As more and more states have legalized recreational marijuana use in recent years, there’s been a lot of “buzz” in the travel industry about the future of cannabis vacations and what shape this would take. But like everything else in the world of travel, the global coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19 changed the landscape and slowed everything down. Now, slowly but surely, travel is coming back, and Northern California’s Scotia Lodge is front and center as an instant hotspot for those whose travel decisions are influenced by all things cannabis.
Taking a page from the trendy farm-to-table playbook, wherein restaurants and hotels take advantage of the surrounding local agricultural specialties, Scotia Lodge is in the epicenter of its growing focus, as the surrounding Humboldt Bay region is currently home to more than 12,000 cannabis farms. Sitting right near the entrance to the famed Avenue of the Giants at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the hotel itself is a classic, and for a century has been a top choice for visitors coming to see the area’s number one attraction, the world’s largest trees, the majestic redwoods. The Avenue of the Giants is a 31-mile scenic drive with access to multiple hiking