Ferndale, California Victorian Village Photos and Information

Ferndale California features the charm of an old-fashioned village that's somehow escaped the hands of Father Time.


You can't help but feel something special inside when you drive down the streets of this historic village where buildings are kept in pristine condition, showing the handiwork of an earlier era in which top quality woods were utilized to build houses and shops to last. Situated in Redwood country amongst the old growth trees that span several thousand years of existence, Ferndale is fortunate to be surrounded by scented trees and the ocean with its unique, refreshing fragrance.

Located off Highway 101, Ferndale residents take pride in their community and are activists for community fun-gatherings. From a Christmas tractor pull to the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race that begins in Arcata and ends up in Ferndale, activities and events are unique and tons of fun. 


For the traveler driving along the scenic redwood coast, a stop in Ferndale should include an afternoon of shopping and dining on and around Main Street. Antiques, art and all sorts of gift items are sold in the Victorian shops along the boulevard.  As you enter the city through a town called Fernbridge, you'll notice the Humboldt County Creamery that produces huge amounts of commercial ice cream.  Another great milk product, cheese, can be sampled and purchased in a variety of products at the Loleta Cheese Factory in nearby Loleta.


Where to stay: Ferndale features several bed and breakfast inns that are tucked back in time. But for convenient and affordable accommodations with online booking, your greatest choice is in Eureka and Fortuna.  Eureka offers the most active nightlife, dining and cultural attractions, making it our favored "home base" for vacations to this region.  Highway 101 that connects most the cities of the region, is an easy-paced 4 lane highway that's generally not too crowded or difficult to drive.  For those coming from major cities, you'll find the cruise along this highway incredibly enjoyable as drives go. 


Historical Landmark NO. 883 FERNDALE - This pioneer agricultural community, settled in 1852, helped feed the booming population of mid-century San Francisco. Long known as 'cream city,' Ferndale made innovative and lasting contributions to the dairy industry. Local creameries, and the town's role as a transportation and shipping center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fostered prosperity that produced Ferndale's outstanding Victorian-Gothic residential and false-front commercial architecture. 


Location: Ferndale City Hall Park, intersection of Main and Herbert Sts, Ferndale Humboldt County, located in Northwest California, is the southern gateway to the Pacific Northwest. The County is bound on the north by Del Norte County; on the east by Siskiyou and Trinity counties; on the south by Mendocino County and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The County encompasses 2.3 million acres, 80 percent of which is forestlands, protected redwoods and recreation areas.


The southern part of the County includes Alton, Carlotta, Hydesville, Rio Dell and Scotia; the Avenue of the Giants communities; Garberville and Redway; the Eel, Mattole and Van Duzen River communities; Humboldt Redwoods, Richardson Grove and Grizzly Creek State Parks; and the King Range National Conservation Area.

The northern part of the County includes the City of Trinidad, Orick; Redwood National Park; Prairie Creek and Humboldt Lagoons State Parks; and several State Beaches.

The eastern part of the County includes Willow Creek, Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, Orleans, and a great deal of Six Rivers National Forest land.

The southern border of the County is located 225 miles north of San Francisco, the closest major metropolitan city. The County is linked by Coastal Highway 101 to the rest of California to the South and the Oregon Coast to the North. Highway 299 links the County to Interstate 5 to the east. The County airport in McKinleyville has daily flights to San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle.


Some resources related to Ferndale includee: Ferndale Shopping ; Four Diamond Hotels ; Humboldt County  ; Landmarks ; Population ; Events /  Humboldt County Fair ; Kinetic Sculpture Race


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