The center of Ferndale is about six blocks from Morningstar, and offers art galleries,
restaurants, and a repertory theater, as well as an array of charming antique shops and
boutiques.  The architecture is pure Victorian, giving Ferndale the name of 'The
Victorian Village'.

A scenic five mile drive will bring you to the sweeping beauty of the Centerville Beach,
which marks the northern end of the Lost Coast.  Dogs are welcome here.  The
Avenue of the Giants is a short drive from Ferndale, and you can hike all day at
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, while a few miles inland you can swim at Swimmers
Delight on the Van Dusen river.  Drive north, and you will come to the most beautiful
beaches in the world - Moonstone Beach, Agate Beach and Big Lagoon.  Most
beaches allow dogs.  Eureka, just north of Ferndale, offers a greater variety of
restaurants.  In Old Town Eureka you can visit the
Clarke Museum for the best
display of Indian baskets and artefacts outside a university.  For Indian cultural events,
you can contact
Patrick's Point State Park, and visit the reconstructed Yurok village

A short stroll down a country lane brings
you to the County Fairgrounds, where you
can enjoy the many events that are held
there.  In August the old-fashioned
County Fair (click here for pictures of the
Fair) brings visitors from far afield to
enjoy the carnival, as well as the many
events and demonstrations. From quilts to
home-made preserves and dairy cows to
fancy chickens, there is something for

In May, Ferndale hosts the finish of the
wild and crazy
Kinetic Sculpture Race,
(click here for pictures of the race)
Built in the late 1800's, the original farmhouse served a large dairy farm.  In more recent years, it became an Arabian
horse ranch, and currently is home to horses and a rare plant nursery.  The farmhouse has been recently remodeled,
bringing back much of the appeal of the Victorian interior, but also providing the comfort of every modern amenity.  
There is a deck with a  barbecue where you can relax and enjoy the views across the meadows and smoke if you wish
(no smoking in the house).   The landscaped side yard also provides private outdoor seating.  To make your vacation
complete, you can bring your pets with you, and there is a securely fenced back yard for your dog.

The family farms that surround Morningstar are dairy farms that are renowned for the quality of their dairy products, as
well as the management of their dairy herds and their land.  Nearby in Fernbridge is the Humboldt Creamery, where milk
is processed from the cows you see grazing next door.  In nearby Loleta is the
Loleta Cheese Factory, where you can
see prize-winning organic cheeses being made from the local dairy herds.