California Cities

Ferndale, CA Victorian Village

Located in Humboldt County, Ferndale is known as the Victorian Village because of the preservations of turn-of-the-century houses and shops built around the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The town immaculately maintains its downtown shops that contain intricate scroll work in wood trims, treatments and designs.

The events held in Ferndale are old-fashioned, but fun. Simple is better in a town not far from the Pacific Ocean, and located near redwood forests containing the world's tallest trees.

With over 40 inches of rain annually, Ferndale weather offers the ideal climate for these trees. Most the houses and buildings in Ferndale were actually built of redwood, which is one of the world's heartiest and longest lasting woods.

Ferndale keeps a full calendar of events, include the downtown lighted tractor parade which delightfully rolls past the store fronts to the town Christmas tree, billed as the tallest decorated living Christmas tree in the nation.

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Lighted Tractor Parade, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Ice Cream Social, Cow Chip Bingo, Annual Goat Show, Cow Town Film Festival, Victorian Christmas and Lighting of the Nation's Tallest Living Christmas Tree, "feeds", sing-alongs, races and rides keep locals busy throughout the year. They get over 40 inches of rain annually but it seldom cancels an event.

The Village is filled with immaculate Victorian houses, churches, B&Bs and shops. Nearby day trips include drives through the redwood forests, a stop by Loleta Cheese Factory and visits to museums and the zoo in nearby Eureka. Adventuresome travelers can hike the Lost Cost several miles from the Victorian village in a wilderness experience along the Pacific Ocean.

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