Trinidad is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway, with the perfect combination of small-town coastal charm and easy access to breathtaking beauty. Here’s our suggested itinerary for a weekend packed with both memorable experiences and moments of rest and rejuvenation. Friday Afternoon: Take the Scenic Drive into town—literally. Take the Moonstone-Westhaven exit off 101 and head north towards town on a winding seaside road with jaw-dropping views. Be sure to stop at Houda Point and Luffenholtz Beach along the way. For lunch head into Headies Pizza for some gourmet pizza. Evening: Feeling lucky? Spend your evening at Cher-Ae Heights Casino, a premier nightlife destination on the North Coast. While you're there grab dinner at the Sunset Restaurant and treat yourself to a menu focused on local ingredients, featuring fresh seafood, steaks, pasta and more. Saturday Morning: After sleeping in, dig into a hearty brunch at the Seascape Restaurant located right off the pier. While you’re in town, take some time to meander through the shops on Trinity Street, with a delightful array of goods and handmade gifts. Afternoon: Head north to Patrick’s Point State Park. This small park is an ideal place to be immersed in the beauty of the North Coast. You’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world at Wedding Rock, with a sweeping view of the Pacific. Forested trails weave throughout the park, leading to a reconstructed Yurok village. And after all that trekking around, why not swing by Moonstone Crossing Winery for a wine tasting? Sip on some award-winning vino and enjoy conversation with locals and tourists alike. Evening: Make reservations at Moonstone Grill for an upscale culinary experience. But to get the full experience of this charming restaurant, be sure to time your dinner plans with the sunset, and request a seat near the window! Sunday Morning: Wake up early and head over to Trinidad State Beach. Hike around the Trinidad Head Loop Trail. This 1.4 miles long trail has a bit of a steep start, but the 360-degree views of the northern coast are well worth the effort. Afternoon: On your way out of town, be sure to find some Redwoods. If you’re headed north, stop at Prairie Creek State Park. If you’re headed south, check out the Community Forest in Arcata or Sequoia Park in Eureka.
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