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.