Modern comfort - privacy - close to forest
The spacious house is totally redone to modern standards with new everything, yet still a vintage feeling. Breakfast at kitchen counter or at the table in the nook overlooking backyard full of fruit trees. Separate formal dining in living room. Fireplace "stove" which really gives off heat (and flames) at the flick of a switch. Bedrooms fully appointed and very comfortable and private. One nice bathroom, with shower only, but had cute cupboards which close and hold stuff for a number of people. Located a couple blocks from national park redwoods and multiple hikes! We walked there every morning for meditation / hike then we'd get in the car and drive up the coast to Patrick's Point, Agate Beach, and further north past Orick for more hiking to waterfalls, enormous sequoias, stunning vistas and enormous beaches. We saw a huge herd of elk, a bear, birds, and even a fawn. Got to know Arcata a bit, dined couple of nights there on the main plaza but mostly cooked and ate at the house. The kitchen is not totally equipped for a lot of cooking but we got by ok and there's plenty of silverware, china, bowls, etc and like I say we definitely got by no problem. Owners left flowers, fruit, and a whole bag of coffee to greet us! We did have one fabulous fancy night out at Moonstone Beach Restaurant (run by Bill Chino who is super solicitous), and it's right on the water! We had no reservation so instead sat at the bar and frankly had the best view as we enjoyed wine and oysters and a great happy hour meal (before 6:30pm) of fish and chips and brussel sprouts. Oh! And for the fruit lovers like us, we gorged on local blackberries (don't pick the ones low to the ground, animals pee on them!) including vines at the entrance to the nearby national park and even the neighbors' right next door and on the corner walking towards the park. So good! Plus apples from the backyard which were almost ripe! Figs are on the way soon and I'm sorry to miss them! We didn't want to leave.
Hsu Humboldt State University/ Redwood National Park