Nestled in a pastoral valley near the California Redwoods, the historic coastal town of Ferndale—legendary for its lovingly preserved Victorians and Normal Rockwell-esque Main Street—is pure magic at Christmas. A glowing downtown with a towering living Christmas tree (America’s tallest), picturesque setting between farms and forest, and spirit of small-town Americana make this historic hamlet one of America's best towns to visit for the holidays.
Historic Ferndale is an enchanting place to visit all year round. But with its moody coastal mist, hauntingly beautiful historic houses, and a scenic small town setting that’s been a backdrop for several Hollywood films (including a spooky cult favorite), this Victorian hamlet near the California Redwoods really shines in October. From cozy to creepy, here are our favorite things to do on a fall trip to historic Ferndale.
From antiques aficionados and vintage collectors to flea market foragers and yard sale junkies, nearly everyone can find something to love at Bargain Lovers’ Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In anticipation of this weekend's citywide yard sale, we sought bargain hunting advice from two local collectors who have made a life out of tracking down hidden treasures: Sharon and Rich Spencer of Spencer’s Ferndale Vintage.
If the world’s best car shows pair rare automobiles with remarkable locations (think the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on California’s Central Coast or Retromobile in the heart of Paris), it’s time to add another to the list: Ferndale Concours on Main. This Sunday, Ferndale's famously well-preserved Victorian Main Street becomes a dream backdrop for some of the West Coast’s most exceptional vintage motorcars, as well as restored firetrucks, motorcycles, military vehicles and more.
As far as favorite summer pastimes go, a trip to the county fair is right up there with barbecues, picnics and running through the sprinklers. There’s something particularly special about memories forged at an old-fashioned small town fair—and it doesn’t get much more authentic or nostalgic than the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, California. Learn what makes our fair so charming for locals and tourists alike – and why a visit to this favorite Northern California county fair should be at the top of your family’s summer bucket list.