D’LUNA BOUTIQUE WINERY

By Appt., 707-296-6525 Owners: Jason Smith & Sonja Shaw FlordLuna.com _________________________________ 4. FROG ALLEY CELLARS

707-786-4353 1436 Ambrosini Ln, Ferndale Owners: Francis and Sharon Brazil Facebook.com/Frog-Alley-Cellars _________________________________ 5. GREEN FIRE WINERY

707-502-0045, Hoopa Owner: Grady Walker GreenFireWinery.com _________________________________

10. MOONSTONE CROSSING WINERY AND TASTING ROOM

17. WRANGLETOWN CIDER CO. / NORTH STORY WINES

Check website or call for hours 707-508-5175, 1350 9th St, Arcata Owner: Pat Knittel WrangletownCiderCompany.com _________________________________

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Tours by Appt., 707-764-3752 2330 Monument Rd, Rio Dell Owner: Carol Fritz Hoopes Facebook.com/MonumentMountain Vineyards _________________________________

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NATIONAL, STATE & COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUNDS INFORMATIONAL NUMBERS Area code (707) unless otherwise noted.

■ Campground Reservations National Parks & Forests (877) 444-6777 or www.Recreation.gov State Parks - (800) 444-7275 or www.ReserveCalifornia.com ■ Road Conditions (CALTRANS) (800) 427-7623 ■ Weather Recording - 443-7062

■ Del Norte County Sheriff 464-4191

■ Humboldt County Sheriff

Eureka - 445-7251 Garberville - 923-2761 McKinleyville - 839-6600 Trinity River Division - (530) 629-1025 Animal Control - 840-9132 ■ Trinity County Sheriff (530) 623-2611 Along the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, photo by Steve Hammons

NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS Most National Forest campgrounds are on a first come, first served basis. Maps of locations are issued at the district offices for a small fee. Call for group site reservations, open seasons, fees and availability. SIX RIVERS NATIONAL FOREST HEADQUARTERS 1330 Bayshore Way Eureka, CA 95501, 442-1721 www.FS.USDA.gov/srnf LOWER TRINITY RANGER DISTRICT 580 Hwy 96, Willow Creek, CA 95573 (530) 629-2118 ■ Boise Creek Campground 2 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy 299 ■ East Fork Campground 6 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy 299 MAD RIVER RANGER DISTRICT 741 State Hwy 36 Bridgeville, CA 95526, 574-6233 ■ Mad River Campground 11 mi. SE of Dinsmore along Hwy 36 & Lower Mad River Rd. ■ Fir Cove Campground by Ruth Lake 18 mi. SE of Dinsmore along Hwy 36 and Lower Mad River Rd. ■ Bailey Canyon Campground by Ruth Lake 18.5 mi. SE of Dinsmore along Hwy 36 and Lower Mad River Rd. ORLEANS RANGER DISTRICT 1 Ishi Pishi Rd., Orleans, CA 95556 (530) 627-3291 ■ Aikens Creek West 5.5 mi. NE of Weitchpec, just off SR 96 ■ E-Ne-Nuck Campground 5.5 mi. NE of Orleans just off SR 96 ■ Fish Lake Campground 13 mi. SW of Orleans via SR 96 and Bluff Creek Rd. ■ Pearch Creek Campground - 1 mi. NE of Orleans off SR 96 SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST HEADQUARTERS 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002 (530) 226-2500 • www.FS.USDA.gov/stnf TRINITY RIVER MANAGEMENT UNIT BIG BAR DISTRICT Weaverville Ranger Station (530) 623-2121 ■ Big Bar Campground Take bridge over Trinity River at Big Bar, go 1/4 mi. along road 4N16 ■ Burnt Ranch Campground 1/4 mi. W of Burnt Ranch Post Office off Hwy 299 ■ Denny Campground 17 mi. NE of Hawkins Bar on Denny Rd. ■ Hayden Flat Campground 1 mi. W of Del Loma, Hwy 299 10 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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road to campground washed out in rainstorm and no known date of repair. 1/2 mi. E of Pigeon Point turn N off Hwy 299 onto East Fork Rd. After 4 mi. bear left onto Hobo Gulch Rd. and go another 12 mi. Junction City Campground (BLM) 1-1/2 mi. W of Junction City on Hwy 299 Pigeon Point Campground W of North Fork Bridge at Pigeon Point Ripstein Campground 15 mi. N of Junction City on Canyon Creek Rd. Skunk Point Group Campground 2 mi. E of Big Bar, Hwy 299

WEAVERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT 360 Main St., Weaverville, CA 96093 (530) 623-2121 ■ Ackerman, Cooper Gulch, Mary Smith - on Lewiston Lake, 8 mi. or more N of Lewiston on Trinity Dam Blvd. ■ Alpine View, Hayward Flat - a mile or so off Hwy 3 on East Fork of Stuart Fork Arm, SW area of Trinity Lake ■ Bushytail, Clark Springs, Minersville, Stoney Point (group campground by reservation only), Tannery Gulch - near Hwy 3 on Stuart Fork Arm, SW area of Trinity Lake ■ Captains Point, Mariners Roost, Ridgeville, Ridgeville Island - boat access only campgrounds, near Hwy 3 on Stuart Fork Arm, SW area of Trinity Lake ■ Clear Creek, Jackass Springs - near East Fork of Trinity Arm, NE area of Trinity Lake, about 20 mi. from Trinity Center ■ Eagle Creek, Goldfield, Horse Flat, Trinity River - off Hwy 3, N of Trinity Lake near Coffee Creek ■ East Weaver (group campground by reservation only) - 2 mi. N of Weaverville on Hwy 3, then 1.5 mi. W on East Weaver Creek Rd. ■ Fawn, Stoney Creek - group campgrounds, Hwy 3 on Stuart Fork Arm, SW area of Trinity Lake ■ Preacher Meadow (was closed but reopening July 4) - 2 mi. S of Trinity Center on Hwy 3 ■ Rush Creek - 9 mi. N of Weaverville on Hwy 3, then 1/2 mi W on Rush Creek Rd.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PARKS & CAMPGROUNDS US Dept. of the Interior • BLM.gov/california 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata CA 95521 • 825-2300 Call for facilities, availability and fees. KING RANGE NATL. CONSERVATION AREA Off Hwy 101, 16.5 mi. W of Garberville on Briceland/Shelter Cove Rd. Several campgrounds and day-use only parks. 986-5400

■ Black Sands Beach - in Shelter Cove, access to Lost Coast Trailhead

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6 mi. down Elk River Rd. off Hwy 101 just S. of Eureka to parking area. Salmon Pass Trail (Old Growth): by reservation May 15 - Nov. 15, 825-2300 Honeydew Creek Campground - 2 mi. south of Honeydew on Wilder Ridge Rd. Horse Mountain & Tolkan campgrounds - 28 mi. from Redway on Kings Peak (Horse Mountain) Mal Coombs Park - in Shelter Cove, picnic facilities, beach access. Day use only, no fee. Mattole Campground - off Lighthouse Rd. in Petrolia Nadelos & Wailaki campgrounds - 23 mi. from Redway on Chemise Mountain Rd., group camping available at Nadelos

LOST COAST HEADLANDS - 4 mi. W of Ferndale on Centerville Rd., day use, no fees. SAMOA DUNES RECREATION AREA - On southernmost end of Humboldt Bay’s north spit, Hwy. 101 to Samoa Bridge (Hwy 255), 4.5 mi. S on New Navy Base Rd. Day use, no fees. Popular off-highway vehicle use area. REDDING FIELD OFFICE 355 Hemsted Dr., Redding, CA 96002 (530) 224-2100

■ Douglas City Campground - 7 mi. SE of

Weaverville on Steiner Flat Rd., 1/2 mi. off Hwy 299 ■ Junction City Campground 10 mi. W of Weaverville, Hwy 299 ■ Steel Bridge Campground 10 mi. SE of Weaverville, Hwy 299 ■ Steiner Flat Campground - along Trinity River on Steiner Flat Rd., past Douglas City campground. Primitive camping area, no fee.

REDWOOD NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS 1111 2nd St., Crescent City, CA 95531 465-7335 • NPS.gov/redw/ ■ Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 9 mi. N of Orick, Norton B. Drury Parkway off Hwy 101. 488-2039 ■ Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center - talks and walks during summer, exhibits, gift shop, picnic area, along Hwy 101 just south of Orick. 465-7765

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS PARKS & RECREATION DEPT. North Coast Redwoods District P.O. Box 2006 • Eureka, CA 95502 445-6547 • www.parks.ca.gov Unless otherwise noted, state parks offer camping and a variety of recreation. Campgrounds can be reserved by calling (800) 444-7275, www.ReserveCalifornia.com

■ Azalea State Reserve -

■ Benbow State Recreation Area -

2 mi. S of Garberville on Hwy 101, 247-3318

■ Fort Humboldt State Historic Park -

3431 Fort St., E on Highland Ave. 1 block off Hwy 101, Eureka, 445-6547 ■ Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area 32 mi. N of Eureka on Hwy 101, adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons SP, 677-3570 ■ Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park 18 mi. SE of Fortuna on Hwy 36, 777-3683 ■ Humboldt Lagoons State Park Day use only, hiking trails, picnicking, contact the park information, 40 mi. N of Eureka on Hwy 101, 677-3570 ■ Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Avenue of the Giants, 45 mi. S of Eureka on Hwy 101, 946-2409, 946-2263, 946-1811 ■ Little River State Beach - 5 mi. N of McKinleyville on Hwy 101, 677-3570 ■ Patrick’s Point State Park 6 mi. N of Trinidad off Hwy 101, 677-3570 ■ Richardson Grove State Park 7 mi. S of Garberville on Hwy 101, 247-3318 ■ Sinkyone Wilderness State Park 36 mi. SW of Redway on Briceland Rd. off Hwy 101, 986-7711 ■ Trinidad State Beach in Trinidad, day use, 677-3570

HUMBOLDT COUNTY PARKS COUNTY PARKS DIVISION - PUBLIC WORKS 445-7651 • Co.Humboldt.CA.US/portal/ living/county_parks Campgrounds are on a first come, first served basis, some are day-use only. Call for fees. ■ A.W. Way County Park - near Honeydew, Mattole Rd., 22 mi. N of Garberville ■ Big Lagoon County Park 7 mi. N of Trinidad, camping, boating ■ Clam Beach County Park 7 mi. N of Arcata near McKinleyville ■ Samoa Boat Ramp & Campground 6 mi. W of Eureka on Hwy 255 ■ Swimmers Delight & Pamplin Grove - on the Van Duzen River, 12 mi. E of Hwy 101 on Hwy 36

SO HUM COMMUNITY PARK (Day Use Only) ■ Main Park & Tooby Memorial Park - 2 mi.

SW of Garberville at 1144 Sprowl Creek Rd., picnic, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, 923-2928, sohumpark.org

US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE (Day Use Only) ■ Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge -

8 mi. S of Eureka on Hwy 101 at Hookton exit. 733-5406, FWS.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay/

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Lost Coast Brewpub & Café Enjoy great food and award-winning beer in the family-friendly atmosphere of Lost Coast Brewpub and Café in Old Town Eureka. Enjoy the whimsical decor and watch for the giant spider and the surfboard that saved its rider from the jaws of a great white shark. Take 101 north to G Street, turn left and go two blocks. There is plenty of parking in the back. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch & dinner. WHERE: 617 4th St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-445-4480, LostCoast.com

Lost Coast Brewhouse & Taproom Lost Coast Brewery’s Brewhouse and Taproom is open to the public. Take a tour, enjoy a cold brew in the taproom and shop for souvenirs in our gift shop. Proudly serving locally made ice cream in the ice cream parlor. Call ahead for days and hours of operation. Family and dog friendly. WHERE: 1600 Sunset Dr., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-267-9651, LostCoast.com

Humboldt Cider Company, Cider Garden, photo by Molly Blakemore

Humboldt Cider Company Cider Barn Humboldt Cider Company creates delicious, refreshing craft cider. They press apples on site during apple harvest season, capturing the essence of the variety as well as experimenting with new blends and interesting flavors. Enjoy the Cider Garden at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Friday 5 to 9pm, Saturdays 12 to 9pm and Sundays 12 to 8pm. This location, once being the old milk barn, was transformed using reclaimed materials to become a relaxing Humboldt getaway. WHERE: 3750 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-798-6023

Humboldt Cider Company Tap Room Looking for a good cider during the week? Join the crew at Humboldt Cider Company Tap Room, located just off Hwy 101 N. Open daily at 2pm this space is warm and inviting with lots of reclaimed redwood, metal work and beautiful murals. Grab cider-to-go at either location! WHERE: 517 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-497-6320, HumboldtCiderCompany.com

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Redwood Curtain Brewing Company Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., Independent-family owned and operated since 2010, is devoted to brewing multi-dimensional, hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types. The tasting rooms feature 24 brews that are brewed right in Arcata. Enjoy the LoCo Food Truck out back at both locations for lunch/ dinner. Weekly rotating events. Happy Hour runs Monday to Friday, 2 to 6pm. All ages are welcome. Get a growler/crowler to go! OPEN DAILY at NOON. WHERE: Arcata at 550 South G St. #4; and Eureka at 1595 Myrtle Ave. MORE INFO: Arcata 707-826-RCBC (7222); Eureka 707-269-7143, RedwoodCurtainBrewing.com

Mad River Brewing Company In 1989, a home-brewer took his obsession with hand-crafted beer to the next level. Building from the ground up, using equipment outgrown by pioneers of the craft beer industry, Mad River Brewing was born. For almost 30 years, Mad River has continued this passion by brewing traditional ales in the very same facility where the journey began, a mere stone’s throw from the Mad River in Humboldt County. Their flagship, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, and their other award winning brews have gained worldwide recognition for their unique flavor profile and consistent quality. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CHEERS to great beer! WHERE: 101 Taylor Way, Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-4151, MadRiverBrewing.com

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Events & Festivals

All area codes (707) unless otherwise noted ONGOING

Humboldt Roller Derby Eureka  HumboldtRollerDerby.com

ART WALKS:

Arts! Arcata Second Friday each month  ArcataMainStreet.com First Saturday Night Arts Alive! Eureka  EurekaMainStreet.org Trinidad Art Nights! First Fridays May through October  TrinidadArtNights.com

JANUARY

Humboldt Ice Rink Fortuna  HumboldtIceRink.com

FEBRUARY

Ferndale Firemen’s Games Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.com Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Trinidad • 677-1610  TrinidadToClamBeach.com

MARCH

Daffodils by the River Fortuna • 725-7572  Fortuna Garden Club on Facebook Foggy Bottom Milk Run and Walk Ferndale • 845-0001  FoggyBottomMilkRun.com Humboldt Wine Festival 840-4771 • Arcata  HumboldtWineFest.com HumDog Expo Redwood Acres, Eureka 444-3862  HumDog.org Perilous Plunge Eureka • 443-9694  Discovery-Museum.org/plunge.html Sunrise at the Refuge Aleutian Cackling Geese Fly-Off Loleta • 733-5406  www.fws.gov/refuge/Humboldt_Bay

APRIL

A Taste of Main Street Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Dolbeer Steam Donkey Days Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Eureka • 445-6547  www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=665 Ferndale Easter Egg Hunt Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com Godwit Days Bird Festival Arcata • 826-7050  GodwitDays.org Home Show Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com 14 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

Northern Nights Music Festival in July, photo by Alex Siegel, AlexSiegelPhoto.com, courtesy of Northern Nights Music Festival, NorthernNights.org

Humboldt International Film Festival Arcata • 826-3566  HSUFilmFestival.com Rhododendron Parade Eureka • 599-3332  RhodyParade.com

APRIL-NOVEMBER

First Friday Happy Hour Free concerts, Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

MAY

Garberville Rodeo Garberville • 223-1046  GarbervilleRodeo.org North Coast Open Studios Arcata • 442-8413  NorthCoastOpenStudios.com Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com Rose Show, Humboldt Rose Society Redwood Acres, Eureka • 443-1284  HumboldtRose.org Summer Arts and Music Festival Benbow Lake State Recreation Area 923-3368  Mateel.org Trinidad Fish Festival Father’s Day • 677-1610  TrinidadCalif.com Yurok Brush Dance Patrick’s Point State Park, Trinidad 677-0211 ext. 2726

Avenue of the Giants Marathon  TheAve.org Ferndale Memorial Day Parade Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com Kinetic Grand Championship Memorial Day Weekend Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale • 786-3443  KineticGrandChampionship.com May Day Celebration Eureka • 444-3437  BlueOxMill.com Mother’s Day Kinetic Classic Kid-Powered Art Race Eureka • 786-3443  KineticClassic.org Redwood Coast Music Festival Eureka • 445-3378  RCMFest.org Tour of the Unknown Coast 845-6117  TUCCycle.org

Dell’Arte Mad River Festival Blue Lake • 668-5663  DellArte.com Humboldt B-52s Baseball Eureka  HumboldtB52sBaseball.com

MAY, JUNE

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

Pony Express Days McKinleyville • 839-2449  McKinleyvilleChamber.com

JUNE

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com Arcata Fairy Festival and Twilight Ball Arcata Plaza  dance@shoshannaland.com Art and Wine in the Park Rohner Park, second Sunday in June 725-7620  FriendlyFortuna.com Best of Humboldt Redwood Acres Fair Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com

JUNE, JULY

Pastels on the Plaza, Arcata, photo by Molly Blakemore

Humboldt Crabs Baseball Arcata • 840-5665  HumboldtCrabs.com Summer Free Concert Series Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

JUNE-SEPTEMBER

Friday Night Market Eureka • 798-6411  VisitEureka.com/friday-night-market

JULY

4th of July Festival Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org 4th of July Parade & Fire Truck Rides Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com

4th of July Jubilee Arcata • 822-3619  ArcataChamber.com Fortuna Fireworks Festival Fortuna • 725-7600  FriendlyFortuna.com Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo Fortuna • 572-7855  RedwoodAutoXpo.org Fortuna Rodeo Fortuna • 725-3959  FortunaRodeo.com Gem Faire Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Get Out and Play Day Eureka • 441-4248  ci.eureka.ca.gov Humboldt Folklife Festival Blue Lake  HumboldtFolklife.org Northern Nights Music Festival Cook’s Valley Campground 804-896-5129  NorthernNights.org Orick Rodeo Orick • 488-2885  Orick.net Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Redwood Empire Quilters Guild Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show Eureka • 445-5844  REQG.com Sand Sculpture Festival Samoa Drag Strip • 444-1397  FriendsOfTheDunes.org Southern Humboldt 4th of July Fireworks Show • Benbow  Garberville.org

AUGUST

Bigfoot Daze Festival Willow Creek  WillowCreekChamber.com BridgeFest & Flying Saucer Contest Bridgeville • 777-1775  BridgevilleCommunityCenter.org/ bridgefest.html Buddy Brown Blues Festival Blue Lake • 668-5932  HumboldtFolklife.org Hops in Humboldt Fortuna • 725-3959  HopsInHumboldt.com Humboldt County Fair Ferndale • 786-9511  HumboldtCountyFair.org Reggae on the River French’s Camp • 923-3368  Mateel.org Shelter Cover Labor of Love Quilt Show 987-3336  LaborOfLoveQuiltShow.com Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival Trinidad • 845-1125  TBAMFest.com Wildwood Days Rio Dell • 764-3329  on Facebook Woofstock Eureka • 442-1782  SequoiaHumane.org

SEPTEMBER

Cars for Kids Benefit, Car & Bike Show Willow Creek • 503-629-3564  www.DreamQuestWillowCreek.org Cruz ‘N’ Eureka Car Show Eureka • 441-1030  BGCRedwoods.org Humboldt Hills Hoedown Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Natural Fiber Fair Arcata • 599-2729  NaturalFiberFair.com North Country Fair Arcata • 822-5320  SameOldPeople.org Redwood Run Motorcycle Event, Piercy  RedwoodRun.org Ruth Lake Summer Festival Ruth Lake Recreational Campground 574-6143  RuthLakeCSD.org Sumeg Village Day Patrick’s Point State Park Trinidad • 677-3110 Trinidad Rockfish Wars Kayak Fishing Tournament 443-6328  PacificOutfitters.com

OCTOBER

Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival 725-3959  FriendlyFortuna.com Loleta Volunteer Fire Dept. Antique Show • Loleta • 498-2671 Medieval Festival of Courage Blue Lake • 825-8804 ext. 0  MedievalFestivalOfCourage.org Pastels on the Plaza Arcata • 822-7206  NCSHeadstart.org Trick or Treat On & Around the Plaza Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com

NOVEMBER

Fig Twig Market Ferndale Fairgrounds, Ferndale 298-3162 • FigTwigMarket.com Holiday Open House Henderson Center, Eureka  Henderson Center Merchants on Facebook Humboldt Gem and Mineral Show Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Intertribal Gathering and Elders Dinner Redwood Acres, Eureka • 445-8451  NCIDC.org

Compost Mountain Boys at the Humboldt Folklife Festival in Blue Lake, July 2019, photo by Molly Blakemore

Mushroom Fair Arcata • 822-8856  HBMycologicalSociety.org Snowball Drop Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Thanksgiving Day Marsh Walk Arcata • 826-2359 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

NOVEMBER, DECEMBER

Humboldt Artisans Arts & Music Festival Redwood Acres, Eureka 444-8817  HumboldtArtisans.com Humboldt Ice Rink Fortuna  HumboldtIceRink.com Season of Wonder & Light Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com

DECEMBER

Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com

Christmas Tree Lighting (World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree) Ferndale • 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com Electric Lighted Parade and Downtown Open House  FortunaDowntown.org Fortuna Christmas Music Festival River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna 725-7572  SunnyFortuna.com Holiday Craft Market Arcata Community Center, Arcata 822-5951  CityOfArcata.org Holiday Crafts Fair River Lodge Conference Center Fortuna • 725-7572  RiverLodgeConferenceCenter.com KEKA Truckers’ Christmas Parade Eureka • 442-5744  KEKA.com Victorian Holidays Fridays in Ferndale until Christmas 786-4477  VisitFerndale.com Winter Arts Faire Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org 101Things.com • Humboldt County 15


Humboldt County Performing Arts T

he stars shine brighter outside the big city: Humboldt’s performing arts scene is proof. Indulge your inner art lover with first-rate theatre and dance, music and stand-up comedy, poetry and pageantry, storytelling and magic.

