Tormento de Puno by Zielinski Anastasia

McKinleyville, Westhaven, Trinidad

The ocean and waterways influence the beauty of northern Humboldt County. McKinleyville is a beautiful, growing community bordered by the rugged Pacific Coast, nestled between the Mad and Little Rivers, and filled with streams and creeks. It is home to the Azalea State Reserve, a 30-acre wilderness preserve filled with fragrant pink and white blossomed, wild azaleas in April and May. Nearby Clam Beach is known for beachcombing, fishing and horseback riding. The famous Hammond Coastal Trail presents stunning panoramic views of the coastline. Its art influences stem from a large Native American community, its days as a western pioneer town and from its fascinating natural surroundings.

North of McKinleyville is the tiny community of Westhaven, featuring the Westhaven Center for the Arts. The center features new exhibits and artists’ receptions each month, concerts and drama events, workshops and classes, many children’s activities, poetry readings, puppet shows, holiday events and other art exhibits.

Just past Westhaven is the seaside town of Trinidad, one of the most picturesque communities on the California Coast. Trinidad, with its small but dramatic bay and coastline, is known for its traditional fishing fleet, quaint ocean-side cottages and lovely Bed and Breakfast inns. Feast on fresh local seafood at one of Trindad’s fine food restaurants, and venture into one of several galleries highlighting works that star the natural beauty of the area. Trinidad has inspired the work of many well-known local and visiting artists.