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Trips to Discover Trips to Discover named Ferndale one of the 10 Most Charming Small Towns to Visit in California

CountryLiving says, "You'd be hard-pressed to discover a place more alluring than Ferndale."

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"Become Part of a Different World in Ferndale"

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Paste Magazine puts Ferndale on checklist for Humboldt Co.“Ferndale: A perfectly preserved Victorian dairy village that has barely changed in the last 100 years.”

"Magical piece of far Northwestern California." "A pristine paradise that is still off the beaten path...recently ranked one of the most naturally beautiful counties in America." Read more

“One of the world’s top 10 great places.”--National Geographic Traveler

Road & Track authors say… "this may be the most scenic drive on the planet"

Avenue of the Giants named among the "9 U.S. Drives You Have to Take in Your Lifetime"

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Rainbow over Fernbridge, photo by Mark Mayo, used by permission
Rainbow over Fernbridge, photo by Mark Mayo, 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."

Golden Gait MercantileExplore 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, a nature 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.

Photo by Bob von Normann, FVN Corp.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.

Photo courtesy of Betty BriggsAlthough 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 No. 883.

There's nothing stodgy in this small town, though; Ferndale loves to have fun!

Photo copyrighted by Matt KnowlesThe 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, the Humboldt County Fair, Bargain Lovers' Weekend, and the Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade, to name just a few.

Ferndale Community Choir
Ferndale Community Choir to play Carnegie Hall!

Read all about it, and support the choir with a tax-deductible donation, payable to Ferndale Community Choir, at P O Box 67, Ferndale CA 95536.

2016 Souvenir Edition Available Now

Ferndale Enterprise Souvenir Edition
The Ferndale Enterprise Souvenir Edition features history, tourist and cultural attractions, a half-page Main Street Walking Tour and quarter-page driving tour map. Pick up a free copy in town. If you’d like one mailed to you, send The Enterprise $5 for postage and handling.

Country Living magazine says, "This California Town is a Perfectly Preserved Victorian Village" and names Golden Gait Mercantile "One of America's 20 Most Charming General Stores"

10 Small Towns In Northern California Where Everyone Knows Your Name (Ferndale is #6!)

Gazebo Bldg by Ellin Beltz

TheCultureTrip.com names Ferndale one of The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in California

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.

Victorian Village: the historical elegance and charm of Ferndale

Sunset Magazine Features Humboldt
SUNSET Magazine
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“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.”

Ferndale Wins Prettiest Painted Place (small town) in the Northwest Region 2012

Photo courtesy of Tom Renner
Building "The Majestic"

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