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"Ferndale is a charming time capsule of a village, the locals wonderfully friendly and it should be a destination for any traveler wishing to enjoy an alternative slice of American life from another time. The giant Redwood Forest of Humboldt National park is a ride away and absolutely superb. Couldn't recommend this destination more highly."
~ Belinda
July 2016


It's just 5 miles from Ferndale's Historic Main Street to California's Magnificent Lost Coast

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"A genuine Victorian hamlet" (AP reporter Jennifer Marin), Ferndale has been dubbed "the best preserved Victorian village in California," by Los Angeles Times former travel editor Jerry Hulse. Park your car to step back in time. Enjoy magnificently preserved Victorian architecture as you stroll; pick up visitor information from any shop. On the National Register of Historic Places, Ferndale's Main Street is a photographer's paradise and a shopper's delight.

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Christmas in Ferndale is magical. Children from the elementary school decorate Christmas trees in front of Main Street shops and members of the volunteer fire department hang more than 900 lights on a huge Sitka spruce at the end of Main Street for the lighting of America's tallest living Christmas tree (151.5 feet in 2011).

Humboldt County MapThe Victorian Village of Ferndale, full of surprises, deserves more than a day to discover. 265 miles north of Sacramento and San Francisco, it's a beautiful drive from the major airports (Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose) or fly into the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport, 45 minutes north of Ferndale (car rentals, shuttle service available).

From California Highway 101, take the Fernbridge/Ferndale exit. Cross historic Fernbridge and drive through five miles of pastoral views to Ferndale's Main Street.

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Ferndale is a wonderful little town, close enough to Arcata and Eureka to be easily accessible, but far enough that it has a calm, relaxing and secluded feel, with plenty of natural beauty. Truly best of both worlds."
~Stefan, San Francisco
February, 2017

You cannot find a better location! Walk across the street to dine at VI or The Ivanhoe, or simply explore and enjoy the hunt inside the interesting and eclectic shops on the main street. If you head to Ferndale be sure to order one of the ENORMOUS caramel pecan rolls at Humbolt Sweets! Unbelievable!
~ Laurie and Randy,
March 4, 2017

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