Arcata Playhouse Since 2006 the Arcata Playhouse and Playhouse Arts have established themselves as vital contributors to the cultural life of Arcata and Humboldt County. By presenting exciting, high quality music and theatre in an intimate setting for young and old alike, the Playhouse has garnered a stellar reputation as one of our community’s finest cultural gems. WHERE: In the historic Old Creamery building, 9th and L Streets, Arcata. MORE INFO: 707-822-1575, ArcataPlayhouse.org

CenterArts Humboldt State’s performing arts presenter is one of the region’s most exciting arts organizations. People on the North Coast can fill their nights with the inspiration and excitement of live music, theatre and dance. Presented on the HSU campus, CenterArts in recent years has showcased such stars as Ziggy Marley, the Russian National Ballet, Los Lobos, Weird Al Yankovic and Joan Armatrading. Check their website starting in June for the 2019-20 lineup. WHERE: Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-3928, CenterArts.humboldt.edu/Online

Dell’Arte is a unique physical comedy theatre company that has been at the forefront of the ensemble movement for more than 30 years. It develops original works of theatre through an ensemble process, and has performed at international events. Dell’Arte’s Mad River Festival brings together performers and audience members for productions of theatre, music, comedy, storytelling, clown, puppetry and more, and is hosted on Dell’Arte’s two stages in Blue Lake and other venues in the area. WHERE: 131 H St., Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-5663, DellArte.com

The Eureka Symphony For more than 20 years, the Eureka Symphony has been comprised of talented and enthusiastic local musicians. Dedicated to the performance and enjoyment of world-class music for people of all ages and backgrounds, it embraces music’s transformative joy of discovery and presents the best of the classical repertoire from Baroque to today and beyond. MORE INFO: 707-798-6139, Tickets 707-845-3655, EurekaSymphony.com

Ferndale Repertory Theatre offers a year-round schedule of live performances as well as a number of special events. Located on Main Street in the Victorian Village of Ferndale in the historic Hart Building (built in 1920), Ferndale Rep is the longest-running live theater on California’s North Coast. WHERE: 447 Main St., Ferndale MORE INFO: 707-786-LIVE (5483), FerndaleRep.org

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Humboldt Folklife Society teaches, celebrates and encourages participation in traditional music and dance. They offer an ongoing calendar of events including barn dances, song circles and classes. During July, the Humboldt Folklife Society hosts a week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival at Dell’Arte in the heart of Blue Lake, celebrating Humboldt’s many talented musicians. Also in Blue Lake, in early August they host the Buddy Brown Blues Festival, a showcase for local blues musicians. MORE INFO: 707-502-2023, HumboldtFolklife.org

The Humboldt Light Opera Company offers high-quality live musical entertainment and has gained an impressive reputation since their first show in 1973. They have performed some of the most famous shows to grace Broadway in various Humboldt County theaters. HLOC also has a youth division called KidCo, which offers classes and performance opportunities. WHERE: 92 Sunny Brae Center, Arcata MORE INFO: 707-630-5013, HLOC.org

The Mateel Community Center is a nonprofit arts center in Redway that sponsors and hosts a wide range of events including cabaret, comedy, theater, dance, music, mime, monologue and storytelling. The Mateel Community Center’s major events are Reggae on the River and the Summer Arts & Music Festival, both of which attract art and music lovers from around the country. The Mateel Community Center Hall provides the local community with a venue for concerts, weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, annual meetings, seminars and other events. WHERE: 59 Rusk Ln., Redway MORE INFO: 707-923-3368, Mateel.org

North Coast Dance is “Where Dance Lives!” The mission of North Coast Dance is to provide quality training, education and performances in dance for the North Coast. It is a nonprofit organization. NCD strives to make dance accessible to everyone in the community, with instruction in kinder through adult ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, hula, belly dancing, hip hop, ballroom, and men’s ballet. Summer camps and scholarships are available, and a children’s dance camp — Passport to Dance — is held every summer. Its annual production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” has become a much-loved Humboldt County tradition. WHERE: 426 F St., Eureka (Children’s Division: Enter at 455 5th St.) MORE INFO: 707-442-7779, NorthCoastDance.org

The North Coast Repertory Theatre has been offering a full season of contemporary and classic plays and musicals of the highest quality for over 30 years. Today NCRT produces a robust six-play season along with occasional second stage productions. WHERE: 300 5th St., Eureka MORE INFO: Box Office 707-442-NCRT (6278), Production Office 707-268-0175, NCRT.net

Redwood Curtain Theatre presents a season of performances focused on contemporary theatre, as well as bold new interpretations of the classics, with a consistent drive towards quality and the fresh exploration of the human condition. They are committed to demonstrating leadership and advancing art as a vehicle for bringing communities together. WHERE: 220 1st St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-443-7688, RedwoodCurtain.com

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3 Disc Golf

The discus throw was introduced at the Ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C., and the modern game of golf dates back to the 15th century in Scotland. It was not until 1926, however, that we have any record of the two games being merged. By the late ‘60s the rules for modern disc golf had been established, and the game started to catch on in a big way.

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Guided Nature Adventures

It can be rewarding to head out on your own to one of the many hiking trails that crisscross the rugged wilderness of Humboldt County, soaking in the amazing diversity of plant and animal life — but it can be difficult to get a scientific understanding of all the things you’re seeing along the way. If you’re interested in learning about the things around you, sign up for a guided nature tour. A number of guides offer their expert service and experience to curious visitors of Humboldt County. The Friends of the Arcata Marsh offers free nature walks that focus on the birds, animals and plants that live and grow in the region. Regularly scheduled tours take place on Saturdays at 2pm, rain or shine. WHERE: Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-2359, ArcataMarshFriends.org The Redwood Region Audubon Society offers birding and other natural history trips to virtually every corner of northwestern California. The chapter also leads regularly scheduled walks at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The Marsh jaunts begin every Saturday morning at 9, and meet in the parking lot at the southern end of I street by Klopp Lake. MORE INFO: 707-822-5666, RRAS.org, rras@rras.org

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As in traditional golf, a course usually consists of 18 holes. Unlike ball golf, most disc courses are located in public parks and are free to play, although a few courses charge a nominal fee. The sport requires inexpensive discs instead of costly clubs and balls. The disc golf “hole” is a metal basket mounted on a pole. It seems to be America’s new favorite park game, and courses can be found all over Humboldt County. It’s so easy to play that just about anyone of any age can enjoy it, including many specially-abled and disabled participants, yet at the same time it is very challenging to master. Humboldt County is home to a number of disc golf courses. Arcata features three of them, Mad River Pump Station #4 on Warren Creek Road, just off West End Road, Redwood Curtain in the Community Forest, and one at Humboldt State University. There is the Manila Bay 9-hole course, located on the peninsula with vistas encompassing the bay from Arcata to Eureka. In Eureka you can find courses at the Cooper Gulch Sports Complex and College of the Redwoods. Willow Creek is home to the Ammon Ranch Course and the Steelhead Course at Creekside Park. In Southern Humboldt, enjoy playing the Birds of Paradise course (private — call 707-601-9716 for info). In McKinleyville, Beau Pre Disc Golf course is the newest course in the area (also private — call 707-839-3412). MORE INFO: DiscGolfScene.com/courses

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Bicycling & Running

You can take in the natural beauty of Humboldt County and let “people power” carry you to the finish line with cycling and running races. Local running clubs host a number of marathons and community runs throughout the year, and local cyclists gather for mountain bike and road races. No matter what your sport of choice might be, these races will lead you on paths through gorgeous countryside, dramatic coastlines and majestic redwoods. A number of running and cycling events for different experience levels and athletic abilities take place throughout the year. If you’re not in any rush to race, set your own pace down any of the excellent trails available to mountain bikers, walkers and runners. MORE INFO: Find details about trails, equipment and more at Pacific Outfitters, 737 G St., Arcata, 707-822-0321 and 1600 5th St., Eureka, 707-443-6328, PacificOutfitters.com

6 Six Rivers National Forest

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Six Rivers National Forest is enormous, offering a wide variety of activities for people of every age. It encompasses nearly one million acres and stretches southward from the Oregon border for more than 140 miles. Portions of the forest lie in four different counties, with a big chunk of it in Humboldt County. Visiting Six Rivers is awe-inspiring. You’ll have the opportunity to hike or ride horseback along trails through the rugged mountains, stands of redwoods and grasslands. You’ll be able to enjoy great fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking in the area’s many rivers and streams. Wildlife lovers may spot rare animals and plants, and the area is also famous as the home of the legendary Bigfoot. There are many places where you can enter the park. Highways 199, 96, 36 and 299 all run through Six Rivers National Forest, and Hwy 101 runs parallel to it. See pages 85-87. MORE INFO: 707-442-1721, www.fs.usda.gov/srnf

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Eureka Waterfront Trail, part of the Humboldt Bay trail, photo by Viviana Hollenbeck

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Humboldt Bay Trail

Currently a work in progress, when completed the Humboldt Bay Trail will be a 13-mile long network of paved paths connecting communities around Humboldt Bay. It will provide safe access for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, and is expected to improve traffic flow along the Hwy 101 corridor. It will connect central Arcata to the southern end of Eureka, and be part of the California Coastal Trail, itself another work in progress.

 



 

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The cities of Arcata and Eureka have already built their sections. The Arcata extension of the trail is about three miles long. It runs from Samoa Blvd. just West of Arcata, through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and continues south to below the Bayside Cutoff along Humboldt Bay. The Eureka section is called the Eureka Waterfront Trail. It begins at Elk River Parkway south of town and runs along the Bay behind the Bayshore Mall, past the fishing pier at the foot of Del Norte Street, up through the marina and downtown boardwalk and along the south shore of Humboldt Bay north of Hwy 255 and the south side of the Eureka Slough. The connecting leg, a 4.2-mile section that would run by the bay along the 101 Highway Corridor, is intended to improve bicycle-commuting between Eureka and Arcata. Humboldt County has completed preliminary studies for it, and is attempting to secure environmental approval and funding for construction. It hopes to begin work by 2021. MORE INFO: Humboldt County Dept. of Public Works, 707-445-7652, HumboldtGov.org/1923/Humboldt-Bay-Trail 18 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

8 Historic Crew Car Speeder Rides

Arcata and Mad River Railroad crew speeder cars were originally used to transport logging crews into the woods along the railways in Korbel. In 2009 two of these vehicles were restored by Timber Heritage Association volunteers, and more recently overhauled, improving the ride. Currently THA offers excursions for about 25 riders on them in several North Coast locations.

The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of paved paths connecting communities around Humboldt Bay. When completed, it will be a continuous 14-mile, Class 1 bike path, connecting central Arcata to the southern end of Eureka.

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TheTheir citiessignature of Arcata and tour is a 4-mile round trip along beautiful Humboldt Bay from Samoa to near Manila,have running every half hour from 10am to 4pm on the fourth Saturdays of June, July, August Eureka already built and September. These are great rides for seeing the flora and fauna of Humboldt Bay, as well their sections. Humboldt as some historic locations. On these fourth Saturdays, THA’s historic 1893 Samoa Shops and County has are completed Roundhouse open for tours. They are all part of a working museum where you can see many of Timber Heritage’s logging artifacts and locomotives, including a fully restored and preliminary studiescollected for elegant dining car. Parking is near the Samoa Cookhouse, with train cars boarding by the avery connecting 4.2-mile bottom of the Cookhouse driveway. section that wouldalso runconducts special rides from time to time; for a complete schedule visit Timber Heritage TimberHeritage.org/calendar-of-events. And of course, on the 4th of July they will be offering by the bay along the 101 their ever-popular speeder rides in Eureka’s Old Town. Highway Corridor. WHERE: 930 Vance Ave. in Samoa, Main Street in Loleta, and 1st and E Streets in Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: The county is attempting to secure environmental approval and funding for construction, and hopes to begin work by 2021.

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9 Beads, Stones, Gems & More

Whether wearing it, admiring it or making it, most people simply love jewelry. If you like to create jewelry, you’ll discover many delightful bead shops in Humboldt County, where you can find what you need to craft your own pieces. Choose from wooden, glass, gem, stone, bone, metal, plastic or crystal beads — the variety will get your creativity flowing. • Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop, Hwy 101, 4 mi. south of Fortuna, 707-725-2714 • Garden of Beadin’, 752 Redwood Dr., Garberville, 800-BEAD LUV (232-3588), GardenOfBeadin.com • Heart Bead, 830 G St., Arcata Plaza, 707-826-9577, HeartBead.com • Talisman, 214 F St., Old Town Eureka, 707-443-1509, Talisman-Beads.com

10 Casinos in Humboldt

Going to a casino can be lots of fun and incredibly rewarding. There are several places to try your luck in Humboldt County. Bear River Casino in Loleta Check out the generous slot machines at Bear River Casino, or great table games such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Spanish 21 and live action Craps and Californiastyle Roulette. Or visit their new Poker Den. There are two places to grab a bite or a drink, plus an elegant restaurant. WHERE: 11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta MORE INFO: 707-733-9644, 800-761-BEAR (2327), BearRiverCasino.com Blue Lake Casino and Hotel in Blue Lake Play exciting casino table games including live Poker, or try your hand at some of the 800+ slot machines at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel. Take in a live show or dance, then dine at the 24-hour restaurant buffet or in the elegant banquet hall before returning to your hotel room for the night. WHERE: 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-9770, 877-BLC-2WIN (252-2946), BlueLakeCasino.com Cher-Ae Heights Casino in Trinidad Enjoy their more than 300 slot machines or play Single Deck 21, Texas Hold’em, or other exciting table games including California-style Roulette at Cher-Ae Heights Casino. This is also a great place for bingo fanatics, with an 800-seat hall. When you get hungry, there are three restaurants on site to serve you. WHERE: 27 Scenic Dr., Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-677-3611, 800-684-2464, CherAeHeightsCasino.com

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Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands

A coastal climate and long growing season help Humboldt County farmers produce a bountiful crop each year. At local farmers’ markets, you’ll find everything from fruits and vegetables to fresh flowers and artwork. The larger markets often have live music, artists and other vendors. At all of the local markets, you’ll find a selection of local and organic produce, honey and jams, live plants and cut flowers. If you prefer a more first-hand look into the workings of local farms, many of them welcome visitors and have stands on the grounds where you can peruse, sample and buy the freshest of the fresh or pick your own flowers. Stop by a seasonal farmers’ market or farm stand and fill a bag with nature’s bounty. photo by Heidi Ferris

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Eureka Farmers’ Market, Old Town Jun to Oct, 10am to 1pm F St. between 1st and 2nd Live music, HumFarm.org

Fortuna Farmers’ Market June to Oct, 3 to 6pm 10th & Main St., Fortuna

Miranda Farmers’ Market May to Oct, 2 to 6pm, 6789 Ave of the Giants

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Willow Creek Farmers’ Market

Jun to August, 4:30 to 7:30pm Community Commons Park Corner of Hwy 299 and Hwy 96

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Garberville Farmers’ Market

May to Nov, 11am to 3pm Church St. in Town Square, 786-9460

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11 Humboldt’s Motorcycle Scene

Humboldt County is a favorite of motorcycle aficionados from all over the country. Highway 101, the Avenue of the Giants and Hwy 36 are all picturesque, beautifully maintained roads for those looking for the ultimate fresh air and scenic road trip. The area also hosts a number of organized rides and gatherings, with live music, poker runs, vendors, and the camaraderie of fellow bikers. The Humboldt chapter of United Bikers of Northern California hosts the All Bikes By The Bay at Samoa Dragstrip family event in July. There is no need to own a bike to attend, this is just a good time for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Rescue Center and Eureka Rescue Mission. MORE INFO: UBNCHumboldt.com, UBNCHumboldt@gmail.com For 2019, the Redwood Run will be held in Piercy in June. This nationally known weekend biker party features three days of camping, live music, biker games and marathon partying. MORE INFO: Visit TheRedwoodRun on Facebook or log onto RedwoodRun.org

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Eureka Friday Night Market

June to Oct, 5 to 8pm In front of Clarke Museum, 240 E St.

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Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market

Apr to Nov, 9am to 2pm, Nov-Mar, 10am to 2pm Live Music, 441-9999, HumFarm.org

LOCAL FARM STANDS

DeepSeeded Farm

2507 Wyatt Ln., Arcata, 825-8033 ArcataCSA.com

Organic Matters Ranch

May 31 thru Oct, Mon to Fri, 12 to 6pm 6821 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, 407-3276 (FARM), OrganicMattersRanch.com

Clendenen’s Cider Works

Mid-Aug to Jan, Mon to Sat 9am to 5:30pm, Sun, 10am to 5pm 96 12th St., Fortuna, 725-2123 ClendenensCiderWorks.com

Redwood Roots Farm

Jun thru Oct, Tue, Thu, noon to 6pm 45 Fellowship Way, Bayside, 826-0261 RedwoodRootsFarm.com

Kneeland Glen Farm Stand

Noon to 6pm daily, 5851 Myrtle Ave. Eureka, 496-0459, see ad below

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Thu to Sun, 10 to 5pm or by apt. 1975 Blake Rd., McKinleyville 840-0223, OrchidPeople.com

Trinity River Farm

Apr to Oct, 2443 Hwy 96, Willow Creek 530-629-3200, TrinityRiverFarm.com

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RELOCATING TO

Humboldt County

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he lifestyle here is unquestionably different from that of other California locales. Humboldt County continues to be a popular relocation choice; people seem to visit for a couple of days and end up coming back to live permanently. Whether for retirement, recreation opportunities or just a different environment, most people settle here for a better quality of life. The county offers abundant natural beauty, mild weather, friendly towns and a minimum of traffic and pollution. Due to its varied terrain, finding the right spot to settle in Humboldt County can take some study. Local real estate agents divide the county into six regions: South County, Mid-County, South Bay, North Bay, Northwest County and Northeast County. Each has its own distinct personality and attributes. Southern Humboldt, also referred to as South County, is a rural, mountainous area blessed with clean air, a warm, sunny climate, towering redwoods, lush state parks, wilderness areas and rugged coastline. Most of its small communities are along Hwy 101 and the Avenue of the Giants, a scenic drive in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. To the north is Mid-County. The area is still mostly rural, but also includes the vibrant community of Fortuna and the nearby Victorian Village of Ferndale. Fortuna is generally sunnier than nearby Eureka or Ferndale, both of which experience coastal fog. The entire downtown of Ferndale is a National Historic Landmark, and will appeal to those who love Victorian buildings, pastoral countryside and small village ambiance. The South Bay section of the county is named for its proximity to Humboldt Bay and includes the most populous city, Eureka. With a population of over 28,000, Eureka has a wide spectrum of housing choices from modest bungalows to ornate refurbished Victorian mansions. Local real estate agents can describe the dozens of individual neighborhoods, school districts and microclimates of Eureka. The college town of Arcata is in the North Bay region of the county along with McKinleyville, the county’s fastest growing community. Arcata has historically had consistently higher real estate prices than the rest of the county due primarily to the presence of Humboldt State University; however, in recent years McKinleyville’s home values have been on par with Arcata’s. With HSU’s enrollment of about 8,000 students, rental properties are rarely vacant. Furthermore, geographical restrictions leave little room for new housing in the attractive city. Arcata has a unique wildlife sanctuary on the bay as well as a central plaza that hosts numerous annual celebrations. McKinleyville, just seven miles north of Arcata, does have room to expand, and it is

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here that one finds the largest numbers of new homes in the county. Just east of McKinleyville is Fieldbrook, where most homes are on large lots or acreage. Blue Lake is a small hamlet along the Mad River just out of the coastal fog belt east of Arcata that has gained popularity among home buyers. The Northwest County area is home to the tiny but unique harbor village of Trinidad. Despite being one of California’s smallest incorporated cities with a population under 400, some of the county’s most expensive properties are found here in stunning custom coastal homes in close proximity to many parks and beaches. Also in Northwestern County is Orick, situated at the southern entrance to Redwoods National and State Parks. Northeast County is a vast rural region that includes the Trinity and Klamath rivers, the Klamath Mountains and the Hoopa Indian Reservation. It is a great area for fishermen, boaters and nature enthusiasts. Summer temperatures reach an average high in the mid-90s, and winter usually brings rainstorms with snow at the higher elevations. The town of Willow Creek is situated along Hwy 299 and the town of Orleans is along Hwy 96. The most active months for home sales are July through September. Humboldt County has always given consumers more bang for their buck compared to Southern California or the San Francisco Bay Area. For those who prefer to rent, the rental market is relatively tight, and nice properties are not on the market long. Generally, more rural, country homes tend to command a higher price here. Commercial real estate is an attractive option for some due to the area’s lower prices. Some of the people interested in a lifestyle change who move to the area opt to buy an existing business rather than look for a job.

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or the traveler looking to “get away from it all,” Shelter Cove, in the heart of California’s Lost Coast, is an ideal choice. Back in the 1920s, when engineers decided that the coastline from northern Mendocino County through the King Range in Humboldt County was too rugged for even a two-lane highway, road builders bypassed the entire area. This left it the most remote and undeveloped part of the California coast, making it perfect for those seeking peace and seclusion in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. A relatively flat point set amid a long stretch of sheer ocean cliffs, Shelter Cove gets its name from a gulf formed by Point Delgada to the south. It can only be accessed by boat, by driving for 23 miles along a winding mountain road from Redway, or by flying into the tiny Shelter Cove Airport. Shelter Cove features amenities for the traveler that include lodgings, restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a coffeehouse and markets. Besides rest and relaxation, the village and surrounding environs also offer those who prefer more vigorous activities opportunities to fish, crab, dive for abalone, watch for whales, hike, and take stunning photographs of the scenery and wildlife. The thick redwood forests surrounding the village are home to bald eagles, Roosevelt elk, blacktail deer and, if you believe the legend, Bigfoot. The rocky shoreline makes Shelter Cove a refuge for seals and sea lions, and is home to some of the world’s richest tide pools. There are picnic areas that offer access to the beach or to the rocks below the bluffs. Black Sand Beach to the north is deserted and picturesque, with spectacular views of the King Range. Although popular lore has it that the black sands are volcanic in origin, in fact they come from dark colored sandstone and older compressed shale. There are numerous campgrounds in the wilderness near Shelter Cove, plus a major trailhead that leads into the King Range. Hikers who want to trek the 25-mile long Lost Coast Trail can begin their journey here. (Warning: A couple of long stretches of that trail are under water at high tide, and if you are caught in one of them you could very possibly drown. The Lost Coast Trail is not for the inexperienced or unprepared.)

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In 1999 a large helicopter lifted the lantern off the historic but badly deteriorated Cape Mendocino Lighthouse and flew it 35 miles to the village of Shelter Cove. The rest of the lighthouse, disassembled at the site, soon followed by truck. Within a year the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society had restored, painted and fitted new glass into this now 146-year-old sailor’s beacon. Today it sits at Mal Coombs Park at the tip of Point Delgada. The Cape Mendocino Lighthouse has a rich history as a signal of warning in some of the Pacific Coast’s most treacherous waters. Cape Mendocino is California’s westernmost point. The first ship carrying supplies to build the lighthouse struck a rock on its journey and ran aground in 1867. When a steamer finally landed safely at the cape’s headland, the parts of the lighthouse were hauled up steep cliffs to a base 422 ft. above the ocean. When the 43-ft. tall tower was completed in 1868, it became one of the highest lighthouses in the nation. The last piece, the delicate Fresnel lens, was steamed to Eureka then transported by horse and wagon to the point. The lighthouse began flashing its white signal once every 30 seconds on Dec. 1, 1868. The lighthouse was so remote it had to be serviced by sea in the early years. One lighthouse inspector drowned in 1881 trying to reach it. During more than 80 years of service, violent storms and frequent earthquakes took their toll on the lighthouse. The Coast Guard decommissioned it in 1951, and by the late 1990s it was ready to crumble into the sea. Today, the restored lighthouse is open for tours, when docents are available, from 11am to 3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. MORE INFO: Search LighthouseFriends.com

If there had been an Alcatraz of lighthouses in the early 1900s, the Punta Gorda light station would have been it. It was as isolated and lonely as a frontier settlement. The lighthouse keeper spent the winter months there virtually in solitary confinement, when flooded streams and harsh, windy conditions kept the site cut off from civilization. Even during the pleasant summer months, he had to travel 11 miles on horseback to shop for fresh supplies in the small town of Petrolia. Originally sanctioned as a fog station in 1888, it was not until 1912 that the Punta Gorda (Spanish for “fat point”) Lighthouse was approved by Congress, and then only after 10 ships and countless seamen had met their fate near the point. The flashing light in the small 27-foot-tall tower was in service until 1951, when the Coast Guard decided the remote site was too expensive to maintain, and replaced it with a flashing buoy. Now controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, the only structures remaining are the concrete lighthouse and the oil house, both of which were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The lighthouse site is a strenuous 3-mile hike along the Lost Coast Trail, which begins at the Mattole Beach campground. The trail offers beautiful black-sand beaches, dunes and tide pools. A large portion of the hike is through fine, loose sand, and hiking beneath the cliffs can be dangerous at high tide. Tide information is usually posted at the trailhead. WHERE: To reach the site from Hwy 101, take the Honeydew/Dyerville exit in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Travel west to Mattole Road in Honeydew to Lighthouse Road, almost an hour and a half trip. Travel 5 miles to Mattole Campground. MORE INFO: BLM King Range National Conservation Area, 707-986-5400; search LighthouseFriends.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Shelter Cove is one of California’s premier ocean fishing destinations. Fishermen come for the salmon, which are found close to the shore here May through August. Anglers also catch an abundance of ling cod, rock cod, halibut, albacore and surf perch. They can launch a boat from the cove, which Point Delgada protects from the northwesterly winds. Visitors can buy fishing licenses at Shelter Cove stores or charter a boat from a sport fishing business for a guided angling adventure. On calm days, abalone diving is also an option. A great way to make sure that you have the perfect fishing experience is to let one of Humboldt County’s expert fishing guide services outfit and plan your excursion. These professional captains and guides will lead you to the best spots during the right season and help you catch the monsters you’re after. MORE INFO: Mario’s Marina, 707-986-7595

The King Range National Conservation Area is unlike any other place in the continental United States. Here, in this 35-mile long, 68,000-acre stretch of coastal wilderness, the mountains rise directly out of the sea. King Peak tops out at 4,088 ft., and is only 3 miles from the ocean. The Conservation Area extends from the Mattole River in Humboldt County to the northern border of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in Mendocino County. There are campgrounds scattered throughout the area. Because of its remoteness and relative inaccessibility — only a few back roads lead into the range — this Douglas-fir-clad wilderness attracts hikers, campers, equestrians, mushroom collectors, surfers, anglers and beachcombers. Seals, sea lions and a multitude of sea birds inhabit the rocky shoreline, and California gray whales pass close to shore during the spring northern migration. Streams that flow down from the mountains are spawning waters for salmon and trout. A small herd of Roosevelt elk roams the area, and some 300 species of migratory birds have been observed in the King Range, including the northern spotted owl, bald eagle and Cooper’s hawk. Rattlesnakes live here, and black bear and mountain lions also prowl these mountains and the shoreline. Campers are required to carry and use approved hard-sided bear canisters to store all food and scented items, or face being fined. Overnight stays require a walk-in permit. Accessing the King Range can be an adventure in itself. Hikers can take the legendary and potentially deadly Lost Coast Trail north out of the village of Shelter Cove. Unpaved back roads, most suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles with high ground clearance, intersect Shelter Cove Road on the south, and Wilder Ridge Road on the east. On the north end of the range, access is near the mouth of the Mattole River on Lighthouse Road, off Mattole Road.

