Welcome to the distinctive bed and breakfast lodging options in Occidental. A direct result of the Northwest Pacific Coast Railroad, the town (then called Howard’s Station) was founded in 1876 as a stopping point on the narrow gauge to load the area’s treasures (including local products, redwood logs, wine, and charcoal). Once the redwoods were thinned out, locals began planting orchards and vineyards in their place, resulting in the fruit used in the area’s award-winning wines.
The town’s homes were originally built as summer cabins for San Francisco residents to escape the foggy city summers to vacation in Occidental’s sunshine and cool forest climate. Many visitors loved the area so much that they stayed, creating the vibrant town you see today. The town’s shopping, recreation opportunities and dining options are quite varied for a town of its size.
A remarkable number of artists and craftspeople live and work around Occidental. Each October many of their studios are open for the all-county Art Trails and in December the annual Christmas Crafts Faire. Occidental’s Redwood Arts Council presents concerts of local artists and world-renowned musicians featuring chamber music, international folk music, jazz, vocal ensemble and more at the Occidental Center for the Arts. The acclaimed Occidental Community Choir also performs original music several times a year.