Ferndale, CA, USA

Ferndale, CA, USA

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Find old California in Ferndale

Ferndale is a fantastic slice of real Americana. Its gilded Victorian frontages are the legacy of a golden age of dairy farming, but also a symbol of the Californian Dream come to pass. These days, they still bustle with local sellers and craft stores, and Main Street is a truly timeless sort of place. Ferndale vacation rentals nestle between them all, oozing regal styles and homey Cali charm. Geographically impressive, the Lost Coast unfolds to the south, its salt-sprayed bays a picture of the wild Pacific. Elsewhere in the area, redwoods tower.

Ferndale's fairs are a must

The twirling Ferris wheels and horsing showdowns of the Humboldt County Fair are perhaps one of the best introductions to the rustic life you can experience from a Ferndale vacation rental. Despite the wholesome appearance of the town's historic district, it remains a hearty blowout of swine competitions and sheepherding. Don't miss it if you're around in August. Apart from that, you're likely to fill days wandering the elegant streets of Ferndale, shopping and hopping between cozy local cafes, and snapping shots of the gorgeous Victorian relics of old.

Ferndale froths with history

Wherever you look in Ferndale, handsome Victorian frontispieces and charming Californian homes dot the sidewalks. They are what garnered the town its countless listings in the National Register of Historic Places – for some of the best examples, check out the blue-hued Shaw House, the gilded antiquaries of Main Street, and charming Fern Cottage. The Ferndale Museum is a great place to bolster your grasp on the local heritage. Its exhibitions showcase artifacts used in the area in the past, and include old switchboards and seismographs.

Find a warm welcome in Ferndale

Although Ferndale's pretty Victorian rowhouses and old dairy mansions don't disappear in the wintertime, the number of visitors who delve the deep past of the Lost Coast can dwindle considerably when the cooler weather comes. That means it can make very good sense to go in search of Ferndale vacation rentals between the months of May and September. That's when you'll get regular temperature highs in the 60s, and August's rambunctious Humboldt County Fair, with its aerial shows and horseracing, to boot.

Ferndale is in redwood country

Nestled south of where the Eel River flows into the great Pacific Ocean, Ferndale is neatly placed in the heart of California's wilder coastal reaches. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest unfolds to the east with its soaring coastal ranges, while the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is much closer – go there for hulking sequoia trees, and hikes through dense forests and wildflower meadows. Southwards brings the delights of the King Range National Conservation Area. That's an untrodden place if there ever was one, where crashing waves roll into stony cliffs and old ranches tumble to meet the sea.