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Bed & Breakfasts ......................... 14 Events & Festivals ................... 10-11 Health Care ............................... 13 National, State & County Parks ........ 42 Performing Arts ............................ 9 Relocation to Humboldt ................. 12 Welcome/How to Use .................. 6-8 Wineries in Humboldt County ...... 15-16

City & Area Sections

All Around Humboldt ................ 16-19 Arcata.................................. 73-81 Avenue of the Giants ................ 27-37 Eureka ................................. 49-72

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Redwoods from the Avenue of the Giants (pgs 27-37) photo by Steve Hammons

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Del Norte County, CA ................ 94-95 Mendocino County, CA............... 96-97 Oregon ..................................... 93 Piercy, Leggett (Mendocino Co.) ..... 19-20 Shasta Cascade Region, CA ............. 98

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Right: Cape Mendocino Lighthouse, Shelter Cove (pg 26) photo by Steve Hammons

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15. Benbow Golf Course ................... 21 16. Southern Humboldt Community Park ........................ 21 Shelter Cove

17. Shelter Cove’s Abundant Wildlife .................................. 18. Pacific Ocean Fishing .................. 19. King Range and Lost Coast Trail ...... 20. Cape Mendocino Lighthouse at Shelter Cove ......................... 21. Punta Gorda Lighthouse...............

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

22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

The Riverwood Inn ..................... Humboldt Redwoods State Park ...... The Myers Country Inn ................ Shrine Drive Thru Tree ................ Redwood Hiking Trails ................. Eel River Swimming Holes ............ Redwood Visitor Center’s Travel Log ............................... Cuneo Creek Horse Camp ............. The Immortal Tree .................... Redwoods Driving Tour ................ The Eternal Tree House .............. California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone ..........

34. Scenic Highway ........................ 36 Ferndale

35. Historic Victorian Village of Ferndale 40 36. Centerville County Park and Beach.. 40 37. Historic Ferndale Cemetery .......... 40 Fortuna

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Eureka Dining ......................... 60-61 Ferndale ............................... 40-41 Fortuna ................................ 43-47 Garberville and Benbow ............ 21-22 Humboldt Bay ........................ 62-64 Hwy 36 ~ Ruth Lake ..................... 39 Hwy 96 ~ Bigfoot Scenic Region ....... 92 Hwy 299 & Trinity County ........... 90-91 Loleta ...................................... 48 McKinleyville .......................... 82-83 Miranda .................................... 31 Myers Flat ............................. 32-34 Orick ................................... 88-89 Phillipsville ................................ 30 Redcrest ............................... 35-37 Redway .................................... 23 Scotia and Rio Dell ................... 38-39 Shelter Cove & The Lost Coast ..... 24-26 Trinidad ................................ 84-87 Weott ...................................... 35

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43. Loleta Cheese Factory................. 48 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57.

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Fortuna Depot Museum ................ Korobi Stables .......................... Salmon Pass Trail ....................... Rohner Park ............................. Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum .............................

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Eureka

Old Town Eureka ....................... Parasol Arts Pottery Painting ......... Eureka’s Historic Buildings ........... M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise ........................... Kayak on Humboldt Bay ............... Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum .... Samoa Cookhouse and Logging Museum ........................ Humboldt Botanical Gardens ......... Morris Graves Museum of Art ......... Clarke Historical Museum ............. Eureka’s Murals ......................... Sculptures in Old Town and Downtown ......................... Fort Humboldt State Historic Park .. Northern California Indian Development Council Gathering ..... Sequoia Park Zoo ...................... Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge ......................... Headwaters Forest Reserve........... Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ....... Auto Races at Samoa Drag Strip ..... Humboldt Roller Derby ................ Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park

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Arcata

65. Arcata’s Historic Landmarks .......... 76 66. Holly Yashi Handcrafted Jewelry .... 77

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Arcata.................................. 74-75 Arcata Plaza .............................. 77 Avenue of the Giants ................ 28-29 Eureka ................................. 52-53 Eureka Hwy 101 Corridor ............... 59 Eureka’s Old Town/Waterfront......... 57 Ferndale ................................... 41 Fortuna .................................... 45 Fortuna Riverwalk ....................... 47 Garberville ................................ 22 Humboldt County ......................... 4 Hwy 96 Bigfoot Scenic Byway .......... 92 Hwy 299 ................................... 91 Loleta ...................................... 48 McKinleyville .............................. 83 Orick ....................................... 89 Patriot Gasoline Stations ........... 50-51 Redway .................................... 23 Ruth Lake, Hwy 36 ....................... 39 Scotia ...................................... 39 Shelter Cove .............................. 25 Trinidad .................................... 85 Wineries in Humboldt County .......... 15

67. The Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary ..................... 78 68. Laurel Skye’s House of Mosaics ...... 78 69. Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival 78 70. Redwood Canopy Tour ................. 79 71. Arcata Community Forest ............. 80 72. Humboldt Crabs Baseball ............. 80 73. Mad River County Park ................ 80 74. The Arcata Skatepark.................. 80 75. Arcata Community Pool ............... 81 76. Freshwater Park ........................ 81 McKinleyville

77. Hammond Coastal Trail................ 78. Hiller Park and Sports Complex / Mad River Bluffs ........................ 79. Moonstone Beach and Clam Beach .. 80. Mirador Glass Studio ................... 81. Azalea State Nature Reserve .........

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Trinidad

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Rappelling and Rock Climbing ........ Trinidad State Beach .................. Trinidad Bay ............................ Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse ........ Patrick’s Point State Park ............ Agate Beach at Patrick’s Point ....... Sumeg Village ...........................

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Redwood National and State Parks .. Kayak Trips ............................. Humboldt Lagoons State Park ........ Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park .. Amazing Fern Canyon ................. Klamath River Jet Boat Tours ........ Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area ........................

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Hwy 299, Blue Lake, Willow Creek, Trinity County

96. Trinity River Scenic Byway ............ 90 97. River Rafting and Fishing ............. 91 98. Mad River Fish Hatchery .............. 91 Hwy 96 Hoopa, Weitchpec, Happy Camp

99. White Water Rafting on the Klamath River .......................... 92 100. Hoopa Tribal Museum .................. 92 101. Bigfoot Scenic Highway ............... 92 101things.com • Humboldt County 5


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umboldt 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 in Humboldt County. 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 Trinidad, photo by Steve Hammons seat, is approximately 283 miles north of San Francisco and 335 miles south of Portland, Oregon. In southern Humboldt, Hwy 101 is lined by some of the first redwoods spotted by northbound travelers. Richardson Grove State Park is a magnificent 2,000 acres of redwoods, located nine 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, and ultimately ends 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, that 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, the traveler 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 continued on page 8

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Fortuna, known as the jewel of the Eel River Valley. Friendly Fortuna has developed tremendous accommodations for tourists in recent years, including several hotels along the Eel River and an attractive community 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 just northwest of Fortuna and 16 miles south of Eureka. The entire town has been named a State Historical Landmark because of its strong preservation policies of commercial buildings and residences. Eureka contains more fine examples for 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. Eureka 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 a busy seaport with a large fishing fleet. A variety of activities can be found in and around the waters of Humboldt Bay, including kayaking, fishing and even spotting a harbor seal or two. There are harbor tours aboard the M.V. Madaket, and the Woodley Island Marina is a great spot to enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfront. Seven miles north of Eureka is Arcata, home to Humboldt State University. Arcata is also known for its unique marsh and wildlife area that serves as a natural sewage treatment filtration system. East of Arcata, along Hwy 299 and Hwy 96 are sunny Willow Creek and Hoopa, known for recreation along the Trinity and Klamath Rivers and their tributaries. Back along Hwy 101 the town of McKinleyville serves as the home of the Arcata-Eureka Airport, the county’s only commercial airport. In northern Humboldt County are the coastal jewels of Trinidad, which overlooks a beautiful sheltered harbor, and Orick, the gateway to Redwood National Park.

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Humboldt County Performing Arts

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. MORE INFO: 707-445-4310, HLOC.org

The Mateel Community Center

is a nonprofit arts center in Redway who sponsors and hosts a wide range of events including cabaret, comedy, theater, dance, music, mime, monologues 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

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Arcata Playhouse

is “Where Dance Lives!” The mission of North Coast Dance is to provide quality training, education and performance in dance for the North Coast. 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 summer children’s dance camp — Passport to Dance — is held annually. North Coast Dance is a nonprofit organization and presents performances in cooperation with Eureka’s Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, including the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” WHERE: North Coast Dance, 426 F St., Eureka; Performances at The Arkley Center, 412 G St., Eureka MORE INFO: North Coast Dance, 707-442-7779, NorthCoastDance.org; (Tickets) 707-442-1956, ArkleyCenter.com,

Since 2006 the Arcata Playhouse and Playhouse Arts have established themselves as vital contributors to the cultural livelihood of Arcata and Humboldt County. By presenting exciting high quality music and theater 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 Sts., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-1575, ArcataPlayhouse.org

has been offering a full season of contemporary and classic plays and musicals of the highest quality for over 28 years. Today NCRT produces a robust six play season along with second stage productions and a summer youth theater workshop. WHERE: 300 Fifth St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-NCRT (6278), NCRT.net

The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

The Vagabond Players Children’s Theater is another great performing arts

offers a rich array of onstage performances. This first-class performance center hosts dance recitals, symphony performances, theatrical works, top-notch entertainers and much more. It can also be rented for special events. WHERE: 412 G St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-1956, ArkleyCenter.com

The North Coast Repertory Theatre

group in Humboldt County—A children’s theater company that welcomes children and community volunteers of all ages. Offers plays from children’s literature, community performances, theater classes, workshops, mask making and puppetry. MORE INFO: 707-601-4700, vagabondplays@gmail.com, Vagabond Plays on Facebook

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, theater and dance. Presented on the HSU campus, CenterArts will be offering such world-class entertainers as Leo Kottke, Arlo Guthrie and Los Lonely Boys in the 2012/13 Season. WHERE: Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-4411, Humboldt.edu/centerarts/

Dell’Arte

is a unique physical comedy theater company that has been at the forefront of the ensemble theater movement for more than 30 years. It develops original works of theater through an ensemble process, and has performed at international festivals. Dell’Arte’s Mad River Festival brings together performers and audience members for performances of theater, music, comedy, storytelling, clown, puppetry and more, and is hosted in Dell’Arte’s two theaters in Blue Lake and other venues in the area. WHERE: 131 H St., Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-5663 (Box Office: Ext. 5), DellArte.com

The Eureka Symphony

For the past 20 years, a talented and enthusiastic group of local musicians have gathered together to create the Eureka Symphony, whose home is in the beautiful Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eureka. There is something for everyone, whether you are passionate about classical music or have a casual interest in the works of famous composers of the last 400 years. Eureka Symphony desires to bring classical music to the residents, visitors and players in Humboldt County, and hopes to educate those new, or seasoned, classical musical supporters. WHERE: (Performances) The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, 412 G St., Eureka MORE INFO: (Tickets) 707-442-1956, ArkleyCenter.com, (Symphony) 707-441-3818, EurekaSymphony.com

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

offers a year-round schedule of live performances. 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: 707-786-5483, 800-838-3006, Ferndale-Rep.org

Humboldt Folklife Society

in Blue Lake teaches, celebrates and encourages participation in traditional and folk arts. Young musicians find an artistic outlet and connection to tradition by performing old-time and bluegrass music, mixing new energy with the old. Humboldt Folklife Society offers an ongoing calendar of events. During the summer, the Humboldt Folklife Society hosts a week-long Folklife Festival. Situated in the heart of Blue Lake, the festival celebrates the ongoing survival of tradition, bringing together touring musicians, teachers, workshops and performances. MORE INFO: 707-822-5394, HumboldtFolklife.org

Technique • Education • Performance • Dance Kinder~Adult Ballet • Men’s Ballet • Pre-Pointe & Pointe Ballet Ballroom • Belly Dance • Modern • Hip-Hop • Hula “Passport to Dance” children’s dance camp offered every summer and every December . . . The Nutcracker

Live pianist for many classes Scholarships available

The Resident Dance Company of the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director Danny Furlong

where dance lives!

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Events & Festivals

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North Coast Open Studios

Wildwood Days

Redwood Acres Humboldt Made Fair

Woofstock

Summer Arts and Music Fest

SEPTEMBER

Arcata, 834-6460 NorthCoastOpenStudios.com Eureka, 445-3037 RedwoodAcres.com Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

YEAR-ROUND

Arts Alive! Eureka, 442-9054 EurekaMainStreet.org

Humboldt International Film Festival

JANUARY

Rhododendron Festival & Parade

Calif. State High School Rodeo, Dist. 2 Ferndale, 786-9511 VictorianFerndale.com

FEBRUARY

Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Trinidad, 677-1610 TrinidadtoClamBeach.com

Ferndale Firemen’s Games Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.com

Arcata, 826-3566 Humboldt.edu/TheatreFilmAndDance Eureka, 442-3738 EurekaChamber.com

Sustainable Living Arts & Music Fest Arcata, 826-3776, Humboldt.edu/SlamFest/

MAY

Avenue of the Giants Marathon Avenue of the Giants, 822-1861 TheAve.org

Cinco de Mayo Folklorico Fest Ferndale, 786-9668

MARCH

Ferndale Memorial Day Parade

Eureka, 442-9054 EurekaMainStreet.org

Kinetic Grand Championship

A Taste of Main Street

Aleutian Goose Fly-off Weekend Loleta, 733-5406 FWS.gov/HumboldtBay

Foggy Bottom Milk Run and Walk Ferndale, 822-1861 FoggyBottomMilkRun.com

Humboldt Roller Derby - Eureka HumboldtRollerDerby.com (Mar-Oct)

Random Peoples Monolog Project Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival Eureka, 445-3378 RedwoodJazz.org

Spring Egg Hunt

Manila, 444-3803 ManilaCSD.com

Spring Seed & Plant Exchange

Manila, 444-3803 ManilaCSD.com

APRIL

10 Minute Play Fest

Arcata, 826-3566, Humboldt.edu/TheatreFilmAndDance

Daffodil Dazzle!

Fortuna, 725-2281

Dolbeer Steam Donkey Days Eureka, 445-6547

Ferndale Easter Egg Hunt Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Godwit Days Bird Festival Arcata, 826-7050 GodwitDays.org

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Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Arcata-Ferndale, 733-3841 KineticGrandChampionship.com

May Day Celebration Eureka, 444-3437 BlueOxMill.com

Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.com

MAY-JUNE

Pony Express Days

McKinleyville, 839-2449 McKinleyvilleChamber.com

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST Humboldt Crabs Baseball Arcata, 826-2333 HumboldtCrabs.com

Summer Concert Series Eureka, 442-9054 EurekaMainStreet.org

JUNE

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival Arcata, 822-4500 OysterFestival.net

Dell’Arte Mad River Festival Blue Lake, 668-5663 DellArte.com

Garberville Rodeo

Garberville, 223-1046 Garberville.org

Manila Sand Sculpture Contest Manila, 444-1397 FriendsoftheDunes.org

Eureka, 442-1782 Woofstock.org

Blues by the Bay

JULY

Eureka, 445-3378 BluesByTheBay.org

Trinidad, 677-3840 NorthCoastStorytellers.InkPeople.org

Fortuna, 725-9261 CivilWarDays.com

Campfire Storytelling

Civil War Days

Ferndale 4th of July Celebration

Cruz ‘N’ Eureka Car Show

Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo

Excalibur Medieval Tournament

Fortuna Rodeo

Henderson Center Street Fair & Craft Show

Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Kinetic Grand Championship, photo by Denise Comiskey

Rio Dell, 764-3436 RioDellScotiaChamber.org

Fortuna, 725-3916 RedwoodAutoXpo.com Fortuna, 725-3959 FortunaRodeo.com

Fourth of July Humboldt Bay Festival Eureka, 442-9054 EurekaMainStreet.org

Fourth of July Jubilee and Fireworks Arcata, 822-3619 ArcataChamber.com

Fourth of July Celebration and Parade Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Humboldt Folklife Festival Blue Lake, 822-5394 HumboldtFolkLife.org

Orick Rodeo

Orick, 488-2885

Eureka, 839-1192 CruzNEureka.org

Arcata, 668-1861 ExcaliburFaire.org Eureka, 443-4811

Humboldt Hills Hoedown Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

Natural Fiber Fair

Arcata, 599-2729 NaturalFiberFair.com

North Country Fair

Arcata, 822-5320 SameOldPeople.org

Storytelling Festival by the Sea

Trinidad, 677-3840 NorthCoastStorytellers.InkPeople.org

Taste of Willow Creek

Willow Creek, (530) 629-3488 Studio299.Tripod.com

Picnics on the Plaza

Arcata, 822-4500 ArcataMainStreet.com

Redwood Empire Quilters Guild Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show Eureka, REQG.com

WoodFair 2013

Arcata, 768-1975 HumboldtWoodFair.org

AUGUST

Annual Bridgefest & Flying Saucer Contest Bridgeville, 777-1775

Campfire Storytelling

Trinidad, 677-3840 NorthCoastStorytellers.InkPeople.org

Concerts on the Plaza

Arcata, 822-4500 ArcataMainStreet.com

Hops in Humboldt

Fortuna, 725-9261 HopsInHumboldt.com

Humboldt County Fair

Ferndale, 786-9511 HumboldtCountyFair.org

Picnics on the Plaza

Arcata, 822-4500 ArcataMainStreet.com

Reggae on the River Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

Ruth Lake Summer Festival

Ruth Lake Recreational Campground 672-3365 RuthLakeCSD.org

Sumeg Village Day

Trinidad, 677-3840 or 677-3570 parks.ca.gov/?page_id=417

Humboldt County Fair, photo by Steve Hammons

OCTOBER

Fortuna Apple Harvest Fest 725-2123 or 725-9261, SunnyFortuna.com

Halloween Carnival & Dinner Ferndale, 786-5300

Halloween Chili Feed & Scary Walk Manila, 444-3803 ManilaCSD.com

Halloween Harvest Festival Craft Show Eureka, 443-8261

Medieval Festival of Courage

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Pastels on the Plaza Arcata, 822-7206 NCSHeadstart.org

Redwood Coast Bellydance Festival Arcata, 616-6876 RedwoodCoastBellyDance.com

Trick or Treat Downtown & Old Town Eureka, 442-9054 EurekaMainStreet.org

Trick or Treat On & Around the Plaza Arcata, 822-4500 ArcataMainStreet.com

NOVEMBER

Blue Ox Craftsman’s Days Eureka, 444-3437 BlueOxMill.com

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, photo by Steve Hammons

Eureka’s Christmas Truckers’ Parade

Hempfest

Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

Eureka, 442-5744

Holiday Open House

Fortuna, 725-3959 FortunaChamber.com

Fortuna Christmas Music Fest

Henderson Center, Eureka, 443-4811

Lighting of America’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving Day Marsh Walk Arcata, 826-2359 ArcataMarshFriends.org

Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Turkey Trot

Recycled Youth Annual Show

Eureka, 442-9054 ArcataMarshFriends.org

Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

DECEMBER

Season of Wonder & Light Arcata, 822-4500 ArcataMainStreet.com

Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade Ferndale, 786-4477 VictorianFerndale.org

Winter Arts Faire

Redway, 923-3368 Mateel.org

Community Holiday Party Manila, 444-3803 ManilaCSD.com

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here is no doubt about the difference in lifestyle when compared to 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, crime 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, which include 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 town 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 stock 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 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 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 is gaining popularity among home buyers. The North West County area is unique for the tiny 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. Adding to the value of homes here is the close proximity to many parks and beaches. North East County is a vast rural region that includes the Trinity and Klamath rivers, the Trinity Alps and the Hoopa Indian Reservation. It is a great area for fishermen, boaters and nature enthusiasts. Summer temperatures can reach the low 100s and winters can be wet and stormy. 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 people interested in a lifestyle change move to the area and rather than look for a job, consider buying an existing business. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals offer comprehensive health care services for everyone – you, your family, friends and neighbors. Our mission is to provide you with outstanding medical care. Compassionate care. Quality care. Learn more about our comprehensive health care services online at www.stjosepheureka.org or www. redwoodmemorial.org.

