Little Victorian town in the Redwoods

Ferndale, CA

Ferndale, CA

Driving north on US-101 thought the rolling hills and dark dense California Redwood forest we stopped in a tiny town called Fortuna for the night (Riverwalk Rv park and Campground http://riverwalkrvpark.com/). While talking to some local residents (thank you Cindy!) we got a great tip that just five miles down the road was an even smaller town that was a delightful Victorian village called Ferndale.

Ferndale Clock

Ferndale Clock

So, the entire town of Ferndale is on the national historic register and was also named in the top 10 most beautiful towns in the USA.

Pasture land on the way to Ferndale

Pasture land on the way to Ferndale

As you turn off of US-101 at the Ferndale exit (of course) you drive through five miles of pastoral land of rolling hills and farmland.  Then it appears..a true Victorian town.  Time stopped and preserved this little town. Residents love that some of shops close around five or so and perhaps are closed on Sunday. What a great way to raise a family. Old fashioned values exist here! Not only buildings were preserved, but the way things used to be still live here.

Gingerbread Mansion B&B Ferndale CA

Gingerbread Mansion B&B Ferndale CA

Ferndale Meat Co.

Ferndale Meat Co.

The blacksmith shop was outstanding! http://www.ferndaleblacksmith.com/  Everything from jewelry to hooks to sculpture to furniture! All handmade.  Amazing! Definitely a must see! Imbibe on some handcrafted chocolate or pie or my favorite espresso and a scone from minds eye coffee shop.  Minds eye coffee lounge also serves local honey!

Golden Bee Honey Ferndale, CA

Golden Bee Honey Ferndale, CA

Crazy Ferndale Plants

Crazy Ferndale Plants

This little town is a break from what you expect in the Redwoods area of Northern California.  It is well worth the stop and a very short drive from the 101.  They do have truck and RV parking in a special lot at the end of town. Give it a try you will fall in love with the Victorian town of Ferndale!

-Mara

Ferndale little kitty bud

Ferndale little kitty bud

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Beth Svoboda says:

    What a cute town and area! Keep the tips on traveling coming! Love the blog….

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