Local Attractions

Besides being centrally located in the heart of Redwood Country (with numerous redwood parks within a short distance to the north and south), there are a many, many local activities to experience. In fact, we send our guests a 12 page trip planning guide with a 14 day activity schedule.

Within a short drive, there are scenic attractions such as Trinidad Head Trail, the HSU Marine Lab, Agate Beach, Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek State Park and Fern Canyon with its herds of Roosevelt Elk. Other activities include: exploring Humboldt State University and Arcata, Old Town Eureka and the Eureka Waterfront, the Victorian Village of Ferndale and the College of the Redwoods. Charter boats are available for fishing, sightseeing and whale watching excursions (there is also good whale watching directly from the house). Trinidad Harbor offers excellent kayaking and the Trinity, Klamath, Eel and Mad Rivers have world class trout, steelhead and salmon fishing as well as river rafting and kayaking.

There are excellent restaurants in Trinidad, Arcata and Eureka. For surfers, Trinidad beaches are sought after surf locations in Humboldt County. In winter, Horse Mountain has cross-country skiing and snow fun and is less than an hour away.

Wine tasting can be found at Bergeron Winery and Moonstone Crossing winery in downtown Trinidad and is a five minute drive. Tide pooling, bird watching, marine mammals, art galleries, gift shops, Trinidad Museum, sailing, windsurfing, camping, horseback riding, Cher-Ae Heights Casino, fishing, crabbing, clamming, beach combing, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming and agate hunting are all activities you will want to experience. For golfers, there are two courses within a 30 minute drive.

If you are a bird watcher, the Chalet is on a main route of the Pacific Migratory Flyway. Large flocks fly north and south and are often only a hundred yards away. The are usually directly in front of us or just below the bluff so you can get a great view. We recently saw a flock of 400 Canadian Snow Geese and a few days later we saw a flock of 70 cormorants. A pair of hometown bald eagles can occasionally be seen overhead. I’m told there are over 400 varieties of birds in the area.

The Cher-Ae-Heights casino in Trinidad (5 minutes away) features minor acts such as Starship, Everclear, Tony Orlando and Skid Row.

The Van Duzer Theatre in Arcata hosts national acts such as Boz Scaggs, The Blue Man Group, Winton Marsalis, Cake, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Willie Nelson and Peter Frampton. This theater has only 862 seats so you will want to buy your tickets in advance (http://www.humboldt.edu/centerarts).

Although there are a lot of activities to choose from, frankly, just watching the ocean waves crash on the offshore rocks is mesmerizing. Many guests prefer to just spend their time relaxing and enjoying the view.

Good website videos on the area:


Patrick’s Point Drive

Birds and Waterfowl