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.
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.
When the thermometer’s pushing 100, the car feels like a sauna, and you’re wilting faster than your tomato plants, the lazy days of summer can feel downright sluggish. In the midst of a sizzling California heat wave, a trip to the quaint historic town of Ferndale on the temperate North Coast can be just the breath of fresh air you need.
Ferndale, California might just be the perfect summer destination. This summer, take a vacation from the ordinary and step into a simpler way of life behind the Redwood Curtain – where you can savor an ice cream cone on Victorian Main Street, enjoy the sunset at a beach you have all to yourself, and step into the easy swing of small town life, all amidst the backdrop of one of America’s most beautiful historic towns. Here are 15 ways to experience the magic of Ferndale this summer.