Road trip! The beginning of this extended journey we headed out for Eureka, California. It had been many years since my last visit and was excited to retrace my steps and road warrior miles.

The Inn at 2nd & C was a wonderful start to our 17-day road trip. So glad we landed here our first night on the road. Thank you to manager Geoffrey, and greeter dog Max whom we loved. Good news: The hotel is dog-friendly on the first three floors! Great location to walk to good food, art, and retail. Lunch at Vista del Mar just a few blocks away we shared fish & chips and cold beers. Definitely a locals place. That night, we drove over to Jetty Samoa for drinks alfresco and then dinner at Café  Marina and Woodley’s Bar – revisiting all my haunts from years ago. Everything close to or at the water’s edge. And an easy walk or drive from the Inn.  The next morning we gleefully found our way to Los Bagels another longtime local in the region. Let me just say – BEST BAGELS ever. And organic!!! The Inn does provide a wonderful continental breakfast in the lobby area.

Our king suite at the Inn was so comfy and quiet. Wonderful linens and towels make such a big difference. Big windows and lots of light. No coffeemakers in the rooms but an easy trip to the lobby first thing in the morning to bring our caffeine brew to our room. Also, met one of the housekeeping staff – forgive me forgetting her name – she was just incredible. The restaurant was closed the night we stayed. Hope to enjoy that on our return. Public spaces on every floor were so welcoming. Books, board games, and puzzles – plenty to keep friends and families occupied day and night.

The Humboldt County Visitors Bureau has just relocated down the street. If you need any guidance for places to go in the region – check them out at 422 1st St, Eureka, CA 95501.

Next time more than one night in Eureka!

PS – We were bothered to see that some reviewers dinged the Inn because of social issues in the area – saying it was dangerous or unsafe.  We never felt unsafe!

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Barbara Steinberg

Barbara Steinberg is a freelance travel writer and omni-local. Recognized as a California travel authority, she’s been exploring and writing about the Golden State for more than 30 years. She is everywhere you want to be in California – off road and on, urban and rural, 5-star resorts and hidden hot springs, gourmet or dive, but never happier than when she's exploring back roads. Barbara has been a member of California Watchable Wildlife for more than 25 years and serves as their Outreach Coordinator representing the organization at wildlife and nature festivals throughout the state. She graduated cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Communications Studies. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and California Roundtable on Recreation Parks & Tourism and Subaru Ambassador.


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