California · United States

California’s Redwood Highway

Marin, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties.

The Pacific Coast Highway.

I would love to see these areas on a driving trip up the California coast.

So I’m going to to do a little research on the small, coastal towns, beaches, and any other attractions along the way.    What originally caught my eye was this picture of a Japanese-inspired A-Frame  listed on VRBO in Trinidad, California:

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Trinidad, California A-Frame.  Pinterest.

I couldn’t help but wonder where Trinidad was located!

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So many areas on this map to explore!  Pinterest

Trinidad is a seaside community located in the northern part of California in Humboldt County.

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Doesn’t it look beautiful and rugged?  Pinterest.

This is why I would love to drive up the coast of California all the way up to the northern tip of Washington State and just see these jagged shorelines & quaint seaside towns.

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Artists’ galleries and “eateries” along the bay.  Pinterest

If you stay at the Lost Whale Inn

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View from Lost Whale Inn.  Pinterest

you will have breathtaking views like the one above.  The inn has a private trail that leads down to two miles of private beach called the Abalone Cove. If you make it down the steep trail (where along the way there are beautiful areas where you can stop & have a glass of wine while enjoying the Pacific Ocean vistas) you will be rewarded with all kinds of sea life including starfish & sea anemones.  You can also see baby sea lions in the months of June – July and January – March.

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Plunge into a refreshing waterfall at the southern end of the cove.

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Lost Whale Inn (and gardens).  Pinterest

The website ( says that in the winter you can watch the crashing waves when the storms come in while keeping warm in front of your fireplace and eating fresh Dungeness crab and homemade chowder.  In the summer, enjoy lawn games, hammocks, and campfire “S’Mores”.  All of the seasons have something magical to offer.  This Inn is only a 20-minute drive to Redwoods National Park.  Here is its address and phone number:

Lost Whale Inn

3452 Patrick’s Point Drive
Trinidad, CA 95570

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