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The Victorian Village



A visit to the Victorian Village of Ferndale is like a stroll through the past: the entire Main Street has been designated a National Register Historic District due to its finely preserved commercial and residential buildings. Here you can explore the fascinating array of old-fashioned mercantiles, antique stores, art galleries and specialty shops. You can hear the ringing of the blacksmith's hammer, talk with friendly people, and watch fresh candy being dipped by hand to whet your appetite for a fine dinner and an evening of theater. Ferndale is one of Humboldt County's premier shopping and dining destinations.

Many visitors are surprised to discover that the tiny town of Ferndale has a year-round theater season. The Ferndale Repertory Theatre has pleased area audiences for 30 years in its intimate downtown venue.

Ferndale's Russ Park is 105 acres of lush coastal habitat. Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and grand fir are the dominant conifers; deciduous trees include red alder and maple. Dozens of bird species inhabit the park, including the varied thrush, winter wren, gray jay, golden crowned kinglet and the red-shafted flicker. To reach the park, turn east from Main Street on Ocean Avenue. Trails wind through the park, but wheeled vehicles are not allowed.

Centerville Beach can be reached by turning west on Ocean Avenue. The remote Lost Coast can be reached via Mattole Road. The twisting route leads south and west to Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point on the coast of California.

The Kinetic Grand Championship is a three-day race from Arcata to Ferndale starring human-powered, amphibious, all-terrain works of art. Held every Memorial Day Weekend, on the last day the kinetic racers cross the finish line on Ferndale's historic Main Street. 2018 marked the race's 50th anniversary.

To get to Ferndale you'll cross the iconic Fernbridge Historic Bridge 5 mi. inland. Completed in 1911, it is the world's longest poured concrete bridge still in use. MORE INFO: Chamber of Commerce, 707-786-4477,

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