Services and Facilities St. Joseph Hospital

2700 Dolbeer Street, Eureka ..........................................445-8121 General Hospital campus, 2200 Harrison, Eureka .......445-8121

Redwood Memorial Hospital

3300 Renner Drive, Fortuna .............................................725-3361

The Cancer Program

2700 Dolbeer Street, Eureka ..............269-4242 or 800-477-1922

Community Resource Centers

Eureka, 35 West 3rd Street (St. Vincent de Paul) ........442-5239 Blue Lake, 111 Greenwood..............................................668-5239 Willow Creek, 38883 Hwy. 299 ................................ 530-629-3141 Rio Dell, 95 Center Street ................................................764-5239 Loleta, 700 Loleta Drive ....................................................845-0464

Evergreen Lodge

2711 Dolbeer Street, Eureka .......................... 445-8121 ext. 7980

Heart Institute at St. Joseph Hospital

2700 Dolbeer Street, Eureka. Information line: .......269-3770 or 888-432-7819

Humboldt Home & Ambulatory Infusion

2612 Harrison, Eureka ......................................................269-4258

Kris Kelly Health Information Center

Located in the Evergreen Lodge at SJH .......................442-9094

Rehabilitation Services

Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Centers 2024 Harrison Avenue, Eureka........................................441-4454 3300 Renner Drive, Fortuna .............................................725-7352

Sleep Disorders Center

2367 23rd Street, Eureka ..................................................443-7495

St. Joseph Home Care

721 E Street, Eureka..........................................................443-9332

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Allergy and Asthma - 2773 Harris Suite D, Eureka ......269-9549 Cardiology - 2773 Harris Street, Suite A, Eka ...............442-1182 Dermatology - 2350 Buhne, Suite B, Eureka ................441-1911 Ear, Nose and Throat - 3770 Janes Road, Arcata........822-2404 Ear, Nose and Throat - 2350 Buhne Suite C, Eka .........444-8863 General Surgery - 3307 Renner, Fortuna .......................725-9832 Hematology/Oncology - 2504 Harrison, Suite C, Eka ..267-2060 Internal Medicine - 2773 Harris Street, Suite A, Eka ..267-2070 Neurosurgery - 2752 Harrison, Suite A, Eureka ...........268-0190 Orthopedics - 3304 Renner, Fortuna ..............................725-9383 Orthopedics - 2826 Harris Street, Eureka .....................443-8066 Pain Management - 2826 Harris Street, Eureka ..........443-8066 Plastic Surgery - 2752 Harrison, Suite A, Eureka ........445-3075

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2330 Buhne, Eureka ..........................................................269-4240

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2200 Harrison Avenue, Eureka........................................441-4420

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2705 Harris Street, Eureka ...............................................269-3694

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Bed & Breakfasts

Arcata

The Lady Ann Inn 902 14th St, Arcata • 707-822-2797 LadyAnneInn.com • Restored 1888 Queen Anne style Victorian mansion on hill overlooking Humboldt Bay, $115 and up. Gardens, bay and town views, full cooked-to-order breakfast.

Myers Flat

Myers Country Inn 12913 Avenue of the Giants Myers Flat, 800-500-6464 MyersInn.com - Restored, historic 1800s stage-stop inn, well-appointed rooms, extensive local history collection, $180-$225. Forest, river views, full gourmet breakfast.

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Ferndale

Arcata Stay 707-822-0935, 877-822-0935 ArcataStay.com • Network offering a variety of vacation lodgings including Rose Court Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Fireplace, kitchenette, and English garden. $169/night, double occupancy. Gourmet breakfast tailored to your dietary preferences. Arcata Stay, pg 75

Eureka

Carter House Inns

301 L St, Eureka • 800-404-1390 CarterHouse.com • Four magnificent Victorian hotels perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka, with unparalleled accommodations and service. $159-$385. Complimentary wine and hors d’oevres around the fire and a full breakfast each morning. Carter House Inns, pg 49

Victorian Inn

400 Ocean Ave, Ferndale 888-589-1808, 707-786-4949 VictorianVillageInn.com Luxurious full service historic inn with modern amenities in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. $105-$295. Full breakfast downstairs in the VI Restaurant dining room. Victorian Inn, pg 40

Eureka

Cornelius Daly Inn, 1125 H St, Eureka • 800-321-9656 Ship’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, 821 D St, Eureka • 877-443-7583

Ferndale

The Gingerbread Mansion 400 Berding St, Ferndale • 855-786-4001 Shaw House Inn, 703 Main St, Ferndale • 800-557-7429

Trinidad

Lost Whale Inn, 3452 Patrick’s Pt. Dr, Trinidad • 800-677-7859 Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast, 560 Edwards St, Trinidad • 707-677-0840 Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn, 3392 Patrick’s Point Dr, Trinidad • 707-677-3707

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Welcome to the wineries and vineyards of Humboldt County — an artisan community whose passion and enthusiasm for wine 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. 1. BRICELAND VINEYARDS Tasting/Tours by appt., 707-923-2429 and Tasting at Persimmons, #13 5959 Briceland Rd, Redway Owners: Joe Collins & Maggie Carey BricelandVineyards.com _______________________________ 2. CARTER CELLARS / ENVY WINES Tasting Daily, 12-5pm 707-444-8062, 301 L St, Eureka CarterHouse.com _________________________________ 3. ELK PRAIRIE VINEYARD Call ahead, 707-943-3498, 845-7381 11544 Dyerville Loop Rd, Myers Flat Owners: Alan & Sandra Estrada ElkPrairieVineyard.com _________________________________ 4. FIELDBROOK WINERY Tasting by Appt., 707-839-4140 4241 Fieldbrook Rd, Fieldbrook Owners: Bob & Judy Hodgson FieldbrookWinery.com _________________________________

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Myers Flat on the Avenue of the Giants is not only known for the majestic redwood trees in the area, but also for the outstanding wines of Riverbend Cellars. This extraordinary winery provides an exceptional opportunity for wine tasting at its tasting room which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riverbend Cellars also offers a selection of specialty foods, picnic items, local art and much more. WHERE: 12990 Ave. of the Giants, Myers Flat (at Hwy 101 and Myers Flat exit) MORE INFO: 707-943-9907, RiverbendCellars.com

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Humboldt County is becoming a destination for tasting unique, handcrafted wines. There is a dedicated community of artisan wineries and www.MoonstoneCrossing.com 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. 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 local stores and restaurants. Open in the Winter: Fri, Sat, Sun (noon-6 p.m.), in the Summer: Wed-Sun (noon-6 p.m.), or by appointment.  WHERE: 529 Trinity St., Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-845-5492, www.MoonstoneCrossing.com

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Elk Prairie Vineyards is located on Fruitland Ridge just four miles up the hill from the Avenue of the Giants. The 10 acre estate vineyard and winery is located at a 1200 ft. elevation above the ancient redwoods. The wine making process does not include pesticides or artificial fertilizers, and they have sheep that graze the vineyard to keep weeds under control. Their hours vary so call ahead. WHERE: 11544 Dyerville Loop Rd., Myers Flat MORE INFO: 707-943-3498, ElkPrairieVineyard.com

The Wine Spot, located in the heart of Old Town Eureka, is a place “where old friends go to meet new ones.” It offer local and international wines as well as microbrews. Enjoy its art gallery as you taste wine, or jump on the internet with free Wi-Fi. WHERE: 234 F St. at the corner of 3rd, Old Town Eureka MORE INFO: 707-497-6236 www.MoonstoneCrossing.com

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Robert Goodman Winery and Tasting Room is open daily in downtown Arcata. The winery’s magnificent location delivers the perfect climate to create and age its handcrafted wines. The grapes come from different growing regions around California and are produced by some of the most highly regarded growers in the world. The wines are available at restaurants, retail outlets and at the tasting room. WHERE: 937 10th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-WINE[9463], RobertGoodmanWines.com

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2 Doors Down… wine sipping & sales. Located just 2 doors down from big sister Brick & Fire Bistro, this quaint wine bar has a charming list of over 80 wines, as well as small plates, desserts, espresso and a spirited ambiance. Open at 4:30 p.m. everyday except Wednesday. WHERE: 1626 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-268-8989, 2DoorsDownWineBar.com 2DoorsDownWineBar.com

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Humboldt County Breweries

Humboldt County is known for its excellent craft beers and small breweries. Tours and tastings are not just for wine lovers anymore; beer aficionados are embraced in Humboldt County. Learn how local craft brewers create their libations as you explore the process behind your favorite bottled brew. Lucky visitors may be able to take a taste at the end of their tour, depending on what stage of brewing the beer is in; call ahead for reservations and recommendations on when to tour. These local breweries welcome visitors: • Eel River Brewing Co. (restaurant) 1777 Alamar Way, Fortuna 707-725-2739, EelRiverBrewing.com • Mad River Brewing Co. (tasting room) 101 Taylor Way, Blue Lake 707-668-4151 Ext. 106, MadRiverBrewing.com • Six Rivers Brewing Co. (restaurant) 1300 Central Ave, McKinleyville 707-839-7580, SixRiversBrewery.com After your tour, enjoy a meal at Eel River Brewing Company’s Taproom & Grill, serving an array of fine organic and local fare. Six Rivers Brewing Company’s restaurant serves up a great selection of dishes, as well as live music almost every night. Mad River Brewing Company does not serve food, but has a tasting room with live music weekly and a sampler tray of its beers. Visit local breweries for a true taste of Humboldt County. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Casinos in Humboldt

Going to a casino can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and there are many places to try your luck in Humboldt County. At Bear River Casino in Loleta, play on one of the 349 slot machines or play table games such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Claws Craps, Spanish 21, Bet the House, Match the Dealers or several kinds of poker. There are two places to grab a bite or a drink. MORE INFO: 707-733-9644, 800-761-BEAR [2327], BearRiverCasino.com

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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, reserve a guided nature tour. A number of guides offer their expert service and experience to curious visitors of Humboldt County.

At Blue Lake Casino and Hotel, on Casino Way in Blue Lake, you can play casino games such as Spanish 21, blackjack, three-card and four-card poker, or play one of the 800 slot machines. Take in a live show or dance, dine at the 24-hour restaurant buffet or in the elegant banquet hall, then return to your hotel room for the night. MORE INFO: 707-668-9770, 877-BLC-2WIN [252-2946], BlueLakeCasino.com At Cher-Ae Heights Casino in Trinidad enjoy one of their 350 slot machines or play Single Deck 21, Texas Hold’em, Omaha High/Low or Tahoe Pineapple. This is also a great place to go if you are a bingo fanatic. When you get hungry, there are three restaurants on site to serve you. MORE INFO: 707-677-3611, 800-684-2464, CherAeHeightsCasino.com

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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 design and craft your own pieces. Choose from wooden, glass, gem, stone, bone, metal, plastic or crystal beads—the variety will get your creativity flowing. If you need help picking out just the right beads or can’t find what you’re looking for, knowledgeable employees in the stores are available to assist you. In Humboldt County, all your “bead needs” can be met with these retailers: • Heartbead, 830 G St., Arcata Plaza, 707-826-9577, Heartbead.com

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ArcataMarshFriends.org

The Friends of the Arcata Marsh offers free nature walks which focus on the birds, animals and plants that live and grow in the region. Regularly scheduled tours take place on Saturdays, rain or shine. MORE INFO: Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 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. For more information, call 707-826-7031, RRAS.org.

Farmers’ Markets

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. Stop by a seasonal farmers’ market and fill a bag with nature’s bounty.

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Arcata Farmers’ Market

Jun to Oct - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wildberries, 441-9999, HumFarm.org

Arcata Tuesday Potawot Farmers’ Market

May to Oct - Noon to 2 p.m. 1600 Weott Wy

Eureka Farmers’ Market - Old Town Eureka

Jun to Oct - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. F St. between 1st and 3rd 441-9999, HumFarm.org

Miranda Farmers’ Market

May to Oct - 2 to 5 p.m., Avenue Café 6743 Ave. of the Giants, 943-3025

Shelter Cove Farmers’ Market

May to Oct - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Machi Rd., motel parking lot, 986-7229

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Thursdays Eureka Farmers’ Market - Henderson Center

Jun to Oct - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. F St., between Henderson and Russ 441-9999, HumFarm.org

McKinleyville Farmers’ Market

Jun to Oct - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 1514 City Center Rd. at the totem pole 441-9999, HumFarm.org

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Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market

Apr to Nov - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec to May - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Brio 441-9999, HumFarm.org

Fortuna Farmers’ Market May to Oct - 3 to 6 p.m. 10th & Main St., 764-2161

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May to Oct - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Church St. in Town Square, 786-9460

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Six Rivers National Forest

Want to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors? Redwood Parks Lodge Company offers full-service hospitality to all visitors to Redwood National and State Parks. It is conveniently located in the heart of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek State Park, beaches, and just a few photo by Mackenzie Kincaid, RedRoanStudios.com minutes from world famous Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Hike, bike, fish, kayak or ride a horse in the home of the world’s tallest trees. They have packages for individuals and groups, including couples, families, hiking groups, school field trips, weddings, photographers and artists, small businesses looking for a retreat, or anyone else looking to make their vacation a Redwood Adventure. WHERE: 7 Valley Green Camp Rd., Orick MORE INFO: 707-488-2222, info@teamredwood.us, RedwoodAdventures.com

Six Rivers National Forest is an enormous forest offering a wide variety of activities for people of every age. The forest 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 large portion in Humboldt County. The things you’ll see when visiting Six Rivers are awe-inspiring. You have the opportunity to hike, or ride horseback along trails through the rugged mountains, stands of redwoods and grasslands. Enjoy great fishing, white-water rafting and kayaking in the area’s many rivers and streams. Wildlife lovers may spot rare animals and plants, and the area is also known as the home of the legendary Bigfoot. There are a number of 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. MORE INFO: 707-442-1721, FS.Fed.us/r5/sixrivers

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Humboldt’s Motorcycle Scene

Humboldt County is a favorite of motorcycle and antique car 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 Samoa All Bikes By The Bay 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: 707-834-4826 or 707-442-4469, UBNCHumboldt.com

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Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company

The World Famous Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company is nestled in the Heart of the Redwood Forest on Scenic Hwy 101, just before Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park. Captain Shon has worked with Native American Indians since the 1970s, and has the largest collection of American Indian jewelry in Northern California. His original store, Happy Hunting Ground, was built in 1972 in Pinnacle Pass, the old western town in Scotts Valley, Calif., in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Riverwood Inn in Phillipsville, photo by Steve Hammons

The Redwood Run will be held at Riverview Ranch in Piercy in June. One of the most well-known, exclusive Harley-Davidson events in the West, this nationally known weekend biker party features three days of camping, live music, biker games and shows. MORE INFO: kiwanisoftheredwoods@yahoo.com, KiwanisRwR.com The Riverwood Inn is a great place to stay for those attending the Redwood Run and is a favorite of motorcycle and car clubs. It is open year-round, with a winter fire to greet guests in the not-so-off season. WHERE: 2828 Avenue of the Giants in Phillipsville MORE INFO: 707-943-1766 or the restaurant at 707-943-1930, RiverwoodInn.info

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In addition, Thunderbird Mountain Trading has a large selection of handmade Navajo kachina dolls or dancers, sand paintings, dream catchers, carved Navajo fetishes and peace pipes, and handmade textiles from Peru such as Alpaca rugs, hats, ponchos, teddy bears, scarves and shoulder bags. They carry handcrafted moccasins and boots made by the Huron-Wendat Indians of Eastern Canada, and a large variety of furs, fur rugs, blankets and pillowcases from around the world. And if that is not enough, don’t pass up their homemade jams, jellies, marmalades, ruit butters and smoked Salmon. Yes, smoked Salmon. Captain Shon has been in the Smoked Salmon business since the early 1980s. His former location, the Klamath Trading Post, was where he mastered the Cold Smoking Method, where the Salmon is cured by the smoke, not cooked by heat. He uses both Wild Alaskan King or Chinook Salmon as well as Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, ocean-caught off the Kenai River in Alaska, the coldest, cleanest waters in the world. WHERE: 705 Hwy 101 #3, Garberville, South of Richardson’s Grove MORE INFO: 888-537-5999 or 707-247-3100, ThunderbirdMountainTrading.com

