A quiet and pretty waterfront town.
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.
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.
The Slow Food movement rules here; look for the cheese soufflé made with local Cypress Grove chèvre.