Small Victorian Town with a growing Art Scene!
its waaay outta the way...and it drizzles all the time
The ideal base for touring the north coast
Eureka, due to its former lumber wealth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, has a large, attractive old town that has been rejuvenated. Still quiet, it is nevertheless fairly lively and clean and in good shape, unlike the way it was back in the early 90s, when it has derelict and half boarded up. It has lovely old buildings and a number of...more
The Carson Mansion was built by an early lumber baron named William Carson in 1885.The mansion took more than two years to build and it is the most photographed building in Eureka. The architecture is an elaborate combination of Queen Anne, Italianate and Eastlake styles. The Carson Mansion is prominate and can be seen from a distance around the...more
The Avenue of the Giants is just over 30 minutes drive from Eureka .The "Giants" are Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. The Redwoods are also some of the oldest trees in the world, called "the ambassadors from another time" by John Steinbeck .The Redwood forest is so beautiful and the misty air is filled with the scent of Cedar....more
The red color of the heart wood and bark are, how the giant trees got named "Redwoods". The average mature Coastal Redwood Tree is hundreds of years old, a Giant can live 2000 yrs. An average Redwood stands about 200 - 250 feet ,a Giant more than 350 feet tall. Redwoods average 8 feet to as giant as 20 feet in diameter and can weigh as much as 500...more
Eureka stretches about six miles along Humboldt Bay. In 1996 the city decided to start a network of trails around the bay. One stretch of this trail is the downtown boardwalk which is located from the foot of F Street south past the new waterfront developments to the foot of C Street. In the future it is envisioned that this area will be a tourist...more
Mission: To deliver troops and their equipment, (embarked for up to a week)directly on enemy shores, through moderate surf, against enemy fire.Length: 158' 5". Commissioned: Sep 21, 1944First Cruise: Down the Mississippi River, through the Panama Canal, into theSouth Pacific war.First Combat: Apr 28 - Jun 30, 1945, assault and occupation of...more
We weren't needing a romantic spot for the night... simply a comfortable room in a good location for...more
I would never put my family, friends or relatives in any of the local Motel 6, Super 8 or other...more
2844 Fairfield St, Eureka, California, 95501, United States
Good for: Business
This is a wonderful ice cream parlour with homemade ice cream. It is fairly new but is actually a reincarnation of an old ice cream parlour with the same name that occupied the same location for decades before petering out. The place thus has a beautiful old marble counter and general lovely old feel, plus great ice cream. It is located on F St...more
Theres really not much of a night life in this town, muchless the area. There are a few bars but they are pretty much filled with the seedy s.t.d carrying stereo types you'd expect to find in any airport strip club, so yeah it blows and the place is gross. everything from nude un-bathed hippies to your wanna-be white boy thugs that don't seem to...more
Lost Coast Brewery is one of the few bars open late at night in Eureka, and it is a great choice for a beer. Lost Coast is one of Northern California's top breweries with such tasty and widespread beers as Great White, Lost Coast Pale Ale, Eight Ball, and Downtown Brown. Interestingly, this brewery has been in business since the beginning of the...more
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There has actually never been a 'working' railroad as long as I have lived in Humboldt county, but every year or so there are whispers of 'someone' starting the old wheels turning again..It would be great to have this kind of transportation between here and San Francisco. At this point,driving, walking or biking are your best options as flying can...more
If you have to fly into Eureka, you will fly on either United Express or Alaska Airline's, Horizon Air. Our airport is small. (code ACV) If you have your own plane, you can fly into ACV or an airport closer to Eureka named Murray Field. I would recommend you drive to Eureka. You don't want to miss the gorgeous coast line, tall Redwoods and...more
Bayshore has about 96 stores containing, Meryvns, Sears, Gottschalks, Old Navy, Gap, Victoria Secret, Bath and Body Works, Baa Baa Sheep, and several others.There is a Kmart here and then a nicer one in Mckinleyville. There are little quaint stores in Ferndale and Old Towne Eureka. We have a Micheals, Joanns Fabrics, many video rental stores, and...more
Humboldt Bay is the largest natural bay between San Francisco and the Puget Sound in Washington State.Eureka sits on the shore of Humbolt Bay in the center of Californias Redwood Coastline. This heavily forested area did and still has a large timber industry. A very successful lumber business is how Mr Carson earned his fortune and was able to build his Mansion and other prestigious Victorian houses in Eureka.