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Bicycling and Running

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 your sport of choice, 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. And 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 on trails, equipment and more at: Pacific Outfitters - 737 G St., Arcata, 707-822-0321 - 1600 5th St., Eureka, 707-443-6328 PacificOutfitters.com

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Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill

One of the many roadside attractions just south of Garberville, in northern Mendocino County, is Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill. Listed as a California Point of Historical Interest, and featured on 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. There are several adventures here including the Gravity House and the Redwood Shoe House. 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

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yourself, IS SEEING BELIEVING? There are no right or wrong answers at Confusion Hill. 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 Freestanding Redwood Chainsaw Carving, listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. While there, take a few minutes to pay your respects at the Twin Towers Memorial Trees. There is a gift shop, snack bar and playground for the kids. WHERE: Along Hwy 101, 15 mi S. of Garberville (exit left) and 8 mi N. of Leggett (exit right) MORE INFO: 707-925-6456, ConfusionHill.com

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Richardson Grove State Park

Domicile, habitat, home — it’s where your heart is or isn’t. In the case of the One-Log House, the heartwood of a 2,100 year old redwood was hewn out by hand to make a complete home with all the amenities. Although the timeline for this tree starts around the same time as the birth of Christ, its modern timeline starts with its cutting in 1946. The log for the One-Log House was cut down by Art Schmock and his son. At that time, the tree was on property owned by Georgia Pacific Co. of Eureka. This particular log was cut, rolled onto a trailer, and metal straps were welded around it for support. It was then transported to Eureka where it was hollowed out by hand, using tools such as drills, chisels, wedges and foot adzes. The log itself is 32 feet long, 10-11 feet in diameter and has an interior height slightly over 6 feet. The inside is divided into kitchen, bathroom, living and bedroom areas. In the 8-month process of hollowing the log, enough wood chips were produced to build a traditional five-bedroom home. The One-Log House has traveled the western United States and stayed at various places in Humboldt and MenOneLogHouse.com docino Counties for the past 53 years. For more than 11 years now, One-Log House Espresso & Gifts has sat near Richardson Grove State Park on Hwy 101, serving food and organic, locally roasted espresso. Visitors can go inside the house itself, and also enjoy the gift shop with espresso bar, which includes shakes, smoothies, frappes and other refreshments. In addition to expertise in espresso, a clean and polished environment and a helpful staff, there is also an on-site burl factory where many beautiful, unique redwood gifts are created and then sold in the gift shop. Outdoor picnicking areas are available as well as air conditioned seating inside, fun antique logging photos to look at, a souvenir penny-smashing machine, and clean handicap accessibility for all customers. Open daily year-round. WHERE: Hwy 101, 9 miles south of Garberville by Richardson Grove. MORE INFO: 707-247-3717, OneLogHouse.com

Heading north on Hwy 101 from Mendocino into Humboldt County, you will encounter significant old-growth redwood forests 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.

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Visit a piece of history! Created from a tree over 2,100 years old! • Unique Redwood gifts, bowls clocks & souvenirs • Antique drag saw & logging photo collection • Espressos, mochas, lattes & freezes • Select food items & ice cream • RV and bus parking • Air conditioned • Picnic area

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There is a walk-through tree, as well as the ninth tallest redwood and a fallen tree ring study which 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 fishing for salmon and steelhead 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 in which to 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 north of Garberville and only 2 miles south of Benbow Lake. There is a day use fee per car, and reservations are recommended for camping during the summer season. MORE INFO: 707-247-3318, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=422 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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he Southern Humboldt town of Garberville, founded as South Fork in the late 1800s, is a bustling community that belies its size. When a road connecting San Francisco to Eureka was established in the 1920s, Garberville became a favorite stop for motorists. Today, Garberville is known for its friendly residents, beautiful scenery and is both a stop-off point and destination for travelers. The town is well placed on Hwy 101, 200 miles north of San Francisco and 52 miles south of Eureka. It is a place to stay while playing in the Avenue of the Giants and the Eel River nearby. There are a number of RV, private and public campsite spaces in the area. With a vibrant array of shops, motels, services, restaurants, small airport and hospital, the town caters to travelers along Hwy 101, as well as to thousands of residents in the surrounding countryside.

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Activities in the Area • The Garberville “Rodeo in the Redwoods” is held in June, 707-223-1046, look for Garberville Rodeo on Facebook. • Avenue of the Giants to the north and Richardson Grove State Park to the south. • The historic Benbow Hotel and Resort is a 5-minute drive south of Garberville and surrounded by lovely Humboldt County views. • The nine-hole, par-35 Benbow Valley Golf Course is one of Northern California’s most challenging golf courses. • Camping, hiking, horseback riding, biking, swimming, rafting, kayaking, fi shing. Garberville Rodeo Association

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Benbow Golf Course

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, par35 course boasts 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. Guests of the Benbow Inn historic hotel or RV resort have a special green fee that allows for unlimited play for the entire day. In addition to its golf course and well-stocked pro shop, the Benbow Valley Golf Course offers a putting green and driving cage. The manicured putting green, fl anked with sand bunkers, allows players to practice their putting and improve their chipping skills. In addition, they can warm up their swing and narrow their aim by hitting a bucket of balls in the golf course’s driving cage. It’s fun for serious golfers and beginners too. WHERE: Take the Benbow exit (#636) 2.5 miles south of Garberville on Hwy 101. Turn left onto Lake Benbow Dr., then left again on Benbow Dr. and left again into the Benbow Valley Golf Course. MORE INFO: 707-923-2777, 866-236-2697

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Southern Humboldt Community Park

Let nature be your playground at the Southern Humboldt Community Park. You can explore 431 acres of grasslands, farmland, upland forests, and native redwoods. This park boasts attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. Walkers, bikers and horseback riders will enjoy 3.5 miles of trails which wind around meadows and through forests. All park trails are multi-use trails and can be used by walkers, dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and horses. Hikers can pick up a self-guided plant walk brochure, bring along binoculars for birdwatching, 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, forest management, watershed restoration and education, and is host to a number of events throughout the year, from educational and interpretive programs to weddings, receptions, retreats and club meetings. Southern Humboldt Community Park is located on Sprowl Creek Rd., one mile from the Hwy 101 Garberville exit. The park is open from sun-up to sundown year round. WHERE: 934 Sprowl Creek Rd., Garberville MORE INFO: 707-923-2287, SoHumPark.org 101Things.com • Humboldt County 21


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Shelter Cove & The Lost Coast

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The King Range National Conservation Area, established in 1970 as the nation’s first National Conservation Area, is an extremely special place for nature- and wildlife-lovers. One of the largest natural habitats in America, the area encompasses 68,000 acres, with many different habitats in the area surrounding Shelter Cove. Roosevelt elk, deer, whales, skunks, raccoons, egrets, marbled murrelets and bald eagles are among Bureau of Land Management, BLM.gov the 300 species inhabiting the area. Mountain lions, black bears, coyotes and rattlesnakes also make their home here. • Harbor Seals & Sea Lions- Pinnipeds are large carnivorous marine mammals. Two species are common sights at Shelter Cove: harbor seals and California sea lions. These playful creatures love to sun themselves on the rocks below the bluffs at Shelter Cove during low tide. The largest congregation is usually found at Point Delgado, but seals can also easily be spotted up the coast to Seal Rock. • Whale Watching- Each year the Humboldt County coast witnesses gray whales making a mammoth 12,400 mile round-trip migration between their southern breeding ground off Baja California, Mexico and the northern feeding grounds off Alaska and the Beaufort Sea. In early April through May the return migration north to Alaska is in full swing, with females and their calves swimming close to shore, the calves nearest to the coast, sometimes just beyond the surf line, as they seek to evade predators. While gray whales are the main attraction at Shelter Cove, occasionally humped-back or blue whales are spotted as well. • Birdwatching- Visitors wishing to record birds while visiting the King Range National Conservation Area are encouraged to participate in gathering information to help refine knowledge of bird life in this beautiful area. The area boasts about 300 different species of birds. Please send information to Bureau of Land Management, King Range Project Office, 768 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitethorn CA 95589. MORE INFO: 707-986-5400, BLM.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wildlife/watchable/areas/shelter.html

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Shelter Cove is one of California’s premiere ocean fishing destinations. Fishermen come for the salmon, which are found close to the shore here May through August. Anglers can also catch an abundance of ling cod, rock cod, halibut, albacore and surf perch, and can fish from shore for perch or rock fish. Fishermen can also 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: The Tides Inn and the Shelter Cove Oceanfront Inn can provide information and help arrange charter fishing trips for guests. The Tides Inn, 707-986,7900, 888-99-TIDES, ShelterCoveTidesInn.com The Shelter Cove Oceanfront Inn, 800-824-1614, ShelterCoveOceanfrontInn.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Shelter Cove & The Lost Coast King Range and Lost Coast Trail

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 between the Mattole River in Humboldt County to the northern border of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in Mendocino County. Because of its remoteness and relative inaccessibility—only a few back roads lead into the range—this Douglas-fir-clad wilderness attracts hikers, backpackers, campers, equestrians, mushroom collectors, surfers, anglers, beachcombers and abalone divers. Seals, sea lions and a multitude of sea birds inhabit the rocky shorephoto by Steve Hammons line; tide pools and kelp beds are their homes. California gray whales pass close to shore during the spring northern migration. Streams that pour 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 found in the King Range, including the northern spotted owl, bald eagle and Cooper’s hawk. Black bear and mountain lions also prowl these mountains and the shoreline. The King Range became the nation’s first National Conservation Area in October 1970, and is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains miles of trails in the Conservation Area, most of which intersect the legendary Lost Coast Trail. The trail runs 25 miles along the shore at the base of the mountains from the mouth of the Mattole to Shelter Cove. There is a wide selection of automobile and backcountry campgrounds in and around the Conservation Area. Accessing the King Range can be an adventure in itself. Hikers can take the 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 Rd. on the south, and Wilder Ridge Rd. on the east. On the north end of the range, access is near the mouth of the Mattole River on Lighthouse Rd., off Mattole Rd. Most of the Coastal Trail is well-marked, but it is recommended that any hikers who are not familiar with the trail to bring a map of the area and a tide table along. 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 Rd. and go 14 miles to Shelter Cove Rd. Turn right on Shelter Cove Rd. and follow the signs to Black Sands 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/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/ kingrange/index.html

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Cape Mendocino Lighthouse at Shelter Cove

In 1999, a large helicopter lifted the lantern off the historic, but badly deteriorated, Cape Mendocino Lighthouse and flew it 35 miles to the resort 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 139-year-old sailor’s beacon. It now 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 photo by Steve Hammons 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 feet above the ocean. When the 43-foot 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 the lighthouse was ready to crumble into the sea. Today, the lighthouse is open for tours, when docents are available, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. MORE INFO: LighthouseFriends.com/light.asp?ID=25 26 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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Punta Gorda Lighthouse

If there was an Alcatraz of lighthouses in the early 1900s, the Punta Gorda light station was reputed to be it. Isolated and as lonely as a frontier settlement, it was the perfect place to station ill-behaved employees. Winter months were spent virtually in solitary confinement. Flooded streams and harsh, windy conditions kept the site cut off from civilization. Even during the pleasant summer months, the lighthouse keeper had to travel 11 miles on horseback to shop for fresh supplies in the small town of Petrolia. The site was 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 only after 10 ships and countless seamen met their fate near the point. The flashing light in the small 27-foot-tall tower was in service for 39 years until 1951 when the Coast Guard decided the remote site was too expensive to maintain. The buildings were boarded Bureau of Land Management, BLM.gov up and a lighted buoy was placed offshore. 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 3-mile, strenuous hike along the Lost Coast Trail, which begins at the Mattole Beach campground. The trail offers beautiful black-sand beaches, dunes and tidepools. 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. To reach the site from Hwy 101, take the Honeydew/Dyerville exit in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Travel west to Mattole Rd. in Honeydew to Lighthouse Rd., almost an hour and a half trip. Travel five miles to Mattole Campground. MORE INFO: BLM, 707-986-5400, LighthouseFriends.com/light.asp?ID=63 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 also passes through several small hamlets that give a glimpse into the history of Humboldt County. The towns along the Avenue, once closely tied to the timber industry, now rely more on the tourists who come to see the redwoods, swim in the Eel River and visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park. At the south end of the Avenue of the Giants is Phillipsville, which has restaurants, a grocery store, a motel, numerous visitor attractions and several river access points. Further north is the town of Miranda, surrounded by redwoods and boasting a growing community of artists. Here you’ll find lodging and dining. Myers Flat, north of Miranda and in the heart of the redwoods has a country inn, fine dining restaurant and wine tasting room, plus a family oriented campground. The town of Weott is not located at its original site. The town used to straddle the Avenue of the Giants until 1964, when a devastating flood washed it and several other local towns away. Look for the tall post marking the depth of the floodwater. Most travelers to Weott come to see the Visitor’s Center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, just south of town. The town of Redcrest began in 1918 as a logging town. Its location on high ground protected Redcrest from the devastating floods that wiped out the lower-lying towns. An RV park, resort with cabins and an abundance of redwood attractions make Redcrest a popular destination. The northernmost community on the Avenue is called Pepperwood, a low-lying area that used to include stores, a school, church, garages, gas stations and bars. The flood of 1955 eliminated many of these, and the flood of 1964 took care of anything that was left. The residents who remain appreciate the beauty of their home. Dozens of tourist-oriented attractions cater to the streams of visitors who arrive each year to see the redwoods. Founders Grove, dedicated to the founders of the Save-theRedwoods League, contains the 346-foot tall Founders Tree and the Dyerville Giant. The Dyerville Giant was the tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, but on March 24, 1991, it fell and now lies on the forest floor. Even in repose, however, the tree is an impressive sight.

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The Riverwood Inn

Once thought to be a dying institution, the all-American roadhouse still survives in northern California. Roadhouses are small, old inns, usually with a dance hall, a tavern with extremely cold beer and some form of fresh, pub-style food—usually found on an old highway or rural route, far beyond any city limits or bright lights. While the Eel River flooded out most of the little towns along the Avenue of the Giants in 1964, the water only rose to the back door of the Riverwood Inn in Phillipsville, sparing it to become a cult classic. The original structure, thought to have been built in the 1930s, has rocked as a roadhouse ever since. The Riverwood Inn is the last remaining roadhouse among scores that populated old Hwy 101. It is certainly the most famous. The Inn’s entertainment is legendary; John Lee Hooker, Norton Buffalo, the Knockouts and Guitar Shorty have all played here to the delight RiverwoodInn.info of the road-weary. The Riverwood Inn is open year-round, with a winter fire to greet travelers in the notso-off season. It offers snug rooms, a full bar complete with vintage red velvet wallpaper, fresh authentic Mexican food, and some of the best live music north of San Francisco. WHERE: 2828 Avenue of the Giants, Phillipsville MORE INFO: 707-943-1766 or the restaurant at 707-943-1930, RiverwoodInn.info Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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he rustic town of Miranda, which in Latin means “to be admired,” was once a principal stop on the long and arduous automobile trek from San Francisco to Eureka. The town lies to the east of Hwy 101 and ti is one of a few almost-forgotten towns worth exploring at your leisure along Avenue of the Giants Hwy. Surrounded by scenic redwoods, there is much to admire about Miranda. This town of about 350 people, near the southern entrance to Avenue of the Giants and less than 10 miles from Humboldt Redwoods State Park boasts a growing community of artists. The town also offers lodging, dining and shopping amenities not available inside the park. The Miranda Market is one of the few places to buy groceries and the only place to buy gasoline on this end of the Avenue of the Giants. Close to the market lies the Enchanted Tree Stump, a free, walk-through attraction. Situated at the end of a short footpath, visitors can venture inside the stump and look up to see the sky above. Across the street is the Avenue Café featuring hand-tossed pizzas and a surprisingly eclectic menu of homemade and healthy dishes all members of the family will enjoy. For those in search of fine woodworking, beautifully blown glass or masterfully crafted metal works, Miranda is a worthSPIRIT while detour. Korbly Woodworks features a fantastic selection of carvings, turnings, boxes, chests, furniture, tables, clocks and gifts made from redwood and other RT S native woods. All are crafted by Bernie KoGLA rbly, who has over 41 years of experience in handmade woodworking. At Spirit Art Glass, artisan Michael Shearer blows glass on the premises creating stunning vases, perfume bottles, bowls, sculptures and paperweights. He also demonstrates his sculpting expertise in his gallery. Stone’s Gallery features unique redwood, buckeye and maple gifts crafted by local artists and fine woodworkers Ed and Cheryl Stone, plus brass and copper sculptures and exotic turnings such as bowls, vases, platters and vessels.

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The natural crown jewel of the county is Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is a 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. Humboldt Redwoods’ star attraction is the Avenue of the Giants. 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 and Redcrest, is the heart of the park. It is large and comprehensive, staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. MORE INFO: Park Office 707-946-2409, Visitor Center 707-946-2263, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=425, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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The peaceful village of Myers Flat is nestled in the heart of the redwood forest, a centerpiece of the Avenue of the Giants. The Myers Country Inn, a delightful B&B, anchors the village which formed around it over 130 years ago when it was a stagecoach stop on the way to the Northern California gold fields. Jack London, the famous San Francisco author, was said to have stayed there often as he traveled up and down the old Pacific Highway on his many adventures. The Inn still basks in period furnishings and revels in its history with old news clippings and photos hanging throughout the building. The ambience is as warm and friendly as the fireplace in the lobby, and the breakfasts are home cooked and country-hearty. The Myers Country Inn is surrounded by great amenities for the Redwood visitor. A four-star restaurant, winery and tasting room (Riverbend Cellars and Groves Restaurant) are just across the Avenue. Directly across from the inn is a coffee shop and a market for your traveling convenience. Within walking distance of the Inn are antique and collectibles shops, a coin-operated laundry and Myers Flat’s own Drive-Through Tree. Stay for an extended visit in the largest Redwood Forest worldwide, plan an eight-day eco-tour and experience life as it was when the stage line ran through this charming riverside village. WHERE: 12913 Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat MORE INFO: (800) 500-6464, MyersInn.com

Shrine Drive Thru Tree

During the early 1920s, 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, walkthrough trees and even step-thru stumps. Three trees with open trunks remain, one near Humboldt Redwoods State Park on Hwy 101. All are privately owned, charge a nominal entrance fee and are open daily year-round. The Original Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat is one of California’s oldest tourist attractions. 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: DriveThruTree.com 32 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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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 28 and 29 to see the location of different trailheads along the Avenue of the Giants. Listed 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. 1. Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail. An easy hike, just over two-thirds of 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 Rd., about a mile west of where Mattole Rd. joins the Avenue of the Giants, four miles north of the Visitor Center. In this short hike which is just two-thirds of a mile long, hikers will find 17 of the world’s 100 tallest trees. 3. Bull Creek Trail South. 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. 4. Johnson Camp Trail. This 10-mile roundtrip 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 six miles west on Mattole Rd., 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 feet. It is an AWARD WINNING PINOT NOIR 8-hour round trip for average hikers who open weekends ~ weekdays call ahead will enjoy stunning views of the entire park 4 miles off the from the lookout. There is a backcountry Avenue of the Giants campground just below the peak. This 11544 Dyerville Loop Rd trail is also open to horses and bicycles. Myers Flat 707-943-3498 Access the trail from the Johnson Camp cell 707-845-7381 trailhead.

