USA California Humboldt County - California Arcata Listing #30907

Magic Garden - Arcata, CA

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49 reviews
Max. occupancy: 5 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom No pets 
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Modern home with beautiful garden, outdoor shower & streaming services

Situated in a quiet corner of Arcata, this peaceful and private jewel of a home boasts all-new appliances in the well-equipped, full kitchen, comfortable furniture throughout, and unique art and fixtures. Set behind a locked gate, this vacation rental also features a fenced yard, a gorgeous old-rose garden, and a private, furnished deck. The outdoor shower provides convenience.

Sound like a relaxing hideaway? You have found the magic spot! Peace, quiet, and pure relaxation can be yours at this virtual spa.


Find this home off the street but right in the middle of charming downtown Arcata. Stroll just two blocks to the Cal Poly Humboldt campus. The Redwood Community Forest is around the corner, where you can explore beneath ancient, old-growth redwoods. Check out Arcata's bustling small-town plaza with a local artists' gallery, Saturday Farmers' market, and great restaurants offering local, organic cuisine. This vacation rental is just a short drive from the ocean and miles of deserted beaches.


City/town permit number: 605417
City/town permit number: SSVR-076

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.



Children's games



Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Internet : AT&T




Step-free access

Nearby activities & attractions


Disc golf

Golf nearby

On-site activities

Board games



Beach towels


Enclosed yard

Safety & accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Accessible bath/shower

49 reviews

Rosemary M. Sep 2022
Great location, easy to walk downtown. Beautifully furnished with amazing artwork. Clean, fabulous garden with a soaking tub. Will definitely be back!
Jeanne P. Aug 2022
The garden is like stepping into Paradise.
Rosa Linda M. Aug 2022
It was sheer heaven to stay at the Magic Garden while we attended a wedding at the Fieldbrook Winery!
Your magic garden home provided the beauty, serenity, and joy to rest and relax amidst gorgeous gardens, redwood soaking tub, friendly felines, & sacred Buddhas.
The amenities were outstanding including a well-stocked kitchen and bath.
We stayed here in 2015 for my son's college graduation, and were fortunate to visit paradise again! Rosa M., San Diego, Ca
Michael S. Jul 2022
One of the best Vacasa properties that we stayed in. Words don't do it justice. Clean and quiet and safe. Surrounded by flowers and green garden. Hot tub added a new dimension. Highly recommended ! Will book again.
Joy W. Jun 2022
This property is absolutely beautiful! The gardens really do make it magical. It’s also super close to the Arcata redwoods which is a beautiful way to start the day.
Kimberly J. Jun 2022
The house was well stocked with everything you needed. Had a mixer, plenty of cooking items and towels. The house itself was truly breathtaking and clean. Felt safe and comfortable! Will definitely be coming back!
Mark M. Jun 2022
The property was wonderful, with a lot of privacy. We really appreciated the private garden with its well-maintained plants (so many roses) and hot tub (that was apparently recently repaired).

The house itself was very nice, with a lot of natural light and a spacious feeling (high ceilings). The kitchen had all of the kitchenware things you would need to make your own meals with ease at home. The TV was nicely set up and had Netflix ready to go (good for the kids).

The bedrooms were nice - 1 larger bedroom with a king and a small window bed (great for a child) and a second bedroom. Would work well either for a family with 1-2 kids, or two parties that want to split the home for a stay.

The location was great, within a couple of blocks of an awesome redwood park (community forest). I went on multiple runs into the woods from there, and we stopped at the playground for our 3 year old. The house was also close to downtown, either a ~15ish min walk or short drive. As well, Arcata is close to the Redwood parks (national, state), so is an easy drive up 101 (this was our primary reason for coming to the area).

