• Photograph by Mark McKenna
  • Issue of
  • April - June 2016
  • Vol. 2, No. 4
  • Spring/Summer 2016

Change It Up — You could use a change of scenery. Just for, say, a weekend (or two, or three) ditch your usual haunts and try something new in our county.

Well, not brand new, necessarily. In this issue, we'll walk you down Main Street in Victorian Ferndale for a drink at the classic Palace Saloon, built in 1890. (Tip: Try the Guido.) If the atmosphere puts you in the mood for more Victorian architecture, we'll take you past the gate of one of Eureka's most popular photo spots, the Pink Lady mansion. Most of us have passed it for years and never been inside, so now that it's been converted to a vacation rental, how can we resist a peek?

Hear that sound? It's the roar of motorcycle engines. Humboldt has some of the most breathtaking rides in the country, with all the twists and turns and epic scenery you could ask for. In "Moto Tours," we'll point you to some primo routes and a café pit stop for easy riders and vicarious enthusiasts alike.

If you really want to shift your point of view, try a little drama at Blue Lake's Dell'Arte International, where artistic director, actress, playwright and local icon Joan Schirle teaches students and audiences what theater can do for the community and the soul. Read her profile inside and then see her work during the Mad River Festival coming in July.

Our festivals have some history, too, and we're just getting into the season for packed weekends of county fairs, wild kinetic sculpture races, sunny food fests and non-stop music. (Thumb through the 90-day calendar and you'll see what we mean.) And we've plenty to do in between. In Perfect Trips, you'll find rejuvenating bike rides, a hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint, a bourgeoning art scene and places for the kids to follow their natural curiosity.

Take a break from adding to cart, too. Remember real browsing? Wander through a few of our favorite independent shops for funky jewelry, hand-printed clothes and very cool denim. Look, touch and — gasp! — maybe even try on something.

And you could burn daylight scrolling endlessly through Yelp like usual, or you could take our word for it and dig into some surf and turf. We'll give you the lowdown on a pair of classic and creative interpretations to savor. Sweet tooth? Yeah, we have some ideas about where to get your sugar fix, too.

Of course, you might never want to return to your old routines, but go ahead and take the risk.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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