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Eel River Swimming Holes

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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 the Eel River’s 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. 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 a short distance beyond the turnout for Founders Grove and the intersection of Mattole Rd. 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 six 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 and placid sites. MORE INFO: Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center, 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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The Immortal Tree

Along the Avenue of the Giants off Hwy 101 stands one of the most durable trees in history. The Immortal Tree is over 950 years old and has experienced more trials and tribulations than any single tree should. 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. The Immortal Tree is considered a truly exceptional specimen. This landmark makes for a wonderful photo opportunity and is a perfect spot for a picnic. The spacious Burl n’ Drift Redwood Souvenir gift shop, family owned and operated since 1967, offers high quality, locally produced redwood items. They 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: AncientRedwoods.net Visitor Center, photo by Dave Stockton, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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Redwood Visitor Center’s Travel Log

Inside the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Visitor Center resides a photo by Andrew Bird curious behemoth of a vehicle. It just may be the original RV. In 1917, Charles Kellogg, an American naturalist and lecturer, hoisted a six-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—one of the very first 4x4 vehicles. Kellogg used an axe and an adze 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 90 years ago! The log is completely solid; the walls, ceiling, and floors are all one piece. To help preserve it, Kellogg hand-rubbed 12 pounds of beeswax into the wood. Kellogg first toured the United States in his Travel-Log to sell liberty bonds for the war effort. 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 can get closeAD to the log, but are not allowed inside it. The PROOF exhibit also features information about Kellogg’s life and teachings. This ancient truck is very delicate 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 101 restored Thingslog Totruck. Do WHERE: on the Avenue of the Giants, State Rt. 254, between Weott and Myers Flat. Humboldt County MORE INFO: 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone

Take a historic drive through the redwoods. The 32-mile stretch of road running parallel to today’s Hwy 101 follows an old stagecoach road. As the old mill towns began to fade and traffic increased, the state decided to preserve an old section of the road running directly through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Whether you start at the north entrance near Pepperwood south of Fortuna, or from the south entrance a few miles out of Phillipsville, you’ll get the real redwood experience. The stops are numbered 1 through 8 from the southern Avenue of the Giants entrance at Phillipsville. Plan for at least an hour so you can stop and see the sights. From north to south, stop #1 is F.K. Lane Grove, between Phillipsville and Miranda. Next stop is Bolling Grove near Myers Flat (with nearby deli sandwiches or wine tasting and gourmet lunch). Stop #3 is the Park Visitor Center offering many interpretive exhibits, a place to picnic along with free coffee, directions and information. Stop #4 is Weott, to swim, picnic or bird watch. Stop #5 is the Mahan Plaque in a mysterious looking forest. Stop #6 is at Dyerville, a historic stage and ferry stop with a checkered past going back to prohibition. Two miles north is #7 at Chandler Grove, giving a close-up look at native flora and fauna. Your final stop is #8 at the Drury/Chaney Grove near Pepperwood, the garden basket of the redwoods. Take this beautiful drive from either entrance. MORE INFO: 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org

When visiting the Avenue of the Giants, a fascinating stop is the Eternal Tree House. This one-time giant of nature endured over 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; the original single bud grew, but failed to develop into a branch. The irregular photo by Gregg Gardiner growth proceeds to divide and redivide until a lump (burl) has formed. Some of 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 cafe 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

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 loggers’ saw. Morgan’s monument stands today in the Federation’s grove, a peculiar

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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 insuring 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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cotia is without a doubt the last chance travelers will have to see a “company town’ in America. A stop in Scotia is like taking a trip back in time to when the forests of Humboldt County supplied building material for much of California and the West. Company towns like Scotia were established by large lumber companies to provide for the social, commercial and housing needs of their employees. This beautiful town is located on a striking wooded hillside overlooking a giant bend in the Eel River about 30 miles south of Eureka. The 270 picturesque cottages built between the 1920s and 1950s with manicured yards and white picket fences evoke memories of an earlier time. Driving through the town, it is easy to envision Scotia as it was at its founding in 1863 as Forestville, eventually to be renamed “Scotia” 25 years later. Amenities in Scotia include a grocery store with a very popular deli, a pharmacy, bank, hardware store, community recreation center, a picnic area, baseball field a soccer field and more.

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Centerville Beach can be reached by turning west on Ocean Ave. The remote Lost Coast can be reached via Mattole Rd. The twisting route leads south and west to Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point on the coast of California. Ferndale is a popular film location and is featured in movies such as “The Majestic” with Jim Carrey, and “Outbreak,” starring Dustin Hoffman. MORE INFO: Chamber of Commerce, 707-786-4477, VictorianFerndale.org

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visit to the Victorian Village of Ferndale is like strolling through the past. The entire Main Street has been designated a National Register Historic District due to its finely preserved commercial and residential buildings. Explore the fascinating array of old-fashioned mercantiles, antique stores, art galleries, and specialty shops, hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, and talk with the friendly people. Watch fresh candy being dipped by hand to whet your appetite for a fine dinner and an evening of theater. 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, where it features quality live entertainment that engages, educates and excites. 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 St. on Ocean Ave. Trails wind through the park, but wheeled vehicles are not allowed.

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Take a step back in time in the historic village of Ferndale. Ferndale was settled in 1852, and by the 1880s it 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 pastoral town of 1,400 people has in many ways remained unchanged since the 1890s. By taking a tour down Main Street you encounter the photographic beauty of delightful shops and ornate buildings. Stroll past charming churches dating back to the 1800s, and carefully restored Victorian homes with stunning gardens. While on Main Street, enjoy the fine restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. You may also recognize parts of the town from famous movies such as “The Majestic” and “Outbreak.” MORE INFO: 707-786-4477, VictorianFerndale.org/chamber

Just outside Ferndale, discover a pristine beach on the Pacific Ocean, which stretches for nine miles with dairy farms to the north and steep cliffs to the south. At Centerville County Park and Beach, have an exciting afternoon filled with hiking, picnicking, beachcombing and wildlife viewing. Sandpipers dance on the water’s edge and cormorants, pelicans and gulls soar over the water in search of a meal. Between the middle of November and the beginning of March, Eel River Bottoms, visible from the beach, has one of the largest coastal congregations of tundra swans. You can spot harbor seals sunbathing on the breakers a short way from the shore. Gray whales can be seen from the beach, migrating south during the winter months and heading north from January through May. You may even see mother whales and their babies coming close to shore in April and May. One of the best lookouts is just south of the beach on Centerville Rd. ATVs, 4-wheel drive vehicles and even horses are welcome to travel the sand. You can even acquire a special permit and go fishing for night smelt. There is no camping on the beach, but it can be enjoyed from 5 a.m. to midnight. WHERE: 5 miles west of Ferndale on Centerville Rd. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651

A stroll through Ferndale’s Cemetery is a trip through the history of the town and the people who founded it. Some of the headstones date back to the 1800s, and many of the town’s first pioneers and most venerable citizens have been 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 enjoy the lofty vantage point: the cemetery sits on a hill overlooking the town, which affords visitors with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the town of Ferndale, and the Eel River Valley. WHERE: on Bluff St., just a block away from downtown Ferndale.

The Old Girl is New Again In July of 1933 Harry Candiotti and his wife Angelina opened the Angelina Inn at Fernbridge. The newly constructed building was an all-Humboldt project: it was designed by a Eureka architect, built entirely by local labor, and constructed from Humboldt County redwood. The restaurant served Italian and American food, and was run by the Candiotti family until the mid-1990s when it changed hands for the first of several times, finally closing in 2003. It remained vacant until 2010, when the current owners bought it. What followed was a huge job of restoration with improvements including an entirely new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, a new 30-foot black granite bar, a new stage, new lighting and new sound system. The Angelina, as it is called today since there is no longer an Inn, serves Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Bar remains open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends, and features a limited bar-food menu for the extended hours. It features over 50 beers plus 14 on tap, over 40 wines, and many original and custom mixed/blended drinks plus all your standard favorites. The old girl is young again and ready to be enjoyed for the next 80 years!

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National, State & County Parks & Campgrounds Informational Numbers

All phone 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.ReserveAmerica.com  Del Norte County Sheriff - 464-4191  Hoopa-Willow Creek Ambulance Hoopa - (530) 625-4180 Willow Creek - (530) 629-1171  Humboldt County Sheriff - 445-7251  Poison Control Center - (800) 876-4766  Road Conditions - (800) 427-7623 or (800) 222-1222  Southern Trinity Health Service - 574-6616, Emergencies: 574-6421  Trinity County Sheriff - (530) 623-2611

 Weather Recording - 443-7062

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.fed.us/r5/SixRivers Lower Trinity Ranger District Willow Creek, CA 95573 • (530) 629-2118  Boise Creek Campground 2 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299  East Fork Campground 7 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299 Mad River Ranger District 25 mi. E of Bridgeville, Hwy. 36 Mad River, CA 95552 • 574-6233  Mad River Campground 6-1/2 mi. SE of Mad River Ranger Station on Hwy. 36 via Ruth Rd., 574-6233  Bailey Canyon Campground 13 mi. SE of Mad River off Hwy. 36 on Lower Mad River Rd.  Fir Cove Campground - single and group campsites, 3 mi. S of Ruth Dam on Ruth Lake Orleans Ranger District 38 mi. NW of Willow Creek off SR 96 P.O. Box 410, Orleans, CA 95556 (530) 627-3291  Aikens Creek West 5 mi. NE of Weitchpec off SR 96  Big Bar River Access 7 mi. SW of Orleans off SR 96  Crystal Springs - group campground  E-Ne-Nuck Campground 9 mi. SW of Orleans  Fish Lake Campground 17 mi. SW of Orleans off SR 96  Pearch Creek Campground - 1 mi. NE of Orleans, Hwy. 96 on the Klamath River Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters 3644 Avtech Parkway Redding, CA 96002, (530) 226-2500 Big Bar Ranger District Big Bar, CA 96010 (530) 623-6106  Big Bar Campground 30 mi. E of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299  Big Flat Campground 4 mi. E of Big Bar, Hwy. 299  Burnt Ranch Campground 15 mi. E of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299  Hayden Flat Campground 10 mi. W of Big Bar, Hwy. 299 42 Humboldt County • www.101things.com

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 Hobo Gulch Campground -

35 mi. N of Helena on Hobo Gulch Rd. off East Fork Rd. off Hwy. 299  Pigeon Point Campground 15 mi. W of Weaverville, Hwy. 299  Skunk Point Group Campground 2 mi. E of Big Bar, Hwy. 299 Weaverville Ranger District 210 Main St., Weaverville, CA 96093 (530) 623-2121 Concessionaire (530) 275-8113  Ackerman, Cooper Gulch, Mary Smith, Tunnel Rock - 22 mi. E of Weaverville, 8 mi. N of Lewiston on Lewiston Lake  Alpine View, Bridge Camp, Clark Springs, Hayward Flat, Minersville, Stoney Creek Stoney Point and Tannery Gulch Campgrounds - Hwy. 3, on Trinity Lake  Bushytail, Fawn, Stoney Creek - group campgrounds, Hwy. 3, on Trinity Lake  Captains Point, Mariners Roost, Ridgeville, Ridgeville Island - boat access campgrounds, Hwy. 3, on Trinity Lake  East Weaver Campground - 2 mi. N of Weaverville on Hwy. 3, then 1.5 mi. W on Road 228  Jackass Springs - 54 miles from Weaverville, E of Trinity Lake  Preacher Meadow - 29 mi. N of Weaverville on Hwy. 3, 2 mi. S of Trinity Center near Trinity Lake.

Bureau of Land Management Parks & Campgrounds US Dept. of the Interior 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

 Headwaters Forest Reserve - Elk River Trail:

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 Campground - 2 mi. from 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.

 Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park -

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.

 Humboldt Lagoons State Park -

Redding Field Office 355 Hemsted Dr., Redding, CA 96002 (530) 224-2100

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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 464-6101 • www.NPS.gov/redw/  Freshwater Lagoon Spit Overnight Use Area 1 mi. S of Orick, along W side of Hwy. 101 and adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, no reservations  Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - 9 mi. N of Orick, Norton B. Drury Parkway off Hwy. 101 • 465-7335  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.ReserveAmerica.com

 Azalea State Reserve -

day use, 5 mi. N of Arcata on Hwy 101, then 2 mi. E on North Bank Rd., 445-6547  Benbow Lake State Recreation Area 2 mi. S of Garberville on Hwy. 101, 923-3238 (summer) or 247-3318 (winter)  Fort Humboldt State Historic Park 3431 Fort St., E on Highland Ave. 1 block off Hwy. 101, Eureka, 445-6567  Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area 32 mi. N of Eureka on Hwy. 101, adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons SP, 488-2169

18 mi. SE of Fortuna on Hwy. 36, 777-3683

environmental camping is first come, first served, contact the park information, 40 miles N of Eureka on Hwy. 101, 677-3570  Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Avenue of the Giants, 20 mi. N of Garberville or 45 miles S of Eureka on Hwy. 101, 946-2409  Little River State Beach - 5 mi. N of McKinleyville on Hwy. 101, 488-2041  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

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armers, merchants and lumbermen from northern Humboldt County established the town of Fortuna around 1875. The town was named Fortuna because the town’s citizens felt fortunate to live there. It was not just loggers and lumber barons who first settled in the area; many Eel River Valley settlers were originally drawn to California by the prospects of gold. They soon returned to the farming life they had known in the East, settling the rich lands of the valley to raise livestock, grains and a variety of fruits, especially apples. The valley’s lush ground yielded large crops of fruits and vegetables and the dairy industry became the area’s premier farming occupation. The warm weather and friendly atmosphere make Fortuna a particularly good setting for a number of annual events: the Daffodil Show in March, Art and Wine in the Park in June, Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo in July, and Hops in Humboldt in September. The Fortuna Rodeo in July is the oldest rodeo in California. See pages 10 and 11 for events and festivals in all of Humboldt County. MORE INFO: Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, 800-426-8166, FortunaChamber.org

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Fortuna Depot Museum

In 1889 the Eel River and Eureka Railroad constructed a depot at the foot of 7th Street. It remained in service through 1965, and in 1974 the City of Fortuna purchased it and moved it to Rohner Park. The depot building opened as a museum on July 4, 1976 amid Bicentennial celebrations.

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Featured displays include railroad and logging artifacts, a collection of local Native American basketry, a general store display, a fishing collection, a Rohner family history exhibit in the old ticket office, and the Fortuna and Scotia Volunteer Fire Department exhibit. In the museum’s Reference Room visitors can research genealogy and local history. Reference Room resources include 35 Fortuna Union High School scrapbooks of newspaper clippings dating from the 1920s through the present, compiled by the FUHS librarians and students. There is also a complete collection of the high school’s Megaphone yearbook, from 1906 to the present. A favorite display with younger visitors is Caboose #11, built for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1909 and parked next to the museum building. After its railroad days ended, the caboose spent 30 years as the shipping office for the Eel River Sawmills. In 2006 it was donated to the Depot Museum. Visitors can also try out the museum’s train whistle, and learn the meanings of different whistle signals (such as 2 long blasts, one short, and one long, meaning “Train is coming to a crossing”). Admission is free. Open June through August daily, noon to 4:30 p.m.; September through May, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: 3 Park St., Fortuna, in Rohner Park MORE INFO: 707-725-7645, FriendlyFortuna.com/index.aspx?NID=97 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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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. Or gaze up at giant old growth redwoods as you adventure through Humboldt Redwood State Park. 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. 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. MORE INFO: 707-496-6004, KorobiStables.com

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Salmon Pass Trail

Set out on a hike through the Headwaters Forest Reserve with a knowledgeable guide. Meet up with the Park Ranger who will be your guide at Newburg Park located at 2700 Newburg Rd. in Fortuna, and explore the wonder of old growth redwoods and beautiful forests.

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The first half mile passes through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas. The next 2 miles ascend up several switchbacks through an old-growth forest with a view across Salmon Creek to the largest intact stand of ancient redwoods within the Reserve. The trail then loops back as it descends through the old-growth forest. It is a moderate round trip hike of about 2.7 miles, and takes about three hours to complete. Guided hikes are offered May through November and are available by reservation only. MORE INFO: 707-825-2300, BLM.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/headwaters.html 44 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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Man has attempted for thousands of years to replicate the beauty created in nature. A collection of stunning gems and minerals, found deep below the earth’s surface, can be seen at Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum just outside of Fortuna. The shop and museum feature strikingly lovely stones from around the world for you to view at your leisure. Not only will you see gems in a huge range of color, shape and size in this impressively large collection, but also a petrified palm display, 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 stones in a unique way.