Overall, the home was really great - I would highly recommend a stay.
Virginia K. May 2022
The garden encompasses this home which feels like a spa, so comfortable that you are content to sit in the garden instead of partaking of the many other magical spots in Humboldt County. Has everything you need to make meals, a lovely hot tub many comfortable nooks for reading or conversation. Only one downside is that this garden would be filled with birds if the many neighborhood cats were not relentlessly hunting them. This is a gorgeous spot we hope to return.
Jeri N. Jan 2022
Would haven given this a 5 but the hot tub was out of order and I was really looking forward to using it. Very peaceful place with a beautiful yard. Would love to return.
Manager response:
We are so sorry about the hot tub, Jeri. We keep waiting for the necessary part to arrive for repair and hope to have that amenity up and running soon. Hopefully the compensation provided helped alleviate some of your disappointment. Thank you!
Elizabeth P. Jan 2022
I'd never been to Arcata and we had such a great week! The place is amazingly located, a couple of blocks from the community Redwood Forest (lots of hiking trails) and not much further from cute downtown area. Highly recommend. We had a couple of issues with the place but they were immediately dealt with -- communication was great and all good. It was a very comfortable and enjoyable place to work from and explore.
chelsea k. Dec 2021
Sweet place! I would rent it again. Close to the forest and town.
Elizabeth R. Nov 2021
the Magic Garden was a lovely place for our 4 day stay in Arcata. It was extremely clean, with a well appointed kitchen, and a very comfortable bed and linens - which I can be very picky about. Smart TV and good internet. The cottage was full of light, but also had good heating. Unfortunately, the hot tub was broken when we were here, so we did not get to enjoy that, but the garden is lovely and secluded and peaceful. It is a short walk into town, or just several blocks to the community redwood park, which has some easy hiking. Communications with the owner and manager were easy and they were very responsive. We would definitely stay here again when we return to Arcata!
Manager response:
Hello, Elizabeth. We are very sorry you weren't able to use the hot tub. It is always our goal for our guests to be able to use everything the home has to offer. Our team is working on replacing the heating system and hopes to have the hot tub available again soon. We hope to have the opportunity to better impress you in the future.
Heidi I. Aug 2021
Beautiful garden, huge windows, hot tub. What more could a traveler want? 😀
scott s. Aug 2021
Our 2nd time staying here. Feels like you're in your own personal oasis while still super close to town.
Sara H. Aug 2021
This is our third stay in this magical place and we can't wait to come back. The location is great, the garden is magical, kitchen is well equipped, you can't ask for much more!
Abe F. Jun 2021
Will rent here again ASAP
Andy D. Jun 2021
Very upscale and well kept house. Beautiful garden, open plan, naturally lit environment. Would be nice to have a washer/dryer, improved coffee pot and Vacasa needs to update directions. Google maps takes you to another part of town.
Mark S. Jun 2021
What an awesome place. Everything was perfect! Flowers were totally in bloom, all over the property. The barrel spa was amazing, and the house is just incredible. Can’t wait to visit again, thanks for a perfect holiday!
Vickie Y. May 2021
Private, quiet, beautiful and all within walking distance of the plaza. Enjoy.
Sharon O. May 2021
The backyard is a weathered deck surrounded by flowering plants, trees. The largest bedroom faces the back with double French doors, a twin size nook, a sitting area, and huge closet. Lots of light, and great for morning coffee, yoga, or a soak.

However, there is only one bathroom, so the master bed is fine just don’t expect a private bath. The kitchen and living room are open-and once again, lots of beautiful foliage. The second bedroom is private visually from the outside, but is very close to apartments so there is a lot of ambient noise. I don’t think kids would mind, but it might not be a great choice for adults. Loved everything about the place, but it really is best for one, or a couple (w w/o kids). There are rustic accents, such as the carved doors. It is a great retreat for recharging.
Christian G. Apr 2021
This is my second time staying in this wonderful sanctuary. The first time was for work and I was so impressed that I brought my family here for Easter. It provides such a relaxing environment.
Alyce F. Dec 2020
What a great place to stay!!! Clean, comfortable and very relaxing. Nice setting and very private. Had everything we needed with lots of extra touches. Definitely coming back in the Spring!!
Leslie L. Nov 2020
Our family of 5 had a fabulous stay at the Magic Garden. The home has such a uplifting feel to it. We loved all the natural light and garden views. The Japanese hot tub was a huge bonus. Location was also perfect for visiting the Arcata square and Humboldt State University.
Paul Y. Sep 2020
The house is beautiful and well cared for. Clean and comfy. And the garden was a great outdoor space at this time.

