My wife and I go to Humboldt County frequently and are very fond of the Victorian village of Ferndale. This newish building is one of three rental units in and around the main house on a former dairy farm within easy walking distance of town. It features a soaring ceiling with double-height windows that flood the space with sunlight during the day and offer views of the moon and stars at night, Deer and wild turkeys graze in the meadows outside the windows. And if you tire of watching them, you can read one of the many, many books for which the place is named--an extraordinary collection, with an emphasis on history, literature, geography. and art. The kitchen area is full-featured, although slight on counter space, and worked well for us preparing breakfasts and our picnic lunches to go, when we drove off to tour the redwoods, the Lost Coast, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the coast north of Eureka. In the evening we dined at Tuyas, a great Mexican restaurant downtown, which we tried on our first night in Ferndale and kept going back to thereafter, because, well, why not?
All in all, the space was comfortable, carefully decorated, and immaculate. Sylvia, the property manager was friendly and helpful. And there is a friendly cat that lives in the barn next door and will greet you outside the door in the morning. We were enjoying ourselves so much we called Sylvia to tack on an extra day. This really is a one-of-a-kind unit, and we will definitely be going back if we can.