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To get a full understanding of the collection, take the museum’s informal tour. This is a great experience for the geologist at heart. In the shop, purchase everything from stones, minerals, crystals and fossils to jewelry, books, carvings and shells. To purchase or just view some of the most beautiful stones in the world, Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. WHERE: 4 miles south of Fortuna off Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-725-2714

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Old Town Eureka

Old Town Eureka has the delightful charm of a European village or Victorian seaport. Established in 1850, the town was and still is Humboldt County’s major port. The lumber, dairy and shipping industries supported those who called the area home. Today, you can stroll along the bustling downtown streets, past beautifully restored buildings of varied architectural styles. With the setting of a picturesque boardwalk and marina on its waterfront, Old Town Eureka has maintained both its history and spirit. For those interested in Victorian architecture, Eureka boasts numerous gems. Foremost of these is the Carson Mansion, a lumber baron’s castle constructed of redwood, and touted as the most photographed Victorian building in the country. There are also four museums, the Woodley Island Marina and horse-drawn carriage rides. At the right time of year you’ll see festivals, parades and farmers’ markets. The town boasts dozens of fine restaurants and coffee houses. Whether you like the atmosphere of a casual internet café or the elegant ambiance of French cuisine, Old Town Eureka has a perfect eatery for you. When you feel like doing a little shopping, you’ll find numerous art galleries, boutiques and bead shops, as well as excellent bookstores selling rare, out-of-print, collectible and used books. Look for the brochure listing all the shops by type published by Eureka Main Street. It also includes a self-guided walking tour. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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Parasol Arts Pottery Painting

Paint your own pottery: choose from over 100 different ceramic items— from dinnerware, cookie jars and pitchers to holiday ornaments, tiles, toy banks and treasure boxes. Leave your mark with a handprint or footprint, or paint your masterpiece on a kitchen backsplash. Mosaic supplies are also now available. Create your mosaic in the store or take supplies home. No scheduled classes; walk-ins are welcome. Parasol staff give each visitor individual attention, instruction and inspiration.

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The paints are lead-free and non-toxic, and your finished piece will be food-safe. This is a great family activity where everyone can get involved and create something of their very own. The price of the pottery includes paints, firing, and all the studio time you need. For larger groups, Parasol Arts also does birthday parties, private parties and fund-raisers. Discounts are available for non-profit organizations and schools, including Humboldt County’s homeschool network. Call the store for group discounts. WHERE: 211 G St., Eureka, and on Facebook MORE INFO: 707-268-8888

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Eureka’s Historic Buildings

In the Victorian style of architecture, more is better: more decorative flourishes; more ornate carvings, turrets and gables; more craftsmen and more embellishment. Take a walk through time with a self-guided tour of Eureka’s grand old Victorian “Queens.”

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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. In addition to its famous Victorians, Eureka also boasts an impressive collection of historic buildings in other architectural styles, including French Second Empire, Greek Revival, Italianate, Eastlake and Queen Anne. Many are on the National Register of Historic Places. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Eureka Dining • Avalon Restaurant & Bar Acclaimed by Sunset Magazine with San Francisco style and Wine Spectacular Award of Excellence multiple years. 445-0500, AvalonEureka.com • Bon Boniere Handcrafted ice cream since 1898 with bakery goods, organic coffee, sandwiches, wraps, soups and stews. 268-0122, BonBoniere.com • Brick & Fire Wood-fired modern Mediterranean fare, artisan breads, 25 plus wines by the glass. 268-8959, BrickAndFireBistro.com • Café Marina and Woodley’s Bar Featuring the finest in local seafood, deck seating overlooking the marina and docks of Humboldt Bay. 443-2233 • Café Waterfront Oyster Bar & Grill Full bar, fresh seafood, steaks and pasta in a casual atmosphere, plus Sunday Brunch with live jazz. 443-9190

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The WIDE VARIETY of fresh seafood on our menu is prepared to your liking. Sautéed, grilled, charbroiled, broiled, poached, pan and deep fried, and complemented by delicate sauces. PLUS Black Angus aged charbroiled Filet Mignon, New York Steaks and Prime Rib; Roast Duck and Chicken.

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• Carter House Inn’s Restaurant 301 Fine dining with an extensive wine list of over 3,800 wines. 444-8062, CarterHouse.com • Chapala Café Authentic Mexican cuisine with fresh salsa and homemade chips. 443-9514, ChapalaCafe.com • China Buffet A local favorite in Eureka since 2003. Select from more than 80 items made fresh daily. 443-8191 • Eureka Natural Foods Natural foods grocery store with full service deli, juice bar, espresso. 442-6325, EurekaNaturalFoods.com • Gallagher’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Offers delicious prepared-from-scratch cuisine and their famous fish & chips. 442-1177, Gallaghers-IrishPub.com • Los Bagels Great atmosphere, fresh baked bagels, challah & knish, soups, gourmet coffee, espresso. 442-8525, LosBagels.com • North Coast Co-op Full service natural foods grocery store with full deli, free Wi-Fi, bakery and espresso. 443-6027, NorthCoastCo-op.com • Pacific Grill and R.J. Grin’s Lounge in the Red Lion Hotel Serving Northwestern cuisine with full a bar in the sport lounge. 445-0844, RedLion.com • Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe Sandwiches with key ingredients imported from Philadelphia to ensure authenticity. 442-7400, PhillyCheeseSteakShoppe.com • Porter Street BBQ Locally famous for their tri-tip sandwiches. 443-1700 • Ramone’s Bakery & Café Freshly roasted coffee, espresso, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads. 442-1336, RamonesBakery.com

Real Pit Barbeque Oak Fired Grill & Full Bar Family Friendly ~ Great Atmosphere Live Music Thursday & Friday Nights! 1911 Truesdale St., Eureka

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• Rita’s Café Fresh Mexican food and premium margaritas. Dine in or take out. 443-5458, RitasOnline.com • Samoa Cookhouse The last surviving cookhouse in the West continues the tradition of serving lots of good food — lumber camp style. 442-1659, SamoaCookhouse.net • Sequoia Park Zoo Café Located at the zoo, specializing in great American food. Gourmet specials. 442-6552, SequoiaParkZoo.net • Shamus T Bones Behind Best Western Bayshore Mall, real pit BBQ, oak fired grill and full bar, great family atmosphere. 407-3550 • The Sea Grill Serving lunch and dinner specializing in fresh sea food. Fantastic salad bar, historic bar and banquet facilities. 443-7187

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Freshly Roasted Coffee Espresso • Cakes Breakfast Pastries Sandwiches, Soups & Salads Cookies • Truffles Bread • Pizza Desserts • Catering Wedding Cakes Cheesecakes & Tarts

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umboldt Bay, the second largest natural bay in California, remains an undiscovered gem that can best be appreciated by those who take the time to turn off the main highway to explore. Much of what we see today is a reflection of the early commercial development of the bay and the surrounding territory. There are many exciting, and often overlooked aspects to what Humboldt Bay offers for visitors and residents alike — careful preservation of the waterfront and its colorful history, a pristine environment that is the home to year-round and seasonal wildlife, and many recreational opportunities: Historic waterfront, Old Town Eureka, Arcata and Samoa. Extensive historic preservation efforts by dedicated volunteers have ensured that much of the past has been lovingly retained and maintained. The historic districts of Old Town Eureka, Arcata and Samoa preserve architectural aspects of these towns that date back to the 1850s. A stroll through the historic districts 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 businesses. Walking and horse-drawn carriage historic tours provide unique insights to the colorful past and its history.

Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours

Humboldt Bay is world-renowned for its Pacific Oysters including famous brands like Kumomoto and Bucksport. The Humboldt Bay Oyster Tour takes two hours and is run rain or shine. Tours are available by motorboat from Woodley Island in Eureka or by kayak from the Arcata Marsh. This interactive tour includes oyster farming history, harvesting techniques, bay and marsh ecology, boat safety, hands-on oyster harvesting, and includes three oysters to take home or to the restaurant of your choice. Adventurers should be dressed in layers, and willing to be splashed by bay water and walk in bay mud. Motorboat tour is $75 per person and kayak tour is $89 per person. OYSTER BAR: If you want to stay off the water, visit our Oyster Bar for our local favorites of farm fresh oysters, beer, wine, cheese and breads. 2nd and G Old Town Eureka. Book online, call, or visit our ticket center in Old Town Eureka, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center, 2nd and G Streets. MORE INFO: 800-808-2836, HumboldtBayOysterTours.com and HumboldtBayTourismCenter.com 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. Humboldt Bay is a major resting point along the Pacific Flyway utilized by migrating birds. More than 250 species of birds can be found in Humboldt Bay, and bird-watching is a year-round activity. Popular bird-watching areas include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Humboldt Bay national Wildlife Refuge in southern Humboldt Bay, Faye Slough Wildlife Area north of Eureka, Mad River Slough Wildlife Area west of Arcata, Elk River Wildlife Area and PALCO Marsh in southern Eureka. Interpretive centers that are the starting points for frequently-scheduled wildlife walks are located at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Sports fishing and clamming are popular and productive in Humboldt Bay. Anglers in Humboldt Bay favor several species of fish, including perch, leopard shark, jacksmelt, California halibut, bay ray and salmon. Improved boat launching facilities are located throughout Humboldt Bay, including Fields Landing, Samoa Peninsula near the Coast Guard Station, at the Eureka Public Marina, under the southern end of the Samoa Bridge, at Hookton Sough on the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. For those who do not have access to a boat, Humboldt Bay offers several options for fishing from shore, including the Del Norte St. Pier in Eureka, Elk River spit, Elk River below the railroad bridge, Buhne Point in King Salmon, the mouth of Mad River slough, and the north and south jetties. Clammers find very productive habitat for littleneck, gaper, Martha Washington and other species of clams. Popular clamming territory can be found at the foot of Del Norte and Truesdale Sts. in Eureka, Clam Island across the channel from the Fields Landing Boat Ramp, and several locations in Arcata. Seasonally, Dungeness and red rock crabs continued on page 64

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M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise

Climb aboard the Madaket to enjoy a relaxing 75-minute voyage along the shores of Humboldt Bay. The M.V. Madaket was built in 1910 and is the last survivor of seven original ferries which transported families and mill workers around Humboldt Bay for decades. Today it sits as the oldest passenger motor vessels in continuous service in the entire United States. Between May and October, you can hop on board for a tour and learn about local history, industries, activities, points of interest and wildlife. There are a number of trips to choose from. Humboats.com 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 44 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 F St. in Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: 707 445-1910, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

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Set out on Humboldt Bay by kayak for an intimate and eco-friendly nature experience. Kayakers will find much to do on the waters of the Bay, all in a pristine and protected waterway that’s perfect for beginning paddlers. Explore wildlife and waterfowl refuges, beautiful Victorian architecture on the waterfront, a colorful commercial fishing fleet at Woodley Island Marina, historic Native American sites on Indian Island, a heritage logging town and oyster aquaculture. The Bay offers excellent paddling adventures for everyone from the novice to the expert. Several companies offer kayaking on the Bay, with guided tours available and equipment for rent; they will also be able to provide you with information on tides and areas of interest. For more experienced kayakers, Pacific Outfitters rent kayaks and canoes. MORE INFO: 707 822-0321, Arcata or 707 443-6328, Eureka, PacificOutfitters.com Humboldt State University’s Center Activities program offers guided tours around the Bay, with wildlife-watching in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, tours of Eureka’s waterfront and Woodley Island, and an Arcata to Eureka tour in the northern end of the Bay. MORE INFO: 707 826-3357, Humboldt.edu/centeractivities Humboats offers eco-tours of Humboldt Bay; experienced guides will lead you in an exploration of the Bay’s rich ecology and history. Discover wildlife, watch bird CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE migrations, and learn about the fascinatAquatic Adventures ing heritage of Humboldt Bay, its native Indian populations, the Eureka waterfront, Outdoor Adventures and the Bay of today. Humboats is both ACA Equipment Rental and More! and BCU-certified with all lessons and tours Look for our catalog at local retailers provided by internationally experienced Located on the Humboldt State University campus professional guides. Humboats also offers Recreation & Wellness Center Room 101 fishing, whale-watching, and river trips by kayak throughout Humboldt County. (707) 826-3357 @cntract MORE INFO: 707 443-5157 www.humboldt.edu/centeractivities Humboats.com

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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 - Oct. (Daily June - Sept.) Departing from Foot of C St. on the “Eureka Boardwalk.”

( 707 ) 445-1910 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.

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Eureka ~ Humboldt Bay continued from page 62 are caught in the bay. Recreational fishing and clamming is regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game. Before going fishing, clamming or crabbing, be sure you have consulted current Fish and Game regulations for seasons, size limits, bag limits and legal fishing gear. Boating. Recreational boating opportunities abound in Humboldt Bay, whether they involve canoes and kayaks or large sailboats and mega-yachts. Canoes and kayaks are very popular for exploring the salt marshes that ring the bay with tours regularly offered to these areas. Canoe and kayak rentals, sales and lessons are available at Woodley Island. Marinas are located at Woodley Island, King Salmon and in Old Town Eureka. Woodley Island. One of three natural islands in Humboldt Bay, Woodley Island offers

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PARTIES • BANQUETS • RECEPTIONS ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 10-150 PEOPLE 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

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natural history, the taste of a Victorian seaport, and an intimate look into today’s commercial and sport fishing industry. It even boasts a 25-acre wildlife sanctuary with two freshwater ponds hosting many birds, mammals and a diversity of plant life, as well as interpretive displays.

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Samoa Cookhouse and Logging Museum

Humboldt Bay was settled in the early 19th century and has had a rich seafaring history filled with adventure, passion, and especially, disaster. From 1850 to 1914, the best way to carry passengers and goods to and from this area was by sea. Between the 1850s and 1940s, more than 40 ships, and more if you count fishing boats, met their demise in and around the treacherous harbor entrance. 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 located at the foot of F St., offers cruises around Humboldt Bay and is also operated by the museum. WHERE: next to the Samoa Cookhouse, open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. MORE INFO: 707 444-9440, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

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, which has been serving “family-style” breakfast, lunch and dinner 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 have made for the day. The food comes piping hot to the table in large bowls and platSamoaCookhouse.net ters for your family to share and pass around. Some would call this “family style,” but 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 it is the last logging camp-type cookhouse in the western United States. When you’re done with your meal, visit the on-site museum. It is full of relics, 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 turning left onto Samoa Boulevard. Take your first left. MORE INFO: 707 442-1659, SamoaCookhouse.net Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Humboldt Botanical Gardens

The Humboldt Botanical Garden is a place where family members of all ages can relax and experience the wonders of nature. The 44.5 acre garden features five major gardens and many hiking trails available to the visitor for exploration. The Garden is a place to explore and learn in an atmosphere where plants, nature and the environment truly come alive.

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Whether you just need a break from a hectic day, want to picnic with your family or need a place to hike, the Humboldt Botanical Garden is a must see destination. The Garden is also a great place to get information on plants that grow in the local climate and to inspire you with new ideas to take home to your own garden. Humboldt Botanical Gardens is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program. The Garden is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the week by appointment (extended hours are being considered.) Admission is $5 for nonmembers over the age of 12. Members and children are free. WHERE: next to College of the Redwoods just south of Eureka. From Hwy 101 take exit 698 to the north College of the Redwoods entrance where you will see signs leading you to the garden. MORE INFO: 707 442-5139, HBGF.org or HumBot.Blogspot.com

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Morris Graves Museum of Art

Great works of art can bring you to another time and place entirely. In the heart of Humboldt County, experience stirring works of art at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in downtown Eureka. View some of the enthralling art pieces of local painters, potters, sculptors and photographers. There are wooden, clay and metallic sculptures, alongside uniquely decorated T-shirts. Striking photographs of local scenery and people are displayed along with illustrations from popular children’s books.

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There are oil paintings, prints, etchings and drawings highlighting the landscapes of the coast and around the world. See stained glass and fiber works that will inspire you. Your heart will be touched by art from local schools. When you visit the Morris Graves Museum of Art, your imagination will come alive. The museum also hosts art classes for children ages five to teens. Morris Graves Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: 636 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707 442-0278, HumboldtArts.org

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The rich and diverse history of Humboldt County and California’s northern coast are delightfully depicted 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, especially Native American culture. You will be taken on a historical journey, beginning with the culture of the land’s original Native American inhabitants, and continuing to the present day. The museum has a strong focus on Native American basketry and ceremonial regalia. There is also an extensive collection of antique weapons and photographs. View ceramics, costumes, ethnic and tribal art, Victorian decorative art, furniture, paintings and prints. The museum has a fascinating display of items from the Victorian period. The museum also offers handson workshops for more indepth studies of the lives of the people who made Humboldt County what it is today. Admission is free, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours can be provided by special request. WHERE: located at the corner of 3rd and E Sts. MORE INFO: 707 443-1947, ClarkeMuseum.org photo by Steve Hammons Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Eureka’s Murals

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One of the great things about Eureka is the amazing support the town gives to local artists. Public, outdoor art manifests itself in the form of murals on the walls of buildings all over the Old Town and Downtown centers of Eureka. One of the best ways to appreciate this amazing outdoor art is to take the self-guided walking tour, which will lead you to all the murals. You will get a short explanation of the significance of each mural and find out which artist created the display of art in front of you. You will see amazing pieces like “Indian Island,” “Alley Cats” and “Busy Dogs,” just to name a few. Artist Duane Flatmo is renowned in the area for his unique cubist murals. The tremendous colors and inspiring scenes add so much to Eureka, and the thriving artistic community is both nationally known and embraced by local residents. This fabulous little tour gives you a chance to breathe the fresh coastal air and feel the sunshine on your face while you enjoy the brilliant artwork sprawled across the cityscape. After the walking tour, you can take a short drive, included on your map, to see the rest of Eureka’s murals. To get the self-guided map of the town, stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 2112 Broadway and ask for the Eureka Murals Walking Tour Guide. MORE INFO: 707 442-3738, EurekaChamber.com

The city of Eureka installed an array of abstract sculptures in the Old Town and Downtown areas, to form an art walk between the Morris Graves Museum and Old Town, linking up with art that is already present in public areas. The sculptures were donated by Janis Milstead of the San Francisco Bay Area, and are the work of several of the founding members of the Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, an organization intended to bring Bay Area sculptors together top, photo by Denise Comiskey; bottom photo by Doug Noble to share their love of art and show their work. Also recently, sculptures have been added to the newly opened C Street Market Square. The market is a project of the Eureka Redevelopment Agency and is located at the foot of C St. along Eureka’s waterfront. Radiance, Platinum Service... Proof APPROVEDlatinum __________________________________________________________ Humboldt County is known for its commitment to the arts and its large population of Signature or email approval also authorizes size and annual fee of ad. artists. Public arts installations like these help further cement that reputation. There are plans to add more sculpture installations throughout the downtown area in the coming years. Make these corrections ____________________________________________________ MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street at 707 442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org Signature or email approval also authorizes size and annual fee of ad.

