This yard is part of the amazing Redwood retreat we get to call home when we are in Humboldt visiting Max’s family. This house belongs to Marguerite, or Muffy as she’s known. She’s Max’s step-mom and like a mom and grandma to us all. Max’s dad died many years ago and they bought this home together. She welcomes us all to stay at here at this resort that she calls home and be spoiled. Included in this group besides our four is Max’s sister Amara, her husband Brian and Max’s mom Fay, who lives in nearby Eureka. We all takeover Marguerite’s home and she lets us run amok!
We all pitch in and assist with some fabulous meals she makes. We hang out on her bar and have our morning tea and coffee while she cooks us up stuff like this:
The day before we left she made a new blueberry scone recipe from Cook’s Illustrated here. I have never seen scones made this way and wow!
Guess we won’t be playing ping-pong today. When vines attack!
Hey look what we unearthed…
|There is just so much loveliness in this yard. Plus fruit!|
Marguerite and I like to hang out on the patio and look at recipe books. We were loving this recipe here in a cookbook we found at Los Gatos’s Happy Dragon thrift shop. So sorry I don’t have the original credit, but you can zoom in on this… Doesn’t it look yummy?
Everyone else likes to just relax out while the sun shines. She lives in Sunnybrae, a part of Arcata that is a bit more inland and gets more sun than most parts up there.
Petting large dogs who think they are puppies…
|Max and his mom, Fay.|
|Max’s sis Amara and Grif.|
We cook some more.
Piano by Griffin.
Dishes by Josie! ;P
I just love Marguerite’s cooking library she has which is adjacent to the kitchen. Love to have that someday. It’s fun to browse all her books!
Anyway, no trip to Muffy’s would be complete without shopping and Amara and I were anxious to get to a Humboldt institution, Holly Yashi. This store is so fun. They have gorgeous jewelry made on site in their workrooms. They also sell lovely home decor and accessories and greet you with an espresso drink at the door if you wish. They had me at cappuccino! Do not miss this stop if you are up here!
|The men were happy with the coffee and some kind of yummy Beligian cookies and spread they sell called called Biscoff. We all bought a jar of the spread.
There were all kinds of darling shops in downtown Arcata like this garden stop, Eden.
|My personal favorite is The Garden Gate. I could spend days in here. The selection of merchandise is clearly chosen by someone with fantastic taste. From garden tools and pots to divine umbrellas, books, toys and jewelry, and handbags -it’s all covetable!|
|I want these cups!|
|And this book about Normandy!|
I have an umbrella obsession and finding full size beautifully made ones like these is rare.
Some folks found the yard furniture section near the books..
Unfortunately, Funk Shui was closed when I was there! It could have been an experience. 🙂
Arcata is just cute with bits like this roundabout with tiles and pretty plants.
And speaking of cute, I thought this was quite…
And no trip would be complete to this area without a stop at Los Bagels. With locations in both Eureka and Arcata, this landmark produces some of the best bagels you have ever had. The slug, (looking like you would presume), is one of their signature bagels. They also serve Larrupin sauce which is another Humboldt specialty, a kind of mustardy spread. I personally like the Eureka location below. The art inside is quite fun.
While Arcata is a evolving and hopping college town with a main square, Eureka is a small version of San Francisco, with it’s hills and Victorian lined downtown. It’s very charming and fun to wander through. I always like to check out the resale store HollyGoLightly. It’s got the cutest selection of vintage dresses. Eureka below.
I hate heading home. I really like the slower pace of this whole area. It’s a bit like being in another space/time continuum.
On the way back down 101, you’ll encounter many burl shops along the way. They can do anything with those logs. Check out this burl (the knotty growth of a tree) fountain. Watch out Bellagio!
How about a nice surfing bear for your beach house? Just to make the neighbors jealous? 🙂
There’s an awful lot of these too.
All photos property of Northern California Style 2012.