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Gateway to the Redwoods

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This southern Humboldt town is a handy staging point for excursions to California's Lost Coast, including vacationing at Shelter Cove.

Conveniently situated at the southern end of the Avenue of the Giants, Garberville has a lot to offer: an arts festival in the late spring, Shakespeare in the outdoors at mid-summer, and an overall rustic ambience. The Benbow State Recreation Area is centered on a six-mile lake created by a dam. This is the site of the June Arts & Crafts Fair and a well-known jazz festival.

Eating in the Garberville area can be very rewarding, especially at the renowned and popular Benbow Inn.

Calico's Cafe, at 808 Redwood Drive, is a small cafe with fresh baked goods, soup, sandwiches, etc. Cecil's New Orleans Bistro, is nearby at 773 Redwood, specializing in Cajun cuisine, but also has other dishes taken from the standard American cookbook.

Garberville Hotels

Tudor-style Benbow Inn (707-923-2124) should be considered for at least one night's stay. It's two miles south of Garberville, overlooking the south fork of the Eel River. There's a nine-hole golf course, a cozy quasi-Victorian atmosphere and a dining room with a considerable reputation ($$ to $$$). In Garberville, accommodations are rather ordinary, although there are several respectable motels and cafes with a natural touch. Humboldt House Inn, a Best Western motel at the north end of Redwood Drive, the main street, has 56 units and a swimming pool.

Up the street are several older but comfortable motels including Motel Garberville, at 948 Redwood Drive, which has a restaurant on site and special deals for steelhead anglers. The Rancho Motel, a few doors away, has a heated pool.

A few miles south of Garberville, in Piercey, the Hartsook Inn has 62 cabins set in the forest next to Richardson Grove ($).

Camping

For campers who require full hookups, Dean Creek Resort in Redway (707-923-2555) has serviced sites on the river with hookups, cable TV, a whirlpool and sauna. Benbow Valley Resort (707-923-2777) is two miles south of Garberville: a deluxe RV park with its own 9-hole golf course, paved RV sites, full hookups, a cafe, and a full slate of amenities.

For park campgrounds in the area, go to
Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

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