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Eureka Northern California Indian Development Council Gathering

There is a romanticized perception of American Indians based upon stereotypes that portray all Tribes as a single culture. Despite this misconception not all Tribes share the same ceremonies, language or traditions. The Northwest Intertribal Gathering and Elders Dinner is one way to learn about the uniqueness of a variety of Tribes.

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, located just outside 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 includes 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 that show 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 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, and there is no entrance fee. WHERE: 3431 Fort Ave., in south Eureka, one block east of Hwy 101 on Highland Ave. near the Bayshore Mall. MORE INFO: 707 445-6567, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=665

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The Intertribal Gathering allows non-native people a glimpse at the depth and beauty of Native cultures while providing American Indians a chance to share and embrace their traditions. With November being Native American Heritage Month, the event is a way for the community to learn from one another in the spirit of Thanksgiving. The gathering is a wonderful celebration of our Elders, Native cultures, Veterans and the friendship of all peoples. Each November the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) hosts the annual Gathering at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Entrance into the event is free for everyone. It is a day of celebration that includes a salmon and turkey dinner (Elders 55+ eat free), a gift-giving ceremony for all Elders, and a veterans honoring ceremony. Groups representing the American Indian Tribes from throughout California provide song, dance and drum demonstrations. WHERE: Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka MORE INFO: 707 445-8451, NCIDC.org

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Sequoia Park Zoo

Sequoia Park Zoo is five acres of fun, adventure, and education for children and adults alike. The 105-year old AZA-accredited Zoo sits adjacent to a magnificent redwood forest and is perfect for a half-day visit with the kids. Take a trip to South America with the Chilean flamingos, Southern screamers, Patagonian cavies, Rheas and Chacoan peccaries. Then it’s off to the Himalayas with the enchanting Red panda brothers Sumo and Shifu. Take a break for lunch at the Zoo’s popular indoor/outdoor café, and then visit the primates — White-handed gibbons, Spider monkeys, and the tiny, fascinating Cotton-top tamarins. Stop by the free-fly, walk-through aviary with stunning Scarlet ibises, chattering Guira cuckoos, dazzling Golden pheasant, and a dozen other feathered friends. After that, take a trip through the Barnyard, where kids can visit with the llamas, alpacas, and donkeys, and interact directly with sheep, goats and chickens in the Contact Corral. Round out your visit in The Secrets of the Forest indoor exhibit, where you’ll discover there’s a lot more going on in the redwood forests than just the trees. The Zoo also has a delightful gift shop with locally and sustainably made items that will bring back memories of your visit for many years to come. Wrap up the day with a hike through the redwoods in Sequoia Park. A perfect family day on the Redwood Coast begins with Sequoia Park Zoo. The Zoo is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and closed Mondays (except holidays) in the winter. Visit the Zoo’s website before you come — activities take place year round, and many are included with the price of admission. WHERE: 3414 W Street, Eureka MORE INFO: 707 441-4263, SequoiaParkZoo.net

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Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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See a pristine coastal habitat at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located on Humboldt Bay just south of Eureka and provides sustenance for migratory water birds, including tens of thousands of shorebirds, ducks, geese, swans and black brant. Established in 1971, the refuge was created to preserve the great diversity of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and plants in Humboldt Bay. In spring, the bay’s eelgrass beds are a key staging area for brant prior to their return to Arctic nesting grounds. The Refuge grasslands provide important habitat for thousands of Aleutian Canada geese. It is one of the key points for the millions of migratory birds that rely on the Pacific Flyway. More than 200 bird species, including 80 kinds of water birds and four endangered species, regularly feed, rest or nest in the Refuge. The Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Federal holidays) and has dioramas and an observation room equipped with spotting scopes. There are exciting things to see and do year-round, with peak wildlife viewing from November through March, including hunting and fishing in designated seasons, and the popular Aleutian Geese Fly-Off in early spring. Enjoy a solitary stroll over the various trails or take a guided walk on the first and third Wednesdays, or second Sunday of the month. All walks leave the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Sorry, no dogs allowed. WHERE: 1020 Ranch Rd., off the Hwy 101 Hookton Rd. Exit in Loleta. MORE INFO: 707 733-5406, FWS.gov/humboldtbay

Imagine standing under a towering forest canopy, streams of light coming through the leaves and the gentle twitter of birds echoing 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. The Elk River Trail is an 11-mile hike past BLM.com 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. Falk 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 became 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 where this town once stood. Interpretative signs along the trail point out the sight where the mill and the town’s buildings once stood. Where now all that remain are haunting foundations, ghostly relics of metal machinery left behind, and the giant stumps of age-old trees who fell in the mill’s path. The other portion of the reserve, the southern end, can only be accessed on a BLMled guided hike, beginning at Newburg Park in Fortuna. The guided hikes are conducted between mid-May and mid-November, Thursdays through Sundays. WHERE: six miles southeast of Eureka along Elk River County Rd. MORE INFO: Bureau of Land Management at 707 825-2300. blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/headwaters.html Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Samoa beach sunset, photo by Steve Hammons

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

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. 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. 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 dedicated to the protection of the Humboldt Bay wallflower, which is now an endangered plant. 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. The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area provides fun opportunities for every member of the family, but ATVs are not available to rent. WHERE: take Hwy 255 off Hwy 101 in Eureka. Go across the Samoa Bridge and turn left (south) onto New Navy Base Rd. Drive about four miles down the road to the end. MORE INFO: 707 825-2300, BLM.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/samoa.html

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Auto Races at Samoa Drag Strip

Redwood Acres Raceway at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka is a semibanked oval, 3/8-mile asphalt racetrack. It has a vintage covered grandstand with a snack bar for refreshments. The track is lighted for nighttime racing and has ample parking adjacent to the facility. One can see exciting racing consisting of a wide variety of events, ranging from Sportsman’s, Real Stocks, Limited Street and Mini Stocks. Special events may include the All Star Race Truck Series, BCRA Midgets and the North State Challenge Series, as well as BCRA Vintage Midgets. Monster Truck events feature some of the top-name performers in the country. MORE INFO: 707 445-3037, RedwoodAcres.com 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. From Eureka, go across the Samoa Bridge, turn left and head south to access the drag strip. Witness awesome power and explosive acceleration from 0 to unbelievable speeds in the quarter mile. Racecars in these events range from ordinary family cars out to see what they can do, to fire-breathing dragsters. Motorcycle races are also a regular at the racetrack. Most racing events occur on weekends with some races on Thursday nights. MORE INFO: SamoaDragStrip.com

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Humboldt Roller Derby

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Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park

Combine athletic women, hot pants, a great announcer, food, beer, a live band, a family filled 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 definitely a family filled good time. There are fans of all ages with signs, custom t-shirts and painted faces filling the 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 performance by the Derby Darlings. The match itself, or bout as it’s called, is also very entertaining. The action is fast paced and something is constantly happening. Unlike what you might expect there is very little aggressive play on the floor. Much more 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. So if you are looking for a fun sporting event to enjoy with the family it does not get much more entertaining than Humboldt Roller Derby. The season runs from March to September. Visit their website for specific bout dates or to get more information on the team in general. WHERE: home matches are held at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds MORE INFO: HumboldtRollerDerby.com

Blue Ox Millworks is a manufacturer of authentic architectural millwork. Antique equipment ranging from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s is used for making custom doors, windows, turnings and Victorian gingerbread that is shipped nationwide. Tooling also includes the world’s largest collection of operating Barnes Brothers Equipment Company humanpowered tools. Over the past 38 years the craftsmen at Blue Ox have produced woodwork for the renovation of many historic buildings including governor’s mansions, national park visitor centers, saloons, historic cathedrals and hundreds of private historic homes as well as new homes. The Millworks offers guided tours or you can tour at your own pace and observe not only the woodworkers in action, but also enjoy learning about America’s frontier past by visiting the historic logging camp, the blacksmith BlueOxMill.com shop, ceramics studio, letterpress print shop, apothecary and boatworks. Learn how to use local clays to create experimental glazes utilizing formulas from as far back as the 1400s and how to make stains and varnishes from natural elements. A gift store is available featuring items made by the high school students of Blue Ox Community School, an alternative school that operates on the premises. Self-guided tours can be taken Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the winter the Millworks is closed on Saturdays. Guided group tours and workshops are also available. WHERE: corner of 1st and X Sts. in Eureka MORE INFO: (800) 248-4259, BlueOxMill.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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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 tourism, education, manufacturing, a healthy retail base and various service industries. The resident population is an intriguing combination of students, senior citizens, artists and all manner of working folk. With a population of around 17,000, Arcata is a wonderful 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 is theater, live music, dancing, numerous taverns and restaurants in town. There are events happening year-round like Arts! Arcata held on the second Friday of each month. This 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, 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

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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 boasts a curricula in environmental education, business, liberal and creative arts that is nationally known and imitated, making it great place to visit and an extraordinary place to learn. Offering a quality education in a distinctive setting, Humboldt State HSU CenterArts performance, photo by John Chapman; University is ideal for collegecourtesy of HSU CenterArts; Humboldt.edu/centerarts 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. Humboldt State University is also regarded as one of the most beautiful college campuses in California with its more than 140 acres sitting atop a hill overlooking Humboldt Bay. Culturally, Humboldt State is a hub on the North Coast, sponsoring art exhibits, symphony concerts, dance performances, live theater and lectures. The campus boasts the largest library facility in California north of San Francisco, a marine laboratory, fish hatchery, greenhouse and more. Humboldt State University also hosts a variety of annual meetings and conferences for professional organizations and clubs from across the country. The modern conference facilities, attractive campus and reasonable rates make Humboldt State University the ideal location for groups of 20 to 1,000. WHERE: 1 Harpst St., Arcata MORE INFO: (866) 850-9556 or (707) 826-4402, Humboldt.edu Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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County boasts more artists per capita than anywhere Arts! H umboldt else in California. The arts are alive and well and audience participation is encouraged. The vibrant local arts scene encomArcata passes everything from music and theater to paintings and poetry,

but the artists here defy definitions, and creativity is the order of the day. 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 ArtsArcata.com, 707-822-4500.

plaza is the statuesque 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 • Arcata Plaza shopping and browsing continuously run movie theater in the country. One of the oldest colleges in the California State • Far North Climbing Gym, NorthCoastAdventureCenters.com University system, Humboldt State University, is also located in Arcata. • Arcata Skatepark A great way to spend a summer evening is • Arcata Crabs Baseball to watch the Humboldt Crabs semi-pro baseball team at the Arcata ballpark at 8th and F Sts. • Arcata Community Pool The Crabs are one of the top-rated teams in the • Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary country and the ballpark is small and intimate. • Mad River Community Park The Fourth of July celebrations should not be missed in Arcata as the whole town comes out • Arcata Community Forest to party with barbecues, music, food, baseball • Hiking, biking, birding and other old-fashioned, small-town pleasures. The California Welcome Center in north Arcata provides information on Humboldt County. Take Hwy 101 two miles north of downtown Arcata to the Giuntoli exit. The Welcome Center is on the west side of the highway on Heindon Rd.

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Welcome to Arcata The Arcata Chamber of Commerce provides hundreds of publications and maps on what to do and see locally and throughout the state. We can assist you with travel plans and current road conditions.

Welcoming over 10,000 visitors annually to Humboldt County. Shopping needs? No Problem. Check out our gift shop filled with local gift ideas. 1635 Heindon Road, Arcata

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n 1850, when the Union Wharf and Plank Company laid out the town of Union, now Arcata, it had the foresight to designate block 167 as a park or common area. It is possible 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 Kinetic Grand Championship, photo by Anthony Welch posterity. Not that it was Pastels on the Plaza, ArcataChamber.com treated all that 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 settled on one of the properties 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 rosebushes and boxwood around the rich, green lawn in the following years, as well as the first palm trees. The bandstand has since been replaced with a statue of William McKinley, 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. See pages 10 and 11 for more Arcata Plaza events.

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Arcata’s Historic Landmarks

The scenic beauty of Humboldt County is apparent everywhere you look, and Arcata is a great spot to experience some remarkable historic places. The town was settled under the name of Union, around 1850. The area has undergone 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 architecture from this period. Located on 10th St., this amazing home was originally bought for 500 sacks of potatoes. On 14th St. are mirror-image mansions, which sit across the street from one another. Designated historic landmarks include the Hotel Arcata, 9th and G Sts., built in 1915; Jacoby’s Storehouse, 8th and H Sts., built in 1857, now used for numerJacoby Storehouse, photo by Steve Hammons ous restaurants, shops and offices; and one of the oldest continuously operated theaters in the country, the Minor Theatre at 10th and H Sts., which was built in 1914. All of these structures have undergone restoration in recent years and feature quality workmanship in the exterior and interior of the buildings. Along with the historical landmarks, visit The Railroad Museum on the ground floor of the Jacoby Storehouse Building on the Plaza at 8th and H Sts. The Arcata Main Street office is also located in the Jacoby Storehouse. MORE INFO: Historical Sites Society of Arcata, 707-822-4722. For a self-guided Victorian homes walking tour map call the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, 707-822-3619, ArcataChamber.com 76 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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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 which is built 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 to see Holly Yashi jewelry being made. While HollyYashi.com the studio currently spans more than 15,000 sq. ft., Holly Yashi continues to honor and preserve the art of jewelry making by crafting each item by hand in small batches. Customers are served free cappuccinos while they shop. It is the perfect place to bring out-of-town guests on a fun filled field trip. WHERE: 1300 Ninth St., Arcata just minutes from Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-822-5132, HollyYashi.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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The Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Go hiking and birding in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, a remarkable natural habitat and recreation area built around a cost-effective and environmentally sound wastewater treatment facility. This well-known 255-acre wildlife refuge is 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, as well as over 100 species of plants and six species of fish. The Sanctuary offers 4.66 miles of trails for recreational use 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 birdwatching, cycling, walking and jogging. 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 2 p.m. starting at the Interpretive Center. The Redwood Regional Audubon Society offers bird-watching tours every Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the Klopp Lake parking lot at the end of South I St. WHERE: located on South G St. in Arcata. MORE INFO: 707-826-2359, CityofArcata.com

Visit Laurel Skye’s house of mosaics in Arcata, and take a trip into a magical realm. Within your first steps onto the small bridge that leads to the house you see a mosaic heron to your left, poised majestically as it stands sentry over the koi pond. In front of you sitting next to the front door is a mannequin with her left leg colorfully tiled, sitting on a beautifully tiled porch bench. This is all before entering the house. SkyeHouse is a mosaic art showcase as well as a visual feast and a unique destination. Laurel Skye and her house of mosaics have been featured on HGTV’s Offbeat America, as well as several TV News spotlights, youtube videos, magazines and newspapers. The house is home to over 200 mosaics including tiled floors, dishwasher, bathtub, walls, skulls, bottles, fruit, musical instruments and more. Classes and workshops for those interested in exploring this very tactile medium are taught by Laurel and held at the house. They range from beginner to advanced and are adapted for all ages. The Skyehouse has supplies and a huge collection of mosaic tiles for sale and is open to the public for shopping. Or just drop by and explore the unusual mosaic environment. WHERE: 948 11th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-6677, LaurelSkye@sbcglobal.net, LaurelSkye.com photo by Denise Comiskey

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Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival

Humboldt County is a bird-watcher’s dream. Many different species of birds either permanently reside here or migrate through the area on their way to warmer or colder climates. Discover a great way to view natural bird habitats at the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival held at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area in April. Join kindred spirits as you observe these graceful waterfowl on their northbound journey. This area is perfect for birding because of the amazing amount of natural diversity. Within minutes, move from towering redwood forests to lush river valleys, over sticky mud photo by Art Barab flats to rugged ocean coastlines. All these different areas support a tremendously diverse bird population. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area is world-renowned for excellent bird-watching opportunities. At the peak of migration season, during the April festival, go out on the “Humboldt Big Day” and see as many as 110 species on a single outing. This is only one of hundreds of field trips, lectures, workshops and boating excursions that take place throughout the festival. 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.com

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Arcata Redwood Canopy Tour

Experience Humboldt County’s towering redwoods in a whole new way: from the tree’s vantage point. The majestic redwoods were featured as the cover story in the October 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine, along with a remarkable pull-out photograph of a giant redwood tree from top to bottom. Now you can experience that view up close and personal with North Coast Adventure Centers’ Redwood Canopy Tour. With two coastal locations in Arcata and Crescent City, NCAC’s naturalists and guides will help you step out of your comfort zone and into the canopy. The tour begins with an orientation where you learn terms and techniques that you and your partner need to safely climb, zip and transfer from tree to tree in the canopy. From there, the tour moves up... and up... and up, 70 ft. into a tree called “Trinidad.” You’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the power and beauty of these ancient trees by climbing, zipping and rappelling from their heights. New Arcata tour options for 2013 include a 100 ft. tree climb. The Redwood Canopy Tour takes 2 to 3 hours and is not for the faint of heart. Adventurers should be in good physical condition and be willing to “hang out” in the canopy of a Redwood forest, 70 ft. up. There is also a 30-ft. tree climb and zip traverse for junior climbers and those who choose not to ascend all the way to the top. Book online, call or visit our ticket center in Old Town Eureka, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center, 2nd and G Streets. $75 per person. 30% discount for groups of 10 or more. MORE INFO: 800-808-2836, NorthCoastAdventureCenters.com and photo by Peggy Pryor, JoyInTheMorningPhotography.com HumboldtBayTourismCenter.com

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Arcata Community Forest

If you’re looking for attractions in the rugged outdoors close to all the comforts of town, the Arcata Community Forest is perfect. This incredible redwood forest boasts more than 600 acres, all of which lie 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 little town.