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The BLM maintains miles of trails in the King Range National Conservation Area, most of which intersect the Lost Coast Trail. Although the trail, which runs along the shore at the base of the mountains from the mouth of the Mattole to Shelter Cove, is only 25 miles long, it takes three or four days to hike it. Footing is slow and uncertain, with rocks constantly moving under your feet. Expect to average about a mile and a half per hour hiking on the beaches. Most of the Coastal Trail is well-marked, but hikers should nevertheless carry a map of the area and a tide table, and ideally a portable radio with a weather band. Sections of the trail up to four miles long become completely submerged at high tide, replaced by surf crashing against cliff walls for hours, and the threat of drowning if you get caught then is very real. You should also stay away from the beach area during small craft advisories; rough surf can wash up onto the trail and sweep you away. WHERE: To get to Shelter Cove, take the Hwy 101 exit to Redway/Garberville and follow the signs to Redway. In Redway, turn west on Briceland Road and go 14 miles to Shelter Cove Road. Turn right on Shelter Cove Road and follow the signs to Black Sand Beach. MORE INFO: Maps (and bear canisters) are available at BLM’s King Range project office in Whitethorn, 707-986-5400, or in Arcata, 707-825-2300; BLM.gov/visit/king-range Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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One of the very best roadside attractions in northern Mendocino County, just south of Garberville, is Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill. Listed as a California Point of Historical Interest, and featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind attraction. It has been the home of mystery and fun since 1949. When you step into the Gravity House, your body will seem to defy the laws of nature. You will experience contradictory optical and physical sensations that will make you ask yourself, IS SEEING BELIEVING? There are no right or wrong answers at Confusion Hill. Be sure to check out the Redwood Shoe House. There is also the unique miniature Mountain Train Ride that will take you on a 30-minute ride up the hill and back down. Along the way you will learn about the Redwood Forest and see historical logging equipment on the side of the track. Confusion Hill is also the home of the World’s Tallest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving. While at Confusion Hill take a few minutes to pay your respects at the Twin Towers Memorial Trees. There is also a gift shop, snack bar and playground for the kids. Please note that the Train Ride and Snack Bar are seasonal and are open Memorial Day to Labor Day only. WHERE: Along Hwy 101, 15 miles south of Garberville (exit left) and 7 miles north of Leggett (exit right). MORE INFO: 707-925-6456, ConfusionHill.com

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Heading north on Hwy 101 from Mendocino into Humboldt County, your first encounter with old-growth redwoods will be at Richardson Grove State Park. Established in 1922 and named after California’s 25th governor, Friend W. Richardson, this beautiful park is not only a popular family camping spot, but also a wonderful place to learn about the coastal redwood forests. There is a walk-through tree, as well as the ninth tallest redwood known, and a fallen tree ring study that was conducted in 1933. The park, which is bisected by the Eel River, also contains 9 miles of hiking trails that will take you past towering trees, thriving wildlife, and along the South Fork of the Eel River. Along the banks of the river are excellent sites for salmon and steelhead fishing in the winter, or swimming in the summer. There is a delightful picnic grove with ample parking. If you’d like to spend more than one day in the park, you’ll find 159 campsites where you can pitch a tent or park your motor home. Several cabins are available for rent. The Visitor Center and Nature Store are located in the historic 1930s-era Richardson Grove Lodge. See exhibits and get more information on summer nature programs such as evening campfires, Junior Rangers and guided nature walks. WHERE: On Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Garberville. There is a day use fee per car, and reservations are recommended for camping during the summer season. MORE INFO: 707-247-3318 (recorded info), www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=422

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Let nature be your playground at the Southern Humboldt Community Park. You can explore 431 acres of grasslands, farmland, upland forests, and native redwoods, with attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. Walkers, bikers and horseback riders will enjoy 3.5 miles of trails that wind around meadows and through forests. All park trails are multi-use and suitable for hikers, dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and horses. Visitors can pick up a self-guided plant walk brochure, bring along binoculars for bird-watching, or take a stroll through the meditation labyrinth to get away from it all. Beach access to the Eel River is perfect for swimmers and kayakers, while picnic tables, a riverside playground, a 23-hole disc golf course and skateboard ramp promise to keep the whole family entertained. The park is also a model of sustainable food production (the Garberville Community Farm and several other groups grow crops there), forest management, watershed restoration and education, and is host to a number of events throughout the year. These include educational and interpretive programs, weddings, receptions, retreats and club meetings. Southern Humboldt Community Park is located on Sprowl Creek Road, 1 mile from the Hwy 101 Garberville exit. The park is open from sunup to sundown year-round. WHERE: 934 Sprowl Creek Rd., Garberville MORE INFO: 707-923-2928, SoHumPark.org

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With meticulously tended greens and glorious Humboldt County views, the Benbow Valley Golf Course near Garberville is not only the lone public golf course in southern Humboldt County, but also one of Northern California’s most challenging. This nine-hole, par-35 course features two sets of tees, allowing golfers to play 18 holes. Described by many as “unforgiving,” players are often surprised to discover just how challenging it is. There is an additional set of tees for the junior or beginning golfer, making this a perfect family activity. In addition to its golf course and well-stocked pro shop, the Benbow Valley Golf Course offers a putting green and practice sand trap. The manicured putting green, flanked with sand bunkers, allows players to practice their putting and improve their chipping skills. It’s fun for serious golfers and beginners alike. WHERE: Benbow KOA, 7000 Benbow Dr. Take exit 636 from Hwy 101 onto Benbow Drive (traveling south turn left, north turn right) and follow the signs. MORE INFO: 707-923-2777, 800-562-7518, BenbowRV.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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he Avenue of the Giants offers more than the majesty of towering redwoods. This 31-mile route along the South Fork of the Eel River meanders through several small hamlets that give a glimpse into the history of Humboldt County, and also provide opportunities for travelers to get out of their cars and stretch and refresh themselves. The towns along the Avenue, once closely tied (707) 943-3053 • SpiritGlass.com to the timber industry, now rely more on the tourists who come to Humboldt Redwoods State Park to view its spectacular old-growth redwood habitat, swim in the Eel River and experience the local culture. At the south end of the Avenue of the Giants is Phillipsville, offering lodging, a classic roadhouse with food, drinks and live music, a grocery store, a variety of visitor attractions and several river access points. Further north is the town of Miranda, surrounded by redwoods and home to a growing community of artists. Myers Flat, north of Miranda and in the heart of the redwoods, has a wine tasting room as well as a family oriented campground. The town of Weott no longer sits on its original site, having been relocated after the devastating flood of 1964, which washed it and several other local towns away. Look for the tall post on the Avenue near Weott’s current site marking how high the floodwaters reached. The Visitor’s Center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park “The Visitor Center features a discovery corner is close by. The town of Redcrest, situated on higher ground, was protected from the with hands-on exhibits, a native plant garden, flood that wiped out the lower-lying towns. An abundance of redwood attractions make guided walks, movies, and a museum and it a popular destination. The northernmost community on the Avenue is Pepperwood, located close to easily accessible hiking trails. bookstore. You can also visit one of our other Numerous sights beckon to the visitors who travel the Avenue of the Giants. Rockefeller State Park Visitor Centers at Richardson Grove, Grove is arguably the most impressive stand of redwoods found anywhere in the world. Grizzly Creek and Sinkyone Wilderness for To get there, drive a mile and a half west on Mattole Road from Avenue of the Giants more exhibits and fun!” mile marker 20.6, just south of Redcrest, to the Rockefeller Loop Trail, or continue another 3 miles west on Mattole Road to the Big Trees Parking Area. Other stunning yet easy hikes easily accessed from the Avenue of the Giants include Founder’s Grove Nature HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK Loop Trail, Gould Grove Nature Trail, Drury-Chaney Loop Trail and Stephen’s Grove Loop 17119 State Route 254, Ave. of the Giants, Weott, CA Trail. There are also nearby picnic areas, campgrounds and swimming holes to enjoy. (707) 946-2263 • www.humboldtredwoods.org (See map, pages 32 and 33.)

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The natural crown jewel of the county, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is the definitive spot to see the magnificence of California’s famous coastal redwoods. In the early part of the last century there was a nationwide effort to save what remained of the old-growth redwoods on California’s North Coast. Philanthropists and civic clubs began buying groves of trees for the purpose of preserving them. Humboldt Redwoods State Park was founded in 1921 with one of those purchases, the Bolling Memorial Grove, in honor of a fallen World War I soldier. Today, Humboldt Redwoods is California’s third largest state park, occupying 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of pristine old-growth redwoods. One of its best-known attractions is the Avenue of the Giants, a secluded roadway through the towering coastal giants that runs roughly parallel to Hwy 101. The park is rarely crowded, and offers more than 250 campsites in three large drive-in campgrounds. There are environmental, group, backcountry and horse camps. Hikers can enjoy more than 100 miles of trails, some of which are also open to equestrians and mountain bikers. The South Fork of the Eel River provides fishing, boating and great swimming holes. The park also features a number of day use areas. The Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center, on the Avenue of the Giants between Myers Flat

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One of the most striking features of Humboldt County is the magnificent Eel River. The North and Middle Forks of the Eel have been designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic River system, and its watershed is the third largest in California. The river flows through five counties with winding lazy curves to churning whitewater. It runs parallel to the coast and Hwy 101. A large part of its run is through the Avenue of the Giants, making Hwy 101 and the Avenue two of the most scenic roads in Southern Humboldt.

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The South Fork of the river skirts the eastern edge of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. During the summer months, the river’s tributaries are slow-moving streams that provide a number of natural pools and safe swimming holes. There are many river access sites within the park. Dyerville Flats, located where the South Fork joins the main branch of the Eel River, features restrooms, picnic tables, an overlook and ample parking. Dyerville is located four miles north of the Visitor Center and very close to the turnout for Founders Grove, Rockefeller Grove and the intersection of Mattole Road. The easiest river access to find from the Visitor Center is Gould Bar. A sign marks where the gravel road intersects Avenue of the Giants on the west, just tenths of a mile north of the center. A short drive takes you to two large swimming holes. You can also hike there from the Visitor Center’s parking lot or Burlington campground. High Rock is another access point that is easy to get to. Watch for the High Rock bar sign as you drive north on Avenue the Giants about 6 miles from the Visitor Center. A short drive down a gravel road takes you to a parking area. From there, it’s a short walk to the expansive bar that offers several ideal, placid sites. MORE INFO: Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center, 707-946-2263; VisitRedwoods.com

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Once upon a time promoters of California’s tourism industry devised a clever way to entice visitors to see the captivating beauty of the redwood forests — cut a tunnel through a redwood and charge people a fee to drive their cars through to the other side. It was a great photo opportunity that quickly caught on. In time there were drive-thru trees, drive-on trees, walk-through trees and even step-thru stumps. Today, three trees with open trunks remain. All are privately owned, charge a nominal entrance fee and are open daily year-round. The Original Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat has been family-owned since 1958. Known worldwide as the Shrine of the Redwoods, the natural opening in the tree was created by fire centuries ago. It is large enough for full sized autos and pickups to drive through. This Old Giant is 21 ft. across and 64 ft. around. The Shrine Tree along with the Drive-On Log, Tree House Village, Cathedral Trees, Rings of History and The Balance Tree are all part of the Shrine Drive Thru Tree Auto Park. Visit the gift shop for locally made items. WHERE: Off Hwy 101, exit #656 on the Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat. MORE INFO: 707-943-1975

Redwood Hiking Trails

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has hundreds of miles of trails — there are so many it’s hard to decide where to hike. View our map on pages 32 and 33 to see the location of different trailheads along the Avenue of the Giants. Listed here are the five best hikes chosen by the volunteers of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association who staff the Visitor Center. There is also a map available at the Visitor Center for a small fee, clearly marking the location of the trails in the park.

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1. Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail. An easy hike, about half a mile in total. The trailhead is easy to find off the Avenue of the Giants about four miles north of the Visitor Center. 2. Rockefeller Loop Trail in Rockefeller Forest. The trailhead is off Mattole Road, about a mile west of where Mattole Road joins the Avenue of the Giants, four miles north of the Visitor Center. In this short hike, which is about half a mile long, hikers will find 13 of the world’s 100 tallest trees. 3. Bull Creek Trail North/South Loop. This is a seven-mile round-trip hike through the Bull Creek State Wilderness. At 10,000 acres, it is the largest section of old-growth redwood forest left. This trail is accessed off the Rockefeller Loop Trail or the Big Tree Day Use Area on Mattole Road. Making this a loop is dependent on seasonal bridges; when bridges are out, one trail or the other can be done as an out and back. 4. Johnson Camp Trail. This 10-mile round-trip trail has some steep sections as it climbs to a backcountry camp. Hikers will find deserted cabins the loggers once slept in, along with other artifacts from the heyday of logging. This is also an equestrian trail, so hikers may encounter horseback travelers along the way. The trailhead is about 6 miles west on Mattole Road, across from the Albee Creek Campground. 5. Grasshopper Multiuse Trail. This is a 14-mile round-trip that takes hikers to the fire lookout atop Grasshopper Peak, which tops out at 3,379 ft. It is an 8-hour round trip for average hikers who will enjoy stunning views of the entire park from the lookout. There is a backcountry campground just below the peak. This trail is also open to horses and bicycles. Access the trail from the Johnson Camp trailhead, or when seasonal bridges are in, from the River Trail near the Visitor Center. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Cuneo Creek Horse Camp is a complete campground designed specifically for equestrians and their horses. The camp features five family campsites, accommodating up to eight campers each, with two corrals on each site. Two group campsites accommodate up to 90 campers and their horses, with a total of 28 corrals. The different sites also accommodate large trailers and RVs. The camp includes numerous amenities for people and equines including showers, fire rings, picnic tables, water troughs, corrals, manure bins and hitching posts. The camp also includes day use areas with tie rails. Perhaps the best the camp has to offer is access to more than 50 miles of trails through the redwoods. Many of the trails are multiuse, open to hikers and mountain bikers, so caution is urged. The park is also home to black bears and mountain lions. The camp is located near Albee Campground, about 3 miles away, which features evening campfire programs, guided nature walks and Junior Ranger programs for children. WHERE: Cuneo Creek Horse Camp is on Cuneo Road just off Mattole Road, about 8 miles east of its junction with the Avenue of the Giants. MORE INFO: Make reservations through ReserveCalifornia.com or 800-444-7275.

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Inside the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Visitor Center resides a curious behemoth of a vehicle. It just may be the original RV. In 1917, Charles Kellogg, an American naturalist and lecturer, hoisted a 6-ton hollowed-out giant redwood log onto the chassis of a Nash Quad, a large truck the Nash Company built for the military in World War I and one of the very first 4x4 vehicles. Kellogg used an ax and an adz to hollow out the log and fashion it into a cabin on wheels. Inside the log he built a complete home with a kitchenette, lockers, beds, dining table, dresser, electric lights, running water and a guest room. This was almost 100 years ago! The log is completely solid: the walls, ceiling, and floors are all one piece. Kellogg first toured the United States in his Travel Log to sell Liberty Bonds for the war effort during World War I. After the war, Kellogg, also known for his surreal ability to imitate bird calls, traveled the states to promote preserving California’s giant trees. He crossed the country four times in his lumbering motor home. Today, the Travel Log is in beautifully restored condition. Guests at the Visitor Center may get close to the log, but are not allowed inside it. The exhibit also features information about Kellogg’s life and teachings. This ancient truck is a historical artifact, and consequently is roped off to keep it preserved. However, if you want to have a similar experience, you can visit the Immortal Tree in Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants, and climb aboard their lovingly restored log truck. WHERE: Avenue of the Giants between Weott and Myers Flat. MORE INFO: 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org/visitor-center

Early in the 20th century, women’s civic groups around California organized a statewide campaign to protect the redwoods in Humboldt County. In response, the California Federation of Women’s Clubs purchased a grove of giant redwoods next to the South Fork of the Eel River. In 1931, renowned San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, designer of the Hearst Castle, fashioned a monument to celebrate saving the grove from the logger’s saw. Morgan’s monument stands today in the Federation’s grove, a peculiar four-sided hearth that features fireplaces facing each direction.

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Officially called the California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone, it was built of native stone and redwood timber. Morgan’s biographer wrote that the hearthstone is a symbol for “the untouched nature of the forest and the Federation’s scrupulous protection of this heritage.” The California Federation of Women’s Clubs Grove is easy to reach by car, and is a popular picnic place that includes two solid redwood picnic tables big enough to accommodate a family reunion. It is home to one of the ten tallest trees in the world, and there is also a popular swimming hole by the grove. WHERE: Take Avenue of the Giants about 3 miles north from the Visitor Center. A sign marks a narrow road that runs to the west several hundred yards into the forest, to a parking lot. The hearthstone sits under several tall trees, a few feet back from a bank that overlooks the Eel River. MORE INFO: FamousRedwoods.com/federation_grove/ Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Originally a 1945 White Fire Engine, this truck was modified in 2007 into the “Hollow Log Truck.” The log is approximately 1000 years old. The “Hollow Log Truck” can be seen Memorial Day through Labor Day at the “Burl n’ Drift” novelty and gift shop.

The Immortal Tree is a 950 to 1000 year old redwood. This tree has survived fire, flood and the logger’s axe. In 1908, Holmes Eureka Timber Company harvested about 5000 acres of ancient redwoods. During this harvest an undercut was chopped into this tree with the intention of falling it. It is unclear why the loggers did not finish the back cut. The wound eventually healed but is still visible on the Immortal Tree. After falling the nearby acreage, the loggers lit a fire to remove brush and slash before bucking the timber to length. The forest fire scar and charring is still visible but did not kill this tree. Sometime before 1952, lightning removed the top of the Immortal Tree. In December 1964 a huge flood inundated Holmes Flat and Humboldt County. The high water mark is approximately 17 feet above the base of the tree and is still visible. The next generation, believed to be the fifth, is growing in front of the Immortal Tree.

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In 1967 Janice and Edward Lewis opened the “Burl n’ Drift” novelty and gift shop, specializing in locally manufactured redwood souvenirs and gifts. Over the years the family-operated shop has increased their own production of redwood products ensuring a larger choice and higher quality of redwood gifts. We consider it a pleasure to provide area information and service to the touring public. We also provide clean, ADA restrooms and complimentary picnic area. No trees are harvested to provide our resource material. Shipping is available.

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The Eternal Tree House is a fascinating stop on the Avenue of the Giants, a one-time natural colossus that stood for more than 2,500 years before being reduced to a surviving stump. The still-living stump contains a huge cavern caused by fire centuries ago. It had been used first by Indians and later trappers, hunters, travelers and their livestock for shelter. In the early 1900s Harry McLeod an expert wood splitter, hewed out the interior with an ax and adz. The 20-foot room was refined in 1950, and a gift shop was established inside the stump. The walls still bear the marks of the work and are mementos of an all but lost art. The tree itself is said to have parented many surrounding trees from its burl. A burl is a hard conglomerate of many dormant buds; an original single bud grew, but failed to develop into a branch. The irregular growth then divided and redivided until a lump (burl) formed. Sometimes the overgrowth is actually a form of scar tissue, resulting from a past injury to the tree. The Eternal Tree House offers free admission, a café and a gift shop with a large selection of locally crafted redwood products. There is parking for RVs and buses. WHERE: 26510 Avenue of the Giants in Redcrest. MORE INFO: 707-722-4262

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Along the Avenue of the Giants off Hwy 101 stands one of the most durable trees in history. Called the Immortal Tree, it is over 950 years old and has experienced more trials and tribulations than any single tree should ever have to. It has been a victim of lightning strikes, fires, floods and the logger’s ax, yet it still stands and continues to grow heartily. Look up and you’ll see a wooden fish attached to the trunk where the color of the bark changes. This indicates the high water mark when the area flooded in 1964. There’s also part of an ax left stuck in the tree where loggers tried to cut it down, but eventually gave up when the tree would not give way. Several times the Immortal Tree has been hit by lightning. The evidence of these strikes is on its scarred trunk. During its lifetime, through many forest fires, somehow this magical tree never burned down. This landmark makes for a wonderful photo opportunity and is a perfect spot for a picnic.

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From Memorial Day through Labor Day the site is also home to the “Hollow Log Truck.” Visitors can climb inside and photograph a hollowed-out section from a 1000-year-old redwood tree mounted on the bed of a 1945 White open-cab fire engine. You’ll find it parked by the spacious Burl n’ Drift Redwood Souvenir gift shop. Family owned and operated since 1967, it offers high quality, locally produced redwood items. They also added a new 49-space, state-of-the-art RV Park in 2007. WHERE: 1 mile north of Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants. MORE INFO: 707-722-4396, AncientRedwoods.net Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Scotia today is transitioning into a community of private homeowners, with eventually all 270 houses in town being sold to individual homeowners. These picturesque cottages were built between 1905 and the early 1950s and evoke memories of an earlier time. Driving through town you can envision what Scotia was like when it was founded in the 1860s.

Present day amenities in Scotia include a grocery store with a very popular deli, a pharmacy, Renner fuel station, medical clinic, Fireman’s Park and picnic area, a baseball field, soccer field, and more. This beautiful town is located about 30 miles south of Eureka, bordered on one side by a striking wooded hillside and on the other end by the Wild and Scenic Eel River.

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— Free, self-guided tours of this exhibit allow visitors the opportunity to observe the life cycles of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout living in an environment very much like their natural habitat. This exhibit is open from 8am to 3:30pm daily and is located towards the south end of Main Street in Scotia. Guided or group tours can be arranged by calling Humboldt Redwood Company (which owns and operated the Fisheries Exhibit) at 707-764-4299.

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, Rio Dell, Scotia’s next door neighbor, also grew out of the lumber industry. Located 25 miles south of Eureka, the town is a rural community with a population of about 3,300. Rio Dell sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by wooded mountains and the Eel River with river access and campground. Rio Dell has an excellent park with a picnicking area, a playground, a baseball diamond and recreational equipment. You’ll find a municipal tennis court, community library and several churches in Rio Dell. There are also a grocery store, gas station, automotive repair shops, a motel, restaurants and other businesses. courtesy of the Town of Scotia

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More than 70 houses in this former company owned town are now in private ownership. As eventually all 270 homes will be sold, there’s never been a better time to settle down in Scotia. Most services are within walking distance, and the Wild and Scenic Eel River flows close by.

