By Mary Bullwinkel
Sip the microbrews at Eel River Brewery (707) 725-2739, the first certified organic brewery in California. Microbrew fans – the Eel River Brewery is one of six in Humboldt County…all located within a 45-minute drive from Fortuna. Nibble on samples of over 34 varieties of cheese at the Loleta Cheese Factory. Enjoy homemade apple cider at Clendenen’s Cider Works (707) 725-2123. It's a great rest stop off Highway 101 for any trip North or South at the 12th Street exit, Fortuna. From the farm to you – the Fortuna Farmer’s Market is held every Tuesday from May through October. Bear River Valley Beef Boehm’s Café features specialty foods. Get a variety of local products at the Fortuna’s River Lodge gift shop.