Arcata Community Forest, photo by Pam Reeder

Take a leisurely walk to clear your mind or a more rigorous hike. Hop on your mountain bike and hit the trails. What’s even better 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 away from life’s stresses, exploring the Arcata Community Forest. WHERE: access the east end of the forest through Redwood Park at the east end of 11th St., 14th St. and California Ave. MORE INFO: Arcata Department of Environmental Services at 707-822-8184, CityOfArcata.com

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Humboldt Crabs Baseball

Known as America’s favorite pastime, watching baseball is one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon. Just because there aren’t any Big League teams in Humboldt County, doesn’t mean you can’t have the fun that comes from watching America’s game. The Humboldt Crabs give an ideal opportunity to watch summer collegiate baseball. They provide all the fun of a major league game without the expense, and with all the small-town charm. The Crabs play three or four games a week, and tickets are

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Mad River County Park

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The Arcata Skatepark

For a magnificent, memorable beach and riverside experience, head straight to Mad River County Park. See wildlife in its natural habitat along the shores of the Mad River, which spills into the Pacific Ocean. 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 along the mile-long shore of a picturesque beach at the mouth, just north of Arcata. Harbor seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing near the mouth of the river. Numerous birds scurry along the water’s edge or in the sky in search of a meal. A boat launch is available 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. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, Co.Humboldt.ca.us/portal/living/county_parks/

Skateboarders will find that the Arcata Skatepark a great spot to ride. If you’re not a skater, you’ll still love watching experienced riders hit the concrete and bust some big moves. The park boasts a nice eight-foot bowl, which is perfect for working on vertical moves. Two smaller bowls are connected to a snake run that lets you hit

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reasonable for adults and kids. The price and the 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. The Crabs 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 your trip to this charming little ballpark. WHERE: corner of 9th and F St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-2333, HumboldtCrabs.com 80 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

smaller air. Less experienced skaters will find that these little bowls and the surrounding ledges offer a chance to work up to the bigger one. A small street course and a fun box beg you to try to connect some of your tricks and work up a little run of your own. At about 10,000 square ft. this park is neither too big nor too small, and is usually not terribly crowded. Better yet, there is no fee to use this public skatepark. If you get that urge to hit the park with your board, head to the Arcata Skatepark. You will definitely enjoy the ride! WHERE: 900 Sunset Ave., one block west of Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 707-822-7091 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Arcata Community Pool

During certain times of the year, the weather in Humboldt County won’t cooperate when you want to experience the wonderful outdoor activities the area has to offer. 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. The Arcata Community Pool is completely indoors, so the weather won’t interfere with your enjoyment. No matter what type of swimming activities you courtesy of Humboldt County Public Works enjoy, you’ll have fun at the Arcata Community Pool. There are dedicated lap lanes in the 25-yard-long pool. The pool’s deep end is perfect for jumping and diving. The pool also boasts a one-meter diving board, as well as a poolside basketball hoop. You can enjoy all the great pool sports and activities you love. The shallow end is only between two to four feet deep, so little ones can always have their feet firmly planted on the pool’s bottom. The Arcata Swimming Pool even has a waterslide, more than 120 feet long, which boasts 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. WHERE: 1150 16th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-6801, ArcataPool.com

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Freshwater Park

Freshwater Park is only a couple of miles east of the beautiful little community of Freshwater but steps decades back in time — back to the days of old-fashioned picnics and family gatherings, where a cool, clear freshwater swimming hole was the epitome of summer indulgence. Humboldt County Parks dams Freshwater Creek each year from mid-June to the weekend after Labor Day for the kind of summer swim experience that harkens back generations. In addition, the park offers day-use picnic tables, fire rings, public facilities and a 400-person group event area with Gazebo for country weddings or other outdoor celebrations. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial through Labor Day and during the rest of the year when the park host is in attendance. WHERE: Take Hwy 101 to Indianola Rd.; turn right toward Eureka; take a left at Three courtesy of Humboldt County Public Works Corners to Freshwater/Kneeland and head right through Freshwater. The park is about 1/8 mile past Steele Ln. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, Co.Humboldt.ca.us/portal/living/county_parks/

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Arts Alive! McKinleyville Once a month on the third Friday of each month, local businesses open their doors to art lovers and artists alike. Residents and visitors can browse among fine arts, crafts, jewelry and more made by local artists. MckinleyvilleArtsNight.com

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Hammond Coastal Trail

One of the best places to bike, hike, jog, or ride a horse in Humboldt County is the Hammond Coastal Trail. Part of the California Coastal Trail, it is more than five miles long, stretching north from Arcata to Clam Beach County Park in McKinleyville. The trail lies along what was originally a railroad track built in the early 1900s for transporting redwood logs from the Little River area to the Hammond Lumber Mill on Samoa Spit. As a result of the railroad, the asphalt and crushed stone trail is quite level, which makes it an excellent place for several exercise options. There are two distinct sections of the trail. The photo by Steve Hammons southern part is a 3-mile-long paved path stretching from the Mad River Bridge, through Hiller Park to Widow White Creek in McKinleyville, featuring amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mad River. After traversing the historic Mad River Bridge and ascending a short but fairly steep hill, stop by Roger’s Market which serves as a refreshment center for trail travelers, complete with deli and Wi-Fi. The northern section of the trail is mostly paved and leads from North Letz Ave. to Clam Beach County Park. 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 Ln. exit two miles north of Arcata, then head west on Janes Rd. to Mad River Beach. Or, on the McKinleyville end, take the Murray or School Rd. exits. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651

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Whether you’re a parent with kids, a nature-loving dog owner or just someone who enjoys a scenic walk, 48 acre McKinleyville’s Hiller Park and Sports Complex, next to 75 acre McKinleyville Land Trust’s Mad River Bluffs is well worth a visit. The 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 soccer fields, and is soon to have two collegiate-size soccer fields for match play at all levels. Then head over to the playground area, which 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 slide on the bigger equipment. Adjacent to the park are plenty of tables for picnicking. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are welcome on the network of loop trails that crisscross the recreation area. Connect to the Hammond Trail, or take a walk through Mad River Bluffs natural area where there are four overlooks above the Mad River and a staircase down to the river bank. Signs along the trails help the nature walker choose a course. WHERE: 795 Hiller Rd., McKinleyville Date __________________________ MORE INFO: 707-839-9003, MckinleyvilleCSD.com

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If gardens are your interest, you’ll love Azalea State Nature Reserve, particularly in the spring when this 30-acre 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 Reserve offers hiking trails, as well as 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 the 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 Ave. exit and drive two miles east on North Bank Rd. (Hwy 200) to a left turn into the reserve. MORE INFO: Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=25202

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Visit the Mirador Glass studio to watch these talented artists literally breathe life into their creations. Browse the gallery and enjoy the many beautiful creations that Mirador has to offer, or order a custom piece of your own. These one-of-a-kind lampshades are in demand from the designer galleries of New York to the specialty shops of California, but they’re created among the towering redwoods of Humboldt County. The glassblowers augment their art with decorative swirls, stripes and spots that turn glass into landMiradorGlass.com scapes of desert sunsets, foggy seashores, gas giants and distant galaxies. A formula unique to Mirador Glass allows the artisans to create these warm tones and delicate patterns. These unique features and beautiful results have created a desire for Mirador Glass shades in residential and commercial structures around the world. WHERE: 1590 Nursery Wy, McKinleyville MORE INFO: 707-839-0909, MiradorGlass.com

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Clam Beach offers 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 onshore fishing 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. WHERE: 7.5 miles north of Arcata off Hwy 101 at the Clam Beach Park off-ramp.

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But Moonstone Beach is not just for surfers. A wide, pristine beach, towering redwoods, sheer 100-foot cliffs and waves crashing against dozens of sea stacks make this a beautiful scenic spot for all visitors. You may see whales, dolphins, seals, cormorants, pelicans and ospreys. 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 considered one of the county’s most scenic. WHERE: north of McKinleyville off Hwy 101 at the Westhaven exit.

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Lagoon and Freshwater Lagoon. All are stocked annually with trout, salmon and steelhead. These lagoons are great places to explore by kayak, canoe or rowboat, or stroll along the water’s edge.

Activities in the Area: • Cher-ae Heights Casino • Patrick’s Point State Park • Trinidad State Beach • Beachcombing, Agate Hunting • Kayaking, Boating • Fishing, Whale-watching • Hiking, Rock Climbing

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Rock climbers don’t just take in the scenery... they take it on. Learn to rock climb or brush up on your skills with North Coast Adventure Centers (NCAC). Great beginner climbs are available at Moonstone Beach and Patrick’s Point, just minutes from Trinidad, CA. NCAC’s tours include instruction on gear, general safety, technique and coaching. Whether you are 7 or 77 rappelling off a 150 foot cliff might be the adventure tour you are looking for. The North Coast also has great beach bouldering and top rope climbing. NCAC’s tour runs 2-3 hours and is designed to be flexible in respect to your interest and skill level. NCAC is also offering the new sport of Canyoning, a first of its kind on the North Coast. Canyoning mixes hiking, jumping, bouldering, and rappelling in river canyons. If you are rock climbing, rappelling, or trying out canyoning North Coast Adventure Centers is the company to take you outdoors. Their tours surround Redwood State and National Parks. OUTDOORS: Trinidad, CA (Moonstone Beach and Patrick’s Point State Park) INDOORS: Far North Climbing Gym, 1065 K St # C Arcata MORE INFO: 800-808-2836, NorthCoastAdventureCenters.com

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Tucked down below Trinidad in a sheltered cove is Trinidad State Beach. It is just a short hike through stands of alder trees, along open bluffs with impressive views, and through meadows full of wildflowers. Stand on the shore and gaze out upon the panorama of rugged rock formations, often shrouded in mist, jutting out of the Pacific Ocean. You might spot sea lions sunbathing on the rocks, or at the right time of year, migrating whales. The one-mile expanse of clean sand extends to the high cliffs of Trinidad Head. Tidepool viewing is a safe and fun source of entertainment for the young ones. Small caves, a natural arch and rock promontories entice the adventurous explorer. A low-tide walk out to the rocks reveals a strange-looking, flowering plant called the sea fig. There are miles of nearby hiking and horseback riding trails. If you enjoy fishing, this area is well known for its bountiful waters. This beautiful spot may become one of your favorites. When you catch something, head over to the picnic area and cook it up on the outdoor grills. The beach is for day use only, and is open from sunrise to sunset. Trinidad State Beach is located 19 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 in Trinidad. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, Parks.Ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=418

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Trinidad’s coastline is impressive from the beach, but it’s even more beautiful from the water as you paddle among seastacks and out into Trinidad Bay. The Trinidad Headland shelters the bay from incoming swells and waves, creating safe harbor for kayakers and recreational boaters. 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. Several local outfitters lead expeditions into Trinidad Bay, and can provide you with expert guides, instruction and equipment. First-timers and seasoned veterans alike will enjoy an expedition into these waters in search of wildlife and adventure. • Humboats offers a fascinating 3-hour tour through the bay. Your trip will begin on the beach, where Humboats’ professional instructors will give you a first-rate kayaking lesson. Wetsuits and splashwear are provided. Humboats guides have over 15 years of experience guiding whale-watching trips in the bay. For more information, call 707-443-5157, Humboats.com. • North Coast Adventures offers sea kayaking tours, instruction and rentals on the Humboldt Coast. For information, call 707-825-0266, KayakNorcal.com

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• Kayak Zak’s offers tours of Trinidad Bay and Big Lagoon, whale and bird migration trips, kayak and equipment rentals, instruction and clinics. For information call 707498-1130, KayakZak.com

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Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

Many people love to see the historical lighthouses that dot the coast of Northern California. The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse is a shining example of these. This lighthouse is a replica of the original Trinidad Head Lighthouse still in use today. Both the original big fog bell and Fresnel lens stand on the site of the current park. They make a perfect addition to the little park overlooking the rocky coast below the town of Trinidad. The lighthouse memorial now stands as an everlasting monument to those lost at sea. After the memorial was established, the list of names of all the people lost at sea soon outgrew the small plaques. More plaques have since been affixed to the retaining walls. Perhaps the best part of this lovely park and monument is the view. The rocks crop out of the foamy ocean, overlooking the many small fishing boats swaying in the breeze. Standing atop the beautiful cliffs with the salty sea breeze in your hair, you’re sure to remember this spectacular scene. The town is nearly as picturesque as the view from the memorial. If you’re there at noon, you’ll be privileged to hear the fog bell toll in memory of lost sailors. WHERE: off of Main St. on Trinity Ave., Trinidad

Stay in a 12-acre park where redwoods meet the sea

FREE Wi-Fi RV Park • Cabins • Campground Meeting/Reception Hall & Pavilion Groups & Caravans Welcome Gift Shop • Cable TV Trinidad Exit off Hwy. 101, 1/2 mi. north on Patrick’s Point Dr. 753 Patrick’s Point Drive • Trinidad 707-677-3554 • www.cabinsintheredwoods.com 86 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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Patrick’s Point State Park

Patrick’s Point State Park is located in the heart of Redwood Country. If seeing spectacular panoramas, rocky cliffs, hiking trails and sandy beaches is always part of your agenda, do not pass up this wonderful experience. Six miles of hiking trails thread through the park with acres of dense forest stretching 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. Hike along the broad beaches and explore tidepools, cast a fishing rod, search for driftwood, spot sea lions and gaze at magnificent sunsets. Short, steep hikes will take you to the tops of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock, while coastal hikes 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 house, 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. If you can’t bear to leave the park and want to spend one more day, pitch a tent at one of the many campsites. There are also three group picnic areas. WHERE: 25 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101. Reservations are recommended for camping. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=417

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Agate Beach at Patrick’s Point

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 the wave-polished semi-precious stones. While not as valuable as precious stones, agate is used as a gemstone and for photo by Gregg Gardiner making mortars and pestles. If new to the hunt, the first characteristic to look for is translucence. The quartz quality 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. The feature people look for most in identifying an agate is a lined pattern, called banding. Fortunately most beach agates have been weathered enough to expose these bands. 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.” An alternative to walking down the path from Patrick’s Point State Park is to gain access to the beach by going to Big Lagoon where one can access the upper end of Agate photo by Marna Powell, KayakZak.com Beach without walking down a steep path. It photo by Tracy McCormack is a straight walk from the parking lot to the beach. For best results in hunting agates, look for them where the waves have washed away much of the fine sand, exposing mostly pebbles. In a few hours, one can usually find a handful of beautiful agates in many varieties. Again, be conscious of the waves, and for best results, time your activity to low tide.

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Today, members of the Yurok Tribe live in modern houses and have modern-day lifestyles. 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, which was located at Abalone Point on the ocean within what is now Patrick’s Point State Park. The Yurok came here 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 dug-out 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, six miles north of Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=23577

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orth of Trinidad lies the town of Orick, located on the banks of Redwood Creek Kayak and near where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Driving on Hwy 101 from the south you are Stand Up likely to see a herd of Roosevelt Elk in the Paddle Board meadow in front of the little red schoolRentals house between Big Lagoon and Stone Lagoon. The meadow is one of the elk’s favorgrazing spots a and the site ofproof. their mating tal mail with changes indicated and weitewill send revised rituals in September. Sitting virtually in the proved: sign and return or just reply tomiddle this email “ad is approved.” of the Redwood National and Prairie Creek State Parks, Orick is a great place to not returned by deadline will be assumed correct as shown. access the natural wilderness. Use a variety of trails for to see wildlife, explore some of the esponsible for any errors, the client assumes full responsibility accuracy and completeness of hike the dramatnt of advertisement. Color represented on this proof mayworld’s differ tallest slightlytrees, from and the actual printed ad. (707) 498-1130 ic coast. Camping facilities are available, from primitive to well-appointed. In addi(multi-pub discount) age ANNUAL FEE: $________________________________________ billed after printing www.kayakzak.com tion there are food and drink available from local businesses, as well as about a half a dozen artisan burl outlets lining Hwy 101 as it passes through town.

