Visiting Northern California

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Top 5 Things To Do In Northern California

The Benbow Inn in Garberville, California, is the perfect place to stay as you explore all the amazing destinations that Northern California has to offer. Located by the Eel River, the Benbow Inn offers clean, comfortable hotel rooms to lay your head between adventures.

Here are just 5 of the many things to do in Northern California, all within a short drive of The Benbow Inn!

1. Richardson Grove State Park

Just a 5-minute drive from the Benbow Inn sits the must-see Richardson Grove State Park! For anyone coming to Northern California, it’s absolutely necessary for you to see the gargantuan California redwoods and the lively South Fork of the Eel River. The sights at the park will have you reach for your camera in between dips in the water and scenic hikes in the woods.

2. Black Sands Beach Trailhead

If you’re looking for a fun day trip not far from the hotel, the Black Sands Beach Trailhead is just a 50-minute drive away. This incredible black sand beach is unlike any other. It’s a great place to walk, but be sure to bring good footwear, as it can be pretty rocky in certain areas.

3. Avenue of the Giants

For travelers looking for a scenic drive, one of the most beautiful highways in the country is just 20 minutes north of the Benbow Inn. For the span of about 31 miles on Highway 101, you’ll be able to view over 50,000 acres of redwood groves. The view from the Avenue of the Giants is absolutely breathtaking, and the surrounding area of Humboldt County is totally equipped for tourists because of it. So whether you want to enjoy a few hours taking in the view or you want to spend the day hiking, rafting, and swimming in Humboldt, you’ll still be just a short drive away from the Benbow Inn.

4. Briceland Vineyards

No trip to Northern California is complete without a wine tasting. Just a 20-minute drive from the Benbow Inn is the Briceland Vineyards. With a casual, homey environment, the Briceland Vineyards is a lovely place to stop for a peaceful afternoon of wine tasting. Enjoy wines of all kinds (including the unusual and bizarre), engage in some relaxing conversation, and recharge your batteries for the rest of your trip!

5. Sweet Grass Boutique

If you want to do a little shopping, this quirky boutique is for you. The Sweet Grass Boutique is just a 5-minute drive from the Inn. They sell women’s clothing, beautiful jewelry, and everything you’ll need for the interior decorating projects of your dreams.

There you have it! When you stay with us at the Benbow Inn, you’ll have no shortage of things to do to fill up your trip. You’ll be in the central location for it all.

Humboldt County, the ‘Wine Country’ of Cannabis

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“One thing happening in Humboldt that may appeal to tourists is the SHVBV’s new Meet the Farmers series of special dinners. These intimate meals are held at sites like the Benbow Historic Inn, in Garberville. “Meeting the farmers and sharing those stories and sharing that authentic culture simply cannot be recreated anywhere else,” Lasseter said.”

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