After a few days in the High Sierras, finding shelter in log cabins, having the chance to indulge and pamper ourselves at the Carter House in Eureka was just the remedy we were looking for.
The hotel and its restaurant, located off Highway 101 in the old victorian district of Eureka, looking over the Humboldt bay, brings you the best Northern California has to offer. The pure Pacific marine air, the old traditional architecture revamped with style and taste, the delicacy of the food and wines, all in a relax, quiet and friendly atmosphere.
The Hotel & Cottages
Carter House Inns offers you various types of lodging options. Thanks to its deserved success, it has expended in the past few years, and bought some of the houses near by the original hotel to transform them into more exquisite accommodations. Beside the Carter Hotel, now stands across the street the Carter Mansion, the Carter and the Bell Cottages, as well as near by Annie’s House.
We stayed simple and on a budget and booked a standard queen size room at the Carter Hotel. No point getting a three bedrooms cottage for ourselves, when only staying one night on a road trip as we are, or go for the full Victorian experience at the Carter Mansion. But under different circumstances, I believe it would be a fantastic way to go posh with style !
Our room is simple, yet elegant. Casually sophisticated I would dare say ! Everything here was thought of with comfort in mind. And best of all, it’s quiet. Not bothered by neighbors or noisy equipments, we simply enjoy the sound of rain falling on our windows. The type of place you know you will sleep like you would at home.
Carter House is also known for its restaurant, the 301. I could start by telling you about the food, or the wine list, but what we appreciated the most there, was the service. How rare it has become to be served by a friendly and enthusiastic waiter? One that likes and really knows about the food he or she is about to propose ? Our waiter was perfect. Not the impeccable ones, trained in Swiss hospitality schools, the type you get in Michelin stars restaurants. No, more like a young local California kid you’d expect surfing earlier on, before coming for his nightshift at the restaurant. But so passionate and excited about the wine and the food he had to offer, it was contagious. And a taste of the food, specially prepared for us Vegans, showed how he was right on and not overselling it one bit.
As expected the night was perfect and we slept like babies. After a cultural walk around the historical neighbourhood, we enjoyed our delicious complimentary breakfast. Ready to hit the road again, well rested.
Definitely a place worth trying in the area, one we gladly recommend.
Hotel & Restaurant Informations
Carter House Inns
301 L Street
Eureka, 95501 CA
Basic room around 200$ + Taxes depending on the season.
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