I would have liked a washer and dryer, but that was all I missed.
A delight and we will stay again.
Mariah G. Aug 2020
We loved having coffee each morning in the delightful garden filled with colorful flowers and greenery. The hot-tub and outdoor shower each evening was heavenly. The kitchen was well equipped and cooking our meals with the beautiful produce from the Arcata farmers market was a treat. We felt no need to go to restaurants. We would definitely stay at the magic garden the next time we are in Arcata.
Nicholas T. Aug 2020
This home is truly lovely. The beds are comfy and the windows onto the trees and back garden are delightful. But there is no info specific to the home anywhere, we couldn’t find the thermostat and the beds had a sheet and thin bedspread only & no additional blankets in closets. When I called Vacasa for assistance, I sat on hold for 20 mins and then gave up, went out and bought us some blankets. Eventually I found the thermostat (i’m petite and it is above my eye level and partially hidden by a piece of furniture), but would’ve appreciated a old fashioned house book with all pertinent house info or at least a response to my call. glad i didn’t need any urgent help from vacasa. But the house itself is really lovely and worthy of another stay.
Manager response:
We appreciate your feedback and are so sorry we were difficult to reach during such a busy time. We have hired more help on the phones to ensure we are getting to our guests in a timely manner. Thank you!
Ronald C. Jul 2020
My family loved this place. Felt very peaceful and comfortable. I hope to return to this place for another vacation. Location next to all the beaches, easy access to many varied restaurants. Felt like home. What is not to love? Quiet streets. Hot tub. Lovely garden. So clean, you wanted to keep it clean, even my children helped. Thanks :)
Sara R. Jun 2020
This is our second stay in this darling home. There are certainly a few quirks, but definitely a wonderful place to stay.
William A. Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed staying two nights as this beautiful spacious house! Everything about it was wonderful and the Vacasa staff has been beyond accommodating with an issue we encountered at a different property the night before. Book this, you will love it.
NANCY M. Feb 2020
We stayed at the Magic Garden twice while visiting our son at college. It is so private, clean and tucked away, yet right in town. The outdoor space with hot tub is private and relaxing.
The great room was fantastic for cooking and spending time together.
. Nov 2019
We really loved this vaycay rental. It was exactly as shown, and the beds were comfy. The place was clean and everything worked.
We stayed while visiting HSU with our daughter, it was really nice to be so close to campus. We loved the garden and the views out all of the windows. One person in our group is in a wheelchair, so the master bedroom worked well for accessibility, and the bathroom had plenty of space for disabled use as well. It was great to have so many towels available, though we used only a few, the place felt very luxurious and my family liked the complimentary goodies provided in the kitchen. I am sure we will stay here again while our daughter is in university.
. Sep 2019
we had a relaxing stay at the magic garden. the house is spotless and beautifully decorated. the garden and backyard area provide a nice place to sit and have a meal, enjoy a hot tub and look at the blooming plants and trees.
. Aug 2019
extremely private location, very appropriate name ; clean and very comfortable
one BUT: directions were incomplete , from 101
NORTH they did not provide the indicated exit, we than used GPS and got lost
. Aug 2019
This place is absolutely beautiful! Very clean, well taken care of, the patio and garden is awesome. Very quiet location a short distance from the downtown area. I would definitely stay here again.
. Jul 2019
This was a wonderful vacation rental. It worked perfect for five of us for the weekend.
. Jul 2019
Our family of four stayed here for a wedding. We walked to a Crabs game, the farmers market, dinner and to the city redwood park. The space was clean, bright and we loved the feel of the outdoors all around us. I would definitely come back!
. Jun 2019
Beautiful place! We would love to come back!
. May 2019
Skip the soaking tub, the water looks like it could use a change. Other than that awesome place to stay!
. Feb 2019
We had an amazing experience renting Magic Gardens through Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals! Everything went smoothly, the driving instructions were easy to follow, the house was clean and stocked with everything with needed for our stay. The property itself was gorgeous, and we definitely want to stay again. Thanks guys for a great stay-cation !
