• Photograph by Amy Kumler
  • Issue of
  • October - December 2017
  • Vol. 4, No. 2
  • Fall/Winter 2017

With its stately Victorians, Queen Annes and farmhouses, Humboldt County is like a sprawling open-air history and architecture museum. From Eureka’s looming green Carson Mansion to the Victorian village of Ferndale, our buildings tell their own tales.

In this issue, architectural historian Bill Hole takes you on a tour of treasures that includes a Ferndale church reborn as a music venue and a 19th century hall with a second act as a theater school. You’ll also get to know Jerry Rohde, a local author who’s made it his life’s work to research and chronicle Humboldt’s rich, fascinating and sometimes painful history.

Keep exploring with Perfect Trips as your guide and you’ll find beautiful, rustic fireplaces — indoors and out — to warm yourself after a hike, gorgeous works of Yurok art and a wild collection of some 15,000 stuffed creatures great and small. If you brought the kids (that includes your inner child), take them to an authentic lumberjack cookhouse for breakfast and climb aboard some antique trains.

Smaller-scale design thrives here, too. We’ll take you to a mid-century furniture showroom that would tempt Don Draper and share some of our favorite finds from area shops in Just Browsing.

And we hope you came hungry because we’re ordering up recipes at a classic Italian place run by siblings and a cozy brunch spot with Bloody Marys (almost) like Dad used to make. Oh, then there are home-baked scones from a cafe with an unexpected traditional kayak workshop in the back. Really.

End the day elbow to elbow with the locals over a beer made only feet from the bar. Hey, for all our architectural landmarks, that neighborly camaraderie makes for a pretty good foundation.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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