Lulu's Vintage

The Redwoods, Northern California Coast, Roadside Attractions + More

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My grandmother lived in a Victorian house on the Main Street of a small Northern California town called Fortuna. When I was growing up we would take roadtrips down to visit her at least once a year. Northern California has a very fond spot in my heart and mind. I definitely feel that the old towns, Victorian buildings, quirky roadside attractions, gorgeous beaches, and rainbow array of rock colors have had a profound effect on who I am.

It's an area of immense beauty. I highly recommend visiting and exploring the redwoods, the beaches, and the Victorian town of Ferndale.

There's a gift shop inside of this redwood tree. I had visited it in the past- but, it looks like it's been closed for awhile...

The winding road leading through these soaring giants...

Fortuna is where my mother grew up and my grandmother lived...

Romano Gabriel's folk art used to be on display in his yard but, now it's on display in the center of Eureka. I remember being fascinated by his artwork as a child...

The photo of Chris posted below looks like it could have been taken in Scotland...

The beach posted below used to be a great place to find fossils- but, now it's mostly dunes...

Trinidad is a small town that features a picturesque lighthouse and bay...

At the Trees of Mystery parking lot you are greeted by a giant talking Paul Bunyan and his trusty companion Babe the Blue Ox. Trees of Mystery has a walking trail that features giant redwoods carved into animal shapes, etc... Inside the gift shop building there is a Native American Museum featuring a wide array of Native American artifacts.

One of my favorite spots to visit north of Crescent City is this park that has a cluster of old buildings and features an isolated beach...

The lighthouse in Crescent City...

I remember driving by this house when I was young and thinking how cool the decorations were, and wondering why didn't everyone decorate their houses like this...

The Smith River running alongside the South Redwood Highway (199) is my favorite river. It has a gorgeous clear blue/green color and flows in steep rocky canyons covered in Japanese-esque trees and foliage...

Giant Fly atop restrooms in O'Brien, Oregon...

This post was originally published on June 20, 2012.