. Nov 2018
We had a lovely time in this Arcata bungalow. We were there to have Thanksgiving with our daughter and son-in-law who live in Eureka and it was a perfect place to make and share a family meal. The garden was beautiful and quiet. I would have appreciated curtains in the master bedroom - not for privacy because I don't think we were overlooked at all - but to keep the light out the morning. Also I did not realize until we arrived that the master bedroom does not have a door that separates it from the living room area. THe oven did smoke on two occasions and the smoke alarm went off. It was so high up on the ceiling that it was impossible to reach it but we opened the windows and door and eventually it stopped. THe location, next to the community forest was perfect for an afternoon walk through the redwoods - that was magical.
. Oct 2018
I am almost reluctant to share how special this rental is, because I want to make sure I can stay here again! We have been renting vacation rentals for over 25 years, and I can't think of a more beautifully appointed home that we have ever stayed in. Every detail is thoughtful and taken care of- extra blankets and towels, spotless and organized, information about the area, excellent communication throughout the process, paper products and cooking equipment- it's all there. We stayed while visiting our niece who is a freshman at HSU and hope to make the Magic Garden cottage our go to place to stay for the next four years. We loved Arcata and the surrounding areas and can't wait to come back. We had excellent meals downtown and in Eureka, and especially loved just chilling and relaxing in the cottage. Blown away by the tranquil beauty of this home, thank you for everything!
. Aug 2018
from the moment we stepped into the Magic Garden we knew we would have a good time. Peaceful digs with a wonderful vibe...everything was well thought out and put together. Loved the place!
. Jul 2018
Northern California has its charm for sure but I never expected to find a gem like this outside the redwood forests. The “Magic Garden” is a part of a collection of small homes. Each one appeared to have its own private entrance and the fences and foliage provide a unique privacy given the shared lot. We never saw our neighbors though we knew we had them. The master bedroom offers an amazing open view to the back gardens. There are no blinds so the sun is your indirect alarm clock if you wish. 2 Chinese blinds are provided to give an added sense of privacy or shade depending your comfort level. We didn't use them as again, you are tucked away nicely. The closet is huge so you can hide your luggage away and feel moved in vs. tripping over it. The kitchen and living room is shared but spacious and useful. Meals of any kind can be prepared and served in the dining area without feeling cramped. The TV was a puzzle, but luckily a little digging for the manual and trial and error with the oversimplified remote allowed our boys some unwinding from long hikes in the forest. The second bedroom was comfy and had a nice closet. The one bathroom was well stocked with towels and spacious enough for two people to get ready at the same time. The Asian decorative accents really set this unique architecture apart from other properties we have stayed at. The actual front door is 100 years old from East Timor. I treated like a piece of art it is. I enjoyed looking at it, but didn't dare touch it. The contemporary entrance is through the master bedroom. Statues and old Asian pillars adorn the space and added a sense of calm I needed this getaway. We enjoyed our breakfasts on the patio and our evenings in the Japanese soaking tub. The Magic Garden photos tell the story but they don't capture the heart. I would definitely recommend this for couples, honeymooners, and spiritual beings who come for the redwoods but want something more. Sp
. Jul 2018
We loved the location and all of the amenities of this home. It was cozy, beautifully decorated, and very well-appointed. We had a marvelous time exploring the beautiful area and then coming back to relax and unwind in this beautiful space. We will most definitely look into staying here again, the next time we make a visit to the north coast.
. Jun 2018
This is our 2nd stay at 'Magic Garden'. Super nice property and very clean. The garden is absolutely beautiful this time of year! Easy walk into town was key for us. Don't miss the fresh oysters this time of year (June).
. May 2018
Great location and lovely property! Back yard stunning complete with cedar soaking tub! A little paradise tucked away in Arcata! Would highly recommend!