Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a backdrop of tree covered mountains, this modern day town surrounded by rural beauty combined with a leisurely paced atmosphere makes McKinleyville one of a kind. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, looking for a quiet getaway, taking the family on a tour of Northern California or looking to relocate we offer something for everyone.
Take a walk or ride your bike on the scenic Hammond Trail. A paved trail that runs parallel to the coast from one end of McKinleyville to the other. Visit local beaches and spend the day kayaking, surfing, fishing or taking a leisurely stroll looking for treasures. Within minutes many outdoor adventures await. Bird watching, hiking and camping in State Parks and forests, some of the best river fishing in the world, whitewater rafting trips, horseback riding or take photos of live elk in their natural habitat. Attend a variety of festivals all over Humboldt, including our very own Pony Express Days.
Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in the 70's and is always held the first weekend in June. It is a 4 day community event where you can enjoy a Clam Chowder Cook-off, Fireman's Muster (Fireman Games), Car Show, Pony Express Dance, Saturday Parade down Central which rolls right into our big Pony Express Family Fun Festival in Pierson Park. There is something for all ages.
McKinleyville has now become the fastest growing community on the North Coast. With the Arcata-Eureka Airport just north of town, McKinleyville is the commercial air gateway to Humboldt County. Also, the Coast Guard Rescue Team is headquartered next to the airport. The community offers plenty of family activities and parks, a thriving business community offering everything one needs right in town, an active senior center and established school systems, with Humboldt State University being only 10 minutes away.
Humboldt is famous for its pristine coastline, ancient redwood forests, fresh seafood, unique handcrafted products and friendly people. Enjoy all this in McKinleyville and its small town charm with big city services.
Only About An Hour Away, Yet A World Away
When the Redwood Highway was being constructed in the 1920s, one of the first hotels to accommodate travelers on the new highway was Benbow Historic Inn. Opened in 1926, "Hotel Benbow" as it was known back then, was considered the place to visit offering a combination of seclusion and elegant hospitality for San Francisco travelers and the Hollywood elite.
The 55-room Benbow Historic Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America, is located in Southern Humboldt County, 80 miles south of McKinleyville and 200 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. A scenic drive from Northern Humboldt County will bring guests right to Benbow Historic Inn's doorstep at the Benbow Exit, #636.
A recent $600,000 restoration of all guestrooms, hallways and meeting rooms combined with capital improvements to Benbow KOA, the golf course and expansion of the inn's meetings, catering and wedding offerings has kept Benbow Historic Inn and Benbow KOA up-to-date.
Complimentary in-room coffee, tea, and crème sherry are in each guestroom. Each day between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM, guests enjoy complimentary tea and scones served in the lobby. The inn's cocktail lounge is the gathering place for guests with a beautiful fireplace as the centerpiece. Benbow Historic Inn continues to receive rave reviews from guests, business groups and travelers for both food and service. The Tudor style dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year. The inn's restaurant has received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for its extensive wine list for over 15 years.
Seasonal swimming pool, Jacuzzi, splash-park and playground with sport court are available for guest use, and located at the golf course at Benbow KOA. The 9-hole, par 35 golf course offers a challenge for the best of golfers - providing spectacular views of Benbow Valley.
Holidays are a very special time of the year in Benbow. Festive Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentine's Day weekend lodging and dining packages are perennial guest favorites. The inn has increased indoor and outdoor meeting space to over 8,000 square feet, offering Wi-Fi at all locations. Benbow Historic Inn has become the ideal Humboldt County venue for corporate retreats, seminars, meetings, celebrations and memorable weddings for up to 300 guests. Over the last 20 years, Benbow Historic Inn has raised over $250,000 for Humboldt County nonprofits and special causes at its annual wine auction and tasting. This year's event benefits the Healy Senior Center of Redway and will be held Saturday, November 8th from 2pm to 6pm. For information, please visitwww.benbowinn.com or contact Neil Leddy, Director of Sales and Marketing at(707) 923 - 2124.