The Humboldt County Fair is...
The Humboldt County Fair is positively not the biggest fair you will ever attend! And try as I may it is hard to find a shining light here...except at the entrance! I found out the secret of prize winning dairy cows! It is all in the 'four udder placement.' Remember this tip at your next county fair !
The main street of Ferndale...
The main street of Ferndale is very picturesque! It looks as if it stepped out the 1950s...right down to the quaint little shops with old time facades! One of the best times to visit this town is during the Christmas season! Great shopping, dinner at the Victorian Inn, handmade candies, and all the Victorian homes trimmed with lights! I will have to add photos then...for now here is a shot of Main Street!
Ferndale - flashback in time
"Victorian homes everywhere!"
Just south of Eureka along the northern California coast is a sleepy little town called Ferndale. I never fail to stop here, the drive through town and through the side streets is just charm central. Nearly every home is picture perfect, complete with matching gardens. Many, many classic Victorian styles and colors are represented here, all lovingly cared for. It is an artist's delight!
"Don't miss Fernbridge, too!"
Right off highway 101at the turnoff to Ferndale is a small bump in the road called Fernbridge. This has the most wonderful outdoor fresh fruit market ever! We've never failed to get the most luscious peaches, nectarines and other treats here. They have unusual fruits and nuts and treats, too. You must STOP!
"Loleta - just northwest of Fernbridge"
Take a 15 minute drive just northwest of Fernbridge while you're at it, and go to the Loleta Cheese factory. No fancy tours here, but they have a huge selection of cheeses all toothpicked up and waiting for your taste buds to admire. Yum!
Ferndale, CA - An Historic Victorian-era Town
A few years ago I drove down the coast from Victoria, B.C. to San Francisco. A few hours after crossing from Oregon into California I saw a sign advertising an "Old Victorian-era town called 'Ferndale' ". I'm glad I went to explore it!
The town is very well restored, offering a wide assortment of interesting architecture from a bygone era. Equally fascinating is the old graveyard which resides up a slope and is just full of history.
But the best part of turning off US101 was gaining access to Hwy 211, which juts off from Ferndale, goes down along a deserted section of the California coastline and, then ramps back up into the hills, before winding back down into the most amazing redwood forest I've ever seen.
My only suggestions are that it's a sunny day, you have good brake pads on your car, and you have a camera. I ensure you that the journey will be most memorable!
It is worth the 5 mile drive off of Hwy 101 for three or four hours---- Ferndale has a small 1950's feeling with lots of old victorian homes and fancy painted store fronts. There are two reasonably priced smaller motels in town, both clean & probably two-three star level motels, plus some higher cost B& B's. Two hotels in town too, which are very nice but have only a few rooms. (There are lots of the "name brand motels" in Fortuna which is on 101 a couple of miles south)
Surprisingly good shopping for such a small town and only a couple of blocks long. Some really nice stores. Check out the F. Mercantile, the F. Emporium, Blacksmith Shop, an old fashioned general store, Nielson's Hardware store, F. Clothing Co.with great women's clothes. Ask any storekeeper what you would like to see or for any questions. They are very friendly. The best places to eat are Curleys at the old vic hotel and the Ivanhoe Hotel. Also is a fairly good mexican place and other short order shops. If they are open try the bakery--a little hidden so ask where it is. Few places to eat breakfast except on weekends. For a unique experience try Poppa Joes for breakfast--a local hangout and good food---don't be driven away by the looks of the place---it passes health standards.