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visit to the Victorian Village of Ferndale is like a stroll through the past: the entire Main Street has been designated a National Register Historic District due to its finely preserved commercial and residential buildings. Here you can explore the fascinating array of old-fashioned mercantiles, antique stores, art galleries and specialty shops. You can hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, talk with friendly people, and watch fresh candy being dipped by hand to whet your appetite for a fine dinner and an evening of theater. Ferndale is one of Humboldt County’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Many visitors are surprised to discover that the tiny town of Ferndale has a year-round theater season. The Ferndale Repertory Theatre has pleased area audiences for 30 years in its intimate downtown venue. Ferndale’s Russ Park is 105 acres of lush coastal habitat. Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and grand fir are the dominant conifers; deciduous trees include red alder and maple. Dozens of bird species inhabit the park, including the varied thrush, winter wren, gray jay, golden crowned kinglet and the red-shafted flicker. To reach the park, turn east from Main Street on Ocean Avenue. Trails wind through the park, but wheeled vehicles are not allowed. Centerville Beach can be reached by turning west on Ocean Avenue. The remote Lost Coast can be reached via Mattole Road. The twisting route leads south and west to Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point on the coast of California. The Kinetic Grand Championship is a three-day race from Arcata to Ferndale starring human-powered, amphibious, all-terrain works of art. Held every Memorial Day Weekend, on the last day the kinetic racers cross the finish line on Ferndale’s historic Main Street. 2018 marked the race’s 50th anniversary. To get to Ferndale you’ll cross the iconic Fernbridge Historic Bridge 5 mi. inland. Completed in 1911, it is the world’s longest poured concrete bridge still in use. MORE INFO: Chamber of Commerce, 707-786-4477, VisitFerndale.com

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Established in 1979 by Joe Koches, the Blacksmith Shop’s goal is to offer the general public the finest collection of master blacksmithing in the United States. The Blacksmith Shop is located at 455 Main St. in Ferndale, and the 1888 building is listed as a contributing structure of the Historic District. The Blacksmith Shop’s Gallery is located at 491 Main St. The unique selections from over 150 artist blacksmiths remind the public of the importance of traditional handcrafted functional art. MORE INFO: 707-786-4216, FerndaleBlacksmith.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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A stroll through Ferndale’s Cemetery is a trip through the history of the town. Some of the headstones date back to the 1800s, and many of the town’s first pioneers and most venerable citizens were laid to rest here. The graves are carefully tended, and you’ll often find fresh flowers on even the oldest of gravestones. Take a walk among the tombstones and mausoleums, and experience the lofty vantage point; the cemetery sits on a hill overlooking the town, which affords visitors panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the town of Ferndale, and the Eel River Valley. A beautiful, atmospheric setting for contemplation, it was also the location where important scenes were shot for Salem’s Lot and The Majestic. WHERE: Bluff Street and Craig Street, just a block away from downtown Ferndale.

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Ferndale was settled in 1852, and by the 1880s had become a bustling agricultural, dairy and transportation center. Immigrants from Scandinavia, Italy and Portugal gravitated to this thriving community. Today, the entire one-square-mile village is a California Historical Landmark, with its Main Street listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered the best-preserved Victorian village in California. This idyllic town of 1,400 people has in many ways remained unchanged since the 1890s. By taking a tour down Main Street you will encounter the photogenic beauty of delightful shops and ornate buildings. Stroll past charming churches dating back to the 1800s, and carefully restored Victorian homes with stunning gardens. Enjoy the fine restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. You may also recognize parts of the town from the motion pictures The Majestic and Outbreak. MORE INFO: 707-786-4477, VisitFerndale.com

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Art has long played an important role in the Ferndale community, and no place to view and purchase art has been around longer than Ferndale Arts Gallery. The gallery is unique not only for its longevity, but also for the variety and quality of the work on display. From paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry to fine woodwork, fabric art, driftwood sculptures, stained glass, and quilling. Many of the pieces are utilitarian — scarves, cutting boards, coffee mugs and orchid pots — as well as objects of beauty. Because the gallery is a cooperative, prices are reasonable and affordable. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. WHERE: 580 Main St., Ferndale MORE INFO: 707-786-9634, FerndaleArts.com

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Fortuna Rodeo

More than just an event, Fortuna’s rodeo is a week-long series of exciting Western-flavored events. The whole town goes rodeo-crazy, and for a week each year Fortuna becomes a living part of the wild West. (Okay, without drunken gunfighters shooting up the town — so not that wild.) Here is a brief overview of just some of the many activities: Rodeo Week starts early with the Fortuna Rodeo 5K Run / Walk presented by Six Rivers Running Club on the Sunday before Rodeo Week. On Monday the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce sponsors a huge Chili Cookoff all along Main Street, with FREE admission and chili tasting! Tuesday evening Children’s Games, also free, at Redwood Village Shopping Center. Activities include wax hands, face-painting, sidewalk chalk, Fireman’s muster and a Western-themed kid’s costume contest. Wednesday the carnival opens, and continues through the rest of the week. Also on Wednesday and Thursday, the largest Jr. Rodeo in Northern California, with the biggest cash prizes and free admission to all

events, takes place. Friday brings the “Bullfighters Only” event, Quadiators and Live Music. Saturday starts off with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Parade, one of the biggest highlights of Rodeo Week. The parade starts at 12 noon on Main Street downtown and ends on Fortuna Boulevard at Smith Lane. Saturday night the spotlight turns to Bulls, Broncs, Bands & Brews. Sunday at 11am, a crew of volunteers serves up a ton — no, make that two tons (4,000 lbs.) — of barbecued beef, along with mountains of potato salad, rolls and beans! And then, there is the Rodeo itself, on Saturday and Sunday. 2019 will mark the 98th Fortuna Rodeo, making it one of the oldest rodeos in the state as well as the largest in Northern California. Events include Breakaway Roping, Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. WHERE: Rohner Park Rodeo Grounds, Main Street, and elsewhere in Fortuna MORE INFO: FortunaRodeo.com

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707-725-3359 • www.riverwalkrvpark.com Overlooking the Scenic Eel River in Fortuna, California

ortuna’s Riverwalk is a 2-mile path along the Eel River that offers hikers and bikers an intimate look at one of the North Coast’s most captivating rivers. In summer and early fall the river is usually a tiny ribbon meandering through a huge channel of sand and gravel deposited during its winter flows. During winter, after a heavy rain, the river can rise to within a few yards of the levee. The air is fresh and sweet, and the views are intoxicating. The Riverwalk area has become a favorite stop for travelers along Hwy 101, with several hotels, restaurants and conveniences all within walking distance. There are an RV park and tent and cabin sites. The Riverwalk makes an excellent base from which to tour the Eel River Valley, with many amenities for residents and travelers alike. The River Lodge Conference Center is located on the Riverwalk. A beautifully designed, rustic-looking yet modern structure, the venue, although integrated into the natural landscape, offers such modern conveniences as wireless internet access. It features meeting and banquet space in a variety of beautifully appointed rooms, and can host groups from 10 to 500. Local artists have provided their interpretations of the natural environment that surrounds Fortuna, and their works are displayed in the lobby gallery. There is also a gift shop featuring locally produced products. On the grounds you will see Northern California’s largest and most diverse heather garden, featuring more than 400 different varieties of heaths and heathers. WHERE: 1800 Riverwalk Dr., Fortuna MORE INFO: River Lodge Conference Center, 707-725-7572 RiverLodgeConferenceCenter.com

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Korobi Stables

A great way to enjoy the North Coast from a different perspective is to ride on horseback. While horseback riding anywhere can be an adventure, taking a ride in Humboldt County is an opportunity to enjoy a uniquely special experience. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the beaches, the rivers, the forest and the plains while riding atop these wonderful animals gives you a connection to nature you can rarely find.

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Comfort Inn and Suites Redwood Country 1583 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuna • (707) 725-7025

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Korobi Stables of Fortuna specializes in giving you a chance to appreciate the wonders of this paradise on horseback. Take a guided trail ride with one of their professional, experienced cowgirls and savor beautiful views of the Eel River in sunny Fortuna. Riding a horse allows you access to trails you cannot take by vehicle, so chances are you will get to see places you have never seen before. Korobi also offers riding lessons for both children and adults of all experience levels. Lessons are aimed at building balance, body alignment and communication skills between the rider and the horse. Proper horsemanship and safety is their top priority. Other services they offer include pony parties, horse training and boarding. WHERE: 2316 Sandy Prairie Rd., Fortuna MORE INFO: 707-496-6004, KorobiStables.com and on Facebook Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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A wonderful collection of stunning gems and minerals from deep below the earth’s surface awaits you at Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum just outside of Fortuna. Here you can view these strikingly lovely stones from around the world at your leisure. Not only will you see gems in a huge range of colors, shapes and sizes in this impressively large collection, but you will also find a petrified palm display, cut precious stones, Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts, fossilized animal and plant life and a display of meteorite samples. An ultraviolet room offers the chance to view fluorescent mineral specimens in vivid splendor.

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Rohner Park

Fortuna’s Rohner Park has a long history of memory-making for local folks and visitors alike. Nestled in a sunny spot, bounded by natural creeks and even home to a grove of old-growth redwoods, it’s perfect for short hikes, picnics and hours of play. So treat yourself and your family to a day in the park. It features a playground, tot lot, horseshoe pits, basketball court and immaculate baseball fields — even free Wi-Fi. There are many beautiful trails on the hillside where you can get lost in the ferns and see some of the oldest redwoods in the area, all within blocks of a small town main street.

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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, courtesy of California State Parks, 2019, photo by Brian Braer

Scenic Highway 36 & Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

One of the most beautiful stretches of road in Humboldt County, Hwy 36 winds its way up, down, around, along, over and through some of the prettiest meadows, forests, rivers, rolling hills and rugged mountains in northern California. If you like taking pictures, this is a great place to do it.

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Here is your chanceLAKE to explore Headwaters Forest Reserve with a knowledgeable guide, a park ranger who will introduce you to the wonders of this magical old-growth forestland. The first half mile of the trail passes through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas. The next 2 miles ascend through the oldgrowth redwood forest with a stunning view across the Salmon Creek watershed before R UT H Z Eold growth. This hike is considered moderately looping back as it descends through the strenuous, and is difficult for children under 10. The round trip is about 2.7 miles long and takes 3 to 4 hours. Guided hikes are offered May through November, and are available by reservation only. There is a newly-instituted volunteer guide program in place permitting Salmon Pass tours to be offered more often. WHERE: Meet at the Headwaters information kiosk at Newburg Park in Fortuna. Follow the ranger through Newburg Gate 3.5 miles on gravel road to the trailhead. MORE INFO: Make a hike request or join a hike using the online calendar at DiscoverTheRedwoods.com/calendar or call the BLM office at 707-825-2300. Search BLM.gov for Salmon Pass Trail. I A RD

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The park is a favorite celebration spot and offers an updated cook shack, deep pit barbecue pits and a large picnic area with an outdoor fireplace. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, community breakfasts and hundreds of family reunions have taken place at the long tables in this wonderful outdoor party room. Rohner Park’s famous rodeo grounds have been the training grounds for most of the area’s cowgirls and cowboys, and each summer hosts the Fortuna Rodeo. Fortuna’s beloved Depot Museum, which holds many of the city’s historical records, artifacts and treasures, is located at the park’s entrance. The Firemen’s Pavilion has hosted weekend roller-skating for several generations and is also a favorite dance and party venue. WHERE: 5 Park St., off Main Street, Fortuna MORE INFO: 707-725-7620, FriendlyFortuna.com

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Brand new this year, Loleta’s Bear River Family Entertainment Center offers a state-of-the-art family entertainment facility that has everyone oohing and ahhing. Humboldt County has never seen anything like it, and it has quickly become the area’s hottest destination for family fun. Open seven days a week, it offers bowling, laser tag, an arcade, and even more, including pool, shuffleboard, and fun foods like pizza, hot dogs and burgers. Their two-level laser tag facility, the only laser tag area in Humboldt County, uses a total immersion LaserTron system that allows for a variety of exciting game formats. There are 10 lanes in their beautiful boutique bowling alley. Each lane has automatic bumpers that can raise and lower between bowlers, and their touch screen scoring system will even let you take photos and call for service. Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm, rock out to “Cosmic Bowling,” a multi-media experience that marries a fantastic sound system, music videos projected right above the lanes and an all-around light show. Also new is their 38-game arcade with play card technology and a digital points system. WHERE: 263 Keisner Rd., Loleta MORE INFO: 707-733-1880, BearRiverFEC.com

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Loleta Cheese Factory & Queso Kings Grilled Cheese Bar

A cheese factory as a destination? Turns out the Loleta Cheese Factory is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the North Coast, and when you experience it for yourself you’ll understand why. Not only will one taste of their award-winning artisan cheese demonstrate why this is where they put the “art” in artisan, but visitors will be delighted by the award-winning garden designed by Ryan Stafnes, the quaint country store, the extraordinary Queso Kings gourmet grilled cheese bar, and the opportunity to observe the cheesemaking process as it takes place in the glass encased open-vat factory. This quaint factory produces an amazing 500,000 pounds of cheese each year. They use handmade recipes and produce their cheese in small batches from the highest quality ingredients only. Loleta Cheese Factory is a small family-run business dedicated to the production of premium quality natural cheeses, and has been family-owned since 1982. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm. WHERE: 252 Loleta Dr. off Hwy 101, 12 miles south of Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-733-5470, ArtisanCheeseFactory.com, QuesoKings.com

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Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Pristine and unique, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge just south of Eureka is a world-class destination for bird-watchers and other nature enthusiasts. It was established in 1971 primarily because of its importance as wintering and stopover habitat for tens of thousands of migratory birds, but it is home to a great diversity of mammals, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and plants as well. One important function of the wildlife refuge is to provide the public with high-quality opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife. A universally accessible deck and short boardwalk attached to the Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center provide a wildlife observation area for all visitors, including those with severe mobility challenges. The Shorebird Loop Trail (1.7 miles round trip) adjacent to the visitor center is level, and made up of gravel and packed dirt. It features an observation kiosk and interpretive panels, and is open daily during visitor center hours. It is one of many hiking trails. Those who would rather explore the refuge by water can launch canoes and kayaks at Hookton Slough. Peak wildlife-viewing season at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is November through April. The climax is from mid-March through mid-April when upwards of 60,000 Aleutian cackling geese (also known as “Canadian honkers” and formerly called Aleutian Canada geese) stage their annual “fly-off.” The population of these birds has made one of the most astounding recoveries in the history of wildlife management, soaring from fewer than 800 individual birds in 1974 to more than 120,000 today. The Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center is open daily from 8am to 5pm (except on federal holidays) and has dioramas and an observation room equipped with telescopes. Binoculars and a “Discover Pack” that includes identification guides and magnifying

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, photo by Scott Harrison

glasses are available for checkout. Enjoy a solitary stroll over the various trails, or take one of the 2-hour guided walks offered on the first Wednesday and second Sunday of every month. These walks leave the visitor center at 9am, and are completely free. Sorry, no dogs allowed in HBNWR. WHERE: Begin at the Richard Guadagno Visitor Center, 1020 Ranch Rd. Take exit 696 off Hwy 101 (Hookton Road exit in Loleta) and take the Visitor Center access road north and east 1.3 miles. MORE INFO: 707-733-5406, FWS.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay

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South Spit from Table Bluff, photo by Molly Blakemore

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South Spit Humboldt Bay & Table Bluff County Park

About 10 minutes south of Eureka off Hwy 101, visitors will find the expansive sandy beaches of the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay. Locals know it simply as the South Spit, and anyone will tell you that if you’re looking for a beach all to yourself, this is where you’re going to find it. Access to the spit is through Table Bluff County Park, where high cliffs afford stunning views of the beach below: a long narrow slice of sand with Pacific Ocean waves breaking on the west side, and the calm tranquil waters of Humboldt Bay on the east. From here the road descends in steep switchbacks to sea level and becomes South Jetty Road. Although there is no camping on the spit, it’s a great place for horseback riding or running an energetic pup. If you do take your dog, be sure to keep it on a leash through the dunes until you get to the wave slope, to avoid upsetting endangered western snowy plover nests. Watch for the snowy plover protection areas and mind the signs, as plover are extremely sensitive to strangers and any disturbance can send them skittering from their nests. Table Buff is also a popular staging area for hang gliding and paragliding, so don’t be surprised to find a friendly local or two floating quietly above your head. WHERE: Take the Hookton Road exit west from Hwy 101 to Table Bluff. MORE INFO: BLM Arcata Office 707-825-2300, CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 707-445-6493, Wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/South-Spit-WA

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THE VICTORIAN SEAPORT

Eureka

Activities in the Area

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Also see Events & Festivals, pages 14-15

ike many of the towns in • Eureka Old Town and the Boardwalk, kayaking, Woodley Island Marina Humboldt County, the city of Eureka got its start as a Gold Rush • Sequoia Park Zoo transport center and later a logging • M.V. Madaket Harbor Cruise and milling town — full of bars, card rooms and shady enterprises • Morris Grave Museum of Art and many art galleries in Old Town and Downtown Eureka patronized by hundreds of loggers and sailors. With a population of • Clarke Museum, Old Town Eureka more than 28,000 today, Eureka • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Samoa remains the cultural, political and Cookhouse Logging Museum, Humboldt Bay economic hub of Humboldt County. Maritime Museum While logging is still an important • Humboldt Botanical Gardens source of revenue, Eureka now relies on an increasingly diversified • Fort Humboldt State Historic Park in south economic base. Eureka Proud of its history, the city has hundreds of beautifully restored houses and commercial buildings, such as those in the Old Town area. Eureka also has hotels, inns, restaurants and galleries that rival those in much larger cities. Rivers, ocean, marshes, mountains and forests are all in close proximity. A turn toward Humboldt Bay off Hwy 101 (4th or 5th Street in the heart of Eureka) between C and M Streets will bring the visitor to Eureka’s Old Town district. At the foot of F Street is the Eureka Boardwalk, which runs for five blocks along the waterfront area. Lined with benches, signal flags and other nautical touches, the boardwalk affords views of the Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay and local wildlife. The city continues to work on waterfront development and enhancement. An easy stroll behind the Carson Mansion at the top of 2nd Street leads to the lovely, massive Humboldt County Library. Comfortable chairs and great views encourage patrons to curl up with a good book. A short drive over the Samoa Bridge leads to Woodley Island Marina. The marina was dedicated in 1981 and has berths for 350 vessels. It is probably the best spot to view the waterfront and much of the local fishing fleet. Local artist Dick Crane’s sculpture of a fisherman, dedicated to the memory of mariners who have been lost at sea, stands at the end of the marina. Another great way to see the waterfront as well as other pleasing sights is aboard the M.V. Madaket, a tour boat that offers several daily excursions on the bay. Built on Humboldt Bay in 1910, the Madaket is the oldest continuously operating passenger boat in the United States, and is operated by the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, which is located next to the Samoa Cookhouse. The Madaket also houses California’s smallest licensed bar. About 8 miles south on Hwy 101, travelers can visit the picturesque campus of the College of the Redwoods, one of California’s 107 community colleges. CR, as it is known locally, offers courses for students who wish to obtain an associate degree or complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and transfer to a four-year college such as Humboldt State University. There is so much to do in Eureka that it takes days to explore everything. A good first stop is the Eureka Visitor Center office at 240 E St. where knowledgeable staff can offer helpful advice. MORE INFO: VisitEureka.com, 707-798-6411; EurekaChamber.com, 707-442-3738; EurekaMainStreet.org, 707-442-9054 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Sequoia Park Zoo, SequoiaParkZoo.net, see page 65, photo by Greg Nyquist, NorthcoastPhotographer.net

DEDICATED TO TONY SMITHERS

A Giant Among the Redwoods

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tourism leader, marketing expert and dedicated citizen who in many ways enriched the Humboldt County economy and community, Tony Smithers (May 28, 1960 – January 12, 2019) will be missed by his many friends, family and colleagues. Tony served as marketing and executive director of the Humboldt County Visitors Bureau for more than 20 years, becoming a driving force in national, regional and local tourism promotion, acclaimed by peers throughout California and beyond. Among his many Bureau accolades, he published an annual marketing publication that earned numerous “best in state” awards, and created a website that today ranks among the most visited among California destinations. During his tenure as executive director for more than a decade, Humboldt County’s bed tax grew at a faster rate than almost every other rural county in the state. Tony, greatly admired for his kindness, wit, creativity and vision, not to mention his medieval woodworking skills and Elizabethan English poetry, was honored by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and the Save the Redwoods League with an official memorial tree in a private grove along the Avenue of the Giants, and an official memorial day, June 8th, to remember and honor him and his work. 101 Things To Do would like to salute him too and dedicates this year’s Humboldt County issue to our late colleague and friend. God speed, Captain Smithers.

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EUREKA’S NEWEST HOTEL!

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

• 108 Beautiful Guest Rooms • Executive and Family Suites • Rooms with Whirlpools & Fireplaces • Restaurant with Room Service • New Awesome Fitness Center

• Newly Remodeled • NEW Oasis Spa • Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast • Free High Speed Internet • Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Spa & Recreation Area • Complimentary Dinner Limousine

Humboldt Bay Inn

800-521-6996 • 707-443-2234 • www.HumboldtBayInn.com 232 W. 5th St. Eureka, CA 95501 • Hwy 101 @ 5th & Broadway St.

The Best Value Under the Sun. 4701 Valley West Blvd. Arcata, CA (707) 826-2827

Quality Inn Super 8 Eureka Café Marina Humboldt Bay Harbor District • Samoa Cookhouse • Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum

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815 W. Wabash Ave., Eureka Reservations: 707-269-0682 www.hieeureka.com

Newly Renovated 270 5th Street Eureka, CA (707) 443-2206

Walking Distance to Lost Coast Brewery Free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, In-Room Coffee, Microwaves and Refrigerators Covered Parking • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

933 4th Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Reservations: 707-443-4536 or www.eurekatownhousemotel.com

Adjacent to World Famous Carson Mansion

Eureka

In the Heart of Historic Downtown/Old Town Remodeled Rooms • Free Wireless Internet Hot Breakfast • Restaurants Nearby • Family Suites Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Seasonal Pool

1209 4th St. (Hwy 101 South) Eureka, CA 95501 For Reservations 707-443-1601 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Super 8

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Free Wi-Fi Free Breakfast Onsite Parking Pet-Friendly 24-Hour Reception Desk Multilingual Staff

In the Heart of Eureka

Close to the Boardwalk, Victorian Carson Mansion, Restaurants & Bars

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Eureka Dining Café Marina & Woodley’s Bar

The finest in local seafood, deck seating overlooking the marina and docks of Humboldt Bay. 601 Startare Dr., Woodley Island, 443-2233 • CafeMarina.net

Carter House Inn’s Restaurant 301

Fine dining with an extensive wine list of over 3,800 wines. 301 L St., 444-8062 • CarterHouse.com

Lost Coast Brewery mural by Duane Flatmo at North Coast Co-op, 25 Fourth St., photo by Denise Comiskey

Everything prepared fresh daily.

North Coast Co-op

Tri-Tip Pastrami All meats are Hot Links cooked over an Pulled Pork open-flame oak fire. Polish Dogs BBQ Chicken and so much more!

6th & Broadway, Eureka 443-1700 OPEN DAILY 10:30am-8:30pm

Award winning beers, classic American meals in a comfy, family setting. 617 4th St., 445-4480 • LostCoast.com Full service natural foods grocery store with full deli, free Wi-Fi, bakery and espresso. 4th & B Sts., 443-6027 • NorthCoastCo-op.com

Porter Street Barbeque

Delicious barbecue cooked over an openflame oak fire, lunch and dinner, dine in, take out, kid-friendly. 6th & Broadway, 443-1700

Samoa Cookhouse Eureka corner of Hwy 101 North and V Street (707) 407-3838 www.SiamOrchidCa.com

The last surviving cookhouse in the West continues the tradition of serving lots of good food — lumber camp style. 511 Vance Ave., Samoa, 442-1659 • SamoaCookhouse.net

CAFÉ MARINA and Woodley’s Bar

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Samoa Cookhouse,

the last surviving cookhouse in the West, continues the tradition of serving lots of good food – Lumber Camp Style. Three private rooms are available for large or small gatherings. The Museum and dining rooms feature culinary items in addition to historical mementos from the early years of the lumber and logging

industries.

