When you think of Northern California, do you think of small town charm? If you don’t, you should! This part of our state is dotted with dozens of towns that by population alone may not be considered small, but by charm and beauty they’ve kept the magic by feeling quaint and reminding us of times gone by.
There’s nothing more romantic than taking the hand of someone you love and strolling down main street. Here are 12 that made our list.
Disney characters Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Daisy Duck, and most of their supporting cast live in the fictional city of Duckburg, first mentioned in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #49 in 1944, created by Carl Barks. It's believed this city "Duckburg" was named after the city of Eureka.
Located on the west short of beautiful Clear Lake. Lakeport was first settled by Native Americans several thousand years ago.
3. St. Helena
St. Helena considers itself the "Main Street" of the Napa Valley. Known for its small town charm with its big experiences in culinary delights and world-renowned wines.
4. Sutter Creek
Charm abounds here. Visiting Sutter Creek is like stepping back into the gold rush era...but with much better food.
Murphys is tucked away in Calaveras County and considers herself Queen of the Sierra Foothills. We agree!
The town was founded in 1850 as a logging community, and was originally named Meiggsville after Henry Meiggs. No offense, Mr. Meiggs, but we're glad that one didn't stick.
The county seat of Amador County, settlers were drawn to gold in them thar hills. Founded in 1848 and named after an attorney that miners liked.
The Spanish word for Tiburon is "shark" and was probably inspired by the native leopard sharks in the surrounding waters.
Fortuna is the Spanish for the word "fortune." Chosen by settlers who felt fortunate to live in such a glorious place surrounded by the forests, the Eel river and the Pacific Ocean. 20,000 fill the town during Fortuna's Redwood AutoXpo.
If you enjoy fishing, skiing, climbing, or sight-seeing then you'll understand why Dunsmuir is a hub for visitors.
Population 115. Volcano was named when gold rush settlers believed the bowl-shaped valley to be created by a volcano. No such luck. This tiny town is known for a lot of firsts in California: first circulating library, first private school, first law school and first hanging.
Sausalito (sauzalito) is Spanish, meaning "small willow grove." Pre-World War II it was known for its shipmaking. Now it's become an artistic houseboat community of over 400 boats.
When you think of small town charm which Northern California spot comes to mind? Share which towns you’ve visited here and give us your advice on a few we may have missed!