A quiet and pretty waterfront town.
Exploring Historic Eureka, CA
Credit: © Jumping Rocks

Set near Humboldt Bay, the Old Town of Eureka—a still-thriving fishing and lumber port—is on the quiet side, but that’s part of its appeal. It’s also a living museum of Victorian architecture. Stroll along the waterfront, sit down for a leisurely dinner, then check into a chic inn for the evening.

Carter House

Although two of the four “Victorians” that make up the 32-room Carter House Inns (home of Restaurant 301) are reproductions, the chic rooms (with slipper chairs and matelassé bedding) compensate for any inauthenticity.

Pride Enterprises Tours

Historian Ray Hillman leads a walking tour through the historic waterfront district that includes such gems as an 1890s opera house. $28 for two people

Blue Ox Millworks

Watch modern-day carpenters carving gingerbread trim with antique tools.

Restaurant 301

The Slow Food movement rules here; look for the cheese soufflé made with local Cypress Grove chèvre.