Featuring the Finest in Local Seafood

442-1659

SamoaCookhouse.net PARTIES • BANQUETS • RECEPTIONS Banquet Rooms Accommodate Parties of 10-150 People Open 7 Days A Week • Special Prices For Children – 4 & Under Free ONLY 3 MINUTES ACROSS THE BRIDGE FROM EUREKA FROM EUREKA: Take Samoa Bridge to End, Turn Left on Samoa Road, Take First Left Turn FROM ARCATA: Take Samoa Road, Drive Past Samoa Bridge, Take First Left Turn Past Bridge

All Major Credit Cards Accepted

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Deck Seating Overlooking the Marina & Docks of Humboldt Bay Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Favorites Include:

Bouillabaisse • Hangtown Fry • Oysters Blackened Snapper • Fresh Local Crab Fish & Chips • Rib Eye Steak • Petrale Sole

707- 443-2233

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Fresh Local Seafood at

TheSea Sea Grill to Table since 19 88

WIDE VARIETY of fresh seafood from NEAR & FAR. Sautéed, grilled, charbroiled, pan & deep fried, complimented by delicate sauces. NEAR: Ling & rock cod, King salmon, oysters on the half shell, Dungeness crab & bay shrimp, Petrale sole. FAR: Alaskan king crab legs, Alaskan Halibut, lobster, Hawaiian Ahi, Swordfish & Mahi Mahi, Sturgeon, Wild Prawns, Scallops... Black Angus aged charbroiled Steaks & Prime Rib; Spinach & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken, Chicken Sauté

Historic Bar ~ Private Dining Room event space seats up to 50

Voted Best Seafood in Humboldt County for Over 20 Years Lovely Victorian Setting ~ Famous Seafood Chowder Award Winning Salad Bar ~ Daily Specials ~ Closed Sundays

316 E St, Old Town Eureka ~ 707.443.7187 ~ SeaGrillEureka.com Restaurant 301 at Carter House Inns, 301 L St., CarterHouse.com

Sequoia Park Zoo’s Café Located at the

zoo, great American food. Indoor dining and outdoor patio. 3414 W St., 442-8000  • SequoiaParkZoo.net

The Sea Grill

Open for dinner, specializing in fresh sea food. Fantastic salad bar, historic bar and banquet facilities. 316 E St., 443-7187,  • SeaGrillRestaurantEureka.com

Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine

Authentic Thai food in Eureka, open daily. Hwy 101 North & V St., 407-3838  • SiamOrchidCa.com

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Three 100 Point Scores: 2013 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon - ‘The G T O’ “... a tour de force, a majestic achievement ...”

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Carter House Inns Carter House Inns is a collection of five Victorian buildings perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town Eureka. Luxurious amenities at Carter House Inns set an indulgent tone for a visit to nearby redwood groves, rugged Pacific beaches, and the rich history of the Redwood Coast. ~ AND ~

Restaurant 301 Featured in Bon Appétit and Art Culinaire magazines

Serving Dinner Nightly 5 to 8:30 pm Bar open 4 to 10 pm Reservations recommended but not required

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Old Town Eureka Boutique

Huge Selection of Top Brands in Humboldt County for Men and Women

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hose who love large-scale art openings will enjoy First Saturday Night Arts Alive! when Eureka galleries in Downtown and Old Town coordinate art openings on the ďŹ rst Saturday each month from 6 to 9pm. Most businesses keep later hours for these events, and the result is a lively mix of artists, art lovers, family fun and shoppers. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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The Humboldt Arts Council spearheaded the transformation of Eureka’s Carnegie Free Library into the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Only a few blocks from Old Town, it is located at 7th and F Streets. Renovated in 1999, the building now houses the Humboldt Arts Council’s permanent art collection and provides exhibit space for North Coast artists. Eureka’s Adorni Recreation Center on the waterfront is used for public functions and provides basketball courts, aerobics classes and a weight room. Near the Adorni Center each year, wildly imaginative “kinetic sculptures” traverse a section of Humboldt Bay. These amphibious sculptures are all-terrain, human-powered works of art engineered to race over road, water, mud and sand. The event, called the Kinetic Grand Championship, is a 3-day race “for the glory” from Arcata to Ferndale that takes place every Memorial Day weekend. The restoration of Old Town is an ongoing process. Eureka continues to renovate more of the waterfront and open it to the public. A beautiful waterside boardwalk at the foot of F Street affords views of Humboldt Bay and Woodley Island Marina. The newest addition is the Madaket Plaza at the foot of C Street. And recently, outdoor murals have been popping up like mushrooms. MORE INFO: Eureka Chamber of Commerce, 707-442-3738, EurekaChamber.com; Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org; VisitEureka.com, 707-798-6411

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Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours

The streets and alleyways of Old Town Eureka are believed to be among the most haunted locations on the entire West Coast. Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours explore the area’s racy past and paranormal present. Each 2-hour, 1-mile long walking tour of Eureka’s historic red light district leads visitors along the waterfront, up and down the notorious “Two Street” where beautiful Victorian buildings once held saloons and houses of ill fame, and through the shadows of Old Town Eureka, photo by Scott Brown, Old Town Haunted History Tours Opera Alley. Tragic lives and deaths of Eurekans past combine with the ghostly experiences of those who live and work in Old Town today to create a history tour with a twist. Among the stories visitors will encounter are those of a suicidal bartender, a 1930s earthquake victim, a Prohibition-era gunfight in a speakeasy, Victorian hotels with numerous ghostly guests, a World War I veteran who met his untimely end in the Dreamland Roller Skating Rink, and the guardian spirit that protects its building from “that thing in the corner.” WHERE: Tours depart from Old Town Coffee and Chocolates at 211 F St. in Old Town. MORE INFO: 707-672-5012, on Facebook and at OldTownHauntedHistoryTours.com

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Perhaps the most delightful way to experience the Victorian seaport of Old Town Eureka is by horse-drawn carriage. Fortunately, that’s easily enough done. Brendan Fearon, who hails from the Victorian seaport of Liverpool, England, will happily take you on a tour of Old Town in his gloriously restored vis-à-vis (French for the “face-to-face” seats) carriage, pulled by either Barney or Buster, his Percheron draft horses. Carriage rides are offered year-round, but it’s a good idea to call ahead for an appointment during winter.

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photo by Deborah Ketelsen, DKCreativeMedia.com Brendan has been driving carriages for three decades, and is as much a part of the experience as the horse, the carriage and Old Town itself. Witty and articulate, he is a veritable living guidebook. As you travel in and around the waterfront and past delightful old Victorians with ornate fronts at speeds of up to three miles per hour, Brendan will point out landmarks and relate tales of the history and culture of the area. This is sightseeing at its best, and an experience you won’t want to miss. Carriage rides are also available outside of Eureka. Thanks to his trailer, Brendan can transport horse and carriage to special events from Trinidad to Garberville. WHERE: 2nd and F Streets at Old Town Square, Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: 646-591-2058, find Old Town Carriage on Facebook. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Clarke Historical Museum

The rich and diverse history of Humboldt County and California’s northern coast come alive at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka. Housed in a 1912 bank building, the museum is devoted to the preservation and presentation of many facets of the area’s past. Beginning with the culture of the land’s original Native American inhabitants and continuing to the present day, you will be taken on a fascinating historical journey.

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The museum has a strong focus on Native American basketry and ceremonial regalia. There is an extensive collection of antique weapons and photographs, and splendid examples of ceramics, costumes, ethnic and tribal art, Victorian decorative art, furniture, paintings, and prints. The museum has a fascinating display of everyday items from the Victorian period, really bringing the past to life. The museum also offers hands-on workshops for more in-depth studies of the lives of the people who made Humboldt County what it is today. Admission is free, and it is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm, and during First Saturday Night Arts Alive from 11am to 4pm and 6 to 9pm. Docent-led tours can be provided by special request. Don’t forget to ask about the resident “ghost!” WHERE: Located at the corner of 3rd and E Streets, Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-443-1947, ClarkeMuseum.org

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Eureka’s Historic Buildings

Eureka is well-known for its Victorian architecture, and the city’s streets are a treasure trove of elaborate and lovingly restored buildings. The Carson Mansion — perhaps the most-photographed Victorian in America — is said to have employed more than 100 craftsmen at one time for the carving, finishing and installing of its intricate decorative flourishes. There are over 1600 historically-designated and noteworthy examples of Victorian homes all over Eureka proper. If you are a Victorian buff, take a meander through the easy-to-navigate streets of Eureka and see a town whose history is still proudly standing. Almost every street in Eureka’s Old Town boasts at least one Victorian.

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, located at the south end of Eureka, is a must-see for history buffs. Situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, Fort Humboldt was established in 1853 when the Gold Rush resulted in hostilities between Native Americans and gold seekers. At its operational peak, the fort had 14 buildings. A young Ulysses S. Grant was a captain here for five months after the Mexican-American War. Later, it became the headquarters for the Humboldt Military District, which included Fort Bragg and Wright in Mendocino County, Fort Ter-Wer in Klamath and Camp Lincoln near Crescent City. The fort was auctioned to farmers in 1870 and soon fell into decay. In 1955, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park was established and repairs began on the fort. So far, only the hospital and surgeon’s quarters have been restored. They are used as museums with exhibits showing the history of the area and how the fort operated. A historic garden has been planted with herbs and vegetables that were available in the 1850s. You can also see 19th and mid-20th century logging equipment, such as “Lucy,” a Dolbeer-type steam donkey, and two locomotives. Guided tours can be arranged. The park is open from 8am until 5pm daily, and there is no entrance fee. WHERE: 3431 Fort Ave., in south Eureka, off Highland Avenue one block east of Hwy 101 near the Bayshore Mall. MORE INFO: 707-445-6567, search for Fort Humboldt on www.parks.ca.gov

Every summer from mid-June through late August, music lovers in the Eureka area receive a special treat — free concerts! Held on successive Thursdays from 6 to 8pm, these concerts have become a popular annual tradition. Genres range across a musical spectrum that includes rock, blues, country, reggae, Cajun and every now and then, a taste of Celtic. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, creating the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and “laissez les bons temps rouler” (“let the good times roll” in Cajun French).

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Victorian architecture is not a particular style; rather the term refers to any of a number of revival styles of architecture popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, who reigned during the late 19th century through 1901. “Victorian” architecture from the early 1900s would more properly be called Edwardian, after Edward VII, who followed Victoria. In any event, the actual architectural style of the Carson mansion is Queen Anne revival, an ornate variant of the more austere original Queen Anne style of the 1700s. Eureka boasts an impressive collection of historic buildings in many of these Victorian styles, including French Second Empire, Greek Revival, Italianate, Stick-Eastlake, and of course, Queen Anne. Many are on the National Register of Historic Places. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org 60 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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The entertainment is top-notch, and generally imported from outside of the area. The crowds are lively but mellow, making it a family-friendly event. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Main Street Eureka, Bi-Coastal Media and the City of Eureka. WHERE: Madaket Plaza at the foot of C Street in Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Historic Waterfront, Old Town Eureka

Extensive historical preservation efforts by dedicated volunteers have ensured that much of the past has been lovingly retained and restored. The historic waterfront district of Old Town preserves buildings dating back to the 19th century. A stroll through the area reveals not only classic examples of past architectural styles, but innovative uses of the old structures that ensure their survival as they house today’s shops, museums, restaurants and other businesses. Walking and horse-drawn carriage tours provide unique insights into the colorful past and its legacy.

Pristine environment for wildlife

Humboldt Bay has been preserved by the efforts of many dedicated agencies, organizations and individuals who have united to ensure that it is an inviting home or resting spot for many species of wildlife. The bay’s waters are so clean that its shellfish may be eaten raw, straight from the bay. Because Humboldt Bay is an estuary, freshwater influence from the streams and sloughs that run into it increases during the winter rainy season. Incoming tides, however, continually bring in fish and many invertebrates such as jellyfish, crabs and shrimp. Dolphins, porpoises (yes, they’re different from each other), seals and sea lions follow the fish and invertebrates into the bay. The sea lions are semi-permanent residents, while the others tend to be temporary visitors. Humboldt Bay is a major resting point along the Pacific Flyway utilized by migrating birds. More than 250 species of birds can be found here, and bird-watching is a yearround activity. Popular bird-watching areas include the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in southern Humboldt Bay, Fay Slough Wildlife Area (FSWA) north of Eureka, Elk River Wildlife Area and PALCO Marsh in southern Eureka, the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mad River Slough Wildlife Area west of Arcata. Interpretive centers that are the starting points for frequently-scheduled wildlife walks are located at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Fisherman’s Memorial Statue, on Woodley Island, photo by Rich Formica, FormicaPhoto.com

Sport fishing, clamming and crabbing

Humboldt Bay supports over 100 species of marine and estuarine fish, including green sturgeon, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout, which spawn and rear in the watershed of the tributaries that feed the bay. Green sturgeon, coho salmon, and a number of other species are protected. Anglers in Humboldt Bay usually favor California halibut, surf perch, jacksmelt, Chinook (“King”) salmon and leopard sharks. Bat rays, although not good eating fish, are popular for “catch and release.” Humboldt Bay offers numerous opportunities for fishing by boat and from shore. Clammers find very productive habitat for a number of different species of clam including littleneck, gaper and Martha Washington. The bay is also an ideal habitat for oysters, supporting the largest commercial oyster-producing area in California. Seasonally, Dungeness and red rock crabs are caught in the bay. Recreational fishing, clamming and crabbing are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Before undertaking these activities, be sure to consult current Fish and Wildlife regulations for licensing, seasons, size limits, bag limits and legal fishing gear.

Boating

Although Humboldt Bay is a deep water port with harbor facilities including large industrial docks at Fairhaven, Samoa and Fields Landing, opportunities for recreational boating abound in it as well. Sailboats and yachts are plentiful. There are numerous launching facilities all around the bay, and marinas for berthing a wide array of pleasure craft. Woodley Island is home to Humboldt Bay Harbor District’s Marina, and the City of Eureka’s Public Marina at Old Town is another excellent place to moor your boat temporarily or on a year-round basis. Canoes and kayaks are also very popular, and are often used for exploring the salt marshes that ring the bay. Tours to these areas are regularly offered.

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Woodley Island

One of three natural islands in Humboldt Bay, Woodley Island offers sightseeing with a nautical flavor. Its marina is the largest in Humboldt Bay, with 217 slips for commercial and recreational vessels as well as guest docking facilities. It offers sailors a laundry, restrooms and showers, hoists, and other support services. You can watch fishing boats come and go, and buy fresh fish and crab right off the boats. For a real treat, relax and enjoy the Café Marina and Woodley Bar. The island also has its own National Weather Service station, and is the headquarters for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. The only dockside kayak rental facility on the North Coast is on Woodley Island. Stop off at Dock A, and Humboats Kayak Adventures will provide you with everything you need to go out on the water in Humboldt Bay. Woodley Island is also the site of “The Fisherman,” a memorial statue created by artist Dick Crane. It commemorates the mariners who have lost their lives at sea. It can be easily spotted from Old Town Eureka. Woodley Island is also the relocated home of the old Table Bluff Lighthouse tower, which was moved there in 1987. Roughly half the island’s area is a protected wildlife sanctuary. There are two freshwater ponds. Bird-watchers come to catch glimpses of godwits, pelicans, grebes, loons and egrets. The egrets, which are frequently spotted, come from a rookery on nearby Indian Island. WHERE: Besides being accessible by water, Woodley Island can also be reached by car. Take Hwy 255 west for .6 mile from its intersection with Hwy 101 at the northern end of Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-443-0801, HumboldtBay.org/woodley-island-marina; Café Marina 707-443-2233, CafeMarina.net; Humboats Kayak Adventures 707-443-5157, HumBoats.com

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Kayaking & Paddleboarding on Humboldt Bay

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, located on the beautiful Eureka waterfront across from Woodley Island Marina, offers kayak, canoe, sailboat and standup paddleboard rentals, and private and group lessons, as well as guided tours around the bay with wildlife-watching in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Eureka’s waterfront, Woodley Island and Arcata Marsh. WHERE: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-443-4222, Humboldt.edu/hbac

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Pacific Outfitters rents kayaks and canoes, and has everything needed to get out on the water or in the wilderness. WHERE: 1600 5th St., Eureka & 737 G St., Arcata MORE INFO: Eureka 707-443-6328, Arcata 707-822-0321, PacificOutfitters.com Humboats offers eco-tours of Humboldt Bay. Discover wildlife, watch bird migrations, and learn about the fascinating heritage of Humboldt Bay, its native Indian populations, the Eureka waterfront, and the Bay of today. Humboats is both ACA and BCU-certified with all lessons and tours provided by internationally experienced professional guides. Humboats also offers fishing, whale-watching, and river trips by kayak throughout Humboldt County. WHERE: 601 Startare Dr., Woodley Island MORE INFO: 707-443-5157, Humboats.com 62 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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For the experience of friends and family sitting down for a casual dinner, talking over the day’s events and catching up on life, head to the Samoa Cookhouse. It’s been serving wonderful “family style” breakfasts, lunches and dinners since 1894. This dining experience is unique. For instance, there are no menus. Delicious meals are prepared every day by skillful chefs, and when you sit down in the old style dining rooms, you are served the food they’ve made for the day. It comes piping hot to the table in large bowls and platters for your family to share and pass around. Although some people call it “family style,” at the Cookhouse they refer to it as “lumber camp style.” This is because the Samoa Cookhouse was founded for mill and dockworkers in the 1890s — and that’s how meals were served back in the old lumber camps. Today it’s the last logging camp-type cookhouse left in the western United States. When you’re done with your meal, visit the on-site museum. It is full of relics and photos, as well as historic logging and lumber camp cookhouse artifacts. The Samoa Cookhouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round. WHERE: Take the Samoa Bridge off Hwy 101 and turn left onto Samoa Boulevard. Take the first left. MORE INFO: 707-442-1659, SamoaCookhouse.net

Humboldt Bay was settled in the early 19th century, and has a rich seafaring history filled with adventure, passion and — especially — disaster. From the 1850s through the early part of the 20th century, the best way to carry passengers, lumber and goods to and from this area was by sea. In 1853 alone, 12 ships wrecked on the bar at the treacherous mouth of the bay. By 1856 the Humboldt Harbor Light was built on the north spit, eventually being replaced by the Table Bluff Light in 1886. Many aspects of maritime life of the North Coast and Humboldt Bay come alive as soon as you step through the door of the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum. It is filled with artifacts that will show you about the shipwrecks, shipbuilding, lumber schooners, fishing boats, ferries, tugs and the lighthouses that lit the way for all boats to pass safely into the harbor. They even have a lighthouse lens from the middle of the 19th century. The M.V. Madaket, a 1910 passenger ferry that departs from the foot of C Street, offers cruises around Humboldt Bay and is also operated by the museum. WHERE: Next to the Samoa Cookhouse, open Thursday through Saturday in winter and Tuesday through Saturday in summer, from 11am to 4pm. MORE INFO: 707-444-9440, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

The growing, green-roofed Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila, founded by Friends of the Dunes, is unique in our region. It is the public gateway to over 1000 acres of coastal lands including the dunes near Arcata and Eureka, possibly Humboldt’s best-kept secret. From the Nature Center you can explore on your own or enjoy guided hikes highlighting bird-watching, mushrooms, dune movement, even observation of hive-less solitary bees that live in the sand. On one ten-minute trail alone, you can start at a marsh, walk through a pigmy forest, pick huckleberries, count birds, run (or roll) down massive sand dunes, and dip your toes in the ocean! Thanks to decades of restoration work by Friends of the Dunes, these coastal dunes may be the most biologically diverse habitat in Humboldt County, and are among the most pristine dunes of their kind on Earth. The wind and sand dance with the Pacific, creating both turbulence and serenity. Saltwater marshes give way to lichen-draped forests, with foxes, tree frogs, wildflowers and the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower found along the trail. The Nature Center’s facilities and programming make it the only center on California’s North Coast where people of all ages and abilities experience and learn about all the diverse habitats of the Humboldt Bay area. The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center’s exhibits, trails and programs combine experiential education, conservation-minded recreational access, and hands-on restoration activities to increase public understanding of local coastal environments and to inspire community-driven stewardship of these fragile resources. Trails and restrooms are free and open during daylight hours. The interpretive center, also free, is open to the public Wednesday - Sunday 10am to 4pm. WHERE: Take Hwy 255 north from Eureka or south from Arcata to Manila. Turn west on Stamps Lane and follow the signs to 220 Stamps Ln. You’ll find self-guided tour brochures in the sign-in box next to the trailhead. MORE INFO: 707-444-1397, FriendsOfTheDunes.org/humboldtcoastalnaturecenter

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M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise

Climb aboard the Madaket and enjoy a relaxing voyage along the shores of Humboldt Bay. The M.V. Madaket, built in 1910, is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported families and mill workers around Humboldt Bay for decades. Today it sits as the oldest passenger motor vessel in continuous service in the entire United States. Between May and October, you can hop on board for a tour and learn about local

See Humboldt Bay By Water! Launched in 1910 and lovingly restored, the M.V. Madaket is the oldest passenger vessel in continuous service in the United States. Cocktails served aboard every cruise from the smallest licensed bar in the state. Cruises offered May - October (Daily June - September) Departs from Foot of C Street on the “Eureka Boardwalk.”

( 707 ) 445-1910

M.V. MADAKET BAY CRUISES The Madaket at the foot of C Street in Old Town Eureka, photo by Molly Blakemore

history, industries, activities, points of interest and wildlife. There are a number of trips to choose from. The 75-minute narrated cruise takes you along the shores of the bay and Eureka’s waterfront while you learn a bit about the area you’re visiting. A one-hour cocktail cruise will show you the sights and sounds of the bay while you enjoy a drink from the smallest licensed bar in California. You can privately charter the boat for up to 42 of your friends for a birthday, anniversary or other special event. The M.V. Madaket is run by the friendly people at Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, which is located in Samoa. The museum focuses on the boating history of the bay. WHERE: Departs from the foot of C Street in Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-445-1910, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

HUMBOLDT BAY MARITIME MUSEUM

Explore the maritime heritage of California’s North Coast. Hands-on activities and docent-led tours. FREE ADMISSION. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum located in the little town of Samoa, next to the historic Samoa Cookhouse.

( 707 ) 444-9440

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Redwood Acres

Redwood Acres Event Center is a venerable Eureka institution situated on 52 acres near the north end of Harris Street. It first opened its gates in the fall of 1937 for a local agricultural exposition and horse racing; admission to the fairgrounds that year was 50¢ per person.

Best of Humboldt Fair at Redwood Acres, photo by Jesica Rawlings

Today auto racing has replaced horse racing, and the agricultural expo event has given way to a full slate of events that include The Best of Humboldt Fair, Humboldt Roller Derby, Humboldt Artisans, Humboldt Sponsors, Redwood Flea Market, NCIDC Intertribal Gathering, Antique Show, Local 4-H, F.F.A. and Junior Livestock Association Shows, Rose Society Show, Quilters Guild, Gem and Mineral Show and Mushroom Fair. The auto racing takes place at Redwood Acres Raceway, a semi-banked, 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack with a vintage covered grandstand and lighting for nighttime racing. And the horses haven’t gone away entirely — you’ll still find an Equine Center with eight barns, four arenas, a round pen, 164 stalls and 77 turn-out pen spaces. This place is jumping! WHERE: 3750 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-445-3037, RedwoodAcres.com

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Sequoia Park Zoo

Nestled along a stunning redwood forest, Sequoia Park Zoo is the only zoo in the world that boasts such a unique setting. On just 5 acres, this award-winning zoo is intimate and accessible for all ages and abilities. Founded in 1907, it is the oldest zoo in California featuring spacious state-of-the art animal habitats with over 50 species, many rare and endanphoto renderings courtesy Greenway Partners gered. Several daily animal feedings and keeper talks add a personal touch. Stepping through the Entry Pavilion, an interactive water-play area featuring salmon sculptures invites kids to splash in the watershed, until they are amazed to spot three boisterous North American river otters frolicking underwater in their large and lush habitat. Kids crawl inside the clear tube through the pool to watch otters swim beside, below and above. Up ahead in the forest perch two magnificent Bald eagles watching from the raptor aviary. Down further, the fun and interactive Barnyard is home to a variety of domestic hooved, feathered and furry friends to greet. Also hiding in the Barnyard are some surprising wild critters who use human habitats for their homes too. Make a game of finding them all. Themed play structures for kids — both goat and human – are a family favorite. Birdwatch inside the free-flight aviary, watch Red pandas munch bamboo, check out how a pack of Bush dogs patrol their terraced territory and marvel at the color of the gorgeous flock of Chilean flamingos. Dine outdoors and listen to the gibbons sing as you enjoy lunch at the zoo’s popular café boasting the freshest burgers, hand cut fries and other delicious food fare for the whole family. End your visit in the Gift Shop where you can find the perfect souvenir from a wide variety of toys, books and games. Browse the diverse selection of special local and exotic items that support wildlife conservation — gifts that give back and support our mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife. Complete your visit with a hike or drive into the mature forest of the adjacent Sequoia Park that features a playground, picnic area and duck pond. A perfect family day on the Redwood Coast begins with Sequoia Park Zoo.