Despite the Ranger telling us the otherwise, the tall trees grove (home of the worlds tallest tree) was shut. Well we could have gone on by foot but it would have meant a 14 mile round trip, as they had padlocked the gate at the end of the access road
Victorian homes are all over the Eureka/Ferndale area. Many people buy these gorgeous homes, fix them up, use them as rentals or live in them. These are very unique homes. Some people use them as Bed & Breakfast homes.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to see some of these Victorian homes, don't blame me if you end up buying one. If you are interested, I can direct you to some websites to see current prices and descriptions. A lot of care and love go into these homes. The tourist "trap" is once you see these homes, you won't forget them.
Fun Alternatives: Buy some land in the country and build yourself a log home. You could always ask the Blue Ox Mill workers to assist you if you want to get creative. They are antique mill workers. www.blueoxmill.com
The Pink Lady sits across the street from the Carson Mansion, in Eureka, California. This mansion was a wedding present from William Carson to his son. The Pink Lady is located across the street from the towering Carson Mansion.
Luggage and bags:
Our weather here is mild year round.
Winter- expect rain and temperatures in the 30-40 degree range.
Spring- expect rain, overcast, sun and temp.'s in the 50-60 degree range.
Summer- expect mostly sunny days with temp.'s ranging from 60-70 degrees.
Fall- expect mostly sunny days with temp.'s in the 60-70 degree range.
It rarely snows here. It does cool down at night.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sweaters, jackets, scarves, sweatshirts and jeans. Also wool socks if you are hiking, comfortable shoes for walking in, sandals for beach time and a swimsuit. Even if you stay at one of the nicer places, don't worry about "formal" wear. Eureka is a very casual city. Unless you want to dress up. Eureka is very "touristy" most of the time, so you will not feel out of place whatever you decide to wear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are many stores here if you forget anything. We also have 2 hospitals should an emergency occur.
Photo Equipment: A camera is a MUST! Bring lots of film or digital cards.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you bring mosquito repellant if you go camping. Also plenty of sunscreen. Don't forget your flip flops, beach towel and floating devices.
As Eureka is the harbor from where the Redwood were logged and shipped out, a visit to the Redwood National and State Parks is a must (page to come). It is north to Eureka and south to Crescent city. The Redwood Forest is a rain forest characterized by the California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) that can reach a height of 100 meters and be 2,000...more
The Lava Beds National monument (page to come) lies in the far north east corner of California. It is a striking example of eruptions where the outer lava cools and gives a solid crust while the inner lava remains fluid enough to flow out, giving empty tubes that can be visited.more
Lassen Volcanic Park (page to come) is located in the southern part of the Cascade Mountain range. It is by far not as impressive as the Yellowstone but nevertheless has boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases. They are a testimony of intense volcanic activity. The last eruption at Lassen Peak occurred in May 1915.more
Arcata! THis town rocks. First, take a walk at the Arcata Marshes, and learn about the sustainable water treatment marshes this city uses to be eco-friendly. Tour the Humboldt State University - visit the CCAT house, which is run entirely on solar, water, and man power. CCAT has its own little water filtration marsh; the kids living in the house grow most of their food and are setting up a little fish farm to raise their own food.
The Minor Theatre shows second run movies for a dollar and fifty cents every day at 5:30.
Take a walk in Redwood Park just behind the college campus; its gorgeous!
Fondest memory: Every year the Annual Kinetic Race starts at the Plaza in Arcata - a fun experience especially for small kids. The Oyster Festival and the Bop N Brew beer fest are fun for adults.