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Modern life can be stressful, with deadlines to meet, meals to prepare and dozens of things to do with 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. Enjoy more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved biking trails of varying difficulty. If you have a horse, ride along the 41 miles of equestrian paths. There are also more than 160 miles of excellent hiking trails for adventurous backpackers. All of these paths will take you among the colorful wildflowers, grassy hills, wild oak woodlands and soaring redwoods that grow to 350 feet tall and live more than 2,000 years. Along the stretches of rugged coastline, see pounding surf, sea stacks and thrilling cliffs. World-class rivers can be found right outside the parks, which are perfect for rafting, kayaking and even fishing. Ranger-guided programs are also available. Learn about the animals that call this place home. Some of these include the red-tailed hawk, kestrel, great horned owl, gopher, meadow mouse, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, elk, black-tailed deer, goldfinch junco, quail and raven. WHERE: off Hwy 101, stretching from Trinidad in the south to Klamath Glen in the north. Several Visitor Centers are located throughout the parks near Crescent City, Hiouchi, Orick and along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, NPS.gov/redw

Located 50 minutes north of Eureka and 45 minutes south of Crescent City, Orick serves as a gateway to Redwood National and State Parks and to Humboldt Lagoons State Park. When conditions are right, it is hard to decide which body of water to paddle. With a driving time of five minutes to one hour, you can reach three picturesque lagoons, several great surf beaches, the open ocean, protected harbors, mellow river runs and unbelievable white water. For those interested in kayaking, Kayak Zak’s, based in Orick, offers affordable and exciting rentals, tours and instruction. Kayaking is a wonderful sport because it allows anyone the chance to have fun on water. In a kayak paddlers can use all muscle groups without the threat of high-imOPEN DAYS A WEEK pact activity. Paddlers can take it easy or make it as aerobic and adrenaline-filled as they want. KayakZak.com Kayak Zak’s staff is specially trained and experienced to take anyone kayaking. They also offer Adaptive Paddling, which involves adapting kayaks, paddles, gear and techniques for persons with disabilities, sports injuries, pre-existing conditions, or joint pain. MORE INFO: 707-498-1130, KayakZak.com __________________________________________________________1. Best Date __________________________ elk viewing, Elk Meadow

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are open daily from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. between June and September. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset year-round. There is no fee. Camping is available for a fee on a first come, first served basis year-round. WHERE: 40 miles north of Eureka on Hwy 101, 55 miles south of Crescent City MORE INFO: 707-488-2169, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=416 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Prairie Creek is a small drainage entering the Pacific Ocean near Orick. This unassuming waterway is 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. With more than 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves, the park has been designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. The Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy is the only paved route into the park. The busy Visitor Center, located at the southern end of the parkway and built next to Elk Prairie, is the starting point for several hiking trails, some of which follow Prairie Creek, with others traveling over hilly land to the ocean just three miles away. Find self-guided nature trails, as well as more than 75 miles of hiking and biking trails suitable for all-day hikes or short, leisurely strolls. While on a hike, you’ll come across many different kinds of trees, such as Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and red alder, along with western azaleas and rhododendrons. You may also spot wildlife like Roosevelt elk, deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats and foxes. More than 260 species of birds have been 1 Redwood Parks Lodge Company sighted within the park, making this one of the most popular bird-watching areas in the region. At Fern Canyon, walk along a small stream at the bottom of this narrow box can2 California Native Woods yon, where the walls are coated in vines and ferns. There are nearly 10 miles of beach for 3 Orick Chamber of Commerce you to stroll along. The park hosts campgrounds, as well as numerous picnic areas among the redwoods and on the beach. The Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park’s Visitor Center 4 Kayak Zak’s has many exhibits and a nature store, which can provide you with more information about the plants and animals that call this area home. WHERE: 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=415

The Klamath River is known around the world as a beautiful, pristine river that runs from Altamont in Klamath County of Southern Oregon, dips into Humboldt County, and continues all the way to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County. Take pleasure in this picturesque river from the comfortable seat of a jet boat. Set out on a two-hour trip from Klamath’s estuary called “Rekwoi,” which will take you up the river, powered by twin jets. The round-trip tour is more than 45 miles. The captain and narrator will tell you all about the Klamath River’s history,

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Fern Canyon is a spot in Humboldt County where you can take a leisurely stroll, leave everything else behind and enter a magical world. As its name suggests, this beautiful, natural wonder is a one-mile long box canyon, complete with a small stonebottom creek, where the walls, completely covered in ferns, tower 50 to 80 feet above. Over the ages, five different varieties of ferns have grown on the canyon walls. Huge overhanging trees grow at the top of the ridge, allowing streams of light to peek through the branches. Fallen trees along the bottom of the canyon can be climbed upon. When the filtered light combines with the iridescently green vegetation, the canyon takes on an unearthly hue. An easy hike back into the canyon will lead you to where the walls become less steep. Here, make your way up a trail that will take you to a ridge. From this vantage point, the green canyon below takes on a beauty rarely seen. WHERE: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Davison Rd. Drive through Elk Meadow and onto a scenic six-mile dirt road to Gold Bluffs Beach. Follow the beach for three miles to a parking lot. MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=415

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Native American culture and the area’s wildlife. From the boat, you may even get the chance to see some of these creatures, 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. Every once in a while you’ll have the opportunity to take some 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 on Hwy 101, five miles south of Trees of Mystery, just over the border into Del Norte County. MORE INFO: 800-887-JETS (5387), JetBoatTours.com

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Fishing from shore with the wind in your hair, sand under your feet and the sound of crashing waves in the background can be a relaxing, tranquil experience. Set up a folding chair, a cooler with cold drinks and bait, and cast your line out into the beautiful Pacific Ocean for a truly enjoyable time. Reel in silver salmon, kelp bass, snapper, lingcod, perch, halibut and much more. At Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area, enjoy a stroll through the 830 acres of striking natural surroundings, viewing wildlife while partaking in great fishing. The waters are also great for windsurfing. The park is adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons State Park, 32 miles north of Eureka on Hwy 101. MORE INFO: (707) 488-2169, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=431 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Although the locals are used to it, 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 of 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. 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 as well as gourmet and family dining. You can also stay at their new luxury hotel. Since 1975, Blue Lake has been the home of the internationally known Dell’Arte Players Company and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. DellArte performs locally, regionally, nationally and abroad, and theater students from all over the world train at the school.

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Trinity County was established in 1850. The Trinity River Basin has evolved from its early Gold Rush days to a new and vibrant arts and recreation area. Camping, kayaking, rafting, fishing and hiking are among the favorite activities of the area. Visitors can enjoy several activities by driving along Hwy 299 and checking out several campgrounds and turnouts along the way. Opportunities for satisfying outdoor vacations and activities in the area are limited only by your imagination. Junction City is the gateway of the majestic Trinity Alps; this scenic roadside community reflects the flavor of the Old West. There are no stop lights or parking meters. However, for travelers, there is a road stop with a gas station, several shops and beautiful water views along the winding Hwy 299. Weaverville is nestled at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, a 500,000 acre protected area that is host to many a backpacker, equestrian, bear and mountain lion. A recreation hub, Weaverville is particularly suited for those who wish to explore the Trinity Alps. The town’s historic downtown, with its old buildings, quaint shops and charming atmosphere, keeps locals and visitors busy with socializing, shopping and more.

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Sunshine, mountains, rivers and outdoor activities draw people to Willow Creek. Formerly a center for mining and logging operations, BigfootRafting.com Willow Creek is now a center for summer recreation, retail business and is a thriving retirement community. The Trinity River is clear, clean and beautiful. It’s perfect for swimming, rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. There are stretches with calm swimming holes and others with raging white water rapids. Local rafting companies offer guided white water trips for safe but thrilling rides, and the U.S. Forest Service can advise on quieter areas for wading and inner-tubing.

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Between the Central Valley of California and the Pacific Coast are some of the most magnificent roads you could ever hope to drive. One such road is the Trinity River Scenic Byway, the western section of Hwy 299. This roadway crosses an amazing selection of diverse terrain. The Forest Service has called this stretch of highway, “From the Valley Oaks to the Redwood Coast” in an attempt to display all that you will see in the way of habitats and terrain on this breathtaking drive. If you start on the inland side, you will see the dry manzanita that covers the interior valleys of Northern California. Afterwards you will cruise past sheer granite cliffs as you pass over and through the mountains that separate the Pacific Coast and the redwood forests from the interior of the state. In the springtime, you will see a variety of magnificent wildflowers that bloom on either side of the road. The drive winds its way through two national forests, and driving maps are located at the ranger stations as well as at the ends of the 140-mile route. Much of the way Hwy 299 runs right next to the Trinity River. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities for fun outdoors activities. You can stop off and enjoy a night of camping or put in your raft to run some Class 4 rapids. You can take a tour of a ghost town or try your hand at the age-old practice of gold panning. Fishermen can also find some great little spots along the way to catch some delicious salmon and steelhead that inhabit the rivers and streams nearby. The Trinity River Scenic Byway runs from just off of Hwy 101 near Arcata and ends near Redding, and in total it takes nearly four hours to drive. MORE INFO: 530-246-1225, Byways.org/explore/byways/2194 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Rushing rapids, calm and peaceful waters and fantastic sights are just a few of the things that await you on the Trinity River. You can enjoy exciting white-water rafting adventures that will satisfy even the most experienced thrill seekers. Portions of the river are rated a 4 and 5 based on the International Rating Scale of 1-6. Class 1 rapids are very relaxing and easy-going and class 6 is sometimes considered impossible to raft. Boulders strewn through the water make the trip seem like an obstacle course at times. Along the way, you might be able to spot a deer or bear feeding from the shoreline, or a bald eagle soaring effortlessly overhead. Two companies in the area that will take you on an exciting river adventure are: • Bigfoot Rafting Co., 800-722-2223, BigfootRafting.com • Trinity River Rafting, 800-307-4837, TrinityRiverRafting.com

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Rafting is not the only activity that is enjoyed on the Trinity River. If you would rather take it easy, you can enjoy the peace and quiet the river has to offer by having a picnic or just soaking up the natural beauty from shore. Fishing is also the name of the game on the Trinity River. 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. Fly-fishing is at its best on the banks and in the streams of the Trinity River. Trout, salmon and steelhead are all there for the catching. Plenty of fun can be had by every member of the family. MORE INFO: WillowCreekChamber.com/fishing-report/ 

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Mad River Fish Hatchery

The Mad River Fish Hatchery, operated by the California Department of Fish & Game, was built to enhance local salmon, steelhead and trout populations. Salmon and steelhead are released into the Mad River and trout are released into nearby lakes. The hatchery produces 250,000 steelhead yearlings and 64,000 catchable rainbow trout annually. Alongside the hatchery is the Mad River and a paved, handicapped accessible walkway, which allows anyone access to fish with a license. Visitors can tour the hatchery and feed the fry by using the coin operated pellet machine. The hatchery is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visitors should call in advance. WHERE: 1660 Hatchery Rd. in Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-822-0592

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RV Park & Campground Most Beautiful Park on the Trinity River Centered in the Trinity Alps Wilderness!

18 Hole Miniature Golf • Swimming Pool Salmon, Steelhead, Trout Fishing Deer Hunting Licenses Available • WiFi Access Gold Panning • Pull Thru Sites • Sites on the River • Grassy & Shady Sites • Padded Sites Store & Laundry • Satellite TV Cabins Group Facilities • Rafting & Kayaking

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Thousands of years before the Europeans ever reached the coast of California, Native Americans lived a rich and cultured life in the area now known as Humboldt County. Today their rich 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 master craftsmanship that these people displayed in their basketry. These wonderful artifacts are so well crafted that they have lasted hundreds of years. Check out the redwood dugout canoes that are half sides of redwood trees, which have been hollowed out to create naturally constructed canoes. Also, be sure to see all the hand tools that were used by the tribesmen to create the many artifacts on exhibit. What is even more special about this museum is the fact that the Tribal Museum is a “living museum.” Nearly all the artifacts that are housed in the museum are on loan from Native Americans who use them for many unique rituals and ceremonies that are still a part of their lives. WHERE: on Hwy 96 in the Hoopa shopping center MORE INFO: 530-625-4211, Hoopa-nsn.gov/departments/museum.htm

There are few drives more beautiful in Humboldt County than the one along the Bigfoot Scenic Byway, Hwy 96. The road begins in Willow Creek, which is also known as the Gateway to Bigfoot Country, and ends 89 miles later in Happy Camp. Along the way, you will go through a region that boasts the most sightings of Sasquatch anywhere in the nation. Impressive mountain ranges on either side, wild rushing rivers and plenty of opportunities for recreation await you on your journey. There are many quaint towns where you can stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat, learn more about the local culture and maybe even partake in a Bigfootrelated festival. photo by Steve Hammons Wildlife viewing is also excellent along the striking byway. You might have the chance to spot elk, deer, river otters, minks, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and maybe Bigfoot himself. White-water rafting, mountain biking and hiking are great in this area. You will go past several wilderness areas. Backpackers love the easy access to Marble Mountain Wilderness, where they can hop onto the epic Pacific Crest Trail or relax by the side of one of the 89 glacial lakes. With the local myths, wild beauty and abundant activities, you may want to make the trip last longer than just a couple of hours, and the ride is well worth it. MORE INFO: 530-493-2900, Byways.org/explore/byways/62352 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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raveling north from Crescent City you come to the tiny agricultural community of Smith River, where the river of that name enters the Pacific. And continuing northward you 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, white water 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 paradise. 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 do for them. County 595 becomes Agness Rd. 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 where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Il-

linois 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. Singing Springs Resort in Agness offers Rogue River visitors hospitality, fine food, casual overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle and flow of everyday life. It features experienced driftboat operators and fishing guides on the Rogue. 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 three 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, white-water rafting, kayaking, fishing and spectacular natural beauty await.

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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, coastal Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 inland, serve the county. The three northernmost towns in Mendocino County — Laytonville, Leggett and Piercy — are strung along Hwy 101 as it follows the Eel River into Humboldt County. Laytonville is situated 150 miles north of San Francisco. It was founded by a blacksmith named Layton and was a stagecoach stop on the route from San m Francisco to Eureka. Two forks of the o c . s g Eel River are close to Laytonville and 101thin provide excellent salmon, steelhead and trout fishing. Visitors may see such varied wildlife as deer, quails, raccoons and boars. Laytonville is set in the beautiful Long Valley, a level shelf 12 miles long and three miles wide surrounded by wooded hills. The town has most of the services required by travelers, including restaurants, gas motels and the Red Fox Casino. Approximately 25 miles north of Laytonville is the town of Leggett, located at the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 1. 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. Leggett’s Drive-Thru Tree Park features the Chandelier Tree as the centerpiece of 200 acres of preserved virgin redwood forest. Nearby Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming in the south fork of the Eel River. The park is one mile north of Leggett. The park’s three campgrounds contain a total of 162 campsites. Amenities include wheelchair accessible restrooms with hot showers, and there are also hiking and biking campsites. Also in Leggett is The Peg House, the perfect pit stop on the Hwy 101 journey. Here you will find a full service deli, espresso drinks, treats, groceries, gas and diesel. Or you can pick up travel books and maps at the area info booth. There is plenty of parking for autos and RVs as well. For more information, (707) 925-6444. Piercy is the northernmost community in Mendocino County, and is situated right at the entrance to Richardson Grove State Park, one of the most popular of the area’s redwood parks. The park contains 1,500 acres and is next to the Eel River.

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On the Hwy 101 drive through northern Mendocino and into Humboldt County, be sure to stop at Confusion Hill, where seeing is believing—or not. And don’t miss the One Log House, or the Grandfather Tree, all worth some R&R time away from the car. Willits, the third largest town in Mendocino County, is located on Hwy 101 approximately 22 miles north of Ukiah. The town was called Willitsville in 1865 and the primary industry was lumber. Today, wood products are still important to the local economy. However, many other industries — such as tourism, wineries and service industries — are also expanding. Willits features excellent retail stores, restaurants, lodging and business, service establishments and the Skunk Train Depot. Most of the businesses line Hwy 101, but a few can be found on quiet side streets. Nestled in the fertile Yokayo Valley between the Coast Range and Lake Mendocino along Hwy 101, Ukiah is the Mendocino County seat and its largest city. First settled in 1856, Ukiah began to grow in 1889 with the arrival of the railroad. Now the city’s population is approximately 15,500, and the greater Ukiah area has about 35,300 residents. Ukiah has grown to become the financial, business, medical and service center for Mendocino, Lake, northern Sonoma and southern Humboldt counties. In many Ukiah neighborhoods, beautifully restored Victorian homes are plentiful. Lake Mendocino is located five miles north of Ukiah, east of Hwy 101 on Hwy 20. There are two large boat ramps, and, with a surface area of 1,822 acres, the lake is a great place for wakeboarding, water skiing or jet skiing. Fishing is a popular activity and the lake yields an abundance of bass, bluegill, crappie Laytonville Rodeo, photo by Kaye Kuykendall and catfish. There are several campgrounds around the lake, with over 300 campsites that offer camping for tents, trailers and motor homes. Although only a few blocks long, the town of Hopland packs a lot into its short length. Its attractions include a brew pub, a Victorian inn, an old-fashioned roadside café, several wineries, a fine gift shop, a cheesecake factory and a fresh bread bakery. There are six winery tasting rooms in town, and a few more just outside of town. Coastal Mendocino is cool, breezy and dotted with picturesque villages. In southern Mendocino are the towns of Gualala and Point Arena. Both towns have exceptional accommodations and restaurants for relaxed vacationing. The Point Arena Lighthouse is a favorite stop for southern Mendocino travelers. Further north, after passing through the tiny hamlets of Elk and Manchester, is the most populous and popular section of the Mendocino coast, from the town of Albion and including the towns of Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg. The town of Mendocino is a New England-style community perched on headlands above the Pacific Ocean. The area is rich with hiking, diving and many other recreational possibilities, and home to great restaurants and art galleries. Fort Bragg, to the north of Mendocino, is a great base for recreational activities. It is just south of MacKerricher State Park, a favorite spot for bicycling, hiking, horseback riding and bird-watching. It is the home of the famous Skunk Train, an historical logging railroad that now takes travelers on a redwood-lined route from Fort Bragg to Willits.

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umboldt County’s coastal setting is an exceptional western backdrop to a rugged and beautiful playground—the Shasta-Cascade Region. The eight northernmost California inland counties are a land of mountains, lakes, fields, streams, and some of the most amazingly beautiful cities, small towns and quaint yet fashionable communities in the world. Whether your plans include water skiing, fishing, houseboating, hiking, playing in the snow or just relaxing away from it all, ShastaCascade has something for everyone. The Shasta Cascade region is a summertime playground with pristine warmwater lakes and a wintertime wonderland of alpine magnitude. Within an area the size of Ohio are seven national forests and eight national and state parks. It is an expanse full of natural wonders. The Shasta Cascade region is served from north to south by I-5. Smaller routes traverse the area from west to east and include Hwys 299, 96, 36, 44 and 70, among others. The roads are mostly two-lane and offer incredible scenic views. Major rivers in the area include the Sacramento, Klamath, Trinity, Feather and McCloud. These waterways provide excitement for anglers, whitewater rafters and kayakers, as do the region’s lakes and reservoirs. The dominant body of water in the region is Shasta Lake, a reservoir with 365 miles of shoreline created by the Shasta Dam. Even as large as it is, the size of Shasta Lake pales when compared with Mt. Shasta. The mountain seems impossibly massive. At 14,162 feet, its peak almost appears too lofty to be of this world. The mountain attracts hikers, skiers and campers who cavort on its slopes, and serious mountaineers who strive to conquer its summit. Mount Shasta is part of the Cascade Range, which runs LakeShastaCaverns.com diagonally through the region. Southeast of Mt. Shasta is Lassen Volcanic National Park, with 106,000 acres of volcanic terrain. Features such as boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases are viewable throughout the area. Nowhere else in the Cascade Range of volcanoes can such an array of hydrothermal features be seen. The park also features thick forests, clear streams and wildflower-matted meadows. Just south is Lava Beds National Monument where visitors can view miles of hardened molten rock flow, lava tubes and caves created by sudden cooling. Cave enthusiasts will also enjoy Lake Shasta Caverns which is 19 miles north of Redding featuring a two-hour guided tour after a boat ride across the lake. The attractions mentioned are only a fraction of what’s available in the Shasta Cascade region. ShastaLake.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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