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Open daily 10am to 5pm from May to September; and from October to April, Monday hours are reduced to Noon to 4pm. WHERE: 3414 W St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-441-4263, SequoiaParkZoo.net

As “Eureka’s Fun-Size Zoo” it’s the perfect size day-trip for the family. Don’t miss the interactive Barnyard, Raptor Aviary, Red pandas, Bush dogs and singing White-handed gibbons. Taste the flavors of the Zoo Café and picnic with the Spider monkeys! Explore five acres of adventure and connect with the wild inside for children and adults alike.

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The perfect family day on the Redwood Coast begins here. Set against a backdrop of magnificent redwoods, Sequoia Park Zoo was founded in 1907 and is the oldest zoo in California. A nationally accredited zoo, we’re committed to inspiring conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.

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Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park

Blue Ox Millworks manufactures authentic Victorian-style architectural millwork using antique equipment and techniques from the mid-1800s and the early 1900s. They produce Victorian gingerbread, custom doors, windows, turnings and columns that are shipped nationwide. Their tooling includes the world’s largest collection of operating Barnes Equipment Company human-powered tools. For more than 46 years the craftsmen at Blue Ox have produced woodwork for the renovation of many historic buildings including governors’ mansions, national park visitor centers, saloons, historic cathedrals and hundreds of private historic homes. Architects also call on them to produce the woodwork needed for custom designed new buildings and homes. A detailed introduction and demonstration starts you on the self-guided tour, allowing you to wander at your own pace and observe the craftsmen in action. While there, enjoy learning about America’s frontier past by visiting the historic logging camp, the blacksmith shop, ceramics studio, lapidary, letterpress print shop and bookbinding studio, apothecary, stained glass studio, fabric arts studio, and sign painting studio. There is also a gift store which features items BlueOxMill.com made by Blue Ox students and instructors, and veterans in our Veterans Program. Self-guided tours can be taken year round Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm, April through October. Adults: $12; seniors 65+, veterans and teens 13-18, $11; kids 6-12 $7. Workshops and guided group tours also available. WHERE: The corner of 1st and X Streets, Eureka MORE INFO: 707-444-3437 or 800-248-4259, BlueOxMill.com, Instagram, and Facebook at Blue Ox Village

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Humboldt Botanical Garden

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Morris Graves Museum of Art

Family members of all ages can relax and recharge while experiencing the wide variety of ecosystems at the Humboldt Botanical Garden. This 44.5 acre garden features over 7 acres of formal themed gardens, 5 miles of hiking trails (includes moderate to difficult hikes) and plenty of picnic tables and benches for reflection. The Humboldt Botanical Garden is a place where plants, nature and the environment truly come alive. Whether you just need a break from a hectic day, want to picnic with your family or need a place to hike or walk your dog, the Humboldt Botanical Garden is a must-see destination. The garden is a great place to get information on plants that grow in the local climate and plants native to California that will inspire you with new ideas to take home to your own garden. The Garden is also available for weddings and special event rentals. Humboldt Botanical Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm, April 1 to October 31; and Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm, November 1 to March 31. Admission ranges from $5 to $8, HBG Members and children 5 and under get in free. HBG is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program. Dogs are allowed; the policy is posted on the website. WHERE: Next to College of the Redwoods just south of Eureka. From Hwy 101 take exit 698 to the north entrance of College of the Redwoods where you will see signs leading you to the garden. MORE INFO: 707-442-5139, HBGF.org, find on Facebook, follow on Instagram

The Morris Graves Museum of Art in downtown Eureka is dedicated to the arts and artists of the Pacific Northwest, including the works of its patron artist, Morris Graves. It is housed in the refurbished old Eureka Carnegie Library building, a grand structure originally completed in 1904.

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The museum is home to the Humboldt Arts Council, whose Permanent Art Collection was created with the purpose of publicly displaying original works of art in Humboldt County schools to give children the opportunity to “live with art.” The artists’ visions and styles and the media they employed vary across a remarkable range, and the quality of the work is consistently top-notch. The exhibits will in turn surprise, delight, awe and inspire you, and fire your imagination. The Morris Graves Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm, except for major holidays. WHERE: 636 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-0278, HumboldtArts.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Humboldt B52s Baseball

Play ball! Few things say summer better than baseball, and taking in a live game with your family, friends or a date is a fine way to spend a summer evening. In Eureka, you can watch the Humboldt B52s host exciting baseball action at Bomber Field, the completely renovated old Redwood Acres Field, where there’s also hot food and cold beer. It’s cheaper than going to the movies, and way more fun. The Humboldt B52s baseball team was founded in 2014 by Jeff Giacomini, Spencer Duggan and Ryan Patrick. They are a semi-professional, wood bat, summer baseball league team made up primarily of collegiate players who live in Humboldt County, and players from out of the area who want to spend a summer here to get to know this very special part of the world. They play mostly summer collegiate teams, but also semi-pro teams. (Summer collegiate means only college players are on the team, like the Humboldt Crabs, who the B52s will be playing four times this summer). Semi-pro means they have some players who’ve been paid to play professionally. Their season runs from May 31 to July 31 this year, with an auction dinner August 1 at the Eureka Elks Lodge. The B52s are a strong supporter of youth sports, and in addition to playing a full schedule have put together two fall ball and travel teams for younger players. They also host a summer youth baseball camp in July, with additional private instruction available as well. All instructors are current members of the Humboldt B52s roster. WHERE: 3775 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: HumboldtB52sBaseball.com and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Tanner Kane on the mound for the B52s in 2018, photo by Dan Pambianco

Humboldt Roller Derby

Combine athletic women, hot pants, a rousing announcer, food, beer, a live band, an enthusiastic crowd and what do you get? Humboldt Roller Derby, of course. Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). When you attend a Humboldt Roller Derby event it is easy to understand why — this is a lot of fun. There are enthusiastic fans with signs, custom T-shirts and painted faces filling Francheschi Hall at Redwood Acres. A live band, “The Blow Hards,” plays during each intermission and a DJ keeps the groove going playing songs during each match. This is all on top of a wonderful halftime photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios performance by the Derby Darlings. The match itself, or bout as it’s called, is also very entertaining. The action is fastpaced and something is constantly happening. Unlike what you might expect, there is very little aggressive play on the floor. Mostly there is just a lot of solid competition in a fun-minded manner. All the players work very hard to fulfill their set roles on each team. For newcomers to the sport, the announcer also offers a clear explanation of rules and strategy throughout each bout. If you are looking for a fun sporting event to enjoy, it doesn’t get much more entertaining than Humboldt Roller Derby. Visit their website for specific bout dates or to get more information on the team in general. WHERE: Bouts are held at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka. MORE INFO: HumboldtRollerDerby.com

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Auto Races & Motorcycle Races

If you love to ride your ATV or have been itching to try the sport, head to the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. This is a great place to go for an afternoon of launching up and over sand dunes, making sharp turns and triggering sand to shoot into the air. With more than 140 acres of trails and beach, there is plenty of space to play. Bring you own ATV since they are not available to rent. There is also a 75-acre riding area known as Eureka Dunes, which is now open to off-highway vehicles. It extends about one mile north of the park. Take a break from all the fun to cook some food on one of the grills. If you are not an ATV enthusiast, you’ll still enjoy the many other activities the park provides, such as strolling down the jetty, hiking, surfing, fishing, seeing the starfish clinging to the jetty rocks, beachcombing or bird-watching. While walking around, you may even encounter heaps of shells, which were discarded by the Wiyot Indians who used this land long ago as a seasonal gathering site for shellfish. A variety of sea- and shore-birds can be seen nesting and resting in the cypress tree groves throughout the 300-acre park. The northeast 40 acres are protected habitat for the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower, which, as an indicator species, functions like a canary in the coal mine for its immediate surroundings. WHERE: Take Hwy 255 off Hwy 101 in Eureka. Go across the Samoa Bridge and turn left (south) onto New Navy Base Road. Drive about 4 miles down the road to the end. MORE INFO: BLM, 707-825-2300

Redwood Acres Raceway at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka is a semibanked, 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack that’s been going strong since 1947. It has a vintage covered grandstand with a snack bar for refreshments. The track is lighted for nighttime racing and there is ample parking adjacent to the facility. Spectators can see a wide variety of exciting racing events including Late Models, Bombers, Bandoleros, Legends, Mini Stocks and Roadrunners. Monster Truck events can feature some of the top-name performers in the country. WHERE: 3750 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-500-5016, RedwoodAcresRacing.com

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Samoa Drag Strip, photo by Steve Hammons

Samoa Drag Strip, located south of the Samoa Cookhouse near the end of the Samoa Peninsula, is a 1/4-mile NHRA Sanctioned Drag strip. Witness awesome power and explosive acceleration from 0 to unbelievable speeds in the quarter mile. Race cars in these events range from ordinary street-legal family cars out to see what they can do, to fire-breathing dragsters. Motorcycle races are also a regular at the strip. Most racing events occur on weekends with some races on Thursday nights. Family-friendly, under 12 free! WHERE: From Eureka, go across the Samoa Bridge, turn left and head south to access the drag strip. MORE INFO: 707-845-5755, SamoaDragStrip.com 68 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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Headwaters Forest Reserve

Imagine standing under a towering forest canopy, streams of light coming through the leaves and the gentle twitter of birds coming from the woods surrounding you. This is a beautifully tranquil experience, which everyone should have at least once in their life. The Headwaters Forest Reserve, just south of Eureka, offers an ideal setting for this experience. The reserve serves as a habitat for threatened animals, such as the marbled murrelet and the coho salmon. There are two different sections to this 7,500-acre forest. The northern section is open from dawn to dusk for anyone wanting a pleasurable hike through the redwoods along the Elk River Trail. It is an 11-mile hike past streams, the south fork of the Elk River and several magnificent old-growth stands. The Elk River Trail is a wilderness area, and wild animals such as bear and mountain lion do inhabit the region. One mile into the Elk River Trail hike you will find the remains of what was once a mill town called Falk, named after its founder Noah Falk, who migrated here in the late 1800s during the Gold Rush. Upon arrival Falk was enamored with the redwoods and came to see them as his own form of gold. He built a sawmill on the site, and a town with a population of nearly 400 sprung up around it. The mill and the town operated for nearly 30 years until the Great Depression in 1937, when the mill shut down and the town followed shortly after. Through the mid 1900s Falk was a ghost town, and in 1979 the buildings were finally taken down due to liability factors. Today, hikers along the Elk River Trail can see traces of the town. Interpretative signs along the trail point out the sites where the mill and the town’s buildings once stood. Now all that remain are haunting foundations, ghostly relics of metal machinery left behind, and the giant stumps of age-old trees. The other portion of the reserve, the southern end, can only be accessed on a BLM-led guided hike, beginning at Newburg Park in Fortuna, see Fortuna section. WHERE: Take Elk River Road off Hwy 101 south of Eureka, go about 6 miles to trailhead parking area. MORE INFO: Bureau of Land Management, 707-825-2300, search for Headwaters Forest Reserve at BLM.gov Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Eureka’s Murals

One of the great things about Eureka is the amazing support the town gives to local artists. A particularly enjoyable result of that are the eye-popping murals on the walls of buildings all over Eureka, especially in Old Town and Downtown. One of the best ways to appreciate this amazing outdoor art is to take the self-guided walking tour, which will lead you to many of the murals. You will get a short explanation of the significance of each mural, and learn who painted the work of art in front of you. You will see amazing pieces like “Indian Island,” “Alley Cats” and “Busy Dogs,” among many others. Artist Duane Flatmo, who painted many of these murals, has garnered significant attention for his whimsical, neo-cubist style.

“Bucephalus” by Linda Wise, 5th & R Streets, Hwy 101 north, photo by Denise Comiskey

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Eureka’s Public Sculptures

Humboldt County is known for its commitment to the arts and its large population of artists, so it should be no surprise that public sculpture is a prominent part of Eureka’s urban landscape. You will find examples in Old Town, Downtown, along the 101 Corridor and even in the Burre Center on Myrtle Avenue. Perhaps the best-known is the sculpture by Dick Crane of a fisherman on Woodley Island in Humboldt Bay. Most of the pieces are abstract, however, ranging from the just barely representational to the entirely nonrepresentational. Many were gifts to the City of Eureka, including a number done by the Pacific Rim Sculpture Group in San Francisco, and others were donated by individual independent artists. Within the past few years, sculptures have been added to the Madaket Plaza at the foot of C Street along Eureka’s waterfront. Five or six appear there annually in a rotating juried show. A noteworthy permanent water feature there, “Following Current Events,” is the work of Eureka sculptor Jack Sewell. There are plans to install more sculptures throughout the downtown area in the coming years. MORE INFO: City of Eureka Art and Culture Commission, Eureka-Art-Culture.com, info@eureka-art-culture.com; Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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of Commerce map, to see more of Eureka’s murals. To get the self-guided-tour map of the town, stop by the Chamber at 2112 Broadway and ask for the Eureka Murals Walking Tour Guide. WHERE: Eureka Chamber of Commerce, 2112 Broadway, Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-3738, EurekaChamber.com

Eureka’s Utility Box Art Program The summer of 2018 saw dozens of artists wielding paintbrushes on street corners throughout Eureka. The “canvases” they worked on were 54 utility boxes belonging to the City of Eureka and to Caltrans: the Utility Art Box Program. Part of the City of Eureka’s Strategic Arts Plan, these colorful works of art complement the city’s many murals and sculptures, and are a foretaste of more public art in the works. The idea of sprucing up urban areas with art executed on utility boxes has become somewhat of an international phenomenon since the start of the new millennium, with electrical panel and traffic control box art popping up from Germany to New Zealand, as well as all over the U.S. Eureka’s utility box art, although facilitated and coordinated by the city, is paid for primarily by local businesses and individuals, each of whom pay $500 to sponsor a box. The tens of thousands of dollars thus spent are a testament to this community’s love for the arts, and its willingness to support them.

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Fortuna Ace Hardware & Garden 140 South Fortuna Boulevard Fortuna, CA 95540 707-725-8647

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Arts! Arcata On the second Friday of each month, businesses stay open late for Arts! Arcata, featuring local artists working in nearly every conceivable medium. For an updated listing, visit ArcataMainStreet.com, 707-822-4500.

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Also see Events & Festivals, pgs 14-15 • Arcata Plaza shopping and browsing • RampArt Indoor Skatepark & Arcata Skatepark • Humboldt Crabs Baseball • Arcata Community Pool • Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary • Mad River Community Park • Arcata Community Forest • Hiking, biking, birding

any diverse elements contribute to the mix that is the city of Arcata. Founded in 1850 as Union Town, Arcata originally served as a depot and base camp for the gold fields in the Trinity Alps to the east and lumber camps all around. At present, Arcata has an economy that includes education, tourism, the arts, some light manufacturing, a healthy retail base and various service industries. The resident population is a colorful mix of students, senior citizens, artists and various working folk. With a population of around 17,000, Arcata is a colorful place to spend a few days. Close to beaches, the forest, and home to a marsh bird sanctuary, there are outdoor opportunities everywhere. For those who want to enjoy some nightlife, there are theatre, live music, dancing, numerous taverns and restaurants in town. There are events happening year-round like Arts! Arcata, which is held on the second Friday of each month. Arts! Arcata is an open house for local businesses and artists featuring musical performances, dance, demonstrations and fine arts by Humboldt County artisans. The city center is Arcata Plaza, see pages 74-75, around which the community turns. Once home to grazing cows and pack animals, today the Plaza serves as the central focus of commercial and festive activities. Several historic buildings around Arcata have been restored. Jacoby’s Storehouse, located on the south side of the plaza is one example. It was built by Augustus Jacoby, a prominent local merchant, who saw how quickly wooden buildings turned to tinder. In 1857, he completed his “fireproof storehouse.” Built of locally quarried stone and bricks, with decorative stonework and iron shutters, the building quickly became a source of pride to the whole community. The storehouse, designated a Historical Landmark, is one of the most beautiful restorations on the North Coast. Across the plaza is the iconic Hotel Arcata. The hotel was completely renovated several years ago and is a remarkable example of early hotel design. Arcata is home to the Minor Theatre, the oldest continuously run movie theater in the country. One of the oldest colleges in the California State University system, Humboldt State University, is located in Arcata and is the second largest employer in Humboldt County. A great way to spend a summer evening is to watch the Humboldt Crabs summer collegiate baseball team at the Arcata ballpark on 8th and F Streets. The Crabs are perennially one of the top-rated teams in their league, and the ballpark is small and intimate. The Fourth of July celebrations should not be missed in Arcata, as the whole town comes out to party with barbecues, music, food, baseball and other old-fashioned, small-town pleasures. The California Welcome Center in north Arcata provides information about Humboldt County. Take Hwy 101 2 miles north of downtown Arcata to the Giuntoli exit. The Welcome Center is on the west side of the highway on Heindon Road.

The Arcata Humboldt Welcome Center We provide maps and excellent guidance on what you can experience in the Arcata area!

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Learn more on our Facebook page! Facebook.com/ VisitArcata 1635 Heindon Road Arcata 707.822.3619 VisitArcata.com

Movie Night, Humboldt State University, Arcata, photo by Kellie Brown, Humboldt.edu

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rcata is the home of Humboldt State University, one of 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. The university was founded in 1913 as a teachers college and was called Humboldt Normal School. Today the university’s curricula include environmental engineering, forestry, science, business, liberal arts and creative arts. Offering education in a distinctive setting, Humboldt State University is attractive to college-bound students who are looking for small classes and individual attention from faculty. Typically, the students who attend Humboldt State are from the upper one-third of their high school graduating classes. Overlooking Humboldt Bay, Humboldt State University is regarded as an exceptionally beautiful college campus. It is also a cultural hub of the North Coast, sponsoring art exhibits, symphony concerts, dance performances, live theatre and lectures. The campus boasts the largest library facility in California north of San Francisco, a marine laboratory, fish hatchery, wildlife museum, greenhouse, art galleries, performance venues, and more. Humboldt State University hosts a variety of annual meetings and conferences for professional organizations and clubs from across the country, bringing thousands of visitors to Humboldt County every year. Student-led campus tours are offered beginning in the Student Business Services (SBS) Building, and typically lasting two hours. WHERE: 1 Harpst St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-3011, Humboldt.edu

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Arcata’s Historic Landmarks

Arcata abounds with visually exciting historic architecture that dazzles the eye. The town, settled around 1850 under the name of Union, underwent several different periods as it developed. After what was known as the settlement era, Arcata went through a period of heavy Victorian influence. Many Victorian houses and structures stand to this day, and are popular sites for tourists and photographers. The William Nixon House is a great example of one from this period. Located on 10th Street, this amazing home was originally bought for 500 sacks of potatoes. On 14th Street, mirror-image Victorian mansions sit across the street from one another. Designated historic landmarks include the Hotel Arcata at 9th and G Streets, which was built in 1915; one of the oldest continuously operated theaters in the country, the Minor Theatre at 10th and H Streets, which was built in 1914; and Jacoby’s Storehouse at 8th and H Streets. Built in 1857, Jacoby’s Storehouse is now used for numerous restaurants, shops and offices, as well as a Railroad Museum on the ground floor. All of these structures have undergone restoration in recent years, and feature quality workmanship in the exterior and interior of the buildings. The Arcata Main Street office is also located in that building. MORE INFO: Historical Sites Society of Arcata, 707-822-4722, ArcataHistory.org. For a self-guided Victorian homes walking tour map call the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, 707-822-3619, ArcataChamber.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Arcata Arcata Marsh, photo by Deborah Ketelsen, DKCreativeMedia.com

American Avocet, photo by Leslie Scopes Anderson

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The Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, a remarkable natural habitat and recreation area built around a cost-effective and environmentally sound wastewater treatment facility, is a great place to go hiking and birding. This 307-acre site is located along the Pacific Flyway, making it a popular destination for birders from all over the world. It is home or rest stop to over 300 species of birds or mammals, and home to over 100 species of plants. Critters who inhabit the marsh include river otters, gray foxes, bobcats, Pacific tree frogs, red-legged frogs and rough-skinned newts. The Arcata Marsh offers more than five miles of recreational trails for jogging, bicycling, hiking, bird-watching and leashed dog walking. The marsh received the Innovations in Government Award from the Ford Foundation/ Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Despite being a wastewater disposal system, the open-air lakes do not produce any smell and are a popular destination for visitors. It is an incredibly beautiful natural recreation area and is popular with local wildlife and landscape artists. Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) provide educational tours of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary free of charge. Guided tours are given every Saturday at 2pm starting at the Interpretive Center. The Redwood Regional Audubon Society offers bird-watching tours every Saturday beginning at 8:30am; meet at the Klopp Lake parking lot at the southern end of I Street. WHERE: South G Street in Arcata. MORE INFO: 707-826-2359, ArcataMarshFriends.org

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Performing Arts — Humboldt State brings big acts to campus, and world-class performers as diverse as the Juilliard String Quartet and B.B. King have appeared there. Enjoy live performances in the campus’s three main performance halls: The Kate Buchanan Room, the Fulkerson Recital Hall and the Van Duzer Theatre. Catch a show or concert from the Department of Music, the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, Center Arts or Associated Students Presents. MORE INFO: Performing Arts Ticket Office, 707-826-3928

photo by Kellie Jo Brown. Humboldt State University

Visual Arts — The Campus is home to the Reese Bullen Gallery, the Native American Arts Gallery, and several student access gallery spaces. Located within the Art Building, the Reese Bullen Gallery houses the University’s permanent collection of art and sponsors exhibitions of works by professional artists. The Native American Arts Gallery, located on campus in the Behavioral & Social Science Building, highlights the work of contemporary and traditional Native American artists. Student work appears annually in a juried show at the Reese Bullen, and throughout the year in multiple locations. MORE INFO: 707-826-3813 Sports — Lumberjack Arena is home to men’s and women’s Basketball from October through March. MORE INFO: HSU Lumberjacks Tickets, 707-826-3666, HSUJacks.com

Arcata Marsh, photo by Wei Ling

Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival

Many different species of birds either permanently reside in Humboldt County, or migrate through the area on their way to warmer or colder climates. The area is doubly perfect for birding because it also contains an amazing amount of natural diversity. Within minutes, birds (bird-watchers) can travel from towering redwood forests to lush river valleys, over sticky mud flats and down to rugged ocean coastlines. All these different areas support a tremendously diverse bird population. During Godwit Days in April you can participate in events at numerous locations including the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Trinidad Head, Stone Lagoon, and many more. It’s your opportunity to join kindred spirits and observe these graceful waterfowl on their northbound journey. Their are also indoor events, and tons of kid-friendly, educational events.\. At the peak of migration season, which occurs during the April festival, you can go out on the “Humboldt Big Day” and see as many as 125 species on a single outing. This is only one of almost a hundred field trips, lectures, workshops and boating excursions that take place throughout the area. Experienced bird-watchers or anyone interested in learning about birds will find few events better suited for this activity than the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival. MORE INFO: 707-826-7050, GodwitDays.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Environmental Sustainability at HSU — The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, known as CCAT on campus, is one of America’s oldest student-run sustainabilitydemonstration houses. Volunteers are welcome to participate in volunteer Fridays and the center’s directors give community tours on a regular basis. MORE INFO: 707-826-3551 Get Outdoors — HSU offers everything you need for outdoor adventure through the campus’s Center Activities program. Offerings range from wilderness first responder training to kayak instruction. Don’t have your own gear? Center Activities rents everything you’ll need to get ready for your next outdoor adventure. MORE INFO: 707-826-3367, Humboldt.edu/centeractivities 101Things.com • Humboldt County 71


