Fortuna – The Friendly City

Fortuna was founded in 1888.  The residents selected the name Fortuna (Latin for “fortune”) for our friendly city because everyone felt so fortunate to live by the beauty of the redwoods, the ocean, the rich valley, and beautiful rivers.  The lumber industry was the start of the town and was its primary industry.

The friendly city of Fortuna is the perfect place to sleep, dine, and shop while you’re visiting the California redwoods. Centrally located in Humboldt County, Fortuna is just minutes away from magnificent redwood parks, pristine beaches, and historic points of interest.  Minutes from the historic Victorian village of Ferndale and close to the Eel River, The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel is located in Fortuna, central to the area’s state parks and activities.  Traveling north, Fortuna is approximately 250 miles from San Francisco, about a 4.5 hour pleasant drive through wine and redwood country.  Traveling south, Fortuna is approximately 429 miles from Portland, about a 7.5 hour drive along the beautiful Oregon coast and the striking Cascade Range.

A few of our favorite things to do in Fortuna (or darn close by!):

  1. Talk a stroll down the two-mile path of the Fortuna Riverwalk overlooking the Eel River.
  2. Go horseback riding through the redwoods and down the Eel River at Korobi Stables.
  3. Learn about the history of the Eel River Valley at the Depot Museum.
  4. Get fresh apples and apple cider at Clendenen’s Cider Works.
  5. Visit a cheese-making..making cheese the right way!  Loleta Cheese Factory
  6. Take a walking tour of the historic Village of Ferndale.
  7. Coming for business?  Be sure to book the River Lodge Conference Center.
  8. Getting married or having an event?  Be sure to book the River Lodge Conference Center.
  9. Try your luck on a slot machine or enjoy table games at the Bear River Casino.
  10. Steer your wheels through a living tree! Three of our Northern California giants offer you this unique experience.
  11. Visit the Humboldt Redwoods State Park to see the Avenue of Giants – the world’s largest remaining old-growth redwood forest along the coast.

… And visit the amazing redwoods and state parks that surround Fortuna. See the Local Area page or this list of ten must-see redwood trees.

The Redwood Coast provides a beautiful, scenic backdrop for weddings. Whether you want to say your vows amongst the redwood trees or overlooking the ocean, Northern California has it all! Check out this list of local contacts and caterers who would be happy to help you plan your big day.