Eureka's a hike from the Bay Area, but there's loads to do on the way and when you're there.
Road tripping to Humboldt
If four-and-a-half hours seems long, it's better to plan some fun stops along the way to break things up.
Starting around Hopland, Jaxon Keys' sign is always sharing their latest award-winning wine. The Nelson Family Vineyar has fruit trees and olive oil, too. And when you get up to Ukiah, Rivino Winery's sign for their Boujee sparkling wine over their tasting tent that overlooks a valley of vines below always becons.
Cabinet of Curiosities stops
There are so many great spots to stop with the kids to get their imagination and science brains going. Confusion Hill at the top of Mendocino is a must-see, especially if you or your kiddos were fans of the cult favorite Gravity Falls. The Peg House's slogan is "never don't stop" because there's always something new to see. And several road side attractions blend nature and the wierdness in the most fun way: Leggett's the Drive-Through Tree, and Grandfather Tree, and the Avenue of the Giants.
Day tripping around Eureka
First things first, there's lots of great places to eat in Eureka, from seafood at Humboldt Bay Provisions by the waterfront to food trucks like LoCo Fish and the area's last lumberjack dining hall, Samoa Cookhouse, to special occasion destination spots like Larrupin Cafe in Trinidad. Vista Del Mar is a salty bar with great chowder and pub food. Humboldt Soup Company is great for crunch, healthy home cooked soups and sandwiches. Ramones is a great bakery and restaurant.
The best thing to do within just steps from our Lost Coast Cottages is Sequoia Park Zoo and Redwood Skywalk. Hanging out downtown you can check out breweries like the Redwood Curtain Brewing Company and live music at The Speakeasy. There's lots of shopping to do at cute craft shops like Holly Yashi and lots of cool thrift stores. But one of the best things we love to do is go for a relaxing soak at Cafe Mokka and Finnish Country Hot Tubs. And of course if you're in town for the newly christened Cal Poly Humboldt, it's a quick hop up the 101 to Arcata.
We're busy falling in love with this entire region and we hope you can come visit our Lost Coast Cottages and get to love it too!