• Photograph by Sean Jansen
  • Issue of
  • January - March 2017
  • Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Winter/Spring 2017

The Unexpected — Humboldt is full of surprises. Just when you think you know it, you discover something new — or at least new to you — like a side trail at your favorite hiking spot, some quirky shop that's just opened up or a restaurant tucked away in a sleepy neighborhood. In this issue of Insider, we've lined up a host of people, places and experiences even you locals may not have picked up on yet.

Surfing isn't the first sport that comes to mind for the early, often stormy part of the year in our county but that's when the wet-suited warriors hit the beach for the best waves up here. Grab your board (or rent one) and let dedicated surfer Sean Jansen guide you to where the surf is up.

Warm up afterward at a grown-up grilled cheese bar (because someone has clearly read your mind) or cozy up at a couple of off-the-beaten-path bistros for some classic French and inspired Cajun dining. Of course, you could always cure what ails you with an essential oil-infused cocktail or two, and we'll take you to just the place.

Once you're re-energized, set off with Amy Cirincione-O'Connor for an eyebrow-raising set of Perfect Trips for every taste. How about a little skeet shooting by the airport? (It's a thing!) Pick up a couple bottles at the mead shop, visit the secret art gallery in a bank and catch some roller derby action. Top it off with a little whale watching. Just another day in Humboldt.

We'll also introduce you to some of the creative powerhouses in our local arts scene, like blacksmith Monica Coyne, who's keeping up the old, elemental skills and creating utterly modern iron pieces. Follow us backstage at the Arcata Playhouse to meet the dynamic duo behind its plays, community projects and outside-the-box festivals. Feeling creative yourself? We've untangled the knitting scene in Humboldt with a tour of yarn shops to inspire projects for rainy days.

And who knows what you'll discover out there for yourself. Don't keep it a secret — share your finds with us by emailing Jennifer@northcoastjournal.com. We can't wait to hear what you discover.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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