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If you’re looking for a rugged outdoor getaway close to the comforts of town, the Arcata Community Forest is perfect. This incredible redwood forest really is the “best of both worlds.” It covers more than 600 acres, and all of them are inside Arcata’s city limits. Head out into the lush, green forest, and within a few seconds you’ll forget that you are still inside a bustling college town. Take a leisurely walk to clear your mind, or go on a more rigorous hike. Hop on your mountain bike and hit the trails. An added bonus is the fact that the forest is managed in order to preserve it, along with the many other great parks that dot Arcata. You’ll love the time spent away from life’s stresses as you explore the Arcata Community Forest. WHERE: Access the forest through Redwood Park at the east end of 11th Street, 14th Street and California Avenue. MORE INFO: CityOfArcata.org/190/City-Forests, 707-825-2163

Arcata Community Forest, photo by Eric Willingham

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Arcata Plaza

Grand Championship, Arcata Plaza, photo by Tracy McCormack

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n 1850, when the Union Company laid out the town of Union, or Union Town, today called Arcata, it had the foresight to designate block 167 as a park or common area. It is likely that some of the hardy types who were on the North Coast after a headlong rush to the gold fields remembered the commons of their New England homes or the squares of sleepy Southern towns. Whatever the reason, this precious block, now the Arcata Plaza, was saved for posterity. It was not, however, treated particularly reverently at first. Early arrivals camped on the square in tents, huts or whatever shelter they could contrive while making arrangements to get to the diggings on the Klamath, Trinity or Salmon Rivers. Some people who had settled in town thought that the open space in the middle was a fine spot to graze their cows and goats. A bandstand in the center of the plaza was completed in 1901, and citizens planted rose bushes and boxwood around the rich, green lawn in the following years, as well as the first palm trees. The bandstand is now long gone, and local businesses have adopted the flower beds. Today people gather on the plaza to visit, to take a lunch break or just to relax and enjoy the sun. It is a place where craft fairs, sidewalk sales, rallies, demonstrations and just about any other kind of gathering takes place. One such noteworthy gathering occurs every year on the Saturday before Memorial Day, when the Plaza becomes the staging area and starting line for the Kinetic Grand Championship. The Championship is a three-day race of people-powered “kinetic sculptures” from Arcata to Ferndale. See pages 14 and 15 for more Arcata Plaza events. HumboldtCrabs.com

Traditional Japanese Food in a Casual, Relaxed Atmosphere 708 Ninth Street, Arcata (Inside Hotel Arcata on the Arcata Plaza)

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Humboldt Crabs Baseball

Known as America’s national pastime, going to a baseball game is hands-down one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon. And just because there aren’t any big league teams in Humboldt County doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy baseball here. The Humboldt Crabs provide an ideal opportunity to watch summer collegiate baseball, and 2019 is their 75th Anniversary! They provide all the fun of a major league game but without the expense, and it comes with a big scoop of small-town charm on top. The Crabs play three or four games a week, and tickets for adults and kids are very reasonably priced. The low cost and fun can’t be beat — an exciting baseball game could be just what your family needs. The Humboldt Crabs are a very kid-friendly team. They also offer two different baseball camps for youngsters. The locals enjoy cheering the Crabs on, and you will love the opportunity to join in the fun. You won’t forget this rare bit of living, vintage Americana. Play ball! WHERE: Corner of 9th and F Streets, Arcata. MORE INFO: 707-840-5665, HumboldtCrabs.com

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Holly Yashi Handcrafted Jewelry

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In 1981 two young and talented entrepreneurs began a jewelry business in their single-car garage. Thirty years later, in 2011, co-founders Holly Hosterman and Paul Lubitz opened a Holly Yashi retail store inside their current Humboldt County jewelry design factory. In addition to showcasing Holly Yashi’s award-winning jewelry and offering other gift items, the store allows visitors the rare experience of seeing Holly Yashi jewelry being made.

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Arcata has skaters covered with two great spots where they can shred, one indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor facility is the venerable 10,000 sq. ft. Arcata Skatepark. It has a decent-sized snake run, a nice eight-foot bowl that’s great for vertical moves, a small street scene, and a fun box. Operated by the City of Arcata Division of Parks and Recreation, there is no fee for using it. And even though it’s popular, it’s rarely overcrowded. It’s a treat for experienced skaters, and a place where beginning skaters can develop their skills — as long as the weather is good. When it rains, as it often does on the North Coast, the action moves indoors, but even when it’s beautiful outside, RampArtSkatepark.org the indoor action is still intense. RampArt Indoor Skatepark features over 3,000 square feet of indoor wooden ramps as well as a lounge and classroom for year-round use. It offers open sessions, youth school-break camps, private lessons, skillbuilding workshops, birthday parties, concerts, art shows and a bunch more, including a full skate, scooter & bmx shop. Murals adorn the walls and the space is filled with amplified music during open hours after school, evenings and weekends. And while it’s not free, the cost to drop in is nominal. RampArt Skatepark is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and relies largely on the support of the community for its existence.

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Blue Lake

Mad River County Park

For a magnificent, memorable beach and riverside experience, head to Mad River County Park. There you can see wildlife in its natural habitat along the shores of the Mad River as it spills into the Pacific Ocean.

Humboldt Folklife Festival, photo by Janessa Johnsrude, DellArte.com

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Dining, gaming and entertainment at the Blue Lake Casino Live performances by Dell’Arte Players Touring the Mad River Fish Hatchery Fishing and boating the Mad River Annual Folklife Festival Hoisting a cold one at Mad River Brewing Company

photo by Denise Comiskey

Spanning many miles, the Mad River starts in Trinity County and winds through Six Rivers National Forest. Matthews Dam, approximately one-third of the way along the river, forms Ruth Lake. The Mad River finally empties into the Pacific Ocean after a long stretch of picturesque beach in McKinleyville. Harbor seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing nearby. Numerous birds scurry along the water’s edge or take to the sky in search of a meal. A boat launch is available if you want to fish or explore the waters of the beautiful Humboldt coast. You can build a fire at night on the sand, roast hot dogs and marshmallows or just keep warm at the beach while hanging out with good friends. WHERE: Take the Janes Road exit off Hwy 101 north of Arcata. Head west, then turn right on Heindon Road, left on Miller Lane, and right on Mad River Road. The beach parking area is at the end of the road. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651

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Blue Lake

Arcata Community Pool

During certain times of the year, the weather in Humboldt County doesn’t cooperate when you want to experience the wonderful outdoor activities the area has to offer. So, if the weather has put a damper on your plans but you still want to be active, head to the Arcata Community Pool and enjoy a day of swimming and sliding. It’s completely indoors, so the weather won’t interfere with your enjoyment.

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Sunny Blue Lake, as the locals call it, is just a 5 mile drive east on Hwy 299 from Hwy 101 between McKinleyville and Arcata. Many visitors to Blue Lake are surprised to find no lake. In the 1860s, the lake for which the town is named was created by receding floodwaters from the Mad River, and for 50 years gave the place a resort atmosphere. A hotel was built on the shore by an early Blue Lake settler. People from the foggy coast made the trek to Blue Lake to enjoy the lake, the river fishing and warmer temperatures of summer. Changes in the course of the river in the 1920s caused the lake to disappear, but fishing, sunshine and the rural charm still draw people to Blue Lake to live and play.

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No matter what type of swimming activities you enjoy, you’ll have fun in this 25-yardlong pool. The pool’s deep end is perfect for jumping and diving. The pool boasts a 1 meter diving board, as well as a poolside basketball hoop. The shallow end is only between 2 to 4 ft. deep, so little ones can always have their feet firmly planted on the pool’s bottom. There are dedicated lap lanes. The Arcata Swimming Pool even has a water slide, more than 120 ft. long, with two full 360-degree turns. Once you’ve worked out in the pool, hit the sauna or hot tub to relax. It’s a perfect finish to a great day of fun. Have a blast enjoying vacation-time thrills all year round. WHERE: 1150 16th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-6801, ArcataPool.com 76 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel, operated by the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, is a great place to find quality entertainment. Enjoy live music, slots and gaming tables, gourmet and family dining, and a luxury hotel. Food, drink and entertainment can also be had at Blue Lake’s own Mad River Brewing Company, home of the legendary Steelhead Ale. Since 1989 they’ve won four Gold Medals and four Silver Medals from the Great American Beer FestivalTM alone. Since 1975 Blue Lake has been home to the internationally known Dell’Arte Players Company and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. Dell’Arte performs locally, nationally and abroad, and theater students from all over the world train at the school. For a fascinating and educational experience, take one of the free hatchery tours offered during spawning season at the Mad River Fish Hatchery located at the end of Hatchery Road in Blue Lake. MORE INFO: SunnyBlueLake.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


MODERN MEETS RURAL BEAUTY

McKinleyville

Mad River Beach, photo by Denise Comiskey

Mad River Bridge, part of the Hammond Trail, photo by Denise Comiskey

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he town of McKinleyville sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean between • Dine at Six Rivers Brewery the Mad and Little Rivers, with tree-covered • Coastal Hammond Trail, hiking, mountains as a backdrop. The surrounding rural beauty only enhances what lies withbiking, horseback riding in. The town’s motto “Where the horses • Hiller Park and Sports Complex, have the right of way,” gives a hint about playground, baseball diamonds, McKinleyville residents’ leisurely attitude soccer fields, trails and enthusiasm for the outdoors. Dwellings • Azalea State Nature Reserve vary from affordable apartments to stately ocean-view homes. The Eureka-Arcata Air• Pierson Park port, which in fact is located in northern • Clam Beach, paddleboarding, McKinleyville, serves as the air gateway to surfing, beachcombing Humboldt County and home base for the Coast Guard’s Air Rescue Team. Downtown, thriving businesses line Central Avenue offering dining and commercial services. The McKinleyville Shopping Center includes a nice selection of shops and also features a 160-ft. tall totem pole, the tallest totem pole in the world carved from a single tree, and the second tallest carved from any number. In late May and early June the entire community turns out for Pony Express Days, a five-day celebration that includes parades, picnics, cook-offs, dancing and more. It’s been going strong for more than 45 years.

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Azalea State Natural Reserve

Clam Beach is one of McKinleyville’s favorite playgrounds, literally offering something for everyone. Keep your eyes open for a spectacular array of wildlife, or comb the shoreline for lovely stones, shells and driftwood strewn along the fine, gray sand beach. There are excellent clamming opportunities, and the fishing from shore is exceptional too; come out and cast a line to see for yourself. When the wind picks up, the broad, flat beach is perfect for kite flying, and when the breeze is light, it’s perfect for playing frisbee or catch, or practicing those downfield passes. Have a dog that needs some exercise? Clam Beach is doggy heaven. Want some solitude? There’s lots of room to get away from it all at Clam Beach. Want to have a bunch of fun with your friends? There’s lots of room for that too. Into horseback riding? You’ve come to the right place! Clam Beach is adjacent to Little River State Beach, which is managed by California State Parks. There is no day use fee, and overnight camping is available at its 15 camp sites on a first come, first served basis for a $25 fee. There is a limit of three night’s maximum stay. WHERE: 1100 Clam Beach Rd., McKinleyville, 3 miles north on Hwy 101 from Murray Road at the Clam Beach Park off-ramp. MORE INFO: HumboldtGov.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Clam-Beach-4

If you love gardens you’ll be absolutely delighted by Azalea State Natural Reserve, particularly in the spring when this park is in full bloom. The beauty and scent of these multi-colored trumpet-shaped blossoms is intoxicating. Azaleas, a type of rhododendron, are often referred to as “the royalty of the garden.” The western azalea, Rhododendron occidentale, thrives in Northern California. Azalea State Natural Reserve offers hiking trails and a picnic area. A short self-guided nature trail will teach you about azaleas and other plants of the North Coast area. To fully enjoy these beautiful western azaleas, plan to visit in April or May when the blooms are at their peak. There is no entrance fee, and the reserve is open from sunrise to sunset daily, year-round. WHERE: 5 miles north of Arcata off Hwy 101. Take the McKinleyville Central Avenue exit and drive 2 miles east on North Bank Road (Hwy 200) to a left turn into the reserve. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=420 Venture through misty redwood groves or stroll along unspoiled sandy beaches. The hotel offers everything the business or leisure traveler needs for a comfortable visit.

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McKinleyville BEACH COUNTY PARK

Whether you’re a parent with kids, a nature-loving dog owner or just someone who enjoys a scenic walk, McKinleyville’s 48-acre Hiller Park and Sports Complex, next to the 75-acre McKinleyville Land Trust’s Mad River Bluffs, is well worth the visit. This regional park and sports complex has two nicely maintained Little League fields, one Babe Ruth field and a softball field… so grab your mitt and toss a few with the kids! Or recruit a team and join the Coed Wood Bat Softball League. The league is held from early August through September. The park also has two youth Little League Field at Hiller Park, photo by Greg Orsini soccer fields, and two collegiatesize soccer fields for match play at all levels. There is a playground area as well that consists of two separate age-specific areas. The tot lot is great for the littlest of park-goers, and older kids love to climb and R Renner CardLock slide on the bigger equipment. Adjacent to the park are plenty of tables for picnicking. 1 Holiday Inn Express Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are welcome on the network of loop trails & Suites that crisscross the recreation area. Connect to the Hammond Trail, or take a 2 Widow White Creek walk through Mad River Bluffs natural area RV Park where there are four overlooks above the Mad River and a staircase down to the river bank. 3 Cloney’s Pharmacy Signs along the trails help the nature walker choose a course. 4 Luzmila’s Mexican WHERE: 795 Hiller Rd., McKinleyville Restaurant MORE INFO: 707-839-9003, McKinleyvilleCSD.com/node/3403

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There are two distinct sections of the trail. The southern part is a 3-mile-long paved path stretching from the Mad River Bridge, through Hiller Park, to Widow White Creek in McKinleyville. It provides amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mad River. The northern section of the trail is mostly paved and leads from North Letz Avenue to Clam Beach County Park. Here you can see spectacular vistas of the ocean and Trinidad Head from sea level or the high bluffs. There are also plenty of places to access the beach. WHERE: Take the Hwy 101 Giuntoli Lane, exit 2 miles north of Arcata, then head west on Janes Road to Mad River Beach. Or, from the McKinleyville end, take the Murray or School Road exit. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, TrailLink.com/trail/hammond-trail

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THE SEASIDE VILLAGE

Trinidad

Activities in the Area: Also see Events & Festivals, pages 14-15 Trinidad, photo by Rich Formica, FormicaPhoto.com

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hether shrouded in mist or dazzling in sunshine, Trinidad is the crown jewel of the California North Coast. Its cool waters and rugged shoreline make the small village of Trinidad a favorite of visitors and locals alike. A peaceful hideaway perfect for fishing, beachcombing, hiking, kayaking, visiting art galleries, dining or just relaxing, Trinidad has a population of less than 400 in its incorporated city. The village is a noted artists’ colony. Its harbor is home to a small fleet of commercial fishermen, and charter boats are available at the Trinidad Pier for whale-watching or fishing. Also, anglers can drop a line right off the pier. Trinidad Cove, with its sheltered waters and awe-inspiring natural scenery, is a favorite among kayakers. The rocky coast is home to seals, sea lions, dozens of bird species and the occasional gray whale. Trinidad is graced by several prominent marine landmarks, most notably the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, Humboldt State University’s Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory, and the historic Trinidad Head Light. Just north of the dramatic promontory of Trinidad Head stretches the mile-long sandy expanse of Trinidad State Beach. A little further north, just off Hwy 101, visitors will find Patrick’s Point State Park. In fact, the spectacular Trinidad coast is home to 10 public beaches altogether.

• Wine tasting at Moonstone Crossing • Cher-ae Heights Casino • Trinidad Museum, TrinidadMuseum.org • Patrick’s Point State Park • Trinidad State Beach • Beachcombing, agate hunting • Kayaking, boating • Fishing, whale-watching • Hiking, rock climbing

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Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse is a replica of the still functioning Trinidad Head Lighthouse that sits atop a cliff on Trinidad Head, which is located to the west of Trinidad Harbor. Constructed in 1949, until January of 2018 it stood just off Main Street, where it sat in a lovely park overlooking the rocky coast below the seaside village. Many visitors, and even some locals, used to think that the memorial was the actual operational lighthouse. That one, however, is open to the public only once a year. Its now-retired original fog bell and Fresnel lens, though, became part of the memorial, which honors those lost or buried at sea, and also serves as an iconic symbol of Trinidad. Following a winter season of heavy rains, the ground surrounding Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse started to slip in March 2017. Geologists were called in to investigate, and determined that the lighthouse was in danger of being swept away and destroyed by a landslide. The following January the Memorial Lighthouse was moved to a temporary home on Trinidad Rancheria land near the harbor and Trinidad State Park, and in March it was decided that its permanent location would still be on Trinidad Rancheria land near the pier, but higher up. Fundraising and the permitting process are currently underway. WHERE: Near Trinidad Pier. MORE INFO: Trinidad City Hall, 707-677-0223; TrinidadCivicClub.org or visit the Trinidad Civic Club on Facebook.

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Trinidad State Beach

One of the most popular and spectacular beaches in Humboldt County, Trinidad State Beach is a rock-strewn, mile-long expanse of sandy beach that stretches from Trinidad Head north to Elk Head. The southern portion of the beach is easily accessible from the parking lot located at the beach’s edge by Bay Street and Lighthouse Road, just off Edwards Street. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly, this section is perfect for building sand castles and splashing in the surf, or just plain relaxing. More adventurous visitors will find the trek down a long flight of rustic stairs from Elk Head Trail to College Cove at the beach’s northern end particularly rewarding, with dramatic views of the cove and Pewetole Island. The northern end of Trinidad State Beach is also home to small caves, a natural arch, and fantastic tide pools during low tide. At negative tides, visitors can walk out to Pewetole Island for a unique and rewarding experience.

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Big Lagoon County Park

Big Lagoon is formed by a long sand spit that separates it from the Pacific Ocean. The spit is actually a continuation of Agate Beach, and a premier beachcombing location. Here the determined walker can find a profound solitude amid the elements, not to mention agates, jade, jasper, chalcedony and other wave-tumbled stones. Big Lagoon County Park is located at the south end of Big Lagoon. It offers 25 campsites, picnic tables, fire rings and flush toilets. Several of the campsites are right on the lagoon, offering increased privacy and great views. Camping is first come, first served, and dogs are permitted for a small extra fee. Firewood is usually available to be purchased from the camp host, and campers are permitted to gather driftwood to burn. For the daytime visitor there is a nominal day use fee. Big Lagoon is popular with kayakers and wind-surfers, and is a favorite fishing spot for cutthroat trout. The shore is easily accessible for small boat launching. WHERE: 7 miles north of Trinidad. Take Hwy 101 to Big Lagoon Park Road and follow the signs. MORE INFO: Humboldt County Parks, 707-445-7651, HumboldtGov.org/1429/Parks-Trails

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A third trail leads down to the middle of the beach from State Park Road, off Stagecoach Road. At the trailhead to that access point, visitors will find restrooms, parking, and a small picnic area with tables, stoves and an open field that lends itself nicely to frisbee-tossing. WHERE: Trinidad State Beach is a no-fee day use area located 19 miles north of Eureka, a short distance off Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=418

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Kayaking Trinidad

Trinidad’s coastline is beautiful when viewed from the beach, but it’s even more impressive from the water as you paddle among seastacks and out into Trinidad Bay. As Trinidad Head juts out into the ocean it shelters the bay from incoming swells and waves, creating safe harbor for kayakers and recreational boaters.

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There are miles of gorgeous coastline to investigate in Trinidad Bay, along with plenty of wildlife. Gray whales, orcas and the occasional blue whale all migrate through this area, and a resident pod of humpback whales calls the Bay home; you may also see sea lions, seals, otters and an abundance of shorebirds. MORE INFO: Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, TrinidadCalif.com, 707-677-1610; Pacific Outfitters, PacificOutfitters.com; Humboats Kayak Adventures, Humboats.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Moonstone Beach is one of the most popular surfing spots in Humboldt County, and for good reason. In the summer, the ocean produces 3- to 5-ft. swells, often going to 20 ft. in the winter. A wide beach break provides ample room for surfers to ride, and this stretch of ocean is great for beginners and seasoned surfers alike. But Moonstone Beach is not just for surfers. A wide, pristine beach, towering redwoods, sheer 100-ft. cliffs and waves crashing against dozens of sea stacks make this a remarkably scenic spot that all visitors can enjoy. You may see whales, dolphins, seals, cormorants, pelicans and ospreys. You can comb the beach for treasures, go fishing, climb the rocks, explore caves, ride a horse along the surf or play in the Little River where it enters the ocean. The view at this beach is absolutely spectacular. WHERE: North of McKinleyville off Hwy 101 at the Westhaven exit. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, HumboldtGov.org/1429/Parks-Trails Luffenholz Beach, just north of Moonstone Beach, is one of Humboldt County’s most exciting secret spots. It runs along a rocky cove with some of the best tide pools anywhere. It also offers a sandy beach, huge boulders, a yearround creek and stunning views of Trinidad Bay. Glorious on sunny days, dramatic when it storms, and hauntingly mysterious the rest of the time, it provides a unique experience each time you visit. Located on Scenic Drive between Trinidad and Westhaven-Moonstone, look for the small pull-off area where visitors can park. Nearby is a picnic table. About 200 ft. to the north is a steep staircase that goes down to the beach near Luffenholz Creek. Have fun exploring the shore, but keep an eye on the tide to avoid getting stranded if you venture too far out at low tide. West of the parking area is another set of stairs and a narrow footpath with strategically-placed handrails. They will take you to a wonderful vantage point above the beach with panoramic views that sweep from Trinidad Head in the north to Houda Point and Camel Rock in the south. Take care with children and dogs, however — there are a few spots with no railings and long drops, so Ecoprint Silk keep everyone well away Patty Demant Stag, Tibet Laura Rose from the edge. WHERE: 2 miles south of Trinidad, just off Scenic Drive. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, HumboldtGov.org/1429/ Parks-Trails

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College Cove, Winter Light

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Patrick’s Point State Park is located in the heart of Redwood Country. If you love to experience spectacular panoramas, rocky cliffs, great hiking trails and sandy beaches, you won’t want to pass up this wonderful opportunity. Six miles of scenic hiking trails thread through the park where acres of dense forest stretch over an ocean headland. Stroll under a canopy of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder trees. Wildflower meadows offer spectacular vistas. The Rim Trail, which follows an old Indian path over the park’s rocky promontories, provides views of the coast and serves as a great lookout for whale-watching. Popular activities here include strolling along the broad beaches and exploring tide pools, casting a fishing line, searching for driftwood, spotting whales and sea lions, and gazing at magnificent sunsets. Short, steep hikes will take you to the tops of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock, while coastal hikes will take you to Wedding Rock and Patrick’s Point, offering breathtaking ocean vistas. History buffs will enjoy the re-created Yurok Village with its traditional Native American family houses, sweat lodge, changing houses, redwood canoe and dance house. There is also a native plant garden with species of local flora including seasonal flowers and berries to explore. Reservations are recommended for camping, 800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica.com. There are also three group picnic areas. WHERE: 25 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=417

At Patrick’s Point State Park there are great trails, great views and Agate Beach, a wonderfully pebbly beach made for agate hunting. This beach is covered with wave-polished semi-precious stones. While not as valuable as precious stones, agates can still be used to make jewelry as well as projectile points, carvings, and various other items. If the long walk down to Agate Beach from the Patrick’s Point bluffs and back up again seems too much like work, there’s an easier alternate route: you can go to Big Lagoon and access the lower end of Agate Beach by walking south along the water’s edge from the Big Lagoon parking lot. If new to agate hunting, the first characteristic to look for is translucence. The quartz nature of agate allows light to penetrate a short distance into the surface, producing a soft glow. Along with shades of red, brown and orange, the translucent optical quality gives the agate its distinctive appearance. What most people particularly look for in agates are their patterns, such as the parallel or concentric lines called banding. Fortunately most beach agates have been wave-tumbled enough to expose their patterns. While agate hunting draws many beachcombers to the North Coast, chasing surf and skipping rocks seem to be irresistible pleasures for kids playing at this beach. Always be cautious when near the surf, for those beautiful waves can be dangerous, with sudden wave surges or “sneaker waves” that have been known to pull people out to sea. “Never turn your back to the ocean” is good advice for agate hunters. For best results in the hunt, look for agates where the waves have washed away much of the fine sand, exposing mostly pebbles. In a few hours, you can usually find a handful of beautiful agates in many varieties. For best results, time your activity to low tide. WHERE: At Patrick’s Point State Park, 6 miles north of Trinidad.

