• Photograph by Amy Kumler
  • Issue of
  • January - March 2016
  • Vol. 2, No. 3
  • Winter/Spring 2016

A Cozy Retreat — It's not that cold. Seriously, right now people in Minnesota are scraping ice off of windshields and trying to work cell phones with mittens. Here in Humboldt, we're spoiled with just enough chill and rain to justify favorite sweaters and steamy mugs.

In this issue, we'll show you how to do winter right. We're taking the opportunity to lounge in front of some classic fireplaces, and we'll show you where you can bask in the glow. Rainy day? Get lost in a literary labyrinth or a chest of toys — we've scoped out a few of Humboldt's independent bookshops (yes, those still exist) and toy shops for you to browse to your heart's content.

Need a little revival? In "The Old Steeple" you'll meet Paul Beatie and Cheri March, the owners of the Ferndale Music Company who've converted a historic church into a live music venue with stained glass, great acoustics and soul.

The weather's not so daunting as to keep us from an outdoor adventure when cabin fever strikes. Take a gander at Perfect Trips and see if a hike along the streams and fields of Lacks Creek or swinging and sliding under the big trees at Sequoia Park moves you. Or, if you're feeling lucky, check out "Hot Streak" and join us on a marathon casino crawl with slots, dice and — believe it or not — natural beauty.

Read on and you'll find some spicy dishes around the county to put color in your cheeks. And if you're seeking a warm welcome, you can lean in at some of our favorite places for at-the-bar dining — oysters and caviar, or steak and a shot, take your pick.

Just try not to gloat to your friends in Minnesota.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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