Top things to do

Top Choice Californian in Eureka

Brick & Fire

Eureka's best restaurant is in an intimate, warm-hued, bohemian-tinged setting that is almost always busy. Choose from thin-crust pizzas, delicious salads (try the pear and blue cheese) and an ever-changing selectio…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Arcata

Six Rivers Brewery

One of the first female-owned breweries in California, the ‘brew with a view’ kills it in every category: great beer, amazing community vibe, occasional live music and delicious hot wings. The spicy chili-pepper ale…
Top Choice Modern American in Arcata

Folie Douce

Just a slip of a place, but with an enormous reputation. The short but inventive menu features seasonally inspired bistro cooking, from Asian to Mediterranean, with an emphasis on local organics. Wood-fired pizzas a…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Eureka

Cafe Nooner

Exuding a cozy bistro-style ambience with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and jaunty murals, this perennially popular restaurant serves natural, organic and Med-inspired cuisine with choices that include a Greek…
Top Choice Californian in Eureka

Restaurant 301

Part of the excellent Carter House Inn, Eureka’s top table, romantic, sophisticated 301 serves a contemporary Californian menu, using produce from its organic gardens (tours available). The five-course tasting menu …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Ferndale

Lost Coast Cafe

Step into a homey kitchen, where the soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods are easily the best vegetarian choices north of Fort Bragg. The owner, Mario, is a wonderful, friendly character and passionate about hi…
Music in Eureka

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival

A three day annual festival with live concerts in various venues in town, including some blues events.
Wildlife Reserve in Eureka

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This pristine wildlife refuge protects wetland habitats for more than 200 species of birds migrating annually along the Pacific Flyway. Between the fall and early spring, when Aleutian geese descend en masse to the …
Californian in Arcata

Slice of Humboldt Pie

Pies and cider are the mainstays here, ranging from chicken pot pie to cottage, steak and mushroom and savory empanadas, including chicken coconut curry and Thai chicken with satay sauce. Sweet pastry treats include…
Cafe in Arcata

T's Cafe

Housed in a wonderful early-20th-century mansion, try and grab the table on the front porch if you can. Inside, two cavernous rooms with mismatched furniture, local art, books, toys and magazines provide an informal…