Top things to do

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 Fusion in Arcata

3 Foods Cafe

A perfect fit with the Arcata dining scene: whimsical, creative, worldly small plates (think Thai-style tacos or buttermilk fried chicken) at moderate prices (a prix fixe is sometimes available for $20). The lavende…
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. Organic coffee is on the house. Cash only.
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…
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…
Market in Arcata

Wildberries Marketplace

Wildberries Marketplace is Arcata's best grocery, with natural foods, a good deli, bakery and juice bar.
Californian in Eureka

Restaurant 301

Eureka’s top table, romantic, sophisticated 301 serves a contemporary Californian menu, using produce from its organic gardens (tours available). Mains are pricey, but the five-course tasting menu ($62, with wine pa…
Historic Building in Eureka

Carson Mansion

Of Eureka’s fine Victorian buildings the most famous is the ornate 1880s home of lumber baron William Carson. It took 100 men a full year to build. Today it’s a private men’s club. The pink house opposite, at 202 M …
State Park in Humboldt Redwoods State Park & Avenue of the Giants

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Along Hwy 101, 80-sq-mile Humboldt Redwoods State Park protects some of the world's oldest redwoods and has three-quarters of the world's tallest 100 trees. Even if you don't have time to hike in, drive the park's a…
Books in Eureka

Going Places

Guidebooks, travel gear and international goods are certain to give a thrill to any vagabond. It’s one of three excellent bookshops in Old Town.