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Today, members of the Yurok Tribe live in modern houses and have modernday lifestyles. However, many of the nearly 5,000 enrolled members of California’s largest Indian Tribe also work to preserve the traditions of their heritage. Sumeg Village is one place where local Yuroks share their culture with the public. “Sumeg” is the place name of an old Yurok seasonal fishing camp that was located at Abalone Point on the ocean, within what is now Patrick’s Point State Park. The Yurok went there during the summer to fish and harvest mussels, as well as catch sea lions and other game. The reconstructed Sumeg Village is a living example of a centuries-old Yurok village. Built by Yurok people using traditional materials, the village consists of traditional family-style plank houses made of split redwood, an underground sweat house (much like a modern-day sauna), two redwood dugout canoes and a brush dance pit where ceremonial dances are performed. Adjacent to the village is a native plant garden, which has plants used by the Yuroks for medicinal and ceremonial purposes, as well as for weaving baskets and for food. You can tour the village for free daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop at the park’s Visitor Center for a schedule of special Yurok events, such as day-long dance ceremonies and the annual Sumeg Village Day, which celebrates the Yurok culture through traditional arts, crafts and storytelling. WHERE: At Patrick’s Point State Park, 6 miles north of Trinidad. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=417

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The best time for tide-pooling is during spring tides (“spring” in the sense of “jump,” not the season), those that happen every two weeks when there is a full moon or a new moon and the gravitational effects of the moon and the sun complement each other. These have the highest high tides and the lowest low tides. Plan your trip to the tide pools for half an hour to an hour before the lowest tides. The best tide pools are found near the water during “minus” tides, those that are lower than the yearly average low tide. Tide tables can be purchased at local stores that stock fishing supplies, or checked online (a quick search will turn up dozens of online charts for any location). The intertidal zone, where tide pools occur, is often divided into the splash, high, mid and low zones. The best tide pools, by far, with the richest diversity of sea life, are found in the last of these. In the low zones, which are uncovered only during the lowest tides of the month, you may find any of hundreds or even thousands of different species including sea stars, small crabs, urchins and occasionally an octopus. Cautions: Wear long pants and shoes with soles that grip on wet rocks. Don’t let the incoming tide flood your return route to shore. Don’t turn your back to the ocean. Watch the waves, and don’t let a big one sneak up and sweep you off the rocks. Collect only memories — leave everything where you find it. Even the smallest shells will be used by young hermit crabs. Don’t collect tide-pool organisms. Respect their habitat and don’t carelessly flip over rocks in the pools. Tide pool flora and fauna are protected by strictly enforced laws to conserve them. Many are becoming rare. WHERE: In northern Humboldt excellent tide pools can be found on Trinidad State Beach just below College Cove, at Luffenholz Beach 2 miles south of Trinidad, and at Patrick’s Point State Park.

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The Roosevelt elk, named after former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, is the largest type of elk found in North America. At one time they were nearly extinct; by 1925 the California population had dropped to as few as 15. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, however, thousands of them now live along the coast from Humboldt County north to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. California’s Roosevelt elk population has rebounded to over 1,000. Visitors to northern Humboldt County are often amazed and delighted to discover that herds of wild Roosevelt elk can easily be observed grazing and resting not far from welltraveled roads. If you want to see them yourself, you just need to know where to go. In Humboldt County, the best place to find elk is in the southern part of Redwood National and State Parks. Three spots in particular provide exceptional viewing opportunities: Elk Prairie — located along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway south of the entrance to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Davison Road — you’ll find elk along either side of Davison Road, just west of Hwy 101 about 3 miles north of Orick. Gold Bluffs Beach — where you’ll find wild Roosevelt elk roaming up and down the beach. To get there just continue west on Davison Road to a 4-mile long unpaved road that will take you right to Gold Bluffs Beach. Elk are wild animals and can be dangerous, so do not get too close to them. They are best viewed through binoculars. If you want a closeup photo of them, use a telephoto lens instead of walking up to the animals. MORE INFO: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 707-488-2039, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415; Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, 707-465-7765

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Modern life can be stressful, with deadlines to meet, meals to prepare and dozens of things to do and no time to do them. Visit Redwood National and State Parks, and all that worry will be washed away! Take your time and enjoy all that these lovely parks have to offer, with so much to do for every member of the family. In addition to the world-famous soaring redwoods that grow to over 350 feet in height and live for more than 2,000 years, you will be able to enjoy more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved biking trails of varying difficulty, 41 miles of equestrian paths and more than 160 miles of excellent hiking trails for adventurous backpackers. These paths will take you among colorful wildflowers, grassy hills and wild oak woodlands as well as ancient redwood forests. Along 40 miles of rugged coastline you can see pounding surf, sea stacks and thrilling cliffs. World-class rivers run alongside and through the parks and are perfect for rafting, kayaking and even fishing. Ranger-guided programs are also available. Many birds and animals call this place home. These include, among many others, the red-tailed hawk, kestrel, great horned owl, gopher, meadow mouse, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, elk, black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, goldfinch junco, quail and raven. WHERE: Off Hwy 101, stretching from Trinidad in the south to Klamath Glen in the north. Visitor Centers are located throughout the parks near Crescent City, Hiouchi, Orick and along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, 707-465-7335, NPS.gov/redw

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Stop at Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center, Hwy 101 just south of town, for maps and information.

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Prairie Creek, an unassuming waterway that enters the Pacific Ocean near Orick, is also the namesake of the 23-square-mile Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, a sanctuary of old-growth redwoods set aside in the early 1920s by the State of California and the Save-the-Redwoods League. The park has been designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. The busy Visitor Center, located at the southern end of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and built next to Elk Prairie, is the starting point for several hiking trails suitable for all-day hikes or short, leisurely strolls. During your visit you’ll come across many different kinds of trees. You will almost certainly also spot some of the abundant wildlife, especially Roosevelt elk. Other resident species include deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats and foxes, and more than 260 species of birds have been sighted here.

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Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Agate hunting, bird-watching, beachcombing, boating and whale-watching are all popular outdoor activities for families along the North Coast. One of the best places to do all of these and more is Humboldt Lagoons State Park. In the early 1900s, Dry Lagoon was drained to make way for crops and dairy ranches. The effort proved uneconomical, and eventually Mother Nature reclaimed this natural marshland habitat, which supports a huge variety of bird and animal life. Today, both Dry Lagoon and Stone Lagoon make up the state park, which includes 6 miles of beach, hiking trails, a boat ramp and picnic areas. Many people come to the park to wander the beach, combing for agates and other treasures, as well as to watch migrating whales. You can bring your own boat to explore the lagoons or go fishing. Enjoy the picnic areas and many trails for the hiker, including 3 miles of Coastal Trail. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset year-round. There is no fee. WHERE: 40 miles north of Eureka on Hwy 101, 55 miles south of Crescent City. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=416

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Klamath River Jet Boat Tours

The Klamath River is known around the world. It is a beautiful, pristine river that runs from Altamont in Klamath County, Oregon, dips down into Humboldt County, and continues all the way to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County.

There are also nearly 10 miles of beach to stroll along, as well as the amazing Fern Canyon to explore. The park hosts campgrounds and numerous picnic areas among the redwoods and on the beach, and is home to the beautiful Rotary Grove off Cal Barrow Road east from Newton B. Drury Parkway. WHERE: 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. MORE INFO: 707-488-2039, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415

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Fern Canyon lets you take a leisurely stroll, leave everything else behind and enter a magical world. This beautiful natural wonder is a one-mile-long box canyon, complete with the creek that carved it. Its walls, completely covered in five different varieties of fern, tower up to 80 ft. above. Huge overhanging trees grow at the top of the ridge, allowing streams of light to peek through the branches. When the filtered light combines with the iridescently green vegetation, the canyon glows, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

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You can enjoy this picturesque river from the comfortable seat of a jet boat. Just set out on a two-hour trip from Klamath’s estuary called “Rekwoi” and travel up the river, powered by twin jets. The round-trip tour is more than 45 miles. The captain and narrator will keep you spellbound with fascinating accounts of the Klamath River’s history, Native American culture and the area’s wildlife. You may even get the chance to see some of these creatures from the boat, such as bears feasting on berries and fish from the shore, ospreys, hawks and eagles nesting, or black-tail deer and elk wandering through the trees. People of all ages will enjoy the sights, and you will have opportunities to take incredible pictures. Tours are given between May and September, three times daily. Reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome. Personalized and special group tours can be accommodated. WHERE: The Jet Boat Tour office is located at 17635 Hwy 101, 5 miles south of Trees of Mystery, just over the county line into Del Norte County. MORE INFO: 800-887-JETS (5387), 707-482-7775, JetBoatTours.com 84 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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WHERE: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Davison Road. Drive through Elk Meadow and onto a scenic 6-mile dirt road to Gold Bluffs Beach. Follow the beach for 3 miles to a parking lot. MORE INFO: 707-488-2039, search for Fern Canyon at VisitRedwoods.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


TRINITY SCENIC BYWAY

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he inland mountain region of Humboldt County, much of it designated wilderness, is rugged terrain drained by two important rivers, the Wild and Scenic Trinity River, and the Klamath River, into which it flows. Access to the region is primarily via Hwy 299 and Hwy 96. Traveling east from Arcata along Hwy 299, travelers pass the community of Blue Lake, followed by the town of Willow Creek some 32 miles further on. From Willow Creek Hwy 96 runs north through rugged forested terrain, while Hwy 299 continues east past the craggy granite peaks of Trinity County, passing over and through the mountains that separate the Pacific Coast and its redwood forests from the interior of the state. Much of the way Hwy 299 runs right next to the Trinity River, as does Hwy 96 south of Weitchpec. From Weitchpec north, Hwy 96 follows the Klamath into Siskiyou County. Both routes afford spectacular views On the Trinity River and memorable rest stops, as well as opportunities for exhilarating outdoor activities. 11 mi. Riverfront Cabins On thewest of • Tent Sites on the river Riverfront Cabins Weaverville • RV Hook-ups TrinityonRiver 299 W • Laundry • Groceries 3.2 Miles west of P.O. Box • Hot Showers • Ice Junction City on 299280 W Sunny Blue Lake, as the locals call it, is just a 5 mile drive east on Hwy 299 from Hwy 101 between McKinleyville and Arcata. This P.O.Junction Box 98, City • Propane •famous Bait & Tackle charming residential community, located just outside of the fog belt, is home to a bustling casino, an internationally school of CACA 96048 Junction City, 96048 • Guided Raft Trips theatre, a brewery and grill, and a fish hatchery. Go to page 76 to learn more. Enjoy our refreshing pool • Salmon and Steelhead MORE INFO: SunnyBlueLake.com Guided Driftboat Fishing photo by Steve Hammons

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• Riverside Tent Sites 530-623-6088 • 1-800-422-5219 • RV Hookups Trinity River Guide Service website: www.snowcrest.net/trinityriverfun Enjoy our refreshing pool • Bait & Tackle • Laundry Sunshine, mountains, rivers and outdoor activities draw people to Willow Creek. Formerly a center for mining and logging opera• Guided Raft Trips • Groceries tions, Willow Creek is now a center for summer recreation, retail business, and is a thriving retirement community. • Salmon & Steelhead • Hot Showers The Trinity River is clear, clean and beautiful. It’s perfect for swimming, rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. There are Guided Driftboat • Ice stretches with calm swimming holes and others with raging whitewater rapids. Local rafting companies offer guided whitewater trips Fishing • Propane

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for safe but thrilling rides, and the U.S. Forest Service can advise on quieter areas for wading and inner-tubing. When passing through, check out the Willow Creek China Flat Museum on Hwy 299. Best known its Bigfoot statue and exhibits, 530-623-6088 • 1-800-422-5219 gzforN:\ADS\Tabs\Rec05\sig pages\Trinity County\ads\Bigfoot Campground the museum also showcases the area’s gold mining, logging and Native American history.

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A magnet for rafters and kayakers of all ages and skill levels, the Trinity River draws people to itself from around the world to experience its wonders. The water is crystal-clear, the scenery is spectacular, and the available whitewater options range from beginner-friendly runs to extremely dangerous rapids suitable for experts only. Along the way you are likely to see deer or bear feeding along the shore, or a bald eagle soaring gracefully overhead. Beginners and families with children will want to try the mellow Class II wilderness run of the Lower Trinity. Put in at Hawkins Bar and take out at Willow Creek for a delightful 14-mile run. The wildly popular intermediate (Class II+ to III+) Pigeon Point Run begins near the Pigeon Point campground just downriver from the North Fork of the Trinity, and ends at Cedar Flat, a run of about 25 miles. With multiple excellent put in and take out points along the way, rafters and kayakers can tailor their runs to their tastes, but they are strongly warned not to go beyond Cedar Flat. At that point the treacherous Burnt Ranch Gorge Run begins, 9 miles of Class IV and Class V rapids that stretch from Cedar Flat to Hawkin’s Bar, and which should only be attempted by teams of experts at optimal water flow and only after extensive scouting. Many well-qualified outfitters along Hwy 299 offer guided rafting and kayaking excursions, as well as rentals. Look for them in Willow Creek, Del Loma, Big Bar and Big Flat. MORE INFO: VisitTrinity.com/explore/whitewater-rafting Bigfoot Rafting, 530-629-2263, BigfootRafting.com Redwoods & Rivers, 530-623-4627, Redwoods-Rivers.com

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The Trinity River watershed is an angler’s paradise offering four seasons of world-class fishing. Along with its feeder streams, the Trinity River provides more than 1,500 miles of fishable waters that start high in the mountains of the Trinity Alps. The fly-fishing is legendary. Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead are the local superstars, but there are 11 different species of game fish to be caught including black bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and catfish. MORE INFO: VisitTrinity.com

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Whitewater rafting down the Klamath River is an exhilarating, heart-pounding adventure. It’s as easy as climbing into an inflatable raft guided by an experienced whitewater rafter and heading down the river for the ride of your life. This huge river stretches from Klamath Falls in Oregon to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County. It runs through three counties in Oregon and five in California along the way, including Humboldt.

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Rafting trips can take place on the upper and lower portions of the river for a wider range of difficulty. The upper portion, known for its long rapids, is rated Class III and IV, based on the International Rating Scale of I-VI, Class I being easy with little danger and Class VI considered essentially impossible to raft. This section is one of the nationally protected Wild and Scenic rivers, and usually the only “big water” river that can be found in the area from late June through October. The lower Klamath is more relaxing, providing mild to moderate trips. There are many businesses in the area that can take you down either section of the river. Trips vary from an afternoon to several days, where you will camp along the shore under the stars. MORE INFO: Klamath-River.com

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Thousands of years before the first Europeans reached the coast of California, Native Americans lived a rich and cultured life in the area now known as Humboldt County. Today their fascinating history is preserved and exhibited at the Hoopa Tribal Museum. This tremendous collection displays the heritage of the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes that once dominated the area. You will be amazed at the masterful craftsmanship that these people displayed in their basketry. These wonderful artifacts are so well crafted that they’ve lasted for hundreds of years. Check out the redwood dugout canoes made from halves of redwood tree sections, split lengthwise and hollowed out to create naturally constructed canoes. Also, be sure to see the many hand tools that were used by the tribesmen to create the many artifacts on exhibit. What makes the Tribal Museum even more special is the fact that it is a “living museum.” Nearly all the artifacts that it houses are on temporary loan from Native Americans who use them for the many unique rituals and ceremonies that are still a part of their lives. WHERE: On Hwy 96 in the Hoopa Shopping Center. MORE INFO: 530-625-4110 and on Facebook Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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icturesque Hwy 96 is home to the secluded towns of Hoopa, Orleans, Somes Bar and Happy Camp. The highway meanders north from Willow Creek and passes through the Hoopa Valley Reservation, the largest Indian reservation in California. Attractions at the reservation include the Hoopa Tribal Museum, Lucky Bear Casino and ancient Indian villages that date back 10,000 years. The first section of the highway follows along the Trinity River, and travelers pass the popular river beach at Tish Tang. The water is cool and inviting on a hot day, but the current can be strong and dangerous. Approximately 20 minutes from Willow Creek is Hoopa Valley, the contemporary and ancestral home of the Hoopa people. In the valley, travelers will find lodging, restaurants, groceries and many other amenities. Further along Hwy 96 is the pleasant community of Orleans. Orleans is situated along the Klamath River and borders the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests. The Orleans Ranger Station has information on the nearby Marble Mountains, Trinity Alps and Siskiyou Wilderness areas. The region has scores of high country lakes and miles of remote trails. Wildlife is abundant and it’s not unusual to see otters, geese, ospreys, bears and even a bald eagle. More than 300 species of birds inhabit the area. Orleans has a surprising number of services for its size, including restaurants, motels, a museum, gas station, deli, laundromat, grocery store, RV parks and more. About 10 miles north of Orleans is the hamlet of Somes Bar, where the astonishingly clean and beautiful Salmon Chamber of Commerce River — sometimes called the California Salmon or Cal Salmon to distinguish it Sharing the Heart from the Salmon River in Idaho — meets of the the Klamath. Somes Bar is just over the Klamath line into Siskiyou County. Oak Bottom Sportsmen’s Expo & Carving Campground offers camping area along a March 23rd-24th calm stretch of the Salmon. A narrow, curvy Klamath River Hwy 96 & road leads upriver to Class IV and V rapids Happy Camp Sales Saturday on the Salmon, which should be run only by first Saturday in May experts. Somes Bar has groceries, propane, Siskiyou Golden Fair gasoline and a post office available. August 7th-11th Further north is Happy Camp, named by Bigfoot Jamboree a party of gold-seekers who camped on the Labor Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday) beach at Indian Creek in 1851. The area is Inquire for details (530) 493-2900 the ancestral homeland of the Karuk tribe. P.O. Box 1188, Happy Camp, CA Today the tribe continues its culture and At the junction between lifestyle there. Bigfoot Byway and State of Jefferson Byway

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endocino County, Humboldt County’s neighbor to the south, is a mix of dramatic coastline, colorful vineyards and rolling hills. Two main arteries, Hwy 101 inland and Hwy 1 along the coast, serve the county. Heading south along Hwy 101 from Humboldt County, the first community you’ll pass is Piercy, situated just off 101 along Hwy 271 and Red Mountain Road. The sign at the turnoff announces that there are no services in Piercy, and indeed it’s been years since the post office and coffee shop there closed down. It is a small, sleepy unincorporated community. South of Piercy you’ll encounter Leggett, where Hwy 1 splits off from Hwy 101 and heads to the coast. The former logging town attracts campers and travelers during the summer months, and hordes of fishermen in the late fall when salmon swim upstream to spawn. Nearby Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming in the south fork of the Eel River. Also in Leggett is The Peg House, the perfect pit-stop where you will find a full service deli, awesome burgers, espresso drinks, treats and groceries. For a quirky, fun experience don’t miss Confusion Hill, where seeing is believing — or not. Next along 101 is Laytonville, set in the beautiful Long Valley, a level shelf 12 miles long and 3 miles wide, and surrounded by wooded hills. Two forks of the Eel River are close to Laytonville and provide excellent salmon, steelhead and trout fishing. The town has most of the services required by travelers, including restaurants, gas, grocery stores, motels and the Red Fox Casino. Willits, south of Laytonville, features excellent retail stores, restaurants, lodging, and other businesses. It’s also home to the Willits depot of Mendocino County’s famous Skunk Train, a restored 19th century train that will take you on a 40-mile sightseeing adventure through scenic mountain meadows and majestic redwood forests to the coast. Below Willits you’ll find Ukiah, the Mendocino County seat and its largest city. Ukiah has grown to become the financial, business, medical and service center of Mendocino, Lake, northern Sonoma and southern Humboldt counties. It combines the convenience of a larger city with the charm of semi-rural Northern California. Lake Mendocino is located on Hwy 20 east of Hwy 101, about 5 miles north of Ukiah. The lake is a great place for fishing, camping, wake boarding, water skiing and jet skiing. At the southern end of Mendocino County sits the town of Hopland. Although only a few blocks long, Hopland packs a lot into its short length including winery tasting rooms in town and just outside of town. The area is also home to world-class vineyards and wineries. Coastal Mendocino is cool, breezy and dotted with picturesque villages. Offering spectacular views of the Pacific coast and fabled romantic settings, during the summer it offers welcome relief from the sometimes torrid temperatures inland. In southern coastal Mendocino you’ll find the towns of Gualala and Point Arena. Both have exceptional accommodations and restaurants for relaxed vacationing. Further north, after passing through the tiny hamlets of Elk and Manchester, travelers will encounter the most popular and populous section of the Mendocino coast, from the town of Albion through the towns of Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg. The area is rich with hiking, diving and many other recreational possibilities. Fort Bragg is home to the famous Skunk Train, the historical logging railroad that now takes travelers from a nearby coastal estuary, through the redwood-lined Noyo River Canyon, and up and over the Coastal Mountain Range to Willits.

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Crescent City is the county seat and Del Norte’s largest city. The Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center is located at 1111 2nd St. Attractions include Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City Harbor, scenic drives, public fishing piers, a museum and the Elk Valley Casino. The city also has a wide variety of stores, restaurants, RV parks and lodging facilities. Nearby the majestic Smith River flows to the ocean and offers a host of recreational activities, including rafting, inner tubing, kayaking, fishing and more. When in the Crescent City area, tour Ocean World for an exciting family adventure. This is one of the best privately-owned small aquariums in the United States. It has an abundance of marine life including OceanWorldOnline.com sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels, and features shark petting, an interactive tide pool and high-flying sea lion performances. The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is located in Crescent City’s Beachfront Park. The center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded, sick or injured seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and whales along the northernmost coast of California. Traveling north from Crescent City you‘ll come to the tiny agricultural community of Smith River, where the river of that name enters the Pacific. Continue further north, and you will find yourself in Oregon. The Southern Oregon coast offers visitors dazzling ocean vistas and lush green forests, sand dunes and sea lions, water sports and sailing adventures. Inland Southern Oregon offers warmer summertime temperatures, wintertime skiing, whitewater excitement, wineries and Shakespeare performances. From beautiful coastal communities like Gold Beach, Brookings Harbor and Florence to the inland cities of Ashland and Medford, to the gorgeous Willamette Valley and everything in between, Oregon is a delight. Whether you prefer river rafting, shopping, taking chances or taking it easy, there’s an adventure in Oregon for you. Take a jet boat ride on the Rogue River with Jerry’s Rogue Jets in Gold Beach. Glide over the water past enormous rock cliffs, viewing diverse plant and animal life. At the crossroads of Hwy 101 and County Road 595 in Gold Beach, many travelers zipping along don’t realize what making that turnoff could mean for them. County 595 becomes Agness Road after about 20 miles, and leads to the small town of its namesake, Agness. The world famous Rogue River runs right through the center of town. Located

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where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area connect, the 35-mile drive is slow-going, but full of beauty. Travelers can stop many times along the way. Lodges like Singing Springs Resort in Agness offer Rogue River visitors hospitality, fine food, tranquil overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle and grind of everyday life. Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 miles north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as 3 miles inland in some places. A series of inland freshwater lakes, created when the dunes dammed up small streams, provide excellent places to fish, sail or swim. There are national, state, county and private campgrounds throughout the area. While in the Florence area spend some time exploring Sea Lion Caves. This cave is the world’s largest sea cave, with a height of over 12 stories, and the length of a football field. Sea lions regularly gather in the cave during the fall and winter months, but spend time in and around the cave all year round living, breeding and raising their young. An elevator takes visitors down 208 ft. into the heart of the cave to see these fun-loving creatures in their natural habitat. Whatever direction you choose to go in Southern Oregon, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing and spectacular natural beauty await you.

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