When most people think of California, they think beaches, palm trees, L.A., and Hollywood. The word “cozy” probably doesn’t come to mind. But I definitely found the cozy side of California when visiting historic Ferndale. And since today is Cozy Living Saturday (the first Saturday of the month), I think now is the perfect time to share the idyllic scenes from my recent trip (and yes, I’ve become that person who has to share their vacation photos – but these are so pretty).
First, let’s talk farmland. As a midwestern girl, I’m used to farm fields filled with adorable farm animals. But I didn’t expect to see the same type of scenery driving from the Eureka airport to our little Airbnb in Ferndale.
Unbeknownst to me, northern California is dairy land! I felt like I was back in Wisconsin. Except that northern Cali has larger hills.
Of course, along with the farm fields and animals, are quaint, rural farmhouses and barns similar to those where I live.
After driving through the beautiful countryside, we were greeted by beautiful architecture throughout town. I’ve already shared some of the historic homes, and now I’ll show you the Victorian storefronts on the main drag through town.
This is the beautiful Victorian Inn. We didn’t stay here but we did have dinner in their dining room one night.
One last part of our trip to historic Ferndale that I want to share with you is the Lost Coast. Talk about scenic! It’s a stretch of the coast that’s hard to access but is totally worth the effort. There’s a trail not far from Ferndale that you can walk down to the beach. Going down isn’t a problem, but coming back up is a bit of a workout. The scenery is amazing and we were the only ones there.
The wildflowers were almost as tall as me and smelled wonderful. I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when she walked through the poppy field.
Part of the reason we went to California was for my race through the beautiful redwood trees. The race was on the Avenue of the Giants. I’m a bit of a tree enthusiast so this was a great experience.
A lot of the trees have openings in the bottom that are big enough for you to crawl or stand in. Talk about cozy!
Next time you consider California for a vacation spot, skip L.A. and San Diego and head to northern California. Historic Ferndale was especially wonderful but there are so many other places in the northern half of the state to visit. Ferndale will forever hold a special place in my heart.
And now, be sure to visit my friends who are sharing some cozy inspiration today!