In California's Romantic Redwood Empire: Historic Main Street and Magnificent Lost Coast
Overlooking Ferndale, photo by Natasha James, used by permission
Forbes named Ferndale one of AMERICA’S PRETTIEST TOWNS! "From its well-preserved Victorian-era main street, to its five-minute drive from California’s magnificent, undeveloped Lost Coast, Ferndale is a surprising trip back in time, with just enough modern quirkiness to make it unique."
Nestled between the two redwood forests in a thriving dairy
community, you may discover Northern California's best-kept secret, The
Victorian Village of Ferndale.
Sunset magazine confirms that "you
can immerse yourself in Ferndale's Victorian spirit."
Explore the 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 theatre.
Resting by the fire in your elegant bed
and breakfast inn, think about tomorrow: a walk along nearby coastline,
hike in Russ Park (the 110-acre forest bird sanctuary), a boat tour of
the Eel River Delta, a visit to the museum, a tour of Fern
Cottage, a leisurely day filled with old-fashioned
service and friendly faces.
You will find a town where the old way of life
has not been compromised. The splendid buildings have been carefully
restored, embellished with lovingly-tended gardens, and people take
the time to smile a friendly greeting.
Although it's been suggested that the Victorian
village is a fairytale setting, Ferndale is a working, all-American
town which takes pride in its beautiful community and cultural heritage.
In the late 1800s Ferndale was an agricultural and transportation center,
a melting pot for Scandinavian, Swiss-Italian, and Portuguese immigrants. The entire village is California Historical Landmark
nothing stodgy in this small town, though; Ferndale loves to have fun!
The cradle of the wild and whacky Kinetic
Sculpture Race, Ferndale continues to host the
finish of this off-beat art event, now a three-day contest. The village
is home to many colorful events and festivals: Foggy Bottom Milk Run, Tour
of the Unknown Coast bicycle run, Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration,
County Fair, Bargain Lovers' Weekend, and the Christmas Lighted Tractor
Parade, to name just a few.
TheCultureTrip.com, which specializes in the best art, food, culture, and travel, has selected Ferndale as one of The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in California. Click here to see them all.
“I spent the final evening of my trip 20 miles out of Eureka, in the odd but charming town of Ferndale, near the banks of the Eel River, in lush dairy lands just north of the King Range. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a place quite like Ferndale, a perfectly intact turn-of-the-20th-century village that seems to have stopped growing 100 years ago.”