While Arcata California is now famously home of Cal Poly Humboldt (one of only 3 polytechnic universities in the state), this hip and quintessential Northern California hub is far more than just a college town. Nestled in the heart of breathtakingly beautiful Humboldt County, Arcata California provides for the perfect Northern California weekend escape.

Located just about a 5 hour drive north of San Francisco or a quick inexpensive flight from Los Angeles it is easy to plan a quick getaway and get to know Arcata California in as little as weekend. Most of Downtown Arcata is easily accessed by foot or bicycle with most attractions within a short distance from one another. Here is a quick 3 day itinerary that pretty much sums up the Downtown Arcata California vibe. Start your Arcata California vacation now!

Day 1: Friday Night Fun 

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Happy Hour at Redwood Curtain Brewery 

Humboldt County is known for it numerous micro breweries, but in the local craft beer scene Redwood Curtain Brewery is definitely an Arcata fave. At their convenient South G Street location they are brewing up a wide selection ranging from light golden ales to stouts to their famous range of IPAs. What makes craft brews better though? Happy hour, of course! Redwood Curtain Brewery  features Happy Hour weekdays from 2-6pm. Kick off your Arcata California weekend adventure with a cold one. With amazing specials going on, happy hour is crazy good for your wallet. There is also a fun food truck in the back if you are needing something to snack on with your beverage.

Dinner at Campground

For a hip, velvety dining experience make dinner reservations at Arcata California’s premier restaurant & bar, Campground. Serving prime cuts of meats cooked over an wood-fired grill, small plates, craft cocktails, beer & wine, this spot is a favorite lounge among locals who crave something sophisticated.


After Dinner Dancing 

Downtown Arcata California is never short on options for live entertainment on the weekends. You can catch live music, comedy shows, DJ sets, circus acts, and who knows what else on most nights at a variety of local venues. Check out the calendars at Arcata Theater Lounge, The Jam, and HumBrews if you are looking to get into something fun and lively while visiting downtown Arcata.


Day 2: Saturday Strolling 

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Arcata’s Creamery District

Start your day dining in Arcata’s Famous Creamery District with breakfast and coffee at Familia Coffee Roasters. Then stroll on over to the Arcata Farmer’s Market to join dozens of vendors and local businesses in an outdoor shopping extravaganza in the Arcata Plaza. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the amazing products and entertainment found here. Live music brings the market to life from 10:30AM-1:30PM. Take in the sights of market-goers hula-hooping, dancing, and socializing. You never know what you may see at the Arcata Plaza Farmers Market!

Public Trails

A visit to Arcata California is not complete without a stroll through Arcata Community Forest. Not far from the Arcata plaza can you immerse yourself in a legit Redwood Forest. Arcata Community Forest is comprised of nearly 800 acres of public recreational park and woodland area! This is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to visit and get active. Explore dozens of trails suitable for all types of activities. In addition, there are picnic areas, restrooms, and a playground.

Arcata’s Historic Minor Theater

After a day of trekking the town, take it easy with dinner and a movie at the second oldest movie theater in the United States. The Arcata Minor Theater is definitely different from your every day theater. They serve local wines and craft beer and give off a nice historic vibe while still being hip. The staff is friendly and this is in a good location downtown Arcata. It can get busy on weekends so check to make sure they are not sold out on shows (movie tickets) before you go. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see your favorite movie at this absolutely wonderful historic theater preserved throughout time.

For dinner and a “true fish house experience” on California’s North Coast check out Salt Fish House. Located just around the corner from the Minor Theater, Salt Fish House serves up the freshest local oysters, traditional broiled Maine lobster, and other seaside classics. Handcrafted cocktails accompany the elevated chef-driven local menu found here. A must visit in Arcata.

Day 3: Sunday Funday

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Bagels For Breakfast

Start your Sunday off with an Arcata staple… the local bagel bakery and cafe. Los Bagels has been serving organic bagels, handmade pastries, and artisan level espresso in Arcata since 1984. Whether you rendezvous with friends and family, or take a break from sightseeing, Los Bagels is the locals choice for great food and a unique experience.

Bike Rides

Follow up your bagel breakfast with an E-Bike ride through the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. Pick up bikes from the E-Bike Parking Stations located on the Arcata Plaza then head off to take in the sights and sounds of this prime spot for birding, hiking and great views of the Arcata Bay. Birds or mammals can be spotted from one of the many trails that network the over 225 acres of public area in the marsh. The sanctuary is a major migratory route for thousands of birds so be sure to bring binoculars if you have them.

The Humboldt Bike Share program is a safe, fun and affordable way to connect with the community, run errands, and enjoy Arcata’s public trails.



Where To Stay In Arcata, CA

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There is so much adventure and exploring to be done, so this is really just a brief look at all you can see and do in Downtown Arcata California. Should you find yourself with extra time during your stay, enjoy the many amenities of these unique Downtown Arcata Vacation Rentals: hot-tub, infrared sauna, ping-pong table, beach cruiser bikes, fire-pit, bbq, and views. Walking distance to all that Arcata has to offer.

Whether you are seeking something in the heart of downtown, beachside, or pet-friendly, there are several options available for you. The local area property managers have extensive knowledge of the area and are always happy to assist guests in having the best experience possible when visiting Arcata.



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Arcata, CA, 95521